Some Week 13 Fantasy Winners/Losers

Some Week 13 Fantasy Winners

Adrian Peterson – After what was, for Peterson, a bit of a down spell (just 233 combined yards and a touchdown in the last 3 weeks), his 108 yards and 3 touchdowns in Sunday’s victory over the Bills is a welcome return to form for his owners. Fantasy wise, Peterson dominated this matchup. The only other big scorer in the game was fellow Viking Sidney Rice, who had his first big game since returning from his hip surgery, grabbing 2 scores and 105 yards receiving. (Side note: it looks like those preseason drills may have worked – Peterson is yet to fumble the ball this season.)

Marshawn Lynch – Lynch found his “Beast Mode” for the first time in 2010 last weekend, rushing 21 times for 83 yards and 3 scores. The Seattle backfield has been tough to figure all season, so take this performance with a grain of salt. Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart also came up big in this game, with 21 carries for 92 yards and a score.

Reggie Wayne – 14 receptions for 200 yards and a score is about as tasty as it gets when it comes to wide receivers in fantasy football, and that’s exactly what Wayne did on Sunday. Even though he threw four picks, Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning still scored big in fantasy, countering his 4 picks with 2 touchdowns on 36 completions for 365 yards. Undrafted rookie RB Javarris James also scored 2 touchdowns for the Colts, off of six carries for 18 yards. Despite their best efforts, Indy were beaten in overtime by the Cowboys. While the receivers spread out their fantasy scoring, Dallas RB Tashard Choice took advantage of injuries ahead of him to gain 100 yards on 19 carries and a score.

Greg Jennings – Jennings scored twice and had six grabs for 122 yards. He has 944 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season. Tossing the balls was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who added to his 39 rushing yards by completing 21 passes for 298 yards and 3 scores. The other receiving touchdown went to veteran Donald Driver, who had 4 catches for 73 yards, including a 61 yard romp on his score. Packers rookie RB James Starks rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries, and could be a nice waiver wire pickup this week. The receiving leader on the opposing 49ers team was the top-scoring tight end this week, Vernon Davis. Davis had 4 catches for 126 yards and a 66 yard score.

Benjamin Watson – The former Patriots tight end caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a score in Cleveland’s 13-10 victory over Miami. The only other fantasy winner in this matchup was the unusually decent Browns QB Jake Delhomme (who I hate). Delhomme had 217 yards passing and a score and, for once, didn’t throw a pick.

Antonio Gates – The Chargers lost to Oakland twice this season, but in each match Gates managed to post up big numbers. After netting 5 grabs for 92 yards and a touchdown in their Week 5 clash, Gates backed that up with 6 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Oakland’s victory on Sunday was fuelled by their running game, which saw fantasy winners in Darren McFadden (19 rushes, 97 yards and a score on top of 30 yards receiving) and Michael Bush (23 rushes, 95 yards and a touchdown).

Some Week 13 Fantasy Losers

Kyle Orton – Orton recorded his lowest QB rating this season, completing just 9 of his 28 passes for 117 yards and 0 touchdowns. He also lost a fumble.

Mark Sanchez – The second-year Jets QB also recorded his lowest QB rating this year when he was severely baffled by the Patriots defense, completing 17 of his 33 pass attempts for 164 yards and 3 interceptions.

Beanie Wells – Wells only had 3 carries, and while he turned those 3 into 24 yards, that still isn’t good for a fantasy running back by any stretch of the imagination.

Reggie Bush – In his return from injury last week, Bush lost a fumble and gained just 1 yard. This Sunday he was not much better, turning 5 carries into 26 yards, and 3 receptions into nothing.

Dwayne Bowe – After scoring in 7 straight games, and amassing 885 yards and 14 touchdowns through week 12 of the season, Bowe caught zero passes and as a result scored zip in fantasy. That’s a loser.

Who were some other fantasy winners and losers this week? Let us know in our comments section.

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2 Responses to “Some Week 13 Fantasy Winners/Losers”

  1. The Fantasy Flukie says:

    wow your spot on with the AP comment. I totally forgot he even had fumbling issues last year.

    What are your honest thoughts on Earl Bennett? I know I spoke about him in the last post but he is definately a fantasy winner. You think he can bring a fellow blogger a victory in the playoffs?

  2. Oliver says:

    Chicago seem to be really perfecting the rotating WR-by-committee scheme, so your best bet is to try and ride whoever you think looks the best right now, and in my opinion that’s Bennett. I think he’ll stay as Cutler’s favourite for a bit because he’s really shown the consistency and sure-handedness that QBs look for in their receivers.

    Two weeks ago against Philadelphia he caught 4 of the 5 balls Cutler sent his way, and last week at Detroit he caught 7 from 8. He’s definitely worth a spot-start if you’re struggling at the receiver position.

    And good luck in your playoffs. I missed the ones in my main league by 2.1 points. I needed a certain team to lose, but Wes Welker scored just 2.1 points fewer than I needed him to score and I missed the playoffs because of that team’s loss.

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