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We enter Week 13 with a slew of wide receivers not on the slate in what is one of our heaviest bye week blitzes of the 2023 season. Fantasy Football managers will be without Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Flowers, Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, D.J. Moore, Davante Adams, Jakobi Myers, and Jalin Hyatt with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders and New York Giants all on their bye weeks. 

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start 'Em & Sit 'Em calls for Week 13 at wide receiver here. And don't forget to check out Heath Cummings' wide receiver preview for more help with matchup notes, numbers to know, and more.  Plus check out Heath's Week 13 projections over at SportsLine.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Wide Receivers
WRs to Start
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HOU Houston • #12
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN HOU -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
14.1
WR RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
50
TAR
73
REYDS
800
TD
5
FPTS/G
16
Collins has been overshadowed by Tank Dell of late, but Collins still continues to produce at a high level. And both Texans receivers should be started in all leagues in Week 13 against Denver. Collins has scored at least 13.5 PPR points in three games in a row, and he has two touchdowns over that span. He also has 20 targets in his past two outings against Arizona and Jacksonville for 14 catches, and I'm expecting this Texans-Broncos game to be a shootout, which favors the passing game in Houston.
JAC Jacksonville
Age: 29 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN JAC -8.5 O/U 38
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
13.3
WR RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
47
TAR
76
REYDS
663
TD
5
FPTS/G
13.5
Ridley loves it when Zay Jones is on the field. Jones has played in five games this season (Weeks 1, 2, 5, 11 and 12), and Ridley has scored at least 20.6 PPR points in four of those outings, including two in a row. In his past two outings against the Titans and Texans, Ridley has 12 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns on 15 targets, and he's approaching must-start status in all leagues. I still like Christian Kirk as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver as well, and the Bengals defense should struggle to stop the Jaguars passing attack in Week 13 on Monday night.
CAR Carolina • #19
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TB TB -5.5 O/U 37
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
13.6
WR RNK
19th
YTD Stats
REC
77
TAR
100
REYDS
728
TD
4
FPTS/G
16
Thielen was bad in Week 12 at Tennessee with one catch for 2 yards on three targets, but I'm going back to him this week as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR. Prior to Week 12, Thielen had at least 10 targets in five of his past six games, and he scored at least 15.2 PPR points in four of those outings. Tampa Bay is No. 4 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and No. 1 receivers have dominated the Buccaneers all season. Justin Jefferson, D.J. Moore, A.J. Brown, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Stefon Diggs, Tank Dell, Brandon Aiyuk and Michael Pittman have all scored at least 16 PPR points against Tampa Bay, and Thielen should follow suit in Week 13.
DEN Denver • #14
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU HOU -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
18th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
48
TAR
68
REYDS
560
TD
8
FPTS/G
13.3
Sutton grew up in Texas near Houston and went to SMU, so this should be a fun game for him against the Texans. He played Houston last year in Denver and had seven catches for 122 yards on 11 targets, and hopefully, he can do something similar in the rematch this year. Sutton has scored a touchdown in five of his past six games, and he's scored at least 14.6 PPR points in four games over that span. He's been the best receiving option for Russell Wilson this season, and he's worth starting as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues in Week 13.
KC Kansas City • #4
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB KC -6 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
5th
PROJ PTS
11.9
WR RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
56
REYDS
527
TD
5
FPTS/G
11.5
Rice finally had the breakout game we were all waiting for in Week 12 at Las Vegas with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. It was his fifth touchdown of the season, but everything else was a career-high for the rookie. I hope it's a sign of things to come, and I'm willing to start Rice as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues against the Packers. If Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are starting to trust Rice then Fantasy managers should as well, and Green Bay has allowed three receivers in the past two games (Keenan Allen, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond) to score at least 14.6 PPR points.
Sleepers (Start/Sit)
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IND Indianapolis • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TEN IND -1 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
13
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
48
TAR
73
REYDS
566
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.6
Downs only had five catches for 35 yards in Week 12 against Tampa Bay, but he got a whopping 13 targets, which is fantastic. He should continue to be a go-to option for Gardner Minshew in Week 13 against the Titans, and the passing game for the Colts might get more of an emphasis moving forward with Jonathan Taylor (thumb) out. Downs already beat up the Tennessee defense in Week 5 with six catches for 97 yards on six targets, and the Titans are No. 6 in most Fantasy points allowed to receivers. Downs is a must-start option in three-receiver leagues and a borderline starter in all formats in Week 13.
WAS Washington • #4
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA MIA -9.5 O/U 50
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
9.1
WR RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
REC
47
TAR
63
REYDS
443
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.1
I'm expecting a lot of passing from the Commanders in Week 13 against Miami, which is pretty much the norm anyway. Sam Howell has six games in a row with at least 42 pass attempts, and he tends to spread the ball around to most of his guys. But Samuel is coming off his best game of the season in Week 12 at Dallas with nine catches for 100 yards on 12 targets for 19 PPR points, and he should continue to be a reliable target for Howell against the Dolphins. I like him as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in this matchup, with Terry McLaurin as a No. 2 option, but Samuel should perform better than Jahan Dotson. At least one receiver has scored at least 12.6 PPR points against the Dolphins in three of the past four games.
