FANTASY FOOTBALL RISERS AND FALLERS WEEK 13

2022-11-30 · 5 min read · NFL/Football
Mike White QB Jets, Josh Jacobs and Mike Evans

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Risers
QB
Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Lawrence has been one of the best quarterbacks in football over the last month and it shows in fantasy. The damage done by Urban Meyer has been repaired and Lawrence is on the upswing; starting to really look like that generational talent many scouts thought he was heading into the draft. Lawrence has now gone three consecutive games without a pick and at least 230 passing yards.
Mike White (New York Jets)
  • While I don't think he's the second coming of Joe Montana, White at least currently is a significant upgrade over Zach Wilson. The Jets offense finally looked like it was getting in gear this past week. Unless we see White fall off a cliff it seems like he's got this starting job locked up, currently he's available in more than half of leagues on ESPN and Yahoo. Fun fact; White is apparently the first QB in NFL history to have multiple games with at least a 75% completion rate, 300 passing yards and 3 passing TDS in his first four starts.
RB
Josh Jacobs (Oakland Raiders)
  • Josh Jacobs showed us all who he was and quieted any remaining doubt this last week, adding an exclamation by way of an 85-yard touchdown run to walk off the Seahawks in overtime. Jacobs has been dominating this season, rumours of Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels going to a committee have long been quelled. This guy is a legitimate top 5 RB and should be played as such. Important note Jacobs is not expected to practice much this week, as he deals with a calf injury from last week; it didn’t slow him against the Seahawks though.
Isaiah Pacheco (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Pacheco has not only maintained his role as the top back in KC, but he solidified it, taking several goal line snaps this past week. This led to him scoring a 3-yard touchdown on his first trip to paydirt since garbage time in week 1, while setting a career high in receiving yards with 17. With his possibilities of scoring touchdowns increasing he's a great flex or even RB2.
WR
Garret Wilson (New York Jets)
  • With the aforementioned Mike White in at QB for the Jets, many of us were curious to see how the target share would shake out. In his debut as the starter Wilson was heavily featured, leading the Jets with a 29% target share. Wilson did well with those targets scoring two touchdowns and leading the team with 35% of their total passing yards.
Zay Jones (Jacksonville Jaguars
  • For much of the season Jones has been a bit of a fantasy afterthought, in recent weeks his volume has steeply increased. Furthermore, the play of the whole Jags offense seems improved, especially the aforementioned Trevor Lawrence. It is particularly encouraging that fresh out of the bye the Jaguars game planed for Jones, leading to him racking up 11 catches for 145 yards and the game-winning two-point conversion.
TE
David Njoku (Cleveland Browns)
  • Njoku was already a guy I had in mind for this spot, especially with Deshaun Watson due back this week. However, his week 12 performance solidified it, as Njoku was great. He trailed only Amari Cooper in targets racking up 8, highlighted by an incredible one-handed touchdown grab to propel the Browns into overtime, and an eventual win.
Fallers
QB
Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans)
  • Despite passing for his second highest yardage total of the season, it's the Titans lack of weapons in the passing game that really caps his upside. On top of this Tannehill has not been running this season like in years past further lowering his ceiling. To finish the disappointing trio he has a daunting match up with the 10-1 Eagles on the road coming up this week.
Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos)
  • I'm not going to get into what's happened to Russell Wilson. That's a complicated story, but we know he's just not good and possibly never will be again. At this point it would be stunning if he somehow reversed his performance this season. To put it plainly in the last six games Wilson has a QBR of 33.7 or less, comparatively Zach Wilson’s career QBR is 37.1, while Davis Mills’ is 35.4, they both have been benched; think about that if you still want to play him.
RB
Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)
  • Kamara has been a disappointment this year and this week was no different, as he finished with just seven carries for 13 yards. Making this even worse Kamara only saw 32% of the Saint’s total carries. Kamara still has a role in passing game being targeted seven times, yet only was able to turn that into 37 yards. To put it simply this Saints offense is likely the least explosive in the league outside of the Denver.
Cordarrelle Patterson (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Even with the game close for most of the day Patterson did not feature heavily in the game script. Instead he split carriers with Tyler Allgeier and lost some work to Caleb Huntley. Overall Cordarrelle totalled just 52 yards on the ground, making it worse he did not receive a single target in the pass game. The Falcons are not designing plays for Patterson like they once were; he's become a touchdown or bust play.
WR
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • What felt like it could be a get right spot for the Buccaneers offense was far from it. Tom Brady is not the quarterback he once was, sorry to tell you, in the same vein Evans doesn't appear to be the same receiver he once was. Despite getting a beautiful nine targets, Evans only hauled in two receptions for 31 yards. It seems he's more than lost his top spot in the Buccaneers pecking order.
Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • With Ja’Marr Chase out Tyler Boyd was expected to shine; instead he's been consistently outplayed by receivers below him on the depth chart. This past week he struggled to gain separation and finished with just two receptions for 16 yards. Now Ja’Marr Chase is expected to return, making Boyd an incredibly risky play, I would not recommend him in your lineup.
TE
Evan Engram (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Despite playing over 80% of the Jaguars snaps this last week, Ingram was quite minimally involved in the passing game, hauling in his lone target for four yards. From weeks 5 to 8 Engram caught 19 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown, but in the past three games he has five catches for 26 yards, his stock has plummeted.
Quick Outs
Deshaun Watson (Cleveland Browns)
  • Watson is eligible to return this week after being suspended for the first 11 games of the season. He returned to practice two weeks ago and as far as anyone knows the Browns are planning on starting him immediately, despite the solid play of Jacoby Brissett. Watson who was a top five fantasy quarterback each season from 2018 to 2020 likely will need some time to become that player again, as he has not played in the regular season in a year and a half. His first two matchups against the Texans and the Bengals aren’t a great spot, as they are surprisingly unfriendly to fantasy quarterbacks. It seems unlikely he will be a good fantasy play, at least until we see what he can do now.
James Robinson/Zonovan Knight (New York Jets)
  • This is a little double down here as these guys are tied together. Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for Robinson, who was ruled out as a healthy scratch this past week, the running back who replaced him shined in his place. Knight racked up 69 yards on 14 carries, adding three receptions for 34 yards. Despite the Jets trading for Robinson not long ago it's very hard to imagine he returns to relevance even with Michael Carter’s injury. However, if Carter does miss time it does seem like Zonovan could be a fairly good waiver-wire play.
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