From left to right: Derrick Henry, Daenerys Targaryen, Darren Waller

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For many, Week 13 is the end of a fantasy year that was more painful than watching Game of Thrones crap the bed in its final season.

Sure, it started off okay, but as you entered the final moments of a dismal period fraught with positive COVID tests and poor performances, you just wanted it to be over.

Still, the last week of the regular season was still a chance for many of these managers to drag someone down with them into the abyss of fantasy irrelevance. A little schadenfreude goes a long way, after all.

Here are the players who helped their managers accomplish that goal or doomed them to a wasted season:


Booms

Darren Waller TE Las Vegas Raiders

The Jets have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends in the last four games, so an elite tight end like Waller was expected to eat well this past Sunday. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket went full-on Kirby, catching 13 passes for 200 yards with two touchdowns, gashing New York for big gain after big gain.

However, he may not have such a productive week against the Tennessee Titans, who haven't allowed a 100-yard tight end and have given up only one touchdown to the position the entire season.

Derek Carr QB Las Vegas Raiders

After dropping a dud against the feeble Falcons, Derek Carr became the hero New York Jets fans needed to keep the tank rolling, throwing a game-winning touchdown to cap off a four-touchdown, 386-yard performance.

Next on docket are the Titans, who are suddenly looking vulnerable against quarterbacks, giving up six total touchdowns to signal callers in the last three games.

Corey Davis WR Tennessee Titans

The Titans' day may have ended quickly after the Cleveland Browns went up 38-7 at halftime, but garbage time still counts in fantasy, and Corey Davis took full advantage of the opportunity. Tennessee went pass heavy in the second half, and it was Davis, not A.J. Brown, who was the beneficiary, ending the game with 11 receptions, 182 yards, and a touchdown.

Davis fluctuates between hot and cold, so trusting him to explode again would take a little courage from managers. Still, he may have a repeat performance with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have given up an average of 188.75 yards to wideouts per game this season, next on the schedule.

Baker Mayfield QB Cleveland Browns

Nowadays, everyone wants to talk about Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt like they got something to say, but when the Titans moved their lips, just a bunch of gibberish because they forgot about May—Mayfield that is. The supposed game manager for the Browns torched the Titans for 334 yards, four touchdowns and even a catch just to rub a little salt in the wound.

Still, with the Baltimore Ravens coming to town next week, expect Mayfield to fall back down to earth against a stingier defense that only gave him 10.86 points in standard leagues the first time they faced each other.

Busts

Justin Herbert QB Los Angeles Chargers

Bill Belichick tortures opposing rookie quarterbacks like he's Willie Wonka and they are misbehaved children. In Week 13, Justin Herbert was that child.

After being hamstrung by bad coaching against Buffalo, Herbert got another "welcome to the NFL" moment when the Patriots head coach schemed a defensive masterpiece that held the first-year signal caller to 6.36 points.

Herbert has a chance to rebound against Atlanta, who just gave up 315 yards and two touchdowns to Taysom Hill, who was held without a passing touchdown all season until this past week. Not even Anthony Lynn can ruin Herbert's production next week, can he?

Miles Sanders RB Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz's struggles have been well documented this season, but Sanders was supposed to be the fantasy asset managers could depend on. Three games under 10 points in the last three weeks: That expectation has not been met. On a day he was projected to score 16.07 PPR points, Sanders put up a 3.10 lemon against a Packers defense that has allowed an average of 26.8 PPR points to opposing running backs the last two games.

With the Eagles facing the best run defense in the league this upcoming week in the New Orleans Saints, don't presume his performance will turn around for the better.

Derrick Henry RB Tennessee Titans

Not a lot of things worked for the Titans against the Browns, and it all started with Henry getting shut down, only gaining 69 total yards and losing a fumble.

Luckily, for Henry managers, this upcoming week is the start of a tasty stretch of games against three of the bottom five rushing defenses in the NFL.

Todd Gurley RB Atlanta Falcons

After averaging over 19 touches before the bye, Gurley has only touched the ball an average of nine times in the last two games he has played. Those touches have only resulted in 6.9 total points and a lot of frustration.

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also revealed the running back is dealing with a knee injury, which is nails on a chalkboard for anyone hoping to depend on his production in the playoffs.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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