Fantasy Football Studs & Duds: Week 13
The 13th NFL Sunday is in the books, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the good (Aaron Rodgers), bad (Jonathan Williams), and ugly (Cleveland offense) from a fantasy football point of view. Take note that fantasy scores are listed in terms of half PPR scoring, and you can see the complete player results over at the nifty FantasyPros sortable results page.
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 28.4 FP
Watson put on a clinic in front of a national audience on Sunday evening. He went 18-of-25 for 235 yards and three touchdowns, but the icing on the fantasy cake came from a six-yard receiving score. That is pretty amazing when considering his opponent, New England, has pretty much destroyed every quarterback (outside of Lamar Jackson) heading into this contest.
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 28.1 FP
Rodgers had himself some fun in the snow, sleet, wind, and other elements while tossing four touchdowns with 243 passing yards. The former MVP had a rough time against the 49ers last Sunday, so it’s nice to see him bounce-back. He should keep that momentum in a home draw vs. Washington next week.
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): 22.1 FP
Henry is seemingly a top-five fantasy running back every week now, and Sunday was no exception. The Titans’ bell cow ripped off 149 rushing yards on 26 carries with a touchdown to boot. Henry has tallied 140+ yards in three straight games, and he’ll face the Raiders in Oakland next week.
Davante Adams (WR – GB): 21.4 FP
Adams was on the other end of Rodgers’ fantastic performance, catching six passes for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The All-Pro receiver missed the whole month of October with an injury, so it’s nice to see him finding his groove while heading into the final push of the regular season.
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James White (RB – NE): 33.7 FP
White was the key beneficiary of game flow, as the Patriots found themselves at a deficit for one of the few times this season. That resulted in more passing attempts for New England, and White was a magnet while catching 8-of-11 targets for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He also took 14 carries for 78 yards on the ground. That was enough to earn him RB1 honors in half (and full) PPR formats.
DeVante Parker (WR – MIA): 31.4 FP
Parker has emerged as a fantasy beast down the stretch. The Dolphins don’t have much of a rushing attack, and they usually find themselves trailing (or trying to match scores in a shootout). Parker benefitted from game flow on Sunday, snagging 7-of-10 targets for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He has seen double-digit targets in four straight, leading to 135+ yards in two of those.
Derrius Guice (RB – WAS): 26.7 FP
Guice is an explosive running back, and he proved that while racking up 129 yards on 10 carries (two touchdowns) against the Panthers. It’s evident that Carolina has some problems against the run, so keep that in mind for upcoming weeks. As for Guice, it’s hard to believe this is more than an outlier, as he’ll continue to split carries with Adrian Peterson (Chris Thompson too) in the Washington backfield.
Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): 20.2 FP
This is somewhat surprising considering Jared Goff has been terrible over the last month and Higbee isn’t a proven fantasy option. However, he had an obvious chance to step up with fellow TE Gerald Everett sidelined, and the matchup against Arizona (most FP allowed to TEs) didn’t hurt. Higbee finished with the best fantasy performance of his position, and he’ll continue to see more looks if Everett misses time moving forward.
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): 9.0 FP
Mayfield was listed in the “studs” section last week, but he has spent most of this time in the “dud” category this season. Cleveland’s offense couldn’t get much going against a legitimate Steelers’ defense, which curbed any enthusiasm sparked by the Browns’ offensive clinic vs. Miami last weekend. Luckily, Mayfield will have an opportunity to get back on track against Cincinnati and Arizona in his next two games.
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 5.1 FP
If you told me the Packers had a runaway victory against the Giants, I would’ve expected Jones to have a solid fantasy performance. However, almost all of the production came from Aaron Rodgers and the passing game, leaving Jones as a spectator. That’s two straight weeks in the “dud” section for Jones, and he’ll try to bounce back vs. Washington next Sunday.
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 4.4 FP
If Mayfield is listed in this category, there’s a good chance Beckham will follow. Beckham finished with three receptions for 29 yards against Pittsburgh, but he’ll have easier matchups against the Bengals and Cardinals in upcoming weeks.
Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): 8.4 FP
Sure, it was a tough matchup, but Kareem Hunt’s growing role is somewhat concerning. Hunt took 12 touches for 65 yards and a touchdown compared to 17 looks and 79 yards for Chubb. There’s a chance they could coexist peacefully against bad defenses like Cincinnati and Arizona in the future, but this trend is worrisome for Chubb backers.