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Zegura’s Fantasy Football Fact Sheet: Week 13

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  1. Quarterbacks have produced multiple touchdowns in nine of the Browns’ 11 games this year. Philip Rivers has thrown for multiple scores in three straight games and has produced 920 yards passing with seven touchdowns and only one interception in that span.  Rivers is coming off his best game of the year, a 434-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and will have 10 days to get ready for the Browns.
  1. The Browns have allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of the last two weeks after not surrendering even 70 yards to a running back in the first nine games. Joe Mixon ran for a career-high 114 yards on 23 carries and the Browns allowed 152 yards on 5.1 yards per carry to the Bengals, who entered the game as the worst rushing attack in the NFL.
  1. A running back has now produced 100 total yards or scored in four straight against the Browns, and Melvin Gordon has 20-plus touches in three straight games and 89 total yards or a touchdown in three of his last four.
  1. Austin Ekeler has 70-plus total yards or a touchdown in three straight games, three total scores during that span and has amassed 150 yards receiving as well.
  1. The opposing No. 1 receiver has scored in seven of the last 10 games against the Browns.
  1. Keenan Allen might be the hottest receiver in the NFL, catching 23 of his 27 targets for 331 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games alone. The Browns have not allowed a 100-yard receiver since T.Y. Hilton back in Week 3.
  1. The Browns have allowed at least 60 yards receiving or a touchdown to tight ends in eight straight games and 10 of 11  this year. A tight end has scored on the Browns in four straight games, and Hunter Henry is coming off his best game of the year, as he caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys.
  1. The Browns have yet to win the turnover battle in any game this year.
  1. DeShone Kizer is coming off his best game of the year against the Bengals. He took care of the football, produced more than 300 yards of total offense and rushed for a touchdown for the third time in the last four games.
  1. Eli Manning is the last quarterback to throw for multiple scores against the Chargers, and he did that back in Week 5.  Since that game, the Chargers have allowed only four passing touchdowns and have recorded 12 interceptions. It should be noted, however, that Tyrod Taylor was able to rush for a touchdown against them in mop-up duty in Week 11.
  1. A running back has rushed for a touchdown in three straight games against the Chargers with four total scores during that span.  However, only LeSean McCoy (114) has rushed for 70 yards against the Chargers since Week 4.
  1. Isaiah Crowell rushed for a season-high 95 yards against the Bengals last week and now has 90-plus yards rushing in two of his last three games and more than 100 total yards in three of his last four with two total scores.
  1. Duke Johnson Jr. has only one touchdown in his last six games and has just one game of 100-plus total yards all year. Still, he has produced at least 66 total yards in three straight and four of the last five. The Patriots are the only team all year to have a running back with 50-plus yards receiving against the Chargers and only one back has caught a touchdown against them in 2017.
  1. Since returning from injury, Corey Coleman has caught nine of his 19 targets for 144 yards and has been the team’s leading receiver. Had he hauled in an easy touchdown pass from Kizer, he would be averaging more than 80 yards per game since his return and have a total of 173 yards and the score.
  1. Josh Gordon is back!
  1. No receiver has topped 70 yards against the Chargers since Odell Beckham Jr. back in Week 5. Furthermore, a wide receiver has scored only once in the last five games against the Chargers.
  1. Rob Gronkowski is the only tight end to score against the Chargers this season, and only two tight ends have even reached the 60-yard plateau.  Neither Seth DeValve nor David Njoku has scored a touchdown in five straight games, nor have they produced even 100 yards total in that five-game span.

3 to Start

  1. QB Jared Goff vs. ARI – Goff is like my adopted son and he has never let me down when I’ve called him the start of the week, so let’s roll with him in lucky Week 13. Goff has thrown for 300-plus yards with multiple scores in three of the last four games with nine total scores in those games. Arizona has allowed multiple QB touchdowns in three straight games and four of the last five, including one passing and one rushing to Goff back in Week 7.
  1. RB Marshawn Lynch vs. NYG – Lynch is channeling his Beast Mode days of late, with three touchdowns in his last three games. Lynch is coming off a great overall game with 111 total yards and a touchdown against the Broncos and should find success against the Geno Smith-led Giants.  A back has 100-plus total yards or a touchdown in three of the last four against the Giants.
  1. WR Adam Thielen vs. ATL – Thielen has 16-plus PPR points in five straight games and is rapidly becoming the most consistent receiver in Fantasy Football not named Antonio Brown. He has at least 89 yards receiving in four straight games, with a touchdown in three of them and 100-plus in two of them. If there is one area of their pass defense that is vulnerable for the Falcons, it is handling good slot receivers, so you’ll be feelin’ Thielen this week.
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