If you’re still reading, congrats! You probably made the playoffs in at least one league, but if you didn’t and are just reading this that’s okay too. Week 13 is crunch time and there were some aberrations and who knows if they will turn into real problems?
Is It Ok To Be Worried About Tom Brady?
In a week where QB scoring was poor, Tom Brady was the epitome of mediocrity. Brady faced the poor Los Angeles Rams, but only posted 14.9 fantasy points, good for QB 14 heading into the Monday Night games. Could this pedestrian 269 yard – 1 TD performance foreshadow a downfall for Brady in the coming weeks?
From 2014 – 2016 in Weeks 13 to 17, 10 games, Brady has slowed from his previous pace. He has averaged a mere 18.98 fantasy points per game, and 228.1 yards per game while compiling 24 TDs and 10 INTs in those 10 games. This is a notable decline from other weeks where Brady averages 27.57 points per game, 303 yards per game, 2.5 TDs per game and less than half an INT per game. None of this is even factoring in the new absence of Rob Gronkowski. However, I’m not ready to automatically write off the best QB in NFL history with new guys like Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan stepping up.
Who do the Patriots play in the fantasy playoffs? The Ravens, allowing 222.2 passing yards per game, the Broncos, allowing 192.7 yards per game (and 36 sacks), and the Jets, allowing 262.8 yards per game. Are you going to sit Brady in your fantasy playoffs? At least not against the Ravens, but the Broncos are the team built to take down Brady and the Patriots. If my team is in the playoffs, especially with a bye, I’m trying to find a Week 15 QB. Top options for me include: Andy Dalton vs Steelers, Jameis Winston @ Dallas, and Tyrod Taylor vs Cleveland.
Can You Believe In Thomas Rawls?
First of all, Thomas Rawls was a terrible 4th or 5th round pick. Glad that’s off my chest, but right now it doesn’t matter since we are now in the fantasy playoffs. Against the terrible Panthers, Rawls showed his vintage (can it be vintage if he only has like 16 games?) self-going for 2 TDs, 106 yards on 15 rushes. The Seahawks are now rounding into form, blowing out teams, giving them plenty of time to feed Rawls and salt away the clock. Coming up, Rawls faces the Cardinals (who have given up), the Packers (In Flambeau, probably cold and snowy), the Rams (Jeff Fisher extension, what more do you need?), and the 49ers (39 passing yards – 3 lost to sacks = 6 total). Rawls should be a locked in RB 1 (8-10 range) with the RB landscape nearly as desolate as 2015.
Albert Wilson, WR 1 In Week 13?
If you just glanced at the WR leaders in fantasy points you’d probably put in a waiver claim for Albert Wilson who scored 20 fantasy points. My advice: Don’t. He’s at least the Chiefs 4th option without Jeremy Maclin and the 5th option with Maclin healthy. He had one carry (on a fake punt) for 55 yards and a TD where most of his production came from as he only had 4 catches for 48 yards. In his last 5 games, Wilson has 21 targets, but only 98 yards. That rushing production is very fluky and he sees very little of the target share. Don’t even window shop for Wilson on the waiver wire, just keep moving.