It being Thanksgiving weekend, the term hens seems inappropriate
for those players who laid eggs. Accordingly, this week shall be
the week of the turkey. Sure this theme smells foul, but Thanksgiving
proved to be a feast for many players. The players who vultured
the most touchdowns were the Eagles’ Donovan McNabb and Brian
Westbrook. Even though these two had been starving for the last
half of the season, their respective four touchdown performances
ended many fantasy games before they even got started.
Eagles 48 - Cardinals 20
Fantasy Superman: Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, Larry Fitzgerald
Fantasy Performers: DeSean Jackson, Kurt Warner, Steve Breaston
Fantasy Turkeys: Tim Hightower, Anquan Boldin
Just one week is all it takes to turn around the hopes of fantasy
owners. Four touchdowns apiece for Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook
served as an oasis to managers who have not seen four touchdowns
out of Westbrook in the previous eight weeks or McNabb in the
last three weeks. McNabb bounced back from his 59-yard outing
with 260 yards passing and 24 yards rushing. Westbrook had 110
yards on the ground and 20 yards in the air. DeSean Jackson caught
six for 76 yards and one touchdown. Kevin
Curtis went five for 59 yards.
Tim Hightower is turning into a huge late season bust. Apparently
Edgerrin James was not the problem. Seven carries for one yard
per carry is not answering fantasy manager prayers. Larry Fitzgerald
was the receiver du jour, scoring twice on five catches for 65
yards. Steve Breaston came in at number two with four receptions
for 4564 yards and a touchdown. Anquan Boldin reeled in five for
63 yards, but fumbled the ball. Kurt Warner padded his touchdowns
with three, but neutralized those scores in leagues where interceptions
count for negative points with an equal number. He also threw
for 235 yards.
Cowboys 34 - Seahawks 9
Fantasy Superman: Tony Romo, Jason Witten
Fantasy Performers: Terrell Owens, Marion Barber, John Carlson
Fantasy Turkeys: Julius Jones, Maurice Morris
While Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, Jason Witten and Marion Barber
are looking at a tough fantasy play-off schedule, which includes
Baltimore, the NY Giants and Pittsburgh, leading into the fantasy
play-offs they got a Thanksgiving feast on bird, when the Seahawks
flew into town. Romo threw for 331 yards, three touchdowns and
one interception. Jason Witten was a monster in the first half,
catching seven for 90 yards and a touchdown. He ended the game
with nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Marion Barber
left early with a toe injury, but ended the game with a touchdown
and 45 combined yards. After last week, fantasy managers with
Terrell Owens on their squad may have been disappointed, but his
numbers were still good with five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
Tashard Choice filled in nicely for Barber with 11 carries for
57 yards, but even if Barber’s injuries linger, Choice may
not be the right Choice going into the play-offs, playing against
three top rush defenses.
Other then tight end John Carlson and his six catches for 105
yards, any team forced to run out a Seahawk was not rewarded for
their courage. Julius Jones failed against his former team, rushing
for 37 yards and one fumble. Maurice Morris rushed for 10 yards
and hauled in three catches for 23 yards. Seattle’s three
receivers, Deion Branch, Koren Robinson and Bobby Engram averaged
four catches and 50 yards, with a standard deviation of one catch
and six yards. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 287, but tossed up a
pick instead of a touchdown.
Titans 47 - Lions 10
Fantasy Superman: Chris
Fantasy Performers: Calvin Johnson
Fantasy Turkeys: Kevin Smith, Justin Gage
The Titan running backs feasted on a Thanksgiving Lions’
run defense, with each Chris Johnson and LenDale White scoring
two touchdowns and rushing for over 100 yards (Johnson - 125 and
White - 106). Justin Gage may have started November as the go-to
wide receiver, but for his second straight week Gage had limited
duty, with two receptions for 40 yards.
