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Volume 20, #225 -- Sunday Night, December 2nd, 2018

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay runs wild against Bengals

2. CAR - Another big game for RB Christian McCaffrey

3. ATL - TE Austin Hooper scores in loss

4. ATL - WR Julio Jones turns in a dud

5. ARI - RB David Johnson runs for 69 yards

6. BAL - Gus Edwards logs 21 carries

7. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson runs for TD

8. DET - WR Kenny Golladay targeted eight times

9. DET - RB LeGarrette Blount racks up 61 yards

10. GB - Mike McCarthy fired in Green Bay

11. LAR - WR Robert Woods racks up 67 yards, TD

12. LAR - RB Todd Gurley has another huge game

13. LAR - QB Jared Goff posts 207 yards, TD

14. CIN - TE C.J. Uzomah racks up five catches

15. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd just misses triple digits

16. CIN - RB Joe Mixon just misses 100 total yards

17. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel so-so in Week 13 loss

18. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon involved in passing game

19. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders limited to 19 yards

20. IND - Nine receptions for RB Nyheim Hines

21. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton finishes with 77 yards

22. IND - TE Eric Ebron catches 10 passes

23. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton posts 85 yards, TD

24. IND - RB Marlon Mack held in check

25. IND - QB Andrew Luck finishes with 248 yards

26. HOU - Seven catches for WR DeAndre Hopkins

27. TB - WR Mike Evans doesn't do much in win

28. HOU - RB Lamar Miller rushes for over 100 yards

29. TB - WR Adam Humphries scores in third straight

30. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson has decent outing

31. TB - WR Chris Godwin hits century mark in win

32. CLE - TE David Njoku held to eight yards

33. TB - RB Peyton Barber finds the end zone

34. TB - QB Jameis Winston solid in home win

35. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway finishes with 84 yards

36. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry surpasses 100-yard mark

37. CAR - WR D.J. Moore has mediocre performance

38. CLE - RB Nick Chubb reaches end zone

39. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel targeted 11 times

40. CAR - QB Cam Newton picked off four times

41. CLE - Three INTs for QB Baker Mayfield


1. DEN - RB Phillip Lindsay runs wild against Bengals

Source: NFL.com

Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay rushed 19 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Lindsay is coming for a fantasy MVP award as a Week 2 waiver wire pickup that is an RB1 heading into the fantasy playoffs. He'll be an automatic play against the 49ers next week.

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2. CAR - Another big game for RB Christian McCaffrey

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey rushed 10 times for 106 yards in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he added nine receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.

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McCaffrey has become a fantasy MVP after getting over an early season touchdown drought. He'll carry a lot of teams to the playoffs next week and likely help them advance at Cleveland.

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3. ATL - TE Austin Hooper scores in loss

Source: ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught all five of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

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Hooper usually does well this year when Matt Ryan is struggling and Week 13 was no different. He'll be worth a streamer look against the Packers next week.

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4. ATL - WR Julio Jones turns in a dud

Source: ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught two of his eight targets for 18 yards in a 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

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Jones hadn't had any big letdown games this year after having multiple quiet games last year. He'll face a much easier defense in Green Bay next week and should still be in lineups.

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5. ARI - RB David Johnson runs for 69 yards

Source: NFL.com

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed 20 times for 69 yards in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers and he added one catch for three yards on two targets.

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Johnson was vultured at the goal line by Chase Edmonds or he could have had a much bigger day as the Cardinals hung at Lambeau today. He'll be worth an RB2 look next week against the Lions despite the disappointing bottom line today.

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6. BAL - Gus Edwards logs 21 carries

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards rushed 21 times for 82 yards in a 26-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

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Edwards didn't break through for any scores or big plays against the Falcons, but he'll have another good matchup next week at Kansas City and continues to be the lead back after going undrafted earlier this year.

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7. BAL - QB Lamar Jackson runs for TD

Source: ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson completed 12 of his 21 passes for 125 yards and rushed 17 times for 75 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

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Jackson briefly left the game to go through a concussion check and wasn't helped by a Falcons offense that didn't put much pressure on the Ravens offense to score more in this one. He also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. He'll be a high ceiling streamer next week at Kansas City.

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8. DET - WR Kenny Golladay targeted eight times

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay hauled in three receptions for 50 yards on eight targets in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Levine Toilolo was the leading receiver and tackle Taylor Decker caught the touchdown from Matthew Stafford in this one, making Golladay a disappointment. He'll likely square off with Patrick Peterson next week and be a boom/bust play.

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9. DET - RB LeGarrette Blount racks up 61 yards

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 61 yards in the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Blount has actually run better than expected since taking over for Kerryon Johnson. He'll have a chance to be flex-worthy next week against the Cardinals.

