Fantasy Football Week 13: Dwayne Bowe, Peyton Hillis and Other Ramblings

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns scores a touchdown in front of safety Sherrod Martin #23 of the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Bowe and Peyton Hillis continue to be fantasy studs heading down the stretch of the fantasy season when owners need players to step up the most. Both players enjoyed three touchdown days last week to continue their impressive seasons.

Bowe has gone on an absolute tear of late catching 13 of his 14 TDs in the past seven games after a slow start. He also has topped the 100-yard mark four out of his last seven games and has done so three straight times. 

Hillis has been equally impressive as Bowe and has been more consistent throughout the year evidenced by him finding the end zone in all but one game thus far. 

Heading into Week 13 the two of them look poised for big games again and at this point they're in your lineup regardless of who they matchup against.

Looking for more fantasy advice and tidbits? Don't worry I've got you covered below.



Mike Goodson—Jonathan Stewart may have had the better game on the ground last Sunday for Carolina, but Goodson found the end zone and finished with 81 receiving yards. Not to mention, he finished with more carries than Stewart by two.

With the Panthers' offensive line struggling to keep Jimmy Clausen from taking hits Goodson will continue to figure into the passing game. So while Stewart will cut into Goodson's carries he will get enough touches in the passing game to make up for what was lost from Stewart returning.


Toby Gerhart—The rookie out of Stanford filled in nicely when Adrian Peterson went out with an ankle injury rushing for 76 yards on 22 carries. Peterson's status is up in the air but it makes sense that the 4-7 Vikings would air on the side of caution here.

It's also a chance for Minnesota to see what they have with Gerhart and it doesn't hurt that Brett Favre has taken a liking to him. Assuming Gerhart gets the majority of carries, he is a must start. Buffalo has the worst run defense in the league giving Gerhart a premium matchup to break onto the scene.


Fantasy Studs That Will Perform Like Duds

Tom Brady—Going up against the New York Jets' defense is going to be a challenge for Goldilocks. While getting rid of Randy Moss ultimately was a good move for New England he will be missed in this game. The Jets are going to bring pressure like they always due which is going to result in a lot of short dump offs for Brady.

Brady has never fared well against Rex Ryan defenses and likely won't again come Monday.


Chris Johnson—The biggest problem with Johnson this season is that when he's had bad games they've been terrible. In ESPN standard scoring leagues he's had four games where he's scored under six or less which is absolutely atrocious for a guy that was drafted No. 1 overall.

Last week's nightmare performance from Johnson was the worst of his career and with no stability at the quarterback position Johnson will be in for another rough game. Jacksonville is in the top half of the league against the run and unless Kerry Collins opens things up for Johnson he won't have any running room.


Greg Jennings—San Francisco may be without Frank Gore, but that won't affect the defense which has been solid for the Niners this year. They rank 15th in yards allowed through the air something that shouldn't scare Jennings owners. 

What should scare Jennings owners is the potential of Green Bay jumping out early, running the ball well, and grinding the game out in the cold. If Jennings doesn't do damage early and often he won't do any at all.


Five Quick Predictions

  1. Steve Johnson will have a nice game against the Vikings and catch a TD followed by him pointing to the sky.
  2. Kyle Orton will have another big game and continue to go unnoticed.
  3. Terrell Owens will blow up with another big game catching double-digit passes in an upset of New Orleans.
  4. Steven Jackson will overcome his fear of the end zone and find it so comforting the first time he'll go back for a second.
  5. Mark Sanchez will torch the Patriots' defense for the second time this season.