With Week 13 nearly in our rearview, many of us with Fantasy Football post-season ahead are both anticipating possible victory while simultaneously dreading potential elimination. Even so, most leagues afford a consolation bracket, and I expect to be in a few of those as well as the season furiously winds to a fun and interesting finish.
It seems to me that Seattle, New England, Dallas, and, dare I suggest, the Raiders are on that path with over half the remaining teams fighting for spots like those of us with teams grinding it with records between 6-7 and 7-6. So, looking at weekly performance is certainly a byproduct between who will get me points and whether there is someone I can stash in a keeper league for next year.
And, with injuries, and each game not just being meaningful, but at this point in the season teams are playing as well as we can expect, things are just tight all over.
We all expect big games from Travis Kelce, and steady games from Alex Smith, but a breakout by Albert Wilson was not on my radar in any way, shape, and form. But, Wilson, who now has 29 receptions for 234 yards and a pair of scores, knocked the socks off the stats with a 55-yard fake punt good for a TD. Wilson is more of a DFS low-end crap shoot, but that was his third TD of the year, so he does get some touches on a team that does sort of spread around the scoring.
I played Dennis Pitta--whom I had sitting on my bench just in case--because Charles Clay was out and Sunday seemed like a good matchup for him, and bingo, the TE banged in a pair of scores, his first since 2013. I would not be surprised to see Pitta, who caught nine on Sunday to bring his season totals to 61 receptions and 529 yards, get more and more chances in the red zone.
Philadelphia was pretty much embarrassed by the Bengals, but rookie Paul Turner, out of Louisiana Tech, made his real debut with a half dozen receptions for 80 yards, including one for 41. These were Turner's first pro catches, and he might be a name to keep an eye on as the season winds down.
Contributing to the taxi squad that took down the seemingly mighty Eagles was Rex Burkhead, a fourth-year Running Back who had just 11 carries to his name prior to Sunday. However, the Eagles game saw eight more rushes (38 yards) and four receptions for 28 more. With the Bengals so injury-wracked, a lot of hands are getting looks, although I suspect Burkhead's was more out of opportunity than anything else. Still, if a player takes advantage, and stranger things have happened, he could get more chances. That said, check him out, but don't hold your breath for any long-term anything.
Matt Barkley is likely just a place holder, but Wide Receiver Joshua Bellamy, a second-year player out of Louisville, copped four passes for 93 yards, and again, with Alshon Jeffery out, opportunity is there for the receiver, who did bag a pair of scores as a rookie last year.
Detroit's Zach Zenner emerged from the Lions game with the lion's share of carries--nine--getting touches after Dwayne Washington went down, even besting Theo Riddick's carries by four. Zenner got 14 touches in Week 6 (58 yards) and nine for 29 yards and a TD in Week 7, but has done little since. Still, with Washington down, and Riddick's ultimate value in receiving, Zenner might indeed see an increased role.
The defensive nod for the week goes to the Chiefs' Eric Berry, who just a year ago was on IR as he underwent treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is probably tougher than getting banged around on the gridiron every Sunday. Well, Berry pretty much took down Matt Ryan and the Falcons, first with a pick six of almost 100 yards, and then picking off a two-point conversion attempt and running that one back for another pair of points. Hats off man, you have my utmost respect. Keep it up.
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