2022 Fantasy Football Week 13 Blurbview

by Richard Savill
2022 Fantasy Football Week 13 Blurbview

Should the NFL do away with bye weeks and have just an "all-star break" like the other major sports do? Bye weeks continue to get closer and closer to intruding on our fantasy playoffs. And that's not good.

They could do it the week before Thanksgiving. All teams would have that week off. Then we would all not only celebrate the holiday but also the return of NFL football. It's perfect when you think about it.

The teams wouldn't have annoying staggered win-loss records. We would always know the league leaders in the various categories without adjusting to averages. Plus, all the players and teams are on equal footing with regard to any advantage of having an early bye compared with a late bye.

Sure, there's no football for a week, and the networks wouldn't like it. If that's an issue, then just split it into two weeks before Thanksgiving. It shouldn't be a problem for television anyway, because there are always other sports they can feature and promote in November, like hockey or basketball. It would give them a boost on that open part of the schedule.

Just a thought. Let me know in the comment section below what you think or on twitter @RRSSavill.

The 2022 Fantasy Football Week 13 Blurbview is next.

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Updated: Dec 4 1130am ET (final)
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The Games this Week2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview

A brief rundown of the games this weekend. Time to set those lineups and watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Titans (7-4) at Eagles (10-1) -4.5 44.0

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Miles Sanders put on a big show last week on Sunday night football. Sanders had been quiet recently, but he sparked the offense with 143 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Good enough for RB2 in Week 12.

For Derrick Henry, he too would have had a strong day last week with only one touchdown to pair with his 117 scrimmage yards. It was something of a topsy-turvy game for Henry against the Bengals. The Cincinnati defense bottled up Henry on the ground, but the Titans found success by getting the ball into Henry's hands through the air.

Which Team Stops The Run Best?

The Titans, and it isn't even close. Tennessee ranks third against rushing yardage; allowing only three rushing touchdowns all season. Philadelphia let Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon run rampant last week, which essentially kept the Packers in the game.

So it seems the Philadelphia game plan comes down to passing, unless they manage to establish the run better than expected. In any case, the Eagles preventing Henry from crashing into the secondary must take precedence. If the Eagles can't rest their defense with at least equal time of possession, things could get difficult for them in the second half.

The Titans hold a bit of an upper hand, but again, the Eagles do have the passing game—at least close enough to how the Bengals rolled in Week 12, to force the Titans to up their pace.

As each team tries to impose its style of play on the other, this matchup becomes a battle of scripts.

Everyone relevant starts, but with Ryan Tannehill on the low end. The Eagles have the third-most sacks on the season.

Fun Fact: Derrick Henry needs 31 yards to attain 9000 career yards from scrimmage. The Titans have won five of six against the Eagles since 2000.
Sleeper: Robert Woods, WR, Titans
Observe: Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Titans
Pick Poll: Eagles 78%
Update: Treylon Burks Q | DeVonta Smith Q | Zach Pascal Q |

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Jets (7-4) at Vikings (9-2) -3.0 44.5

And just like that, a change at quarterback on the Jets elevated every other player on the team in fantasy. Mike White, the quarterback who came in from the cold, again upped the wattage on the dimming Jets. Both teams are right in the thick of the playoff race, so the importance of this game is obvious. Expect good things from a fantasy standpoint in this game. Dalvin Cook, stuffed last week, has something to prove.
Observe: James Robinson, RB, Jets
Pick Poll: Vikings 86%
Update: Michael Carter D |

Packers (4-8) at Bears (3-9) +3.5 44.5

Despite a few injury issues, including a broken thumb, Aaron Rodgers says he'll play this week. Last year, the "I still own you" remark didn't go over well with the Bears fans and Chicago media. Though some sourly admitted it was true.  Fridge magnets with a pic of Aaron Rodgers with red eyes and horns sell well in Cook County. This is one of those games where we must add a weighty intangible factor into our fantasy reckoning.
Observe: Dante Pettis, WR, Bears
Pick Poll: Packers 77%
Update: Romeo Doubs Q | Aaron Jones Qep | AJ Dillon Qep | Dante Pettis Q |
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Steelers (4-7) at Falcons (5-7) +1.0 42.0

