Mon Nov 16 9:51am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Roethlisberger scores four TDs
With some poor weather conditions wreaking havoc, running games had some more success this week. There were eight 100-yard rushers, including a player that nearly had 200-rushing yards. Plus, some running backs getting healthy (Nick Chubb and Kenyan Drake) helped rushing attacks find more success. Hopefully, this is a trend for the position going forward. The running back position has been a trying one for fantasy teams.
The weather had the opposite impact on passing games, having eight quarterbacks throw for fewer than 200-passing yards. Teams had some issues throwing the ball because of wind and rain, causing for lower passing numbers in many games. This is something to keep in mind going forward. Keep an eye on those forecasts Sunday morning before you set your lineups.
Colts 34, Titans 17
Fantasy Stud: Nyheim Hines. Hines got most of the work this week for the Colts, posting a season high 28.5 fantasy points. He had 12 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also had five receptions for 45 yards and another score, giving him 115 total yards and two touchdowns. Hines is hard to trust in this offense but he is more than capable of the big game, having three games with 20-plus fantasy points.
Fantasy Dud: A.J. Brown. Brown had a rare down game, catching a pass for 21 yards. He had a sure touchdown drop early in the game, which set the tone of the night for Brown. Brown had touchdowns five straight games before this dud of a showing. This was his worst game of the season and worse showing since Week 1. He’ll be fine going forward, but this game showed that Brown might not be a sure thing every week just yet.
Game Notes: Michael Pittman had his first 100-yard game as a pro. He had seven receptions for 101 yards and a carry for 21 yards, giving him 122 total yards. Pittman has 11 receptions his last two games.
Derrick Henry had his fifth 100-yard game of the season. Henry ran 19 times for 103 yards and caught pass for six yards. It wasn’t a huge fantasy performance but another consistent showing for Henry.
Browns 10, Texans 7
Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb returned from his knee injury and had a huge game. He ran 19 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. The only negative was Chubb didn’t have a catch. Chubb still had nearly 20 fantasy points despite not having a catch. He has 100-yard gams three of five games. Chubb has been super consistent in the Browns run-heavy offense. His injury looks like a thing of the past.
Fantasy Dud: Deshaun Watson. Watson was cooled off in this game, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. His fantasy point total was a season low for Watson. He had to deal with really windy conditions, which impacted both teams throwing the ball. Watson will be just fine going forward, but this game likely hurt many fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Kareem Hunt didn’t start but also hit the 100-yard mark. He had 19 carries for 104 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the season.
Duke Johnson got the start for the Texans but didn’t produce huge numbers. He had 14 carries 54 yards and didn’t catch a pass. Johnson has double-digit fantasy points just one game this year.
Lions 30, Washington 27
Fantasy Stud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford had one of his better games of the season. He was 24-of-33 for 276 yard and three touchdowns without a turnover. Stafford has three-touchdown games two of three. He hasn’t been off the charts this year but very consistent. He has six games with 20-plus fantasy points.
Fantasy Dud: T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson was one of the top rated fantasy tight ends this week but didn’t come through for his fantasy owners. He had just two catches for 13 yards. You just expected much better from Hockenson, especially with how well he was playing in recent weeks. This was a really surprise showing for the emerging tight end.
Game Notes: D’Andre Swift dominated carries for the Lions. He got the start and ran 16 times for 81 yards compared to Adrian Peterson getting four carries for 21 yards. Swift also had five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, giving him 139 total yards and two touchdowns.
Antonio Gibson didn’t have many yards but scored two times. He had 13 carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four catches for 20 yards, giving him 65 total yards and two scores.
Packers 24, Jaguars 20
Fantasy Stud: Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Valdes-Scantling had his best game of the season, hitting the 100-yard mark for the first time. He had four receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, scoring just fewer than 25 fantasy points. He has touchdowns two straight and 19-plus fantasy points each of those games.
Fantasy Dud: Tyler Eifert. Eifert was quiet in this game, finishing with two receptions for 15 yards. Eifert got a little play this week after having a season high in receptions and yards last week with Jake Luton as his starting quarterback. Eifert showed he is hard to trust, though. He has done next to nothing all year.
