What we learned on Week 13?

In case you slept through the weekend and didn’t see any football, here are the cliff notes to Week 13. A weekly player analysis to help you figure out what to do with some of your players this week.

Quarterbacks

Cam Newton (CAR): This guy is playing like a true MVP leading his team to an undefeated season so far. Cam has managed to be second best QB in fantasy without his best WR Kelvin Benjamin and he looks unstoppable.

Ben Roethilsberger (PIT): Big Ben is showing everybody how explosive this team could be when he is throwing the ball even without their RB star Le’Veon Bell. In his last four games he has scored at least 21 fantasy points and has thrown for over 300 yards in every one of those games. There is no doubt that this team can beat anybody on the AFC and Big Ben could led you to a fantasy championship.

Tyrod Taylor (BUF): A lot of people said that the best thing to do was to bench Taylor, but this player showed everybody how good and explosive he can be. When healthy is a very dangerous QB1 that could help your team by throwing a couple of TDs, or even better running for one or two. He is available in over 70% of nfl.com leagues, so if he is available please pick him up.

Running Backs

Javorius “Buck” Allen (BAL): Looks like Justin Forsett will have to do his best to get back his starting job on the Ravens’s backfield for next year. I´m saying this because we know that RB have short productive lives in the NFL and Allen has been doing a fine job, running and catching the ball. I hope you were able to add him to your roster, if not keep an eye on him for next year, especially if you play keeper or dynasty leagues.

David Johnson (ARI): This rookie showed his explosiveness since week one. Now he has the starting job for the rest of the fantasy season and he could keep it for next year. Johnson has the size, speed, skill-set and takes care of the football well enough to be a successful player in the NFL. I would consider him as my keeper in case I’m hurt with injuries.

Jeremy Hill (CIN): Finally we see some consistency from this RB with three games in a row with at least 10 fantasy points. Now he outscored Gio in touches and he could become a bigger part of that Bengals offense with the winter coming.

Darren Sproles (PHI): Could the “little beast” steal the starting job? Well now it doesn’t seem that crazy since he was the most involved back in the big win against the Super Bowl Champion. He had 7 more carries than Murray and had 100 total yards from the line of scrimmage and his running-explosive type could be a better fit on the Eagles’s offensive system.

Chris Polk (HOU): Another RBBC situation in Houston. When a lot of people taught that Alfred Blue was going to be a solid RB with Foster’s injury, now Polk had 8 more carries and 47 rushing more yards. If you need a running back, Polk could be a sneaky add going into the playoffs.

Shaun Draughn (SF): With Carlos Hyde’s injury, Draughn has owned the 49ers backfield being a crucial part of that offense. In his four games as the starter he has at least 7.7 fantasy points and he is getting the ball via running or passing the football. A valuable flex (especially in PPR) that could let the niners keep Hyde out until he gets 100% healthy.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson (JAX): Robinson is an elite WR at least in fantasy. He only has three games with less than 10 fantasy points and in three of his last five games he received for 100+ yards. He should be a second round next year hands down.

Doug Baldwin (SEA): Without Jimmy Graham, Baldwin has seen more targets. In the last four games only Antonio Brown has scored more points than him and he could continue this hot streak with Russell Wilson playing like a true playoff contender. The Seahawks need to win almost every game to get into the final round of the season and this time looks like they will need more help from the passing game.

Brandin Cooks (NO): Even in a very tough matchup, Cooks was able to make a big play that gave him a 54-yard touchdown. In his last five games he has four with at least 13 points, 393 total yards and 6 touchdowns. He is a great flex option and a solid WR2.

Martavis Bryant (PIT): In six of his seven games played he has scored at least 9.1 fantasy points and he has been successful with Big Ben or without him. Now this standout WR could continue producing double digit numbers with his starting QB almost 100% throwing great passes as always and fighting to get into the playoffs. Even against Denver Bryant could have a good game.

Danny Amendola (NE): We know what the Pats are capable of do with any player. Do you remember the killer Edelman-Gronk-Lewis combo? Well looks like they will use their second-tier combo Amendola-Chandler-White for the end of the regular season. In the last three games (with Edelman out of the mix) Amendola has 258 receiving yards and a touchdown, very decent numbers for a flex option. He is available in over 50% on nfl.com, so if he is out there make sure to add him to your roster.

DeSean Jackson (WSH): He almost killed his fantasy owners, but he was able to catch a 28-yard TD that allowed him to score 12 fantasy points. That’s the thing with DeSean either you get a good double digit game or a bad game that can really hurt you. He is a great flex starter with high risk-high reward status.

DeVante Parker (MIA): This rookie is taking advantage of Rishard Matthews injury and has two straight games with 60+ receiving yards and a touchdown. With the Dolphins almost out of the playoff race, they could give this player more opportunity to shine and with Landry getting more attention from the defenses, Parker could have good games. He is a player with big arms that has the ability to make difficult catch and has a big catching ratio.

Dez Bryant (DAL): He is an upside WR3 without Tony Romo throwing him the football. He is a great player but needs to get some decent balls and with Cassel there is very difficult that to happen. In the last four games he has only received over 50 yards once.

Larry Fitzgerald/John Brown/Michael Floyd/ even JJ Nelson (ARI): Carson Palmer has 3693 passing yards and 29 touchdowns this season. Without a legit receiving TE, those numbers go almost directly to the wide receivers. At the beginning of the season Fitzgerald got the majority of the targets, but with Brown and Floyd healthy he is getting more blocking assignments and he lost a lot of fantasy value in standard formats (he still gets a good number of short receptions). Brown is the deep upside threat and the rookie JJ Nelson has done a fine job replacing him. The one that I like the most is Floyd since he is a bigger target and it’s easier to get open with Fitz and Brown/Nelson on the field.

Tight Ends

Scott Chandler (NE): He could be a very good replacement for Gronk’s owners and could help you to win a championship if you got him on the waivers when you had a mid-tier TE. Chandler is a TE1 and almost a must-start every week.

Julius Thomas (JAX): He is getting in shape and helping his QB a lot in the redzone. He has scored in three straight games and that streak could continue next week against the Colts.

 

fantasyreaList Writer: Aldo Muriá

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