NFL Scores Week 13: Top Fantasy Stars, Results and Playoff Picture
The NFL playoff race is starting to heat up. Week 13 kicked off with the Dallas Cowboys getting back on track with a Thursday night win over the New Orleans Saints. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Chargers got a huge conference win over the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles got bounce-back wins.
The Miami Dolphins got their fifth consecutive win to keep their unlikely surge toward the playoffs going. The Minnesota Vikings' playoff chances took a major hit, as they handed the Detroit Lions their first win of the season.
In the late afternoon, The Pittsburgh Steelers got back in the win column with a critical win over the rival Baltimore Ravens. The Washington Football Team, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams also picked up wins in the late window.
The Kansas City Chiefs handled the Denver Broncos in a defensive battle to end Sunday's action.
Below you'll find full results, the updated AFC and NFC standings and some of the top fantasy performances of the week (points-per-reception scoring).
Week 12 Results, Top Fantasy Performers
Dallas Cowboys 27, New Orleans Saints 17
Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints: 264 passing yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, 101 rushing yards (24.66 fantasy points)
Deonte Harris, WR, New Orleans Saints: 4 receptions, 96 yards, 3 rushing yards, 1 TD (19.9 fantasy points)
Arizona Cardinals 33, Chicago Bears 22
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals: 123 passing yards, 2 TDs, 59 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs (30.82 fantasy points)
David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: 90 rushing yards, 1 TD, 8 receptions, 51 receiving yards (28.1 fantasy points)
Philadelphia Eagles 33, New York Jets 18
Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets: 226 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD (22.04 fantasy points)
Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets: 6 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD, 9 rushing yards (20.6 fantasy points)
Detroit Lions 29, Minnesota Vikings 27
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: 11 receptions, 182 yards, 1 TD, 4 rushing yards (35.6 fantasy points)
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings: 90 rushing yards, 1 TD, 3 receptions, 34 receiving yards (21.4 fantasy points)
Indianapolis Colts 31, Houston Texans 0
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 143 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 fumble (24.3 fantasy points)
Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts: 158 passing yards, 1 TD, 8 rushing yards (11.12 fantasy points)
Miami Dolphins 20, New York Giants 9
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins: 244 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 rushing yard (17.86 fantasy points)
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins: 9 receptions, 90 yards (18.0 fantasy points)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, Atlanta Falcons 17
Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 368 passing yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, -1 rushing yard (29.62 fantasy points)
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 15 receptions, 143 yards, 9 rushing yards (30.2 fantasy points)
Los Angeles Chargers 41, Cincinnati Bengals 22
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: 317 passing yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 6 rushing yards (26.28 fantasy points)
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: 9 receptions, 138 yards, 1 TD (28.8 fantasy points)
Washington Football Team 17, Las Vegas Raiders 15
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: 52 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 1 TD (24.0 fantasy points)
Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team: 88 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 23 receiving yards, 1 TD (22.1 fantasy points)
Los Angeles Rams 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 7
Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams: 295 passing yards, 3 TDs, 2 rushing yards (24.0 fantasy points)
Sony Michel, RB, Los Angeles Rams: 121 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 8 receiving yards, 1 TD (21.9 fantasy points)
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Baltimore Ravens 19
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: 236 passing yards, 2 TDs, -1 rushing yards (19.34 fantasy points)
Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: 8 receptions, 105 yards, 2 TDs (30.5 fantasy points)
Seattle Seahawks 30, San Francisco 49ers 23
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers: 9 receptions, 181 yards, 2 TDs, 5 rushing yards (39.6 fantasy points)
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: 7 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD (19.8 fantasy points)
Kansas City Chiefs 22, Denver Broncos 9
Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos: 102 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 76 receiving yards, 1 TD (29.8 fantasy points)
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: 184 passing yards, 1 INT, 12 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints
There's a lot to unpack with Saints quarterback Taysom Hill. The longtime backup and utility man wasn't good enough for New Orleans, plain and simple. He threw four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown in a 10-point loss.
For fantasy managers, though, Hill was just fine. His 101 rushing yards boosted his bottom line, while a pair of touchdown passes certainly helped. Dual-threat quarterbacks are always enticing in fantasy, and Hill should be a serviceable streamer as long as he remains in the starting lineup.
This is where things get really complicated, though. Hill reportedly suffered a ruptured tendon in his finger Thursday. The expectation, though, is that he'll be able to play through the injury.
"It's not ideal for a quarterback to play with a splinted finger. But with time, he'll probably get more used to it and adapt to it," ESPN injury analyst and physical therapist Stephania Bell said. "And as long as everyone agrees that he can be functional and comfortable, there's not really a counter to him continuing to play."
Hill is worth keeping on the roster as a late-season streamer, and he has an enticing matchup next week with the New York Jets. The injury, though, must be monitored.
