Three of the top five rush defenses performed like the bottom three
rush defenses this week, while the other two were only so-so. The
number one Ravens were a sieve to the Giants three running backs
Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw. The Bears number
four run defense was the first team to make Ryan Grant look like
a pro bowler. The Redskins number five defense contained the passing
game, but could not slow down Marion Barber. LaDainian Tomlinson
had one of his better games this year against the Steelers number
two rush defense. Even Minnesota was unable to prevent a rushing
touchdown and gave up 30 more yards on the ground then they are
accustomed to allowing.
These five defenses give up an average of 72 yards and 0.5 touchdowns
a game. On Sunday they averaged giving up 140 yards and 1.2 touchdowns.
Giants 30 - Ravens 10
Fantasy Superman: Brandon Jacobs
Fantasy Performers: Ahmad
Fantasy Hens: Giants Passing Game, Ray Rice, Willis McGahee
It was an odd day in New Rutherford, New Jersey. The Ravens have
the number one rush defense, giving up only 63 yards a game and
only one rushing touchdown on the year. Not one, but two running
backs rushed for more than 63 yards and if you count receiving
yards, three running backs had banner days against the top run
defense. Brandon Jacobs scored two touchdowns on 73 yards. Ahmad
Bradshaw had one 77-yard carry which went over the Ravens average
and ended the day with 96 yards. Derrick Ward rushed for 41 yards
and led the receiving game with 54 yards on four catches. Conversely,
the Ravens pass defense was not challenged (probably due to the
success on the ground). Plaxico
Burress only hauled in three catches for 47 yards and Domenik
Hixon led the remaining receivers of himself, Steve
Smith and Amani
Toomer, with two catches for 25 yards.
The Ravens could not it going on the ground or in the air. The
leading rusher was their quarterback, Joe Flacco, who rushed for
57 yards and threw for 164 yards and a touchdown. His numbers
were hurt by two interceptions. None of the Ravens three running
backs rushed for over 19 yards or a touchdown. However, Le’Ron
McClain did score a 10-yard receiving touchdown and had two more
catches for a total of 31 yards. Derrick Mason was the only other
Raven with any numbers, catching seven for 82 yards.
Packers 37 - Bears 3
Fantasy Superman: Ryan Grant
Fantasy Performers: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, Donald Lee
Fantasy Hens: Kyle Orton
For the second time on Sunday, a tough run defense failed to
do the job when Ryan Grant rushed against the Bears for 145 yards
and a touchdown. The Bears could not even contain Brandon Jackson
who rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries. Aaron Rodgers threw for
227 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Greg Jennings
and Donald Lee each scored once, Jennings on five catches for
64 yards and Lee on six catches of 33 yards.
Other than Matt Forte’s 104 combined yards, the Bears’
score is indicative of the fantasy output. Kyle Orton returned
to a 133 yard outing with a turnover.
Cowboys 14 - Redskins 10
Fantasy Superman: Marion Barber, III
Fantasy Performers: Chris Cooley (ppr)
Fantasy Hens: Terrell
Other than Marion Barber, III, no one in this game helped owners
get over on their opposition. Barber ran for 114 yards, caught
six balls for 39 yards and scored a touchdown. The receivers however
were not invigorated by the return of Tony Romo. Terrell Owens,
Roy Williams and Jason Witten had 38, 36 and 34 yards respectively,
without a score.
No Redskin put up decent numbers. Clinton Portis is excused since
he was questionable in the first place and rushed for 68 yards
on his limited 15 carries - 4.5 yards per carry is admirable in
light of his physical ailments. Chris Cooley fared well in ppr
leagues as he hauled in seven catches for 47 yards. But Santana
Moss’s 29 yards and Antwaan Randle El’s 24 yards did
not help Jason Campbell or the Redskins.
Steelers 11 - Chargers 10
Fantasy Superman: None
Fantasy Performers: Willie
Fantasy Hens: Mewelde
Although the Steelers did not score any touchdowns, the Steelers
key players substantially outperformed the Chargers. How they
failed to score any touchdowns only has me questioning the integrity
of the NFL officiating (and I am a Charger fan). Willie Parker
rushed for 115 yards. Hines Ward hauled down 11 catches for 124
yards. Santonio Holmes had five catches for 63 yards. Matt Spaeth
caught five balls for 55 yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 308
yards. Only Mewelde Moore was hurt by the return of Willie Parker
as he had a combined total of 32 yards. While the NFL will sweep
this game under the rug, the timing of certain calls, the disparity
of penalties and the sheer absurdity of the last miscall of the
game support only one logical conclusion which I will not utter.
