Week 13 Fantasy Football Duds

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If you are reading this article it means one of two things: first, that you have made the playoffs in your league and are on your way to a #FootClanTitle; or second, that you have been eliminated from the playoffs and are using this as an opportunity to get a jump start on preparation for your 2017 #FootClanTitle.  If you had too many of these poopers on your team you are most likely in the latter category.  However, continuing to follow fantasy football is a step in the right direction for next season.  Here are the players who Pooped in Their Big Boy Pants from Week 13.  As always the guys discuss them on the podcast.

Quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick @ CHI
4 passing yards, 20 rushing yards
This is not a typo.  Kaepernick had FOUR PASSING YARDS!  He managed to get sacked more times (5) than he had yards passing.  Kaepernick got benched after only completing a single pass in 3 quarters.  Drop him immediately.  It will make you feel better.

Drew Brees vs DET
-326 passing yards, 3 INTs
Drew Brees should write Kaepernick a thank you letter for taking the brunt of the fantasy communities wrath this week.  The yardage was there for Brees but without TDs, the INTs really take their toll.

Cam Newton @ SEA
-182 passing yards, TD, 12 rushing yards
This is probably the first and only time that a QB who was not the starter will be featured in the Duds article.  Wardrobe malfunction?  I think not.  My money is on him taking Rivera’s daughter out to dinner and not calling her.

Running Backs

James Starks vs HOU
-4 carries, 1 rushing yard
I think it’s time there was an awakening in Green Bay.

Jonathan Stewart @ SEA
11 carries, 50 rushing yards, 1 reception, 3 receiving yards
“@ SEA” is probably all you need to see to figure out what happened here.

Lamar Miller @ GB
14 carries, 22 rushing yards, 1 reception, -4 receiving yards
Lamar Miller hasn’t been himself recently.  His injuries are really starting to pile up but the Texans don’t have a QB or another RB who can help take the load from him.

Todd Gurley @ NE
-11 carries, 38 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 9 receiving yards
Jeff Fisher got a 2-year extension, for what? Bubble wrapping the teams #1 offensive weapon?

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Rob Kelley @ AZ
14 carries, 63 rushing yards
This line is decent from a YPC perspective.  But owners are still hoping Fat Rob can return to his Week 11 form.

Mark Ingram vs DET
-7 carries, 57 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 16 receiving yards
Credit the Lions’ defense with this one.  They are finally starting to look like a defense worthy of leading the NFC North.

Tim Hightower vs DET
-2 carries, 5 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards
When you saw that Mark Ingram struggled, you probably thought, “Oh, well maybe Tim Hightower went bananas in this game.”  Nope.

Wendell Smallwood @ CIN
-8 carries, 19 rushing yards
The waiver wire darling let his owners down for the second straight week.  This is a backfield that must be avoided at all costs if owners hope to keep their playoff teams afloat.

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams vs HOU
1 reception, 17 receiving yards, 7 targets
Davante Adams stinks and the Texans secondary is great.

Kelvin Benjamin @ SEA
2 receptions, 18 receiving yards, 9 targets
Seattle has one of the few secondaries in the league that relishes and thrives in playing physical defense against WRs.  This sort of nullified what Kelvin Benjamin does best.

Mike Evans @ SD
-3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 6 targets, 2 pt conv
Huge let down for fantasy owners.  Mike Evans is the type of WR that needs volume to produce, 6 targets are not going to get it done.  Look for him to get back on track against the Saints in Week 14.

Allen Robinson @ DEN
3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 10 targets
At Denver with Blake Bortles as his QB.  What was Plan A?  Be careful with Minnesota and Houston upcoming.

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Emmanuel Sanders vs JAX
3 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 9 targets, 4 rushing yards
There’s a reason Trevor Siemian and Mark Sanchez were given the opportunity to start for the Broncos before they turned to Paxton Lynch.  This has to be discussed as a top landing spot for Tony Romo in the offseason.

Sammy Watkins @ OAK
3 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 9 targets
Watkins started this game strong with two grabs in the opening minutes but struggled to do much thereafter.  Owners should be encouraged by his 9 targets and increasing snap count.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett vs LA
-2 receptions, 4 receiving yards, 4 targets
You cannot trust Bill Belichick and this offense.  Someone is going to get it done it just won’t be when you expect it.  Watch Bennett go for a spin and 2 scores next week after his owners have already been eliminated by his Week 13 dud.

Greg Olsen @ SEA
3 receptions, 30 receiving yards, 7 targets
For Greg Olsen owners, the game was a roller coaster of emotion.  Cam Newton’s short-lived benching, a great catch from Olsen, the injury to Earl Thomas, but through all that we just have 30 yards to show for it.

Vance McDonald @ CHI
2 receptions, 9 receiving yards, 4 targets
I for one believe McDonald deserves a medal.  He had more than twice as many receiving yards as his starting QB had passing yards and he managed it in that Chicago weather.

Antonio Gates vs TB
4 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 4 targets
As a Charger fan, watching Gates fade away has been painful.  As a fantasy football owner, he has been long forgotten. I suggest you do the same.

Eric Ebron @ NO
4 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 6 targets
Really disappointing considering the aspirations for a fantasy bonanza in New Orleans.

Dishonorable Mentions

Dak Prescott @ MIN
-139 passing yards, TD, 37 rushing yards, Fumb lost

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Tyrod Taylor @ OAK
191 passing yards, INT, 30 rushing yards, TD, Fumb lost

Tevin Coleman vs KC
-12 carries, 49 rushing yards

Dion Lewis vs LA
-5 carries, 27 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 11 receiving yards

Michael Thomas vs DET
-4 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 5 targets

Willie Snead vs DET
-2 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 6 targets

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