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60 Essential Notes from Week 13 Fantasy Football

Each week I do the dirty work and look at every single team, taking notes of who did what from a Fantasy Football lens. This takes some time but is important to do each week so that we can identify players trending up/down, be aware of role changes, make roster transactions, and understand bigger pictures. We should always be learning and adjusting when it comes to Fantasy Football – it is what can separate you from your league mates. Here are the important notes from Week 13 that you should be aware of if you want to win in Week 14 and on into your fantasy football playoffs.

Notes from Week 13 That Will Help You Win in Week 14… and Beyond

  1. Trey McBride scores over 20 Fantasy Points for the third time across the last six games played. Eight receptions on nine targets for 89 yards and a touchdown. 22.9 Fantasy Points. McBride continues to show tons of upside for the tight end position as Kyler Murray’s favorite target.
  2. After scoring 8.3 or fewer Fantasy Points for five straight appearances, James Conner shows life in Week 13 against his former team. Conner rushed 25 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers for 22.5 Fantasy Points. Week 13 was the second game Conner rushed for over 100 yards through nine games this season.
  3. A low-scoring, 13-8 win over the Jets, meant a low-scoring Fantasy Football day for the offensive players. Bijan Robinson had a rough day on the ground, averaging 2.9 yards per carry and totaling 79 scrimmage yards on 21 touches as the Falcons’ best Fantasy scorer (10.9 points).
  4. Kyle Pitts scored under 10 points but led the Falcons in targets (8), receptions (4), and receiving yards (51) with Desmond Ridder only passing for 121 yards.
  5. Back-to-back games with over 20 Fantasy Points for Chuba Hubbard. 20.2 points in Week 12 then 22.4 in Week 13. Hubbard rushed for a season-high 104 yards and two touchdowns.
  6. Carolina’s lead receiver in Week 13 was second-round rookie Jonathan Mingo, who caught six of his 10 targets for 69 receiving yards and scored 12.9 Fantasy Points. Week 13 was Mingo’s third time scoring double-digit Fantasy Points, and the second week in a row doing so.
  7. Joe Flacco returned to action for the first time this year as the Cleveland Brown’s starting quarterback, throwing 23/44 for 254 yards. Flacco threw two touchdowns and an interception. Pending Monday Night Football, Flacco stepped in and finished his first game this year as the QB11 for Fantasy Football.
  8. David Njoku was on a very consistent Fantasy Football streak and finished Week 13 with just 3.7 Fantasy Points while fellow tight end Harrison Bryant scored 15.9. Bryant caught all five targets for 49 yards and a touchdown.
  9. Elijah Moore earned 12 targets from Flacco, re-establishing their connection from their New York Jet days. Moore caught four of those targets for a season-high 83 receiving yards.
  10. CeeDee Lamb scored over 32 Fantasy Points in Week 13 for the third time across the last six games played. Lamb caught 12 of his season-high 17 targets for 116 yards and scored his fourth consecutive touchdown in a row. Since the Week 7 BYE, Lamb has finished games with 14, 16, 14, 17 targets and has produced 116-191 yards in four of those six games.
  11. Dak Prescott continues to produce MVP performances. Dak threw 29/41 for 299 and three touchdowns and also rushed for 23 yards. Week 13 marked the fifth time that Prescott has thrown three or more touchdowns across the last six weeks. Pending Monday Night Football, Prescott has finished as a top-three Fantasy quarterback in six of his last seven games played.
  12. Jake Ferguson caught six of his seven targets for 77 receiving yards and a touchdown. 19.7 Fantasy Points was the second-highest total to Ferguson’s Week 9 score of 22.1
  13. Three straight games with a touchdown for Tony Pollard, who has scored 18, 22.3, and 17.3 Fantasy Points in the last three games. Pollard scored under 10 Fantasy Points in the first three weeks following the Week 7 BYE, so this positive trend is encouraging.
  14. Courtland Sutton cannot stop scoring touchdowns this season. Sutton only caught two of his seven targets, but took those for 77 yards in Week 13, and caught his ninth touchdown of the season.
  15. Sam LaPorta continued his rookie season tear in Week 13, finishing with a season-high 29 Fantasy Points. LaPorta caught all nine targets for a season-high 140 receiving yards and a touchdown. Week 13 was the fourth week LaPorta scored over 19 Fantasy Points and for the second game in a row he scored a touchdown.
  16. Jared Goff has thrown a pair of touchdowns in four straight games following the Week 9 BYE. Fun fact, Goff finished with exactly negative two yards for the third time this season.
  17. Unfortunate to see Christian Watson suffer a hamstring injury in Week 13, following his second consecutive game with over 20 Fantasy Points. Watson has scored four touchdowns across the last three games and finished the last two weeks with 94 then 71 receiving yards. News to monitor right when he looked to be catching stride.
  18. 20.9, 26.6 then 23.7 Fantasy Points for Jordan Love the last three weeks. Love passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in Week 13, which marks the second week in a row passing for three touchdowns and the fourth time this season he has hit that.
