Week 13 Recap: H-Town’s Finest
November 30, 2014 | Jeff
Week 13 was a monstrous week in terms of fantasy points, as touchdowns and yardage exploded out of nearly every single Sunday boxscore. Three quarterbacks threw five or more touchdowns, nine wide receivers topped 100 yards, and two tight ends (neither named Gronk or Graham) passed the 120 yard mark on Sunday. Hopefully your fantasy team was loaded up with a few of Sunday’s top performers\ and that elusive playoff berth was captured. Now, let’s dig into a few of the notable situations that came out of Sunday’s exciting fantasy action as we tackle lowlights and highlights from Week 13…
With fantasy playoff berths and byes on the line, of course the fantasy world was led in scoring by none other than Ryan Fitzpatrick this week, as the beard chucked a six pack of touchdowns to go along with 358 yards. It took Fitzpatrick the first SIX WEEKS of the 2014 season to throw six touchdown passes! With Fitz going nuts, the main beneficiary on the receiving end was DeAndre Hopkins, who had himself a monster game as well, catching every one of his nine targets for 238 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans draw a matchup with Jacksonville in Week 14 for those QB streamers crazy enough to roll the dice on Fitzpatrick again. Hopkins will safely reside in WR2 territory with Fitzpatrick taking over the Houston offense for the rest of the season with Ryan Mallett on the shelf.
The Oakland Raiders decided to celebrate their exciting Week 12 win by completely skipping Week 13. Well, actually the Raiders did show up to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, but you would never know by looking at the 52-0 score on the scoreboard. The Rams buried the Raiders quickly in this game, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and slammed the accelerator until the final horn sounded. Leading the way for St. Louis was rookie running back Tre Mason, who ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries (8.4 yards per tote). Mason also chipped in with 3 catches for 47 yards and another score, giving him a hat trick on the afternoon. Mason is now averaging 122 total yards per game over the last three weeks and is picking up a ton of steam heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Young Colts Riding High
As Andrew Luck was busy racking up his tenth 300+ yard passing day of the 2014 season, it was two of his younger targets leading the way on the receiving end. Rookie Donte Moncrief exploded for a career-high 134 yards and two scores on just three catches, scoring on grabs of 48 and 79 yards. Moncrief does have two 100+ yard games in the last five weeks, however they are wrapped around efforts of two, zero, and 38 yards. It was nice to see the rookie outperform Hakeem Nicks in the Colts offense but he will likely be an unreliable source of production down the stretch.
Coby Fleener also had himself a huge day, capitalizing on the absence of Dwayne Allen yet again. Fleener snagged four of seven targets for 127 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73 yard score in the third quarter. As long as Allen remains sidelined, Fleener is TE1 material but he will be evicted and relocated to TE2 land once Allen is back.
In the biggest shocker of the week, and maybe the season, Jimmy Graham played an entire game and received a grand total of zero targets. For those of you scoring at home, that means Big Jimbo did not catch a single pass on Sunday and dished his fantasy owners a devastating donut in a critical week. Snap counts from this game haven’t surfaced quite yet but it did appear that Graham was playing and not injured throughout this game, so credit the Steelers for taking Graham out of this game. On the other side of the coin, we shouldn’t be showering Pittsburgh with praise at all considering that Drew Brees was still able to pump the ball down the field for 257 yards and five touchdowns. Whatever the reason, Graham was a box score ghost this week and hopefully his owners get some sweet redemption next week.