Big Time Producers – Biggest Stars of Week 13 – Fantasy Football
Big Time Producers – Biggest Stars of Week 13 – Fantasy Football
Welcome to the big time! We’re in the crunch time before the playoff stretch and hitting on the big time producers is more important now than ever. Here’s another edition of Big Time Producers, reflecting upon the guys that likely won you your week.
Aaron Rodgers – This was a quintessential Aaron Rodgers performance on the road, in the snow and it still didn’t matter. Rodgers dropped 4 touchdowns on the beleaguered Giants defense en route to his second-best fantasy performance of the season. The matchup was right and Rodgers validated your expectations if you had faith in playing him after last week’s performance.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – It was a rough start to the day as he threw an early interception and was sacked multiple times, but Ryan Fitzmagic pulled out his full bag of tricks to get a massive upset win for the Miami Dolphins. Fitzmagic could end up being a championship quarterback for fantasy football, as he has two top-ten finishes in his last two weeks and will face the Jets, Giants, and Bengals for the fantasy playoffs.
Deshaun Watson – Doing it every which way, Deshaun Watson came through in a big way in a primetime matchup against the number one rated defense in the NFL. Watson finished with 234 yards and 3 touchdowns and picked up his first career reception and receiving touchdown on a triple option play that saw him catch a pass from Deandre Hopkins. Watson played a clean game and rewarded fantasy owners who played him in spite of the matchup.
Jared Goff – The Cardinals defense has proven to be a get right spot for opposing offenses and arguably, nobody needed a get right game more than Jared Goff. Goff picked apart the Cardinals defense to the tune of 424 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 74% of his passes. Goff and the Rams offense played so well that Blake Bortles came in to finish this game off.
Lamar Jackson – Making a case for both MVP in real football and fantasy MVP, Lamar Jackson’s run of dominance continued in a heavyweight battle of two of the NFL’s top teams. He may have only had 105 yards and a touchdown through the air, but Jackson also rattled off 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This is the 4th time this season Jackson has surpassed 100 yards, a new NFL record.
James White – Though the Patriots lost the game, James White came through with a massive fantasy performance through the air, collecting 8 passes for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added 79 rushing yards on the day and out-carried Sony Michel for only the 2nd time this season. Though it was somewhat game script dependent, the Patriots offensive struggles could lead to similar games from White to close out the regular season.
Derrius Guice – The Carolina Panthers defense was sieve-like against the Washington Redskins as both Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson had excellent fantasy days. The former, Derrius Guice, ran the ball 10 times for 129 yards and 2 scores, which is more than his entire season total to date. Guice flashed the potential fantasy owners have clung onto and validated you if you played him this week.
Raheem Mostert – The Colonel took the lead of the 49ers backfield, running downhill on his way to 146 yards on 19 carries and he threw in a touchdown for good measure. Mostert’s monster day came at the expense of Tevin Coleman and a returning Matt Breida could make this situation murky going forward. However, Mostert is still likely to be a hot waiver pickup and I think you can play him against New Orleans next week.
Todd Gurley – For the second time in three weeks, Todd Gurley has surpassed 100 scrimmage yards. It’s sort of a sad celebration of mediocrity from a great running back like Gurley, but it’s what we have to hang on to these days. Last week’s game was a total stinker and Gurley’s only had two truly bad fantasy games this year, but his end of schedule will leave you wanting as he’ll have two road games in weeks 15 and 16 against the Cowboys and 49ers.
Ezekiel Elliott – It should have been a Thanksgiving feast for Ezekiel Elliott, but Jason Garrett literally pulled the drumstick out of his mouth by opting to only run the ball 12 times. Zeke made up for it in the stat sheet by catching 7 passes and surpassing 100 scrimmage yards, but it was a rough game for the Cowboys offense. If there’s one reason Jason Garrett deserves to be fired, it’s taking the ball out of your best player’s hands.
Devante Parker – It figures that the year the Dolphins are supposed to tank for Tua is the year Devante Parker finally breaks out. The maligned Dolphins star receiver had his best yardage total of the season and found the endzone twice on a monster day for fantasy owners who started him. Parker has been boosted by the Fitzmagic and he could be a league winner with matchups against the Jets, Giants, and Bengals upcoming.
Kenny Golladay – Don’t feel bad if you benched Kenny Golladay. I probably would have too when I found out David Blough was going to be the quarterback in this game. Even still, Golladay exploded on 4 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown, operating primarily as a deep threat. Golladay has been excellent for the most part, only having three bust games this season and he’ll have a solid matchup against the Minnesota Vikings struggling pass defense.