Game Notes: James Robinson had his third 100-yard rushing game. He ran 23 times for 109 yards. Robinson has at least 99-rushing yards three straight games.
Aaron Rodgers had his second straight 300-yard passing game and fourth of the season. He was 24-of-34 for 325 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Rodgers also ran in a score, giving him three total scores.
Giants 27, Eagles 17
Fantasy Stud: Wayne Gallman. Gallman continues to find the end zone on a regular basis. He had 18 carrels for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Gallman has scored touchdowns four straight games. He has at least 13 fantasy points all four of those games. He has been a consistent fantasy scorer in a starting role for the Giants.
Fantasy Dud: Travis Fulgham. He had his worst game in several weeks, catching a pass for eight yards. He failed to have at least 12 fantasy points for the first time in five games. Fulgham had 20-plus yards four straight game and scores four of five. This game is a concern for Fulgham going forward, competing with more Eagles receivers for targets. He might be up and down a little bit going forward.
Game Notes: Miles Sanders returned from his knee injury and had a good game. He ran 15 times for 85 yards and caught two passes for 10 yards. Sanders has at least 95 total yards all but a game this year.
Darius Slayton got going again after a few down games. He had five receptions for 93 yards. Slayton has 90-plus yards three games this year.
Bucs 46, Panthers 23
Fantasy Stud: Ronald Jones. Jones lost another fumble but made up for that with a huge day on the ground, topped off by a 98-yard touchdown run. Jones had 23 carries for 192 yards and a touchdown. This was his fourth 100-yard game of the season. The only downer is Jones has lost fumbles two of three games. The rest of his numbers have been pretty good much of the year.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Davis. Davis got another chance to start because of an injury to Christian McCaffrey. Davis surprisingly struggled to do much in this one, rushing seven times for 32 yards. He also had four receptions for 12 yards. Davis had a season low 8.4 fantasy points. Davis has cooled in recent weeks, having fewer than nine fantasy points four straight games.
Game Notes: Teddy Bridgewater left the game early because of a knee injury. This is one to watch going forward. Bridgewater was 18-of-24 for 136 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also ran in a score, giving him three total touchdowns.
Antonio Brown continues to get a good number of chances for the Bucs. He led the team with seven receptions for 69 yards. Brown has 10 receptions on 13 targets in two games for Tampa.
Raiders 37, Broncos 12
Fantasy Stud: Josh Jacobs. It was good to see Jacobs finally have that huge fantasy game. He ran 21 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four receptions for 24 yards. This was his third multiple touchdown game of the season. Jacobs has scores two straight games and double-digit fantasy points all but a game.
Fantasy Dud: Drew Lock. Lock had a nightmare of a game, turning the ball over four times. He was 23-of-47 for 257 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions. Lock didn’t even reach 14 fantasy points after two straight games with 23-plus fantasy points. He was starting to show some signs of life but laid an egg in this one. It is going to be hard to trust Lock going forward.
Game Notes: Deontae Booker got a lot more work with the Raiders up big and took advantage, rushing 16 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Booker has scores two straight and at least 68-rushing yards both of those games.
Derek Carr had his worst fantasy game of the season with the Raiders having all sorts of success running the ball. Carr failed to hit double-digit fantasy points. He was 16-of-25 for 154 yards without a touchdown or interception.
Dolphins 29, Chargers 21
Fantasy Stud: Justin Herbert. Herbert didn’t have the yards this game but scored three touchdowns once again. He was 20-of-32 for 187 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also ran four times for 10 yards and a touchdown, giving him three total scores. Herbert has three-plus scores five of six games. He has been a fantasy star all season long as the starter for the Chargers.
Fantasy Dud: DeVante Parker. Parker had a hard time getting going, catching two passes for 31 yards. Parker has been a little inconsistent this season. He has fewer than 40 yards three of four games. He does have two scores and a 100-yard game but his numbers haven’t been near those of last season for Parker.