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10. GB - Mike McCarthy fired in Green Bay

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Pete Dougherty

The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy after the team's Week 13 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, as they team fell to 4-7-1. The team named Joe Philbin as the interim coach.

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The Packers offense seems to be more held back by McCarthy than enhanced by him. We can all hope that the Packers hire a modern offensive-minded head coach or at least a young innovative offensive coordinator next year, but the offense probably won't be immediately revolutionized by the firing. The Packers do still have a better outlook against the Falcons next week.

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11. LAR - WR Robert Woods racks up 67 yards, TD

Source: NFL.com

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods posted five receptions for a team-high 67 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions.

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Woods was the one piece in the Rams passing game that came through in this one. He's a solid WR2 with WR1 upside heading into a matchup with the Bears.

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12. LAR - RB Todd Gurley has another huge game

Source: NFL.com

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley rushed 23 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13 against the Detroit Lions and he added three grabs for 33 yards on five targets.

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Gurley was back in top form after underwhelming in Week 11 due to an ankle injury. He'll face a strong Bears run defense next week, but he's been so good this year that lots of his teams will have byes.

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13. LAR - QB Jared Goff posts 207 yards, TD

Source: NFL.com

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff completed 17-of-33 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 13 game against the Detroit Lions.

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Goff wasn't clicking in the passing, but the Rams offense was still productive enough to win without a big game from him. He'll face the tough Bears defense next week.

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14. CIN - TE C.J. Uzomah racks up five catches

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah registered five receptions for 33 yards on seven targets in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos.

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Uzomah is becoming a viable PPR streamer at tight end with Jeff Driskel focusing on more short safe passing.

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15. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd just misses triple digits

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd posted six receptions for 97 yards on eight targets in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos.

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Boyd is set up to be a reliable play down the stretch with AJ Green likely sidelined. He's been one of the few bright spots for the Bengals offense lately.

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16. CIN - RB Joe Mixon just misses 100 total yards

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon racked up 12 carries for 82 yards in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos and he added two grabs for 13 yards.

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Mixon still has the look of one of the next big things at running back, but his offense isn't supporting big games for him. He'll be a low ceiling RB2 against the Chargers next week.

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17. CIN - QB Jeff Driskel so-so in Week 13 loss

Source: NFL.com

Cincinnati Bengals QB Jeff Driskel completed 25-of-38 passes for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos.

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Driskel lost AJ Green early and didn't do much as a runner, but wasn't a complete disaster against the Broncos. He's still only a desperation QB2/Superflex next week at the Chargers house.

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18. JAX - RB T.J. Yeldon involved in passing game

Source: NFL.com

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon caught seven passes for 49 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. He also rushed for 16 yards on eight carries during the game.

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Yeldon has some desperation play PPR value in the very short range Jaguars passing game on Thursday against the Titans on the strength of this performance.

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19. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders limited to 19 yards

Source: NFL.com

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders posted just four grabs for 19 yards on six targets in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Broncos passing game is too conservative and low volume to support any reliable plays right now. Sanders is only a WR3/Flex at San Francisco next week and not an essential one.

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20. IND - Nine receptions for RB Nyheim Hines

Source: NFL.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines caught nine passes for 50 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

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Hines was a checkdown option for Andrew Luck all day because the Jaguars put the clamps on the Colts pass offense. He'll still be only a desperation play next week against the Texans.

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21. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton finishes with 77 yards

Source: NFL.com

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton caught eight passes for 77 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

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Jalen Ramsey was very tough on Hilton in this one, but the sheer number of targets made him a solid fantasy play in Week 13. He should have a better go of it against the Texans next week.

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22. IND - TE Eric Ebron catches 10 passes

Source: NFL.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron caught 10 passes for 81 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

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Ebron didn't make any impact plays, but his volume still made him a nice play in PPR leagues. He'll be a strong TE1 against the Texans next week.

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23. DEN - WR Courtland Sutton posts 85 yards, TD

Source: NFL.com

Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton posted four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Sutton reeled in a long score to fuel his day, but he is still only a desperation play against the 49ers next week with a low volume mostly safe passing game setting his range of outcomes.

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24. IND - RB Marlon Mack held in check

Source: NFL.com

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack rushed for 27 yards on eight carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

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Mack was smothered by the Jaguars run defense for the second time in the last month. He'll be tough to trust as more than a boom/bust flex against the Texans next week.

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25. IND - QB Andrew Luck finishes with 248 yards

Source: NFL.com

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck went 33-for-52 for 248 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

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Luck had one of the most inefficient performances of his career - in other words the Jaguars defense was very good. He is still set up for a nice game against the Texans next week in a matchup the Colts have to win to credibly entertain thoughts of going to the playoffs.

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26. HOU - Seven catches for WR DeAndre Hopkins

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for 91 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13.

