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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL Week 13

Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) leaps through a hole in the line past Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Arden Key (49) in the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

  • D’Andre Swift on the rise: The Lions got Swift more involved in the offense this week than they had in weeks past.
  • Multiple teams change lead backs: Three teams made changes at RB1, leading to uncertainty for players on those teams moving forward.
  • Rookie tight ends step up: Two rookies notched career highs in offensive snaps and could be names to remember for late in the season and beyond.
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Here are the 10 biggest reactions to the games from the Week 13 Sunday slate. To get a more in-depth breakdown, check out my full Sunday recap.

D’Andre Swift on the rise

The Lions got Swift more involved in the offense this week than they had in weeks past.

  • His playing time increase largely came on early-down snaps.
  • This seemed to be the plan from the start, as Swift saw a slight edge over both other backs on early downs in each quarter, with a big lead in the fourth quarter.
  • He continued to be the primary back on third downs.
  • Swift received some goal-line opportunities largely thanks to a hurry-up offense. Jamaal Williams should still be expected to see the majority of short-yardage and goal-line work going forward.
  • This remained a three-back committee. Williams saw a significant decrease in snaps, while Justin Jackson saw only a slight decrease.
  • Swift will be the player in the backfield to start the next two weeks, as the Lions will have competitive games against the Vikings and Jets.

The Rams change course at running back

Kyren Williams was trending up since returning from injury in Week 10, but that momentum seems to have come to a halt.

  • Williams maintained his role as the Rams' passing-down back but lost almost all of his early-down work.
  • He played most of the early-down snaps last week and had been playing at least half of the short-yardage or goal-line snaps in recent weeks.
  • This week, Cam Akers took all of those snaps. He wasn’t particularly effective, averaging 3.5 yards per carry, but he did score two touchdowns.
  • Akers is a waiver wire target, but it will be hard to trust him knowing that could change next week. Williams should stay on fantasy rosters for that reason.
  • Three of the Rams’ next four opponents are against teams in the top seven at allowing fantasy points to running backs. Either running back could be a fantasy starter, but we would need some indication before the game of who will be the guy before starting either.


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