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Monday, December 7, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 WRAPUP

Andy Dalton:  The monster season that is the one being engineered by Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton continued Sunday as he completed 14-of-19 passes for 220 yards and two scores, while also adding a third touchdown on the ground in the team's laugher over the Cleveland Browns.  That bgins Dalton's season totals to a terrific 25 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions as he continues with his MVP-type and career campaign.  For all the flak Dalton has gotten over the years, outside of 2014, he has been a good to very good fantasy football passer.  Considering how cheap his 2015 price tag was, Dalton is one of the best value plays of the season. 

A.J. Green:  Having his own comeback season for the Bengals in 2015 is ace wideout A.J. Green who caught five passes for 128 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.  After an injury-marred 2014 that saw his number decline sharply, Green has re-affirmed his status as a top tier wideout both in real-life and in fantasy football. 

Marcus Mariota:  What a rookie season Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is having as the former Oregon product went nuts Sunday to the tune of completing 20-of-29 passes for 268 yards with 3 TD's and 1 INT.  In addition, Mariota showed off his running ability by rushing for 112 yards and a four score on only 12 carries.  Flat out Mariota has been better than anyone could have anticipated considering the concerns many had in coming from a spread system in college.  His very good accuracy and impressive athleticism is already making Mariota an every week starting option among QB's in fantasy football. 

Russell Wilson:  There is locked-in and then there is what Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is doing right now.  Just one week after throwing five touchdowns in Week 12, Wilson put on another clinic Sunday in completing 21-of-27 passes for 274 yards with 3 TD's, while also rushing for 51 yards on 9 carries and a fourth score.  Absolutely no one is hotter right now among fantasy football QB's and Wilson has seemingly taken the next step in his development as he is having his best season ever in terms of passing.  Right now Wilson is carrying his fantasy football owners as the playoff weeks beckon. 

Allen Robinson:  In the shootout that was the Jacksonville Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game, it was wideout Allen Robinson who did the best work in the receiving game by catching 10 balls for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Robinson has realized the very interesting potential he showed as a rookie in 2014 before he went on IR with injury, showing terrific chemistry with QB Blake Bortles from the start of this season.  He is starting to move close to WR 1 territory.   

Jameis Winston:  While he did not come close to the outing fellow rookie QB Marcus Mariota had, Tampa Bay Buc's first-year passer Jameis Winston led a late comeback win for his team over the Atlanta Falcons to remain in firm wild card contention.  Winston completed 18-of-27 passes for 227 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT, while also rushing for 15 yards and another score on just 5 carries.  Again his numbers fall short to Mariota but the Buc's no doubt are happy with their guy. 

Blaine Gabbert:  It looks like Blaine Gabbert has figured some things out along the way from Jacksonville to San Francisco as the 49ers QB played well Sunday in completing 18-of-32 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown, while also picking up a second score on the ground in rushing for 75 yards on 6 carries.  While we still wouldn't touch Gabbert in any fantasy football league, at least the guy is starting to emerge from the "total bust" bin he was once residing in. 

Dorial Green-Beckham:  The Titans finally put rookie wideout Dorial Green-Beckham to use Sunday, as the kid caught 5 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.  Green-Beckham has been compared to Plaxico Burress in terms of his size and good speed and he could be a smart add the last few weeks of the season as the Titans look to develop him some more with an eye towards his 2015 campaign. 

Matt Ryan:  It was another listless performance from ultra-disappointing Falcons QB Matt Ryan on Sunday as he completed 30-of-45 passes for 269 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Ryan has been brutal almost all season after a five-year run where he was annually one of the best fantasy football QB values in the game.  He has been cut loose from most teams by now and this game doesn't make you want to go out and pick him back up. 

Blake Bortles:  We are really starting to see the development of Jaguars QB Blake Bortles who completed 24-of-36 passes for 322 yards and 5 touchdowns Sunday in the shootout versus the Titans.  Bortles is now up to 27 touchdown passes on the season and considering the vast array of offensive talent around him, the arrow is pointing upwards in terms of his standing in fantasy football. 