Game Notes: Salvon Ahmed led the Dolphins in rushing and played well in a lead role, running 21 times for 85 yard and a touchdown. He should be the lead back for the team as long as Myles Gaskin is out of action.
Tua Tagovailoa had another strong start for the Dolphins. He didn’t turn the ball over, going 15-of-25 for 169 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He is yet to throw an interception this season, having five touchdowns without a pick
Cardinals 32, Bills 30
Fantasy Stud: Cole Beasley. Beasley had 11 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. He was a huge part of the passing game once again, scoring a season high 27.9 fantasy points. This was his second game of the season with double-digit receptions and 100-plus yards. Beasley has three total 100-yard games this year. He is having a fine season, working out of the slot for Bills.
Fantasy Dud: Zack Moss. Moss had the most carries for the Bills but couldn’t find much room to run. He had seven carries for 20 yards and caught a pass for negative three yards. Moss had scores two straight and three straight games with double-digit fantasy points before this awful showing for Moss. The good news is he is at least leading the way in the backfield for the Bills.
Game Notes: Stefon Diggs had another one of his big games, catching 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. He has three straight games with 90-plus yards and four 100-yard games.
Kenyan Drake returned from his ankle injury and hit the 100-yard rushing mark. He ran 16 times for 100 yards. He has 100-yard games two of three.
Rams 23, Seahawks 16
Fantasy Stud: Malcolm Brown. Brown didn’t have a ton of yards but scored twice. He had six carries for 33 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two catches for 18 yards. This was his highest fantasy point total since Week 1 of the season. Brown does have double-digit fantasy points two of three games. He is getting some consistent work around the goal line.
Fantasy Dud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was a real disappointment, failing to score a touchdown. He was 22-of-37 for 248 yards with two interceptions. He also lost a fumble, turning the ball over three times. This was the first time all season Wilson failed to have multiple touchdowns in a game. He had at least 25 fantasy points every game before this one, scoring just 16.4 fantasy points.
Game Notes: Cam Akers led the Rams in rushing, running 10 times for 38 yards. He had the most carries and rushing yards between the three backs. This was his first game with double-digit rush attempts since Week 1.
Alex Collins got most of the work at running back for the Seahawks, running 11 times for 43 yards and a touchdown. DeeJay Dallas ran just two times for eight yards.
Saints 27, 49ers 13
Fantasy Stud: Alvin Kamara. Kamara carried the Saints offense once again, scoring three touchdowns. He ran eight times for 15 yards and two touchdowns. Kamara had seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. He had 98 total yards and three scores. Kamara has 11 total touchdowns and more than 1,100 total yards after this game. He is carrying many fantasy teams to the playoffs all by himself.
Fantasy Dud: Michael Thomas. Thomas had another disappointing game for all his fantasy owners. He had two receptions for 27 yards. Thomas is yet to top 55 yards in a game and does not even have 100 yards after three games. He is shaping up to be a huge bust, barring a strong finish to the season. He can only go up from here.
Game Notes: Drew Brees was knocked from the game because of a rib injury. He lasted a half, going 8-of-13 for 76 yards and a touchdowns without a turnover. Jameis Winston played in relief and was 6-of-10 for 63 yards.
Brandon Aiyuk returned from the COVID list and led his team in receiving once again, finishing with seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. He has 75-plus years three straight and at least six receptions all of those games.
Steelers 36, Bengals 10
Fantasy Stud: Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger had a great game, going 27-of-46 for 333 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. This was his first four-touchdown game and game with 30-plus fantasy points. Roethlisberger has multiple touchdowns all but a game this season. He has 22 touchdowns to four interceptions.
Fantasy Dud: James Conner. Conner was one of the few disappointing fantasy players for the Steelers. He didn’t do much on the ground, rushing 13 times for 36 yards. Conner had two receptions for 12 yards, giving him 48 total yards. Conner has struggled the last two games, finishing with fewer than seven fantasy points each of his last two games.
Game Notes: Tee Higgins enjoyed his second 100-yard game of his rookie year, catching seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Higgins has 70-plus yards four straight games.
Diontae Johnson hit the 100-yard mark for the first time this year, having six receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. He has double-digit targets three of four games.
