2023 Fantasy Football Breakout Candidates: Week 13
December is here! We’re in the thick of winter football, where the pack begins to separate and we truly see who stands out amongst the bunch. Plus, fantasy football playoffs are mere weeks away! Without further ado, let’s jump into our fantasy football breakout candidates for Week 13!
Each week, we go over at least three fantasy football breakout candidates who could … you know, break out … in the upcoming week! Before we dive into which three players could break out this week, let’s see how we did in Week 12!
- Isaiah Likely, TE, Ravens: 3 rec., 40 yards
- Gardner Minshew, QB, Colts: 24-41, 251 yards, 1 INT
- Jaylen Warren, RB, Steelers: 13 car., 49 yards; 3 rec. 13 yards
Let’s get on the board with at least one (1!!!) touchdown this week! Now let’s hop into our Week 13 candidates!
Bryce Young, QB, Panthers
It’s been a rough rookie season for Young. There’s no denying that, even though some of the circumstances–offensive line, pass-catching options and playcallers–have been out of his control. Head coach Frank Reich was seen the door last week and this could be a breakout spot for Young, who has not thrown for over 200 yards since Week 8 and for multiple touchdowns since Week 5. Even though it will be their third road game in three contests against intradivision rival Tampa, the Bucs have a below-average secondary and perhaps the Panthers will look more organized without Reich than with him. The Bucs’ back-seven without Lavonte David, Jamel Dean and Devin White could allow for potentially Young’s best fantasy output of the season in Week 13, even though it will still be a sizable ask.
A.T. Perry, WR, Saints
Perry could be the Saints’ second- or third-best pass-catching option with Michael Thomas and Rashid Shaheed both out with injuries. Chris Olave is still in concussion protocol but is expected to play. Though I still expect Perry–a rookie who’s hauled in three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in four games this season–to be a sneaky longshot in the passing game. The Lions’ secondary has allowed the sixth-highest EPA/dropback over the last five weeks paired with the NFL’s highest success rate per dropback allowed over that span. This is a good spot to stamp his foot on the scene.
DeVante Parker, WR, Patriots
Full disclosure: Outside of Rhamondre Stevenson, I’m staying as far as possible from any New England offensive players fantasy-wise. But I expect Parker to be a focal point of New England’s offense without Demario Douglas or Kayshon Boutte. New England’s short for options against a porous Chargers secondary, who’s coming off one of their best weeks of the season.
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