Week 13 is upon us, and for some leagues that means the start of the Fantasy Playoffs! Hopefully everybody reading this made it, and best of luck to those who did. For those of you that didn’t make the playoffs, best of luck next year! If for some reason your playoffs don’t start this week, please ask your commissioner to change the rules next year to take out Week 17. It’s the right way to go.
The Fantasy Football Winner’s and Loser’s column provides users with the recent weeks winners and losers, while also including analysis of the previous weeks Fantasy performances.
- Disclaimer – All Fantasy Football articles are written with the information given by ESPN Standard PPR scoring.
Julio Jones WR
50.8 Fantasy Points
The points themselves tell the story, this is the first time all season anybody has reached the 50-point threshold and the first time any player has achieved it since Le’Veon Bell had 51.8 in Week 14 of 2016. Julio Jones brought in 12 receptions on 15 targets for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t expect him to replicate this performance anytime soon, due to a matchup against Minnesota and Xavier Rhodes in Week 13.
Alvin Kamara- RB
36.8 Fantasy Points
My pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year is Alvin Kamara and he showed why he deserves those honors this week. Currently sitting at #2 on the Saints depth chart he has managed to be the 4th best Fantasy RB in the NFL. Perhaps the best dual threat back in the league currently, he rushed five times for 87 yards and a TD, while also bringing in six catches for 101 yards and a TD.
Robby Anderson - WR
32.6 Fantasy Points
This one pains me because I sat Robby Anderson in favor of Vernon Davis for my Flex this week and boy did Anderson make me pay, posting a career high in fantasy points with 10 receptions for 146 yards and two TD’s. He’ll look to keep up those numbers in a rather favorable matchup next week against KC.
Case Keenum- QB
27.3 Fantasy Points
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has stated time and time again that the Vikings will keep re-evaluating their QB situation with Teddy Bridgewater being healthy, so it’s quite possible that Keenum doesn’t finish out the year as the Vikings starter. Keenum is only owned in 37% of leagues and has posted 17+ fantasy points in 4 straight weeks. Look to Keenum if you’re in need of a QB down the stretch.
Marshawn Lynch - RB
20.1 Fantasy Points
Beastmode has returned? Marshawn Lynch posted more than 20 points for the second time in three games. Lynch’s performance was TD driven as he only managed 2.6 YPC on his 26 attempts. Week 13 he’ll look to improve on that against a Giants defense that has taken a step back.
Kareem Hunt - RB
3.6 Fantasy Points
It’s official. We can panic. Kareem Hunt owners were sitting high and mighty after Hunt’s amazing Week 1-3 performance, sadly it’s been all downhill since then. No TD’s for Kareem Hunt since Week 3 has limited his potential. He currently sits at #3 in RB scoring with his early season performance carrying him. Hunt owners shouldn’t be sitting Hunt but with the way Kansas City’s offense has played lately it doesn’t bode well to Hunt carrying you in the playoffs.
Vernon Davis - TE
0.0 Fantasy Points
I honestly don’t even know where to begin, nothing makes my blood boil more than starting this guy in the Flex this week only to have him let me down. Davis entered the week with an amazing matchup against a Giants defense that has allowed 19.2 points to Fantasy TE’s this year and ended the game with ZERO points on ONE target. due to Jordan Reed expected to come back, Davis’s value is diminished even more.
Jared Cook - TE
1.1 Fantasy Points
I’ll excuse Jared Cook’s performance a little bit, he did have a TD taken away in the contest, which was the correct call. It still sucks as an owner to have points overturned. Cook had a remarkable matchup in Week 12 against a Broncos team that has allowed the second most points to tight ends (17.5). Cook ended up being the primary receiver in this game as well with Cooper getting hurt and Crabtree getting ejected but still only managed 1 catch on 5 targets.
Dak Prescott - QB
3.2 Fantasy Points
Dak Prescott owners should be panicking. Prescott has looked like a shell of himself since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension. I’m reluctant to say Elliott is the sole reason due to Alfred Morris averaging over 5 YPC in his absence. I’ve personally never liked Dak Prescott in Dallas’s offense, mostly since it seems like him and star WR Dez Bryant are never on the same page. As much as I want to see Dak succeed it won’t get any easier in Week 13 as Dallas visits a tough Washington defense.
Demaryius Thomas - WR
6.8 Fantasy Points
While 6.8 fantasy points isn’t terrible, Thomas didn’t find the end zone for the first time in 4 weeks and managed only 18 yards on his 5 receptions. Denver has been struggling with a QB carrousel all year and Thomas has been salvaging fantasy weeks by getting TD’s. I think he’ll remain a TD dependent WR for the remainder of the season. I wouldn’t have an issue sitting Thomas in bad matchups the rest of the way, he’ll face MIA, NJY, IND and WAS in the fantasy playoffs. (For 16 week leagues)
Make sure to check back every week for the remainder of the Fantasy Football scene for the winners and losers column, and good luck in the last week of the regular season for most leagues! Hopefully you can lock down your playoff spots.
If you missed last week’s iteration of the Winners and Losers column you can check it out HERE