The Lions could not do it in the air or on the ground. Kevin
Smith rushed for only 22 yards. Calvin Johnson’s five catches
for 66 yards may not have been of much substance, but it made
up nearly half of Daunte Culpepper’s 13 completions for
Giants 23 - Redskins 7
Fantasy Superman: None
Fantasy Performers: Eli Manning, Amani Toomer, Brandon Jacobs,
Derrick Ward, Chris Cooley
Fantasy Turkeys: Plaxico Burress, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss
Plaxico Burress’ off-field activities land him as the biggest
turkey of the holiday season. However, the Giants are use to being
without Plaxico and each of the players picked up the slack once
again. Eli Manning broke the 300-yard mark with 305 yards, a touchdown
and one pick. He found three different players five times, hooking
up with Amani Toomer for 85 yards and a touchdown, Derrick Ward
for 75 yards (to go with his 30 yards rushing) and Domenik Hixon
for 71 yards. Brandon Jacobs also ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Clinton Portis did not enjoy a performance like he did week one
when he rushed for 84 yards against the Giants. Portis ran for
only 22 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards. Chris Cooley led
the passing game with six catches for 71 yards. Santana Moss’s
55 yards was questionable in and of itself, but his fumble left
many managers with little points. Jason Campbell threw for 232
yards and rushed for additional 38 yards, but never found the
end zone in either fashion. The only big play for the Redskins
came on rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas’s 29-yard touchdown
run. Thomas was not utilized in the passing game.
Buccaneers 23 - Saints 20
Fantasy Superman: None
Fantasy Performers: Jeff
Fantasy Turkeys: Reggie Bush
Neither team put up great fantasy performances, but most of the
players in this game that were on fantasy squads helped out in
some fashion or another. Jeff Garcia threw for only 119 yards,
but he also rushed for 42 yards, threw for a touchdown and did
not turnover the ball. Warrick Dunn rushed for 74 yards and Cadillac
Williams rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown. Antonio
Bryant touched the ball four times, once on a 13 yard run and
three times on passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Its hard to tell with Marques Colston’s inconsistency,
whether he is back and ready to play down the play-off run, but
Sunday gave a glimmer hope with Colston catching six and eclipsing
100 yards, for 106 yards. The oddity in this game is that Drew
Brees had a relatively good game on the road against the tough
pass defense of the Buccaneers, hooking up 25 times for 206 yards,
two touchdowns and three interceptions, despite the fact that
the receiving corps outside of Colston was relatively quiet. Lance
Moore caught another touchdown, but only hauled in two catches
for 15 yards. Devery Henderson had only two catches for 33 yards
and Jeremy Shockey four catches for 52 yards. The running backs
were limited to a combined 47 yards on 17 carries, Reggie Bush
gaining zero, Deuce McAllister gaining 13 and Pierre Thomas gaining
34 yards. Pierre Thomas had the best day for Saints running backs
with a 20-yard touchdown reception. Reggie Bush did catch five
passes for 32 yards.
Dolphins 16 - Rams 12
Fantasy Superman: None
Fantasy Performers: Ronnie Brown, Davone Bess, Steven Jackson
Fantasy Turkeys: Chad
Ginn, Jr., Marc
The score tells the story. Fantasy managers were licking their
chops with Chad Pennington and Ted Ginn, Jr. getting a shot at
the Rams weak pass defense. Such did not come to pass. Last week
the Dolphins passed the ball 41 times. On Sunday, Chad Pennington
only put up the ball 23 times, connecting only 13 times for 166
yards and no scores. Ted Ginn, Jr. set off on a torrid pace with
three receptions for 47 yards in just the Dolphins’ first
two series. Ginn ended the day with just one more catch for eight
yards. Davone Bess was the big target in the passing game, hauling
down six passes for 84 yards. Ronnie Brown rushed for 48 yards
and a touchdown.
Steven Jackson had a semi-successful return, rushing and receiving
for 110 yards. That was it for the Rams. Marc Bulger tossed up
three interceptions to no touchdowns on 149 yards passing. Torry
Holt had only three receptions for 30 yards and Donnie Avery had
no catches. Dane Looker led the passing attack with six catches
for 52 yards.
Panthers 35 - Packers 31
Fantasy Superman: DeAngelo Williams, Aaron Rodgers
Fantasy Performers: Steve
Fantasy Turkeys: Ryan Grant
The Panthers put up all 35 points on defense, but the score was
somewhat deceptive of the offensive output, which saw less than
300 yards combined rushing and receiving. Almost one out of every
five times Carolina rushed the ball, they crossed the goal line.
DeAngelo Williams rushed for only 72 yards, but he scored four
times. Jake Delhomme also ran one in from one yard out. Delhomme
threw the all only 17 times for 177 yards and he hooked up with
Steve Smith on four of those 17 passes for 105 yards.
In the loss, the Packers put up 443 yards of offense and plenty
of good fantasy performances. Aaron Rodgers passed for 298 yards
and three touchdowns, ran for 26 yards and threw one interception.
Greg Jennings followed up his Monday night performance with an
almost identical eight catches for 91 yards and one touchdown.
