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Monkey Knife Fight: Week 13 Musings

We pick out some of your top MKF daily options this weekend.

Chris Godwin

The DLF Team is thrilled to announce an extension of our terrific partnership with the fastest growing daily fantasy sports site on the planet, Monkey Knife Fight (MKF). To further that relationship with our partner and premium members, we are now providing a weekly column to help familiarize you with the format and offer some tips on who to target each week throughout the NFL season.

This is the perfect format for you if you are in “rebuild” mode, “tanking”, or just looking for something that requires a little less work than managing a dynasty team year-round. Instead of competing against professional players, while calculating salaries against expected points, MKF is made for the average fan. Monkey Knife Fight offers the ability to play a wide variety of fantasy contests, including their popular More or Less games, allowing you to simply pick if a player is going to score more or less than the given line. You can read all about the details of the games and scoring here, but here is a quick rundown of how MKF works:

More/Less – You will be drafting your team by choosing More or Less for a group of player statistics presented. You will be squaring off with your own predictions. Choose the coinciding number of tiers correctly to win the prize shown prior to entry.

Rapid Fire – You will be selecting your team by choosing the highest-scoring player in multiple head-to-head matchups in statistical categories. They will need to beat the unchosen players in their head-to-head matchups.  If a player gets additional points added to their score in a matchup, they will be shown in green (ex: +15.5). Choose the coinciding posted number of matchups correctly to win the prize shown prior to entry.

Also, you can choose to play the full slate and select players from different games, or you can choose a single game to focus on and choose just the two quarterbacks, running backs, or receivers from that game only. Now, on to week 13!

Week 13 More or Less Plays

For the purpose of this article, we will cover the most popular format and give you players that we like or dislike over at MKF. Each week we will highlight a few player props at each position that really stand out. You can deploy these picks in the full slate contests or the single-game options. The choice is yours.

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr – WAS @ LV (267.5 Passing Yards)

There are sure to be plenty of fireworks in Sin City this Sunday. This game has a total of 49.5, the third-highest on the slate. The Washington Football Team comes in allowing the most passing yards per game at 266.6. On the other side of the ball, we have Derek Carr, who averages 310.4 passing yards per game. The veteran signal-caller has only failed to hit this mark in four of 11 games in 2021. This happened against the likes of the Bears, Bengals, and Chargers. These defenses are much more stout against the quarterback position. Carr and the Raiders should have no trouble airing it out at home versus Washington (more).

Tom Brady – TB @ ATL (302.5 Passing Yards)

Maybe you have heard – Tom Brady is really good against the Atlanta Falcons. Since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady has lit them up to the tune of 355 yards passing per game over the past three contests. We do not typically like to bet on high totals such as this but it is just too hard to ignore the history here. The Hall of Fame quarterback did fall just short of this total in week two, throwing for “just” 276 yards, but Tampa Bay won that one running away by a score of 48-25. This game could get ugly as well, but if it does, it will because Brady did Brady things yet again (more).

Ben Roethlisberger – BAL @ PIT (253.5 Passing Yards)

The Baltimore Ravens boast one of the best run defenses in the league. They are allowing just 84.2 yards per contest, second-best in the NFL. Najee Harris is a uber-talented rookie and will have a great career. He just will not find much success in this one, forcing the Pittsburgh Steelers to take to the air. Ben Roethlisberger is averaging just 252.5 passing yards per game in 2021 but has gone over this total in three of the last four and has his full complement of weapons back outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster. Big Ben did go over 253 in one of two games last season after missing most of 2019. In 2018, he threw for over 270 in both games versus the division rival (more).

Running Backs

Antonio Gibson – WAS @ LV (64.5 Rushing Yards)

Gibson was heavily involved in the passing game on Monday night and JD McKissick has already been ruled out for the game this Sunday. Gibson touched the ball a season-high 36 times in this one. We can expect that type of usage again in week 13 against a Raiders defense that allows 125.9 yards per game on the ground. Rookie Jarret Patterson will spell Gibson in spots, but the Football Team is a ground control offense. The second-year pro out of Memphis should have no trouble hitting 64.5 yards here and averages 64.7 yards per game despite a slow start to 2021 (more).

Jamaal Williams – MIN @ DET (60.5 Rushing Yards)

Another injury situation will lead to a heavy workload in week 13. D’Andre Swift is also ruled out for Sunday, leaving a finally healthy Jamaal Williams to carry the load. The Minnesota Vikings are worse against the run than the Raiders, allowing 134.4 yards per contest. Williams has looked good all season giving Swift a breather on game days. The show is his this week and he will capitalize by going well over 60.5 yards here. Detroit has been playing inspired football of late and is starting to take on the identity of their tough-as-nails head coach. Look for Jared Goff and the Lions to ride Williams to their first potential victory of the season (more).

Austin Ekeler – LAC @ CIN (51.5 Rushing Yards)

We are writing up Ekeler for a second straight week and despite the total dropping by nine yards for Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, we still are not sure we like it. The problem here is the Bengals run defense and the fact that Ekeler does most of his damage in the passing game. Cincinnati allows just 93.7 yards per game on the ground. Ekeler only ran for 31 in his last game against the Denver Broncos. We do not see much changing here against a team that is better against the position (less).

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Chris Godwin – TB @ ATL (69.5 Receiving Yards)

We mentioned earlier the success that Tom Brady has had against the Falcons since arriving in the bay. That success has correlated with Godwin having big games against them as well. Over those same three games where Brady has been hot, Godwin is averaging 77 yards per contest. Godwin also averages a healthy 73.3 yards per game on the season. Antonio Brown has been suspended for the next three games, leaving Mike Evans and Godwin to soak up all of the receiving targets. The Penn State grad has struggled of late, but this is a perfect get-right spot for the veteran (more).

Darnell Mooney – ARI @ CHI (54.5 Receiving Yards)

The Arizona Cardinals boast one of the best pass defenses in the league, allowing just 204 yards per game through the air, good for fourth-best in the NFL. Mooney has been on a hot streak of late, regardless of who the quarterback has been. Andy Dalton has been given the starting nod for week 13 which may be better for the second-year wideout. In the five games played with Dalton, the Tulane alum averages 74.2 yards per compared to 53.8 in six games with Justin Fields at the helm. Mooney has gone over 100 in two straight and averages 63.1 yards per game in 2021. All it will take is one deep connection between the duo and the total will be met here (more).

Tee Higgins – LAC @ CIN (4.5 Receptions)

Higgins has been targeted a whopping 40 times over the past five games for the Cincinnati Bengals, catching 25 of them. The volume is great, however the Los Angeles Chargers have only allowed 123 receptions to wideouts over 11 games, good for an 11.18 per game average. Factor in the presence of Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd and it is difficult to see Higgins hitting this total. Also working against him is the fact that the Chargers get gashed on the ground and Joe Mixon has been on fire. Look for Zac Taylor and company to work them over with the ground game, leaving Higgins on the outside looking in for four or more receptions (less).

Wrapping It Up

We hope that you have taken the opportunity to try out our partner’s platform and these tips help earn you extra cash towards your dynasty league dues. Come back weekly for the top plays and fades of the week from DLF. We look forward to seeing you here.

Monkey Knife Fight: Week 13 Musings
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