Leavenworth Redemption Watching the Eagles-Skins game was like watching a prison riot. Those poor Washington players were jumped out of nowhere and left helpless to defend themselves. I couldn’t watch anymore after the first half. Michael Vick went crazy after Mike Shanahan took away his hand carved chess pieces. The first play of the game was a 88-yard TD pass to DeSean Jackson. Vick ended the day with 333 yards passing, 4 TD, 80 yards rushing with 2 more TD. That’s a lot of fantasy points. Jackson (103 total yards), Jeremy Maclin (90 total yards), Jason Avant (76 yards) and LeSean McCoy (94 total yards) caught a TD pass from Vick. [Vick Highlights]
No Mas! I don’t know which was more painful, the beating Roberto Duran took from Sugar Ray or Weeks 1 through 10 for Randy Moss owners. Raymo caught one pass for 26 yards in his debut with the Titans. Kerry Collins (injured) and Vince Young combined for 143 yards through the air and Moss was targeted four times. The good news: Moss gets WAS, HOU, JAC, IND, HOU and KC in the next six weeks. He could be a great Buy Low target in custom leagues that have a late trade deadline. At least Chris Johnson is happy to have Moss on his team, CJ ran for 117 yards and a TD on 17 carries.
Shonn of the Dead Shonn Greene’s dead, bloated corpse came alive this week! Greene actually had more carries (20) than LaDainian Tomlinson (18). This was the first time he’s had 20 carries in a game and the first time he’s had more carries than LDT since the blowout Win over Buffalo in Week 4. Greene finished the day with 94 total yards to Tomlinson’s 110 total yards, neither scored a TD.
It Wasn’t Stafford, It Was the One-forearmed Man Shaun Hill pretty much picked up where he left off before sustaining the forearm injury. Hill overcame a slow start and finished the day with 323 yards passing with a TD (one INT).· He threw 50 passes, including 14 to Calvin Johnson (10-128-1). More good news: he gets Dallas and New England next. Cha ching. [Calvin Johnson 20-yard TD]
Best or Bust I know Jahvid Best has been dealing with turf toe on both feet, but it’s so much fun to pile on him. Against one of the best match-ups in the league (Buffalo), Best rushed for 35 yards on 17 carries. He was even stuffed in the pass game (4 rec, 4 yards). Best hasn’t had a 20-carry game yet, hasn’t rushed for 80 or more yards yet and hasn’t scored a TD since Week 2. Ouch! There is some good news (not for Best owners though): the turf toe(s) should leave us a little room to make a profit during the 2011 fantasy draft season, provided he stays healthy.
The Quick and the Dead Career Brett Favre and Jay Cutler had an Interception throwing contest at Soldier Field. The old gunslinger won the duel by hitting three innocent bystanders. Cutler threw only two picks to Favre’s three. Brett leads(?) the league with 16 Interceptions. This should mark the end of Brett’s career as the Vikes have nothing left to gain by starting him. Of course Brad Childress is a coach desperate for Wins so the Favre drama will continue.
Action Jackson Jahvid Best may have wasted a good match-up, but Fred Jackson did not. Action Jackson totaled 170 yards and 2 TD on 31 touches. This was Fred’s first 100-yard game of the season. The bad news: he has dates with PIT, MIN and CLE in the next four weeks.
OchoCinco Goes For OchoSeis Chad OchoCinco finally had a good game that didn’t include a garbage time TD. Hurray! OchoCinco finished the day with 86 yards receiving and a second quarter TD. He had another TD catch that was called back for illegal formation. The bad news: it’s painfully obvious that T.O. is Carson Palmer’s go-to WR. The good news: OchoCinco is still 8th in the league when it comes to targets (89). Only Brandon Marshall has scored fewer fantasy points among top ten target leaders. [Ocho TD] [Ocho No TD]
Spreading the Love Troy Smith was spreading the love against the Rams. Troy had 356 yards passing and a TD while five players had more than 60 yards receiving: Delanie Walker (4-80), Vernon Davis (4-79), Frank Gore (3-67), Josh Morgan (1-65) and Michael Crabtree (4-61-1). Even though Alex Smith was cleared on Monday, Singletary has said he will go with the hot hand and start Troy Smith against Tampa Bay. Troy isn’t an every week starter, but if you’re in a pinch he should be useful once again.
Dez Dispenser With John Kitna at QB, Dez Bryant has basically become the Cowboys No.1 WR. He has more targets (31) than Miles Austin (29) in the past four weeks while putting up 328 yards and 4 TD. Kitna trusts him, whether he is covered or not. If Kitna’s head was atop one of these, targets to Dez Bryant would come out instead of little pieces of candy.
Felix the Pussy… Cat With Jason Garrett making his head coaching debut, Felix Jones actually had 17 touches. His 14 carries were the most he’s had since Week 6 at MIN and only the third time he’s reached double digit carries. Maybe my fears of Jason Garrett were unfounded. I guess the only things we should fear are the Dallas o-line and Jones’ history of injuries. [Felix Jones 71-yard TD]
What Brown Can’t Do For You Donald Brown was a good play for dynasty leaguers coming into the season (Joseph Addai’s contract is up after this year), but now I’m not so sure about that. Brown has totaled only 116 yards rushing during the past three weeks (36 carries). That includes zero Touchdowns as Javarris James has emerged as the goal line back as of late. This was supposed to be his time to shine with Addai down and out with a shoulder injury. He could still be a popular pick in some circles, but if he isn’t getting the goal line carries, I will look elsewhere to fill by RB slots.
