Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Recap.
It's hard to believe that we are already wrapping up Week 13 of the NFL season. It feels like just yesterday we were finishing our drafts and entering the year full of hope and optimism. Now, as we head into the last week of the fantasy football regular season, the hope has been crushed for many teams in your leagues. However, if you're still reading this, that is likely not the case for you.
Hopefully, you've already secured playoff spots in your important leagues. Still, if you're on the bubble of snatching up one of the last spots, it's crucial to make the right lineup decisions this final week to punch your ticket to the postseason. With six teams on bye this week, there are 12 games of action to try and sort through to get ready for the final week of the fantasy season. With all that said, let's get to the Week 13 Fantasy Football Recap.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 13 Recap
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Cowboys 41 - Seahawks 35
Dak Prescott's elite performance continued on Thursday with 299 yards and 3 TDs, solidifying his status as a legitimate MVP candidate. Prescott continued to lean heavily on CeeDee Lamb, targeting him 17 times, resulting in 116 yards and a TD on 12 catches. Tony Pollard found the end zone again, re-establishing himself as a mid-level RB2 with upside.
In the Seahawks' loss, DK Metcalf had a monster game, scoring three TDs and amassing 133 yards on six catches. Jaxon Smith-Njigba led the team with 11 targets but managed only 62 yards on seven catches. He's shown improvement throughout the year and will be a top dynasty buy this offseason.
Colts 31 - Titans 28
In the Colts' OT victory on Sunday, Michael Pittman Jr. was a target-hog, grabbing 11 catches for 105 yards and a TD. Josh Downs was limited to just 14 yards on three catches, while Alec Pierce had his best game of the season, breaking free for 100 yards and a TD.
MICHAEL PITTMAN JR.
• 12 Games Played
• 889 Yards
• 87 Catches
• 4 Touchdowns
And Most Importantly…..
• The Colts WR1 pic.twitter.com/R8W1uhcbv2
— Talkin’ Colts (@TalkinnColts) December 3, 2023
Derrick Henry was on track for a monster fantasy performance, accumulating 120 total yards and two TDs before leaving the game with a concussion. Tyjae Spears looked fantastic in relief, churning out 88 total yards with a healthy 4.7 yards per carry. If Henry misses time, Spears is a must-start, top-15 RB.
Chargers 6 - Patriots 0
In the snoozer of the day, the Chargers took down the Patriots 6-0. It's hard to find many positives for fantasy in a game that featured no TDs, but if there's one, it's that Quentin Johnston looked better this week, hauling in five of his seven targets for 52 yards.
The Patriots continue to put out an unwatchable brand of football, which became even more evident on Sunday after Rhamondre Stevenson left the game in the first half. Ezekiel Elliott racked up 92 total yards with four catches and will have sneaky low-end flex value if thrust into the lead-back role.
Lions 33 - Saints 28
Sam LaPorta shouldered the bulk of the offensive load for the Lions on Sunday, securing all nine of his targets for 140 yards and a TD. David Montgomery dominated touches out of the backfield but needed to find the end zone to salvage his otherwise pedestrian 18-carry, 56-yard performance.
Sam LaPorta. Fantasy Rookie of the Year candidate pic.twitter.com/YnBnBBMsNQ
— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLFantasy) December 3, 2023
The Saints' offense ran through superstars Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara all game. Olave brought in five of eight targets for a team-high 119 yards, while Kamara had 51 rushing yards and two TDs, along with an additional 58 yards on six catches.
Falcons 13 - Jets 8
Bijan Robinson totaled 79 total yards, and while Kyle Pitts led the way with 51 receiving yards and four catches, it was MyCole Pruitt who snagged Desmond Ridder's lone TD pass on the day. Drake London disappeared with just one catch for eight yards.
Breece Hall struggled on the ground again but saved his fantasy day in PPR leagues with six catches. Xavier Gibson, on several of my taxi squad for several weeks now, seems to have carved out a nice role in the offense, tallying 77 yards on five catches.
Cardinals 24 - Steelers 10
Trey McBride is making a strong case to be mentioned in the same tier of young TEs as Dalton Kincaid and Sam LaPorta. He led the way with eight catches for 89 yards and a TD, looking like a league winner down the stretch.
Trey Mcbride - top 5 dynasty TE pic.twitter.com/O7vVtzQvXS
— Dynasty Zoltan (Mike Garai) (@DynastyZoltanFF) December 3, 2023
George Pickens had 86 yards on four catches, while Diontae Johnson hauled in the Steelers' only TD in a disappointing loss that worsened when QB Kenny Pickett left the game with an injury. Najee Harris out-touched Jaylen Warren 18 to 10 and is the only Steeler I'll feel comfortable starting if Pickett misses time.
