Studs and Duds: Week 13

2017-12-04 10:02:50
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Hill has big showing Week 13

It was a strange week of fantasy scoring as many top players (i.e. Tom Brady, Julio Jones) laid an egg. And on the flip side, there were many games decided by fantasy defenses, which scored more this week than usual. It caused for fantasy scores to be more low scoring than normal. We didn't have a barrage of points like in recent weeks. Hopefully, you were on the positive side of things in Week 13.

Cowboys 38, Redskins 14

Fantasy Stud: Alfred Morris. Morris enjoyed his best game in a starting role for the Cowboys this season. Morris ran 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys got a lead and relied on Morris a lot more often, leading to a lot of chances for Morris. This was his first 100-yard rushing game of the sans but he has 90-plus rushing yards two of the last three games.

Fantasy Dud: Samaje Perine. Perine got his chances but didn't have much room to run, coming way down from his previous game. He ran 12 times for just 38 yards. Perine had two straight 100-yard games before this showing, so his game was unexpected, especially with the Cowboys struggling doing into this game. The good news is Perine remains the starter and should continue to get plenty of work going forward.

Game Notes: Dak Prescott injured his thumb and seemed to be limited in the game. He was able to play but the Cowboys were run-first after he was injured. Prescott was 11-of-22 for 102 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. His injury is one to watch going forward.

Josh Doctson scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He caught three passes for 26 yards and a score. Doctson has five touchdowns on the season.

Vikings 14, Falcons 9

Fantasy Stud: Case Keenum. Keenum didn't have a great game but played well once again in a big road victory for the team. He was 25-of-30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Keenum missed on just five passes and moved the offense well throughout the game. He is going to keep starting for the Vikings, having multiple scores four of five games. He also has 280-plus yards in four of those games.

Fantasy Dud: Julio Jones. Jones carried teams to victory last week but did nothing for them in Week 13. Jones caught two passes for just 24 yards. It was an awful showing at a crucial time for many fantasy teams. Jones will be fine going forward, but this game likely hurt many fantasy teams.

Game Notes: Matt Ryan cooled off in a big way, failing to score a touchdown for fantasy teams. He was 17-of-30 for 173 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Ryan had multiple scores four of his previous five games before this one.

Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph has three touchdowns his last two games and three of his last five games with scores.

49ers 15, Bears 14

Fantasy Stud: Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin continued his great play, failing to miss a beat with a new quarterback at the helm for the 49ers. He caught eight passes for 99 yards. Goodwin has 68 or more yards four straight games and 12 receptions his last two. He is the clear No. 1 receiver for the 49ers and gaining value on a weekly basis for fantasy teams.

Fantasy Dud: Jordan Howard. Howard had a rare down game for his standards, rushing 13 times for 38 yards. He also just caught pass for a negative game. Howard has really cooled in recent weeks, having 52 total yards his last two games. He is still having a very good season, but his overall numbers have suffered some in recent weeks with the Bears offense struggling.

Game Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo didn't throw a touchdown pass but still played very well in his first start with his new team. He led the 49ers to a road victory, going 26-of-37 for 293 yards with an interception.

Mitchell Trubisky missed on just three passes all game, but still threw for just 102 yards. He was 12-of-15 for 102 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He is making progress as a starter but has a ways to go to help fantasy teams.

Patriots 23, Bills 3

Fantasy Stud: Rex Burkhead. Burkhead remains very hot for all his fantasy owners. He ran 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 25 yards, giving him 103 total yards. Burkhead has touchdowns three of his last four games and is quickly becoming a reliable fantasy back.

Fantasy Dud: Tom Brady. Brady failed to score a touchdown, which was a huge downer for fantasy teams. He was 21-of-30 for 258 yards with an interception. Brady is still having a huge season but this game was awful for all his fantasy owners, especially this late in the fantasy season.

Game Notes: Tyrod Taylor injured his knee and had to leave the game. He was 9-of-18 for 65 yards with an interception before leaving. Nathan Peterman looked better than his first NFL start but still wasn't great, going 6-of-15 for 52 yards.

Rob Gronkowski led the way in the passing game for the Patriots, catching nine passes for 147 yards. Both totals were season highs for Gronk. He has two 100-yard games on the season.

Packers 26, Bucs 20

Fantasy Stud: Jamaal Williams. Williams had a big day as the lead runner for the Packers, hitting the 100-yard mark. He ran 21 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 10 yards. Williams has touchdowns two straight games and topped the 100-yard mark each of those games. He is becoming the clear No. 1 back for the Packers and making the most of his work.