Donald Driver was not far behind, catching five passes for 83
yards and a touchdown. Donald Lee caught the third touchdown throw
on four for 37 yards. Ryan Grant returned to the abyss with only
39 yards on 12 carries. He was successfully replaced by Brandon
Jackson who rushed for 80 yards on only 11 carries.
Colts 10 - Browns 6
Fantasy Superman: None
Fantasy Performers: Jamal Lewis
Fantasy Turkeys: Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison,
Joseph Addai, Anthony Gonzalez, Dallas Clark, Braylon Edwards,
Kellen Winslow, Derek Anderson
Thanks to CBS, we on the west coast were privy to this duel.
This score clearly tells the fantasy story here. Peyton Manning
threw for only 125 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
No receiver fared well with those numbers. Reggie Wayne’s
46 yards led the charge. The rest were severely limited - Marvin
Harrison (27), Dallas Clark (23) and Anthony Gonzalez (13). Joseph
Addai rushed for 57 yards and fumbled once.
Peyton Manning out-chucked the Cleveland quarterbacks who amassed
all of 110 yards and an interception. Braylon Edwards led this
charge with two catches for 36 yards. Kellen Winslow had three
for only 15 yards. Only Jamal Lewis could hold his head high with
77 yards rushing.
Ravens 34 - Bengals 3
Fantasy Superman: Mark Clayton
Fantasy Performers: Joe
Fantasy Turkeys: Willis McGahee, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cedric Benson,
Good luck to managers who carry Baltimore running backs. Willis
McGahee suited up and was not on the injury report, but he did
not see any action. Ray Rice went 55 yards. Le’Ron McClain
carried the rock 25 times for 86 yards without a score. Joie Flacco
led an efficient passing game, throwing for 280 yards and two
touchdowns, without a turnover. Mark Clayton’s 70-yard touchdown
reception only added to his huge day wherein he caught five passes
for 164 yards. Derrick Mason also had a very nice day with six
receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Todd Heap surfaced with
four catches for 39 yards and a score.
The Bengals could not score a touchdown. In fact, the offense
did not even come close to 200 yards on the day. Ryan Fitzpatrick
threw for 12 completions and 124 yards. Eight of the 12 completions
and 109 of the 124 yards were split between T.J. Houshmandzadeh
and Chad Johnson, with Housh reeling in four for 64 yards and
Chad, the other four for 45 yards. Cedric Benson and Chris Perry
combined for 28 rushing yards, which was one behind Fitzpatrick’s
29 rushing yards.
49ers 10 - Bills 3
Fantasy Superman: Marshawn Lynch
Fantasy Performers: Frank Gore, Isaac Bruce, Lee Evans
Fantasy Turkeys: Trent
While the theme of Sunday seems to be one of scores painting
the fantasy picture, fantasy numbers do not always go hand-in-hand
with final scores. The 49ers’ 10 points reflect very little.
Frank Gore rushed for 66 yards and caught three passes for 23
yards, but fumbled away the ball once. Isaac Bruce and Jason Hill
each had five receptions, with Bruce scoring on a 12-yard pass
and gaining a total of 67 yards, while Hill had 55 yards on the
day. Other than that, Shaun Hill threw for an additional 39 yards
on the day.
Buffalo’s two fantasy players performed well, despite the
score. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 134 yards and like Gore, fumbled
away the ball once. Lee Evans caught seven passes for 80 yards.
Trent Edwards was relieved after one half where he connected on
10 of 21 for 110 yards. His replacement J.P. Losman connected
on 11 of 17 for 93 yards. Neither could put the ball across the
goal line and the Bills ineffectiveness on four red zone possessions
limited the fantasy productivity of Lynch, Evans and Edwards.
Falcons 22 - Chargers 16
Fantasy Superman: Roddy White
Fantasy Performers: Matt
Fantasy Turkeys: Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Chris Chambers,
A repeat of four touchdowns may have been too much to ask for,
but Michael Turner appeared to be happy to return the happy little
border town he once called home. Turner ran for 130 yards, without
a score and turned over the ball once. Roddy White also broke
the 100-yard plane, going six for 116 yards, without a score.
Instead, the touchdowns came on limited yardage performances from
Harry Douglas and Justin Peelle. Matt Ryan passed for 207 yards
and the two touchdowns.
The Chargers passing game was non-existent. Vincent Jackson saw
no action with zero catches. Chris Chambers was not much better,
catching only one ball for two yards. Antonio Gates led the named
receivers with only three catches for 27 yards. It was Malcolm
Floyd and LaDanian Tomlinsom who paved the way, each with five
catches, Floyd for 59 yards and Tomlinson for 42 yards. Tomlinson
also rushed for only 24 yards, but scored a touchdown. Philip
Rivers passed for 149 yards and failed to score.
