The Dolphins (8-4) overcame a poor first half to beat the downtrodden Bengals, 19-7, in Week 13. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned from his one-game absence to complete 26 of 39 throws for 296 yards and a touchdown. Running back Myles Gaskin also returned from a multi-week knee injury and dominated the Dolphins’ backfield to the tune of 90 rushing yards on 21 carries and 51 receiving yards on two catches. Tight end Mike Gesicki had his best fantasy performance since Week 2 as he registered nine receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs (11-1) were not their usual unstoppable selves against the Broncos last week. Patrick Mahomes finished without multiple touchdowns for just the second time this season. He did throw for 318 yards and ran for 26 more. His TD went to TE Travis Kelce, who ripped the Broncos for 136 yards on eight catches. Tyreek Hill came back to earth a little bit after his ridiculous Week 12 showing. He put up a 6-58-0 line on 10 targets and added a 30-yard rush. Kansas City also didn’t get much going on the ground with Clyde Edwards-Helaire active but idle. Le’Veon Bell was pedestrian, carrying 11 times for 40 yards. Darrel Williams showed more juice when he got some work later in the game, taking his six carries for 38 yards.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 13
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Tyreek Hill, WR, $8,500
Hill was DraftKings’ priciest wideout last week at $9,100. That was to be expected after his 269-yard, three-TD blowup against Tampa Bay. His final stat line against the Broncos looks like a letdown, but he could have had three long touchdowns in that game. He lost track of one ball while open down the field; he had a 48-yard TD negated by a holding penalty; then the Chiefs didn’t challenge what should have been a 40-yard TD catch by Hill but was ruled incomplete. Miami has some very good cornerbacks, but Hill almost feels like a bargain here.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, $5,900
Helaire’s non-active activation certainly doomed plenty of season-long fantasy teams. But that’s the great thing about DFS: There’s always next week. CE-H should be back at full strength against the Dolphins, whose run defense is merely average. This is a season-low price for Edwards-Helaire.
DeVante Parker, WR, $6,100
Parker set season-highs in yards, catches and targets in Week 12. Of course, that was with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. In Week 13 versus Cincy, Parker had just four receptions and 35 yards. Although he was ejected in the fourth quarter, it was the third time in Tua’s five starts that Parker recorded fewer than 40 receiving yards. Even if the Dolphins are pressed into catch-up mode, Parker may not find success against a Chiefs defense that is allowing the third-fewest DraftKings points per game to WRs.
Myles Gaskin, RB, $5,600
After missing four games, Gaskin was immediately reinserted as Miami’s lead back. He was on the field for 71 percent of the snaps and handled 21 of the team’s 25 RB carries. The Chiefs have given up the sixth-most rushing yards to backs and made Melvin Gordon III look outright spry in Week 13 (15 carries, 131 yards). Plus, if this game gets out of hand for the Dolphins and they are forced to go to the air, Gaskin has displayed dual-threat qualities. He’s averaging four receptions per game, which raises his PPR floor.