November 28, 2013

Fantasy Football Report: Week 13

By - Tim Swift

Here's what you need to know for Week 13 of fantasy play.

1. Philip Rivers is back on his game this year.

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In Week 12, Philip Rivers cemented his status as a top 5 fantasy QB with a 392 yard/3 TD performance, which was far and away the best outing of the week by any player. Rivers has been valuable for two main reasons; his accuracy and low turnover rate. The four-time Pro Bowler is completing 70.8% of his passes, and if he keeps up that pace, he will finish second all-time for accuracy in a season. He is also fourth in yards per pass attempt, so the big plays are still there as well. Rivers threw a combined 35 interceptions the previous two years, relegating him to a backup in most formats entering the season. That number sits at just 8 heading into Week 13. That's a pretty impressive turnaround.

2. Knowshon Moreno continues to produce.

Moreno had a career game on Sunday night, logging 37 carries for 224 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Patriots. That production is not the norm for the 26-year-old, considering his season-high prior to Week 12 was only 93 yards. However, he has maintained his status as a top 10 fantasy back with his 10 total scores this year. Only Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch have more at the position (11). Moreno has an ankle injury going into Sunday's showdown with Kansas City, but if he is listed as probable, you have to play him. There are too many opportunities for him to put up numbers in that Denver offense.

3. Josh Gordon has emerged in Cleveland.

On Sunday, Josh Gordon had one of the best days for a wide receiver this season, registering 12 receptions for 245 yards. Despite the rest of the offense struggling, the second-year man from Baylor consistently found holes in that aging Pittsburgh secondary. What has been so amazing about Gordon's big season is that he has caught passes from the likes of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer and is still a top 10 fantasy WR, on pace for over 1,400 yards receiving for the year. Gordon's biggest attribute is his big-play ability, averaging 18.3 yards per catch. That's good for third-best in the NFL.

4. Kendall Wright is coming up big for the Titans.

Unlike his college teammate Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright is improving from his rookie season. The 24-year-old finished 2012 with 64 catches, and already has 65 through 11 games this season. The biggest issue for Wright is that he's not getting in the end zone (2 TDs). However, in PPR leagues, he has been a valuable flex play. In that format, Wright has reached double-digit points in 9 of 11 games. If you need help at receiver, he is still available in about 40% of leagues this late in the year, which is surprising, given his production.

5. Chicago's run D is an absolute disaster.

Heading into the season, Chicago's defense was considered a top 5 fantasy D because of their ability to force turnovers and score touchdowns. Right now they are doing neither, and their run defense is giving up yards at an alarming rate. Since Week 6, they are giving up over 180 yards a game on the ground, and surrendered a whopping 258 yards to Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham on Sunday. Also, only Jacksonville and Tennessee have allowed more rushing touchdowns. This is the same defense that gave Ray Rice his only productive game of the year. Simply put, if you've got a back going against the Bears, it should be a very good day.

The Underrated 15 For Week 13:

- Quarterbacks

1. Carson Palmer
2. Andy Dalton
3. Ryan Tannehill

- Running Backs

1. Danny Woodhead
2. Andre Brown
3. Rashad Jennings

- Wide Receivers

1. Rod Streater
2. Michael Floyd
3. Keenan Allen

- Tight Ends

1. Greg Olsen
2. Martellus Bennett
3. Coby Fleener

- Defense/Special Teams

1. New England
2. St. Louis
3. Miami

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