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On Tuesday we heard the surprising news that Jonathan Taylor has a significant thumb injury and will have surgery. The hope is that he will only miss the next two to three weeks. This is a massive development as Taylor has been a top-10 running back on a per-game basis over the last month and the Fantasy playoffs are rapidly approaching. It's also a huge springboard for Zack Moss, who should once again be one of the most valuable running backs in Fantasy Football. 

Moss played four games without Taylor earlier in the year and was the No. 4 running back in Fantasy, averaging more than 20 PPR Fantasy points per game. That includes a 195-yard, two touchdown performance against the Tennessee Titans, his Week 13 opponent. 

I have Moss ranked and projected as my No. 2 running back this week, behind only Christian Mccaffrey. While Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg aren't quite as enthused, they both have Moss top 15 as well. The bottom line is that while we lost a must-start back in Taylor, we gained one in Moss.

  • Heath's Week 13 Previews: QBRBWRTE

You can find more in my weekly projections over at SportsLine. Now let's get to the rest of the Week 13 RB Preview:

Week 13 RB Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 13 at this time. Here's what it means:

IND Indianapolis • #28
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Zack Moss is a must-start, Trey Sermon is a deep stash.
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Numbers to know
  • 3.15 -- Zack Moss is averaging 3.15 yards after contact per attemp this season. That ranks top 10 amongst running backs.
  • 18.9 -- Kyren Williams is averaging 18.9 touches per game. He is a league-winning top-12 running back as long as he stays healthy.
  • 5 -- Isiah Pacheco saw five targets in his first game without Jerick McKinnon. Pacheco is top-12 for as long as McKinnon is out.
  • 2.0 -- Joe Mixon averaged just 2.0 yards per carry in his first game with Jake Browning. The sledding could be tough.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
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PIT Pittsburgh • #22
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI PIT -5.5 O/U 41
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
12.4
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
598
REC
19
REYDS
116
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.4
MIA Miami • #31
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS MIA -9.5 O/U 50
OPP VS RB
27th
PROJ PTS
14.3
RB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
785
REC
20
REYDS
158
TD
15
FPTS/G
18.4
HOU Houston • #26
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN HOU -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
8.7
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
489
REC
18
REYDS
113
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.8
DEN Denver • #33
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU HOU -3.5 O/U 47
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
10.3
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
538
REC
26
REYDS
131
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.7
TB Tampa Bay • #1
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR TB -5.5 O/U 37
OPP VS RB
10th
PROJ PTS
16.2
RB RNK
2nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
559
REC
43
REYDS
364
TD
5
FPTS/G
14.8
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 13 Adds (RB Preview)
MIA Miami • #23
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS MIA -9.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
16th
RB RNK
29th
ROSTERED
38%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
85
REC
9
REYDS
67
TD
0
FPTS/G
6.1
Wilson is a good stash just because of the injury history of Raheem Mostert and De'Von Achane. If Achane misses Week 13 against Washington then Wilson would also be a good flex play. Wilson played a season-high 33% of the snaps in Week 12 and turned 14 touches into 73 yards and 10.3 PPR Fantasy points.
LAR L.A. Rams • #24
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE LAR -3.5 O/U 40
OPP VS RB
4th
RB RNK
33rd
ROSTERED
29%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
292
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.2
While Kyren Williams looked all the way back, there should be enough running back touches in Week 13 for Freeman to be a solid flex even with Williams leading the backfield. He has 150 rushing yards in 30 carries in his last two games combined and the anemic Browns offense should put the Rams into a run-heavy game script again. As good as the Browns defense has been this year, they have allowed 4.47 yards per carry to opposing running backs, the seventh-highest mark in the league.
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SF San Francisco • #25
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI SF -3 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
27th
RB RNK
44th
ROSTERED
49%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
97
REC
3
REYDS
2
TD
0
FPTS/G
1.9
Mitchell is fully healthy and back in his RB2 position in San Francisco. If something happens to McCaffrey during the Fantasy playoffs, Mitchell will be a league winner. He's exactly the type of player first and second place teams should be stashing.
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DFS Plays
Top DFS Play
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #20
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL ATL -2.5 O/U 34
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
15.1
RB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
569
REC
38
REYDS
320
TD
4
FPTS/G
13.7
Despite an awful rushing average, Hall sees enough work in the passing game to provide a double-digit floor. What we haven't seen in a while is his upside, which is always just one play away.
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PIT Pittsburgh • #30
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI PIT -5.5 O/U 41
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
13.6
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
542
REC
37
REYDS
247
TD
3
FPTS/G
12
I expect the pendulum will swing back towards Najee Harris this week in terms of everyone else's preference. This is a great matchup that both backs could take advantage of so I prefer the one with more pass-catching and big-play upside, especially if he'll have a lower roster rate.
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Heath's Projections

My full set of Week 13 Fantasy Football projections for every position are now available on SportsLine. Find out which of my favorite plays are projected to score higher than consensus rankings and which don't live up to their draft hype, at least in Week 13. Projected stats for all starting quarterbacks are available, so be sure to check out the full set of projections at SportsLine.