Is there a fantasy relevant quarterback in Detroit once again? Is Cleveland backfield morphing into a one-man band? Are there two fantasy relevant running backs in the Chicago backfield? FantasySharks.com senior writer Matt Wilson tackles those fantasy football questions and gives us the latest injury report in his Week 13 edition of “Traps and Trends.”
THE WEEK 13 FANTASY FOOTBALL SUMMARY
- Heading into Week 13 action, Darren Waller was ranked as the fantasy TE3/standard scoring and as the fantasy TE2/points per reception (PPR) league scoring. He also was second at the position in receptions, second in receiving yards and second (tie) in touchdown grabs, but his record-setting performance during Las Vegas’ 31-28 victory over the New York Jets, which dropped the Jets to 0-12, still came as a big surprise. Waller racked up 13 receptions for 200 yards on 17 targets against a barely-there-as-usual Jets defense. He became just the sixth tight end in NFL history to amass at least 200 yards in a game.
- Perhaps A.J. Brown’s ankle injury opened the door for Corey Davis to rack up a monster outing, but there was nothing fluky about his performance. During Tennessee’s surprising 41-35 loss to Cleveland (the game was nowhere near as close as the final score suggests), Davis hauled in 11 catches for 182 yards, which were both career highs, and one touchdown grab on 12 targets. Playing for a contract next season, Davis has either scored at least once or racked up at least 69 receiving yards in eight of 10 games on the season.
- “Game manager” Baker Mayfield, leading a usually “run heavy” Cleveland offense, torched a clueless Tennessee secondary with 334 passing yards and four touchdown tosses. The four scoring strikes and the lion’s share of the passing yardage came in the first half. From Weeks 8-11, it was hard to get a read on Mayfield because he played three consecutive contests in rainy and windy weather conditions at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. During the last two weeks, Mayfield, playing two straight on the road, has connected on 44-of-62 passes (70.9 percent) for 592 yards and six touchdowns. He has rekindled his 2019 chemistry with Jarvis Landry, and Mayfield seems content to use Rashard Higgins as a deep threat more times than not. Odell Beckham who?
- The performance of the Cleveland defense against the Tennessee offense was good, but the performance by the New York Giants defense against the Seattle offense was dominant. The Giants went into Seattle as massive underdogs and their defense stuffed one of the NFL’s best offenses to help crank out a 17-12 Giants victory that’s one of the biggest upsets of the season. Russell Wilson threw for only 263 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions (and added seven rushes for 45 yards) while D.K. Metcalf was limited to five receptions for 80 scoreless yards on eight targets. New York’s offense gashed Seattle’s defense for 190 rushing yards, but this wasn’t about the Giants stymieing the Seahawks with a game of keep-away since time of possession favored Seattle 30:11 to 29:49. The Giants defense just whipped the Seattle offense.
- Last week Derrick Henry pounded Indianapolis with 178 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, but this past Sunday Cleveland pounded Henry. Cleveland limited him to 60 scoreless rushing yards on 15 carries and one catch for 9 yards on one target. The 60 rushing yards was three shy of his season low. Henry also lost a fumble, which is something that he rarely does.
- It’s not a surprise that Philadelphia finally benched the struggling Carson Wentz and rolled with rookie Jalen Hurts for four game-ending offensive series during a 30-16 loss to Green Bay. Two weeks ago, Wentz had passed for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during a loss to Seattle, but he struggled way more than the numbers suggest. Wentz’s shoddy play carried over into the Green Bay game. He left after completing just 6-of-15 passes for 79 scoreless yards. Wentz clearly has regressed while operating behind a very banged-up offensive line and throwing to wideouts who don’t seem to be able to get open consistently. Hurts went 5-for-12 for 109 yards and one touchdown against one interception. It’ll be interesting to see who starts against the top-shelf New Orleans defense next week.
THE WEEK 13 INJURY REPORT
For the third consecutive week, it’s a short one. As usual, keep in mind that some teams withhold injury information until Monday, so a few more names could be added:
QB Philip Rivers (foot, plantar fascia rupture)
QB Brandon Allen (chest)
RB Frank Gore (concussion)
RB Joshua Kelley (ankle)
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (non-COVID illness)
WR A.J. Brown (ankle, returned to his game)
WR Brandin Cooks (head, no concussion, returned to his game)
Read on for this weeks Traps, Trends & Toss-Ups!