Things we learned in Week 13
Compiled by Thomas Harrigan, Jesse Pantuosco, and Steve Schwarz

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - On Sunday of Week 13 fantasy stud Adrian Peterson ran for more than 200 yards despite a groin injury and hardly anyone noticed.

That's because a trio of wide receivers, Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Eric Decker, shone so brightly, it blinded us from seeing the merely spectacular.

Below are a few more things we observed on Sunday afternoon.

Tampa Bay at Carolina

If you don't own one of the top-three tight ends, Greg Olsen isn't a bad TE1 to have. He has provided at least eight fantasy points in five of the last six games.

Steve Smith has exceeded 50 yards in each of his last five games, but hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Oct. 20 and doesn't have a 100-yard game this season. He's a low-end WR3.

Cam Newton has scored multiple touchdowns in three straight games and produced at least 19 fantasy points in all of them. He's been much less of a boom-or- bust fantasy option since Week 6.

Mike Glennon came in having scored at least 15 fantasy points in six of his last seven games, but he proved what we already knew -- he's not someone you can start without considering the matchup. This one -- against Carolina on the road -- was not favorable.

Jacksonville at Cleveland

Cleveland's offense was a bigger threat to anyone who started the Browns D/ST than anyone on Jacksonville's offense. Brandon Weeden's three turnovers on the last three drives of the second quarter led to 13 Jaguars points, and a high snap forced Weeden to kick the ball out of the end zone for a safety in the fourth. A 31-yard return on the ensuing safety punt gave Jacksonville great field position and resulted in three more points.

Josh Gordon has gone from a late-round lottery ticket to a all-or-nothing WR2 to a bona fide top-10 fantasy receiver in just a few months. With 10 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns, Gordon became the first player in NFL history to record 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games. Gordon has produced 29 catches, 623 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 46 targets the last three games and has six games with at least 125 receiving yards this season.

Maurice Jones-Drew needed an eight-yard passing touchdown to Marcedes Lewis to get to double-digit fantasy points for the fourth time in the last five games. He still has zero 100-yard rushing games this season.

New England at Houston

As a fantasy owner, you never want to see a man with a neck roll score a rushing touchdown because it's usually a player no one owns. That's what James Develin did after Shane Vereen took a reception down to the one-yard line in the third quarter.

Vereen scored a touchdown later in the game on a nine-yard catch and led Patriots' running backs with 15 touches and 75 yards from scrimmage.

LeGarrette Blount saw most of the work as New England's "big back" position with Stevan Ridley inactive. He had 12 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Bolden had three carries for two yards and one catch for 18.

Tell me again why the Patriots felt the need to sign Danny Amendola when Julian Edelman was already on the roster? Edelman had nine catches for 101 yards on 12 targets, giving him 70 catches and 711 yards this season. Amendola, meanwhile, had five catches for 54 yards.

After struggling for the first eight games, Tom Brady is back to being a trustworthy No. 1 fantasy quarterback.

Ben Tate must have felt Dennis Johnson breathing down his neck so he put some distance between himself and the undrafted rookie with 102 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

Tennessee at Indianapolis

Ryan Fitzpatrick played mistake-free football for 29 minutes of the first half, but it wasn't very exciting or productive. He did run one in for the Titans' only score. Two more interceptions in the second half along with a fumble left Tennessee on the short end of the scoreboard.

Chris Johnson is sharing too much with Shonn Greene to be effective. Johnson carried it 18 times for 69 yards and Greene 10 times for 39 yards.

Andrew Luck threw an early interception, but for a change the Colts didn't end up paying for it and going down early.

Neither Trent Richardson or Donald Brown was productive on the ground, though a late touchdown run got Brown to double-digit fantasy points. Perhaps its time to blame the Colts' offensive line and not the guys searching for non-existent holes.

The best offensive player for Indianapolis was Adam Vinatieri who connected on five field goals, four from over 45 yards.

Chicago at Minnesota

With the Vikings keying on Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery had a monster day. He caught seven for 89 in the first half. Then added two long touchdown catches (80, 48) and finished off the afternoon with the best numbers of his career (12-249-2).

Josh McCown continued his high-level of performance as a backup. Sunday he threw for 355 yards and two scores. Don't rush back before you are completely healthy Jay.

Christian Ponder is about as mobile as an oak tree. Matt Cassel replaced him at the end of the second quarter as Ponder was dealing with concussion symptoms. Ponder is a combination of slow-of-foot and weak-of-arm. Why was he a first-round selection in 2011?

