Eagles v. Seahawks: It was the LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch show in this one. McCoy (84 rushing, TD, 4 for 49, TD) and Lynch (148 rushing, 2 TDs) both made fantasy owners happy. Wish the same could be said for the QBs. Vince Young was terrible, but I guess you could do worse fantasy-wise (208 passing, TD, 4 INTs, 32 rushing). Tarvaris Jackson was as vanilla as can be (190, TD). Golden Tate had a tidy little day filling in for done-for-the-season Sidney Rice (4 for 47, TD), while Riley Cooper continues to do well in Jeremy Maclin’s absence (5 for 94). Maclin could be back this week, but I wouldn’t expect the 4-8 Eagles to rush him back.
Colts v. Patriots: Kudos to Indy for making a late run in this game, thanks to Dan Orlofsky (353 passing, 2 TDs), Donald Brown (41 rushing, TD, 15 receiving), and Pierre Garcon (9 for 150, 2 TDs), with Austin Collie in a supporting role (7 for 70). At least the Colts look like they can score with the new QB. Still no passing defense in sight though: Tom Brady (289, 2 TDs, ho-hum), Rob Gronkowski (rushing TD – on a lateral, 5 for 64, 2 TDs), and Wes Welker (11 for 110) all went to town. BJ Green-Ellis scored a rushing TD too, but not much else (14 rushing).
Broncos v. Vikings: Did not see this offensive explosion coming. Tim Tebow actually completed over half of his passes, and only rushed for 13 yards! (202 passing, 2 TDs, fumble lost). Demaryius Thomas caught 144 of those yards on 4 catches, 2 of which went for TDs. Willis McGahee did the heavy lifting on the ground for Denver (111, TD, fumble lost). For Minny, Christian Ponder went off (381, 3 TDs, fumble lost), Percy Harvin was the biggest beneficiary (8 for 156, 2 TDs), while Toby Gerhart filled in solidly for AP (91 rushing, 8 for 42 receiving). Kyle Rudolph caught a 19 yard TD, and Devin Aromashadu (6 for 90) rounded out the fantasy mentions.
Titans v. Bills: CJ is back folks! Maybe too little too late for some of his owners, but hey, whatta you gonna do? (153 rushing, 2 TDs). That was it from Tennessee. Buffalo saw Ryan Fitzpatrick (288, TD, fumble lost), C.J. Spiller (83 rushing, TD, 3 for 19), Brad Smith (7 for 72), and Stevie Johnson (5 for 52, TD) all put up respectable days.
Raiders v. Miami: Matt Moore had a Tebowesque day against the Silver and Black (162 passing, TD, 22 rushing, TD), Reggie Bush kept being useful (100 rushing, TD), and Devone Bess caught a short TD (4 for 27). For Oakland, a bunch of garbage time points: Carson Palmer (273, 2 TDs), Chaz Schilens (6 for 89), T.J. Houshmandzadeh – yes, that guy (1 for 40, TD), and Darrius Heyward-Bey (3 for 23, TD) all provided shot in the dark waiver value.
Jets v. Redskins: Shonn Greene had his best fantasy day of his career, yet most people probably benched him in shallower leagues (88 rushing, 3 TDs, 26 receiving). Besides Greene, you really didn’t get much from the other Jets: Mark Sanchez was ‘eh,’ (165, TD), and Santonio Holmes caught his TD throw (4 for 58) but that was it. Roy Helu had another fine day in the starting RB role for Washington (100 rushing, TD, fumble lost, 4 for 42), and Fred Davis had 6 catches for 99 yards.
Falcons v. Texans: T.J. Yates? He held the fort (188, TD, fumble lost) while Arian Foster did his thing (111 rushing, TD, 3 for 41). Andre Johnson even had a solid game (4 for 97) – before leaving with a hamstring injury, and Joel Dreessen had a 3 yard TD catch. Guy has been cursed this year. Tony Gonzalez (7 for 100) and Roddy White (4 for 51, TD) led the way for Atlanta, while Matt Ryan was below average, albeit against one of the better defenses in the league (267, TD).
Chiefs v. Bears: Ugly offense all around. Tyler Palko didn’t do anything bad, but not much good (157, TD) after he took back over for Kyle Orton, who left with a dislocated finger, ouch. Dexter McCluster caught a hail mary TD, which pretty much made his fantasy day (61 rushing, 4 for 46 receiving). This game was otherwise a fantasy wasteland. Oh, and Matt Forte sprained his MCL, probably done for the year; More bad news for the Bears.
