Team of the Week
QB: Jalen Hurts, PHI
Hurts makes it here for the second week in a row, and the damage was done mainly with his arm—completing 29-of-39 passes for 380 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-10 victory over Tennessee. The should-be MVP frontrunner also chipped in five carries for 12 yards and another score on the ground.
RB: Christian McCaffrey, SF
The 49ers losing Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t have a huge impact on McCaffrey, as he rushed 17 times for 66 yards and caught eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown to compile 24.6 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR leagues. Even more encouraging was the fact that his knee injury had zero impact on the workload or effectiveness for McCaffrey.
RB: Tony Pollard, DAL
It was actually Pollard that drew the start for Dallas on Sunday night (rather than Ezekiel Elliott), and he took advantage with 12 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Zeke also had an RB1 performance against Indy, but Pollard continues trending in the right direction heading into a cupcake matchup versus Houston in Week 14.
WR: Davante Adams, LV
Adams roasted the Chargers for an 8/177/2 line to help get Las Vegas to 5-7 on the season, and the 33.7 fantasy points were a new season-high for the superstar wideout. Since the Raiders were shutout by New Orleans, Adams has gone for 140+ yards and multiple scores in three-of-five games.
WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET
Detroit’s offense operated like a machine yesterday, with St. Brown being the key cog of the passing attack by catching 11-of-12 targets for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The addition of prized rookie Jameson Williams will only open up space for St. Brown down the stretch.
TE: Noah Fant, SEA
Week 13 has been relatively quiet at tight end, so Fant gets the nod here after catching four passes for 42 yards and a score in a 23-20 victory over Los Angeles. Heading into Monday Night Football, Fant is the only tight end to surpass 12.0 fantasy points.
FLEX: A.J. Brown, PHI
Brown had a monster showing versus his former team—catching eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns while making multiple highlight plays. Teams being unable to consistently double team Brown makes him a high-end WR1 for the rest of the season.
Streaming defenses versus the Texans was once again a cheat code (the unit facing them has been listed here for three weeks in a row), and Cleveland took it to another level with three touchdowns to give them 31.0 fantasy points on the day.
K: Greg Zuerlein, NYJ
Sunday was a very strong day for kickers from a fantasy perspective, and Zuerlein tops the leaderboard after hitting all five of his field goal attempts in a close loss to Minnesota. He’ll try to keep it going versus Buffalo next week.
Surprise of the Week: Cam Akers
Everything was pointing towards Kyren Williams (70% of snaps played last week) taking over the backfield after Akers missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an illness—but the opposite happened as LA fed their starter with 18 touches for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Now, Akers is suddenly trending towards RB2 status versus the Raiders on a short week.
Disappointment of the Week: Lamar Jackson
A knee injury for Jackson is set to knock him out for multiple games, and fantasy owners relying on a big game out of him were only able to have him for a few plays before he exited (three-of-four passing for 11 yards with a nine-yard carry). For many, it couldn’t have come at a worst time with fantasy playoffs possibly on the line, and we’ll see if Tyler Huntley can provide low-end QB1 numbers as the starter.
Rookie of the Week: Christian Watson
Watson and Garrett Wilson have dominated positioning here since Week 10, and Green Bay’s rookie in particular has now taken the honor in three of the past four weeks. The big-play upside was on full display with another couple of chunk-gain scores (14-yard reception and a 46-yard rush), and Watson’s ascension is unlikely to be slowed by a Week 14 bye.
Week 13 MVP: Jalen Hurts
Not only has Hurts put up amazing numbers this season, but he’s done it with pinpoint accuracy to all levels of the field and regardless of matchup. Up to 609 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns in addition to a 20:3 touchdown-interception ratio, Hurts is now the top fantasy scorer of 2022.