Mon Dec 2 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Guice comes up big Week 13
There were no teams on a bye this week but that didn’t lead to very many high scoring fantasy games. Most games were pretty low scoring because there weren't a lot of big-time fantasy performances. And some of the top players this season had a down week for their standards. This was a crucial week of games for many fantasy teams, so hopefully you got enough points to win your fantasy games this week.
We had eight 300-yard passers in Week 13, so the quarterback position saw some success. And six quarterbacks hit the three-touchdown mark. It wasn’t all roses with the quarterback spot, though. There were 11 quarterbacks that didn’t even crack 200-passing yards, including Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. This caused some headaches for fantasy teams.
The running back spot was the biggest disappointment for Week 13. There were just five 100-yard rushers despite no teams being on a bye. And just two backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. And both those players (Derrius Guice and Peyton Barber) were not used in most leagues.
The receiver position had a little more success with 12 receivers hitting the 100-yard mark. There were just three receivers that had multiple receiving touchdowns, though. This made the receiver position a little down compared to most weeks.
Tight end wasn’t much better. We had two 100-yard tight ends with one being little-used Tyler Higbee. The position didn’t have the game changer seen as past weeks. There were some solid scorers but nothing too off the charts.
Bears 24, Lions 20
Fantasy Stud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay had another one of his big performances, catching our passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 75-yard reception, showing his big-play ability once again. Golladay has five 100-yard games and is 50 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. He is having a breakout year and doing so despite getting some erratic quarterback play with Matthew Stafford out of the lineup.
Fantasy Dud: Bears defense. Many expected the Bears defense to be a great play this week with an inexperienced third-string quarterback that no one knew anything about. But despite that, the Bears defense produced very little in this game. They forced just a turnover and just two sacks. The Bears allowed nearly 400 yards of total offense and 20 points. You just expected a better fantasy showing.
Game Notes: David Blough got his first NFL start and looked very good, going 22-of-38 for 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He is likely to keep starting with Matthew Stafford out of the lineup.
Anthony Miller had nine receptions for 140 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the year, but Miller has at least six receptions three straight games.
Bills 26, Cowboys 15
Fantasy Stud: Cole Beasley. Beasley had quite the revenge game, catching six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Beasley has really come on of late, having scores two straight and touchdowns five of seven games. He also has at least four receptions four straight games. He has become a legit fantasy relevant player.
Fantasy Dud: Randal Cobb. Cobb had three receptions for 53 yards. It was a down game for him compared to recent games for him. Cobb had 85-plus yards three straight games before this one. He also had at least four receptions every game since Week 7. Cobb probably is a spot play for fantasy teams going forward. He will be worth using in the right matchup but that is about it. He’ll be up and down.
Game Notes: Devin Singletary found the end zone. He ran 14 times for 63 yards, and caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. He had 101 total yards and a score in the game.
John Brown didn’t catch a touchdown pass but threw one. He had three receptions for 26 yards and a 28-yard touchdown reception. Brown has touchdowns three straight games.
Saints 26, Falcons 18
Fantasy Stud: Taysom Hill. Hill did a little bit of everything in this game. He ran in a score, caught a touchdown pass and attempted a pass in the game. He ran two times for 33 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t connect on his pass attempt but did throw one in the game. He had 45 total yards and two scores in the game. Hill is a hard player to play for fantasy teams because he is a quarterback, but if he ever changes positions officially he will have some fantasy value.
Fantasy Dud: Drew Brees. Brees was very quiet in this game, going 18-of-30 for 184 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He didn’t even top 200 yards and failed to score multiple touchdowns. You just expect better from Brees, especially against a favorable opponent like the Falcons. He has been a little more inconsistent this year, though, having two games with one or no scores out of his six games he started and finished.
Game Notes: Russell Gage had five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Gage has at least four receptions four of five games.
Michael Thomas failed to top 50 yards for the first time all season. The good news is he caught six passes in the game, finishing with six catches for 48 yards. He has at least five receptions every game this year.
Titans 31, Colts 17
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry continued his red hot play late in the year, rushing 26 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 17 yards. Henry has three straight 100-yard games rushing for at least 149 yards in all three of those games. He also has touchdowns four straight. He is running as well as any back in the game right now.
Fantasy Dud: Jonathan Williams. Williams was a big bust after hitting the 100-yard mark two straight games. He started but watched Jordan Wilkins get three more carries than him. Williams ran eight times for 14 yards and caught a pass for 11 yards. You just expected better from Williams after his two very good games. He probably won’t be worth using the rest of the year with Marlon Mack expected back next week.
Game Notes: Zach Pascal hit the 100-yard mark, catching seven passes for 109 yards. This was his second 100-yard game of the season.
Jack Doyle was the No. 1 tight end with Eric Ebron out. He excelled in that lead role, catching six passes fro 73 yards and a touchdown. Both his reception and yardage totals were season highs for Doyle.
