Fantasy Football Week 13: Studs and Duds from Sunday's Games
With only one game remaining in Week 13, I took a look at some of yesterday's outstanding (and not-so-outstanding) performances.
Here are some Week 13 Fantasy Football Studs from Sunday:
QB - Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: After a couple of atypical performances for Manning, he threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns yesterday. It was Manning's third 400-yard game and sixth with four touchdown passes this season. With one-quarter of the season to go, he's on pace for 5,500 yards and 55 touchdowns.
QB - Nick Foles, Philadelpia Eagles: Foles did not have a great game, but he still has the third-most fantasy points at the position this week. More impressively, he threw three touchdowns and no interceptions, which puts his TD-to-INT ratio on the season to 19:0. Foles has a great schedule down the stretch: DET, MIN, CHI and DAL.
RB - Ben Tate, Houston Texans: After rushing for only one yard (on seven carries) last week, Tate was much more effective this week. Not only did he go over 100 yards, but he scored three touchdowns as the Texans extended their losing streak to 10 games (to no fault of Tate's). Next week, Tate has a rematch against the Jaguars as he looks to improve upon the one rushing yard he had the first time around.
RB - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson set season highs yesterday with 35 carries for 211 yards in the Vikings' overtime win over divison-rival Chicago yesterday. It was his fifth 200-yard game of his career and is one of three players in NFL history to have as many in a career.
RB - C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills: After rushing for only 29 yards on 21 carries in his previous two games combined, Spiller had his best game of the season against the Falcons. Spiller carried the ball 15 times for 149 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for eight yards.
RB - Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons: Things certainly have not gone well for Jackson or the Falcons this season. That said, SJax had his best game of the season with 23 carries for 84 yards and two scores. He now has three touchdowns in his past two games.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears: A couple of months ago, Jeffery set the franchise single-game receiving yardage record — and yesterday he broke his own record. Jeffery finished with 12 receptions for 249 yards and two scores. During his past nine games, Jeffery has 57 catches for 1,005 yards and five touchdowns in addition to 85 rushing yards.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: Like Jeffery, Gordon broke his own franchise record for most receiving yards in a game. What Gordon did that Jeffery (or any other receiver ever) has not done is go over 200 yards in back-to-back weeks.
WR - Eric Decker, Denver Broncos: On a day that Gordon and Jeffery broke their franchise's single-game yardage records, it was Decker that led the position in fantasy points. With only one catch for five yards last week, Decker had 174 yards and four touchdowns, both of which are career highs.
WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd missed extending his 100-yard game streak to three by one yard on Sunday as he finished with 5/99/1. It was, however, his third consecutive game with double-digit fantasy points and Floyd has 17 catches for 396 yards and two touchdowns in his past three games.
WR - Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons: Heading into Monday Night Football, White has the eighth-most fantasy points at wide receiver this week and he had the sixth-most yesterday. With 10 catches and 143 yards, he had nearly as much production yesterday as he had in the nine games of the season (20/209/1).
TE - Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski has now scored a touchdown in four consecutive games as he finished with six receptions for 127 yards and a score yesterday. Since returning from injury, he has double-digit fantasy points in five of six games.
TE - Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: The moral of this story is to play your tight ends against the Cardinals, who have allowed the most fantasy points to the position this season and two touchdowns to Ertz yesterday. Next week, the Cardinals will host the Rams and Jared Cook, who had 7/141/2 in Week 1 against the Cards.
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Here are some Week 13 Fantasy Football Duds from Sunday:
QB - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: For the second time in the past three weeks against the Titans, Luck was held without a touchdown pass. Except for seven fantasy points in Week 6, Luck had his lowest-scoring performance of the season yesterday as he threw for 200 yardsand one interception and added 42 rushing yards.
QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: With 16 touchdown passes in his previous six games, Dalton was held to only one touchdown pass and just 190 passing yards despite the Chargers allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks heading into Week 13.
RB - Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts: We knew heading into yesterday's game that Donald Brown would get the start and Richardson would see a reduced role, but it was another disappointing game: five carries for 19 yards. He now has 22 rushing yards or less in his past five games.
RB - Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers: With DeAngelo Williams inactive yesterday, The Daily Show finished with 14 carries for only 39 yards and two receptions for three yards. With teammate Mike Tolbert rushed for more yards (48) on fewer carries (nine) and added 41 receiving yards, Stewart finished third on the team in rushing yesterday behind Cam Newton and Tolbert.
RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers: Woodhead had seven carries for 22 yards, but he was a non-factor as a receiver out of the backfield. Woodhead had just two receptions for a season-low 13 yards.
WR - Wes Welker, Denver Broncos: On a day that Decker has a monster performance and Demaryius Thomas goes over 100 yards, Welker has another quiet day with three catches for 38 yards. In his past four games, he has no touchdowns and less than 40 yards in three of those games.
WR - DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson became the latest victim of Patrick Peterson, who has now limited opposing No. 1 WRs to less than 40 receiving yards. Jackson finished with three catches for 36 yards, a five-week low. Peterson had previously limited Andre Johnson, Cecil Shorts and T.Y. Hilton to less than 40 yards in his previous three games.
WR - Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants: Nicks was back in the lineup on Sunday night, but how could you tell? On the season, Nicks still has no touchdowns and he caught only two passes last night for 34 yards.
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: After two huge games (121-plus yards), Hilton now has three games in a row with less than five fantasy points. While he has five receptions in each of his past three games, he has had 44, 38 and 46 yards, respectively, with no scores.
WR - Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: Perhaps not too surprising considering Jeffery had a record-setting day, but Marshall had only four catches for 45 yards and no scores on Sunday. In his past five games, Marshall has three games with 100-plus yards and a touchdown or two as well as two games with less than 50 yards and no scores. Next week, Marshall and Jeffery have a nice matchup against the Cowboys.
TE - Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: One week after a 4/62/1 game, Bennett had just two catches for 14 yards.
TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: Gates had five catches for 41 yards, but a lost fumble means that he ended up with only two fantasy points on Sunday. It was his second consecutive game with just two fantasy points and teammate Ladarius Green's second straight game with a touchdown and double-digit fantasy points.
My initial Week 14 fantasy football rankings will be released Monday night.
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