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray last played in Week 8 because of an ankle injury. The Cardinals took a cautious approach with their franchise quarterback, but they went 2-1 during that stretch thanks to the veteran savvy of quarterback Colt McCoy.
Well, Murray returned Sunday and helped show that a great Cardinals team is even better with him under center.
While Murray didn't put up gaudy numbers through the air, he was an efficient 11-of-15 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also broke down the Chicago Bears defense on the ground. He rushed for 59 yards and another pair of touchdowns.
According to Mark Dalton of Cardinals media relations, Murray is now the first player in NFL history with 60-plus passing touchdowns and 20-plus rushing touchdowns through 41 games.
Murray is a truly special dual-threat signal-caller, and he appears to be back to 100 percent. As long as he remains healthy, he'll remain a must-start in fantasy through the end of the season.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have little to feel good about after losing to the previously winless Lions. However, fantasy managers should feel great about another stellar performance from wideout Justin Jefferson.
Jefferson, who had an outstanding 1,400 receiving yards as a rookie, might be even better in his second year. He came into Sunday with 1,027 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Against Detroit, he caught 11 passes for 182 yards and a score.
With more than 1,200 yards on the season, Jefferson could be on his way to an all-time great campaign. However, he's been more concerned with Minnesota's inability to string together wins.
"We need to be better as a team. Player of the Month is cool, but I'd rather get wins." Jefferson said after Week 12, per Eric Smith of the team's official website.
Jefferson probably isn't any more excited about his numbers following Minnesota's latest loss. At 5-7, the Vikings are going to have a tough time reaching the postseason. Jefferson managers, though, may be barrelling toward their own postseason berths.
Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
At 6-5-1, the Steelers are right back in the AFC playoff race. It took a gutty performance from the Pittsburgh defense to topple the Ravens—and a failed two-point conversion attempt from Baltimore—but the Steelers offense had to hold up its end of the bargain too.
On that side of the ball, wideout Deiontae Johnson was the hero. Pittsburgh produced an underwhelming 84 rushing yards and had to rely heavily on its passing game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was good enough, and Johnson was spectacular.
The fourth-year receiver finished with 8 receptions, 105 yards and two touchdowns. He has solidified himself as Pittsburgh's go-to target since JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) was lost for the season, and he's become a top PPR option in fantasy.
Johnson has caught at least seven passes and topped 80 receiving yards in each of his last four games.
The Steelers offense has struggled at times to find a rhythm, but Roethlisberger's connection with Johnson is just fine. Managers have no reason to pull him from starting lineups over the final five weeks.
Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
The Chiefs largely dominated the Broncos on Sunday night, as the final score might indicate. However, Denver's defense played well enough that it could have stolen one on the road. The Broncos allowed only 16 points before a Daniel Sorensen pick-six broke things open for Kansas City.
The problem was a Broncos offense that could find no consistency in the passing game. Teddy Bridgewater thew two interceptions, and the Chiefs had an answer for almost everything Denver tried. The one player they didn't have an answer for was rookie running back Javonte Williams.
With Melvin Gordon III (shoulder, hip) out, Williams saw the bulk of the backfield work. He didn't do enough to deliver a win for the Broncos, but he may have delivered a win for more than a few fantasy managers.
The second-round pick out of North Carolina proved that he has the makings of a future workhorse runner. A force in both the running and the passing game, Williams finished with an impressive 102 rushing yards, six receptions, 76 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. That was enough to make Williams the week's leading fantasy back heading into Monday Night Football.
While Gordon may return to face the Detroit Lions in Week 14, Williams should be a solid streamer or flex play. Williams might also be a sneaky-good offseason trade target in dynasty leagues.
AFC, NFC Playoff Picture
New England Patriots 8-4
Tennessee Titans 8-4
Baltimore Ravens 8-4
Kansas City Chiefs 8-4
Buffalo Bills 7-4
Los Angeles Chargers 7-5
Cincinnati Bengals 7-5
Pittsburgh Steelers 6-5-1
Indianapolis Colts 7-6
Las Vegas Raiders 6-6
Denver Broncos 6-6
Cleveland Browns 6-6
Miami Dolphins 6-7
New York Jets 3-9
Houston Texans 2-10
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-10
Arizona Cardinals 10-2
Green Bay Packers 9-3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-3
Dallas Cowboys 8-4
Los Angeles Rams 8-4
Washington Football Team 6-6
San Francisco 49ers 6-6
Philadelphia Eagles 6-7
Minnesota Vikings 5-7
Carolina Panthers 5-7
Atlanta Falcons 5-7
New Orleans Saints 5-7
New York Giants 4-8
Chicago Bears 4-8
Seattle Seahawks 4-8
Detroit Lions 1-10-1
*Fantasy scoring and points allowed from FantasyPros.