Week 13 Fantasy Lames: Russell Wilson gets pillaged by Vikings

Brad Evans

Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names whom he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts, TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 13 Lames in the comments section below.

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Russell Wilson, Sea, QB (56 percent started, $29 in Yahoo DFS)
Matchup: at Min
Wilson owned the house, pool, bird and every Pittsburgh Steeler known to man last week. Macklemore concurs. Breaking the trend of mediocrity, the Seahawk delivered a performance for the ages totaling a career-best five passing touchdowns while chipping in 359 combined yards. It's been an inconsistent fantasy year to say the least for the decorated passer. Five times he failed to surpass the 20-fantasy point mark. Seattle's leaky offensive line is the primary culprit for Wilson's unsteady play. He's been placed under duress on 44.0 percent of his dropbacks. Only Teddy Bridgewater has experienced more heat. As a result, he's struggled on play action completing just 58 percent of his attempts in those situations compared to 70.3 percent in other instances. Though he continues to exude supreme escapability, he's also yet to score a TD on the ground, a big part of why he ranks outside the top-10 in fantasy points per game. Still, riding the crest of three-straight 20-plus point efforts, he's arguably the hottest signal-call in the league. However, a hard crash back to earth is on the horizon. Minnesota doesn't get enough respect defensively. On the year, QBs are performing 14.5 percent below the league average against it. Xavier Rhodes has underwhelmed at times, but Terrance Newman (53.8 catch% allowed) and Captain Munnerlyn (9.8 yards per catch allowed) have routinely caused QB fits. Passers are netting an unexciting 15.4 fantasy points per game against them, the fourth-lowest mark in the league. After a torrid stretch, Wilson extinguishes, especially with Jimmy Graham immobilized. 

Fearless Forecast: 218 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception, 23 rushing yards, 14.0 fantasy points

DeMarco Murray, Phi, RB (90 percent started, $25)
Matchup: at NE
When it comes to the Eagles, the City of Not So Brotherly Love isn't exactly all puppy dogs and ice cream these days. Pathetic play. Finger pointing. Rumored exits. Chip Kelly's club is a cesspool of putridity. Murray is one of many reasons why Philly's season is so insufferable. The high-priced rusher has only occasionally resembled the 18-wheeler that flattened everyone in his path last year with Dallas. His blurry vision, timidity and questionable effort has greatly tarnished his fantasy reputation. So has Philly's pushover defense. Buried under a pile of points, Kelly has often abandoned the run in a desperate attempt to stay competitive (e.g. last week in Detroit). No surprise, Murray's touch total has fallen victim. Over the past two weeks he's played on just 48.5 percent of the Eagles' snaps, a jarring number when considering Ryan Mathews was inactive last Thursday. Worse, the reigning rush king hasn't reached 70 ground yards in four of his last five games. Now faced with a ticked Patriots squad fresh off its first loss, on the road, he's completely avoidable. Even including C.J. Anderson's gashing last Sunday, New England has surrendered only 3.9 yards per carry to RBs. In fact, Anderson is one of four backs to score 13 or more points versus the Pats the entire year. Apollo Creed's kid DeMarco is not. 

Fearless Forecast: 13 carries, 52 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.1 fantasy points 

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Frank Gore, Ind, RB (59 percent started, $21)
Matchup: at Pit
"Beat to crap." That's how Chuck Pagano described Gore's current physical state earlier this week. Battered and bruised, the thirtysomething is a well-used crash dummy in a Colts uniform. In his past four bouts, he's slogged his way to a mellow 77.7 total yards per game with one touchdown. Most discouraging, he's averaged a yack-worthy 2.81 yards per carry during that span. With Ahmad Bradshaw placed on IR Monday, most would anticipate Gore to be a 20-carry Clydesdale every week henceforth. But given his condition that workload seems unreasonable. Boom Herron, recently reacquired, is sure to play a substantial role moving forward, possibly logging some 10-12 touches per game. Recall in the Colts' final four contests, including the playoffs, last year Herron notched 91 total yards per game, racking most of that number in the pass game. This week's uninspiring matchup only adds to Gore's misery. No defense has conceded fewer fantasy points to RBs than Pittsburgh. This fall, rushers have compiled 3.9 yards per carry, 80.5 rush yards per game and three total TDs against it. He's unreliable even in the deepest of leagues. 

Fearless Forecast: 14 carries, 48 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 9 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 6.7 fantasy points 

Sammy Watkins, Buf, WR (56 percent started, $21)
Matchup: vs. Hou
How does the old saying go ... "Ask," no, "openly complain about your unwanted reduced role and you shall receive." That's it, right? Sammy "The Squeaky Wheel," who hasn't been the happiest of campers this year, finally got the grease last week in Kansas City. That is, for a half. Gangbusters prior to halftime, he was peppered with looks (9) from Tyrod Taylor reeling in six passes for 158 yards and two scores. Seemingly left in the locker room after, he astonishingly didn't record a single catch over the final two quarters as the Chiefs secondary, and Bills OC Greg Roman, clearly adjusted. Watkins' boom/bust nature is precisely why he shouldn't be depended on with playoff aspirations on the line, especially given the difficult matchup. Houston, routinely blasted by the opposition over the season's first half, has started to resemble the defense everyone expected in August. Spearheaded by J.J. Watt, they've applied copious pressure on QBs, which has led to several misconnections and spoiled opportunities. The back-end has also ramped up its game. Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson have executed brilliantly in recent action. Since Week 8 the trio has yielded just 9.63 yards per catch, one touchdown and a combined 69.2 QB rating. This week, Buffalo's rollercoaster ride hits a dip. 

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 7.6 fantasy points 

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Mike Evans, TB, WR (92 percent started, $25)
Matchup: vs. Atl
My distant cousin continues to disparage the family name. No Christmas cookies for you, Mike. Adding another drop to his resume, he's now botched nine passes in his past five games. His season-long 48.5 catch percentage ranks No. 115 among eligible wideouts, behind such "Spidermen" as Davante Adams, Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess. Good LAWD! His 10.1 targets per game are very attractive, but the missteps along with his rare end-zone appearances (2 TDs in 10 games) have lowered his week-to-week ceiling. His Week 13 opponent further complicates matters. The last time Evans faced Atlanta, Vincent Jackson was in street clothes. As a result, the sophomore wideout was squeezed in a vice catching just three of 10 intended passes for 48 yards. Jackson's presence should help free up Evans somewhat, but outmuscling Atlanta's stalwart secondary is no walk in the park. Corners Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford have yielded a combined 51.8 catch percentage and 76.3 QB rating to their assignments. More concerning, WRs are performing 63.2 percent below the league average versus the duo over the past five weeks. More back-end WR3 than the sure-fire WR1 most anticipated in August, Evans adds another stop on his tour of underachievement. 

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.0 fantasy points 



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