Chiefs 20 - Raiders 13
Fantasy Superman: Tony Gonzalez
Fantasy Performers: Larry Johnson, Justin Fargas
Fantasy Turkeys: Tyler
The cream rose to the top in this battle of less than titans.
Tony Gonzalez caught eight for 110 yards and Larry Johnson rushed
92 yards and a touchdown. Otherwise, the Chiefs did not perform
well. Tyler Thigpen tossed for 162 yards, no scores, an interception
and rushed for 48 yards. Dwayne Bowe had the second largest number
of receptions and yardage, catching two passes for 27 yards. Mark
Bradley saw nothing.
Justin Fargas put up solid numbers, rushing for 82 yards and
a touchdown. Darren McFadden caught three passes for 50 yards,
but was ineffective in the running game with just 13 yards and
no scores. Zack Miller caught five for 79 yards and oddly not
one of Jamarcus Russell’s 132 yards passing went to a single wide
Steelers 33 - Patriots 10
Fantasy Superman: Steeler Defense
Fantasy Performers: Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes,
Willie Parker, Heath Miller, Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris
Fantasy Turkeys: Matt Cassell, Randy Moss, Wes Welker
No Steeler had a fantastic game, but none fared too poorly. Ben
Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns on 179 yards and threw
one interception. Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore combined for
154 yards on the ground with Parker’s 87 yards out rushing
Moore by only 20 yards. Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes each scored
touchdowns on limited yardage, Ward catching five for 37 yards
and Holmes catching two for 28 yards. Heath Miller caught four
for 60 yards and Nate Washington caught three for 41 yards.
Well, after two weeks, this had to happen. The Patriot passing
game ran into a steel curtain. Instead of four being a positive
number for Matt Cassell, it turned negative when he threw two
interceptions and fumbled away the ball twice. Depending on some
league formats, Cassell may have gone negative with his 169 yards
and no scores. While Randy Moss has seen the hen column before,
this may be the first time I can say Wes Welker performed poorly.
Both receivers had four catches, Moss gaining 45 yards and Welker
only 30 yards. Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris put up similar numbers
in different manners. Faulk had combined yardage of 121 yards.
Morris had 57 combined yards and a touchdown.
Broncos 34 - Jets 17
Fantasy Superman: Jay Cutler, Peyton Hillis, Thomas Jones
Fantasy Performers: Eddie
Fantasy Turkeys: Brandon
Jay Cutler carved up the Jets for 357 yards and two touchdowns.
He also threw one interception. Four Broncos caught five or more
passes. Tony Scheffler had seven receptions for 90 yards. Eddie
Royal hauled in five for 84 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Graham
caught six for 59 yards. Brandon Marshall caught five for 55 yards.
Even Brandon Stokely saw fantasy productivity with his two catches
for 44 yards and a touchdown. Peyton Hillis also flourished, rushing
for 129 yards and one touchdown.
Thomas Jones had another high score outing. Jones rushed for
138 yards, caught two passes for 21 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Dustin Keller continues to be Favre’s favorite target, grabbing
seven more receptions for 77 yards. But, the big two were held
virtually silent. Jerricho Cotchery caught four for 40, while
Laveranues Coles eked out two for two yards. Leon
Washington did nothing on the ground, but caught three passes
for 60 yards. Brett Favre failed to score and threw one interception
on 247 passing yards.
Vikings 34 - Bears 14
Fantasy Superman: Adrian
Fantasy Performers: Chester Taylor, Gus Frerotte, Devin Hester,
Fantasy Turkeys: Visanthe Shiancoe
Adrian Peterson and Bernard Berrian hogged up most the fantasy
points for the Vikings. Adrian Peterson rushed for 131 yards and
a touchdown, while Berrian caught four passes for 122 yards and
a touchdown. In leagues rewarding bonuses for distance touchdowns,
Berrian and Gus Frerotte hit the bonanza with a 99-yard hook-up.
That one play made up nearly half of Frerotte’s yardage
(210) and all of his touchdowns. He threw an interception as well.
Chester Taylor also got into the action with 65 total yards and
Matt Forte continued to push his case for top rookie with his
96 rushing yards, 29 yards receiving and one touchdown. Devin
Hester caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Kyle
Orton’s 153 yards and two touchdowns were overshadowed by
his three interceptions.