Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books. For the majority of the league, Tuesday morning brings a whole new week of football and preparing for their next game. However, a handful of players might not want to leave Week 13 so soon. Here’s a look at who impressed and who underachieved this week.
Winner: Baker Mayfield (29.46 FPTS)
While Baker Mayfield has been up and down this year, he turned in one of his best performances of the season on Sunday as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Tennessee Titans. The Cleveland signal-caller completed 25 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns. While he did lose a fumble, he was not sacked and did not throw an interception. The former No. 1 overall pick will look to solidify his fantasy status against a dangerous Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 14.
Loser: Justin Herbert (4.36 FPTS)
The Los Angeles Chargers could not do anything right on Sunday, falling to the New England Patriots by a score of 45-0. The Bolts’ rookie quarterback from Oregon was among the many players whose fantasy productions were limited. Herbert completed 26 of 53 passes for 209 yards, failing to find the end zone and being picked off twice. The Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate has a chance to get back on track against a struggling Atlanta Falcons defense due up next week.
Winner: David Montgomery (27.1 FPTS)
Montgomery eclipsed 100 total yards again in Week 13, posting 111 yards and two scores in the Chicago Bears’ win over the Detroit Lions. Montgomery has one of the easiest fantasy playoff schedules due up over the next few weeks, including the Houston Texans in Week 14, making him a must-start for the rest of the year.
Loser: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (0.0 FPTS)
The Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie running back did not see the field on Sunday night despite being listed as active. Edwards-Helaire battled an illness all week long and ended up losing enough weight that head coach Andy Reid decided not to play him. With health concerns and a tricky meeting with the Miami Dolphins next week, it might be wise to stay away from the LSU product.
Winner: Corey Davis (35.2 FPTS)
One of the most exciting stories of the 2020 season has been Corey Davis, whose breakout year continued on Sunday. While the Titans lost, Davis saw a lot of action, catching 11 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. He has thrust himself into must-start territory ahead of a date with the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14.
Loser: Terry McLaurin (3.4 FPTS)
The Washington Football Team upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it wasn’t easy. Antonio Gibson suffered turf toe and Terry McLaurin was quiet, catching just two of six targets for 14 yards. The former Ohio State receiver remains a must-start going forward, but his season-worst performance came at a tough time with fantasy owners vying for a spot in the playoffs. McLaurin’s team meets a banged-up San Francisco 49ers team on the road on Sunday.
Winner: Darren Waller (45.0 FPTS)
The top fantasy scorer of Week 13, Waller exploded for 13 catches, 200 yards, and two touchdowns in the Las Vegas Raiders’ down-to-the-wire win over the New York Jets. Waller has proven himself as the TE2 behind Travis Kelce (at least, until George Kittle returns) and continues to be a must-start despite a tough matchup with the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14.
Loser: Hayden Hurst (1.9 FPTS)
After an impressive mid-season run, Hurst has quieted down on the latter side of the Falcons’ bye week. The second-year tight end played just 63 snaps in Week 13, marking his second-lowest play count of the year. Furthermore, he hauled in just one of four targets for nine yards as the Falcons fell to the New Orleans Saints. Hurst will see a more favorable matchup against the Chargers in Week 14, and while he should warrant a start in some deeper leagues, it’s tough to trust the former Baltimore Raven.
Winner: Patriots D/ST (28.0 FPTS)
The Patriots stood out on Sunday, rattling the Chargers for three sacks, two turnovers, and zero points allowed. While the Chargers failed to score, New England’s defense and special teams alone added 12 points to the scoreboard by way of a blocked field goal courtesy of Devin McCourty and a punt return touchdown from Gunner Olszewski. The Patriots have one of the best defenses in the league, but their schedule does get tougher as the fantasy playoffs roll around.
Loser: Titans D/ST (-6.0 FPTS)
The Titans appeared rattled on Sunday, allowing the Browns to torch them for 458 yards and 41 points. The defense did recover a fumble, but that was the extent of their success. Tennessee should right the ship in Week 14 against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that hasn’t won in over three months.
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