5 breakout fantasy football stars to pick up for Week 13

As the bye-heavy Week 13 looms, these five pickups can help you find a way to a win in your fantasy football league.

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3. Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers

We talked about Love in this space last week after his explosive performance against the Los Angeles Chargers but it appears the audience was skeptical. There was certainly reason to be wary of Love's production since the Chargers have the worst pass defense in football but Love's rostered percentage only increased by six points, going from 46 percent to 52 percent.

Those six percent of owners who picked up and started Love got another gem as he put together a mouth-watering performance against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Love delivered his best fantasy outing of the season, carving up the Lions' defense by completing 22-of-32 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's 29-22 win.

There was also a bit of rushing juice for Love, who ran three times for 39 yards, but his improved passing numbers have been key to this surge. Love has thrown seven touchdowns against just two interceptions over his past three games while adding at least 268 yards through the air in every game.

Week 13 won't be easy for Love, who will face Kansas City's stingy pass defense on Sunday Night Football, but the Packers may find themselves in a volume-based passing attack against the Chiefs' explosive offense. Fantasy owners trying to find a one-week fill-in for Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson could do worse than dialing up Love in this game.