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2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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NFL Week 13 began with a pivotal NFC East divisional game. Dak and the boys took care of business, keeping their playoff chances still intact. Alfred Morris showed up big time for fantasy owners this week. After producing 180 yards on the ground during the three previous games, Morris had the hot hand and ran for 127 yards and a touchdown. I hope you were someone who started him Thursday night.

The action continued on Sunday as there were many high scoring games. The Ravens put up 44 points on the Lions, while the Dolphins put up 35 points on the Broncos. Four of the 1pm games were decided by one possession as the playoffs quickly approach.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 13 Recap

Fantasy leagues vary, but for some leagues, this week was the first of playoff action. This is the time where your studs need to shine most. Week 13 was headlined with guys like Josh McCown and Blake Bortles at the top. While names like Vernon Davis and Jordan Howard underperformed exceptionally. With that being said, let me talk about this weeks winners and losers.

Winners

Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys

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The Cowboys were in need of a breakout game in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott. Alfred Morris did just that as he gained 127 yards on 27 carries. He also found the end zone in a game where the offensive line opened up huge holes all game. Morris hadn’t rushed for over 100 yards since the 2015 season.

The early miscues for the Redskins turned into more carries for Morris in opponents territory. The touchdown late in the game was the icing on the cake Thursday night. It’s been clear that he is the running back who’s been handling the bulk of the carries.

Averaging 16 carries per game since Zeke’s suspension and running behind an offensive line with Tyron Smith back healthy, the 28-year old can be viewed as a solid RB2 moving forward. Week 14 he gets a matchup against the Giants.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

What perfect timing to have his best performance of the year right? Tyreek Hill was found downfield wide open twice for touchdowns of 40+ yards. The speed Hill has is like no other in the NFL. One quick juke and he is instantly open in the secondary.

His day consisted of catching six passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. After being held for under 70 yards during the past four games, it was nice to see him bounce back in a major way. He posses the big-play threat whenever he is lined up out wide. He’ll look to continue off of his recent success with a matchup against the Raiders during week 13.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets

Embed from Getty Images The Jets blew up the scoreboard during their win Sunday against the Chiefs. Kearse seemed to be everywhere on the field as he hauled in nine catches for a season-high 157 yards. He had a couple of colossal plays in the game. The first came in the first quarter when he gained 44 yards on a wheel route.

The other play came in the fourth quarter when he gained 51 yards on a play that consisted of multiple broken tackles. It was another stellar performance from the former Seahawk. Kearse has now managed 16 catches for 262 yards and a touchdown during the past two weeks. He faces a much tougher defense next week in the Broncos.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

Gronkowski was a huge part of the Patriots game plan during the win against the Bills. He went on to catch nine passes for 147 yards. Throughout the second half, it seemed like Gronk was wide open on almost every pass he caught. The Bills defense couldn’t slow down the big man.

Things would get chippy in the fourth quarter. It appeared like Gronk was being held by Tre’Davious White on a look from Brady. He would respond with a vicious cheap shot while White was on the ground. He remained in the game from there on out but it’s not out of the question that he may face a suspension next week.This is certainly a situation to monitor later on in the week.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

 Kenyan Drake exploded Sunday against the Broncos defense. He ran the ball 23 times for a season-high 120 yards and a touchdown. With Damien Williams injured, Drake handled a full workload carrying the ball 23 times. He will continue to handle a large chunk of the carries for the rest of the year as he is now the best between the tackles running back on the team.
It is unclear the status of Williams for their week 14 matchup against the Patriots. If he is unable to go again, Drake can be viewed as a solid RB2 moving forward.

Losers

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

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Well, it was a better performance than in week 12, but the veteran was still nowhere to be found. He caught just two passes for 15 yards Thursday night against the Cowboys. It was another game where Niles Paul outproduced him. Back-to-back weeks now Davis has failed fantasy owners.

During the past two weeks, Paul has caught six passes for 28 yards compared to Davis’ two catches for 15 yards. It’s getting tough to trust him as a viable tight end this deep into the fantasy football season.

It’s crunch time. Time for trustworthy players on your team to step up week in and week out. With the recent struggles he’s had, it may be wise to keep him on your bench during his matchup against the Chargers.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

The struggles of Emmanuel Sanders continue. After catching just two passes for 27 yards, Sanders has now been held to under four catches and 30 yards for three consecutive weeks. It was a very favorable matchup for the Broncos receivers, but Siemian struggled mightily all game long.

The quarterback play has been a big problem for Sanders all season. It’s been on a downward spiral since their bye week and it has surely shown as well. He remains a risky flex play next week against the Jets.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Embed from Getty Images It was a juicy matchup for Howard heading into their game against the 49ers. He only managed 38 rushing yards on just 13 carries. The performance was definitely a dud for fantasy owners. In the past two weeks, Howard’s statline is 44 yards on 20 carries.

The 49ers limited the Bears to just 36 total offensive plays during the loss. Howard has become a risky RB2 recently. View him more as a boom-or-bust RB2 moving throughout the fantasy playoffs.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

It was a very quiet day for Parker. He caught one pass for five yards for the second straight week now. He has been on the receiving end of a Jay Cutler interception for much of this season. In fact, five of the last nine passes thrown Parker’s way ended in picks.

It’s been a very rough season for the third-year receiver; regarded by many as a breakout year candidate. It’s difficult to trust Parker on a weekly basis heading into the fantasy playoffs. The Patriots are next up in week 14.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

After one of his best games of the season last week against the Steelers, Cobb followed it up without recording a single target. Without Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, it has become clear that no other Packers receivers carry much fantasy relevance besides Davante Adams.

If he can’t even draw a single target against one of the worst secondaries in Tampa Bay, it will be tough to trust him the rest of the season. In Week 14 he gets the stingy Browns defense. You can leave Cobb on your bench for that one.

Injuries

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills

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Tyrod left the game in the third quarter after a sack during the loss Sunday. After making his way to the sidelines with aid, he looked in tears as the cart left the field. It’s been a rollercoaster season for Tyrod this season.

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The severity of the injury is yet to be known, but this will certainly be a situation to monitor in Buffalo as we learn more news about this injury. Nathan Peterman will be the guy moving forward if, in fact, Tyrod misses significant time.


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