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Friday, November 22, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY SAINTS/FALCONS

                                                    

Wow fantasy football Week 12 is already here as the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons kicked off Thursday night.  Let's get to all of the noteworthy performances that came out of this game.

-It is actually boring to talk about Drew Brees due to the fact he is so consistently great each week.  Standard operating procedure for Brees Thursday night as he threw for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns.  What I guess could be slightly disappointing for Brees owners is the fact that those two scores came in the first quarter which started visions of a monsters 4 or 5 TD game.  However Brees was shut down from that point on which was a minor bummer.

On the other side, Matt Ryan once again came up with a shoddy bottom line game with ZERO touchdown passes despite throwing for 292 yards.  Ryan could not get the football down the field and instead was left to play the dump off game.  Again I will reiterate the fact that there is a clear line of demarcation of Ryan the stud from the first six weeks and than Ryan the zero since that point which of course coincides with the loss of Julio Jones for the season.  Roddy White has been horrendous despite finally getting back on the field after his myriad of injuries.  White caught only 2 balls for 24 yards as he can't seem to even get off the line at times.  Ryan owners need to seriously look for a better alternative if they already haven't done so.

-It wasn't all bad for the Falcons as Harry Douglas continued his PPR gem ways with 9 catches for 79 yards.  The fact Douglas could only net 79 yards on all of those catches was a letdown for sure when it comes to owners in standard formats.  Douglas however got little help from anyone as we already talked about White to go with Tony Gonzalez catching only 4 balls for 43 yards.  Gonzalez is playing with a toe injury and like with Ryan, has been very shoddy with the numbers since Jones went out.  Opposing defenses are ganging up on Gonzalez since he is the best remaining target for Ryan and when combined with injury, we could be looking at a very rough finish to the season.

-On the Saints' side, Jimmy Graham was a monster with 5 catches for 100 yards and a score.  I tell you what the one guy I would dread seeing more on the other side in a fantasy football matchup right now other than Calvin Johnson is this guy.  Outside of Graham, Marques Colston was hot early but than cooled as he caught only 4 balls for 40 yards.  Kenny Stills meanwhile grabbed only 2 balls for 22 yards.  With only three catches the last two games, Stills should be sent to the bench.

-Steven Jackson showed a bit of life as he rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.  However he looks completely shot and the Falcons already have to be regretting that contract they gave him.  Meanwhile Pierre Thomas had his one big game a month as he rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries while also catching 5 balls for 57 yards.  Thomas was featured with Darren Sproles out injured. 

That's all for now.  Let us know your thoughts on the game.

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