Fantasy Dud: Brett Hundley. Hundley had his best game of the season the previous week but didn't follow that up very well. He was 13-of-22 for 84 yards with an interception. He failed to score a touchdown and struggled to make any big plays down the field. You thought you might be able to trust him for fantasy purposes but that clearly isn't the case after this game.

Game Notes: Aaron Jones returned from injury and had just a carry, but it was a 20-yard touchdown run in overtime. He remains the backup but for the Packers, but it was good to see him make the most of his little work.

Jameis Winston returned from injury and looked good, going 21-of-32 for 270 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Winston has thrown for 270 or more yards five of nine games.

Titans 24, Texans 13

Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry had just 11 carries but made several big plays, rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown. This was his second 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has 80-plus yards two straight games. Henry isn't getting a ton of work but making plays with his few chances. He could be getting more work going forward after this big showing.

Fantasy Dud: Corey Davis. Davis had just two receptions for 12 yards. He continues to disappoint since his return from injury. He has fewer than 50 yards all but the first game of the season. He is not a guy fantasy teams can trust right now. Davis has a bright future but isn't living up to his potential just yet.

Game Notes: Marcus Mariota played a solid game, throwing for 150 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He also ran for 23 yards and a score, giving him two total scores without a turnover.

Delanie Walker caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Walker has touchdowns two straight games and at least 63 yards six straight games.

Dolphins 35, Broncos 9

Fantasy Stud: Kenyan Drake. Drake had a big game as the clear lead back for the Dolphins with Damien Williams out of the lineup. Drake had a huge game, rushing 23 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 21 yards, giving him 141 total yards. Drake has touchdowns three of his last four games. Drake is becoming a fantasy relevant player late in the season.

Fantasy Dud: Trevor Siemian. Siemian was a dud in his return to the starting lineup. He was 19-of-41 for 200 yards with three interceptions. Who knows where the Broncos will turn to the starting lineup in Week 14? This is a mess of a situation in Denver. They need to find a franchise quarterback in a hurry.

Game Notes: Kenny Stills continues his solid play, catching five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Stills has touchdowns two of his last three games.

Jets 38, Chiefs 31

Fantasy Stud: Alex Smith. Smith had a huge game after some rumblings he might head to the bench. He was 19-of-33 for 366 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran once for 70 yards. It was a huge fantasy performance from Smith, who likely wasn't used by many teams after his last several games. Smith also keeps his starting job for another game because of this big showing.

Fantasy Dud: Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins wasn't a part of all the offensive success in this game, catching two passes for seven yards. This was his lowest yardage total of the season. Seferian-Jenkins has cooled some the last two games, having four receptions for 34 yards. He also hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 7.

Game Notes: Tyreek Hill had a monster game, catching six passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. This was his third 100-yard game of the season. He has touchdowns three of his last six games.

Robby Anderson broke his streak of touchdowns in five straight games but hit the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He caught eight passes for 107 yards. He has three 100-yard games for the year.

Jaguars 30, Colts 10

Fantasy Stud: Blake Bortles. Bortles remains hot for fantasy teams, going 26-of-35 for 309 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Bortles has thrown for 250-plus yards four of his last six games. He has really started to gain confidence in the passing game, making more plays late in the year.

Fantasy Dud: Jacoby Brissett. Brissett had a pretty poor showing, almost as expected against a very good pass defense. He was 21-of-36 for 174 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He failed to throw for even 200 yards and was intercepted twice. Brissett remains a streaming option only for fantasy purposes.

Game Notes: Leonard Fournette hurt his ankle again, seeing him limp off the field. He played pretty well, rushing 20 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 22 yards, giving him 79 total yards. He is likely to be hobbled by the injury the rest of the year.

Marqise Lee caught seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Lee has touchdowns three of his last five games.

Ravens 44, Lions 20

Fantasy Stud: Alex Collins. Collins continues to excel as the starter for the Ravens. He ran 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Collins has touchdowns three straight games. He is a legit every-week starter for NFL teams, finding the end zone on a weekly basis. Collins has a real chance to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career. He is 295 yards shy of 1,000 yards.

Fantasy Dud: Danny Woodhead. Woodhead actually got the least amount of playing time of the three Raven backs. He ran three times for nine yards and caught two passes for 14 yards. It was not a good showing for Woodhead, who had nine receptions his previous two games. Woodhead has gotten some catches this year but his overall numbers are pretty low, making him a very iffy fantasy play.

Game Notes: Matthew Stafford injured his thumb and had to leave the game late. The good news is Stafford avoided a break. He could still miss time, though. Stafford was 24-of-29 for 292 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Mike Wallace hit the 100-yard mark. He caught five passes for 116 yards. This was his second 100-yard game of the year.

