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Daily fantasy football expert picks for Week 13

With Week 13 NFL daily fantasy contests starting to fill up, our experts have scouted out the players they're locking into their DFS lineups first. From the star performers to the top values, here are our expert picks for this week in DFS football.


Star performers

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

While quarterback is often a spot where paying down makes a lot of sense, this is a week where I view Wilson as worth the price. The Seahawks figure to struggle to run the football against the Eagles and Wilson also could often find himself under duress against a terrific Philly front seven. Those factors should both lend themselves to scrambling opportunities, an area where he is so great and which raises his fantasy floor (he has 29 rushing attempts over the past four games). Beyond that, he's on a six-game streak with at least two passing touchdowns, as he has played incredible football to help keep this offense rolling along. -- Field Yates

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

I'm going with Allen given the high volume and the monster run of production we've seen over the past two weeks. During that stretch, Allen has caught 27 of 34 targets for 379 yards and three touchdowns. And Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is dealing, too. Look for Allen to use that silky smooth route running in the short-to-intermediate passing game while working the middle of the field on those deep in-cuts versus the 0-11 Browns this Sunday. -- Matt Bowen

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

The Packers' offense isn't quite as productive with Brett Hundley under center, but if you've been following their receiver usage trends of late, you'll realize that Adams seems to be Hundley's go-to guy. In four games since the bye, Adams has averaged 8.8 targets, 6.3 catches and 1.3 red zone targets, all of those ranking among the top 15 in the league during that time span. The opposing Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meanwhile, have been the worst defense against wide receivers during that same four-week span. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

What happened to Howard in Week 12 is irrelevant. The Eagles have shut down every running game. The 49ers sure haven't. Howard remains one of the top rushers in the league and he goes from facing the best run defense to the worst. The 49ers won't stop him. Howard has topped 100 rushing yards in four games and volume shouldn't be a problem. Let those worried about Howard from his Week 12 performance ignore him, but you shouldn't. -- Eric Karabell

He let you down last week ... but that's about to change. Howard's dud in Week 12 came against what very well could be the best run defense in football (RBs are averaging a league-low 2.9 yards per carry against the Eagles this season) and, well, that's not what he'll be facing this week. The Niners are on track to lead the league in RB points allowed for a third consecutive season, so prepare to exploit that matchup with a player in Howard who, prior to last week, had at least 15 carries in eight straight games. Invest with confidence. -- Stephania Bell

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

The Patriots had their highest rushing yardage total and lowest passing yardage total of the 2017 season last week against Miami. New England is leaning on the run more because they rank sixth over the past six weeks in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that measures how often an offense gives its ball carriers quality run blocking. Rex Burkhead is the lead back, but they should be more than enough carries to go around to give Lewis plenty of ground workload to go along with his pass catching ability and thus justify his top-15 running back salary. -- KC Joyner


Top values

Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

When you're evaluating players under the $4,000 price point, there are different angles to consider. Some offer a steady workload but a limited ceiling, others are upside plays with more risk baked in. Gore would be an example of the former, as his matchup against the Jaguars is a daunting one, but his usage is compelling. He has at least 16 carries in four straight games and has added 14 targets during that stretch. Expect Gore to stay busy against the Jaguars, especially if Indy's recently improved defense can help keep this game close. -- Field Yates

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

With Burkhead, look at the versatility he brings to the Patriots' system. He can flex out from the formation to give Tom Brady a high-percentage target in the red zone and also carry the ball on downhill schemes. In his past three games, Burkhead has caught 9 of 11 passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns while logging 28 carries for 101 yards and another score. With a matchup versus the Bills this Sunday, Burkhead is a solid value play in the high-powered New England offense. -- Matt Bowen

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

I'm surprised he's so cheap this week, considering he has been getting a lot of work of late -- an average of 19 touches in his past three games -- and he'll surely also do so against the New York Giants in a home game. They've allowed an average of more than 25 fantasy points per game over the past four weeks. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

OK, so perhaps it's premature to expect much from a guy who last caught a pass in the league three years ago and has had some major off-field issues since then. Plus, it's not like a prime Joe Montana is the current Cleveland quarterback and, to make things worse, the Chargers put a lot of pressure on quarterbacks. But Gordon is so talented that all he really needs to do is make one or two big plays to be relevant statistically. Even if it's a limited 30 snaps, at his low price, I'll take the chance. -- Eric Karabell

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills

The rookie has yet to truly breakout, but with 24 targets in his past three games, the price this week is too good to pass up. During New England's seven-game win streak, opponents have been forced to pass 67 percent of the time and that should be the case again on Sunday. Kelvin Benjamin (torn meniscus) will be limited, if active, so Jones' recent spike in target share should remain the same. A value pick is all about opportunity and it may be tough to find a better target per dollar investment. -- Stephania Bell

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals

Seals-Jones has posted some incredible numbers over the past two weeks. He ranks first among tight ends in touchdown receptions (3) and third in receiving yards (126) in large part due to an incredible 61.1 percent targets per route rate. That rate is more than double the next highest tight end contender (Zach Ertz, 29.5 percent). The Rams have allowed 12 or more fantasy points to opponents' tight ends in two of their last four games, so Seals-Jones could continue to produce at a level that far exceeds his very affordable salary. -- KC Joyner