- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Here's a quick-hitting recap of key performances and news from the 13th week of the NFL season, complete with in-depth fantasy analysis.
Surprise superstar: Against the 49ers, many fantasy leaguers, including myself, expected the Saints' passing game to be a major factor. But the Niners took away the deep passing game. Drew Brees failed to throw for 300 yards for the first time in six games, and even with Marques Colston inactive again, Devery Henderson was a surprising non-factor, catching only two passes for 14 yards. Instead, Reggie Bush finally had his breakout game, tying a Saints record with all four of New Orleans' TDs in the win over San Francisco. Bush rushed for only 37 yards, but ran for three scores, and led the Saints in receiving with nine catches for 131 yards and a TD. Bush showed off amazing moves and footwork, and finally began to do more with the ball in open space, taking on defenders with more authority and confidence. Bush set up his first score with a 14-yard gain in which he carried defenders on his back, and his 74-yard reception set up his final score. Bush was a veritable highlight film all on his own, but he'll need more than just one good outing to fully regain the confidence of fantasy owners. And you can also expect Brees to rebound quickly from a "down" statistical performance in which he threw only one TD pass.
The real Rex: Now we can all rest easy and know that Rex Grossman's early-season heroics were indeed an illusion. The only comparisons that should be drawn to Brett Favre are ones to the Packers QB on his not-so-good days. Against the highly vulnerable Minnesota pass defense, Grossman gave his owners another stinker performance. He completed only six of 19 passes for 34 yards, did not throw a TD pass, and was intercepted three times. He finished with minus-five fantasy points, his second consecutive performance with negative fantasy points and third negative points outing of the season. Grossman has no TD passes and seven turnovers in his past two games. He could be in real danger of losing his starting job to Brian Griese and it's time to release him unless your fantasy team is very thin at QB. Grossman makes bad throws under pressure, his mechanics have been an issue, and he was clearly overrated earlier in the year.
Scott analyzes the Week 13 games from a fantasy perspective.