The Chargers broke out of their slump and finally got their offense rolling in Jacksonville. The Jags are left still searching for answers on the offensive side of things, but there were definitely some positives signs for them as well. From a fantasy perspective, there were points out there to be had so let’s take a look at our Star Search as we conclude Week 13 in the NFL.
Shining Star: Philip Rivers-Rivers finally got the time and looked like the elite QB most think him to be. He threw for 294 yards and 3 TDs while completing 22 of his 28 passes. Rivers can be this good when he has the space and time to make the throws. Having Malcom Floyd (see below) back really did help since it gives him the full complement of receivers… Maurice Jones-Drew-MJD is the Jacksonville offense. He only ended the game with 97 yards rushing and no TD’s on the ground, but made up for it this week with 91 yards on 6 receptions and a receiving TD. He’s a great RB#1 for the rest of the playoffs even though his team is not going anywhere fast.
Falling Star: Vincent Brown-caught only 1 pass this week on 2 targets. Fortunately for his value this week it went for a 22 yard TD, but with Malcom Floyd back Brown is bumped to a situational 3rd receiver. His value will come back if/when Floyd goes down again but until then he’ll continue to be inconsistent.
Rising Star:Ryan Mathews-Mathews racked up 112 yards on only 13 carries with a long rushing TD of 31 yards. He added 3 catches but only 2 receiving yards, but it shows his involvement in the passing game making him a great play in PPR leagues going forward…Malcom Floyd-If he was dropped in your league, he’s worth a look as he returned to action in this one with 4 catches, 108 yards and a long 52 yard TD. He’s definitely behind V-Jax and Gates as an option in this offense, but he’s still a WR3 and when this offense clicks he’s worth a look.
Shooting Star: Cecil Shorts-Shorts made a nice grab on a 5 yard TD, but no receiver in the Jags passing attack is worth owning at this point.
Hurting Star: Marcedes Lewis-exited early with a fourth-quarter ankle injury. He’s only a low-end TE2 option but if you’re being forced to use him, keep an eye on this most recent injury.
Make sure to check out the breakdown from all the Sunday games, and look for those rising stars on your waiver wire if you’re headed into the playoffs or a consolation bracket. Our fantasy football mega-preview for week 14 will be up on Thursday and Friday of this week with plenty of injury updates along the way as needed. Have a great work week and get ready for another big Fantasy Football weekend.