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Hopkins had a big first half but wasn't needed in the second half. He'll still be an elite WR1 option against the Colts next week even though he hasn't gone off over the last two weeks.

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27. TB - WR Mike Evans doesn't do much in win

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans picked up four receptions for 48 yards on six targets in Week 13 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Evans has been kept down James Bradberry in both matchups now. He might see double teams or Marshon Lattimore next week against the Saints but still has too much upside to leave on our benches.

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28. HOU - RB Lamar Miller rushes for over 100 yards

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13.

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Miller is running like a younger version of himself right now. The Texans defense has been helping them have favorable game scripts for the running game and keeping Miller among the RB2 ranks.

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29. TB - WR Adam Humphries scores in third straight

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries registered seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in the Week 13 game against the Carolina Panthers. He has scored in three consecutive outings.

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Humphries has become a more stable part of the Bucs pass offense with injuries thinning the ranks. He'll be a solid WR3/Flex option against the Saints next week.

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30. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson has decent outing

Source: NFL.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson went 22-for-31 for 224 yards and one touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. He also rushed for 30 yards on seven carries during the game.

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Watson wasn't great for fantasy lineups even though his attempts went up from recent levels. The Texans moved the ball but settled for too many field goals for Watson to have a big day. He's still a solid QB1 against the Colts next week.

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31. TB - WR Chris Godwin hits century mark in win

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin registered five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown on six targets in Week 13 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Godwin was huge in place of Desean Jackson and had a good day against the Panthers secondary. He should avoid Marshon Lattimore next week at least some of the time and be worth a WR3/Flex start.

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32. CLE - TE David Njoku held to eight yards

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught three passes for eight yards against the Houston Texans in Week 13.

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Even with the Browns throwing for almost 400 yards, Njoku did very little for our fantasy teams and will be impossible to trust next week against the Panthers.

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33. TB - RB Peyton Barber finds the end zone

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber racked up 16 rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 game against the Carolina Panthers and he also lost a fumble. Barber has found the end zone in three straight games.

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Barber isn't putting up ceiling games but the Bucs are giving him good game scripts lately. He'll face a stiff Saints run defense next week.

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34. TB - QB Jameis Winston solid in home win

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 20-of-30 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 13 win against the Carolina Panthers and he led the team with 48 rushing yards.

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Winston played mistake free football and contributed as a runner. If Cam Newton hadn't made so many mistake, he might have been forced to do more through the air, so this was really a floor game for him. Tampa faces a Saints defense next week that was very different when Ryan Fitzpatrick hung 48 on them in Week 1.

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35. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway finishes with 84 yards

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway caught three passes for 84 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 13.

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Callaway fumbled at the goal line and had another long score wiped out by penalty, so a bigger game was there. He has shown enough to merit a WR3/Flex look in deep leagues and leagues with a big play bonus. He could break through against the Panthers secondary next week.

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36. CLE - WR Jarvis Landry surpasses 100-yard mark

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry caught six passes for 103 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 13.

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Landry finally came through in a week where he was likely on benches after fading from the Browns improved pass offense. He'll be back in our WR3/Flex group next week against the Carolina, but might not get as favorable of a game script.

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37. CAR - WR D.J. Moore has mediocre performance

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore racked up four receptions for 44 yards on eight targets in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he also ran for 21 yards.

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Moore was a disappointment considering his production coming into this one, but he still did enough and got enough touches to remain in consideration as a WR3/Flex against the Browns next week.

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38. CLE - RB Nick Chubb reaches end zone

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb rushed for 31 yards and one touchdown on nine carries against the Houston Texans in Week 13. He also caught three passes for 41 yards during the game.

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This is a floor game for Chubb, that is a game where everything in the script went against him because his quarterback and defense dug an early hole that forced the team to abandon the running game. He still had a solid game and is a must start against Carolina next week.

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39. CAR - WR Curtis Samuel targeted 11 times

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers WR Curtis Samuel registered six receptions for 88 yards on 11 targets in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Samuel's volume and production was enough to encourage us to play him as a WR3/Flex against the Browns next week even though he didn't score after getting two touchdowns against the Bucs in the first matchup.

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40. CAR - QB Cam Newton picked off four times

Source: NFL.com

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 28-of-41 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions in the Week 13 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he rushed for 33 yards.

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Newton had numerous poor throws and couldn't take advantage of a Bucs secondary which was poor to begin with and playing backups and some positions. He's as boom/bust as ever heading to Cleveland next week.

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41. CLE - Three INTs for QB Baker Mayfield

Source: NFL.com

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield went 29-for-43 for 397 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Houston Texans in Week 13.

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Mayfield was rough early, but still posted good numbers through the air and without an Antonio Callaway fumble at the goal line would have been a success in Week 13. He's a fine QB2/Superflex/Streamer next week against Carolina.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J