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Dose: Week 13 Review

Monday, December 4, 2017


Week 13 was an exciting one for many reasons, including the return of Browns WR Josh Gordon, Giants QB Eli Manning stepping aside and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski putting his finishing move on the Bills defense. All of that and more, summed up here…

 

Minnesota- 14

Atlanta- 9

 

Visiting Atlanta, the Vikings stayed hot and the Falcons continued their inconsistent ways in this low-scoring matchup. Any talk of inserting QB Teddy Bridgewater into the Vikes lineup now seems dead as QB Case Keenum has maintained his high-level of play, posting surprisingly useful fantasy numbers. Keenum threw for 227 yards and a pair of scores, accounting for all of Minnesota’s 14 points. No surprise from the running game as RBs Latavius Murray (97 total yards) and Jerick McKinnon (52 total yards, touchdown) were both effective. The same can’t be said for the receiver duo, though they have really increased expectations based on their play this season. WR Adam Thielen caught four of give targets for 51 scoreless yards, while WR Stefon Diggs caught only two passes for 32 yards. TE Kyle Rudolph posted a 4/36 line and caught one of Keenum’s touchdown passes.

 

After last week’s offensive explosive, led by over 250 yards for WR Julio Jones, the Falcons laid an egg in Week 13. QB Matt Ryan had just 173 scoreless passing yards and his top pass catchers all disappointed. WR Mohamed Sanu (3/43) led the way, while Jones caught only two passes for 24 yards. Starting RB Devonta Freeman returned after missing the past two games with a concussion. He totaled 81 yards, while limiting RB Tevin Coleman’s production, totaling just 49 yards.

 

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Jacksonville- 30

Indianapolis- 10

 

The Colts have been complete no-shows for much of the year and watching them most weeks, you might wonder how they managed to win three games so far this season. Their AFC South foe Jacksonville totally waxed them in this one. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles continued to play well, though he gets little credit for the team’s success this season. Bortles threw for over 300 yards for the second time this season, along with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. This was an ideal spot for rookie RB Leonard Fournette to produce, but he managed only 57 rushing yards on 20 carries, limping to the sidelines on more than one occasion. Fournette did score a touchdown, aiding his fantasy numbers. WR Marqise Lee reclaimed his spot as the top target for Bortles after last week’s matchup against DB Patrick Peterson, catching seven passes for 86 yards and a score. Rookie WR Dede Westbrook continues to contribute, posting a 6/78 line.

 

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was a clear avoid against the best pass defense in the league, but he still managed to break free for a 40-yard touchdown on a bit of a broken play. Outside of that play, he totaled two receptions for 11 yards. TE Jack Doyle disappointed with a 3/16 line and there’s really nothing else to say about the miserable Colts offense.

 

NY Jets- 38

Kansas City- 31

 

Prior to the game, it was reported that Chiefs HC Andy Reid had surrendered play-calling duties to OC Matt Nagy. Early in the game, this move paid instant dividends. The Chiefs scored a pair of quick first-quarter touchdowns on two long passes from QB Alex Smith to TE Travis Kelce, but the Jets answered quickly as the Chiefs defense failed them. A back and forth battle ended with a long game-winning drive and the Chiefs had no answer. This entire game was filled with explosive pass production on both sides, but disappointment from the running games.

 

Veteran QB Josh McCown continued to provide surprising fantasy statlines, throwing for 331 yards and a score, while breakout WRs Jermaine Kearse (9/157) and Robby Anderson (8/107) both are in position to finish the week in the WR1 range. Anderson’s touchdown streak ended, just barely as he was stopped at the one-yard line, but still enjoyed a nice day. On top of McCown’s impressive passing numbers, he also rushed for a pair of short touchdowns, giving him five for the season.

 

 

Kelce got off to that strong start with three receptions, 90 yards and two touchdowns after the first two Kansas City possessions, but the Jets defense clamped down after that as he finished with 4/94/2. In the second-half, it was WR Tyreek Hill, who continued his trend of huge production on the road, with six receptions for a career-high 185 yards and two touchdowns of his own. If Hill is playing away from home, he’s a must start! The disappointment for this Chiefs team, beyond the loss, was the play of rookie RB Kareem Hunt, who has gone from breakout star to one of the most frustrating players on a weekly basis. Whether this is due to his usage, a random lack of touchdowns or some kind of rookie wall, it doesn’t really matter. Hunt is now a tough player to start in fantasy leagues. He rushed nine times for 40 yards and added three catches for 23 yards. Despite being in a one score game throughout, Hunt only drew three second-half carries.

 

Tennessee- 24

Houston- 13

 

The Titans won a game they had to win, defeating AFC South foe Houston, but it wasn’t pretty. The Titans broke the halftime tie with a touchdown from QB Marcus Mariota to TE Delanie Walker and then held on for the win. Mariota again performed at preseason expectations, throwing for 150 yards and the score, along with 23 rushing yards and another touchdown. The Titans running game was not very productive until late in the game when backup RB Derrick Henry broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run, icing the win. I don’t like to play this game, but Henry had just 10 carries for 34 yards outside of that final rush. Starter DeMarco Murray continues to do little with his opportunity, totaling 79 scoreless yards. Although WR Rishard Matthews was once again inactive, rookie WR Corey Davis flopped, just as he did a week ago. Davis saw four targets, catching two for 12 measly yards. Walker led the way among Titans pass-catchers, hauling in all five of his targets for 63 yards and the touchdown.