Dolphins 45 - Commanders 15
Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill lit up the opposing secondary on Sunday, connecting downfield for 157 yards and two TDs on five catches. Tagovailoa was efficient, finishing 18/24 for 289 yards and no interceptions. De’Von Achane returned from injury and was electric, exploding for 103 total yards and two scores.
The entire Commanders offense struggled from a fantasy perspective as Sam Howell was held in check with just 127 yards and an interception. Brian Robinson Jr. had 53 yards on seven carries but left the game with an injury, while Terry McLaurin’s nightmare season continued as he was held without a catch.
Texans 22 - Broncos 17
Tank Dell was forced out of the game with a fractured fibula and is a major buy target in dynasty leagues, expected to make a full recovery for next season. Nico Collins stepped up in Dell’s absence, bringing in nine catches for 191 yards and a TD. Dameon Pierce appeared to be back in the starting role, leading the backfield with 15 carries for 41 yards and a TD.
This route by Nico Collins 😮💨
— PFF (@PFF) December 3, 2023
Courtland Sutton’s resurgent, TD-fueled season continues to be one of the biggest stories of the fantasy season. He was held to just two catches but broke free for 77 yards and got into the end zone again. Russell Wilson didn’t play his best and was intercepted three times, but 44 yards and a rushing TD helped cover up for fantasy purposes.
Buccaneers 21 - Panthers 13
Mike Evans lit up the Panthers' secondary with 162 yards and a TD, marking the tenth consecutive season (every year he’s been in the NFL) Evans has eclipsed 1000 receiving yards. Rachaad White was held to just three catches but had one of his better days as a runner this year with 84 yards and a TD on 20 carries.
The Panthers are in one of the worst spots an NFL franchise has been in over the last decade. They don’t even have their high first-round pick next draft to try and start digging out of their hole. Jonathan Mingo led the team in receiving for the second consecutive week with 69 yards on six catches, while Chuba Hubbard dominated the backfield touches and rattled off 104 yards and two TDs.
Rams 36 - Browns 19
Matt Stafford fired off 279 yards and three TDs as the Rams have clawed their way back to .500 at 6-6. Kyren Williams had 112 total yards and is looking like a pretty safe top-12 RB the rest of the way. Puka Nacua led the WRs with 105 yards and a TD, while Cooper Kupp caught six passes for 39 yards and a score.
Puka Nacua is the new Mike Williams.
Takes punishment every single play he makes, but continues to make explosive plays. Baller.
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) December 3, 2023
The Browns' passing offense was more productive with Joe Flacco and his 279-yard, two-TD performance under center than it has been. However, almost none of the production went to players in fantasy lineups. Amari Cooper had 34 yards on three catches before leaving with an injury, while David Njoku was held to just 17 yards on two catches.
49ers 42 - Eagles 19
Brock Purdy and the 49ers made a clear statement that the NFC runs through them, as Purdy toasted the Eagles with 314 yards and four TD passes. Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel did most of the heavy lifting for the offense, combining for 221 total yards and four TDs, while Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle each cleared the double-digit point mark in PPR leagues.
Despite the entire run game being shut down, the main guys in Philly all had monster fantasy games despite the loss. AJ Brown had 114 yards on eight catches, while Devonta Smith broke off 96 yards and a TD. Jalen Hurts totaled 318 total yards and two TDs, showcasing his elite fantasy floor even in big losses.
Packers 27 - Chiefs 19
Jordan Love out-dueled Patrick Mahomes on Sunday Night Football, accumulating 277 total yards and three TDs as the Packers move firmly back into the Wild Card Picture. Christian Watson had his best game of the season with 86 yards and two TDs before going down with a non-contact hamstring injury that could derail the rest of his fantasy season.
Jordan Love is a completely different QB than he was 6 weeks ago. This is a reminder to not give up on players too soon. pic.twitter.com/19qVEVTcZ2
— Greg Ehrenberg (@gehrenbergdfs) December 4, 2023
Isiah Pacheco turned 21 touches into 123 yards and a TD, anchoring the Chiefs' offensive attack in a game where the Packers' defense did a good job making things tough on Patrick Mahomes. Travis Kelce had 81 yards on four catches, but it was rookie Rashee Rice who led the team with nine targets and eight catches for 64 yards.
Monday Night Football Prediction
Jaguars 27 - Bengals 10
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