Kenny Pickett's apprenticeship is agonizingly slow. On Marcus Mariota's 2022 report card, you could mark it as a "C." Not good enough to remain as a starter moving forward. The brighter spots for the future of these teams are George Pickens and Drake London. This game should feature a heavy passing game. Both rank defensively at or near the bottom against the pass. Temper expectations for the running backs.
Observe: Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Falcons
Pick Poll: Falcons 54%
Update: Najee Harris A | Benny Snell Q |

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Commanders (7-5) at Giants (7-4) +2.5 40.0

The storyline for this matchup is the availability of Chase Young on defense for the Commanders. We expect that this is finally the week he returns. Hopefully. Young is so effective that his presence immediately affects the outlook of all your fantasy options on the Giants outside of Saquon Barkley. This game is likely to have a slowish flow for both teams. It is best for the fantasy script if the Giants take a lead into the fourth quarter.
Observe: Daniel Bellinger, TE, Giants
Pick Poll: Giants 55%
Update: Antonio Gibson A | Darius Slayton Qep | Daniel Bellinger Q | Richie James Jr. Q | Kenny Golladay O

Jaguars (4-7) at Lions (4-7) +1.0 51.0

Neither team will win out for a 10-7 record and get a wild card, but they will certainly make the effort. Expect a horse race for this game and start everyone; include any sleepers you deem worthy enough of a dart throw. Trevor Lawrence and Jared Goff could turn this into a Tennessee-Alabama type of game. Well, we can hope, can't we? After all, these two offenses are almost equal positive opposites to the defenses they face.
Observe: Brock Wright, TE, Lions
Pick Poll: Lions 73%
Update: Zay Jones Q | Travis Etienne Jr. Qep | Jameson Williams A |

Browns (4-7) at Texans (1-9-1) +7.0 47.5

Twitter went off in all directions concerning the end of the long suspension of Deshaun Watson. Fantasy Football, of course, had no exemption from the countless comments of contempt.  I'll leave it to others to articulate the partition fantasy maintains with matters like this. As for this game, start all your Browns, but temper expectations for your fantasy Texans.
Observe: David Bell, WR, Browns
Pick Poll: Browns 95%
Update: Brandin Cooks O | David Njoku O |  Rex Burkhead Q |

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Broncos (3-8) at Ravens (7-4) -8.5 39.5

We've seen enough of the Broncos this season to know the type of game we will get. Unfortunately, the Ravens are just fine with such dreary scripts. It could go differently if the Broncos get an early advantage. Then the Ravens would have to approach the game differently and urgently. Urgency is a great motivator to put pace into a game. With the two main receivers on the Broncos questionable, pick up Kendall Hinton.
Observe: DeSean Jackson, WR, Ravens
Pick Poll: Ravens 97%
Update: Jerry Jeudy A | Courtland Sutton A | Isaiah Likely Q | J.K. Dobbins O | K.J. Hamler IR | Mike Boone A |

Late Sunday: Chiefs (9-2) at Bengals (7-4) + 2.0 53.0

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Snack time! Nothing stirs up the fantasy juices more than a matchup like this one.

With Ja'Marr Chase likely returning for the Bengals, he is a timely addition for an offense needing the extra power to match the Chiefs. The Chiefs remain basically as they were last week on offense without Kadarius Toney, who is still nursing a hamstring injury.

Look for more Skyy Moore involvement as the Chiefs will probably want to use his speed to help maintain the pace a game like this requires.

Joe Burrow Versus Sacks

Burrow is the third-most sacked quarterback this season, and the Chiefs defense ranks fifth in most sacks. Last week, Burrow avoided the Titans' pressure by using his legs. His nine rushing attempts were a season high for him last week. Burrow might need to exceed that against the pressuring Chiefs. Either way, escaping the pocket and extending plays will be key.

