Raiders v. Bills: Buffalo is 2-0! Break ’em up! This game featured tons of scoring, all from the offenses. Ryan Fitzpatrick was, again, stellar against a weak defense (264, 3 TD). Steve Johnson again didn’t disappoint (8 for 96, TD); so far, no fluke for Stevie. Some guy named David Nelson was catching everything thrown near him (10 for 83, TD, game winner), and Scott Chandler salvaged his fantasy day with a late TD grab; the legend grows. For Oakland, Jason Campbell had a nice game (323, 2 TD), with Denarius Moore (5 for 146, TD) having a monster breakout party. Darren McFadden was the other prime target (7 for 71, TD). On the ground, Fred Jackson again went over 100 yards (117, 2 TDs), and DMC was solid if unspectacular (72, TD), though you won’t complain about the 143 combined yards and 2 touches.
Chiefs v. Lions: Another week, another blow out loss for the Arrowheads. Pretty embarassing real life and fantasy performances from the entire team, except for maybe Dwayne Bowe (5 for 101). Extremely bad injury news here as you probably heard: Jamaal Charles is done for the season with a torn ACL. Tough blow for the kid (luckily I don’t own him on any of my teams, though he was definitely coveted pre-draft). Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones are his “replacements,” though I’d go with McCluster for the tremendous upside he gives you. McCluster was explosive with his 8 carries (51 yards). On the other side, nothing but fantasy gold. Stafford was sick (294, 4 TD), Calvin was money despite the low yardage (3 for 29, 2 TD), and Jahvid did his “Best” Matt Forte imitation – I’m here all day folks (123 total yards, 2 TD). Tony Scheffler caught the other TD; Brandon Pettigrew hurt his shoulder.
Bears v. Saints: The Bears got taken down a peg after last week’s drubbing of the Falcons, and, as expected, lots o’ Saints had great fantasy days. Drew Brees did his thing he always does (270, 3 TD), while Darren Sproles (8 for 43, TD), Devery Henderson (3 for 103, TD), and Jimmy Graham (6 for 79) reaped the benefits – Robert Meachem caught the other TD. Mark Ingram got the majority of the carries – 14 – but only got 51 yards on them. Pierre Thomas had 9 for 41. For the Bears, Matt Forte was the star, catching 10 balls for 117 yards, while rushing for 49 more. Jay Cutler had a pedestrian day (244, TD), with Dane Sanzenbacher (?) catching the TD.
Browns v. Colts: The Colts were sad again this week, as Adam Vinatieri was their big offensive threat (4 FGs). Kerry Collins was mediocre again (191, TD), with his obligatory fumble lost. Joseph Addai and Delone Carter split the carries 14/11, but neither were a big threat. Dallas Clark picked up the lone TD. Colt McCoy was efficient in throwing for 211 yards and a TD (caught by Evan Moore), but no one had any great receiving numbers. Peyton Hillis was the fantasy star, rushing for 94 yards and 2 scores.
Bucs v. Vikings: It was the Adrian Peterson and LeGarrette Blount Show here. AP ran like a #1 overall pick (120, 2 TD), and Blount scored like an RB1 (71, 2 TD). The passing took a back seat, with Josh Freeman having a passable game (243, 1 TD). Preston Parker (another unknown) came up with 98 yards on 6 catches for TB, while Arrelious Benn picked up the TD. Mike Williams had -4 yards, the definition of a fantasy bust – we’ll give him a mulligan, especially since he had a TD catch called back due to an illegal shift penalty. Percy Harvin led the Vikes with 65 yards on 6 catches, but lost a fumble. Minny has nothing beyond Peterson at this point that I would trust fantasy-wise.
Packers v. Panthers: Surprised to see this game this close, and surprised to see Cam Newton throw for over 400 yards again – 432 to be exact. But he also only threw 1 TD, to go with three picks. Carolina seems to have morphed into a run and gun team, as the running game – besides Newton’s 53 yards – was nonexistent. I’d be a worried DeAngelo Williams owner at this point. Steve Smith could be on his way to a huge yardage year, as he had 156 on 6 receptions (but did lose a fumble). Brandon LaFell caught the TD, and Jonathan Stewart had 100 yards receiving on 8 catches. On the GB side, Aaron Rodgers gave you his standard line (308, 2 TDs), Jordy Nelson had a huge 1 catch day (84 yards, TD), Greg Jennings made the most of his two catches (55 yards, TD), and James Starks had 85 yards rushing on 9 carries; John Kuhn vultured a TD run.
Steelers v. Seahawks: Pittsburgh’s D dominated, tossing a shutout, Big Ben was solid, if unspectacular (298, TD), Mendenhall (66 rushing, TD) had a 65/35 carry split with Isaac Redman (49 rushing, TD), something to monitor maybe, and Mike Wallace played like the budding elite WR he is (8 for 126, TD). The Seahawks didn’t show up, or at least it looked like they didn’t.
Ravens v. Titans: Upset special! The Titans owned the Ravens this week, and it showed in the fantasy stats. Matt Hasselbeck had a nice day yardage wise (358, TD), and Kenny Britt is outperforming his average draft position by a long shot thus far (9 for 135, TD). Nate Washington chipped in with 99 yards on 7 catches, but Chris Johnson was stymied (53 yards on 24 carries). Javon Ringer had the lone rushing TD; no time to panic, but time to handcuff IMO. Ray Rice was the lone bright spot for Baltimore (96 total yards, 1 receiving TD); if this is a ‘down’ game for him, I’ll take that to the bank every week.