Tyrod Taylor:  There has been little use for Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor since September as the guy has suffered from injuries and some shaky play but he was very good Sunday in completing 11-of-21 passes for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also rushing for 28 yards and a fourth score on the ground on 7 carries.  Taylor still should not be owned in anything but two-QB formats despite the big game. 

Buck Allen:  It was a PPR gem out of nowhere Sunday as Baltimore Ravens running back Buck Allen rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries, while also catching a ridiculous 12 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.  Allen is replacing the injured Justin Forsett at running back and with Matt Schaub at the helm under center, his usage looks like it will be very high going forward.  Could be a solid value the rest of the season.

Doug Baldwin:  Make it six touchdowns in the last four games for Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin who is primarily benefitting from the recent surge of QB Russell Wilson.  Baldwin grabbed 5 balls for 97 yards and two scores on Sunday as he is taking the journey from inconsistent WR 3 to a solid WR 2.  With Jimmy Graham out for the rest of the season, Baldwin is in line to be a highly thrown to receiver going forward. 

Larry Fitzgerald:  While John Brown and Michael Floyd seem to be making bigger plays lately, Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald continues to do his part as he caught 8 balls for 55 yards Sunday as the team defeated the St. Louis Rams.  Fitzgerald passed 1,000 career catches in the game and at the age of 32, is having one of his best seasons as he now sits with 83 catches and is one pace for his second career 100-plus reception campaign. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  It was Ryan Fitzpatrick to the rescue for the New York Jets on Sunday as he completed 36-of-50 passes for 390 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 22 yards on 5 carries.  The career backup and sometimes starter is in the midst of his best NFL season as he now sits with 22 touchdown passes and is putting his mid-year struggles behind him. 

Anquan Boldin:  There was another wide receiver milestone reached Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers' Anquan Boldin caught 5 passes for 37 yards in the team's OT win over the Chicago Bears.  Boldin is still going all-out as usual but his numbers are getting depressed badly by the awful QB play by the 49er passers. 

Odell Beckham Jr.:  The New York Jets went into their big game versus the Giants without top corner Darrell Revis and it showed as Odell Beckham Jr. caught 6 passes for 149 yards and a score.  Beckham continues to put up video game numbers on a weekly basis going back to his 2014 superstar rookie campaign and he remains a top tier fantasy football receiver this season.  Anyone who owns Beckham is the envy of their league as the guy is something else. 

Jeremy Maclin:  Make it two strong weeks in a row now for Kansas City Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin who caught 9 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the team's big win over the Oakland Raiders.  Maclin has been a bit up and down all season in his first year with the Chiefs but like we said last week, he is peaking at the right time as he solidifies his WR 2 value as the playoff weeks arrive. 

Cam Newton:  It was a battle but the Carolina Panthers remained undefeated Sunday when QB Cam Newton threw five touchdown passes against the pathetic New Orleans Saints defense.  Newton completed 28-of-41 passes for 331 yards with the five touchdowns and 1 INT, while also rushing for 49 yards on 10 carries.  Needless to say, Newton is a serious MVP candidate and has finally quieted this constant critic. 

James White:  The New England Patriots have their new PPR back as James White caught 10 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the team's loss Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles.  White only rushed twice for four yards as he was almost exclusively used as a receiver due to all the injuries impacting the Patriots skill players.  He is worth a look in PPR formats if still available but only if you are desperate as there is no guaranteed White will be able to come anywhere close to repeating this type of outing. 

Antonio Brown:  It was vintage Antonio Brown Sunday night as he played pitch and catch with QB Ben Roethlisberger to the tune of catching 8 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding a late 71-yard punt return for a third score.  When Brown is going like this, he is virtually unstoppable as he showed in the rout over the Indianapolis Colts.  He remains the number 1 fantasy football wideout in the game.

Ben Roethlisberger:  Amazing stuff from Big Ben when on the field this season, as he completed 24-of-39 passes for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns Sunday night.  Roethlisberger has dealt with a bunch of injuries this season but he continues his mid-career passing renaissance that began a few years ago. 



 

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