What the Hell Jacoby? If you looked up “disappointment” in the fantasy football dictionary, you would find Jacoby Jones’ one catch, five yard performance against Jacksonville. The Jags are the worst defense in the league against opposing WR. Andre Johnson had 146 yards and a TD, even Kevin Walter had 90 yards and a TD. Jacoby caught one pass for five yards. Ug. He’s pretty much been a complete bust this season after so many of us had high hopes for a breakout campaign. What a shame.
From Ashy to Classy LeGarrette Blount may have ashy elbows (ask @Starbonell about that), but his fantasy game is pure class. If Carnell Williams and his 3.0 YPC is a Cadillac, then Blount and his 4.8 YPC is a Bentley. The 247 lb, Cardinal hurdling RB ran for 91 yards and a TD aganst the Panthers on Sunday. He’s a non-factor in the pass game, but he should be getting 15-20 carries a game if Tampa knows what is good for them. If the Bucs do not bring in anyone else in the fold next season, Blount should be a 3rd-4th round draft pick in competitive leagues. [Blount Putting the High in Highlights]
Jimmy Eat Steve Smith’s World Jimmy Clausen got the start at QB for the Panthers and proceeded to rain on Steve Smith’s parade. Smith had 47 yards on 3 catches. Clausen has basically destroyed Steve Smith’s fantasy value. He is safe to drop in 10 and 12-team leagues, unless you want someone rotting on your bench.
It Was so Bad Tim Tebow Had 2 TD The Broncos destroyed the Chiefs on Sunday, let’s just do the rundown: Kyle Orton (296 yards, 4 TD), Brandon Lloyd (6-90-2), Jabar Gaffney (3-57-1), Knowshon Moreno (156 total yards, TD), Tim Tebow (3 yards passing, TD, 2 yards rushing, TD). [Short Bronco Highlight Reel]
33 Completions In a Box Matt “White” Cassel had a special going on against Denver. Down 35-0 at halftime, the finger pointing Todd Haley ordered up a box of sliders and watched the fireworks explode. Forced to pass, Cassel rang up 469 yards and 4 TD in the game. Dwayne Bowe led the league in targets this week with 18, he had 186 yards and 2 TD. Even Chris Chambers, who just came back from a mission with Chuck Norris, scored a TD.
Beastiality Mode Instead of rampaging against the Cardinals via Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch resorted to sucking donkey dicks. When you rush for 29 yards on 13 carries against Arizona, you officially suck. Luckily for Lynch owners, he salvaged the day with a TD and 33 yards receiving. Justin Forsett had 64 yards and a TD on 9 carries. Marshawn now has 217 yards on 74 carries (2.9 YPC) with Seattle.
Test Drive the New BMW Big Mike Williams got back on track, despite a broken pinkie finger, catching 11 passes for 145 yards. He was stopped just shy of the goal line twice, that’s now happened three times that I know of this season. BMW had a couple tough match-ups in the past two weeks (NYG and OAK) so it was nice to see the big day against the Cardinals. He was targeted 17 times, which isn’t a big surprise considering he had 31 targets between Weeks 6 and 7 after Deion Branch was traded. He has a another tough match-up at New Orleans this coming week, but Williams’ ownership level should be much higher than 40%. How he is not owned in more leagues is beyond me. [BMW Highlights]
Describe What Mike Wallace Looks Like Mike Wallace did not look like a bitch against New England. He shredded the Patriots, like the bunch of gimps they are, for 136 yards and 2 TD on 8 receptions. Only Anthony Armstrong, DeSean Jackson and Malcom Floyd have a better yards-per-catch than Wallace (20 reception min). He’s a play-maker. [33-yard TD] [15-yard TD]
Tommy Boy It took Tom Brady nine weeks, but he finally threw for 300 yards in one game. He also threw 3 Touchdowns (all to Rob Gronkowski) for the first time since Week 3 against Buffalo. Tom even had a rushing TD. The bad news: Brady doesn’t have any Top Ten match-ups the rest of the season.
Matty Ice Michael Turner wasn’t able to get the running game rolling (17 carries, 39 yards) so Matt Ryan took to the air. The Falcos were playing from the no-huddle offense and the Ravens were making Ryan throw the ball, which led to 50 pass attempts (the first of Ryan’s career). He had 316 yards passing and 3 TD on the day, including 2 TD to Roddy White (12-138-2). In a day and age when the divorce rate is up to 50%, it’s nice to see Matt Ryan stick to one man. Those 50 attempts put Ryan up to 37 attempts per game (32 in ’09, 27 in ’08), that’s good for the Ryan-Roddy household income.
Flacco Seagulls Joey Flacco keeps churning out hit singles, he threw for 216 yards and 3 TD (one INT) against the Falcons. That gives him 14 Touchdowns against 2 Interceptions since Week 2. Todd Heap (57 yards), Anquan Boldin (50 yards) and Derrick Mason (48 yards) all caught a TD from Joey.