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Week 13 breakout candidates

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2022 NFL Fantasy Football Breakout Candidates: Week 13

Week 13 breakout candidates
Chase Claypool could be a fantasy breakout candidate in Week 13. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

2022 NFL Fantasy Football Breakout candidates: Week 13

We are nearing the dog days of the NFL season, as Week 13 kicks off between the in-division rivals — the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills — Thursday night. Let’s go over some fantasy football breakout candidates for this week — but let’s see how well we did in Week 12 first:

Not great, but not terrible (like Week 11). Let’s dive into Week 13!

Chase Claypool, WR, Chicago Bears

Darnell Mooney will miss the rest of the season due to ankle surgery, so that means #NextManUp™ in the Windy City. Other than maybe Cole Kmet, Claypool is the next up. He caught a pair of passes for 51 yards last week — his best week with Chicago thus far — but expect him, Kmet, Donte Pettis and Byron Pringle, among others, to be the primary pass catcher in Chicago’s offense in Week 13 and beyond…if they decide to the pass.

Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans

Pierce vaulted up running back lists/cheats after Week 2, looking like one of the top fantasy steals leaguewide. Pierce has disappeared the last couple of weeks, however, logging 15 combined carries for 16 yards with five receptions for 16 yards. That’s a wild drop-off for anyone, let alone Pierce, who averaged 112 yards from scrimmage over a seven-game stretch. Against Cleveland, who has the worst rush defense in the NFL, expect Pierce to break out and get back on track.

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

He caught four passes for 50 yards last week, but it’s been relatively quiet on Andrews’ front over the last five weeks — at least to his standards. He’s battled injury, but he’s averaged roughly 3.3 catches and 36.5 yards without a score over his last four games after averaging 6.5 catches for 76 yards with five touchdowns over his previous first six games. In standard leagues, he’s still the second-best tight end — behind Travis Kelce, the clear frontrunner — in football, and is going up against a middle-of-the-pack Denver pass defense this week. He’s due for a big week.

Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns

Cooper’s been a good fantasy receiver with Jacoby Brissett this season. But I think you know exactly why he’s on here.

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