Team of the Week
QB: Derek Carr
Carr had been slumping some in recent weeks with 215 or fewer yards in four of the previous five games, but he had perhaps his best day of the season on Sunday—throwing for 381 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while also adding a rushing score. The performance was good enough to finish as the clear QB1, and the craziest part is that multiple chunk plays were left on the field.
RB: David Montgomery
Montgomery followed up a 143-yard performance in Week 12 with a two-score game yesterday, and Chicago has wisely featured the second-year runner since he returned from injury. The schedule looks to set up very favorably for Montgomery over the next three weeks (v HOU, @ MIN, @ JAX).
RB: Jonathan Taylor
For a time, it looked like Taylor—despite a 12-yard run for his first touch on Indy’s opening drive—might have been falling out of the rotation again for whatever reason, but he capitalized on a 39-yard receiving score to start the second quarter, and then the Colts had no choice but to feature him. Overall, the rookie totaled 135 yards on 16 touches.
WR: Davante Adams
Adams remained unstoppable on Sunday, catching ten-of-12 targets for 121 yards—including his 12th and 13th scores of the year. The superstar wideout missed two-plus games, but he’s already up to an 84/1,029/13 line on the season, and you can’t consider anyone a better option for the fantasy playoffs.
WR: Corey Davis
On a day where the Titans fell behind and A.J. Brown was dealing with an ankle injury, it was Davis that helped the team climb back into the game versus Cleveland. The former No. 5 overall pick hauled in 11 passes for a career-high 182 yards—with the highlight being a 17-yard jump ball touchdown in the first half.
TE: Darren Waller
The recent stretch of quieter games for Derek Carr had also impacted Waller, but he completely demolished the Jets in Week 13 to get back on track (13/200/2 line on 17 targets). As expected, the touchdown total in 2020 climbing (he has seven already after just three last year) has kept Waller firmly in the high-end TE1 class.
FLEX: Justin Jefferson
A few players were in contention for the FLEX spot, but Jefferson gets the nod after catching nine passes for 121 yards and one touchdown in a close win over Jacksonville. Over the past four weeks, Jefferson is on a 16-game pace of 108/1,648/16, and it will be fun to see him tested against the Bucs, Bears, and Saints through Christmas Day.
Bill Belichick and the New England defense showed they shouldn’t be counted out last week by containing Kyler Murray, and they were even better yesterday by limiting Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles offense to zero points in a 45-0 victory. Including special teams contributions, the Pats had two touchdowns, two interceptions, three sacks, and a block while allowing just 258 total yards.
K: Harrison Butker
Denver’s defense keeping the Chiefs out of the end zone benefitted Butker—who nailed all five of his field goals on his way to a week-high 17 fantasy points. December weather hasn’t impacted one of the league’s best kickers throughout his career.
Surprise of the Week: Lions offense
Matthew Stafford (402 yards, three touchdowns, one interception), Adrian Peterson (57 yards and two touchdowns), and Marvin Jones (8/116/1) all greatly exceeded expectations in what was supposed to be a difficult matchup, and interim head coach Darrell Bevell has clearly brought new energy to the group. They’ll look to stay hot next week against the first-place Packers.
Disappointment of the Week: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Someone being a bigger disappointment than Miles Sanders (31 total yards) would have been tough to fathom after Philadelphia’s loss to Green Bay, but Clyde Edwards-Helaire—by no fault of his own—didn’t even see the field despite being “active” on Sunday night. In a week where fantasy owners were fighting for a playoff spot, the stomach bug taking out CEH will be something that will be remembered for years to come.
Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Taylor
He’s still not seeing enough touches, but Taylor only needed 13 carries to reach 90+ rushing yards for the second game in a row, and the Colts would be crazy to go away from him as they gear up for January. Also encouraging is that Taylor has caught 29-of-30 targets this year (which was a supposed knock on him coming out of Wisconsin), and he should be an RB1 for easy matchups over the next two weeks (@ LV, v HOU).
Week 13 MVP: Darren Waller
Whether it was before or after the catch, New York simply couldn’t stop Waller on Sunday, and he is the obvious choice for Week 13 MVP honors. The 38.5 fantasy points easily surpassed the previous high at the position this season (George Kittle with 32.6 in Week 4), and Waller should remain the offensive focal-point down the stretch.