NFL Scores Week 13: Top Fantasy Stars, Results and Playoff Picture

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 2:  Phillip Lindsay #30 of the Denver Broncos slips out of an attempted tackle by Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the holidays roll around in concert with NFL playoff races.

All over the league, teams are doing what they can to position themselves for a postseason run. And the big fantasy stars are often the ones doing the heavy lifting.

As is the case every week, we had plenty of big games from big names. But some less heralded players did damage in fantasy leagues as well.

The one with the most standard-scoring points from each of this week's games can be found below, as well as updated playoff standings. Following those table are highlights from the week's biggest stars.

Week 13 NFL Scores, Fantasy Stars
AwayScoreHomeFantasy Star
Saints10-13CowboysEzekiel Elliott76 rush yds, 6 rec, 60 yds, TD
Ravens26-16FalconsJustin Tucker4-of-4 FG, 2-of-2 XP
Broncos24-10BengalsPhillip Lindsay157 rush yds, 2 TD
Rams30-16LionsTodd Gurley132 rush yds, 2 TD, 3 rec, 33 yds
Cardinals20-17PackersChase Edmonds53 rush yds, 2 TD, 2 rec, 13 yds
Bills17-21DolphinsJosh Allen18-of-33, 231 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT, 135 rush yds
Bears27-30GiantsTarik Cohen30 rush yds, 12 rec, 156 yds, 1-of-1, 1 yd, TD
Panthers17-24BuccaneersJameis Winston20-of-30, 249 yds, 2 TD, 48 rush yds
Colts0-6JaguarsJAX D/ST0 points allowed, INT, FMBL recovered
Browns13-29TexansKa'imi Fairbairn5-of-5 FG, 2-of-2 XP
Jets22-26TitansMarcus Mariota20-of-35, 282 yds, 2 TD, INT, 42 rush yds
Chiefs40-33RaidersPatrick Mahomes23-of-38, 295 yds, 4 TD, 52 rush yds
Vikings10-24PatriotsTom Brady24-of-32, 311 yds, TD, INT
49ers16-43SeahawksRussell Wilson11-of-17, 185 yds, 4 TD, 14 rush yds
Standard Scoring Format
Week 13 Playoff Standings
1Chiefs (10-2)Rams (11-1)
2Patriots (9-3)Saints (10-2)
3Texans (9-3)Bears (8-4)
4Steelers (7-4-1)Cowboys (7-5)
Wild CardChargers (9-3)Seahawks (7-5)
Wild CardRavens (7-5)Redskins (6-5)
7Dolphins (6-6)Vikings (6-5-1)
8Colts (6-6)Panthers (6-6)
9Broncos (6-6)Eagles (5-6)
10Titans (6-6)Buccaneers (5-7)
11Bengals (5-7)Packers (4-7-1)
12Browns (4-7-1)Falcons (4-8)
13Bills (4-8)Giants (4-8)
14Jaguars (4-8)Lions (4-8)
15Jets (3-9)Cardinals (3-9)
16Raiders (2-10)49ers (2-10)


Phillip Lindsay

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay continues to be one of this season's biggest stories. He's an undrafted rookie who seems to climb further up the fantasy points leaderboard every week.

Following Sunday's performance, he's now averaging 14 fantasy points per game, which puts him in the top 10 among running backs with at least 50 touches this season.

The numbers that pushed him up this week were 157 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The NFL shared video of one of his scores, a 65-yarder in the second half:

Denver has now won three straight to bring its record back to .500. And Lindsay has been a huge part of that. If the Broncos continue to rely on him against a schedule that closes significantly easier than it started, they may yet have a shot at the playoffs.


Ka'imi Fairbairn

For the first time this season, a kicker has made this section that includes the biggest fantasy performances of the week. And that kicker is the Houston Texans' Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Fairbairn was perfect on the day, connecting on all five field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts. His long for the day was 53 yards.

After the 21 fantasy points he put up on Sunday, Fairbairn is now averaging 10.3 per game. Greg Zuerlein is the only kicker in the league averaging more.


Todd Gurley

Speaking of the Rams, they have a running back who's almost become a fixture of this section. Of course, that's Todd Gurley, who went for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He also had 33 receiving yards on three catches.

The NFL shared highlights of the game:

Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes have pretty much taken over this year's MVP debate, but Gurley may still snag a few votes.

Following another big performance on Sunday, Gurley is up to 23.5 fantasy points per game, tops among all non-quarterbacks. That kind of production on an 11-1 team won't go unnoticed.


Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has a cannon for an arm. It was a big part of what got him drafted in the top 10. But over the last couple of weeks, it's his legs that have made him a major fantasy performer.

On Sunday, Allen went 18-of-33 for 231 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as a passer. He added another 135 yards on nine carries as a runner.

The league posted video of one of the scoring strikes:

Allen missed four games with an injury, but he's looked solid in the two games he's been back. He has 234 rushing yards in the last two weeks alone, bringing his season total to 389. The league leader in rushing among quarterbacks is Cam Newton, who has 450 yards and four more games than Allen.


Tarik Cohen

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen scored as a runner, receiver and passer on Sunday, finishing the game with 23 total fantasy points (well over 30 in point-per-reception formats).

The Bears posted video of Cohen's game-tying touchdown toss as time expired in the fourth quarter:

Chicago would go on to lose in overtime, but this game served as a showcase for Cohen's versatility.

He's listed as a running back, but he had just 30 yards on eight carries. His damage was primarily done as a receiver. In that role, he picked up 12 catches and 156 yards. And of course, then there's the touchdown pass, the second of his career.


Patrick Mahomes

In the second slate of games, MVP candidate Mahomes went off on the Oakland Raiders, going 23-of-38 for 295 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 52 rushing yards.

The NFL shared highlights of the Chiefs' 40-33 win:

With his 32 points on Sunday, Mahomes' average is up to 27.6 fantasy points per game. He was first in the NFL in that stat before this game, and performances like this mean he won't relinquish that lead anytime soon.


Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his team surging.

In their third straight win, Wilson went 11-of-17 for 185 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The league posted highlights of the 43-16 beatdown of the San Francisco 49ers on Twitter:

After a slow start to the season, Wilson has picked it up as Seattle makes a playoff push. In the first four games, he averaged 14.9 fantasy points. In the last eight, he's at 21.9.


Philip Rivers

Week 13's Sunday action came to a wild close with the Los Angeles Chargers' 33-30 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Trailing 23-7 at halftime, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers led his team all the way back with 299 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-36 passing. He also connected with Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen on separate two-point conversions.

The NFL shared highlights of the game:

Coming into this season, Rivers' career-high passer rating was the 105.5 he posted in 2008 and 2013. Entering Sunday's performance, in which he posted a rating of 115.4, he stood at 115.7 on the season, trailing only Brees and Mahomes.


Unless otherwise noted, stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference or ESPN's FantasyCast.


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