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Williams, Cutler are Week 13 fantasy stars

DeAngelo Williams highlighted the early game performers.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - On a day when Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush and Derek Anderson returned to the lineup after long absences, it was DeAngelo Williams early and Jay Cutler late who stole the spotlight.

Williams helped lead his Carolina Panthers to a 35-31 come-from-behind victory with four one-yard touchdown runs. He ended the day with 86 yards from scrimmage and 32 fantasy points. The 32-point outburst was the largest of the afternoon on a day when bad weather in a number of stadiums kept the scoring to a minimum.

In Sunday's one o'clock starts, the 14 teams averaged just 33.2 points-per-game, which was a far cry from Thursday's 56 ppg average or last week's 52.3 ppg average. There was just one 300-yard passer in the early session (Eli Manning (21-34-305, one TD, one interception). Aaron Rodgers (29-45-298, three TDs, one INT) and Drew Brees (25-47-296, two TDs, three INTs) were close, but both were in losing efforts. Marshawn Lynch led the running backs, with 134 yards, but also couldn't get his team into the win column.

Mark Clayton of the Baltimore Ravens led all receivers, collecting 164 yards and a score on five receptions. Clayton (38 fantasy points) also threw a 32- yard touchdown strike to Derrick Mason. Too bad, he was probably not started in the majority of leagues as his entire season's total heading into Week 13 was 23 catches for 311 yards and two scores and he was owned in less than 10- percent of leagues.

As for the "Comeback Kids," Jackson was the most solid with 21 carries for 94 yards. Reggie Bush had 32 yards receiving and Anderson struggled against the Colts throwing 16- for-26 for just 110 yards and his Browns put only six points on the board. Late afternoon reports say Anderson injured his left knee in the fourth quarter and may be headed to the IR for the remainder of the season.

The four games which made up the late session included two in rainstorms, at New England and New York Jets. But they were drastically different types of games. Pittsburgh and New England played in a defensive struggle which kept all the fantasy totals low (total combined offenses equaled 600 yards). Meanwhile, at the Meadowlands (867 total yards) Cutler (27-for-43 for 357 yards, two TDs, one INT), Peyton Hillis (22-129 yards, one TD) and Thomas Jones (16-138 yards, two TDs) were the fantasy stars.

In the two other late games, both in the California sun, it was the Atlanta Falcons trio of Matt Ryan (17-for-23 for 207 yards, Michael Turner (31-120) and Roddy White (6-112) leading the way. Turner is the No.1 fantasy running back with 218 points including 15 on Sunday. In the Kansas City-Oakland tilt, only Tony Gonzalez (8-110) put up exciting numbers.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.