But whatever the reason, the officiating altered the outcome of
many fantasy games, whether because of the lack of scoring by
the offense or the points taken away from the defense.
LaDainian Tomlinson ran well against a tough Steeler defense.
Tomlinson had 97 total yards and a touchdown. However, the receivers
were unheard from. Antonio Gates only had 10 yards on two catches.
Vincent Jackson had 25 yards on two catches and Chris Chambers
had 21 yards on three catches. Philip Rivers’ two interceptions
neutralized his 159 yards.
Buccaneers 18 - Vikings 13
Fantasy Superman: None
Fantasy Performers: Matt Bryant, Warrick Dunn,
Fantasy Hens: Earnest Graham, Bernard Berrian
Many players in this game fell somewhere between Performers and
Hens, but because little should have been expected from many of
these players, they did not disappoint. For instance, the only
touchdowns came from fantasy free agents Bobby
Wade and B.J.
Askew, who had a total of three catches for 13 yards between
them. Gus Frerotte and Jeff
Garcia were neither horrible nor great. Frerotte threw for
138 yards and a touchdown without a turnover, while Garcia threw
for 255 yards, ran for 21 yards and did not score or turnover
the ball. Lead backs Adrian
Peterson and Warrick Dunn were neither horrible nor great.
Peterson had 85 rushing yards and Dunn had a combined 118 yards,
with 53 yards on the ground and 65 in the air. Jerramy
Stevens had 84 yards and Antonio
Bryant had 59 yards.
The only poor performances came from Earnest Graham who had three
yards on one carry and Bernard Berrian who had 46 yards on three
Jets 34 - Patriots 31
Fantasy Superman: Thomas
Fantasy Performers: Brett
Fantasy Hens: Laveranues Coles, the New England Running Backs,
For the second week, Thursday night football has provided a smorgasbord
of fantasy points. Averaging 63.5 points per game, a number of
players put up respectable numbers. Thomas Jones continues to
put up top running back numbers with his eighth touchdown in six
games. Jones ended the day with 104 rushing yards, two catches
for 15 yards and one touchdown. Brett Favre threw for 258 yards
and two touchdowns, completing nearly eighty percent of his passes.
Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller each had 87 yards receiving,
Keller on eight receptions and Cotchery on five receptions, with
one touchdown. Laveranues Coles continues to disappoint managers
with just five catches for 38 yards. Coles has only had one touchdown
in the last six weeks and has not had more than 64 yards in a
game in that same period.
Woe to the many who sat Matt Cassell once again. By far, Cassell
was the top fantasy performer of the game, throwing for 400 yards,
three touchdowns and rushing for 62 yards. In fact, Cassell equaled
the entire rushing game which got 63 yards between four running
backs, with Kevin
Faulk leading the charge with 38 yards rushing and 49 yards
receiving. Pretty much everybody got into the receiving game.
Wes Welker caught seven for 108 yards. Ben Watson put great tight
end numbers on eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Jabbar
Gaffney also put up seven receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Although Randy Moss scored, his three catches for only 26 yards
did not help teams who drafted him as their number one wide receiver.
Dolphins 19 - Raiders 17
Fantasy Superman: Ted Ginn, Jr.
Fantasy Performers: Ronnie Brown
Fantasy Hens: Greg Camarillo
Ted Ginn, Jr. may just be a legitimate fantasy star, with his
third big game in four weeks. On Sunday, Ginn ran for a 40-yard
touchdown and four catches for 51 yards. Ronnie Brown broke 100
yards by just one yard and also caught an 11-yard pass, but he
failed to score and he turned over the ball once. Chad Pennington
and Greg Camarillo were limited with Pennington chucking up just
174 yards and Camarillo catching just 34 of those yards.
* This is a new category since if you are playing any Raiders
at this point of the season, you are probably not up on fantasy
news and therefore are not reading this article. In other words,
I will not do anything more than just note a few numbers without
commentary - Justin Fargas - 57 yards; Ronald Curry - 73 yards;
Zach Miller - 67 yards.