  19. Absolute monster performance by Nico Collins in Week 13, scoring 34.1 Fantasy Points. Collins finished Week 13 with season-highs in targets (12), receptions (nine) and receiving yards (191). Back-to-back weeks with a touchdown as well. Look for Collins to be leaned on heavily the rest of the season with Tank Dell suffering a season-ending injury.
  20. 29 targets across the last two games played for Michael Pittman Jr. have resulted in Fantasy scores of 20.7 and 27.5 Fantasy Points following the Week 11 BYE. MPJ has totaled 21 receptions across the last two weeks, with receiving lines of 107 then 105 yards. Heavy targets, heavy production.
  21. After scoring under nine Fantasy Points in Weeks 1-12, Alec Pierce scored 19 in Week 13. Three receptions on six targets for 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Tread lightly here, but Pierce was a former second-round selection by the Colts.
  22. 18.7 Fantasy Points for Gardner Minshew made him a solid streaming option for Week 13. Minshew threw over 300 yards (312) for the third time this season and tossed a pair of touchdowns.
  23. Over 21 Fantasy Points for Isiah Pacheco in back-to-back games has been a positive trend. Pacheco rushed for 110 yards in Week 13 and scored which marks three rushing touchdowns across the last two games. Eight receptions is key to note across the last two weeks as well. Since the Week 10 BYE, Pacheco has totaled 20, 20, and 21 touches in the last three games.
  24. After scoring a season-high 24.7 Fantasy Points in Week 12, rookie Rashee Rice followed that up with a solid 14.4 Fantasy Points in Week 13. Rice has caught eight passes in back-to-back games now, with 107 then 64 receiving yards in the last two weeks. 19 targets across these two games has made it clear that Rice is a very important piece of this Chiefs offense, and his connection with Patrick Mahomes is growing.
  25. Quentin Johnston, the Chargers first-round rookie, earned a season-high seven targets in Week 13. Johnston caught five of them for 52 yards, which was also a season-high.
  26. Bounce-back game for Puka Nacua, who caught four of his seven targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. 23.9 Fantasy Points marked the sixth week over 20 Fantasy Points for the rookie, and was encouraging after scoring under seven Fantasy Points in Week 12.
  27. Matthew Stafford has totaled seven passing touchdowns across the last two games played, throwing for 229 then 279 yards. Back-to-back top 10 Fantasy weeks after having low upside for most of the season is an interesting trend, which could make Stafford a streaming option since he is lowly rostered across most redraft formats.
  28. 38.4 then 20.2 Fantasy Points for Kyren Williams across the last two games played after returning from injury. 143 then 88 rushing yards and three total touchdowns across the last two games played.
  29. After five straight games scoring under seven Fantasy Points, Cooper Kupp finished Week 13 with 15.9. Signs of hope for the veteran, who caught six of his eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown. Kupp’s yardage has been awful for six straight weeks, but the targets and score were hopefully a sign for better days to come.
  30. Tyreek Hill continued to climb towards setting the single-season receiving record in Week 13 with 157 yards. Hill caught five of seven targets and scored on two of them for 32.3 Fantasy Points. 30.6, 25.4, and 32.3 Fantasy Points since the Week 10 BYE.
  31. After missing Week 12, rookie De’Von Achane returned in Week 13 to score 25.3 Fantasy Points. Achane rushed 17 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 30 yards. A lot of this production came once Miami was in complete control of the game, but this is the fourth time in six appearances Achane has scored over 21 Fantasy Points.
  32. Tua Tagovaioa threw 18/24 for 280 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13. Tua has finished now as a top-12 Fantasy quarterback in seven of 12 appearances this season.
  33. Rhamondre Stevenson may miss some time due to an ankle injury that he suffered in Week 13. Ezekiel Elliott stepped in as the lead running back in Stevenson’s place, rushing 17 times for 52 yards and catching four passes for 40 yards. Zeke will be a lot of leagues’ number one waiver wire priority heading into Week 14.
  34. Five and then nine targets for DeVante Parker in the last two weeks. Parker was the top target in Week 13 with Demario Douglas out with a concussion. 64 receiving yards produced shows the potential for future FLEX value, but it is hard to trust anyone throwing the ball in New England.
  35. Alvin Kamara rushed for two touchdowns and caught six passes for 58 receiving yards. Back-to-back weeks with 50+ receiving yards, and Kamara has hit that threshold four times this season. 28.9 Fantasy Points marks the fourth game through nine appearances that Kamara has scored 21+ Fantasy Points.
  36. After being questionable due to working through the concussion protocol, Chris Olave ended up playing in Week 13 and scoring 16.9 Fantasy Points. 114 then 119 receiving yards in the last two games is a very encouraging trend for Olave, who has been targeted 17 times across the two games.
  37. Typical unicorn usage for Taysom Hill in Week 13, catching two passes and carrying the ball 13 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. 15.9 Fantasy Points marks the fourth week at that score or higher for the year.
  38. Xavier Gipson (on the Jets…who I have not heard of before) caught five of six targets for 77 yards in Week 13. The rookie has played above 70% of the snaps now for three straight games.
