Falcons v. Lions: Matt Stafford had his worst fantasy game of the year here, pretty mediocre (183 yards, TD). He also suffered a knee/ankle injury, but is only in danger of maybe missing this coming Sunday’s game. Matt Ryan was not much better on the other side (218, TD) but did add a rushing TD to boost his point total. Roddy White (5 for 52, TD) and Michael Turner (122 rushing) didn’t disappoint, and of course CJ was CJ (5 for 115, TD), even in a low passing yardage day for his QB.
Denver v. Miami: Pretty ugly real life and fantasy game here, at least until the 4th quarter. Tim Tebow won’t win any accolades from QB technique aficionados, but he got you points (161 passing, 2 TDs, 65 rushing, 2 pt. conversion). Daniel Fells (2 for 31) and Demaryius Thomas (3 for 27) caught the touches. Willis McGahee ran for decent yardage – 76 – but left the game with a fractured hand, out at least 2 weeks. Matt Moore – the Fishs’ QB of the week – at least gave you close to 200 yards and a score (197, TD, lost fumble).
Texans v. Titans: Matt Schaub came out guns blazing in this one, on his way to a fine fantasy day (296 passing, 2 TDs), but Arian Foster was on another planet (115 rushing, 2 TDs, 119 receiving, TD). Those who remained patient with him, or who plucked him from a desperate owner early on, are reaping the rewards. Not to be overlooked, Ben Tate also went over 100 rushing (104), so he’s still worth a flex play. Owen Daniels had a solid TE day (4 for 71), while Joel Dreessen caught the other TD (2 for 31). No one on the Titans did a thing, except maybe Jared Cook (2 for 22, TD). Chris Johnson now has 268 yards rushing after 6 games. Time to put up there, Mr. Contract Hold Out.
Bears v. Bucs: Josh Freeman gave you good yardage and a couple of scores (264, 2 TDs) but also threw 4 INTs. Jay Cutler also contributed to the turnover party (226, TD, 2 INTs). Once again, Matt Forte was almost all of Chicago’s offense (145 rushing, TD, 38 receiving); Marion Barber stole a TD, but was just to give Forte a breather. In other news, Roy Williams actually had a productive fantasy day – probably on your bench/waiver wire (4 for 59, TD). Earnest Graham was injured shortly after this one started (season ending torn Achilles), so Kregg Lumpkin got the carries thereafter. Right, who? Mike Williams (6 for 75) and Dezmon Briscoe (6 for 73, TD) led Tampa’s WR group, with Kellen Winslow snatching a TD (4 for 25).
Seahawks v. Browns: Um, anyone ever see those turn of the century football games where the score was 9-3 or 12-6? This was just like that, only this was lower scoring, and they didn’t have the excuses of no helmets, no playbooks, bad weather, no conditioning, feather stuffed ball, all slow white guys, etc. I guess Montario Hardesty is worth a mention (95 rushing, 27 receiving), but that’s all I got.
Chargers v. Jets: This one started out a classic Mark Sanchez clinic of inefficiency, but ended with him having a great fantasy line (173 passing, 3 TDs, 25 rushing). Shonn Greene was impressive on the ground (112 yards), and Mike Tolbert beefed up his line with a TD (58 rushing). Antonio Gates was the only SD receiver of note (5 for 54, TD), while Plaxico Burress had little yardage, 25, but caught all three Sanchez touchdown tosses. That’s some red zone specialization right there.
Redskins v. Panthers: If you started John Beck, this was probably beyond what you hoped he’d put up (279 passing, TD, rushing TD, lost fumble). Cam Newton did his usual (256 passing, TD, 59 rushing, TD). Tim Hightower (88 rushing – but torn ACL, done for the year) and Jonathan Stewart (68 rushing, TD) led their teams on the ground, while Fred Davis (6 for 80, TD) and Steve Smith (7 for 143) did the same through the air. Brandon LaFell caught Newton’s TD pass (2 for 39). Both of these teams have complete crap shoots in the backfields, so your guess is as good as mine as to who gets the most carries next week.
Steelers v. Cardinals: This re-match of Super Bowl 43 was mostly Pittsburgh this time. Big Ben went off (361 passing, 3 TDs), while Mike Wallace continues to be elite (3 for 118, TD). Antonio Brown also broke 100 receiving (7 for 102); Heath Miller (4 for 59) and Emmanuel Sanders (5 for 46) caught the other scores. Kevin Kolb had a very good day (272 passing, 2 TDs), with both TDs going to someone not named Larry Fitz (who had a ‘meh’ day for him, 4 for 78): LaRod Stephens-Howling (2 for 76) and Early Doucet (5 for 30). No RB did anything of note, though Beanie Wells did get hurt, big shock there (right knee, out 1-2 weeks).
Chiefs v. Raiders: The highlights for Oakland: Michael Bush (99 rushing) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (5 for 89). The lowlights: everything else, including DMC leaving with an injured right foot (sprain). KC didn’t have much to put forth fantasy wise, other than the D. Dwayne Bowe (6 for 76) had a TD catch called back, and Jackie Battle had 76 yards on the ground. That’s it.
Rams v. Dallas: All I can say is ‘wow,’ regarding DeMarco Murray’s game (253 rushing, TD). He was a popular pick up last week, and I hope you actually started him. Tony Romo was alright (166, 2 TDs), Philip Tanner, a third stringer, ran in another TD (to the chagrin of Tashard Choice owners everywhere, and Dez Bryant (5 for 90) and Jason Witten (5 for 35) caught Romo’s TDs. For St. Lou, Steven Jackson had 70 yards and a score, while Brandon Lloyd was somewhat useful in his Rams debut (6 for 74). But looks like all of the pre-season red flags about drafting Lloyd as anything more than a WR3 are coming true.
Packers v. Vikings: Aaron Rodgers is great, simply the best fantasy QB in football – when will he throw for under 250 yards/less than 2 TDs? I wouldn’t bet against it. He had 335 and 3 here. Greg Jennings had a monster game (7 for 147, TD); Jermichael Finley and John Kuhn caught the others. Christian Ponder was not all bad for Minny (219 passing, 2 TDs, 31 rushing), and Michael Jenkins had a career day on the receiving end (3 for 111, TD); Visanthe Shiancoe had his second TD catch of the year (4 for 45), while Percy Harvin suffered bruised ribs. AP had a gigantic day, despite GB piling the box on nearly every down (175 rushing, TD). The guy is something else.
Colts v. Saints: This one resembled some kind of college football mismatch. Drew Brees had one of the best passing days ever here (31 for 35, 325, 5 TDs), and of course his receivers loved him for it: Marques Colston (7 for 98, 2 TDs), Jimmy Graham (6 for 54, 2 TDs), Pierre Thomas (5 for 68, plus 57 rushing), and Darren Sproles (6 for 19, TD, 88 rushing, TD) all made their owners happy. Mark Ingram added 91 rushing. For Indy, only Delone Carter gave you a positive day (89 rushing, TD, lost fumble).
Ravens v. Jaguars: For those of you who were banking on Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, and Anquan Boldin to get you a win Monday night, you were sorely disappointed. At least Boldin caught a TD (4 for 40), but Flacco and Rice had their worst games of the year against a can of corn opponent. Pretty sad. J-ville only had MJD to crow about, but he lost a fumble to take the shine off his 105 yard rushing day. Josh Scobee kicked 3 50 yarders and a chip shot, so he got you about 20 points, and probably led you to victory over any Raven’s fans in your league.