Robert Woods – It was a career day for Robert Woods as he posted career highs in targets, receptions, and yards, pulling in 13 of 19 targets for 172 yards. Jared Goff and the Rams were putting in work on the Arizona Cardinals sad-sack defense until Goff was pulled for Bortles towards the end of the game. Woods has regained the consistency that made him a mid-round pick and if he can just find the endzone once or twice, he’ll be a valuable player in the playoffs.
Davante Adams – Despite a snow-covered field in New York, Davante Adams pulled in two touchdowns and had a nice day for fantasy owners. Since returning from injury, Adams has quickly regained his WR1 status for fantasy football, finding the endzone 3 times in two weeks. His only tough matchup will be against the Chicago Bears, but that game will be at home, so Adams should be locked and loaded into your lineup for the playoffs.
Cole Beasley – Measly Beasley turned into Cole Beastly on Thanksgiving as he got the ultimate revenge against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. Beasley was a consistent option for Josh Allen, especially on third downs and he finished with 6 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Beasley isn’t thought of as a redzone monster, but he has 5 touchdowns in his last 7 games making him a consistent PPR option with some upside.
Tyler Higbee – “The Cardinals can’t cover tight ends” trope is alive and well, as Tyler Higbee becomes the latest in the line of unknown tight ends to finish with huge fantasy weeks at the expense of the Cardinals. I wouldn’t read too much into Higbee’s big performance, as he’s failed to top 300 yards in any single season he’s played in.
Mike Gesicki – I’m going to have to start giving Mike Gesicki the benefit of the doubt as he now has back-to-back games with a touchdown and a monster playoff schedule. As I mentioned at the top of the article, the Dolphins will face a bunch of bottom dwellers in the Jets, Giants, and Bengals to close out the season. Those are all positive matchups for Gesicki who should be a favorable streaming candidate.
Jack Doyle – With Eric Ebron out for the season, we may finally have a Colts tight end we can rely upon in Jack Doyle. Doyle had 6 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown but was targeted 11 times on the day. Doyle should be considered a TE1 for the rest of the season if he continues to see similar target shares on a week to week basis.
Darren Waller – In a losing effort, Darren Waller had himself a nice game, recording 100 receiving yards for the first time since week 7. Waller finished with 7 catches on 9 targets for exactly 100 yards as the Raiders were forced to play catchup for the majority of the game. Waller’s end of season schedule could certainly be better, but there’s nothing there that would scare me out of playing him down the stretch.
Mark Andrews – Even in a tough matchup, Mark Andrews delivered a usable fantasy day as he caught a really nice touchdown from Lamar Jackson. Andrews now has 4 touchdowns in as many weeks and is now the second highest scoring tight end in fantasy football behind only Travis Kelce. Andrews will have a tough matchup on the road in Buffalo this week, but after that, he gets the Jets and Browns to close out the fantasy season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Believe it or not, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is ranked 11th in fantasy football this year. They had a solid start to the season holding teams to 22 points or less in their first two weeks, before allowing at least 27 points in every game for the following 8 weeks. The past two weeks, however, the Bucs have shut down opposing offenses and have been monster fantasy plays. Surprisingly, they’re playable against the Colts this week, as they’ll be playing at home.
Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are another defense that many fantasy owners were streaming against that are suddenly disappointing those owners by shutting down opposing offenses. The Chiefs have only given up 26 points in the last 2 weeks and they routed the Oakland Raiders in this latest matchup, including a defensive touchdown that made them one of the highest scoring defenses this week. Even with how bad the Patriots have looked though, I won’t be playing them in New England.
Tennessee Titans – The Titans have been an above-average defense all year and are actually ranked 7th in fantasy points this season. They railroaded the Jacksonville Jaguars in this matchup, sending Nick Foles to the bench in the process. The Titans will get a nice matchup against the Raiders next week, but because it’s in the Raiders building, I’ll probably pivot away from starting them in that situation.
Los Angeles Rams – I was definitely afraid of the Los Angeles Rams defense headed into a matchup against Kyler Murray, the only quarterback not named Lamar Jackson that’s had discernible success against the vaunted 49ers defense. However, the Rams locked down Murray and the Cardinals and delivered one of their best fantasy performances of the season. I won’t be playing them against Seattle though.
New Orleans Saints – Matt Ryan was traumatized on Turkey Day as the New Orleans Saints dragged him down for 9 sacks in the game. That makes 13 sacks in the past two weeks for a surging Saints defense but regardless of how well they played, I can’t recommend starting them against the Kyle Shanhan led San Francisco 49ers coming off only their second loss of the season.