Cardinals v. Redskins: Another big W for the Hogs, another solid fantasy game from Rex Grossman (291, 2 TD). Tim Hightower had 96 yards rushing, but Roy Helu had 74; he also caught three balls for 38 yards. Monitor if you are a Hightower owner. Fred Davis looks like the new #1 TE in town (6 for 86, TD), and Santana Moss caught the other TD (5 for 61). For ‘Zona, Kevin Kolb is rewarding owners who waited to draft a QB in deeper leagues (251, 2 TD), L-Fitzy was dominant (7 for 133, TD), and Beanie Wells had a second straight RB1 day (93 rushing, TD); Jeff King caught the other TD.
Jaguars v. Jets: This was your classic Jets grind it out, stifling D game, which meant little fantasy impact. Dustin Keller was lights out (101, TD), and Santonio Holmes caught Mark Sanchez’s other TD pass. Sanchez was decent, but not someone you’d consider to start, unless you are in a 2 QB/deep league (182 yards, 2 TD). Shonn Greene had little yardage (49), but did get a TD at least; another year of hype and bust? Could be. MJD was the lone bright spot for J’ville (88 rushing, 19 receiving).
Cowboys v. 49ers: The two former 1990s rivals produced an exciting game, with some nice aerial fantasy stats for Dallas. Tony Romo left the game with a cracked rib, but returned to lead Dallas to the win (345, 2 TDs); John Kitna threw a TD in his absence. Miles Austin looked like the 2009 version (9 for 143, all 3 TDs), but also suffered a hammy injury, and could be out for a while; oh, well. Jason Witten also was gold (7 for 102). And yet another out of nowhere WR had a day – Jesse Holley, who could see more action with the Austin/Dez Bryant ailments (3 for 96 – 1 long one in OT to set up the game winning FG). The running game was useless, partly due to Felix Jones leaving with a separated shoulder; glad I invested heavily in him as a ‘break out’ candidate. Oy. For San Fran, Alex Smith didn’t bomb (179, 2 TD), Frank Gore had a TD but not much else (47 yards), and Delanie Walker stole Vernon Davis’ TD catch – Davis drew the safety on the play, so Walker owes him a steak dinner.
Bengals v. Broncos: Is Andy Dalton for real? He looked the part against Denver (332, 2 TD). Pre-season sleeper Jerome Simpson – who fell off most radars when he slipped down the depth chart – had a fine day (4 for 136), but A.J. Green was a monster (10 for 124, TD). Andre Caldwell caught the other TD. For the horsies, Kyle Orton had a decent day (195, 2 TD), Willis McGahee filled in nicely for the injured Moreno (101 rushing, TD), and Eric Decker – my deep league waiver pick! – went off (5 for 113, 2 TD). I’m sure his ownership will sky rocket after this one.
Chargers v. Patriots: Tom Brady put on his best Cam Newton impression – sans INTs – and carried the team on his arm again (423, 3 TD). Deion Branch again had a big day (8 for 129), and the twin TEs Gronkowski (4 for 86, 2 TD) and Hernandez (7 for 62, TD) had great days again, though Hernandez sprained his MCL. BJGE had a productive day on the ground(70, TD). For SD, Vinny Jackson owned the Pats (10 for 172, 2 TD), Ryan Mathews had over 100 total yards and a touch, and Philip Rivers was solid (378, 2 TD). Malcolm Floyd injured his groin.
Texans v. Dolphins: Despite Arian Foster reinjuring his “hamstring” (read: I am out of game shape), Houston handled this game, with solid performances from Matt Schaub (230, 2 TD), Andre Johnson (7 for 93, TD), and RB fill-in Ben Tate (103 rushing, 32 receiving). Miami had 2 guys of note: Brandon Marshall (6 for 79, TD) and Daniel Thomas (107 rushing, 1 fumble lost). The Miami backfield is now officially up in the air, so avoid if you can.
Eagles v. Falcons: Great games for a plethora of folks in the Sunday capper. Matt Ryan didn’t have the yards (195) but did have the TD passes (4). Michael Turner chugged his way to 114 yards and a touch, and even caught a pass for 32; he is within 13 yards of last year’s receiving total already. Roddy White had a TD catch, but only 23 yards, and Tony Gonzalez was the #1 receiver for the dirty birds (7 for 83, 2 TD). For Philly, Vick was good (242 passing, only 25 rushing, 2 TD), but lost two fumbles and was concussed after getting knocked into his own lineman; not his fault, just a fluke thing, but he might miss next week’s tilt against Big Blue. Jeremy Maclin bounced back from last week’s MIA and was ridic (13 for 171, 2 TD), while LeSean McCoy is looking like a top 3 back (95 rushing, 21 receiving, 2 TD).
Rams v. Giants: What an ugly, ugly, game. Still, some good fantasy news here and there. Sam Bradford picked apart the game long prevent D the Giants played (331, TD, 1 fumble lost), but his fumble and an ill-advised lateral to Cadillac Williams – part of the Rams’ woeful rushing attack – probably cost St. Louis the game. That and the 3 drive stalls leading to 3 sub-30 yard FGs. Coming from a Giant’s fan, the Rams gave this one away. Back to the fantasy stats, Danario Alexander was great as the deep threat (3 for 122, TD), as was Mike Sims-Walker (6 for 92). For NY, Manning was…serviceable (200, 2 TD), but looked lost much of the time. His WRs didn’t fare too well either: Hakeem Nicks looked slowed by last week’s injury and had only 15 yards receiving, but did make a great TD grab to salvage his day. Dominic Hixon bobbled, almost dropped, then made an amazing grab for a TD, but left with a knee injury. Mario Manningham (3 for 56, leading WR) likely suffered a concussion. Some more Giants injuries! Yay! The RBs were solid, with Bradshaw (59 rushing, 45 receiving) and Jacobs (50 rushing, 17 receiving, TD) having respectable days.