Mahomes' situation is almost the exact opposite of Burrow's. Mahomes is among the least sacked quarterbacks, and the Bengals' defense have the fourth-fewest sacks. So Mahomes holds a big advantage in pass protection versus his opponent on the other side.

Sacks are huge momentum shifters, and not only that, the turnover percentages increase for a defense.

The Running Game

Fortunately for Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon can help the offense stay on the field. But again, the Chiefs rank fifth against the rush, so that's not going to be easy. The way this game is shaping up, the Bengals will need some outlier performances to stay on par with their opposition.

The bottom line comes down to time of possession. The Bengals really need to ensure they maintain drives and do not sink their opportunities with poor clock management.

Fun Fact: The Bengals have not lost at home to the Chiefs since 1984. They have five straight wins since 2003. There was a gap of 16 years before 2003 that the Chiefs never visited Cincinnati.
Sleeper: Skyy Moore, WR, Chiefs
Observe: Ronald Jones, RB, Chiefs
Pick Poll: Chiefs 78%
Update: Ja'Marr Chase Qep | Joe Mixon Qgt↓ | Jerick McKinnon Q | Kadarius Toney O |

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Dolphins (8-3) at 49ers (7-4) -4.0 46.5

A curious matchup of two strong offenses with different characteristics. It's really a matter of which team can force the other to play their game. Although the Dolphins rolled over the Texans, Tua Tagovailoa felt constant pressure. Miami has matchup-proof options against a fantasy-resistant defense like the 49ers, so get them in there without hesitation. This indicates a close game that could be decided on the last possession.
Observe: Jordan Mason, RB, 49ers
Pick Poll: 49ers 56%
Update: Deebo Samuel Qgt | Myles Gaskin Q | Elijah Mitchell IR

Seahawks (6-5) at Rams (3-8) +7.5 41.0

The Rams seem to have the Seahawks' number whenever they visit, winning seven of the last eight. Maybe not this time. Allen Robinson is the latest casualty, adding to the long list of injured Rams. Matt Stafford will remain out on injured reserve. However, don't feel obligated to sit all of your Rams. The Seahawks are not too tight defensively, and flex chances with Van Jefferson or Kyren Williams are open to you.
Observe: Tutu Atwell, WR, Rams
Pick Poll: Seahawks 87%
Update: Matthew Stafford IR | Tyler Higbee Qep | Cam Akers Q | Travis Homer O

Chargers (6-5) at Raiders (4-7) -1.0 50.5

Josh Jacobs had a fantasy flood of points last week, and now he has another good matchup. Jacobs has three top RB finishes this season, and every other top running back has, at best, just one. You have to ask yourself, if Davante Adams has two WR1 finishes, why are the Raiders underachieving? You can point directly at the defense. For this game, get all your studs out there. Sleeper options in this game are worth inspecting too.
Observe: Zamir White, RB, Raiders
Pick Poll: Chargers 77%
Update: Josh Jacobs Qgt | Mike Williams O |

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Colts (4-7-1) at Cowboys (8-3) -10.5 44.5

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The dangerous teams are often the ones with less to play for because they will take more chances on offense. Against a stout defense like the Cowboys, that is likely the case here.

The Colts called it a lost season weeks ago with the firing of Frank Reich, so everything that happens now is just the team doing inventory. They want to see what they have that is good and what is not. It's all about planning for 2023 and beyond.

The Cowboys Want a Winning Component

Odell Beckham remains a topic of conversation for the Cowboys, but would they actually be any better with him?

Michael Gallup and Noah Brown seem sufficient enough as compliment receivers for CeeDee Lamb, so what would Odell Beckham bring to the locker room? Reading between lines the of the comments made by former Cowboy Michael Irvin of NFL Network's Game Day panel, he seems to suggest that there's line between accommodating OBJ and integrating OBJ. This is something the Cowboys need to address. Accomodating OBJ gets them no further ahead.

