If you looked at the top-six fantasy football scorers, Drew Brees is the only household name on the list. Every week a new player bursts onto the scene, and if it wasn't for a key waiver wire transaction this week, I probably wouldn't be 8-4. Here's a recap of Week 12 and my Week 13 likes.
Best of Week 12
Justin Forsett (RB, Baltimore) –Forsett helped the Ravens improve to 7-4 with a huge outing on Monday Night Football. He totaled 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR, N.Y. Giants) – **He had arguably one of the best catches of the season and he finished with 10 grabs for 146 yards and two scores.
Eddie Lacy (RB, Green Bay) –We all know how good Aaron Rodgers has been this season. Lacy was better on Sunday as he recorded 125 rushing yards with one score and he added a receiving touchdown.
C.J. Anderson (RB, Denver) –Anderson had never carried the ball more than 13 times and had never recorded more than 90 rushing yards. So he carried it 27 times for 167 yards with one score last Sunday.
Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans) –Brees threw for a season-high 420 yards on Monday Night Football and he added three scores but it wasn't enough to help his team secure a win.
Week 13 Likes:
Andrew Luck (vs. Washington) –Luck had his worst game of the season last week but he gets to face a Redskins' defense that hasn't stopped many quarterbacks this season. Luck could have a career day as he faces a weak Washington secondary.
Drew Brees (at Pittsburgh) –The Saints are still in the NFC South race despite being 4-7. They need this game. Brees, the savvy veteran and future Hall of Famer, knows the magnitude of this game, and he will be up to the challenge.
Joe Flacco (vs. San Diego) –Flacco hasn't put up big numbers this season but that's mainly due to a solid running game. The Chargers' rush defense is better than their pass defense, which should give Flacco some openings to throw the ball deep down field.
DeMarco Murray (vs. Philadelphia) –He's only recorded less than 100 rushing yards in one game this season. The Eagles' defense is decent at stopping the run but Murray remains the most effective running back in the game.
Le'Veon Bell (vs. New Orleans) –The Saints have allowed nearly 1,000 rushing yards to opposing runners in their last six games. Bell is coming off of a career game and should be fresh coming off of the bye week.
Jeremy Hill (at Tampa Bay) –Hill has been the Bengals' best option at running back and has outplayed Giovani Bernard. The Buccaneers have allowed nearly 500 rushing yards in their last three games, which bodes well for Hill.
T.Y. Hilton (vs. Washington) – **Andrew Luck is going to have a big game and Hilton will benefit from it. He will face a weak Washington secondary that allows more than 20 fantasy points to opposing wide receiver groups per game.
A.J. Green (at Tampa Bay) –Green has two straight games with 100 receiving yards and it's highly likely that he will eclipse the 100-yard mark again this Sunday. The Buccaneers have allowed 16 touchdowns to wide receivers this season, which is tied for the most in the league.
Antonio Brown (vs. New Orleans) –He has yet to record less than 70 receiving yards in a single game, and he hasn't posted less than seven receptions since Week 5. He's also facing former teammate Keenan Lewis. Brown will be up for the challenge.
Jimmy Graham (at Pittsburgh) – The Steelers have given up a touchdown to a tight end in four straight games and have struggled all season matching up against athletic tight ends. Graham is just that, and he is going to have a big game.
Rob Gronkowski (at Green Bay) –Gronk hasn't recorded less than 70 receiving yards in four straight games. And now that teammate and fellow tight end Tim Wright is getting targets, this should only help Gronk's game this Sunday.
Delanie Walker (at Houston) –Houston's defense defends tight ends very well. But Walker is coming off of a career game and he's the best fantasy option at tight end after Graham and Gronk.
Miami Dolphins (at N.Y. Jets) – Geno Smith is getting the starting nod this week for New York. Miami has produced double-digit fantasy points in four of their last five games.
N.Y. Giants (at Jacksonville) –Blake Bortles continues to throw interceptions and the Jaguars give up 10 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses.
Baltimore Ravens (vs. San Diego) –You always like an East Coast team that's hosting a West Coast team at 1 p.m. Baltimore doesn't give up many points and they force multiple turnovers per game.
Stephen Gostkowski (at Green Bay) –He has totaled double-digit points in 8-of-11 games this season.
Shaun Suisham (vs. New Orleans) –Suisham has made multiple field goals in six games this year.
Adam Vinatieri (vs. Washington) –He has at least two made field goals each week since Week 2.