Breadwinners and Bedshitters Week 13
Week 13 is in the books and we are heading to a relentless finish to the fantasy football season. There were a lot of big tests in week 13, and the results were mixed, to say the least. With the season drawing closer and closer to the rearview, let’s look at our Breadwinners and Bedshitters for week 13!
The Tennessee Titans were supposed to be the biggest test of the season for Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles aced the exam. Hurts showed that he could beat teams with not only his legs but also by using his arm on Sunday. For the day he passed for 380 yards and 3 TDs and ran one in for good measure. He narrowly missed AJ Brown with a 40-yard bomb for a TD as Brown stepped out of bounds. He answered the very next play with a 40-yard bomb to AJ Brown on the other side of the field. Hurts looks like he is in the driver’s seat for the MVP and only has one real test left, against the Cowboys.
Joe Burrow 3 - Patrick Mahomes 0. For the third time in as many attempts, Joey Ballgame outdueled the former MVP and led his team to a third straight victory against them. On the day Burrow passed for 286 yards and 2 TDs and also added 46 yards and a rushing TD. This happened without star RB Joe Mixon, although Samaje Perine didn’t miss a beat. Cincinnati is right in the thick of the AFC North crown, and there may not be a more dangerous offense in the NFL than the one led by Joey BRRRR.
Sunday was the long-awaited debut of new Quarterback Deshaun Watson (insert rub ‘n tug joke here). Watson looked anything but relaxed in the pocket and didn’t have the best debut. The good news for the Browns is he didn’t need to as the Cleveland D/ST came to play on Sunday. The defense was all over the Texans recovering a fumble, bringing in an INT, and scoring 2 TDs, one on defense, and one on a special teams run by Two Hole Jones. It’s not often that a defense is worthy of being a fantasy breadwinner, but when a defense scores more points than it has in the last 7 weeks combined, they deserve some love.
Sunday was all about redemption for AJ Brown. This was his first opportunity to play against his former team and he made them pay for letting him go. Brown hauled in 8 of his 10 targets for 119 yards and 2 TDs in only three-quarters of action on Sunday. To put the cherry on top of his week the Tennessee Titans have fired their GM, the same guy that let Brown make his way to the Eagles.
Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers was the Dolphin's biggest game of the year thus far, and the most important game of Tua’s young career. It started well with a 75-yard TD bomb to Trent Sherfield to start the game. The rest of the game was mostly Tua running for his life and being pummelled by Nick Bosa. If that wasn’t enough, the Dolphins managed to knock out Jimmy G, only to watch Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy come in and outduel their franchise Quarterback. For the day Tua did have 295 yards, almost exclusively to Tyreek Hill, who narrowly missed the Breadwinners list. Tua will have a great opportunity to rebound this upcoming week against a Chargers team that has looked completely out of sorts over the last few games.
It’s tough to put a guy like Austin Ekeler on the Bedshitter’s list. While he didn’t bottom out by any means, he did have his worst fantasy game of the season besides week 1. For the day he rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries and caught 5 of his 6 passes for 67 yards. He failed to reach the end zone against a Raiders team that loves giving up fantasy points. This wasn’t the worst fantasy performance ever, but with a back like Ekeler, who is as consistent as anyone, it was definitely a letdown.
Mike Evans is usually a must-bench option when he plays against the Saints as Marshon Lattimore is his kryptonite. When it was announced that Lattimore was slated to miss another game on Monday, all things pointed up to Evans. Unfortunately, Evans was once again disappointing. For the day he hauled in 4 passes for 59 yards. He has now only broken 10 points once in the past 5 weeks and has almost fallen out of the WR2 range entirely. With a matchup against San Fran looming, it may be wise to sit Evans this upcoming week.