Saints 30 - Chiefs 20
Fantasy Superman: Pierre
Fantasy Performers: Drew
McAllister, Tight Ends Jeremy
Shockey and Tony
Gonzalez (ppr only), Larry
Fantasy Hens: Marques Colston
The Saints went into Arrowhead and won with their two big stars…Pierre
Thomas and Lance Moore? Thomas ended the day with a combined 142
yards and a touchdown, while Moore straddled the sideline for
a 47-yard touchdown and a day total of 102 yards. Drew Brees had
a decent day with 266 yards, a touchdown and one pick. Deuce McAllister
did little on the day rushing for only 18 yards, but he leapt
over the pile for a touchdown, which always helps fantasy owners
from an RB3. Jeremy Shockey had a limited 39 yards, but reeled
in six catches.
If anyone hasn’t noticed, Tyler Thigpen is a legitimate fantasy
starter. This week he passed for 235 yards, two touchdowns and
an interception. Thigpen also ran for 45 yards, which was almost
as good as Larry Johnson, who ran for 67 yards and caught a 20-yard
pass. Dwayne Bowe may have had one of the lowest yards per catch
performances, but he scored two touchdowns on seven catches of
53 yards. Tony Gonzalez had nearly identical numbers to his counterpart
Shockey, with 39 yards on five catches. Mark Bradley finally came
down to earth, just when teams started playing him, but still
had a decent performance with three catches for 54 yards.
Colts 33 - Texans 27
Fantasy Superman: Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison, Peyton Manning,
Steve Slaton, Ahman Green
Fantasy Performers: Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark (in ppr only),
Fantasy Hens: Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels
Just when you thought it was safe to bench Marvin Harrison, he
goes off with numbers nearly equal to his total body of work over
the last month. Harrison hauled in nine catches for 77 yards and
a touchdown. The star of the game was Joseph Addai who ran for
105 yards, caught four for 48 yards and scored twice. Peyton Manning
passed for 320 yards, two touchdowns and hooked up with Reggie
Wayne seven times for 90 yards. Dallas Clark pulled down five
catches for 44 yards.
Steve Slaton’s 71-yard touchdown run gave him 156 yards
on the day with one touchdown. He gave up two touchdowns to Ahman
Green, who averaged less than two yards per carry with nine rushes
for 17 yards. Andre Johnson was barely heard from, catching four
for 55 yards. Kevin Walters’ 61-yard catch allowed him to
have respectable day with three catches for 79 yards. Sage Rosenfels’
192 yards and one interception have Johnson and Walters’s
fans hoping for a quick recovery by Matt Schaub.
Eagles 13 - Bengals 13
Fantasy Superman: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Fantasy Performers: Kevin
Fantasy Hens: Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Chad Johnson
Even in awful games that end in ties, fantasy numbers still count.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh made the most of a five-quarter game that
netted little fantasy value. Housh had a monster game with 12
receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. However, Housh nabbed
all of the catches and Chad Johnson had few, catching four for
34 yards. Cedric Benson was not special, but as a flex player,
his 79 combined yards were not terrible. Ryan Fitzpatrick put
up fine numbers, throwing for 261 yards and a touchdown, without
turning the ball over.
Donovan McNabb could not say the same as he turned over the ball
four times, which in leagues that deduct points destroyed his
339 yard and one touchdown performance. Brian Westbrook was hardly
heard from, running for only 60 yards and receiving for another
11 yards. Kevin Curtis helped owners in ppr leagues with seven
catches for 64 yards and Hank Baskett only caught two, but generated
74 yards thereon. DeSean Jackson landed in the middle of these
two receivers with four catches for 66 yards.
Panthers 31 - Lions 22
Fantasy Superman: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart
Fantasy Performers: Kevin Smith, Calvin Johnson, Daunte Culpepper
Fantasy Hens: Jake
Running backs love to feast off the Lions defense and Sunday
was no different. However, this time, two running backs put up
league leading numbers. DeAngelo Williams ran for 120 yards and
two touchdowns and Jonathan Stewart ran for 130 yards and one
touchdown. As the Panthers’ running backs cut through the
Lions like a knife through warm butter, the passing game was limited
to only 98 yards. Steve Smith was the only receiver to make any
noise with 59 yards and 16 yards on the ground, but a fumble detracted
from these limited numbers.
The Lions offense did not look half-bad with Daunte Culpepper
at the helm. Of course, that was the first half. In the second
half, they looked all bad again. Kevin Smith had several nice
runs and ended the day with 112 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving.
Calvin Johnson continues to be a bright spot in the Lion offense,
catching six for 65 yards and a 29-yard touchdown. Culpepper threw
for 207 yards, one touchdown and two picks, but also ran for 13
yards, a touchdown and a fumble.
