Stars of Week 13

QB: Patrick Mahomes, KC:  23-38, 295 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs (9 carries, 52 yards, 0 TDs)

RB: Todd Gurley, LAR: 23 carries, 132 yards, 2 TDs 

WR: Keenan Allen, LAC: 14 catches, 148 yards, 1 TD           

TE: Travis Kelce, KC: 12 catches, 168 yards, 2 TDs

The honor roll this week comprises names we’ve seen so often this year, the players might as well be considered family at this point. In Patrick Mahomes, we’ve got the number 1 overall QB this season. In Todd Gurley, we’ve got the number 1 overall RB this year. In Travis Kelce, we’ve got the number 1 over TE for 2018. In Keenen Allen, we’ve got only the 11th best WR this campaign – so Allen is our slacker here. Just kidding! Tyreek Hill has been the best WR this year, and he had a relatively quiet day. But in any event, this week brought us two players from Los Angeles along with two Chiefs. These guys are quite good – not much more to say here. 

Week 13 Takeaways – A Closer Look 

Each week we take a closer look at a handful of performances and sort out what such performances mean going forward. 

Spencer Ware, RB – KC: 14 carries, 47 yards, 1 TD   

Damien Williams, RB – KC: 5 carries, 38 yards, 0 TDs

Analysis: The NFL world received a jolt when a TMZ video surfaced of Kansas City Chiefs’ star RB Kareem Hunt pushing and kicking a woman outside his place in February of this year. Domestic violence is not and should not be tolerated, and the Chiefs rightfully released Hunt once the videos became public and showed Hunt’s actions that night. How the NFL handles domestic violence is a whole another topic, but in this space we’re going to look at the Chiefs running backs in a post-Hunt world. Spencer Ware owned the Chiefs starting gig prior to Hunt entering the NFL, and he was the logical choice to take the lead role once again. Based on the distribution of carries against the Raiders this past Sunday, Ware was in fact the lead guy. However, the Chiefs did employ a time share between Ware and Damien Williams, with Ware getting roughly sixty percent of the RB snaps. The team signed another familiar face, former Chief Charcandrick West, as well this week, and with West viewed as a depth piece. Going forward, expect Ware to get somewhere between 60 – 65% of the RB carries, with Williams likely to be primarily the third down and change of pace back. Ware should be viewed as a solid RB2, and Williams is a flex option in PPR leagues. 

Justin Jackson, RB – LAC: 8 carries, 63 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: With Melvin Gordon out for the Chargers on Sunday night against the Steelers, primary ball carrying duties fell to Austin Ekeler, with Justin Jackson also in the mix. Despite Ekeler out-carrying Jackson 13 to 8, Jackson clearly had the better rushing performance on SNF. So what does this all mean? Well first off, Gordon is expected to be back by no later than week 15, and may return as soon as this upcoming week 14. Jackson loses fantasy relevancy upon Gordon’s return, while Ekeler does not. Assuming Gordon sits out against the Bengals this coming week, then Jackson becomes a high end flex play for week 14. Ekeler remains the back on passing downs, so Jackson would lose some value in PPR leagues. So essentially, Jackson’s a good short term add (meaning one week) IF Gordon’s out another week, but you’ll need to stay tuned. The guess here is that Gordon will be held out this week in anticipation of being fully healthy for the Bolts’ huge matchup with the Chiefs the following week. Keep an eye on the Gordon news, and proceed from there.

Dante Pettis, WR – SF: 5 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDs 

Analysis: The 49ers selected Dante Pettis in the second round of the 2018 draft, and the rookie entered the NFL as the all-time leader in NCAA punt return TDs with nine. For those who watched Pettis in college, you’d also know that he’s a heck of a WR. Pettis got off to a very quiet start to his NFL career, but he’s made hay over the last two weeks. This past Sunday against the Seahawks, Pettis caught a 75 yard catch and run TD, and found the end zone a second time in his first triple digit yardage performance. Quarterback Nick Mullins targeted Pettis 7 times, which trailed running back Jeff Wilson and stud tight end George Kittle, who each had nine targets. Pettis’ value will take a hit when top WR Marquise Goodwin returns from injury, so keep an eye on Goodwin’s status. But in the meantime, we know the 49ers will be trailing in most of their games, and Pettis represents somewhat of a boom-bust option for those of you in deeper leagues. Even if you don’t need Pettis for this year, would recommend keeping a scouting eye on him as a potential breakout player for next year. He’s a good football player who’s learning the ropes.

