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Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 WRAPUP

-The Case Keenum train keeps on chugging as the Minnesota Vikings QB completed 25-of-30 throws for 227 yards and two scores in a nearly flawless outing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.  We have said for Weeks there is no way Mike Zimmer can replace Keenum with Teddy Bridgewater as the former is playing way too well to take out of the lineup.  It has been a spectacular breakout campaign for Keenum who is setting himself up nicely for a payday in free agency this winter.  For now, keep riding him out in fantasy football.

-Jimmy Garappolo had a success starting debut for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday as he completed 26-of-37 throws for 293 yards with no TD and 1 INT.  While the bagel in the scoring column is a major negative in terms of fantasy football, Garappolo was in total control of the offense and he led the 49ers to their second win of the season in his first start.  He has a future there.

-New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski has not had as many vintage Gronk games this season but Sunday was one of them as he caught 9 balls for 147 yards in the teams win over the Buffalo Bills.  The big potential issue here though is that Gronk could be in trouble with the league after taking a ridiculous cheap shot at Bills cornerback

-49ers wideout Marquis Goodwin will surely endorse Jimmy Garappolo as the team's QB after he caught 8 balls for 99 yards Sunday.  Goodwin has been a nice breakout players this season but he has been completely drowned out by the awful state of his team. Goodwin should be in play for Week 14 against the weak Houston Texans secondary and especially now with Garappolo at under center.

-The momentum is really picking up for Patriots running back Rex Burkhead as he rushed for 78 yards and two scores on 12 carries, while adding 3 catches for another 25. Remember that at the beginning of the season I told you Burkhead was the guy to own in the crowded Pats backfield since he was personally signed by Bill Belichick and now he has come full circle on that front.  Burkhead is a rock solid RB 2 in all formats moving into the fantasy football playoff games.

-My goodness Tampa Bay Buc's wideout Mike Evans is garbage.  Even the return of QB Jameis Winston did nothing to spark the big bust that is Evans as he caught just two balls for 33 yards.  Things are so bad now that Evans makes just a WR 3 grade until we see him perform otherwise going forward.  Chalk Evans' up as one of the biggest bombs of the past drafting season.

-Maybe Peyton Barber should have been starting all along.  The Buc's running back rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries, while adding four catches for another 41.  This is the type of outing that gets the attention of everyone in the fantasy football community,. especially in PPR formats.  Barber will be the top add on waivers this week for sure and he could be a huge playoff bust for those in need of a second back.

-Right there with Mike Evans as a monster first round bust in terms of last summer's drafts is Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard.  With 8 men stacking the box yet again with rookie QB Mitch Trubisky at the helm, Howard picked up just 38 yards on 13 carries, while putting up -5 yards on one single catch.  Howard is barely a RB 2 in all formats right now and depending on him for the playoff weeks is very risky.

-Even though Aaron Jones returned Sunday (and scored the winning TD in overtime), Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams was the man in charge on the ground for the team Sunday as he showed in rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries and picking up one score.  He also added two catches for 10 yards and Williams has done more than enough to secure RB 2 status everywhere for next week.

-After weeks of being well off the fantasy football grid, Buc's tight end Cameron Brate caught two touchdown passes Sunday as he got back in synch with Winston.  Brate overall caught just the two scoring throws for 39 yards but perhaps it is an indication he can be dusted off again for the playoff weeks.

-Kenyan Drake really showed his ability on Sunday as the Miami Dolphins speedster rushed for 120 yards and a score on 23 carries, while adding 3 catches for another 21 yards.  Drake took full advantage of the injury absence of Damien Williams to put forth major PPR numbers.  While Williams possible return next week could complicate things, Drake might be showing Adam Gase he should get the lion's share of work regardless.

-Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins scored for the third straight game Sunday and added a second score in the win over the Detroit Lions.  Overall Collins rushed for 75 yards and two scores on 15 carries, while adding two catches for another 23 yards.  While Collins is not a big receiver, he is getting more than enough work to warrant RB 2 status in all legaues.

-Packers QB Brett Hundley is certainly not doing his part to help keep the team in shape for Aaron Rodgers' return in Week 15 as he completed 13-of-22 throws for 84 yards with no scores and no INT's.  He did rush for 66 yards on 7 carries which was nice but Packers are winning games in spite f him.

-Quieting the critics at least for one week, Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith got back on track in a big Sunday by completing 19-of-33 passes for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns with no picks.  Smith took apart the New York Jets secondary and his numbers brought back memories of his tremendous September and October.  While we won't say he is 100 percent trusthworthy going into next week, the worry level has dipped.


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