With Week 13 of the NFL season in the books, we have a bunch of new information to break down. Let’s dive right into the Top 10 dynasty football takeaways from week 13.
Takeaway #1: Chris Olave Is Skyrocketing Up Dynasty Rankings
After a rough stretch of games during the middle of the season, Olave has been fantastic recently. Since week nine, he has been averaging 18.3 PPG, showing he can be a WR1. I’ve been on Olave all year, and finally, the targets are starting to translate to fantasy points.
CHRIS. OLAVE. 🔥— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) December 3, 2023
With his recent success, Olave has jumped up five spots on KeepTradeCut in the past 30 days. Olave is currently valued as the WR8 with an ADP of 22, which seems like a market correction.
#2: De’Von Achane Crushes in His First Game Back
I’ve never been the biggest Achane fan, but he was in a spot to crush in week 13. The Dolphins were 6.5-point favorites, and the Commanders had allowed the 12th most fantasy points to running backs (22.84 PPG). Achane scored two touchdowns en route to a 25.3-point performance.
Achane is highly efficient, but we need to know whether he can sustain this with an increased workload. In week 13, with 17 carries, Achane was still very efficient, averaging 4.3 YPC.
#3: Puka Nacua Is Legit
Nacua had an unbelievable start to the season but hit a rough stretch in weeks eight through 12. Nacua only had one game with over eight points in those four games. However, much of Nacua’s poor play can be attributed to Matthew Stafford’s injury.
What better way to respond than scoring 23.9 points on seven targets? It was extremely promising to see Nacua have some chunky plays, averaging 26.3 YPR, a season-high.
#4: Tank Dell Is Out for the Season
Dell is officially out for the season after suffering a fractured fibula in week 13. He was one of the best rookie wide receivers, averaging a remarkable 15 PPG in his 11-game stretch. While this shouldn’t have a long-term effect on his career, seeing such a promising young receiver go down is tough.
#5: Kyler Murray Is Officially a Top-12 Quarterback
Kyler Murray made a couple of bonkers throws yesterday but this was his best…— Derrick (@Steelers_DB) December 5, 2023
Moore beats Thompson down the pipe and he puts a moon ball on the money… but it's dropped. pic.twitter.com/qYNQQeMfvR
Murray has been one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the dynasty since his injury. While it’s fair to be concerned about an ACL injury for a scrambling quarterback, many owners forgot how good Murray was. At one point, Murray dropped down to QB18 on KTC. However, now that Murray is back and averaging 17.8 PPG, he’s again valued as a top-12 quarterback.
#6: Jaxon Smith-Njigba Continues to Improve
On the surface, Smith-Njigba didn’t have a phenomenal game, only scoring 13.2 points. If you watched the game and looked at other statistics, you’d feel differently. For starters, he had a thirty-yard touchdown called back, which honestly should have been a catch. Add those points in and Smith-Njigba is looking at a 23-point night.
On top of this, he led the Seahawks in targets again with 11. While on the surface, Smith-Njigba hasn’t looked great this year, he’s improving week by week.
#7: Jonathan Taylor Will Likely Miss 3-5 Weeks
Unfortunately, Taylor is again on the injury list after suffering a thumb injury in week 12. Nothing is official yet, but the best-case scenario for Taylor is a return in week 17 or 18. With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, this is a massive blow to all contenders. On the other hand, if you’re rostering Zack Moss, he could be a league winner.
#8: Quinn Ewers Is Likely to Declare with a Good College Football Playoff Performance
The former five-star Ewers is one of the more interesting prospects in this upcoming rookie class. He wasn’t just a five-star, but coming out of high school, he was the sixth player of all time to receive a perfect 247Sports grade. After a weekend of controversy, Texas is officially in the college football playoffs.
Quinn Ewers just put the world on NOTICE in the Big 12 Championship.— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) December 2, 2023
Texas is now going to be the Big 12 champions for the first time in 14 YEARS.
• 35/46 (76%)
• 452 passing yards (Big-12 Championship record)
• 4 passing TD’s
• 1 INT
• led 7 scoring drives (7 TD’s)
Now that Texas is in, Ewers can improve his draft stock with an excellent performance. With the world watching, I believe he’ll declare if he plays well. If Ewers doesn’t play well or generate much buzz, it would make more sense for him to return to college for another year.
#9: Michael Penix Jr and Rome Odunze Can Improve Their Draft Stock in the College Football Playoffs
With a massive win against Oregon, Washington is set to face off against Texas in the college football playoffs. Penix and Odunze have been the best duo in college football this year, so seeing them on the big stage will be interesting. Assuming they continue to dominate, they should see their stock rise.
#10: Know the Name: Keon Coleman
As we get closer to the off-season, it’s time to learn about your 2024 rookie class. One of the more underrated names in the community is Coleman, out of Florida State. While he didn’t have a monster statistical season, he’s looked great as a prospect. Coleman is the projected 13th overall pick (Via Tankathon) and should be a name to follow this off-season.
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