Every week I’ll review the Weeks heroes, the weeks zeroes, and make sure your up to date on the performances that you need to know about.
QB: Fantasy Hero ‚Äď Drew Brees
31-for-35, 325 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT
About all I need to say is this; Brees threw more touchdowns than incomplete passes. Boom.
QB: Fantasy Zero ‚Äď Raiders QBs (Kyle Boller/Carson Palmer)
15-for-35, 177 yards, 0 TDs, 6 INTs
P-I-T-I-F-U-L. Boller threw a pick-6 on the first series of the game, and the Raiders offense never recovered. While it certainly didn’t help that Darren McFadden had only two carries for four yards before leaving with and injured foot, Michael Bush stepped up and ran for 99 yards on 17 carries so the team still moved the ball on the ground. The fact of the matter is that the Raiders’ duo under center was pathetic from start to finish. While it’s unfair to judge anyone off one start, Palmer will have to improve by a factor of about three or the trade to bring him to town will go down as one of the worst moves in franchise history.
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While both Raiders QBs tossed three picks apiece, Josh Freeman outdid them both with four against the Bears. Freeman has now thrown 10 interceptions through seven games. He tossed just six last year in 16 outings.
Philip Rivers threw for 179 yards and one score against the Jets. He’s now gone four games without throwing for two scores, and from a guy who has averaged 1.92 touchdowns per game over the past three years that’s just dreadful.
Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback in league history to record a QB Rating of 110 or better in his first seven starts of a season. Ever. Rodgers toyed with the Vikings on his way to 335 yards and three scores leading to a 146.5 QB Rating. He threw only six incompletions in his 30 passes.
So much for Ben Rothelisberger struggling. Appearing as healthy as he has all season, Ben carved up the poor Cardinals pass defense for one of the best overall performances of his career. (26-for-39, 361 yards, 3 TDs) Roethlisberger has now thrown nine touchdown passes against only one interception in his last three games to re-establish himself as one of the preeminent fantasy quarterbacks in the game. Now, if he can just stay upright behind a hit or miss offensive line.
Tim Tebow completed less than half his passes (13-for-27), and he threw for only 161 yards. However, he tossed two scoring passes, ran eight times for 65 yards, scored on a 2-point conversion, and led the Broncos back for an overtime victory. All in a days work for Mr. Tebow.
RB: Fantasy Hero ‚Äď Arian Foster, Texans
25 carries, 115 yards, 2 TDs
5 catches, 119 yards, 1 TD
No those aren’t the lines of Arian Foster and Owen Daniels, that’s all Foster. In what will certainly go down as one of the top-5, if not the best, effort of the 2011 fantasy season, Foster shredded the Titans defense all day long. Every time he touched the ball he was ripping off yards. In all he posted 234 yards from scrimmage which just so happens to be 86 more yards than the Titans Teams ‚Äď the entire team. Things were so out of hand for the Texans, who racked up 518 net yards, that Ben Tate ran for 104 yards on 15 carries. A phenomenal performance for the Texans, and it was the first time in team history that two backs ran for 100-yards in one game.
RB: Fantasy Zero ‚Äď Chris Johnson, Titans
10 carries, 18 yards
So much for the Bye week helping out Johnson to find whatever the hell it was/is that he lost during his holdout (reports are leaking out that he was out shape when he showed up to the team, pretty much the M.O. of every guy who has ever missed time away from the team trying to fatten his wallet). What made this abysmal effort so embarrassing was that Arian Foster had a game for the ages from the other side of the field. In six games this year CJ0K, as he is now being called, has rushed for more than 55 yards just one time (101 in Week 4).
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Matt Forte simply annihilated the Bucs in the match up across the pond in England. Shredding tacklers along the way, Forte ran for 145 yards on 25 carries. He also had a score and caught two passes for 38 yards for good measure.
DeMarco Murray ran for 253 yards, the most in the history of the Cowboys’ franchise. Obviously aided by the 91 yard score he ripped off on his first carry in the first quarter, Murray rushed for an average of 10.1 yards on his 25 carries.