 

Texans QB Tom Savage easily set a new career-best with 365 passing yards, his first ever 300-yard game. As usual, WR DeAndre Hopkins led the team with eight receptions for 80 yards, but Savage spread the ball around. TE Stephen Anderson (5/79/1), WR Braxton Miller (4/71) and RB Andre Ellington (5/56) all had nice fantasy numbers. The Texans lost both TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) and WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring), resulting in increased opportunity for some of these players. With his second concussion of the season, there is reason to think Fiedorowicz could be finished for the season. Based on his production, Anderson would be a solid waiver wire target as we near the fantasy playoffs. RB Lamar Miller had a Lamar Miller-like game, totaling 94 scoreless yards, but failing to break a play longer than 12 yards.

 

Miami- 35

Denver- 9

 

The Dolphins destroyed the visiting Broncos in every facet of the game, recording a pair of safeties and intercepting Denver QB Trevor Siemian three times, including a pick six. In a “revenge game” Jay Cutler did just enough, throwing for 235 yards, two touchdowns and two picks as Miami cruised to an easy win. WRs Kenny Stills (5/98/1) and Jarvis Landry (5/62) both had solid games against the normally strong Broncos pass defense, which was missing the suspended Aqib Talib, but WR DeVante Parker yet again failed to make an impact, catching one of four targets for five yards. He can’t be started moving forward. TE Julius Thomas, also facing his former team, scored a touchdown as one of his three grabs, matching the trend of Denver failing to defend the tight end position. RB Damien Williams had settled in as the starter, but suffered an injury that kept him out of action. RB Kenyan Drake took the job and ran with it, rushing for 120 yards on 23 carries, including a 42-yard touchdown run, along with a 3/21 line as a receiver.

 

Siemian threw for 200 yards, along with his three interceptions, but mainly targeted his backs and tight ends in short yardage attempts. RB C.J. Anderson led the team in both rushing (15/67) and receiving (4/43), while top WRs Demaryius Thomas (2/27) and Emmanuel Sanders (2/11) failed to really show up. At this point, none of the Broncos are options in fantasy lineups.

 

Baltimore- 44

Detroit- 20

 

Anytime the Ravens offense and QB Joe Flacco really show up, you know it is going to be a strange game. The fading Lions defense was no match for the Ravens, who uncharacteristically hit on some big pass plays and dominated Detroit. Flacco threw for 269 yards, a season-high, along with a pair of touchdowns. This was the first time all season he threw for multiple touchdowns and no interceptions. WR Mike Wallace woke up with some huge plays, including a 66-yard reception that set up a touchdown to TE Ben Watson. Wallace posted nearly his best numbers of the season, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for just the second time this season. RB Alex Collins was forced to leave the game for a long stretch due to a shoulder injury, but returned to score a pair of touchdowns, finishing with 98 total yards.

 

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck) missed the game, so it looked like a nice spot for RB Theo Riddick. Although Riddick did score his first rushing touchdown of the season, it was unknown RB Tion Green who led the team in rushing with 51 yards on 11 carries, scoring his first career touchdown. Late in the game as the Lions were attempting to comeback, QB Matthew Stafford took a hard shot to his hand and was unable to return. Tests would reveal no fracture, but Stafford was clearly in pain, making this a situation to monitor in the coming days. Backup QB Jake Rudock took over and wasted no time in throwing a pick six to kill any chance of a Detroit comeback. Top WRs Marvin Jones (4/90) and Golden Tate (8/69) had solid games, but failed to find the end zone. Rookie WR Kenny Golladay ended his 40+ yard reception streak, but did catch a 31-yarder, finishing with a 2/44 line.

 

San Francisco- 15

Chicago- 14

 

Lost in some of the other big news of the week, the San Francisco 49ers turned to QB Jimmy Garoppolo as their starter following a late-game injury last week to rookie C.J. Beathard. While he failed to throw a touchdown pass, Garoppolo was quite impressive, throwing for 293 yards and leading a late-game scoring drive to take the lead for good. Garoppolo was also a perfect 14 for 14 in targeting his top two options, WR Marquise Goodwin (8/99) and WR Trent Taylor (6/92). Garoppolo simply doesn’t have the offensive weapons to win with this year, but just one game in, he showed a lot of promise. The Niners' running game stalled as RB Carlos Hyde rushed for 54 scoreless yards on 17 carries, adding three receptions for 12 yards. Interesting to note is that rookie RB Matt Breida saw 12 carries for 45 yards, nearly matching Hyde’s output.

 

After showing some improvement a few games ago, Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky has taken a step back, which could also be related to his lack of a supporting cast. He totaled just 102 passing yards in the game and RB Tarik Cohen led the team in receiving with a 4/39 line. This was an ideal spot for RB Jordan Howard to bounce back, but he posted a dud of just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, despite the game being close throughout. For you PPR players, Howard also caught one pass, but lost five yards.

 


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