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Monday Night Takeaways – Week 13

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New York 16, Washington 17

Giants

The dual that started in week seven did not disappoint as the two quarterbacks traded blows all game long. On the receiving end for the Giants was Victor Cruz racking up 104 yards on five receptions. Nice to see Cruz stepping up his game just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Martellus Bennett was also a beneficiary catching five of seven targets, for 82 yards and the Giants lone touchdown. With the Saints coming to the Big Apple, Bennett has medium fantasy value as a lower TE1.

With Andre Brown out for the season, Ahmad Bradshaw finally got the workload we all projected according to his third round ADP touching the ball 26 times for 116 yards. Bradshaw should be cemented in our lineups as a borderline RB1 next week facing New Orleans.

Redskins

Robert Griffin III must be touched by fate after his fumble jumped right into the hands of Skins wide receiver Josh Morgan who rolled in for a 13-yard touchdown. Not the greatest of fantasy performances, Griffin was able to set the single season rookie rushing record, the primary reason he remains a solid fantasy starter. The future of the NFL quarterback position looks brighter than ever.

After a mid third quarter fumble Mike Shannahan showed his confidence in rookie running back Alfred Morris giving him the ball repeatedly on the very next series. Although Morris will never be considered for rookie of the year, he’d certainly get my vote for best draft value, both NFL and fantasy.

Pierre Garcon owners who were patient all season look to have a solid WR2 on their hands. He is a lineup lock now making the championship push.

Tuesday Morning Quick Hits

•Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, he’s done for the season. Head coach Jim Schwartz says Titus Young will not replace Broyles in the lineup meaning Mike Thomas becomes a player of intrigue.

Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are expected to return Thursday night, but the timeshare is still unknown. Best to avoid all Raiders running backs.

•Chargers left tackle Mike Harris has suffered a high ankle sprain. Best to avoid all Chargers players not named Danario Alexander (low end WR3) this week facing Pittsburgh.

•Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says he’ll stick with the “hot hand” at running back meaning James Starks is nothing more than a mid-RB3.

•McCarthy also stated that Jordy Nelson will be “hard pressed to play” this weekend after suffering a hamstring injury. Find other options.

•According to head coach Dennis Allen, Denarius Moore was pulled from the game for “dropping balls.” Rod Streeter finished out with 96 yards and a touchdown. Moore is a risky WR4 facing Denver and Champ Bailey next week.

Maurice Jones-Drew has been characterized as “very questionable to return.” Montell Owens will likely get the start facing a porous Jets rush defense. Owens has high end RB3 status.

Percy Harvin is also expected miss another week of action. Owners should continue to make alternate plans while Kyle Rudolph retains his mid/lower TE1 status.

•Micheal Vick has been benched for the remainder of the season, and likely done in Philadelphia. Brent Celek was Nick Foles preferred target on Sunday, but still a higher end TE2.

LeSean McCoy has not passed his concussion tests as of Tuesday morning. Bryce Brown would be a near must-start should Shady miss this weekend’s tilt with the Buccaneers.  

•Tight end Aaron Hernandez played all 79 snaps this weekend. Just in time for the playoff push.

Good luck to everyone this week. Hope to see you next Monday.