NFL Week 13 Fantasy Recap

4 Dec 2017 - 7:31pm | DFS_Tom | Updated: 4 Dec 2017 - 7:38pm
NFL Week 13 Fantasy Recap

This is the Week 13 Fantasy Recap where we will be taking a look at some notable players from the past week. Some players who are hot and cold, some players who disappointed, over preformed, etc. Not going to hit on every game or every player, just ones that stood out.

Vikings at Falcons

This game was set to be one of the games of the week, and we saw it be very low scoring and not offer much in terms of fantasy value. One thing is clear, the Vikings defense is still elite, and are looking like serious contenders in the NFC. There was only two touchdowns scored in this game, and they both came via the Minnesota passing game, with one going to Kyle Rudolph, and one to Jerick McKinnon. Latavius Murray continued to get the majority of the rushing attempts for Vikings, and we should see that continue for the rest of the season. The Falcons put up three field goals the entire game, and those were their lone points. Both their passing game and running game were held in check, as the Vikings defense stool tall on the road.

Patriots at Bills

This was the first game since Week 1, where Brady didn’t have a touchdown, but they were still able to come away with the win. Both of the Pats touchdowns came via the running game, and Rex Burkhead was the one responsible for them. Gronkowski also posted a nice game in his home town, putting up 9/147/0, but is now facing a one game suspension for a late hit. On the Bills side of the ball, we saw three different players in a QB for them, and while they were only able to put up three points, we still saw LeSean McCoy do his usual thing, with work in the running game and the passing game.

Buccaneers at Packers

This game saw the return of Jameis Winston, where he posted a 270/2/0 stat line, but fell just short in an overtime loss to Green Bay. He looked strong, and should be a viable QB option for the rest of the season. Peyton Barber got the start for Doug Martin who is in the concussion protocol, and was able to put up over 100 yards on the ground. Mike Evans was held in check for the Bucs, despite having a very favorable match up against a weak secondary. The man of the game for the Bucs, was Cameron Brate who caught both of Winston’s touchdowns and his first time in the end zone since Week 5. For the Packers, we saw Brett Hundley throw for under 100 yards, and not look like an NFL quarterback at all. The game was won for them via the running game of Jamaal Williams, who rushed for over 100 yards and one touchdown.

Chiefs at Jets

Boy oh boy, are the Chiefs on a really bad slide right now, and look like one of the worst teams in the league, despite being 6-6. Alex Smith had four touchdowns, but it simply wasn’t enough, as their defense let them down late in the game. Two of his touchdowns went to Travis Kelce, who continues to be one of the top tight ends in the league, and the other two went to Tyreek Hill, who busted big plays down field as he is known to do. On the Jets side of the ball, Josh McCown is simply doing his thing and putting up multiple touchdowns every single week. He had one through the air, and two on the ground, and has proven to be a very viable fantasy QB this season. Both Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson went over 100 yards receiving for the Jets, and have plenty of fantasy value for your playoff push.

Browns at Chargers

The Chargers came away with the win in this game, but is certainly wasn’t the way we all thought it would happen. The Chargers were 14 point favorite coming into this game, but were only able to put up 19 points. Rivers had one touchdown pass, and it was to none other than Keenan Allen, who posted 10 or more receptions and over 100 yards for the third straight week. He is a PPR monster, and will continue to crush fantasy value every week. Hunter Henry also had a big game with 7/81/0, as he was up against one of the flow-chart teams for tight ends. Melvin Gordon didn’t see the end zone, but had over 100 combined yards. For the Browns, the big news for them was that Josh Gordon made his return to the NFL, and looked solid. He had a 4/85/0 day, but showed the speed and talent he has.

Giants at Raiders

We saw a Geno Smith led Giants team fall short in Oakland, but it was the aftermath of the game that was important for the Giants. Both their head coach and GM were fired today, and we will see Eli Manning back under center next week. They are a mess, and have much more to figure out than just the players on the field. For the Raiders, they came away with a much needed win, which now puts them in a three way tie for first place in the AFC West. The player of the game for the Raiders was Marshawn Lynch, who had 17/101/1 on the ground, which makes it his best rushing performance of the year by far. They also ran out a skeleton crew at wide receiver, where both Cordarrelle Patterson, and Seth Roberts did just enough to help get them the win.

Panthers at Saints

This was a huge match up in the NFC South, were the Saints came away with a win, due in large part to their one-two punch in their backfield. What else can you say about Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara? They both had over 100 combined yards, and one or more touchdowns. The Saints are rolling right now, and they have an offense who can do it all. Pound the ball in the run game, and then switch up the pace and go in the passing game. Kamara is on pace to win offensive rookie of the year, and with the performance he has week in and week out, there shouldn’t be a doubt. On the Panthers side, we saw Cam Newton throw for two touchdowns, one to Devin Funchess and one to Christian McCaffrey, but it simply wasn’t enough against this Saints defense, who has shown vast improvement since the beginning of the season.

Eagles at Seahawks

The Eagles saw their nine game win streak snapped but are still in a good spot to win their division. Carson Wentz ended the day with 348/1/1, which was a bit of a letdown, since he was going against a very banged up Seattle secondary. Nelson Agholor ended with 7/141/1, and was the top receiver on the day for the Eagles, in a game where we saw Zach Ertz get hurt, and is now in the concussion protocol. For the Seahawks, it was the Russell Wilson show as it has been all season, and will continue to be that way for the rest of the year. He threw for 227/3/0, and showed he can win those games, even as they have little to no running game. Jimmy Graham caught yet another red zone touchdown, and has shown he is one of the top targets for Wilson when it counts. 

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