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Football Daily Dose

Daily Dose: Sunday Notes

by Jeff Brubach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Just one game left to go in Week 13 as fantasy leagues enter the final stages of battle. Thankfully, Sunday was rather quiet on the injury front, with the fantasy world escaping further blows to the stars that will lead teams to fame, glory, and imaginary trophies in coming weeks. Plenty of huge performances and duds surfaced this week as usual, but there were a few interesting developments in the fantasy world, which we will discuss below. Buckle up and get ready for Monday’s Daily Dose, as we count down the hours before a thrilling Monday night duel between Matt Cassel and Kirk Cousins.



PPR Explosion



It was a PPR bonanza at the running back position, as four different backs saw 11 or more targets on Sunday, with three of those players catching 10 or more passes. Baltimore rookie Buck Allen snagged 12 of 13 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown, and has been targeted on 23 percent of Matt Schaub’s passes in his two starts. Devonta Freeman caught 10 of 11 targets for 56 yards on Sunday and has averaged 5.8 receptions per game this season, excluding Week 11 when he left early with a concussion.

Also joining the PPR party was New England’s James White, who received a beautifully crafted game script for an early gift this holiday season. White snagged 10 of 13 Tom Brady targets for 115 yards and a score, in easily his most impressive performance of the season. White won’t see this much action on a weekly basis, but can be useful in PPR flex spots. Lastly, Bilal Powell caught eight of 13 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown on Sunday as the Jets topped the Giants. Powell has reception totals of five, two, and eight since his return from injury in Week 11, perfectly illustrating both his PPR appeal and weekly volatility.


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Quarterbacks Running Wild



The quarterback position saw some big scores on Sunday, with signal callers around the NFL showing off their wheels as they dashed into the end zone. Nine different quarterbacks have scored rushing touchdowns so far in Week 13, the highest single week total of the 2015 season. Prior to Week 13, the weekly average was just 3.2 rushing scores for the quarterback position, so fantasy owners were happy to rake in the extra points from touchdowns in the ground game. The longest run of the day belonged to Tennessee rookie Marcus Mariota, who flashed his blazing speed on an impressive 87-yard touchdown run. Mariota finished the day with 112 yards on the ground to lead all quarterbacks and boost his fantasy line. The most unlikely rushing touchdown came from Blaine Gabbert, who weaved his way through the Chicago defense like he was on a go-kart track for a critical 44-yard score late in San Francisco’s win against the Bears. The score was the first rushing touchdown of Gabbert’s career, and capped a 75-yard effort. Gabbert is averaging 35 rushing yards per game in four starts in 2015.



Quarterback Updates



NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes Andrew Luck (kidney) will return to the field in Week 15. That would put Luck back in action for the semi-finals and finals of most fantasy leagues, but matchups at home against Houston and on the road at Miami aren’t the cushiest spots to use a quarterback off a long layoff. The return of Luck would help his receiving weapons however, as T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief owners would appreciate the franchise quarterback’s presence under center.


Colin Kaepernick met with the San Francisco 49ers last week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and the team is open to bringing him back next season. Kaepernick’s shoulder injury and contract status combine to make this a very messy situation that should provide plenty of drama over the NFL offseason. Blaine Gabbert is now 2-2 in four starts and will continue to handle the quarterback duties for San Francisco down the stretch.


According to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, Johnny Manziel may be handling the starting quarterback role in Cleveland for the season’s final four games. The bizarre handling of Manziel continues, but he should be a better option than Austin Davis, who has filled in for the injured Josh McCown in recent weeks. Manziel should get plenty of chances to throw in the final weeks of 2015, as the Cleveland defense hasn’t held an opponent under 30 points since October 25th.


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Injury Quick Slants



C.J. Anderson (ankle) injured his ankle in the second quarter of Denver’s Week 13 win, and did not return to the game. Anderson was running well, with 54 total yards on eight touches, but left the Denver running back work for Ronnie Hillman after the injury. Hillman will rise up the running back ranks if Anderson misses time. … LeSean McCoy (concussion) briefly left Buffalo’s game on Sunday to be evaluated for a concussion. McCoy passed the concussion test and later returned to the field where he ran for 112 yards on 21 carries, but failed to catch a pass for the first time this season. … Tyler Eifert (back) missed Week 13, leaving Tyler Kroft to handle tight end duties for Cincinnati. Kroft caught his lone target for 17 yards, while A.J. Green and Marvin Jones handled the majority of Andy Dalton’s targets on Sunday. .. Stevie Johnson (groin) had a solid three-game streak of seven-catch games going prior to Week 13, but failed to see a target before injuring his groin on Sunday. Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead racked up most of Philip Rivers’ targets with Johnson out. … Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) finally returned to the field after suffering a shoulder injury way back in Week 2. The second-year tight end caught three of six targets for 31 yards and should improve as he gets back in the mix. … Travis Benjamin (shoulder) failed to haul in a reception on two targets before leaving Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. Updates on Benjamin’s status should surface early this week. … Vance McDonald (concussion) caught two of three targets for 18 yards before departing on Sunday with a head injury. McDonald wasn’t able to repeat his successful Week 12 performance and the injury leaves the 49ers very thin at tight end. … Crockett Gillmore (back) left early on Sunday with a back injury and did not return after catching just one pass for seven yards.