Welcome to the fantasy recap. Week 13 will have been unlucky for some, especially those with players who suffered game ending injuries early on. Week 14 marks the start of the fantasy playoffs in some leagues but with 6 teams on bye I hope for your sake that they start in week 15. You don’t want people knocked out of the playoffs due to their star being on bye. That being said, injuries are also going to be key, and some have major knock on effects for other assets so this may make tough reading for some. But there were some stars too so let’s start with the positives.
NB: Scores based on PPR leagues
QB: Jalen Hurts (PHI) – 29cmp/380yds/3td/0int + 5rsh/12yds/1td/1fum = 33pts
Hurts was top of the tree in this week where many have put theirs up for Christmas.
Other star QBs: J.Burrow(30), G.Smith(23).
RB: Christian McCaffrey (SF) – 17rsh/66yds + 8rec/80yds/1td = 29pts
The 49ers lose their starting QB but their best asset stepped up to carry them through.
Other star RBs: T.Pollard (25), D.Swift (21), J.Jacobs (20).
WR: Davante Adams (LV) – 8rec/177yds/2tds = 38pts
Adams once again dominated albeit if you have Brown in your name you were probably good too.
Other star WRs: A.StBrown(35), AJ.Brown(32), T.Hill(30).
TE: Greg Dulcich (DEN) – 6rec/85yds = 15pts
This should be in surprises as a Denver player makes it into this section but it was a bad week for tight ends.
Other Star TE’s: C.Otton/E.Engram(14), T.Hill/C.Kmet/G.Everett(13).
J.Goff (DET) – 31cmp/340yds/2td/0int = 22pts
Goff and co. put up 40 points on the Jags as though they were playing Madden on rookie.
Other surprise QBs: M.White (19), T.Huntley (17), B.Purdy(15).
Cam Akers (LAR) – 17rsh/60yds/2tds + 1rec/0yds = 19pts
Cam Akers has returned from the wilderness. Not sure how long it will last but good for him.
Other surprise RBs: S.Perine (22), A.Dillon (18pts), Z.Knight/J.Cook (17).
Garrett Wilson (NYJ) – 8rec/162yds/0td = 24pts
A Jets player, not scoring a td but puts up 24pts. Maybe times are changing for this offence.
Other surprise WRs: A.Pierce(19), J.Dotson(16), I.Hodgins/T.Sherfield(15).
Chigoziem Okonkwo (TEN) – 4rec/68yds = 11pts
Okonokwo went with the flow this week and the rookie has started to emerge.
Other surprise TEs: N.Fant(14), C.Heyward/B.Jordan(9).
DeShaun Watson (CLE) – 12cmp/131yds/1int + 7rsh/21yds/1fumlost = 6pts
Ignore fantasy, he’s a disappointment in general as a human so many will have taken delight in his terrible statline on his return.
Other disappointing QB’s: K.Cousins(12), A.Rodgers/T.Lawrence(14). Other low scorers were somewhat expected.
Jeff Wilson (MIA) – 1rsh/3yds = 0pts
Wilson was against his former team but here he was MIA, Missing in action.
Other disappointing RB’s: J.Hasty(0), G.Edwards(1), R.Mostert(3), A.Kamara/D.Henry/C.Patterson(6).
George Pickens (PIT) – 1rec/2yds = 1pt
The Steelers won but the Pickett to Pickens connection wasn’t picked by the coaching team.
Other disappointing WR’s: J.Waddle(2), M.Jones(3), Z.Jones/M.Pittman(4), A.Thielin(5).
Dawson Knox (BUF) – 0rec/0yds = 0pts
Knox was locked down against the Patriots but you could argue they didn’t need him.
Other disappointing TE’s: M.Alie-Cox(-1); M.Gesicki/T.Hill(0); G.Kittle(4).
I’ve added a new section to note who left games with injuries which may have affected their fantasy score and you will have to keep an eye on over the coming week or weeks.
Lamar Jackson (Knee – Could miss time)
Jimmy Garoppolo (Foot – Out for season)
Kenneth Walker (Ankle – Unknown)
Jalen Waddle (Leg – Returned to game but unclear)
Jacobi Meyers (Head – Unknown)
Treylon Burks (Concussion – Unknown)
Hayden Hurst (Calf – Unknown)
Waiver Wire Pickups:
The last week of byes but it is a big one so I hope that these don’t bias your playoffs.
BYE Weeks: ATL, CHI, GB, IND, NO, WAS
Derek Carr – LV @LAR
Geno Smith – SEA vsCAR
Tyler Huntley – BAL @PIT
Deejay Dallas – SEA vsCAR
Cam Akers – LAR vsLV
Zonovan Knight – NYJ @BUF
D’Onta Foreman – CAR @SEA
Garrett Wilson – NYJ @BUF
Josh Palmer – LAC vsMIA
Nico Collins – HOU @DAL
Donovan Peoples-Jones – CLE @CIN
Greg Dulcich – DEN vsKC
Noah Fant – SEA vsCAR
Evan Engram – JAX @TEN
Defence/Special Teams (Assume BUF/DAL/PHI/BAL/SF/NE is unavailable):