Chargers 19, Browns 10

Fantasy Stud: Keenan Allen. Allen kept up his red hot play with another big game. He caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Allen has three straight games with double-digit receptions and 100 yards. He is playing as well as any fantasy receiver in the game right now. He is already over 1,000 yards for the season and posting huge weekly numbers in the Chargers suddenly explosive passing game.

Fantasy Dud: Duke Johnson. Johnson did very little with his work, rushing seven times for just two yards. He also got few chances catching the ball, finishing with two receptions for 10 yards. Johnson had five straight games with at least four receptions. This game with a lack of work catching the ball was a surprise. Expect him to get more targets in the passing game going forward.

Game Notes: Philip Rivers hit the 300-yard mark for the second straight game. He was 31-of-43 for 344 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. Rivers has six touchdowns without an interception his last three games.

Josh Gordon returned from his lengthy suspension and was a big part of the passing game. He caught four passes for 85 yards and was targeted 11 times in the game. He is going to be a huge part of the passing game the rest of the year for the Browns.

Raiders 24, Giants 17

Fantasy Stud: Evan Engram. Engram continued his big rookie season, catching seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Both his reception and yardage totals were season and career highs. He has at least four receptions nine games, posting very consistent numbers for the Giants passing attack. Engram has touchdowns five of seven games.

Fantasy Dud: Jared Cook. You thought Cook might be a huge part of the passion game because of injury, but that wasn't the case. Cook caught just a pass for nine yards, surprising many with his down game. Cook has just two catches for 11 yards his last two games. He had 100-yard games two of his previous four games before those two bad games. Cook is a very hard player to trust for fantasy teams this late in the season.

Game Notes: Marshawn Lynch hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 17 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game as a Raider. Lynch has touchdowns three of his last four games.

Sterling Shepard returned from his migraine issues and looked just fine, catching three passes for 56 yards. He led the Giant receivers in yards.

Saints 31, Panthers 21

Fantasy Stud: Alvin Kamara. Kamara had his usual great showing for fantasy teams. He might be the best fantasy back in the game the last five weeks. Kamara ran nine times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and caught five passes for 66 yards. Kamara finished with 126 total yards and two scores. He has touchdowns six straight games. He also has more than 100 total yards five straight.

Fantasy Dud: Ted Ginn. Ginn caught two passes for 27 yards. Ginn had 59 or more yards six of his previous seven games before this down game. It was an unexpected showing, considering Ginn had 13 receptions his last two games. Ginn was not heavily targeted in the game, though, leading to down numbers. He should rebound in the weeks to come, and we should be totally shocked by this showing based off his numbers from earlier this year.

Game Notes: Mark Ingram went over 100 total yards. He ran 14 times for 85 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 37 yards. Ingram has touchdowns six of his last eight games.

Devin Funchess had four receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. He has scores two of his last three games and at least four receptions four straight.

Rams 32, Cardinals 16

Fantasy Stud: Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald returned to his big ways after a poor showing last week. He caught 10 passes for 98 yards and a touchdowns. Fitzgerald has at least nine receptions and 90-plus yards three of his last five games. He is having another huge season, showing few signs of slowing down.

Fantasy Dud: Jaron Brown. Brown did not have a reception in the game, which was a surprise considering he started and the Cardinals were thin at receiver because of injury. Brown is a hard fantasy player to have much confidence, having one or two receptions his last six games.

Game Notes: Kerwynn Williams started because of an injury to Adrain Peterson and did well in that role. He ran 16 times for 97 yards. This was his first game all season with more than 25-rushing yards.

Todd Gurley had his usual huge total yardage game. He ran 19 times for 74 yards and caught six passes for 84 yards, giving him 158 total yards. Gurley now has 1,502 total yards with four games to play.

Seahawks 24, Eagles 10

Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was brilliant in this game, carrying the Seahawks offense most of the night. He was 20-of-31 for 227 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. And he did this against a very good Eagles defense. Wilson might be the best fantasy quarterback in the game right now, having multiple touchdowns seven straight games. He has three straight three-touchdown games.

Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz had a rare poor showing but did leave the game early because of a possible concussion. He had just two receptions for 24 yards before exiting. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest. But his poor showing was a rare sight for all his fantasy owners. Ertz was struggling in this game even before getting injured. It was just an off night for the elite fantasy tight end.

Game Notes: Nelson Agholor was the top target for the Eagles passing game, catching seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yr game of the season. He is up to eight touchdowns on the season.

Mike Davis has assumed the lead back duties for the Seahawks. He returned from injury and got about all the work at running back. He ran 16 times for 64 yards and caught four passes for 37 yards, giving him 101 total yards.

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