NO New Orleans • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET DET -4 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
8
WR RNK
48th
YTD Stats
REC
3
TAR
6
REYDS
45
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.4
As of Wednesday afternoon, we're waiting to find out the status of Chris Olave (concussion) and Rashid Shaheed (quadriceps), and if one or both are out in Week 13 against Detroit then Perry and Keith Kirkwood could be sleepers in deeper leagues. I'd lean toward Perry since he has more upside, and he had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 10 at Minnesota. This is a great matchup against the Lions, who are No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. If Olave and/or Shaheed are out then Perry could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper formats.
DAL Dallas • #3
Age: 30 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA DAL -9 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
11.7
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
33
TAR
48
REYDS
452
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.5
Cooks is getting hot at the right time with at least 14.2 PPR points in four of his past six games. Dak Prescott is on fire right now, and Cooks' production has helped in a major way. It would be nice if Cooks got more than five targets in a game, and the one time that happened was Week 10 against the Giants when Cooks had 10 targets for nine catches, 173 yards and a touchdown, but that's not something you can rely on. What has happened is Cooks has scored in each of his past three games at home, and I like him as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
ARI Arizona • #83
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PIT PIT -5.5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
7.2
WR RNK
40th
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
19
REYDS
105
TD
1
FPTS/G
2.4
Michael Wilson (shoulder) missed practice Wednesday, and if he's out in Week 13 at Pittsburgh then Dortch is worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. In the past two games without Wilson, Dortch has 17 targets for nine catches, 103 yards and a touchdown, and he scored at least 11.7 PPR points in each outing. Going back to last year, this is now nine games where Dortch had at least four targets, and he scored at least 11.7 PPR points in seven of those contests. The matchup against the Steelers is tough, but Dortch's history when he's involved is worth trusting if Wilson is out again.
WRs to Sit
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GB Green Bay • #9
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -6 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
8.4
WR RNK
35th
YTD Stats
REC
21
TAR
44
REYDS
351
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.3
It was great to see Watson play well on Thanksgiving at Detroit with season highs in catches (five) and yards (94) on seven targets, and he scored a touchdown for the second game in a row. Hopefully he's getting hot at the right time. But this is still a crowded receiving corps, and I like Jayden Reed better than Watson, with Romeo Doubs right behind both. For this week, Reed is a No. 3 Fantasy receiver, and Watson and Doubs are borderline starters most in three-receiver leagues. The Chiefs secondary has been amazing this season, especially against No. 1 receivers, and Watson should struggle if he's matched up with cornerback L'Jarius Sneed in this game.
SEA Seattle • #16
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -9 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
10.6
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
54
TAR
79
REYDS
575
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.5
Lockett continues to be an inconsistent Fantasy receiver, and he's tough to trust heading into Week 13 at Dallas. In his past two games against the Rams and 49ers, Lockett has combined for just 16.1 PPR points on eight catches for 81 yards and no touchdowns on 12 targets. Prior to that, Lockett scored 23.2 PPR points against Washington in Week 10, but this is a matchup where Lockett should struggle in Week 13 against the Cowboys. Dallas is No. 3 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and Lockett should only be started in three-receiver leagues. As for DK Metcalf, he's a low-end No. 2 receiver in this difficult matchup. Metcalf has scored at least 16.8 PPR points in two of his past three games.
ATL Atlanta • #5
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ ATL -2.5 O/U 34
OPP VS WR
18th
PROJ PTS
10
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
45
TAR
67
REYDS
565
TD
2
FPTS/G
11.4
London had a solid outing in Week 12 against New Orleans with five catches for 91 yards on seven targets, and his 14.1 PPR points was his best outing since Week 6. I'm not expecting a quality encore in Week 13 against the Jets, who are No. 1 in the fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. While Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle beat up the Jets in Week 12, London doesn't have the quarterback or system like the Dolphins receivers, and the Jets secondary should be able to keep London in check. He also hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4. London is only worth starting in three-receiver leagues for Week 13.
TB Tampa Bay • #14
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR TB -5.5 O/U 37
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
12.5
WR RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
REC
53
TAR
82
REYDS
606
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.2
It used to be safe to start Godwin in all PPR leagues, but even that is risky now given his performances over the past four games. He's scored 9.9 PPR points or less in four games in a row, and he's been held to under 55 receiving yards in each outing. He has one touchdown this season, and Mike Evans is the only reliable receiver for the Buccaneers right now. Baker Mayfield (ankle) is playing at less than 100 percent, and the Panthers are No. 4 in the fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. Godwin is barely a starter in three-receiver leagues in most formats in Week 13.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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LAR L.A. Rams • #10
Age: 30 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE LAR -3.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
24th
PROJ PTS
13.8
WR RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
51
REYDS
393
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.6
Kupp was limping around in Week 12 at Arizona after injuring his ankle in Week 11 against Seattle. It seems like he's playing hurt, and his production hasn't been good for a while. He's scored 6.9 PPR points or less in five games in a row, and it's no longer safe to call Kupp a must-start receiver in the majority of leagues. The emergence of Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams has limited Kupp's upside, and this matchup in Week 13 against the Browns won't be easy. Cleveland is No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and Kupp is just a borderline No. 2 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues in this matchup.