Bengals 22, Jets 6
Fantasy Stud: Joe Mixon. Mixon remained hot even with Andy Dalton back in the lineup. He had 19 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 26 yards, giving him 70 total yards and a touchdown. Mixon has 17-plus fantasy points three of four games. He has been a solid fantasy player the last few weeks and could be a fantasy difference maker down the stretch.
Fantasy Dud: Sam Darnold. Darnold had been red hot but was a big bust in this game. He failed to scored a touchdown against a bad Bengals defense. He was 28-of-48 for 239 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Darnold had seven touchdowns his previous two games, so you expected much better from him in this matchup.
Game Notes: Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup and led his team to their first victory of the year, going 22-of-37 243 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He should continue to start for the Bengals.
Robby Anderson had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 101 yards on a season-high 10 targets.
Packers 31, Giants 13
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had one of his best game of the season, going 21-of-33 for 243 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. This was a welcome sight after he had just two touchdowns his last three games. Rodgers has been playing well, having 23 total touchdowns to two interceptions, but his fantasy numbers haven’t been off the charts.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Jones. Jones continued his late-season slide, rushing 11 times for just 18 yards. Jones has fewer than 40-rushing yards three of four games. His play has cooled at a bad time for many fantasy teams, failing to score a touchdown three of four games as well.
Game Notes: Kaden Smith was the leading receiver for the Giants, catching six passes for 70 yards. The tight end has five receptions each of his last two games.
Davante Adams had his first two-touchdown game of the season, giving him scores two straight games. He had six receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Adams has at least six receptions four straight games.
Dolphins 37, Eagles 31
Fantasy Stud: DeVante Parker. Parker had another big game, finishing with seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Parker has 90-plus yards three straight. He also has been targeted double-digit times three of four games. He has been a huge fantasy factor and should continue to get a ton of targets going forward in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz was active but not much of a factor in the game. He had three receptions for just 24 yards. His hamstring injury limited him the game. He had three straight games with 90-plus yards before this showing. He’ll get better as he gets healthier but is a bit of a concern right now at less than 100 percent.
Game Notes: Ryan Fitzpatrick was 27-of-39 for 365 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Fitzpatrick has multiple touchdowns four of six games.
Alshon Jeffery returned to the lineup and had a great game. He had nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the season.
Steelers 20, Browns 13
Fantasy Stud: James Washington. Washington continues to lead the way at receiver for the Steelers. He had four receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Washington has touchdowns two straight and three of four. He also has 90 or more yards three of four games. He is the top receiver in this offense right now and getting weekly chances to stretch the field.
Fantasy Dud: Baker Mayfield. Mayfield looked more like the Baker Mayfield from earlier this season in this one. He failed to hit the 200-yard mark and had just a score. He was 18-of-32 for 196 yards and a touchdown with an interception and lost fumble. He remains a very hard fantasy player to trust because of his erratic play this season.
Game Notes: Benny Snell was the leading rusher for the Steelers once again. He ran 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Snell has 161-rushing yards his last two games.
Devlin Hodges played pretty well in a starting role for the Steelers. He was 14-of-21 for 212 yards a touchdown with an interception. He also led his team to victory, which was most important. He should continue to start for the Steelers.
Redskins 29, Panthers 21
Fantasy Stud: Derrius Guice. Guice didn’t even lead his team in carries but led the team in rushing. He had a huge game, breaking off a couple really big runs. He rushed 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Guice could be getting more work going forward after this great performance. He is the future at the poison for the Redskins and provides the most big-play ability of the backs.
Fantasy Dud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin had two receptions for just eight yards. It was very disappointing after his play had picked up in recent weeks. He had 12 targets last week and got just four in this game. He is having a solid rookie season but will be a much better fantasy play once the quarterback play in Washington gets better.
Game Notes: Greg Olsen was knocked from the game with a concussion. He was hurt on a nasty helmet to helmet hit. He had three receptions for 22 yards before getting injured.
D.J. Moore remains red hot for fantasy teams. He had six receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Moore has 75 or more yards five straight games.
Bucs 28, Jaguars 11
Fantasy Stud: Dede Westbrook. Westbrook had five receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown, leading the way at receiver for the Jaguars. Westbrook has at least four receptions each of his three games since returning from his shoulder injury. Westbrook has been targeted at least eight times five of the last seven games he has played. He gets a lot of weekly looks in a suddenly pass-heavy Jaguars offense.
Fantasy Dud: Nick Foles. Foles got plenty of fantasy play this week but was a huge failure for all his fantasy owners. He got benched in this game for rookie Gardner Minshew. Foles was 7-of-14 for 93 yards with an interception against a poor Bucs pass defense. Big things were expected from Foles in this one, but that didn’t happen. Foles could be on the bench going forward, especially with the Jaguars falling out of playoff contention.