Any disruption to the flow the Cowboys currently have just makes Beckham Jr. more of an interloper than a welcome piece to the offense. From a fantasy perspective, we want clarity and nothing that rocks the boat. With Odell Beckham, there's concern about how his presence in Dallas will affect the fantasy playoff portion of the season.

Sunday Night Battle or Bust?

Usually, a team with a strong upper hand will try to win comfortably without taking too much risk. Just like the Bills' strategy on Thursday Night Football against the Patriots, look for the Cowboys to lean heavily on the running game.

Therefore, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are the premium starters. This is not to say that the other offensive Cowboys are a fantasy hazard; far from it; it is simply that the running backs have higher expectations.

The real concern is with your fantasy Colts. Micah Parsons is a beast, and Matt Ryan finding time in the pocket, especially on third downs, is a major factor. Jonathan Taylor, as you guessed, is the key to all the rest of your fantasy Colts. If Taylor gets bottled up, everyone else on the team degrades. Matt Ryan just doesn't have the speed to escape pressure and extend plays like the younger and more versatile quarterbacks in the league have.

On the plus side for the Colts, if Trevon Diggs misses this game in the Dallas secondary, your Colts' downfield offense will benefit.

Fun Fact: The Cowboys' defense rank first in fewest passing yards allowed. The Colts last visit to AT&T stadium was in Week 16 of 2014. The Cowboys trounced the Colts 42-7.
Sleeper: Noah Brown, WR, Cowboys
Observe: Jelani Woods, TE, Colts
Pick Poll: Cowboys 96%
Update: Michael Gallup Qep | Jelani Woods Q |

Saints (4-8) at Buccaneers (5-6) -3.5 40.5

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Most would never predict that the Buccaneers would have losing record at this point, but fans are already questioning whether Todd Bowles should remain as the coach.

The clock management at the end of the game against the Browns last week added another item to the growing list of criticisms against Bowles.

Tom Brady Is 45

We needed some reminding of that because this amazing quarterback currently ranks fourth in the league in passing yards. They'll have to invent some other acronym than "GOAT," because it's starting to look like a medal too cheap to pin on Tom Brady.

Brady continues to play at a high level; outdistancing many of his "new" contemporaries in several categories. Statistics are one thing, but the importance of this game will be foremost in his mind.

Brady will get his offense off the ground with Rachaad White. Leonard Fournette is set to return from injury, but it is looking like White will continue as the 1A running back for the Bucs. Just the same, a backfield split helps neither in fantasy.

Alvin Needs a Rebound

Alvin Kamara would like to move on from one of the worst games of his career. Kamara fumbled, not once, but twice against the 49ers last week. Generally, it hasn't been a great season for Kamara. He missed the last meeting of these teams in Week 2, so we do not have something to help give some measure of how effective he'll be in this game.

This is not a great matchup for fantasy if you need the points to catch up after a tough weekend. We're likely to see a low-scoring affair, but Kamara will want to erase any notions that he's in decline. So, as an intangible factor, look for Alvin to have a big game.

As for the rest, temper expectations aside from the running backs. You'll still get floor-ish production from Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. Look for the quarterbacks to throw below their respective season averages.

Fun Fact: The Saints have a streak of four straight wins visiting Tampa Bay, including a 9-0 shutout last season.
Sleeper: Julio Jones, WR, Buccaneers
Observe: Rashid Shaheed, WR, Saints
Pick Poll: Buccaneers 88%
Update: Juwan Johnson O | Cameron Brate Q | Russell Gage Q | Leonard Fournette Q

In the Booth on Sunday

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Sideline reporter Erin Andrews with Patrick Mahomes

CBS Early

Jets at Vikings: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Broncos at Ravens: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Steelers at Falcons: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Browns at Texans: Spero Dedes, Jay Feely

FOX Early

Titans at Eagles: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Commanders at Giants: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Packers at Bears: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Jaguars at Lions: Chris Myers, Robert Smith

CBS Late

Chiefs at Bengals: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Chargers at Raiders: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta

FOX Late

Seahawks at Rams: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Dolphins at 49ers: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston

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