Wow, I can’t believe week 13 has come and gone. It feels like the season has just begun. Being such a crucial week for playoff positioning, I hope your studs were plenty while your duds were few. Here’s your week 13 Studs and Duds.
Just when you thought Newton could not look more impressive he goes out and has a game like he did against New Orleans. He put up a season high in yardage and touchdowns going for 331 yards and 5 scores to lead the Panthers to a 4th quarter victory. Add in his 49 yards on the ground and he finished as the #1 QB in week 13. There is not a single QB I would consider starting over Cam, so continue to ride this horse during his career year all the way to the championship.
The 2nd year pro showed up in a big way for the Jags this weekend, unfortunately in a losing effort. With 10 receptions for 153 yards and 3 TD’s, Robinson put up the 3rd highest WR score of the year, only behind Antonio Brown in week 9 and AJ Green in Week 3. With the Jaguars constantly finding themselves in shootouts Robinson has cemented himself as a stud, only having a single game with less than 16.1 fantasy points in PPR formats. That was in week 1 where he was still coming back from injury. He is and will be a WR1 for many years to come.
Already having a solid LB1 year, Johnson had a HUGE game against Oakland. He finished with 13 solo tackles. The only player with more in a single game was Paul Poslusnzny way back in week 3. Add in his sack and he finished as the #1 LB on the week. If your league does not have a trade deadline, and you are in a spot to make a run at the playoffs, I would be sending out a solid trade offer as his next 3 opponents are vs. Atlanta, @NY Giants, and @ Atlanta. They are 2nd and 10th respectively in points allowed to LB’s on the season.
3 measly solo tackles. That’s all the Honey Badger came away with this past week. No PD’s, no sacks, not even an assisted tackle. For a guy that is always around the ball that is hard to imagine, but it happened. It could have something to do with the fact that his opponent, the St. Louis Rams, cant seem to sustain a drive that lasts longer than 23.5 seconds. Let’s hope so.
Mike Zimmerman, feed this dude the rock. There is no universe nor score that dictates giving arguably the best player in the league only 12 touches. It doesn’t matter if you are down by 10 or 100, Peterson can literally score any time he touches the ball. He also happens to be the type of player that gets better as the game continues, specifically by wearing down defenses and exploiting holes in the 4th quarter. In the Vikings 4 losses he has averaged 15 touches and in their wins he has averaged 26.5. Coincidence, I think not. His next 3 games are against Arizona (19th in PPG to RB’s), Chicago (25th) and NY Giants (20th). I’d feel pretty good about those matchups.
The cream always rises to the top. Talent always trumps opportunity. Well, almost always. The Rams are so dysfunctional on offense right now that the most talented running back in the league can’t break 50 rushing yards against a soft Arizona Run Defense. They were doubled up in time of possession by the Cardinals 40:20. That is absurd in today’s NFL. It’s tough to say this, but with Detroit, Tampa, and Seattle coming up I would recommend having Gurley ride the pine for your fantasy team the rest of the season. I know that I will have to go that route myself. Hey, there’s always next year.