  39. Breece Hall caught six passes in Week 13, which is the third time he has done this or more since he Week 7 BYE. Hall continues to stay heavily involved in the passing game, which is a good thing since he has rushed for 50 yards or less in seven straight weeks.
  40. DeVonta Smith has scored 23.6 then 24.6 Fantasy Points across the last two weeks, with a touchdown in both games. Smith caught nine of his 11 targets for 96 yards in Week 13. 99, 106 then 96 yards across the last three weeks.
  41. Jalen Hurts threw for 298 yards and a touchdown in Week 13, and tied his season-high in passing attempts with 45. Hurts also rushed for a touchdown, which is his fifth across the last three games since the Week 10 BYE.
  42. Diontae Johnson’s fantasy day was saved by a Mitch Trubisky thrown touchdown. Trubisky will fill in for Kenny Pickett while he recovers from his ankle surgery. Johnson caught four of five targets for 33 yards.
  43. After finishing with 58 or fewer receiving yards in five straight games, George Pickens finished with 86 in Week 13. Pickens caught four of his five targets.
  44. Najee Harris rushed for 63 yards on 16 attempts, and Jaylen Warren rushed for 59 yards on nine attempts in Week 13. Both backs have been productive on the ground within their committee across the last handful of games.
  45. True alpha wide receiver performance for DK Metcalf back on Thursday Night Football. DK caught six of his eight targets for a season-high 134 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. 37.4 Fantasy Points was also a season-high. Second game across the last three weeks over 20 Fantasy Points for Metcalf.
  46. Season-high 31 Fantasy Points for Geno Smith in Week 13. Geno threw 23/41 for 334 passing yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Smith also rushed for a touchdown. Likely the Fantasy QB1 for the week. Week 13 marked Geno Smith’s second top-five Fantasy performance across the last four weeks.
  47. Zach Charbonnet rushed for a season-high 60 yards and a touchdown in Week 13, for a season-high 16.9 Fantasy Points. Keep an eye on news for the rookie’s knee which “puffed up”, and for the timetable of Kenneth Walker III.
  48. Season-highs in targets (11) and receptions (seven) for first-round selection Jaxon Smith-Njigba. JSN finished with 62 receiving yards, which is the third time he has finished with 62/63 receiving yards since the Week 5 BYE. Week 13 was also the fourth time JSN has finished with over 12 Fantasy Points since the BYE.
  49. Season-high 35.8 Fantasy Points for Deebo Samuel in Week 13. Deebo caught all four targets, with two of them resulting in touchdowns, for 116 receiving yards. 22.4 Fantasy Points then 35.8 across the last two weeks is a positive trend forward.
  50. Brock Purdy threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns in Week 13, resulting in 29.5 Fantasy Points. Purdy has now thrown for over 300 yards in four games, and for four touchdowns in two games this season. QB2 performance following Monday Night Football.
  51. 93 rushing yards and a touchdown, along with three receptions for 40 yards for Christian McCaffrey in Week 13. CMC has scored over 20 Fantasy Points for six straight weeks, proving to be one of the best draft picks of the year if you were able to grab him.
  52. Since the Week 9 BYE, Brandon Aiyuk has scored in every single game played (four straight).
  53. Across the last four weeks, Mike Evans has scored in every game and has totaled five touchdowns. Evans caught seven of 12 targets for 162 receiving yards. Evans has been targeted 12 times in two of his last three games and has scored 25+ Fantasy Points in back-to-back weeks.
  54. After rushing for a season-high 100 yards in Week 12, Rachaad White rushed for 84 yards in Week 13. White scored his second rushing touchdown across the last three weeks and finished with 19.6 Fantasy Points.
  55. Derrick Henry ended up exiting Week 13 and was checked for a concussion, but Head Coach Mike Vrabel said on Monday that Henry is not in concussion protocol. Henry rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the second week in a row and finished with over 100 rushing yards (102) for the third time this season. 20.6 then 25 Fantasy Points across the last two weeks.
  56. Rookie Tyjae Spears rushed for a season-high 75 yards on 16 attempts and caught four passes in Week 13. 12.8 Fantasy Points marks the third time he has hit double-digit Fantasy Points this year.
  57. Even though DeAndre Hopkins and Will Levis were barking at each other on the sidelines, Hopkins had a productive day with 75 yards and a touchdown. DHop was targeted 12 times by Levis and finished with 18.9 Fantasy Points.
  58. Sam Howell finished with 20.2 Fantasy Points, which will mark his sixth straight game in a row finishing as a top 10 Fantasy quarterback. Howell rushed for a season-high two touchdowns.
  59. Brian Robinson exited Week 13 with a hamstring injury we will need to monitor, which meant Antonio Gibson had an expanded role. Gibson rushed a season-high 10 times for 35 yards and caught four passes for 37 yards. Huge waiver name should Robinson miss time, but Gibson should be picked up due to his consistent use in the passing game.
  60. Even if it was just 10.5 Fantasy Points, Curtis Samuel out-scored both Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson for the second game in a row.
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