10 Things You Need to Know from Week 13
Welcome to Monday morning. Before you get into the swing of the work week, check out what you might have missed from Week Thirteen. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
A Green Toe
The Cincinnati Bengals welcomed WR AJ Green back to the lineup but the team’s best player didn’t last long, catching just one pass before going down in pain. It is presumed that Green re-injured his turn toe that kept him out of action the past three games. He was spotted leaving the sidelines on a cart in obvious pain and frustration. With the direction the Bengals’ season is headed, it won’t be a surprise to see them place Green on the injured reserve list.
Lindsay Puts on a Show
Undrafted rookie RB Phillip Lindsay continues to prove to fantasy players that regardless of his lack of draft capital or his diminutive size, he is a real force in this league. Lindsay set a new career-high with 157 rushing yards against the Bengals and also matched his best mark with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Lindsay is not going away.
Many fantasy players entered the season expecting a breakout year from Lions WR Kenny Golladay and that is just what we got early in the season. When the Lions dealt away veteran WR Golden Tate, expectations increased, but Golladay’s numbers didn’t. When they lost WR Marvin Jones for the year, again, fantasy players saw stars. Golladay has gotten by on volume, including 35 targets over the previous three weeks but in Week Thirteen, he caught just three passes for 50 yards despite his Lions team trailing the Rams’ high-powered offense all game long.
After another frustrating and downright embarrassing loss, the Green Bay Packers made the shocking move few expected. They fired their longtime HC Mike McCarthy. Don’t get me wrong. At this point, it was basically accepted that McCarthy would not survive this season, one in which the Packers are going to miss the playoffs. Most expected the decision to come after the season but following the upset loss to the Cardinals in Green Bay, McCarthy was gone. He was replaced on an interim basis by OC Joe Philbin.
Allen Runs for Fantasy Success
Bills rookie QB Josh Allen passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns as his team lost a close game to the Miami Dolphins. With those solid but unspectacular numbers, how did Allen end up ranking as a top-five fantasy QB for the week? His rushing numbers. A week after running for 99 yards, Allen racked up a franchise-record for his position 135 yards. With this type of fantasy floor coming from Allen’s legs, he’s becoming a strong weekly consideration for fantasy lineups.
Cohen Comes Alive
Bears RB Tarik Cohen waited until the fourth quarter to really do any damage against the Giants, as did most of his teammates. The Bears scored 13 fourth-quarter points to shockingly force overtime before falling to the Giants. The game-tying score came on a short pass from Cohen to WR Anthony Miller. Cohen also set new career-highs with 12 receptions and 156 yards on 14 targets and he even added a modest 30 rushing yards.
Olsen is Out
For the second time this season, Panthers veteran TE Greg Olsen suffered a serious foot injury. This one will end his season as he will require surgery to repair the issue. There was some thought earlier in the season that Olsen’s year and possibly even his career could be done but he quickly battled back. That timing may be partially to blame for his re-injury. Olsen reportedly considered retiring last offseason so this might be the last we see of the longtime starter.
The 49ers got blown out by the Seahawks in Week Thirteen but they put up some major fantasy numbers along the way. That fantasy production came from the unlikeliest of places. QB Nick Mullens, who was nearly benched last week, threw for 414 yards and two scores. The team rested RB Matt Breida and gave little-known RB Jeff Wilson a full workload, resulting in134 total yards and rookie WR Dante Pettis caught two touchdowns among his five grabs and 129 yards.
When the Chiefs shockingly waived RB Kareem Hunt late last week, fantasy players quickly turned their attention to veteran RB Spencer Ware and his projections quickly got out of hand. Many projected Ware as a top ten back for the week and going forward for the rest of the season. While he is still in a potentially successful spot, Ware struggled in his first game as the lead back this season, totaling 52 yards and a touchdown.
Chargers Backups Thrive
With starting RB Melvin Gordon out for the Chargers, the team used a committee of RBs Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson. While Ekeler posted a somewhat disappointing 43 total yards, Jackson surprised with 82 total yards and a touchdown. Jackson will likely be viewed as the team’s starter if Gordon misses any other games, while Ekeler retains his pass-catching, change of pace role.
Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.