Broncos 24 - Falcons 20
Fantasy Superman: Peyton
Fantasy Performers: Brandon Marshall, Roddy White
Fantasy Hens: Eddie Royal, Jerious Norwood
Peyton Hillis, the other Peyton, may have had only 70 combined
yards on the day, but like the other Peyton, he also had two touchdowns
on Sunday. Brandon Marshall did not have the opportunity to pull
out any gloves, but he still caught six balls for 89 yards. Jay
Cutler had a mediocre day, tossing for 216 yards and one touchdown,
without a turnover. Rookie sensation Eddie Royal only caught four
balls for 34 yards.
On the other side of the field, the numbers mirrored the Denver
numbers with Michael Turner running for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
However, Jerious Norwood was limited against one of the worst
run defenses, only gaining 18 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving.
Roddy White, like Brandon Marshall, did not score, but he caught
five passes for 102 yards. Matt Ryan put up similar numbers to
Cutler, with 250 passing yards, 18 rushing yards and one pick.
Cardinals 26 - Seahawks 20
Fantasy Superman: Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald,
Fantasy Performers: T.J. Duckett, Maurice Morris, Deion Branch
Fantasy Hens: Tim
The Warner-Boldin-Fitzgerald trio was just outright sick today
despite not having a touchdown, with over 335 yards passing between
them. Anquan Boldin caught 13 passes for 186 yards, while Larry
Fitzgerald hauled in 10 catches for 151 yards. Kurt Warner hooked
up with J.J. Arrington for a touchdown and threw for a total of
395 yards, while turning over the ball twice. Has J.J. Arrington
replaced both Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James as the running
back du jour? With 11 total touches for 61 yards and two touchdowns
to Hightower’s 11 touches for 35 yards and no touchdowns,
the answer seems unnerving to those who got excited when Hightower
Julius Jones may have gone negative in many leagues as he ran
for only 19 yards and one fumble. The other two running backs
put up strange numbers. T.J. Duckett rushed five times for five
yards, but scored nearly every other time he touched the ball,
with two touchdowns. Maurice Morris also scored a touchdown, but
rushed for only two yards on three carries and 27 yards on an
equal number of catches. Matt Hasselbeck fared poorly, tossing
up three interceptions to his 170 yards and one touchdown. Deion
Branch had four catches for 54 yards and Bobby
Engram only caught two for 30 yards.
49ers 35 - Rams 16
Fantasy Superman: Frank Gore
Fantasy Performers: Bryant Johnson, Shaun Hill, Antonio Pittman,
Donnie Avery, Kenneth Darby, Torry Holt
Fantasy Hens: Isaac Bruce
The worst part about having a player against the Rams over the
last two weeks is that at half time you are in hog heaven, but
what you see in the first half is almost what you see at game
end. Still, that did not hurt Frank Gore owners. Frank Gore ran
for 106 yards and two touchdowns, almost all of which came in
the first half. Gore also had a fumble. Bryant Johnson caught
four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, also all of which came
in the first half (except for a five yard reception). Shaun Hill
threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
The Rams no name offense put up some decent fantasy numbers as
Donnie Avery led the way with nine catches for 93 yards. Running
back Kenneth Darby put up like numbers with eight catches for
83 yards and 26 yards rushing. Antonio Pittman rushed for 95 yards.
Even Torry Holt got some work in with six catches for 50 yards.
Only Marc Bulger’s 295 passing yards and touchdown were
cut back with three turnovers.
Titans 24 - Jaguars 14
Fantasy Superman: Justin Gage, Kerry Collins, Maurice Jones-Drew
Fantasy Performers: Chris
Fantasy Hens: LenDale White, David Garrard, Jaguars receivers
Tennessee keeps finding ways to win and on Sunday they used a
whole knew fantasy performance duo to do so, when Kerry Collins
hooked up with Brandon Gage on touchdowns of 56 and 38 yards.
When they were finished, Justin Gage had 147 yards and Kerry Collins
had thrown for 230 yards and a third touchdown to Brandon Jones.
The running back tandem was not as dynamic. Chris Johnson and
LenDale White failed to score and Johnson finished the day with
88 combined yards and White 54 yards rushing only.
Maurice Jones-Drew followed up his multi-touchdown day against
the Lions with a two-touchdown day on 93 combined yards. David
Garrard only threw for 135 yards and an interception and his leading
receiver was Dennis Northcutt with only 28 yards.