Game Notes: Gardner Minshew replaced an ineffective Nick Foles and gave the offense a spark. He was 16-of-27 for 147 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Minshew could keep the starting job going forward.
Peyton Barber had 11 more carries than Ronald Jones and most of the red-zone work. Barber had 17 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns while Jones ran six times for just eight yards.
Ravens 20, 49ers 17
Fantasy Stud: Raheem Mostert. Mostert was the best 49ers back in this game and got most of the work at running back because of his great play. He ran 19 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for eight yards. This was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He has touchdowns two straight games and is going to get more work going forward because of his great play lately.
Fantasy Dud: George Kittle. Kittle was one of the many fantasy disappointments in this game. He had just two receptions for 17 yards. His reception and yardage totals were season lows. Kittle was coming off a 100-yard game and threes straight games with at least 79 yards. It was a tough matchup with poor conditions, so don’t read into this game too much. He’ll be fine.
Game Notes: Lamar Jackson had his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and is now 23 yards shy of a 1,000-yard rushing season. He ran 16 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also was 14-of-23 for 105 yards and a touchdown without an interception.
Deebo Samuel scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had two receptions for 41 yards and a score. Samuel also has 100-yard games two of four.
Rams 34, Cardinals 7
Fantasy Stud: Jared Goff. We saw the good Jared Goff in this one. He threw for over 400 yards and scored two touchdowns despite not even playing the fourth quarter with his team up big. He was 32-of-43 for 424 years and two touchdowns without a turnover. Goff had just more than 29 fantasy points, which was his second highest point total of the season. It also was the first time he topped 20 fantasy points in a game since Week 8.
Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. Murray was really held in check nearly the entire game. He was 19-of-34 for 163 yards and an interception throwing the ball. His only score came on the ground, rushing four times for 28 yards and a touchdown. It was a disappointing performance from the rookie quarterback. Murray had multiple touchdowns three straight games before this one. His fantasy point total was the third fewest of his season.
Game Notes: Robert Woods had 13 receptions for 172 yards. His yardage total was a season high and his receptions tied a season high. Woods has 95-plus yards three straight games.
Todd Gurley enjoyed one of the better games of his season. He ran 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 20 yards, giving him 115 total yards. Gurley has more than 100 total yards two of three games.
Broncos 23, Chargers 20
Fantasy Stud: Courtland Sutton. Sutton had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. This was his second multiple touchdown game of the season. Sutton has 70-plus yards eight of 12 games this year. He is having a breakout year as the No. 1 receiver in the Broncos offense. He will only get better, too, as the Broncos get better play from the quarterback spot. He is doing this in an offense that has struggled throwing the ball much of the season.
Fantasy Dud: Hunter Henry. Henry did next to nothing, catching two passes for 10 yards. Both totals were season lows for Henry. He had at least four receptions and 30 yards every game before this showing. It was an unexpected showing from a player that has been very consistent all year.
Game Notes: Drew Lock played pretty well in his first NFL start. He started the game with a flourish but cooled down after his start. He finished 18-of-28 for 134 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Most importantly, he led his team to victory, earning him more starts.
Mike Williams hit the 100-yard mark for the second time this season. He had five receptions for 117 yards. He has 75-plus yards three of four games.
Chiefs 40, Raiders 9
Fantasy Stud: Darren Waller. Waller did some damage in this one, catching seven passes for 100 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the season and his first since Week 7. It was good to see Waller produce big once again because his numbers had been down in recent weeks. He had fewer than 53 yards four of his last five games. Waller is having a big season as the starting tight end for the Raiders and proving to be a steal for all the teams that drafted him.
Fantasy Dud: Sammy Watkins. Watkins seemed primed for a big showing in this matchup, but didn’t even catch a pass. He was targeted three times in the game. Watkins had at least two receptions every game before this dud of a game. He is getting his catches but Watkins is producing few yards and scores. He has not scored a touchdown since the opener and has more than 50 yards just three of his last eight games.
Game Notes: Darrel Williams started but didn’t last the game, leaving with a leg injury. He had six carries for 13 yards, and a catch for a three-yard touchdown before exiting. Darwin Thompson got the most work after the injury and played well, rushing 11 times for 44 yards and a score.
Josh Jacobs had his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He ran 17 times for 104 yards, putting him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Texans 28, Patriots 22
Fantasy Stud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a huge game against a very good defense, which was great news to all his fantasy owners. Watson was 18-of-25 for 234 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also caught a six-yard touchdown pass, giving him four total scores in the game. Watson has six three-touchdown games his season. He is having another big year and producing consistent numbers for his fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu. Sanu had three receptions for 14 yards in a game the Patriots topped 300-passing yards. The Patriots are looking for options to step it up in the passing game, but Sanu isn’t helping much. Sanu has five receptions for 18 yards his last three games. He has about no fantasy value right now, getting few chances in this offense.
