Week 13 Faves and Fades

Faves and Fades is a weekly installment that focuses on players who you might be deciding between in your flex spot. We won’t be talking about any of the biggest producers here because you are going to start them regardless of the matchup. These players will be low-end WR 2 – Waiver wire range. The flex spot is oftentimes the sweatiest decision and also the X factor that can decide the matchup. This ones for the Gunslingers.

Last Week Recap

Faves

  • Terrace Marshall, WR Panthers / 3 Targets 1 Reception 8 yards: 1.8 PPR Points
  • Tom Brady, QB  Buccaneers / 43-29 246 Yards 2 TD1 rush 2 Yards: 22.04 PPR Points
  • Rachaad White, RB Buccaneers / 14 rushes 64 yards 9 targets 9 receptions 45 yards: 19.90 PPR Points
  • Michael Carter, RB Jets / 6 Rushes 21 Yards 2 Targets 15 Yards: 5.60 PPR Points
  • David Njoku, TE Browns / 7 Targets 5 Receptions 29 yards 1 TD: 13.90 PPR Points
  • Kyren Williams, RB Rams / 11 Rushes 35 Yards 3 Targets 3 Receptions 25 Yards: 9 PPR Points

Fades

  • Jamaal Williams, RB  Lions / 18 Rushes 66 Yards 1 TD: 9.6 PPR Points
  • Leonard Fournette, RB  Buccaneers / (OUT)
  • Cordarelle Patterson, RB  Falcons / 11 Rushes 52 Yards 5 Targets 3 Receptions 19 Yards: 10.10 PPR Points
  • Christian Watson, WR  Packers / 6 Targets 4 Receptions 110 Yards 1 TD: 24 PPR Points

What We Learned

DJ Moore had the game I thought Terrace Marshall would have. Tom Brady continued his upward trend of playing QB1 football again with another 20+ point performance. Rachaad White capitalized on uncle Lenny sitting this one out and almost put up 20 himself. Michael Carter was headed for a huge game that his teammates ended up enjoying instead once he was sidelined with an injury. David Njoku is back. He’s hands down a Lineup Lock especially now with his upgrade at QB going from Jacoby Brissett to he who must not be named. Kyren Williams got 70% of the snap count and outperformed Cam Akers who started the game atop the depth chart. Jamaal Williams saved his day from a truly terrible one with his touchdown. The man is a TD magnet but he was very inefficient on the ground against a great defense as predicted. Cordarelle Patterson did alright with his opportunities but as we talked about with him last week he’s simply not getting enough of them to be a staple in your lineup. Chrisitan Watson gave me the middle finger while he took his 7-yard slant 64 yards to the house. Untouched. That young man is FAST. 

Week 13 Faves

Brandon Aiyuk, WR – 49ers vs Dolphins 

I’m very excited about this game. The top two most exciting offenses in football playing against each other has me excited for elite production from the 1’s (Hill, Waddle, Deebo, and Kittle). Since this article focuses mainly on flex options and I only wanted to choose one player from this game I believe in the most I’m choosing Aiyuk. Mostert and Jeff Wilson will have their eyes set on their revenge game against the 49ers. Mostert seemingly sat out against HOU to get ready for this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike McDaniel plans to get them both in the endzone but the 49ers defense is no joke and either one could have THE game you want so that’s why I would start Ayiuk over both of them if given the opportunity in a flex. Aiyuk’s place in the game plan for San Francisco is consistent and filled with volume. He’s on the field for almost every play and isn’t dependent on explosive gadget plays for huge games. He’s caught multiple touchdowns multiple times this year and has a great relationship with Jimmy G. While both Head coaches try to outduel each other with the cute schematics Ayiuk will be that dependent option Jimmy G returns to over and over in this game that should be very high scoring. 

