Brandon Myers took the worst possible matchup in fantasy football for his position, chewed it up and produced the best output of his career. The Cleveland Browns were allowing a league-low 4.7 fantasy points per game (ESPN standard scoring) to tight ends.
Myers scored 19.
Prior to Week 13, Cleveland had allowed two touchdowns to TEs all season—and none since Week 6. The highest single-game yardage output that the Browns allowed to tight end position groups was 81 yards in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The highest number of receptions that they had allowed (seven) was a tie between the Philly game and their Week 11 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. They even shut out the Baltimore Ravens’ tight ends entirely in Week 4.
On 15 targets, Myers caught 14 passes in Week 13 alone against Cleveland.
He took those for a career-high 130 yards and a touchdown, trumping all other Sunday (and Thursday Night Football) fantasy performers at the position. He also led (or tied for the lead with) all of his Oakland Raiders teammates in each category.
In a year with a severe lack of consistency from fantasy tight ends, Myers has been a solid—if unspectacular—option for the majority of the year. He’s caught five or more passes in seven of his last eight contests, making him quite valuable in PPR formats.
The problem with Myers’ fantasy game for the first half of the year was his complete lack of touchdown production. Since Week 9, however, he has made a total of four trips to the end zone. Week 13 was his first game this year with more than 86 receiving yards.
As his fantasy game continues to improve, the real question about Myers is where he should rank among his peers for 2013. Unless he’s sharing a fantasy roster with Jimmy Graham or Tony Gonzalez, he’s already proved himself to be a must-start for the duration of this season.
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