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Garoppolo’s 49ers starting debut didn’t yield any touchdowns, but it was impressive nonetheless. On the road against a Chicago’s No. 12 pass defense, Garoppolo completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards. His lone blemish was an interception on a tipped ball. With Houston’s No. 23 pass defense on deck in Week 14, Garoppolo could realistically be in fantasy starting lineups.
Many thought Jacquizz Rodgers would operate as the Bucs featured back with Doug Martin (concussion) out, but it was Barber who led the way, posting 23 carries for 102 yards and four receptions (four targets) for 31 yards. Rodgers had only three carries for 25 yards. If Martin is out again next week — and at this point, his status is completely up in the air — Barber is in play as an RB2.
Ameer Abdullah’s neck injury opened things up in the Lions backfield, and Green took advantage. He ran a team-high 11 times for for 51 yards and a score, nearly adding a second TD later in the game. The undrafted rookie will likely continue to split touches with Theo Riddick as long as Abdullah is out, but he should continue to be the preferred option around the goal line.
Davis ran 16 times for 64 yards on Sunday night, getting 15 more carries than Seattle’s other backs. While this backfield is always fluid, it appears Davis will be the “lead back” as long as he’s healthy.
Williams picked up the slack for an injured Adrian Peterson (neck), running 16 times for 97 yards against the Rams. While he didn’t add anything through the air, Williams proved his rib injury was healed, and he’ll continue to dominate touches in the backfield as long as Peterson is out.
It was the first time in four weeks that Inman didn’t lead the Bears receiving corps in catches, yards or targets, but he caught a touchdown this week. Since he was traded from San Diego, Inman has been the clear No. 1 WR and the only Bears WR worth any value.
Doctson caught three of five targets for 26 yards and a TD in Week 13. Not great, but he almost always gets at least one shot in the end zone every week. As Washington’s top red-zone threat, he deserves to be owned.
It was expected Goodwin would continue to be the 49ers top WR with Jimmy Garoppolo taking over at QB, and Goodwin followed expectations. He led the team with eight targets, catching all eight for 99 yards, all team-highs. The 49ers play one of the weakest defenses next week in the Texans, making him a solid WR3/flex start.
Westbrook continues to showcase solid fantasy value, falling second behind Marqise Lee for the team lead in targets (9), catches (6) and yards (78) against the Colts. Last week, he led the team in targets and catches. Westbrook is definitely worth rostering, and depending on the matchup, he could be a flex play.
If it wasn’t for an overthrow, Seals-Jones would’ve caught his fourth touchdown in the past three weeks. Even still, Seals-Jones had a solid day with two catches for 44 yards. He continues to have high volume of targets, averaging over five targets over the last three games. He gets a relatively tough matchup against the Titans, but two of the very worst teams against fantasy TEs with the Redskins and Giants in Week 15 and 16, perfect time during fantasy playoffs.
Howard continues to be more involved in the Bucs passing game, and in Week 14 against the Lions, who have struggled against TEs throughout much of the season, he has a chance to continue his late-season break-out.
The Colts tend to give up big plays to D/STs, and while Buffalo’s defense has fallen off a bit over the second half of the season, it can still take advantage with turnovers.
Sean Lee is expected back, which gives Dallas’ defense an upgrade against the hapless Giants in Week 14.
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