Sunday was about as wacky a day as you will find in the NFL. It was a crazy day for Fantasy owners as well.
There was plenty more, including the wild play with Robert Meachem, which we'll address below. But some old faces at running back, who have been disappointments recently, came out to help your Fantasy team in a big way.
The Fantasy playoffs start in Week 14 in the majority of Fantasy leagues, and Week 13 was crucial for plenty of owners to clinch a final spot or secure a first-round bye. It's a good thing Jonathan Stewart, Cedric Benson and Matt Forte decided to have productive games.
With DeAngelo Williams (ankle) out, Stewart got the start against Tampa Bay and had 26 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. This is why you drafted Stewart with the chance that if Williams had to miss time then Stewart would step up and play well.
Stewart might not play at this level again with games remaining against New England, Minnesota, the Giants and New Orleans, especially if Williams returns from his injury, but he was a great starting option once Williams was inactive.
Benson, who has missed the past two games with a hip injury, returned to the starting lineup against Detroit and had 36 carries for 110 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards. He proved that Larry Johnson won't be a factor as long as Benson is healthy since Johnson had just two carries for 4 yards.
Benson showed no ill effects from the hip injury, so look for him to finish the season strong. He has a tough matchup in Week 14 at Minnesota, but Benson has run well against Pittsburgh and Baltimore this year, so it will be hard to bench him against the Vikings.
Forte, one of the biggest busts this year, had a perfect matchup against the Rams, and he responded with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble. It wasn't a great game for Forte, but given the way his year has gone, you'll take the 13 Fantasy points.
Forte might not be a good Fantasy option again any time soon with games against Green Bay, Baltimore and Minnesota over the next three weeks before ending the season at Detroit. Hopefully you used Forte since he came through for you.
It wasn't all rosy on the running back front. Michael Turner (ankle) was out, and Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood struggled against the Eagles. Steve Slaton (neck) also missed the game against Jacksonville.
And we had some disappointing games from Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ricky Williams, Marion Barber, LeSean McCoy and Laurence Maroney. But for the first time in several weeks we didn't have any major injuries at running back, and there was also a glimmer of hope in Cleveland with how Jerome Harrison played against San Diego.
Harrison, who started for the injured Jamal Lewis (head), had 10 carries for 35 yards and caught seven passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He's going to be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week with some great matchups remaining against Kansas City, Oakland and Jacksonville.
Let's take a look around at the rest of the Week 13 action.
Start of the Week review: The Steelers didn't have a good day Sunday against Oakland with a crushing upset that may cost them a spot in the playoffs, but Rashard Mendenhall was great for Fantasy owners. Mendenhall had 20 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. We actually hoped he would do better than that based on the matchup, but we'll definitely settle for his 16 Fantasy points, which left him as a No. 1 option in the majority of leagues.
Sit of the Week review: Tim Hightower was playing Sunday night against Minnesota. He was active despite a thumb injury, but the Vikings were a tough matchup for him. The Vikings came into the game at No. 2 in run defense, and only two running backs had scored against them this season with Ray Rice in Week 6 and Justin Forsett in Week 11
Insane stat line of the day: Jason Witten now has two games in a row with solid production, and Fantasy owners are wondering where this has been all season. He had his second consecutive game with over 100 yards receiving with 14 catches for 156 yards at the Giants. Witten has turned his dismal season around and is now playing like a No. 1 Fantasy option again. Hopefully this will continue for the final four games of the year.
Out-of-nowhere stat line of the day: Nine quarterbacks threw for at least 300 yards Sunday, but some of them were a little unexpected, especially Jason Campbell (367 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against New Orleans), Chad Henne (335, two touchdowns and one interception against New England) and Bruce Gradkowski (308 yards and three touchdowns at Pittsburgh). Throw in Brady Quinn's performance (271 yards and three touchdowns at San Diego) and you had some outrageous Fantasy outings from some unexpected passers. It's hard to count on these quarterbacks going forward, but Henne has a great matchup in Week 14 at Jacksonville, Quinn still has games remaining against Kansas City and Jacksonville, Gradkowski plays Cleveland in Week 16 and Campbell now has five touchdown passes in his past two games.
