Antonio Brown reeled in six-of-seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Steelers' Week 13 win over the Giants.
This was a relatively muted effort by Brown standards, but at least he found his way into the end zone. And what a touchdown it was. Brown beat Janoris Jenkins on a jump ball at the back of the end zone and somehow managed to keep both feet in bounds. Even on a quiet day Brown still showed glimpses of what makes him one of the best wide receivers on the planet, dazzling with sideline catches and precise route-running. Brown is now over 1,000 yards receiving for the year and leads the NFL with 88 catches and 11 touchdowns. He’ll be an elite WR1 next week at Buffalo.
Jamison Crowder suffered a hip pointer Week 13 against the Cardinals.
Jameis Winston completed 20-of-30 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Bucs' Week 13 win over San Diego.
His lone mistake was a forced pass to Mike Evans in the first quarter that was picked off by Casey Hayward. It wasn't a big fantasy day for Winston, but he played controlled football, absorbing just one sack and otherwise avoiding turnovers in Tampa Bay's impressive cross-country upset win. In Week 14, Winston will go back home to take on a Saints defense that just got shredded by Matthew Stafford. Winston to Evans figures to be a popular DFS stack.
Ladarius Green delivered six catches for a career-high 110 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets Sunday in the Steelers' Week 13 win over the Giants.
After seeing limited snaps in his first few games, the training wheels came off for Green on Sunday. With the Giants putting all their time and energy into shutting down Antonio Brown, Green had free reign on Sunday. He was seemingly wide open on every pass that was thrown to him, breaking off gains of 37, 33 and 20 yards. Landon Collins missed his assignment on Green’s only touchdown of the afternoon, which came late in the third quarter. We’ve been cautious not to overhype Green coming off a lengthy injury, but after Sunday’s explosion, it’s hard not to acknowledge his potential. Green will be in the TE1 conversation next week at Buffalo.
Rob Kelley rushed 14 times for 63 yards Week 13 against the Cardinals.
Kelley looked great against a tough run defense. He had a spectacular jump cut through a hole and into space on a 19-yard run in the second quarter, and he came up just inches short of a touchdown right after halftime. It actually looked like Kelley got in on the play, but the Redskins did not challenge. Kirk Cousins vultured him on a QB sneak the next play. The problem is Kelley offers nothing in the passing game -- he had a bad drop in the end zone which would have been called back by a penalty anyway -- and is subject to disappear if the Redskins are forced to throw. That likely will not be the case in Philly next week, however, making Kelley a solid RB2.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-36 passes for 289 yards with two touchdowns and one interception Sunday in the Steelers' Week 13 win over the Giants.
He was sacked twice for a loss of 17 yards. Roethlisberger came out firing by completing 17-of-24 passes for 204 yards in the first half. The Steelers relied more on the run after halftime, which tends to happen when your team has the lead. Antonio Brown was getting hounded all day, which usually left tight end Ladarius Green wide open. Roethlisberger was more than happy to exploit the mismatch, connecting with Green six times for 110 yards and one touchdown. You can’t blame Ben too much for his interception, which came on a play where Eli Apple essentially stole the ball right from Eli Rogers’ hands. Roethlisberger, as usual, will be on the QB1 radar next week at Buffalo.
Bucs WR Russell Shepard caught 1-of-2 targets for 15 yards in Tampa Bay's Week 13 win over San Diego.
A gadget guy in Tampa's offense, Shepard doubles as a special teamer. He failed to step up in the Sunday absence of Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion), with Freddie Martino (4-56) making more of an impact.
Odell Beckham nabbed 10-of-16 targets for 100 yards Sunday in the Giants' Week 13 loss to the Steelers.
Somehow Beckham was targeted just once in the first half. He made up for it by drawing 15 targets after halftime, but his lack of involvement in the early portion of the game was puzzling to say the least. Beckham salvaged the day with a big fourth quarter, producing 47 yards on five catches over the final 15 minutes. OBJ now has over 1,000 yards receiving, making him the fourth player in NFL history to reach that mark in each of his first three seasons. Beckham will be a no-brainer QB1 against Dallas in Week 14.