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Friday, November 29, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 THANKSGIVING WRAPUP

                                                             

Three games of varying degrees of competitiveness marked the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Let's check out all the fantasy football storylines emanating from the three.

-It was another great game marked by turnovers from Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford who threw for 330 yards with 3 touchdowns, which included a late bonus scoring throw to Kevin Ogeltree when the game was well out of reach and the Lions wouldn't be blamed for running it on every down.  However Stafford threw two more INT's and lost a fumble which makes six turnovers in the last two games.  Stafford's gunslinging ways are going to lead to picks but his extremely good passing numbers have made him a top five QB in fantasy football terms this season.  Just pray that an INT doesn't cost you a playoff game.

On the other side Matt Flynn showed why he has been with three teams this season by throwing for only 139 yards with 1 INT and two lost fumbles.  Terrible job by Mike McCarthy as Scott Tolzien did a much better job than this.

-Those who own Eddie Lacy are likely in big trouble in their fantasy football matchup this week.  Credit the Lions defense for holding Lacy to only 16 rushing yards on 10 carries.  A complete disaster of a performance that you can't totally blame on Lacy given the fact the Lions correctly had no respect for Flynn.

Meanwhile Reggie Bush had his one monster game of the month as he overcame an early lost fumble to rush for 117 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown to go with 5 catches for 65 yards.  Truth be told I thought Bush would have an overall better season than we have seen to this point but his huge outing shows you utterly dynamic he could be toting the rock.  Bush even got a ton of help from Joquie Bell who rushed for 94 yards of his own on 19 carries and a touchdowns of his own while also catching 3 balls for 34 yards.  Bell is a back I will be watching closely in the future to see if he lands a starting gig somewhere else.  If he does he could be a low end RB 2 in PPR formats at least.

-Calvin Johnson did his thing with six catches for 101 yards and a score.  Nothing to see here.  The real shocker was Nate Burleson getting shut out.  That makes absolutely no sense given how much coverage the Packers were rolling Johnson's way.  Not good. 

As far as the Packers receivers are concerned, Jarrett Boykin put up his own doughnut while Jordy Nelson caught two balls for only 14 yards.  Finally James Jones was the only Pack receiver who did a bit more than have a decent day with 3 catches for 79 yards but otherwise this was one big disaster.  Owners of these three receivers have to start kneeling down and praying Aaron Rodgers comes back this week.

-Every Dallas Cowboy got overshadowed by RB DeMarco Murray who was insane Thursday by collecting THREE rushing touchdowns among his 63 yards on 17 carries while also catching 5 balls for 39 more yards.  The talent has never been a question for Murray as he is second in the NFL in yards per carry but staying healthy has been his biggest challenge.  Even Lance Dunbar got into the act with 82 rushing yards of his own as the Raiders run defense was a joke. 

With no need to force the pass, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant were a bit quiet other than the TD pass they hooked up on.  Romo threw for 225 yards overall with the one score as his owners likely wanted more.  Bryant caught 7 balls for 61 yards and his own touchdown. 

-Many fantasy football owners are looking up Andre Holmes this morning.  Truth be told there was no need to discuss him leading into the game as the Raiders hardly used him until last week.  Holmes broke out Thursday by catching 7 balls for 136 yards as he played the deep pitch and catch game with Matt McGloin.  Holmes is worth looking into based on this one as he clearly knows how to get down the field and make plays. 

-Rashad Jennings is in the running as one of the better mid-season pickups of the season.  Jennings rushed for only 35 yards on 17 carries but he managed to score two touchdowns which all that matters in most leagues.  He also chipped in one grab for 8 yards.  The only problem is that Jennings might have suffered a concussion but the extra few days to recover should have him ready to go next week. 

-Ben Roethlisberger continued his monster last month as he threw for 257 yards and two more TD's Thursday night.  As much as Big Ben railed against Todd Haley when he became OC a few years ago, he has to agree the system is making him numbers shoot skyward.  Roethlisberger now has an extreme 13 touchdown passes in the last five games. 

-Very scary incident with Le'Veon Bell who suffered a concussion on a nasty second half hit that looked horrible.  Luckily he was able to get off the field and seemed to be as good as can be expected afterwards.  Obviously this bears watching for next week but thankfully this wasn't tragic.

Bell actually played well before he got hurt by rushing for 73 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown while also adding 7 catches for 63 yards.  In fact it was probably Bell's most complete game of the season and it was his dual ability to run and catch the football that made him so attractive in the first place to the team and to fantasy football owners.

-It seems like 5 catches is the LOWEST we could expect from Antonio Brown every week and that is where he came in Thursday by hauling in 5 balls for 59 yards.  He continues to hold the receptions lead in the league.

-Torrey Smith has finally fully graduated into a WR 1 in fantasy football terms.  Joe Flacco looks his way almost every time he goes back as the two hooked up for 6 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. 

-Heath Miller caught 8 passes for 86 yards and has now caught 21 balls the last three weeks.  With the Steelers throwing so much, Miller is clearly now a tight end 1 despite having a career filled with waffling back and forth between every week worthy and being a bench option.



There you have it.  Let's hear your thoughts.

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