Game Notes: Tom Brady was held in check most of the game, but cracked the end zone twice late in the game to help his overall numbers. He was 24-of-47 for 326 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. This was just his third three-touchdown game of the season.
Duke Johnson was the most productive Texans running back. He ran nine times for 36 yards, and caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Hyde had 10 carries for just 17 yards.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (ribs, illness) is inactive for Week 15 against the Denver Broncos. Darwin Thompson, LeSean McCoy and Spencer Ware will shoulder the load for Kansas City. The Chiefs backfield isn't an ideal fantasy situation, though McCoy, who's had success running in snowy conditions, and Thompson are probably the safest choices.
Detroit Lions running back Bo Scarbrough (ribs) is officially inactive for Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Scarbrough wasn't able to practice on Thursday or Friday, so it was likely a longshot for him to play anyway. Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic, and practice-squad call-up Wes Hills will lead the backfield in Scarbrough's absence. All are shaky plays, considering Tampa Bay possesses the league's best run defense.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) is officially active for Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. When healthy, Fuller has been a difference-maker, averaging 7.6 targets and 74 receiving yards per game. He possesses considerable upside and could be worth a start in what should be a competitive divisional game. Fuller's presence is also a boost to quarterback Deshaun Watson's stock for this contest.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is active for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Edelman was optimistic about playing, though it's nice to get the official word. He's a must-start considering his eight-game streak with double-digit targets and the fact that Tom Brady doesn't seem to trust any other receiver in this offense right now.
The Philadelphia Eagles have declared OT Lane Johnson, DL Shareef Miller, OG Sua Opeta, DE Derek Barnett, QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Jordan Howard and WR Nelson Agholor inactive for Week 15.
Detroit Lions RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs) is not active for Week 15's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Henry should receive his normal workload this week and has been one of the top running backs in the NFL during the second half of the season. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Fuller will return to the lineup after missing some time because of his hamstring injury. He should see a handful of targets in the passing game but may not be more than a flex option in leagues.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Edelman should be the main option in the passing game for the Patriots this week and can be a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
According to a report by NFL's Ian Rapoport, the Cleveland Browns plan to retain Freddie Kitchens as their head coach after the season ends. Kitchens has gone through some growing pains as a first-time head coach, struggling with play calling at times while trying to manage some big egos in the Cleveland locker room. Despite the rough year, Kitchens is said to have support from the front office barring a late-season disaster. In what has seemed like a lost season at times, Kitchens and the Browns still have a chance to finish with a winning record, which would be just the third time that has happened since the team came back in 1999.
The New York Giants have declared TE Rhett Ellison, TE Evan Engram, OG Kevin Zeitler, QB Daniel Jones, OG Chad Slade and RB Wayne Gallman inactive for Week 15.
The Carolina Panthers have declared LB Christian Miller, OT Garrett McGhin, CB Corn Elder, TE Greg Olsen, DE Marquis Haynes, DL Woodrow Hamilton and LB Ramik Wilson inactive for Week 15.
The Tennessee Titans have declared WR Adam Humphries, CB Adoree' Jackson, LB Daren Bates, LB Sharif Finch, DE Matt Dickerson, DT Isaiah Mack and OG Kevin Pamphile inactive for Week 15.
The Washington Redskins have declared OG Brandon Scherff, TE Caleb Wilson, WR Trey Quinn, CB Quinton Dunbar, SS Josh Harvey-Clemons, OG Ross Pierschbacher and QB Colt McCoy inactive for Week 15.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not planning on requesting a trade this offseason. This is a change from what Fox's Jay Glazer reported last week when he broke that Beckham has been telling opposing coaches and players to trade for him on-field before games. While it now appears that Beckham will stay in Cleveland, he is among a group of veterans who are hoping the team makes a few adjustments to the coaching staff and how roles are delegated for the 2020 season. Beckham is also said to be playing through a hernia injury although no decisions have been made in regards to his offseason plans just yet. A source told LaCanfora that the injury is not a major one and that surgery may not be a requirement this offseason.
The Denver Broncos have declared DL Adam Gotsis, OG Ronald Leary, CB Shakial Taylor, OT Ja'Wuan James, DE DeMarcus Walker, OT Calvin Anderson and DT Dre'Mont Jones inactive for Week 15.
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Chad Henne, CB Morris Claiborne, OG Nick Allegretti, CB Rashad Fenton, RB Damien Williams, OT Jackson Barton and TE Deon Yelder inactive for Week 15.
The Detroit Lions have declared DL A'Shawn Robinson, OG Beau Benzschawel, RB Bo Scarbrough, QB Matthew Stafford, CB Michael Jackson, LB Christian Jones and OT Ricky Wagner inactive for Week 15.