Curtis Samuel, WR – CAR: 6 catches, 88 yards, 0 TDs 

Analysis: The Carolina Panthers are in a complete tailspin, now having lost four games in a row – with their most recent defeat coming at the hands of the lowly Bucs. With that said, Panthers’ wide receiver Curtis Samuel brought his A game this past weekend, and the Panthers could have won if he wasn’t the only one doing so. The second year player from Ohio State easily had his best game of the season, hauling in six passes for 88 yards, while being targeted by QB Cam Newton a whopping 11 times. DJ Moore has been the most recent riser in the Panthers’ WR corps, but Curtis Samuel also has a bright future for the team with Devin Funchess likely to move on in free agency. As for the immediate future, Funchess has been limited by injuries and his continued role in the offense bears watching. If Funchess remains limited, then Samuel is a potential flex candidate in deeper leagues (12 plus teams).

Rapid Fire Pickups 

Each week we throw out potential free agent pickups from each position for deeper leagues, in each case 1) someone who has NOT been featured above, and 2) a player available in most leagues.

QB: Case Keenum, DEN

RB: Jaylen Samuels, PIT (he’s the pickup with Connor out)

RB: Jeff Wilson, SF (he’s the pickup with Breida out)

WR: Chris Conley, KC

WR: David Moore, SEA

TE:  Jonnu Smith, TEN

Week 14 Rankings 


  1. Patrick Mahomes, KC       Bal
  2. Drew Brees, NO              @TB
  3. Philip Rivers, LAC            Cin
  4. Aaron Rodgers, GB          Atl
  5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit     @Oak
  6. Jameis Winston, TB          NO
  7. Cam Newton, Car            @Cle
  8. Deshaun Watson, Hou      Ind
  9. Andrew Luck, Ind            @Hou
  10. Matt Ryan, Atl                 @GB
  11. Jared Goff, LAR               @Chi
  12. Russell Wilson, Sea          Min
  13. Tom Brady, NE                @Mia
  14. Lamar Jackson, Bal         @KC
  15. Baker Mayfield, Cle          Car
  16. Mitchell Trubisky, Chi       LAR
  17. Kirk Cousins, Min             @Sea
  18. Dak Prescott, Dal             Phi
  19. Carson Wentz, Phi           @Dal
  20. Josh Allen, Buf                 NYJ

Running Backs:

  1. Christian McCaffrey, Car   @Cle
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dal            Phi
  3. Alvin Kamara, NO            @TB
  4. Todd Gurley, LAR             @Chi
  5. Saquon Barkley, NYG       @Wsh
  6. Aaron Jones, GB              Atl
  7. Nick Chubb, Cle               Car
  8. Phillip Lindsay, Den          @SF
  9. David Johnson, Ari           Det
  10. Joe Mixon, Cin                 @LAC
  11. Leonard Fournette, Jax     @Ten
  12. Austin Ekeler, LAC            Cin
  13. Dalvin Cook, Min              @Sea
  14. Sony Michel, NE               @Mia
  15. James White, NE              @Mia
  16. Lamar Miller, Hou             Ind
  17. Gus Edwards, Bal             @KC
  18. Jaylen Samuels, Pit          @Oak
  19. Tarik Cohen, Chi              LAR
  20. Mark Ingram, NO            @TB
  21. Jeff Wilson Jr., SF            Den
  22. Spencer Ware, KC           Bal
  23. Adrian Peterson, Wsh      NYG
  24. Justin Jackson, LAC         Cin
  25. Kerryon Johnson, Det      @Ari
  26. Chris Carson, Sea           Min
  27. Kenyan Drake, Mia          NE
  28. LeSean McCoy, Buf          NYJ
  29. Tevin Coleman, Atl          @GB
  30. Marlon Mack, Ind            @Hou
  31. Jordan Howard, Chi         LAR
  32. Dion Lewis, Ten               Jax
  33. Josh Adams, Phi              @Dal
  34. Peyton Barber, TB            NO
  35. Jalen Richard, Oak           Pit
  36. Chris Thompson, Wsh      NYG
  37. Doug Martin, Oak            Pit
  38. Theo Riddick, Det            @Ari
  39. Derrick Henry, Ten          Jax
  40. Duke Johnson Jr., Cle      Car