Guy we were way right about: We loved the matchup for Denver rookie running back Knowshon Moreno at Kansas City, and he didn't let us down. Moreno had 21 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs. He shared carries with Correll Buckhalter, who also did well with 12 carries for 113 yards. But Moreno ended up as a No. 1 Fantasy running back with his standout performance Sunday.
Guy we were way wrong about: Brandon Jacobs proved he has some breakaway speed against Dallas when he scored on a 74-yard catch. Jacobs took off down the sideline on a swing pass in the third quarter and raced in for a touchdown. He also added 13 carries for 39 yards and another touchdown. Jacobs came into this game with only one touchdown in his past five meetings with the Cowboys, who only had three running backs score rushing touchdowns against them this season. Jacobs' two touchdowns helped the Giants keep their playoff hopes alive.
Overachieving defense of the week: The Panthers DST has put together some good games this season, but they were a solid unit Sunday and a No. 1 Fantasy option against Tampa Bay. The Panthers came away with five interceptions against rookie quarterback Josh Freeman and two sacks in a 16-6 victory. Carolina might not have much success in Week 14 at New England, but the Panthers took advantage of a rookie quarterback making too many mistakes this week.
Underachieving defense of the week: How much do the Steelers miss Troy Polamalu, who is out with a knee injury? They allowed the Raiders to score 27 points with no turnovers and only two sacks in Pittsburgh. Bruce Gradkowski and Louis Murphy picked apart the defense, and the Steelers DST was terrible. The Steelers need Polamalu back ASAP otherwise the DST is a risky Fantasy option in Week 14 at Cleveland. That's how bad it's become for the Steelers DST.
Names to add to your scout team ...
Chad Henne, quarterback, Miami (335 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception against New England)
Bruce Gradkowski, quarterback, Oakland (308 passing yards, three touchdowns and 20 rushing yards at Pittsburgh)
Brady Quinn, quarterback, Cleveland (271 passing yards and three touchdowns against San Diego)
Correll Buckhalter, running back, Denver (113 rushing yards and three catches for 15 yards at Kansas City)
Jerome Harrison, running back, Cleveland (35 rushing yards, seven catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego)
Leonard Weaver, running back, Philadelphia (37 rushing yards, two catches for 63 yards and a touchdown at Atlanta)
Louis Murphy, wide receiver, Oakland (four catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns at Pittsburgh)
Davone Bess, wide receiver, Miami (10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against New England)
Devin Thomas, wide receiver, Washington (seven catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans)
Evan Moore, wide receiver, Cleveland (six catches for 80 yards against San Diego)
Brian Robiskie, wide receiver, Cleveland (four catches for 69 yards against San Diego)
Injury alerts ...
Matt Schaub, dislocated left shoulder, considered questionable for Week 14 against Seattle
Tom Brady, arm, considered probable for Week 14 against Carolina
Vince Young, knee, considered questionable for Week 14 against St. Louis
Matthew Stafford, left shoulder, considered doubtful for Week 14 at Baltimore
Mark Sanchez, knee, considered questionable for Week 14 at Tampa Bay
Devin Hester, calf, considered questionable for Week 14 against Chicago
Antwaan Randle El, shoulder, considered questionable for Week 14 at Oakland
The last word: Plenty of Fantasy owners are wondering how the Robert Meachem fumble return for a touchdown will be scored, and here is the CBSSports.com official explanation. You can find this in the Help Center link in your league home pages.
"During the New Orleans Saints vs. Washington Redskins game Drew Brees threw an interception to Kareem Moore of the Redskins. Moore returned the interception 14 yards and was then stripped by Robert Meachem, who recovered the fumble and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.
This is scored as a defensive fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown for the Saints DST. Meachem will not be awarded any Fantasy points for this play. By rule, when there is a change of possession via turnover, the offensive team becomes the defense and the defense becomes the offense."
Hopefully this explains the situation. Meachem still had an outstanding game against the Redskins with eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown, and he continues to prove he should be starting in all leagues as a solid Fantasy option. He has six touchdowns in his past five games.
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