Week 13 fantasy football recap: Allen Robinson, Buck Allen, Richard Rodgers rack up points
Ravens’ running back Justin Forsett was one of the most consistent fantasy football producers of 2014. So, when offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak left to take the head coaching gig in Denver and was replaced by Marc Trestman, there was reason to believe Forsett’s production could actually improve in PPR settings. After all, look what Trestman’s offensive schemes did for Matt Forte the past few seasons in Chicago. Granted, the Ravens offensive line play and injuries took their toll and the running game was negatively impacted because of it, but Buck Allen’s Week 13 stat line has me scratching my head. Here’s a quick breakdown of Forsett's receiving production the last two seasons and how it compared to Allen's monster fantasy game against the Dolphins in Week 13:
After racking up 34 more fantasy points against the Dolphins, Allen is averaging 24 touches and 123 total yards per game with two receiving touchdowns in three starts for the Ravens.
The Good (PPR)
Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson – 86.2 FP vs. Titans
With no Allen Hurns (concussion), Bortles targeted Robinson a team high 15 times. The second-year wide receiver caught 10 passes for 153 yards with a career-high three touchdowns against the Titans. He now has nine touchdowns in his past eight games. Bortles passed for 322 yards and career-best five touchdowns with no turnovers.
Marcus Mariota – 41.9 FP vs. Jaguars
Really happy for those who streamed Mariota against the Jaguars (including me over Eli). However, before we crown him King Aloha, please keep this in mind. Mariota’s top four fantasy performance were against:
In his other six games, Mariota is averaging less than 15 fantasy points per game. Pace yourself on the fantasy superstardom greatness in year one.
Bilal Powell – 24.8 FP vs. Giants
Powell pops up on the PPR-fantasy radar a few times each season and against the Giants he caught eight passes for 91 yards – both career highs - with one touchdown and chipped in 17 rush yards.
Lamar Miller – 10.8 FP vs. Ravens
The fantasy point total isn’t great, but 20 carries for Miller compared to just four for Jay Ajayi proves Miller still runs this backfield. He had averaged just 8.5 touches per game over the last two weeks. Remember, Bill Lazor lost his offensive coordinator gig this past week and quarterback’s coach Zac Taylor inherited the position. There were comments over the last week that suggested Miller should be busy the rest of the season. I expect him to average between 15-20 touches per game the rest of the way. Ajayi did score a two-point conversation for what it’s worth.
Shaun Draughn – 20.4 FP vs. Bears
He’s been with the Chiefs, Ravens, Chargers, Browns, and now 49ers over the past five seasons. With Carlos Hyde on the mend, the 49ers may have – at the very least – found a secondary option in the running game. Over the past four starts, Draughn is averaging 19.5 touches and 86 total yards. He scored his first touchdown in 2015 – and first since 2012 - against the Bears in Week 13.
Doug Baldwin – 26.4 FP vs. Vikings
I challenged somebody on when the Seahawks would post fantasy point totals like they did in Week 12 against the Steelers. It couldn’t happen in again in 2015, right? Well, Week 13 was eerily similar. Baldwin caught five passes for 94 yards with two more touchdowns. He’s now scored six times in the last four games.
Richard Rodgers – 28.6 FP vs. Lions
Even before the game-winning Hail Mary reception, Rodgers posted monster numbers against the Lions (10th-most fantasy points allowed to TEs). He caught eight passes for 146 yards with the touchdown. By comparison, Rodgers had only 138 receiving yards in his previous six games combined.
Jeremy Maclin - 28.7 FP vs. Raiders
Over the past two games, Maclin has caught 18 passes on 21 targets for 257 yards with three touchdowns. The Chiefs versus the Ravens and Browns in Weeks 15 and 16 can't come soon enough.
James White - 27.9 FP vs. Eagles
Philip Rivers – 6.9 FP vs. Broncos
In his first six games of the season, Rivers’ averaged 8.46 yards per pass attempt, but over his past six games that average has dipped to 6.54. For the second time in three games, Rivers failed to pass for more than 203 yards, tossed no touchdown passes, and threw a pick. Rivers ranked QB12 in 2014, but somehow – despite the injuries and the poor play – Rivers ranked QB6 heading into Week 13.
Adrian Peterson – 6.4 FP vs. Seahawks
Gio Bernard – 4.5 FP vs. Browns
Uh-oh. The Jeremy Hill patience bandwagon is starting to pay off for some owners, but to the detriment of Bernard’s. Hill’s carries have ticked up in each of the last three games (13, 16 and 22), while Bernard’s total touches have hovered around 11 over the past four games.
Jarvis Landry – 2.5 FP vs. Ravens
Probably one of the biggest fantasy disappointments of Week 13. The Ravens pass defense is horrific and Landry could only manage two catches for five yards. To be fair Landry was battling a knee injury throughout last week, but toughed it out. Landry came into the game averaging 18.3 fantasy points per game.
Tavon Austin – 4.8 FP vs. Cardinals
Did you fall for Austin again? A week after posting 21.6 fantasy points against the Bengals, Austin finished with one reception for 24 yards and two rushes for 14 yards.
Kyle Rudolph – 4. 3 FP vs. Seahawks
Seattle allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Vikings’ Norv Turner and Teddy Bridgewater failed to exploit the matchup. He only saw 4 targets, caught three balls and posted 13 receiving yards. Yuck.
T.Y. Hilton - 6.6 FP vs. Steelers