Patriots 23, Ravens 17
Fantasy Stud: Willie Snead. He found the end zone for the first time since Week 1. Snead had five receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Snead has at least four receptions three straight games. He has been the best Ravens receiver to use in recent weeks, producing better numbers than Marquise Brown.
Fantasy Dud: Marquise Brown. Brown had another game to forget, catching two passes for 14 yards. Brown has fewer than double-digit fantasy points four straight games. He is not having near the season most expected, being more miss than hit much of the year. The entire Ravens passing game has struggled, though, leading to the erratic production from Brown.
Game Notes: Damien Harris hit the 100-yard mark for the third time this season. He ran 22 times for 121 yards. Harris has 70-plus rushing yards three straight games.
Mark Andrews had season highs in receptions (seven) and yards (61). It was an encouraging game after having fewer than 35 yards three straight games.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 13
The New York Giants placed starting outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell (calf) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a calf injury. Fackrell will miss at least the next three games, leaving the Giants very short-handed at the position. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks and was playing close to 100 percent of the defensive snaps before suffering the injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals. No outside linebacker on the active roster has more than one sack this year. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines are also on IR. Jamaal Sheard and rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown could start in Week 13 against the Seahawks, making the New York defense one to avoid for fantasy managers after they were a popular streaming defense against Cincy.
The Denver Broncos activated quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after all three had PCR tests come back negative on Monday. They will all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chiefs. So barring additional team discipline, the Broncos won't be forced to use a practice-squad wide receiver under center against their division rivals. If Lock returns as the starter for this offense, it'll be excellent news for receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant. Denver will likely be forced to throw often to keep up with the Chiefs high-octane offense, too, but Lock's inconsistency this season keeps him as a low-end QB2. The 24-year-old was 24-for-40 for 254 yards and two interceptions in the first meeting against KC back in Week 7.
The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he left the Week 12 win over the Raiders with a toe injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated receiver Laquon Treadwell from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and added him to the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus popped up for a couple decent games this year, but it his production was inconsistent on a weekly basis and he was too far down the team's receiving depth chart to be a viable fantasy option in most leagues. The second-year wideout's best game came in Week 9 against the Broncos when he had four receptions for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season. If he doesn't make it back this year, he'll finish with 20 receptions (32 targets) for 274 yards and the one touchdown. Christian Blake and Brandon Powell could see some more playing time as the No. 4 wideout with Zaccheaus out.
Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II are both eligible to be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Week 12 game against the Steelers on Wednesday, but it's not a given that either will play. Both players have been isolated since testing positive for the virus on Nov. 22 and aren't allowed to fly on the team plane on Tuesday night. At this point, if you have Dobbins or Ingram on your roster, you've likely benched them for other running backs that already played in Week 12. Even if they both play, Gus Edwards could see the majority of backfield touches and will be the best fantasy play of the trio. Those that picked up Edwards in order to start him this week are hoping that neither Dobbins nor Ingram suit up in the tough matchup against the undefeated Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens activated defensive tackle Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley, nickelback Tavon Young and cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. They could activate more players from the list before kickoff against the Steelers on Wednesday. McSorley should be the backup to Robert Griffin III on Wednesday with Lamar Jackson testing positive for COVID-19 and being unavailable this week. The return of Williams will be good news for Baltimore's defensive line, who will again be without Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. The Ravens Defense is more of a gamble in DFS and season-long leagues against the undefeated Steelers, but inclement weather is expected and could make things tougher on both offenses.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is 'just kind of beat up,' according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Cook briefly left the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but returned to finish with 83 total yards and 22 touches. He leads the league with 1,385 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns on the season. The Vikings' schedule gets much tougher following the Week 13 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he'll remain a matchup-proof RB1 due to his heavy usage.
San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones, DE Jordan Willis and practice squad TE Daniel Helm will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Matt Sokol and DB Jaylen Watkins were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Las Vegas Raiders LB Vic Beasley, PK Dominik Eberle, DE David Irving and DE Chris Smith were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.
Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.