Fantasy football analyst Sal Vetri will use this space to deliver his keys to victory every week of the 2023 NFL season.
Finding No. 1: The best RB spot of the week belongs to Rachaad White
He’s been a top-three running back the past month, averaging an elite 81% of the snaps and 20 opportunities during this stretch. White has dominated as a receiver all season, ranking top five in RB receptions and yards. But in Week 12 we saw him find success on the ground, averaging 6.7 yards per carry on his 15 touches, totaling 100 yards.
This week he’ll face the Panthers’ bottom-five run defense. Carolina allowed 20.1 points to a struggling Derrick Henry last week. Opposing backfields are averaging 112 yards per game against the Panthers. Continue to start White.
Finding No. 2: The sketchy RB spot of the week belongs to Joe Mixon
The Bengals offense struggled in Week 12 without Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins. Cincinnati totaled just 222 yards and it averaged just 5.4 yards per play. Joe Mixon had his worst rushing performance of the year as he earned 16 yards on eight carries. His 44 receiving yards saved him from a truly dreadful day.
In Week 13, Mixon will face the Jaguars. He and the Bengals will be a seven-point underdog against Jacksonville’s strong run defense. The Jaguars allow just 59.2 total rushing yards per game to opposing backfields, the fewest in the league. It’s difficult to sit Mixon this week given all the byes, but if you have a viable replacement, I’d consider it.
Finding No. 3: The pick-up-and-play of the week is Curtis Samuel
He battled injuries from Week 7 to Week 11, but in Week 12 he was finally healthy and it showed. Samuel earned 100 yards on a team-high 12 targets.
He continues to benefit from the Commanders’ league-high passing volume. Samuel now has four top-24 finishes over his last five healthy games. This week he’ll take on Miami as the Commanders are a 9.5-point underdog. In similar spots this season, the Commanders throw 40+ times and…