The Kansas City Chiefs got back into the win column in Week 12, and it coincided with what appears to be Rashee Rice’s breakout game of his young career. After finding the end zone and finishing over the century mark in receiving, the Chiefs rookie has suddenly skyrocketed back onto the fantasy football radar this weekend.
How confident should fantasy managers be in starting Rice in lineups versus a more than capable Green Bay Packers defense?
Fantasy Football analysis: Chiefs WR Rashee Rice
Rice ranks as WR35 in PPR leagues with an average of 11.5 fantasy points per game this season. He’s caught 44 of 56 targets for 527 receiving yards and five touchdowns, although he’s finally beginning to emerge as a trusted target for Patrick Mahomes.
Start or sit in Week 13 PPR leagues?
Start. Rice saw 10 targets in last week’s win over the Las Vegas Raiders, which was easily the highest volume of looks he received this season. Perhaps it marks a turning point in that Andy Reid and Mahomes will look his way more often to move the chains. He does face a Packers defense that is giving up the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position.
Still, he profiles as a solid flex option as he operates as the clear number two behind Travis Kelce when it comes to the passing game.
Start or sit in Week 13 standard leagues?
Start. With Rice’s 107 receiving yards and a score last week, it was the first time all year that a Chiefs receiver had more than five receptions or 100 yards in a game. Rice just happened to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to his stat line, and it should call for more looks and targets coming his way moving forward.
Green Bay does boast the ninth-ranked pass defense in the NFL, but Rice’s emerging status as the Chiefs’ WR2 is too good to pass up if you have him on your roster. He’ll be a solid flex option in both smaller and larger fantasy leagues for Week 13.
Player(s) you would start ahead of Rashee Rice
If the matchup doesn’t sit well with fantasy managers, they can opt to look at Josh Downs instead. While Downs hasn’t been consistently effective on the regular, he does have a very favorable matchup against the Tennesee Titans on Sunday. The Titans are allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts, and they rank 19th in defending the pass (224.5 YPG allowed).