Week Thirteen, Fantasy Football Thoughts


Cleveland Browns v Carolina Panthers
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Don’t look now but the Seattle Seahawks are starting to play some darn good football.

I have mentioned both of these youngsters before but their play warrants another shout out. Thomas Rawls and Tyler Lockett are fun to watch and productive fantasy options we want to ride down the stretch.

A lot of fantasy owners sure could have used the news that Eddie Lacy was in the doghouse before last Thursday’s game. At least Lacy still has a job. Alonzo Harris, who was with Lacy when they both missed curfew on December 2nd the night before they faced the Lions, was cut by the Packers and won’t be resigned due to his bad influence on Lacy, according to Ian Rapoport.

Speaking of last Thursday’s game, how about the Detroit Lions finding new ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? A long pass hasn’t been that poorly defended since Grant Hill hit Christian Laettner at the foul line back in 1992.  Sorry to all the Kentucky Wildcats’ fans out there but it had to be said (written).

Hats off to all the Rob Gronkowski fantasy owners that scooped up Richard Rodgers to fill that void…. all three of them.

Two years ago, Nick Foles and Ryan Tannehill combined to put up 55 total touchdowns. On Sunday, they combined to be 24 of 54 for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Take away 2013 when Foles threw 27 TDs and only 2 INTs and you have nothing but an average QB at best.

It’s about time to stick a fork in Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. They both appear to be done. They may also be bringing Devonta Freeman with them in standard scoring formats. Freeman is still golden in PPR leagues

Well hello Marcus Mariota! It’s always nice when a quarterback can run for an 87 yard score and rack up 380 total yards in a game. Congrats to every owner out there that rolled with Mariota this week. I like the future fantasy potential of the Mariota-to- Dorial Green-Beckham hook up. They had it going on this week.

I really like the current Blake Bortles to Allen Robinson hook up. Nice week for both of those gentlemen.

If you were streaming Blaine Gabbert and Torrey Smith this week then you are a happy owner. And most likely you are a liar.

For my IDP brethren out there we need to get Frank Clark on our radars. The rookie has three sacks in the last two games. He’s a baller.

Philip Rivers is doing his best Matt Schaub impersonation by tossing another pick-six this week (his fifth of the season). Not to be outdone, Matt Schaub also threw a pick-six for the second week in a row in the same game. Nobody has mastered the art quite as well as Schaub. It’s really quite amazing. Unfortunately for David Carr and Tom Brady owners, they liked what Schaub did so much that they jumped on board. We are officially naming week thirteen the week of the pick-six.

Week thirteen is certainly not the week of the running back. Heading into the Sunday night game there has not been a single back to score multiple touchdowns.

Regarding running backs, I was way off regarding Gio Bernard this week. Sorry folks, I guess Jeremy Hill’s ankle really was OK. That’s what I get for playing amateur doctor.

At least the Dolphins kept their word by running the ball more this week. All of the Lamar Miller owners offer up a heartfelt thank you.

Chip Kelly is the smartest guy in the room. At least for one week as his Philadelphia Eagles beat a depleted New England Patriots team. Hey. A win is a win folks.

Here’s something I didn’t expect to write this week. Tom Brady got us some nice garbage time points. Way to sneak it in for that fourth score Tommy boy.

Tyrod Taylor made the most of his 11 completions with three going for touchdowns. The rushing touchdown he added was a cherry on top of his fantasy sundae production.

We love “Buck” Allen of the Ravens in PPR formats. We love him a lot!

Hey! Zach Ertz had a touchdown this week. He also had nine total receiving yards and lost a fumble. One step forward and two steps back.

Did anyone else seem to play against Cam Newton in a lot of leagues this week? Just looking for some folks to commiserate with.

If Ted Ginn Jr. could catch the ball at all he could have had a record-breaking day but he can’t and he had to settle for just a very nice day.

Remember back when people were saying that Jeremy Maclin was going to waste away in an Alex Smithled Chiefs offense? Check out Maclin’s stats from the last two weeks and see how well that analysis has worked out…18/255/3.

Spoiler alert. It works out the same way my Gio Bernard analysis for this week worked out. Maclin’s teammate Derrick Johnson was flat out balling today for IDP purposes. Double-digit solo tackles along with a sack and forced fumble. Not bad at all for a guy coming off an Achilles injury.

Let’s keep that IDP ball rolling by giving props once again to Navorro Bowman who put up 13 solo tackles this week. The man is leaving it all on the field for a struggling (I am being kind here) 49ers team.

After watching Austin Davis be…well Austin Davis-like, it is time for the Cleveland Browns to get Johnny Manziel on the field. It can’t be worse. Can it?

It took thirteen games but Russell Wilson finally scored a rushing touchdown. Don’t be surprised if he manages to match the six he scored last year with five games remaining.

I am so happy for the season Jonathan Stewart is having. That man has persevered through so many lower leg injuries.

I hate to jinx a player, but I like the way Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing and love his matchups down the stretch against Tennessee, Dallas and New England.  Go get ’em “Amish Rifle.”

Good luck figuring out the Houston Texans backfield moving forward. After 17 touches last week Alfred Blue had four in week 13. RB Akeem Hunt averaged 7.0 yards per carry for the Texans on Sunday….albeit on only 1 carry. But he is a name that should be on your radar for the rest of the season. He now has 6 carries for 38 yards on the season.  Dynasty/keeper owners should also take note.

This is why I am still driving the fire Bill O’Brien bandwagon.

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