Juwan Johnson, TE – Saints vs Buccaneers

JJ dropped a goose egg last week which hurt everyone who started him. The 49ers stopped the Saints from putting up a single point though so I think we should erase that game from our minds and remember how he is practically the WR 2 in this offense. Considering he is literally a converted wide receiver it makes sense why Dalton returns to him consistently. Brady is playing at a different level than he was in the first meeting and I think this will push the game into a high-scoring affair which Juwan Johnson is bound to get a piece of  

Chase Claypool, WR – Bears vs Packers 

Chase Claypool bodied Sauce Gardner last week on one of his two receptions last week. The talent is undeniable. He’s no doubt up to speed and knows enough of the playbook to be on the field more and now Darnell Mooney is out of the year. If Chase Claypool slots into the WR1 slot for a returning Justin Fields then he could boom in a big way in what’s sure to be a competitive divisional game. He doubled his snap percentage from 30-40% in the last three weeks to 67% so everything is indicating a much more voluminous role for this talented young wideout itching to show his new team what he can do.

Dameon Pierce, RB – Texans vs Browns

Houston is a bad team and unfortunately, that has been dampening Dameon Pierce’s fantasy output but the Browns are not good against the run. They have given up 190+ yards three times this year. I’m not saying Dameon Pierce is going to give you 200 yards this week but I think we can all stop the talks of benching him. There is a chance you might have a better option depending on how you drafted but don’t get too wild with who you consider subbing him out for. He has an amazing combination of talent and guaranteed opportunity that very few fantasy players possess. He has been successful all season despite the matchup and hasn’t scored under double digits since before he wasn’t featured in the offense in Weeks 1 and 2. Don’t let Dameon Pierce drop 15-25 points on your bench this week. 

Kyren Williams, RB – Rams vs Seahawks

Kyren Williams played 70% of the snaps after Cam Akers was slated to start the game. He outperformed the starter and played more because of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if he outright started this week. If he’s not named the starter I think it would purely be a PR move on trying to manage Akers who’s already shown his ass this year after not being happy with his role. Williams provided a nice spark on multiple drives and was a big reason why the Rams were able to keep it competitive until the Chiefs started running away with it in the third quarter. He got first downs with his receptions and I think has secured the pass-catching role despite Aker’s involvement from here on out. I am doubling up on Kyren Williams this week because I think I was just a week early on his breakout. The Rams have had an embarrassingly bad season and I think will be looking to go in and play a hard game against their newly rejuvenated division rivals that they usually beat up on. I don’t know if the Rams can win this game but they are very low on weapons and McVay might be forced to feed his young running back the ball as he currently might be the most talented weapon they have with Allen Robinson now out for the season as well. 

Week 13 Fades 

Brian Robinson, RB – Commanders vs Giants  

Brian Robinson had a great game last week but the Giants are playing good football this season. They have been able to endure all of their offensive injuries because of great play-calling and great performances from their defense. I don’t see Washington being able to go into New York and bully them with Robinson up the middle. He has more games with zero targets than games with targets at all so with the discouraging matchup I might stay away from Robinson this week If I can. 

Ezekiel Elliot, RB – Cowboys vs Colts 

Zeke has been surprisingly consistent this season and has produced very few true dud weeks. He is force-fed the ball despite Pollard shining in a feature role every single time it’s given to him. The colts have only allowed three games all season where the running backs for a team COMBINED for 100 yards. I think Zeke is headed for a down week based on the matchup and will only be saved by a touchdown which he has gotten in the last four games. Maybe he extends the streak to five but I think not.

Tyler Lockett, WR – Seahawks vs Rams

The Rams have been pitiful all season but have not given up lots of huge plays to speedy receivers. Their defense isn’t an iron curtain but I think they will be disciplined enough to negate a big play from Lockett in a game in which they will want to play hard against their division rivals that they usually dominate. Plus Aaron Donald will be out so I think the rams will be run all over and the Seahawks simply won’t need to take deep shots to Lockett. I think the game script might eliminate a man of his talents from this game. 

Devin Singletary, RB – Bills vs Patriots

Every game Devin Singletary has had over 15 fantasy points has included a touchdown. He isn’t given enough volume to have a consistent floor with yardage totals. He randomly will get involved in the passing game but the Bills have so many weapons he’s not utilized that way unless it’s seemingly in a last resort situation and if he catches a pass it’s a dump-off leading to very few yards. Even when he is running well they don’t rely on him. He will never be a 20+ rushes player and has to make do with what he is given. With a tough PAtriots defense to go against I don’t think he finds his way to an overly productive fantasy day.

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