Bengals v. Steelers: Other than A.J. Green (6 for 87), this was all Pittsburgh. Rashard Mendenhall didn’t have the yards (60), but did have the scores (2 rushing); ditto for Mike Wallace (3 for 38, 2 TDs). Antonio Brown only had 2 catches for 67 yards, but returned a punt for a TD. Big Ben threw for 176 yards and 2 scores.
Panthers v. Bucs: Cam Newton has a lot of work to do to be a great QB, but not to be a great fantasy player; the guy just produces (204 passing, TD, 54 rushing, 3 TDs, 27 receiving even!). He even was nice enough to leave some points for Jonathan Stewart (80 rushing, TD, 19 receiving), while getting Legedu Naanee his first TD of the year (2 for 38). Tampa didn’t put up much, with Josh Johnson (229, TD, 45 rushing), Mike Williams (5 for 93), and Dezmon Briscoe (23 yard TD catch) being the only useful ones.
Ravens v. Browns: Ray Rice. Over 200 yards. Nicely done young man. (204, TD, 10 receiving). Ricky Williams. 76 and a touch. Sense a pattern? Baltimore ran all over Cleveland, so the passing game was not needed. Hope you benched Flacco and Co. Peyton Hillis had a good yardage day for the Browns (45 rushing, 52 receiving), Even Moore caught Colt McCoy’s 1 TD pass (2 for 28), and McCoy himself was middle of the road (192, TD, 12 rushing).
Packers v. Giants: Where to begin? Rodgers (369, 4 TDs, 32 rushing) and Manning (347, 3 TDs) were great, as were many receivers: Jordy Nelson (4 for 94), Greg Jennings (7 for 94, TD), Jermichael Finley (6 for 87, TD), Donald Driver (4 for 34, 2 TDs), Victor Cruz (7 for 119), Hakeem Nicks (7 for 88, 2 TDs), and Travis Beckum (1 for 67, TD). Oh, and Brandon Jacobs wasn’t half bad (59 rushing, TD).
Cowboys v. Cardinals: No one had a monster day here, but there were a few good ones. Tony Romo (299, TD), and Kevin Kolb – welcome back – (247, TD) were decent QB2’s, while Dez Bryant (8 for 86, TD), Laurent Robinson (4 for 72), Andre Roberts (6 for 111), and LaRod Stephens-Howling (1 for 52, TD) did you right in the WR/flex slots. Beanie Wells held his own on the ground (67, TD). This was the first game DeMarco Murray really bombed (38 rushing).
Rams v. 49ers: For the Rams…the punter Donnie Jones had a lot of punts. Yea, this was all SF, really an understatement. Michael Crabtree (4 for 96) and Kyle Williams (2 for 66) caught TDs, Frank Gore ran for 73, and Alex Smith gave you great numbers for him (274, 2 TDs). The rest of the scoring was left to David Akers.
Lions v. Saints: Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers? Really can make a great argument for either being MVP. Brees kept pace this week (342, 3 TDs), while his opponent Matt Stafford was playing catch-up and thus threw for a ton of yards (408, TD). Kevin Smith hurt his ankle again, but did provide decent numbers nevertheless (34 rushing, TD, 6 for 46); he may be ok for this week’s game against Minnesota. Mark Ingram scored for the second straight week (54 rushing). For the receivers, Nate Burleson (5 for 93), Maurice Morris (5 for 47, TD, 28 rushing), Darren Sproles (5 for 46, TD, 28 rushing), Robert Meachem (3 for 119, TD), Jimmy Graham (8 for 89), and Lance Moore (2 for 23, TD) all joined the party.
Chargers v. Jaguars: Philip Rivers reminded everyone why he was a drafted as a top 5 QB this year, at least for one game (294, 3 TDs). As such, Vinny Jackson (4 for 72, TD), Malcolm Floyd (4 for 108, TD in a triumphant return), and Vinny Brown (1 for 22, TD) all turned in good to great performances. Antonio Gates also had a decent game, but you didn’t draft him for 6 catches, 70 yards. The ground game also was on for SD, as Ryan Mathews (112 rushing) and Mike Tolbert (24 rushing) both crossed the goal line against the Jags. Blaine Gabbert was actually ok here (195, 2 TDs), but it was a big game for MJD (97 rushing, 6 for 91, TD); dude has been a big fantasy value, given many people thought this would be a down year for him. Some guy named Cecil Shorts caught Gabbert’s other TD, a 5 yarder, his only catch of the night.