Week 13 Fantasy Football Recap – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Welcome to the Week 13 Fantasy Football Recap:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly! Every week you will get a mostly fantasy football oriented recap from my point of view. If I deviate a bit from football, there is probably a good reason, bear with me and thanks for taking the time to stop by.

By Tom SchrinerThe Fantasy Football Junkie

Well, I hope you’re in. For the majority of fantasy football leagues across the World, this was do-or-die week. And for me, I am feeling pretty good. For the most part, I have done well this season. Making the playoffs in most of the leagues I’m in. Doing extremely well in a couple of them and I’m only truly disappointed in one of my teams. The money I have on the line in that league is the cause of that disappointment. But what can you do? I needed a win this week to get in and I went up against the #1 team in the league. Not only that, but my sure bet for points player, Nate Burleson, got me a big fat doughnut. Yeah, I’m bitter about it but I quickly got over it. Because even though I love this game, the win for the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving was what made me happy. That and the Vikings taking care of business in OT against the Chicago Bears to give the Lions sole possession of first place in the NFC North. Never have I rooted so hard for the Vikings…ever.
Speaking of rooting for teams I don’t usually like, in fact I usually despise. I found myself rooting so hard for The Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend. And generally I’m a fan of Michigan. In fact, much of my family is from Michigan and my favorite team growing up were the Wolverines. So why am I rooting against them? One reason, respect. The Big Ten has gotten no respect for college football recently and we needed Ohio State to win that game. Every fan of the B1G (Big Ten) should have been rooting for the Buckeyes. A Ohio State win means we get to still possibly have a team in the BCS Championship game. And now that Auburn had that ridiculous finish to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State and Florida State should be #1 and #2 going into league championship week. Of course barring any crazy computer formula issues. So, don’t go messing things up Michigan State. If you even think about winning that B1G Championship game, you better think twice. Ohio State is the one team that can help get our conference back on the map.
Enough of college football though, let’s get started on this weeks Good, Bad and Ugly. And there were quite a few of each.

THE GOOD

•  I don’t remember a week in which so many receivers went crazy on the stat line. Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Eric Decker all went over 36 points and all had monster weeks. Eric Decker scored 4 TDs on his way to being the weeks highest scoring fantasy player. Alshon re-wrote the Chicago Bears record books with his 249 yards receiving and Gordon became the first player in NFL history to go over 200 yards in back-to-back weeks. Crazy good week for these guys and good luck if you had the displeasure of playing against them. In one league, I got to play against Decker and Peyton Manning…yikes.
•  Speaking of Peyton Manning, his owners were starting to get a little skittish of this game. He had only totaled 26 fantasy points total over his past two games and hadn’t had a huge game for a while. So naturally, Peyton goes crazy for a big game while on the road in the one of the most hostile venues in the NFL, Arrowhead stadium. But come-on it’s Peyton. Hopefully you didn’t get cute and bench him. Then his 400 yards and 5 TDs would have been wasted on your bench.
•  A week after getting embarrassed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston RB Ben Tate did what we all expected a week earlier. He ran for over a hundred yards and scored three times. Currently he’s the number one RB and I’m guessing he was benched in more than one league.
•  If you drafted Rob Gronkowski hoping to get a top-tier talent for the second half of the season you are not disappointed. Since coming back, he’s only gone over double-digit points in 5 out of 6 and has scored a TD in four straight. On Sunday he recorded 127 yards and a TD.
•  Nick Foles had another outstanding performance while beating the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have one of the better defenses in the league but Foles didn’t flinch. He threw for 3 TDs with no interceptions. He now has 19 TDs and zero INTs on the season. He’s the unquestioned starter and has the Eagles thinking playoffs this year, not next.
•  The Indianapolis Colts got a huge win this week over the Tennessee Titans and a lot of that was due to their veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri. He went 5/5 on the day and out scored all of the other kickers for week 13.
•  You usually know what you’re getting from Brian Hartline. If he’s starting, you expect around 5-6 receptions for 60 yards. But on Sunday, he got his owners a big boost catching 9, going for 127 yards and a TD. It was his best week of the season and proof that maybe he’s better than people give him credit for.
•  Welcome back Roddy White. White owners are probably not starting him but that ten reception performance signals that the veteran is finally starting to get healthy. And if somehow you made it to the playoffs with him on your roster, maybe he’ll be useful in the coming weeks.
•  Maurice Jones-Drew continues to get it done for his owners. This time, throwing a touchdown. It’s not as if he’s breaking off big games, but he’s doing well. He’s now had double-digit points in 4 out of the past 5 and got nine points in the other.
•  I don’t make the best calls all of the time but I am really proud of the Benjarvus Green-Ellis call I made on the FFLockerRoom Show this past week. I said he might end up with his best game of the season and that’s what happened.
•  Congrats to whomever made the call to start Donald Brown over Trent Richardson this week for the Colts. While it took Brown until the 4th quarter to do anything, when it really mattered, he stepped up and then scored a TD. Trent is safely droppable in all non-keeper leagues.
•  Brandon Weeden currently is among the Top-Ten at the quarterback position. Nuff said.

THE BAD

•  My ranking of Brandon Bolden this week. I had him in the top 20 thinking Stevan Ridley would succumb to the wrath of Belechick. And while Ridley was made inactive, it was LeGarrette Blount and not Bolden who got most of the early down work. Blount went on to run for 44 yards and a score while Bolden did basically nothing. Sorry about that one.
•  On a day that saw Alshon Jeffery go big, his teammate Brandon Marshall did not. On 9 targets, Marshall only caught 4 for 44 yards. That gives him two four-point efforts over the past three.
•  Texans’ TE, Garrett Graham, saw 11 targets but was only able to catch 3 for 36 points.
•  While I rooted for the Buckeye’s over the weekend, I couldn’t believe that call to go for two after the TD for Michigan. That was a terrible decision. You are up six in a close game and you decide to go for two…at home. So glad you lost Michigan.
*  Darren McFadden continued his terrible ways.
•  After throwing for more than 200 yards from week 1 through 10, Andy Dalton has now gone under 200 two straight games. His magnificent middle of the season is fading quickly and questions about Dalton being the starter for years to come are starting to surface. But even though he hasn’t played well, the Bengals are still winning.

THE UGLY

•  Only because I just got done watching a really good Sunday Night Football game am I so livid about what just transpired. The Redskins are down 7 and driving with under a minute left in the game. They get what seems to be a first down, because one of the referees is signaling to move the chains, only to find out that it wasn’t. But the Redskins just threw the ball deep thinking they had a first down. Then on fourth and one, the Redskins get the ball stripped and it’s over. But why the refs couldn’t get together and figure out what was going on is a travesty in a close game like that. I’ve never seen anything like it. And as you can imagine, Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth are berating the refs and it’s quite comical.
•  Eddie Lacy was seen as a consensus top ten running back going up against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day but he was brutal. It was his first bad game of the season gaining only 39 yards on 12 touches.
•  Nate Burleson was supposed to be back. The Lions threw the ball a lot, but couldn’t find Burleson. He failed to record a single point and made his owners nauseous.
•  Hopefully you haven’t had to rely on Andrew Luck down the stretch because he has been brutal of late. Over his past four, he’s thrown for 2 TDs and 5 INTs. And to make matters worse, he only managed 10 fantasy points, his worst showing of the season.
As always, please leave a comment and let me know who I missed!