Cordarrelle Patterson looked very quick out of the backfield on his 33-yard touchdown run. Perhaps the Vikings have found the change-of-pace guy to go with Adrian Peterson. He becomes the first Vikings' player to score via kickoff return, touchdown pass and touchdown run in his rookie season. The future is bright.

Peterson rushed for 211 yards while still dealing with a groin injury. Nothing stops this man.

Miami at New York Jets

Was anybody who didn't have a relative in the game or a fantasy player watching this "thriller"? I hope not.

The Dolphins controlled the ball for 24 of 30 minutes and couldn't manage to put any touchdowns on the board. They did get a couple of field goals in the final two minutes to put the game out of reach.

We spotted Mike Wallace doing something good in the second half. Too bad most fantasy owners had already given up on him a couple of weeks ago.

Three Dolphins receivers caught at least seven balls, led by Brian Hartline with nine receptions for 127 yards and a score.

The Jets ran a total of 17 plays in the first half for 39 yards. Brutal! The second half wasn't much better. Starting any Jets players is foolish with the offense performing at this level.

Arizona at Philadelphia

The turnover bug hit Carson Palmer early in this one - a fumble and pick in his team's first two possessions. He finished with three turnovers. That's always been the part of the game that has eluded him and keeps him from being a top fantasy quarterback.

Larry Fitzgerald may not put up the huge numbers of the past, but with Michael Floyd coming into his own, "Fitz" is finding more room to work. He scored for the third consecutive week on a nice 42-yarder in the second quarter. Floyd was the team leader with 99 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

Rashard Mendenhall took over as a workhorse with Andre Ellington sidelined and put up solid numbers. But he just doesn't have Ellington's elusiveness.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles now has 17, 18, no make that 19 touchdown passes without an interception. The NFL record is 20 set by Peyton Manning early this year.

Five different players had at least three catches as Foles hit the open receiver without forcing the issue. Unfortunately for DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper owners, all his touchdown throws were to a tight end.

Atlanta at Buffalo

Finally! Roddy White looking like the Roddy White we have wanted to see all season (10-143-0).

Steven Jackson scored for the second consecutive game. The last time he did that was October 2011, which explains while he's no longer thought of as a must start fantasy running back.

A 77-yard run by C.J. Spiller put him over the 100-yard mark very early in this one. Even better, after hoarding the first three touchdowns for themselves, Fred Jackson (one rushing, one receiving) and E.J. Manuel (one rushing, one passing) let him score one in the fourth quarter (36-yard run).

St. Louis at San Francisco

As expected, the Rams struggled to move the ball against the 49ers defense. San Francisco's defense had given up 10 points or less in three of their last four games. In this one they up one garbage-time touchdown and 13 points.

Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis did most of the damage in this one, but none put up great numbers.

Michael Crabtree caught a pass, an 8-yarder, for his first catch of the season after recovering from a torn Achilles. He also had a 60-yard reception in the third quarter. The 49ers star wideout should be ready for the fantasy playoffs.

Denver at Kansas City

On Sunday, Peyton Manning became the 1st player in NFL history with 13 4,000- yard passing seasons. That's a lot of fantasy points.

Manning also threw multiple interceptions for just the second time this season. The other time was against Washington, but in that game he also passed for 354 yards and four scores so fantasy owners forgave him. They will forgive him this one too, as he passed for 403 yards and five touchdowns.

With Julius Thomas sidelined and Demaryius Thomas less than 100 percent after a big early hit, Decker took control of the middle of the field and dominated the Chiefs secondary. He caught eight balls for 174 yards and four touchdowns. He'll be tough to beat for "fantasy player of the week."

A less-than-full strength Knowshon Moreno couldn't run the ball, but made up for it with four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. He's finding ways to get you points and win your respect.

Anthony Fasano has quietly scored in three consecutive games and is a low-end fantasy option, but a high risk because his value is totally dependent upon his getting into the end zone.

Another solid day from Jamaal Charles (120 combined yards, one TD), but it was wasted in the onslaught from Manning & Co.

Cincinnati at San Diego

A week off to rest and plan didn't appear to help the Bengals at the start. In the first half they forgot that their best weapon is A.J. Green. Andy Dalton found him in the third quarter and his touchdown gave the Bengals a lead they would not give up.

Philip Rivers continues to star despite the loss of his best two wide receivers this season (Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd). He's made a quality fantasy receiver out of Keenan Allen.

Just when you thought Chargers running back Danny Woodhead could be trusted, he comes up with a clunker. Ryan Mathews ran and caught the ball and Woodhead mainly watched.




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