Wide Receivers:

  1. Antonio Brown, Pit          @Oak
  2. Michael Thomas, NO       @TB
  3. Keenan Allen, LAC           Cin
  4. Julio Jones, Atl                @GB
  5. DeAndre Hopkins, Hou    Ind
  6. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG   @Wsh
  7. Davante Adams, GB        Atl
  8. Adam Thielen, Min          @Sea
  9. Tyreek Hill, KC                Bal
  10. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pit  @Oak
  11. Mike Evans, TB                NO
  12. Stefon Diggs, Min            @Sea
  13. Amari Cooper, Dal            Phi
  14. T.Y. Hilton, Ind                @Hou
  15. Brandin Cooks, LAR         @Chi
  16. Julian Edelman, NE          @Mia
  17. Josh Gordon, NE              @Mia
  18. Jarvis Landry, Cle             Car
  19. Robert Woods, LAR           @Chi
  20. Tyler Boyd, Cin                 @LAC
  21. Allen Robinson, Chi           LAR
  22. DJ Moore, Car                  @Cle
  23. Kenny Golladay, Det         @Ari
  24. Adam Humphries, TB       NO
  25. Courtland Sutton, Den     @SF
  26. Tyler Lockett, Sea            Min
  27. Doug Baldwin, Sea          Min
  28. Corey Davis, Ten             Jax
  29. Golden Tate, Phi             @Dal
  30. Alshon Jeffery, Phi          @Dal
  31. Devin Funchess, Car       @Cle
  32. Larry Fitzgerald, Ari        Det
  33. Calvin Ridley, Atl            @GB
  34. Chris Godwin, TB            NO
  35. Sammy Watkins, KC       Bal
  36. Josh Reynolds, LAR        @Chi
  37. Sterling Shepard, NYG    @Wsh
  38. Tre'Quan Smith, NO       @TB
  39. Taylor Gabriel, Chi          LAR
  40. Dante Pettis, SF             Den

Tight End:

  1. Travis Kelce, KC              Bal
  2. Zach Ertz, Phi                 @Dal
  3. George Kittle, SF            Den
  4. Rob Gronkowski, NE       @Mia
  5. Eric Ebron, Ind               @Hou
  6. Jared Cook, Oak             Pit
  7. Austin Hooper, Atl           @GB
  8. Jordan Reed, Wsh           NYG
  9. David Njoku, Cle             Car
  10. Jimmy Graham, GB         Atl
  11. Cameron Brate, TB          NO
  12. Kyle Rudolph, Min           @Sea
  13. Trey Burton, Chi              LAR
  14. Vance McDonald, Pit        @Oak
  15. Evan Engram, NYG          @Wsh
  16. Jonnu Smith, Ten             Jax
  17. C.J. Uzomah, Cin             @LAC
  18. Benjamin Watson, NO      @TB
  19. Ian Thomas, Car              @Cle
  20. Chris Herndon, NYJ          @Buf

Defense/Special Teams:

  1. Buffalo Bills                      NYJ
  2. Los Angeles Chargers        Cin
  3. Tennessee Titans              Jax
  4. Dallas Cowboys                Phi
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars         @Ten
  6. Denver Broncos               @SF
  7. Los Angeles Rams            @Chi
  8. Detroit Lions                   @Ari
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers          @Oak
  10. Houston Texans               Ind
  11. New York Jets                 @Buf
  12. Chicago Bears                 LAR
  13. Minnesota Vikings           @Sea
  14. New Orleans Saints         @TB
  15. Kansas City Chiefs           Bal