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NFL Week 13: A Relevant DeVante Parker is Truly Fitzmagical

Monty Phan wraps up the weekend of NFL action.

Let’s get something straight: Detroit rookie David Blough’s last name rhymes with “cow,” not “dough.” I get it, a lot of folks think it’d be funnier if it was pronounced “blow,” because, frankly, that’s what everyone expected an undrafted, third-string quarterback starting his first career game against the Bears defense would do.

Except that nothing was funny about confidently benching Kenny Golladay, only to see Blough connect with him on a 75-yard TD pass, the first completion of the rookie QB’s career. How now, touchdown Blough?

And yet, despite passing for 280 yards and two scores, Blough was outplayed by … Mitchell Trubisky? The Bears QB awoke from hibernation to throw for three TDs and his first 300-yard game of the season in Chicago’s win.

The rest of the Thanksgiving day games went exactly as you’d expect: Buffalo’s Cole Beasley notched six catches for 110 yards and a TD against his former team, the Cowboys; Jason Witten was the top tight end of the day; Michael Thomas wasn’t even a top-10 wide receiver on Thursday, much less the entire Week 13; and QB Taysom Hill caught a TD and ran for another, outscoring teammate and fellow QB Drew Brees. RotoViz writer Tyler Loechner summed up the day pretty well:

For all kinds of Week 13 fantasy heartbreak, all you had to do was watch the Tampa Bay-Jacksonville game. According to the RotoViz Strength of Schedule Streaming app, Jacksonville had the second-best wide receiver matchup this week, making Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark virtual no-brainer, mouth-watering starts. The Buccaneers also had a nice matchup against the below-average Jaguars rush defense.

The results: Nick Foles was benched at halftime for backup Gardner Minshew. Neither was that effective, with Minshew at least throwing for a garbage-time fourth-quarter TD and two-point conversion to Westbrook. But Chark cratered, catching only two passes for 47 yards. Ronald Jones, with a TD in three of his past four games, was looking like a possible late-season rocket emoji, until it crashed on the launch pad yesterday, as he ran six times for only 8 yards and disappeared from the offense. Instead, it was Peyton Barber who got the bulk of the work, rushing for the only two offensive TDs of the game. And the tandem of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin finished as Tampa’s third- and fourth-best receivers, respectively, combining for eight catches and 103 yards. So, yeah, if you started Barber, Breshad Perriman or the Bucs defense (which scored the other Tampa TD), you were pretty happy!

Finally, we arrive at Miami, perhaps the most fun you can have at 2-9. I mean, anytime you can run a goal-line fourth-down play where your punter throws a TD to your kicker, you absolutely have to.

As if that’s not enough, Ryan Fitzpatrick – you know, the guy who’s actually supposed to be throwing passes for Miami – posted 365 yards and three scores, making him the top QB for the week, pending Monday’s game. Moreover, his top target yesterday, DeVante Parker, is the overall WR1 so far this week and a solid WR2 for the season. Parker’s 159 yards were a career high, and his seven catches included two TDs. Second-year tight end Mike Gesicki pitched in five catches for 79 yards and a score.

The ‘Phins are phun!

Image Credit: Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: DeVante Parker.

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