NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Recap: New York Giants vs. Washington Commanders

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) reacts to his touchdown run against the Washington Commanders during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Terry McLaurin: 8 receptions, 105 yards, 1 touchdown

Saquon Barkley: 18 carries, 63 yards, 1 touchdown, 5 receptions, 18 receiving yards

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Daniel Bellinger’s return: The Giants rookie tight end returned after having eye surgery and took on a bigger role than prior to the injury.

  • The Giants started the season with Bellinger playing on early downs, Chris Myarick playing in two-tight end sets and Tanner Hudson playing on third downs.
  • Bellinger took those third downs in Week 6 but lost them again in Week 7 prior to the injury.
  • Lawrence Cager was elevated from the practice squad in Bellinger’s absence and largely took Bellinger’s role.
  • The Giants cut Hudson earlier in the week, which was a good sign Bellinger would have a role in the offense. Cager was inactive, which was an even better sign.
  • New York also largely replaced Myarick’s role with Nick Vannett. Vannett had been with the Saints for the first half of the season and was seeing over 50% of New Orleans’ snaps as recently as Week 8.
  • Bellinger left the field for only two plays and saw five targets in his return. He caught all five for 24 yards.
  • The Giants play the Vikings and Colts in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively. With the number of injuries to tight ends in recent weeks and today, it’s possible Bellinger is a fantasy starter by that point thanks to his volume of snaps, potential for targets and the matchups.

Logan Thomas sees fewer snaps: Thomas saw fewer snaps than in recent weeks, and it could be a continuing trend.

  • He played 70% of snaps in 11 personnel, which is only slightly less than in recent weeks.
  • His decline largely occurred in 12 personnel, where he played only 20% of snaps. He was playing 60% in the last month and was still over 50% last week.
  • These are mostly rushing downs, but it still leaves him with fewer routes overall.
  • Thomas had a good game two weeks ago against the Texans with 65 yards, but he’s been held to 20 yards or less in six of his past seven games.
  • He is probably not an option in fantasy leagues anymore this year unless he dramatically improves.
  • He’s under contract for two more seasons, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he is a cap casualty in March.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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