Last night Dez Bryant tested positive for COVID moments before the game and was pulled from warmups. Denied his revenge against the Cowboys, he proceeded to tweet through it in a highly entertaining fashion. First, declaring that he was going to “call it quits for the rest of the season” before ultimately deciding to “drink some wine and cope.”
I decided to do the same and ended up “sharing” a bottle of wine with my wife in solidarity with Dez. It was the least I could do.
The game was fairly uneventful overall. Lamar Jackson got things going on the ground again (13-94-1) and tossed 2 TD passes, including one to Marquise Brown. Gus Edwards (110 yards) out-rushed J.K. Dobbins (71 yards & a TD) and Dobbins earned only 11-of-26 backfield touches. The dream of Dobbins taking over this backfield looks less and less likely by the game.
On the Dallas side, Michael Gallup led the way with 86 yards and a TD, while Amari Cooper salvaged his day with a TD and Ezekiel Elliott gave us the pedestrian bellcow line we’ve now come to expect from him (18-77, 4-18).
We got a slow news day on the injury front, so let’s dive into some of the stats from Week 13 that can help us going forward...
- Diontae Johnson leads all pass catchers with drops (9), has the 6th worst yards per target (6.1), and a 25th percentile catch rate (61%). Johnson is a polarizing player right now in the fantasy community as he earns targets at a high rate, but continues to be inefficient with the volume. There’s some good conversations on Twitter about it if you’d like to hear some more takes.
- Over at Sharp Football, Rich Hribar helps us decode the Alvin Kamara situation in this week’s edition of the Worksheet. He only caught 2-of-3 targets, but looked explosive in the run game with runs of 37, 11, and 10 yards with a score. Rich says he’ll need more receiving work to hit that top-five ceiling we saw earlier in the year.
- Davante Adams ran a route on 94% of dropbacks, was targeted on 35% of his routes, and turned his massive opportunity into 121 yards and 2 TDs. Pat Kerrane puts into context Adams’ massive day on this week’s episode of Stat Chasing where he breaks down all of the important stats you need to know from Week 13.
- “Benny Snell actually had one of the more valuable workloads of the week. But he was also the least efficient player in Week 13, and it wasn’t particularly close.” Blair Andrews breaks down the disaster day for Snell in his expected points piece on Rotoviz.
News & Notes. Antonio Gibson has been diagnosed with turf toe and his status for Sunday is in doubt. Noooooooo...Jalen Hurts was named the starter by Doug Pederson yesterday...Pete Carroll says Chris Carson is ready for a “full load” again...Sean McVay says he expects RB Cam Akers (shoulder) to be available Thursday vs. the Patriots...The Jets are trying to hold on for the #1 overall pick...Adam Humphries is headed to IR due to his concussion.
Loose ends. My buddy Jonathan Bales is like the Naval Ravikant of the fantasy/sports betting world. If you were to commit Newsletterdultery (not as good as Matthew’s “podultery”), he has a great newsletter called Lucky Maverick with posts like, “How to Write the Best F’ing Email of Your Life” & “How to Think About Risk, Probability, and Expected Value.”