Who’s Hot, Who’s Not After Week 13
1. Josh Gordon – We all know that Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, but if Megatron is 1, then Gordon just might be 1a. For a guy that was suspended twice in college and once already in the pros, the star Browns’ is carving out quite a nice career for himself and the arrow is only pointing straight up if he can
continue start making good decisions off the field. However, on the field, there’s almost no one better. In his past 2 games, Gordon finished with a combined 498 receiving yards which is the most ever by a receiver in any 2 game stretch in NFL history. Whether it’s Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, or Jason Campbell it really doesn’t matter, Gordon is QB proof. Now if only he was Taco Bell proof.
2. Eric Decker – If you had Josh Gordon on your fantasy team this weekend, you were ecstatic with his 38 point performance. If you had Eric Decker? You probably peed yourself. When Decker walked into Arrowhead stadium on Sunday, the first thought on his mind was how he was going to take the needy fantasy teams that he was on to the playoffs. The way he accomplished that feat was by torching Marcus Cooper for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns. 4 touchdowns! Decker had 3 TD’s all year prior to this game and now he has as many as AJ Green on the season. I think that qualifies as a “Hot” player.
3. Alshon Jeffery – In any normal week, Jeffery would be getting all the attention that’s going to Decker and Gordon. But week 13 was not a normal week. His 249 yards and 2 touchdowns was incredible, yet only the 3rd best performance by a WR on Sunday. Jeffery now is 4th in the NFL in receiving yards and tied for 8th in receptions. The second year pro is starting to make a name for himself in this league, and it’s not hard to argue that he has become a top 10 wideout.
1. Ray Rice – In week 11 against the Bears, everyone declared Ray Rice “back” after his 131 yard rushing performance. Since then, the Ravens running back has carried the ball 28 times for 62 yards which is good for a 2.2 YPC average. That 2.2 number is scary, but it is also close to his season average of 2.9 YPC. In other words, don’t expect anything big from Rice the rest of 2013. In fact, expect just the opposite.
2. Deangelo Williams – Did you know that Williams hasn’t ran for more than 50 yards in a game since week 6? How about the fact that his longest run this season is 27 yards? Or maybe that in the last 6 weeks, he has only received double digit carries just twice? If that’s not enough to convince you to bench Deangelo Williams, I don’t know what is.
3. Andrew Luck – The Colts season has been defined by two eras. The WRW era (With Reggie Wayne) and the ARW era (After Reggie Wayne). During the WRW era, Luck was a top 5 fantasy quarterback averaging 18 fantasy points per game. The Colts were 5-2 over that span and on track for a bye in the first round of the playoffs. We are now 5 games in to the ARW era and it has been much different. Luck is completing just 55% of his passes with only 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. The Colts are 3-2 without Luck’s favorite target and their mediocrity will likely continue until they get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.