In the last regular season week for many fantasy leagues, there were a lot of big performances to talk about. Since there were so many players that had great games, this article will feature seven different names instead of five. Here are some of the best performances from Week 13 in fantasy football.
Alex Smith, QB Kansas City Chiefs:
After starting the season with five straight wins, the Chiefs have lost six out of their last seven games. This Sunday they played the Jets which ended up being a high scoring game that Kansas City lost in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. It may have been another loss, but Alex Smith and the rest of the offense looked fantastic. Smith threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns, but his highlight play was a 70-yard run. This gave the veteran quarterback a season-high of 37.6 fantasy points in standard scoring. The Chiefs’ offense looked great this weekend and with an easy schedule the rest of the way, Smith could very well be a solid QB1.
Rex Burkhead, RB New England Patriots:
It wasn’t a very exciting game in Buffalo this weekend, but the Patriots were able to get an easy victory against the Bills. While Tom Brady had a tough time creating many big plays, the offense moved up and down the field slowly and still ended up scoring 23 points. In the red-zone, Rex Burkhead saw a lot of work and was able to score two rushing touchdowns. Burkhead was also very efficient running the ball 12 times for 78 yards (6.5 yards per carry), and he caught three passes for 25 yards. His performance gave owners a season-high of 22.3 fantasy points in standard scoring. As Burkhead’s usage continues to expand, he should be valued as a high-end flex option the rest of the way with RB2 upside if he continues to get goal-line carries.
Tyreek Hill, WR Kansas City Chiefs:
As one of the players who benefited from quarterback Alex Smith’s big game, Tyreek Hill also had his best game of the season in a loss to the New York Jets. Hill was held quiet for much of the first half but exploded after halftime providing the offense with a ton of production. The speedster had touchdowns of 79 and 40 yards and finished the day with a total of 185 receiving yards. The big numbers gave fantasy owners 30.5 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues making him the highest scoring flex eligible player in Week 13. Just like Smith, with an easy schedule the rest of the way, Hill will be a high-end WR2 capable of making a big play at any moment.
Josh McCown, QB New York Jets:
On the other side of the Chiefs-Jets matchup, quarterback Josh McCown also had a big game. The 15-year veteran led his team to a victory by putting up 38 points on offense. McCown threw for 331 yards and a touchdown, but his big contribution was his two touchdowns on goal-line quarterback sneaks. Fantasy owners who started the Jets’ signal caller were rewarded with a
season-high of 31.1 fantasy points in standard scoring. Four players into this article, and all four had their best games of the season. McCown has been a reliable quarterback so far this season, and he now has a combined 56.2 fantasy points over the last two games. The Jets have a great slate of games to finish the year, and McCown should be an above average starter the rest of the season.
Alex Collins, RB Baltimore Ravens:
The breakout season for Alex Collins continued Sunday in a game where the Ravens’ offense dominated the Lions. Collins ran the ball 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns, and he also caught two passes for 23 yards. The nice performance gave fantasy owners 21.8 fantasy points which was easily his highest total of the year. Collins has been a very efficient runner all year averaging 4.9 yards per carry coming into this weekend, and he took the starting running back job from both Terrance West and Javorius Allen. Since the Ravens’ Week 10 bye, the former Seattle Seahawk has four touchdowns and 184 yards on the ground. Baltimore doesn’t have the easiest schedule the rest of the season, but with Collins efficiency, he should still be able to perform as a low-end RB2.
Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints:
It feels like every week Alvin Kamara keeps making headlines. In case you haven’t heard, the rookie running back is averaging around 8.5 yards per touch this season and is forming one of the best backfield pairs with teammate Mark Ingram. This week, Kamara ran the ball nine times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, he also caught five passes for 66 yards. Fantasy owners were given 24.6 fantasy points in standard scoring, and he has now produced 55.4 points over the last two games. All of this production is coming from a second-string running back who is on pace for just over 1600 total yards and 14 touchdowns. No one saw this kind of season coming from a player who at the beginning of the year was behind both Ingram and Adrian Peterson. Kamara is a legitimate RB2 the rest of the way because of his impressive skills.
Nelson Agholor, WR Philadelphia Eagles:
The breakout season for Nelson Agholor continued Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles lost for the first time since Week 2, but the third year wide receiver saw a career-high of 12 targets against an elite defense. Agholor turned his targets into a career-high of 141 receiving yards on seven catches, and he also scored a touchdown. The former first-round pick gave owners 20.1 fantasy points and has now scored seven touchdowns this season. Agholor is now a Top-15 wide receiver in standard scoring and is improving his draft stock for next season. If tight end Zach Ertz is forced to miss Week 14, expect Agholor to see another large workload.