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4 Star Free Agents - Week 13

Week 11 Byes: Cleveland, Tennessee


 Quarterbacks: 

Colin Kaepernick (SFO) Over the past month, no doubt helped by this past week's performance, Kaepernick is the #2 QB in the league, behind only the resurgent Aaron Rodgers. This week he travels to the reeling Chicago Bears who just lost their best defensive playmaker (Danny Trevathan). There is no reason to think he can't put up more solid numbers again this week continuing his streak. ESPN 22% Yahoo 25% NFL 7%  

Joe Flacco (BAL) This is a bit of a toss up between Flacco and Tannehill, but I prefer the WR corp that Flacco has at his disposal: Wallace & Smith. Typically a poor running game like Baltimore's would be considered a liability in controlling the rush, but Flacco has made due without consistency there and still been putting up decent numbers. Over the last month he is just outside QB1 production (like Tannehill) ESPN 28% Yahoo 25% NFL 19% 
 

Running Backs: 

Wendell Smallwood (PHI) Obvious double entendre jokes aside, he is clearly ahead of Sproles on the depth chart. This is a pure chase for touches in the backfield: Sproles is the clear 3rd down passing option but isn't getting many rushing attempts. Those are going to Smallwood at this point and barring injury that won't change . ESPN 43% Yahoo 48% NFL 11% 

Dion Lewis (NEP) This one is pretty simple: despite being in the lottery driven New England backfield it's hard to pass up a Patriots playmaker at this point in the year. Add to that he's trending upward in usage... like I said pretty simple. He can break out at any time, and this week faces a reeling Rams defense. ESPN 52% Yahoo 48% NFL 30% 

James Starks (GBP) His touches weren't all that numerous, but the Ty Montgomery experiment seems to be flailing, and Starks did end up out snapping him by over 2 to 1.Moving forward, Starks appears to be the guy, and is – yet again – another starting running back in week 11, although the clear third best option. ESPN 29% Yahoo 19% NFL 29%
 

Wide Receivers: 

Marques Wilson (CHI) Ugh, Chicago. So this year, if Cutler is QB (and Alshon can play) it's Jeffries. If Hoyer plays it's Meredith. If...Matt...Barkley plays it's Wilson. Not a sexy pick to be sure, but if he's going to run up the targets and receptions with... Barkley... under... center, then he is an easy pick up and play at this point in the season. ESPN 1% Yahoo 1% NFL 1% 

Tyreek Hill (KCC) Ok, he won't have a game like that again: a receiving, rushing and return TD. But consider he has 28 targets in the last 3 week and has turned that into 23 receptions. With Maclin simply unable to stay healthy, and the clear rapport he has with Smith this guy is a must add and start for any stretch run. Given his production over the last 6 weeks I'm actually surprised at how few teams own him. He honestly shouldn't be qualified for this column. ESPN 26% Yahoo 38% NFL 26% 

Taylor Gabriel (ATL) A clear “Out of Nowhere” candidate for 2016: over the last 4 games he has 271 yards and 4 touchdowns on 18 receptions. CRAY. And now he gets a juicy matchup (at home) against one of the worst defenses in the league in Kansas City. A no brainer. ESPN 4% Yahoo 7% NFL 2%
 

Tight Ends: 

Vance McDonald (SF) Over the past month he is the #3 tight end in the league. While he lost a few receptions to G Celek this part weekend, Celek's fumble will probably catch up with him in play calling this week. The matchup against the Bears decent ranking against tight ends doesn't show the loss of Trevathan, which makes this guy a sneaky play. It's pretty obvious he is a key part of Kaepernick's resurgence as well. ESPN 7% Yahoo 10% NFL 5%
 

Defense: 

Washington I'm going straight up matchup here. The Cardinals are a shell of their 2015 selves, and Washington is clearly in the mix for a playoff spot. They have by no means been productive as a D this year, but even on the road this is the week they nee to step up and make something happen, and Arizona is one of the best match ups in the league for giving up points to a defense. ESPN 5% Yahoo 11% NFL 11%

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