Monday, November 10, 2014


Aaron Rodgers:  For the last two weeks we marveled at how Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns in back-to-back games.  Well how about Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tossing six touchdowns in the FIRST HALF Sunday night in a crazy blowout win over the Chicago Bears.  Rodgers spread the love to all of his receivers and wound up with the six touchdowns and 315 passing yards in the half before he took a seat on the bench early in the third quarter for Matt Flynn.  While Peyton Manning still reigns supreme as the number 1 QB in fantasy football, Rodgers is right behind him with Andrew Luck at number 2.  Amazing stuff out of the perennial MVP candidate.

Brandon Marshall:  A horrible evening for the Bears turned even worse when star WR Brandon Marshall went out with a bum left ankle.  This was the opposite ankle that bothered Marshall in October and he will likely be reevaluated on Monday. 

Ben Roethlisberger:  In a shocking turn of events for the hottest QB in the league, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger bombed Sunday against a New York Jets team with arguably the worst secondary in the league.  Big Ben completed 30-of-43 passes for 343 yards and one garbage time score but was picked off twice.  After Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns in each of his two previous games, it was expected he would light up a Jets secondary that has two corners signed almost literally off the street.  It didn't happen obviously in the biggest upset of the day. 

Michael Vick:  Vick sparked the Jets Sunday by completing 10-of-18 passes for 132 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.  He also added 39 yards on the ground in helping the Jets to their first win since Week 1.  Vick has value in two-QB formats and is a bit interesting going forward given his solid group of receivers in Eric Decker and Percy Harvin. 

Torrey Smith:  Known for his up and down numbers by the week, the arrow was facing skyward for Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith Sunday as he caught 5 passes for 75 yards and 1 touchdown in a win over the Tennessee Titans.  Smith has yet to take the next step in his development due to his inconsistency and the arrival of Steve Smith have relegated him to WR 2 duty on his own club. 

Calvin Johnson:  It was a wildly successful return for Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson on Sunday as he caught 7 balls for 113 yards and 1 touchdown in the team's win over the Miami Dolphins.  Johnson had missed more than a month with a serious ankle injury but looked none the worse for wear Sunday.  Johnson's return of course takes catches away from Golden Tate who had been a WR 1 in his absence. 

Mike Evans:  Mike Evans continued with his rookie breakout Sunday as he caught 7 more balls for 125 yards and 1 TD.  This just a week after Evans also caught 7 passes in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.  There is no doubt that Evans has the goods to be a top end wideout and he is clearly moving ahead of Vincent Jackson on the team's depth chart. 

Jimmy Graham:  Now clearly healthy, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham scored twice Sunday among his 10 catches for 76 yards.  Graham also had a third score wiped out at the end of the fourth quarter in the Saints' OT loss to the San Francisco 49ers.  Clearly Graham is feeling good as he is back to his dominant self. 

-Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl LT Branden Albert is already telling teammates he is out for the season after being carted off with a knee injury.  Already having shaky protection for QB Ryan Tannehill before Albert went down injured, his absence will have a big time negative effect on the passing offense altogether. 

Peyton Manning:  It was another Peyton Manning Special Sunday as the Denver Broncos QB absolutely carved up the Oakland Raiders in throwing for 350 yard and five touchdowns with two interceptions in only three quarters of work.  You knew Manning was set up for a huge game against the awful Oakland Raiders defense and that is what happened in the laugher.  Once again Manning is the clear number 1 QB in fantasy football which is not up for any debate.

Carson Palmer:  Devastating news for the Arizona Cardinals as QB Carson Palmer suffered a torn right ACL in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams and he will miss the remainder of the season as a result.  Palmer was injured late in the second half while trying to avoid a rush and quickly went down in a great deal of pain and clutching his right knee.  He was carted off the field and replaced by backup Drew Stanton who finished a game with a TD toss.  Stanton will now have to run the show which will hurt the fantasy football values of Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.

Marshawn Lynch:  So much for the calf injury.  Marshawn Lynch continued his unstoppable power running the last month as he stormed the New York Giants defense to the tune of 140 rushing yards on only 21 carries to go along with FOUR touchdowns.  Pretty much if you are a Lynch owner, the rest of your team had to really stink for you to lose.  As much as some want to think Lynch is declining as his age advances, the last month has shown you that this is far from the truth as he remains a top RB 1.

C.J. Anderson:  With Ronnie Hillman being pulled due to a foot injury, third-string runner C.J. Anderson wowed by rushing for 90 yards on only 13 carries while also catching four balls for another 73 yards.  Anderson was a PPR dream in the win over the Oakland Raiders and his big game just made the Denver Broncos backfield all that much more confusing.  With Montee Ball scheduled to return next week and Hillman fresh off a terrific last month, Anderson further muddies the situation.

Russell Wilson:  It was a pretty poor day throwing the football for Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who completed only 10-of-17 passes for 170 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.  However Wilson made up for it by rushing for 107 yards on 7 carries and one touchdown.  What makes Wilson such a great guy to own now is the fact that if his passing numbers are not great, he can still have a good day with his running skills.

Odell Beckham Jr.:  Despite being covered by Pro Bowl Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, New York Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. had a nice day in catching 7 passes for 108 yards in the team's loss Sunday.  Beckham Jr. is showing that he is in fact the real deal and comparisons to A.J. Green and Julio Jones are spot on.  The kid is going to be terrific.

Julius Thomas:  Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas continues to assault the touchdown column for 2014 fantasy football as he caught two more scores Sunday as part of his 6 catch/63 yard day.  Thomas could have had an even bigger day but head coach John Fox pulled the starting offense prior to the fourth quarter due to the game being out of hand.


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