What We Saw: Week 13

The QB List staff catches you up on everything you missed during Week 13 of the 2020 NFL season.

Giants @ Seahawks

 

In the surprise result of the day, the New York Giants upset the Seattle Seahawks 17-12 at Lumen Field. Inspired by the performances of backups Colt McCoy and Wayne Gallman, the Giants survived a nightmare 1st half to then score 17 unanswered points after the break and win their 4th straight game to stay atop the wretched NFC East. It was a devastating blow to the Seahawks’ quest to pull away from the pack in the NFC West as once again a lackluster offensive display sealed their fate. Russell Wilson and co. have much to deliberate heading into the final 4 games of their season.

 

New York Giants

 

Quarterback

 

Colt McCoy: 13/22, 105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks | 2 carries, 2 yards

 

Well, the stat line doesn’t look pretty, and neither did the manner of victory for Colt McCoy (9.40 fantasy points) and the Giants as they came from behind to snatch a precious win in Seattle. At half time, it looked very grim – McCoy had 58 yards passing, 1 INT, and 2 sacks alongside the safety given up by the special teams unit to go in down 5-0. Indeed, McCoy was very lucky the interception was not returned for a touchdown.

 

 

However, after the break, McCoy was set up to succeed thanks to the running of Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris, who caught a pass in the flat to extend the Giants’ lead to 14-5 near the end of the 3rd quarter.

 

 

After that McCoy only attempted 3 more passes in the entire game, completing just one. It is safe to say that McCoy should be nowhere near your fantasy starting lineup.

 

Running Backs

 

Wayne Gallman: 16 carries, 135 yards

Alfred Morris: 8 carries, 39 yards, 1 TD | 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards, 1 TD

Elijhaa Penny: 2 carries, 8 yards

Dion Lewis: 3 carries, 6 yards

 

Can you hear that train rumbling through the Meadowlands? That’s Wayne Gallman (13.50 fantasy points)! The former Clemson running back has done a professional and admirable job since star Saquon Barkley was ruled out for the season with an ACL injury. He singlehandedly put a spark in this team today with a big 60-yard run midway through the 3rd quarter.

 

 

Gallman finished with 135 yards on 16 carries, averaging over 8 yards-per-carry – his first career game over 100 yards. He failed to find the endzone for the first time in 6 games, however, as the ageless Alfred Morris (17.50 fantasy points) was called upon to run in the ball near the goal line. Morris won the award for most irrelevant fantasy player to “have a day” in Week 13. Even the Giants’ Twitter editor had to poke some fun into proceedings. Morris scored his 1st touchdowns since 2018 when he was a member of the 49ers.

 

 

Gallman provides solid high-RB2 upside and should be a useful asset in fantasy playoffs.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

Evan Engram: 8 targets, 4 receptions, 32 yards

Golden Tate: 4 targets, 4 receptions, 40 yards

Sterling Shepard: 6 targets, 1 reception, 22 yards

Darius Slayton: 1 target, 1 reception, 14 yards

Kaden Smith: 1 target, 1 reception, 3 yards

C.J. Board: 1 target, 1 reception, -2 yards

 

A dreadful day for the Giants receiving corps saw no receiver top 40 yards as McCoy threw the ball just 22 times with a mere 12 completions. Tight end Evan Engram (7.20 fantasy points) was the only viable fantasy producer today with McCoy under center – Engram led the Giants in targets and receptions and has now a team-high 17 targets since their Week 11 bye. At best he is a TE2 with high upside but he has only found the endzone once all season. The ball did fly through his hands for the early interception, something that has become a problem for him over the season.

Sterling Shepard (5.20 fantasy points) caught just 1 pass on 6 targets breaking a 5-game streak of at least 6 receptions, and the talented Darius SlaytonΒ (2.40 fantasy points) will be clutching his framed-photo of Daniel Jones again tonight as he caught his only target for 14 yards. Slayton has just 3 targets and 1 catch in the Giants’ last 2 games with McCoy as the signal-caller. A rough end of the stick for those that have him rostered.

Golden Tate (7.00 fantasy points) did catch all his 4 looks for 40 yards but that has been run of the mill for Tate as he continues to be underused in this Joe Judge era.

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Quarterback

 

Russell Wilson: 27/43, 263 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM, 5 sacks | 7 carries, 45 yards

 

If you only watched the 1st 4 plays of this game you would have likely thought the Seahawks went on to win comfortably. Russell Wilson (16.02 fantasy points) moved the chains 3 times in 4 plays, marching down the field before stuttering in the red zone. Wilson has had the 2nd best red zone offense in the league so far this season so this was alarming, and he never recovered. Wilson had 11 possessions – 5 were punts, 2 were turnovers, 2 were turnovers on downs. It was a horrible day at the office and a performance that has been brewing for a few weeks now.

 

 

Today’s game was also the 3rd game this season where Wilson has thrown an INT and lost a fumble, a new season-high for him. A bad snap and a juggled ball meant Wilson was all out of luck today.

 

 

It isn’t time to panic but those who have Wilson rostered in their playoff lineups will be a little more nervous going into next week. He should be back to his fantasy-best against a putrid Jets defense in Week 14.

 

Running Backs

 

Chris Carson: 13 carries, 65 yards | 6 targets, 3 receptions, 45 yards, 1 TD

Carlos Hyde: 2 carries, 1 yard | 3 targets, 3 receptions, 10 yards

DeeJay Dallas: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 11 yards

 

Chris Carson (20.00 fantasy points) returned to action last week and found paydirt in an efficient performance. He doubled his touches this week and hit 20 fantasy points for the 1st time since Week 4, just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Carson looked like a lead back and also notched a receiving touchdown on an inch-perfect pass from his QB late in the game.

 

 

However, Carson was responsible for the juggled ball that resulted in a turnover earlier in the 4th quarter, and the Seahawks ran out of time to force the comeback. Still, Carson will lead this backfield in meaningful games over the next few weeks. That is a good situation for your RB1 to be in.

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

 

D.K. Metcalf: 8 targets, 5 receptions, 80 yards

Tyler Lockett: 9 targets, 6 receptions, 63 yards

Will Dissly: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 28 yards

Jacob Hollister: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 20 yards

David Moore: 2 targets, 1 reception, 6 yards

Freddie Swain: 1 target

 

It was a disappointing evening for two receivers we are used to seeing in the top 5 fantasy scorers at the position for most weeks of this year. D.K. Metcalf (13.00 points) and Tyler Lockett (12.30 fantasy points) were both kept in check thanks to the Giants’ defensive line piling the pressure on Wilson. Metcalf had some big gains but was marshaled well by James Bradbury, who took a stiff arm for his trouble.

 

 

Metcalf did have another costly drop which stunted a key Seahawks drive and restricted his fantasy output on the day. Lockett started the day with a 24-yard sublime catch on the 4th play of the game, however, that was as good as it got as he added just 5 more catches for 39 yards for the rest of the contest.

 

 

Worryingly Lockett now has less than 70 receiving yards (and only 1 TD) in his last 6 games. It is worth noting that Lockett was tested for a concussion and missed a couple of drives in the 1st half.

 

— Benjamin Haller (@benjaminhaller1 on Twitter)

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