NFL: Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers Among 5 Best Fantasy Football Performers in Week 13
The final week of the regular season in fantasy football is nearly wrapped up after an intense slate of games with only the Monday night matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings left to play. There were several standout performances in a week that was dominated by strong quarterback play with several across the league putting up the most productive fantasy outings. Without further ado, here were the top performances from Week 13 action.
5. Derrius Guice
ESPN: 27.7 PTS
Since being activated to the roster, many were waiting for the moment Guice would burst onto the scene with a breakout performance. All of that came in Week 13 action as he crushed the Carolina Panthers defense for 129 rushing yards on just 10 carries along with two touchdowns, which marked his first career 100-rushing yard outing.
Although the bulk of that came on an impressive 74-yard run, Guice showed that promising production that had earned him the starting job last season before his ACL tear. The presence of Adrian Peterson does cap his workload a bit, but it looks like the LSU product has etched a significant role in the offense moving forward in the final month of the season.
4. Aaron Rodgers
ESPN: 28.1 PTS
The two-time league MVP certainly looked like one on Sunday afternoon as he torched the New York Giants’ porous defense to the tune of four touchdown passes and 243 yards along with scrambling for 24 yards. Rodgers was efficient and highly productive in the red zone, putting up his fourth 20-point fantasy output of the season.
He hasn’t been the most productive quarterback in the league but has remained highly reliable in what has been a consistent campaign in the first year under head coach Matt LaFleur. With a mostly soft schedule remaining in the regular season, Rodgers should be in line to add yet another strong performance.
3. Deshaun Watson
ESPN: 28.4 PTS
In another primetime matchup against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Watson showed up against with a huge performance to push his team to a much-needed win. The Clemson product put up a strong performance with 234 passing yards and three touchdowns, and a reception for a touchdown on a trick play.
Watson has been one of the most productive quarterbacks in fantasy this year as he has six performances where he topped 20 points while reaching at least 15 points all but three times. He has a chance to be a big factor in the fantasy football playoffs.
2. Devante Parker
ESPN: 34.9 PTS
It has been nothing short of a breakout 2019 campaign for Parker. He has begun to play up to his potential showcasing that he can be a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver in an offense as he has been among the most productive players over the last several weeks as we pointed out to you on several occasions on our weekly waiver wire pieces.
All of that set the table for a season-best performance against the Philadelphia Eagles as he tallied seven catches for 159 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Parker has now tallied double-digit outputs in each of the last nine games while breaking 100 receiving yards. His production could make him a huge factor in the fantasy playoffs over the next couple of weeks.
1. James White
ESPN: 37.7 PTS
It has been a while since a Patriots player has graced this list, mainly due to their vast amount of struggles offensively over the last few weeks. However, running back James White proved to be more than Tom Brady’s security blanket in the passing game against the Texans as he had 79 rushing yards along with 98 receiving yards on eight receptions and a pair of touchdowns.
White has been one of the most consistent factors in the Patriots offense, and even more relied upon due to the team having virtually no presence in being able to stretch the field. That has led to more dump-off and intermediate throws that players like White and Julian Edelman have feasted on weekly. With New England still figuring things out offensively, expect White to remain a prominent factor.