Week 13 Fantasy Football Studs

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Week 13: do or die week in Fantasy Football.  Did you win? Are you in? Or did your team lose, leaving you reaching for a few boxes of white chocolate dipped Oreo’s?  Having one (or more) of the following studs in your lineup is highly indicative of how you fared in Week 13.  Godspeed to those of you how have seasons hinging on Monday Night Football.

Editor’s Note: Get the full breakdown on today’s podcast, and read up on the Week 13 Duds.


Alex Smith @ NYJ
366 passing yards, 4 TDs, 70 rushing yards
Somehow the Chiefs managed to lose this game even though Alex Smith reverted back to his September gun-slinger ways.  I would be willing to bet not many fantasy owners squandered this performance in the same manner.

Josh McCown vs KC
331 passing yards, TD, 19 rushing yards, 2 TDs
Not exactly the matchup the NFL put up in bright lights, but the Jets-Chiefs contest turned into an exciting barn burner.  McCown has been a story in his own right this season.  The 38-year old QB is on his way to his first 16 game season and is on a respectable pace of 3,400 passing yards to go with nearly 30 total TDs.

Blake Bortles vs IND
309 passing yards, 2 TDs, 27 rushing yards
The sky is falling, and not coincidentally, Bortles didn’t turn the ball over and was productive.

Running Backs

Alvin Kamara vs CAR
9 carries, 60 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 5 receptions, 66 receiving yards
Real. Deal.

Mark Ingram vs CAR
14 carries, 85 rushing yards, TD, 6 receptions, 37 receiving yards
I kind of feel bad for Mark Ingram.  He has been amazing!  Just not quite as amazing as his upstart teammate Kamara, so he’s getting a little overshadowed.

Rex Burkhead @ BUF
12 carries, 78 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 3 receptions, 25 receiving yards
And the winner of the Week 13 New England RB Lottery is…

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Alex Collins vs DET
15 carries, 75 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 2 receptions, 23 receiving yards
There were whispers during the week that Collins was dealing with some injuries.  Nah.  He’s fine.

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Kenyan Drake vs DEN
23 carries, 120 rushing yards, TD, 3 receptions, 21 receiving yards
In the 5 weeks since Ajayi got traded, Drake has been an RB1 three times.  With Williams on the shelf, it looks like the Dolphins are content with giving Drake the full workload.  He had 28 offensive opportunities (carries+targets) and fantasy owners rejoiced.

Jamaal Williams vs TB
21 carries, 113 rushing yards, TD, 2 receptions, 10 receiving yards
I wish we could just have a Green Bay RB that we could trust.  Every time it seems like we have a good thing going, someone gets hurt or returns from injury.  Aaron Jones is now back, so owners beware going into Week 14.

Marshawn Lynch vs NYG
17 carries, 101 rushing yards, TD, 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards
55% of Lynch’s fantasy points came on one carry, but what a glorious carry it was.

Todd Gurley @ AZ
19 carries, 74 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 84 receiving yards
21 fantasy points without rushing or receiving for 100 yards and without scoring a TD.  Not something you see every day.

Alfred Morris vs WAS
27 carries, 127 rushing yards, TD
It looks like Dallas has remembered how to run block.  Or at least how to call plays with Alf at RB.  This was vintage Redskins Alf.

Wide Receivers

Tyreek Hill @ NYJ
6 receptions, 185 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 9 targets
This Maserati does 185.

Keenan Allen vs CLE
10 receptions, 105 receiving yards, TD, 14 targets
This brings Allen’s 3-game total to 33 receptions, 436 yards and 4 TDs, good for 100 fantasy points, on 41 targets.  Monster.

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Larry Fitzgerald vs LAR
10 receptions, 98 receiving yards, TD, 10 targets
I wonder if Father Time is starting to worry about his perfect record.

Jermaine Kearse vs KC
9 receptions, 157 receiving yards, 10 targets
Yeah, but he didn’t score.  Yeah, but he plays for the Jets.

Marqise Lee vs IND
7 receptions, 86 receiving yards, TD, 10 targets
I’m going to write a letter to the Athletics Director at USC.  They aren’t supposed to be producing good NFL WRs.

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Kenny Stills vs DEN
5 receptions, 98 receiving yards, TD, 13 targets
Jay Cutler, meet Kenny Stills.

Ryan Grant @ DAL
5 receptions, 76 receiving yards, TD, 9 targets
Grant has been repeatedly dismissed in favor of Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Terrelle Pryor, Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Chris Thompson… the list goes on, but Grant will not be silenced anymore.  He has a clear rapport with Kirk Cousins and could be an option for desperate owners down the stretch.

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce @ NYJ
4 receptions, 94 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 8 targets
It seems silly, but Kelce owners are probably disappointed.  Afterall, he only had 4 catches.

Evan Engram @ OAK
7 receptions, 99 receiving yards, TD, 8 targets
Big Blue saw their share of drama this week, but it didn’t slow down Engram.

Rob Gronkowski @ BUF
9 receptions, 147 passing yards, 11 targets
I mean… yeah.

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Cameron Brate @ GB
2 receptions, 29 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 6 targets
Cameron Brate deserves to have a bust enshrined in the Barfy TE Hall of Fame.

Honorable Mentions

Cam Newton @ NO
183 passing yards, 2 TDs, 51 rushing yards

Joe Flacco vs DET
269 passing yards, 2 TDs

Jameis Winston @ GB
270 passing yards, 2 TDs, 18 rushing yards

Derrick Henry vs HOU
11 carries, 109 rushing yards, TD

Matt Forte vs KC
15 carries, 58 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 33 receiving yards, TD

Peyton Barber @ GB
23 carries, 102 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 41 receiving yards

Leonard Fournette vs IND
20 carries, 57 rushing yards, TD, 3 receptions, 22 rushing yards

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Michael Thomas vs CAR
5 receptions, 70 receiving yards, TD, 9 targets

Robby Anderson vs KC
8 receptions, 107 receiving yards, 12 targets

Dez Bryant vs WAS
5 receptions, 61 receiving yards, TD, 7 targets

Mike Wallace vs DET
5 receptions, 116 receiving yards, 8 targets

Marquise Goodwin @ CHI
8 receptions, 99 receiving yards, 8 targets

Stephen Anderson @ TEN
5 receptions, 79 receiving yards, TD, 12 targets

David Njoku @ LAC
4 receptions, 74 receiving yards, TD, 6 targets

Hunter Henry vs CLE
7 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 9 targets

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