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10 Things We Learned: Week 13 (2019 Fantasy Football)

by David Zach | @DavidZach16 | Featured Writer
Dec 2, 2019

I hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving and got to spend quality time with your loved ones over the weekend. In a week marked by appreciation and mouth-watering meals, let’s take a look at who feasted from a fantasy perspective.

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Under-the-radar Cole Beasley continues to impress.

Over the last seven weeks, Beasley has scored a touchdown five times. What’s more is that he has had 16 targets over the last two weeks that included a 6-110-1 line on Thanksgiving Day. Usually, his lower yardage and target outputs made him unreliable to some even as he continued to find pay dirt week after week. Now that his role keeps increasing, there are fewer reasons to keep him out of your lineup as an upside flex.

Derrius Guice explodes for 10-129-2 rushing line.

Another week of explosive plays from Guice occurred as he had his way with the Panthers’ defense. The young Washington running back has shown amazing flashes late in the year after coming back from yet another injury earlier this season. A few weeks back, we wrote about him as a potential league-winner and his case for doing so has only been solidified with this outstanding performance. He’s a fun player to watch knowing he can break a long run at any moment.

Devonta Freeman is back and resumes significant role.

Freeman finally returned from injury this week and in doing so, made all the other popular Falcon waiver wire running backs turn back into insignificance. He touched the ball 21 times against a stout Saints’ defense. While the efficiency wasn’t there, volume like that typically translates to future production. In better matchups, you can feel safe reinserting Freeman into your rosters.

DeVante Parker lights up the Eagles’ secondary for two touchdowns and 159 yards.

In what will likely stand as his best game of the season, Parker was Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target early and often. Since Preston Williams was lost for the season to injury, Parker has been a fairly reliable WR2. Having Fitzpatrick being able to throw a solid deep ball has also compounded his value instead of the unexciting Josh Rosen dump offs earlier in the year. I expect his value to maintain where it was before this week’s performance with the added boost of building even more trust with his quarterback with this massive outing.

Derrick Henry rolls on with high RB1 numbers yet again.

For the second year in a row, Henry is looking to be the MVP of the fantasy playoffs. He was seemingly unstoppable as he pounded for 149 yards rushing and a score on 26 rushes, adding three receptions. Ryan Tannehill and Henry have reignited this offense as a whole, and everyone is benefitting. Expect him to be the winning difference going forward as some leagues start the fantasy playoff push.

The WR2 to own in Green Bay is proving to be Allen Lazard.

Lazard is providing the deep threat that many of us thought would be Marquez Valdes-Scantling or Geronimo Allison. Posting a 3-103-1 receiving line, Lazard was finding the perfect spots downfield to turn in big play after big play. His hindered snap count and target share means he will always be of the boom or bust nature, but you could do far worse in stashing someone on your bench.

Kareem Hunt maintains value with 65 yards and a touchdown.

It is now abundantly clear that Hunt will remain a major factor in the Browns’ offense for the remainder of the season. With increased value in PPR leagues, he continues to make the most of his opportunities, command a decent amount of touches and targets, and garner red zone usage every week. This is getting to the point where he is even more reliable than some team’s top running backs. Depending on your positional depth, Hunt could become the fix you needed if you are shallow at the running back position.

The Buccaneer to own this week was surprisingly Peyton Barber.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians stated Ronald Jones was benched because he missed a blitz pickup. The harsh outcome for Jones’ owners turned out to be the saving grace for Barber’s. This was likely an oddity as the receiving group was held scoreless in what is normally a high-powered passing offense. Jones will likely see chances again next week, and the Bucs’ rushing red zone opportunities will stay as one of the least trustworthy situations in fantasy.

Nick Foles gets benched as Gardner Minshew retakes the helm for the Jaguars.

Foles was struggling mightily before getting benched for Minshew, who then led the Jaguars’ offense into somewhat meaningful production. This quarterback situation will be one to avoid entirely as they play with the hot hand going forward to determine their 2020 signal caller. Perhaps more importantly, this may be a boost for D.J. Chark as long as Minshew remains the starter. They showed great chemistry in their games together this season, and having Minshew back simply raises the ceiling for Chark. 

Raheem Mostert goes wild for 19-146-1 rushing against the Ravens.

In this week’s version of the 49ers’ running back carousel, it was Mostert who topped the charts. It is nearly impossible to predict which running back will go off each week in this backfield, and Matt Breida may also return next week. One interesting note is that Mostert has ranked as a top-10 back in yards after contact for the majority of this year. Perhaps the coaches are starting to realize his potential and ability to create after contact as he receives more opportunities. Mostert is the back to own on this team until proven otherwise, but it’s hard to trust any of them.

Thanks for reading and stay golden!

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David Zach is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from David, check out his archive and follow him @DavidZach16.

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