Adrian Peterson had his single game NFL rushing mark (296 yards) pressured by DeMarco Murray. Ultimately AD escaped with his record intact and had a pretty nice day of his own rambling all over the Packers for 175 yards and a score (the Packers entered the game allowing less than 85 yards a week on the ground). Keep an eye on the ankle that he injured late in the game.
For all of you that were high on Ryan Torain this week realize he only touched the ball after Tim Hightower was injured. We’ll await tests on the severity of Hightower’s injury, but even if he misses time, how good can you feel about a guy who carried the ball twice for (-5) yards if you own Torain?
WR: Fantasy Hero ‚Äď Greg Jennings, Packers
7 catches, 147 yards, 1 TD
All Jennings does is put up numbers week after week. While guys like Jermichael Finley, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson drift in an out of relevance each week, Jennings just goes out and gets it done as Aaron Rodgers #1 target. In seven games this season Jennings has five touchdown grabs, and has racked up at least 82 yards in six of his seven outings. Simply put ‚Äď he’s a Weekly WR1, period.
WR: Fantasy Zero ‚Äď Too Many to List
Miles Austin, Cowboys: 2 catches, 16 yards
Vincent Jackson, Chargers: 1 catch, 15 yards
Percy Harvin, Vikings: 2 catches, 15 yards
Erik Decker, Broncos: 2 catches, 21 yards
Santana Moss, Redskins: 2 catches, 17 yards
Austin took a backseat to DeMarco Murray on the ground, and Dez Bryant (5-90-1) through the air.
V-Jax was shut down by Darrelle Revis and an infective Philip Rivers.
Harvin re-injured his rib cage and sat out a large portion of the game.
Decker did nothing, though Tebow did miss him on a wide open deep ball that would have gone for six points.
Moss injured his hand ruining his value for the day.
Numbers to Know
Plaxico Burress caught only four passes for 25 yards for the Jets. However, he also hauled in three short touchdown passes from Mark Sanchez. He really didn’t do anything other than catch passes over a physically outmatched defender, but you still have to credit him for his huge day.
Over the last four games, with three different quarterbacks mind you, Darrius Heyward-Bey has averaged more than five receptions and just slightly more than 96 yards per outing. He’s finally emerged. Too bad Al Davis missed it.
Mike Williams had six receptions for 75 yards for the Buccaneers. You may not want to hear it if you’re a frustrated owner, but after 65 receptions last year he’s now on pace for 71 catches this year. Still, he was outproduced by Dezmon Briscoe of all folks as DB caught six passes for 73 yards an a score.
TE: Fantasy Hero ‚Äď Jimmy Graham, Saints
6 catches, 54 yards, 2 TDs
Should I just skip this section each week cause it’s always Graham? After 4-straight games of 100 yards, Graham only got 54 percent of the way there. What a loser. Of course, he caught two touchdown passes, dunked the ball twice over the goal post, and continued his assault on opposing defenses. The man is an unrelenting beast who’s physical gifts are simply astounding.
TE: Fantasy Zero ‚Äď Greg Olsen, Panthers
1 catch, four yards
Apparently, all those reports about his foot being OK were pure balderdash. Olsen was ineffective and underutilized by Cam Newton, and it simply has to be because of that injured foot of Olsen (Jeremy Shockey caught four balls for 32 yards). Sunday’s outing marked the first time in four games that Olsen didn’t score a touchdown or catch five passes.
Numbers to Know
The Texans split the production at tight end yet again. Owen Daniels led the way with four receptions for 71 yards, but it was Joel Dressen who caught the touchdown pass (he had two grabs for 31 yards).
Jermichael Finley scored, but the guy caught only two balls for 13 yards. That outing leaves him with three games, in his last four trips onto the field, in which he has failed to catch even 30 yards worth of passes.
Kellen Winslow caught four balls for just 25 yards in Week 7, a completely uninspiring effort. However, it was the 4th straight game in which Winslow has caught at least four passes giving him modest value in PPR leagues.
Jason Witten had a season low 35 yards in Week 7. He was still a fine play though as he caught five balls with one going for a score. Witten has done an end zone boogie in each of his last three games.
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