Sunday, November 16, 2014


Lots of action as always as fantasy football Week 11 continued on.  Let's get to all the latest.

Peyton Manning:  In an absolute shocker, the St. Louis Rams held the Denver Broncos and QB Peyton Manning to only 7 points in the biggest upset of the season.  The Rams knocked off Denver with a pressure-packed defensive game plan that held Manning to only one touchdown.  Manning did throw for 389 yards while completing 34-of54 passes but the Broncos receivers were beat up all game as Julius Thomas left with an ankle injury and Emmanuel Sanders with a concussion.  Consider this just a one game blip on Manning's results.

Eli Manning:  Those who had the San Francisco 49ers defense Sunday made out well as they picked off Eli Manning FIVE times Sunday in a 16-10 win.  Manning was simply horrific and it erased the good vibes he generated with his early comeback performance after the pathetic numbers he accumulated last season.  Right now Manning can't be trusted as anything more than a QB 2 in two passer setups.

A.J. Green:  It has been a frustrating season for A.J. Green and his fantasy football owners, what with injury and with the Bengals passing game way off last year's pace.  Green showed his old dominating ability on Sunday as he caught 6 balls for 127 yards and 1 TD against the porous New Orleans Saints defense.  We need to see more of this from Green the next few weeks in order for him to start earning some value back from his first round grade.

Jeremy Hill:  For the second time in three weeks, Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Jeremy Hill had a monster game as he rushed for 165 yards on 27 carries in the team's win over the Saints.  While Hill only caught one pass for 13 yards, he was unstoppable on the ground as he surely will give team brass some thoughts on how to use him with Giovani Bernard coming back next week.  Hill could remains at least a RB 2 for the time being given how hot he is.

Alshon Jeffery:  Quiet in his own right this season, Alshon Jeffery had his own monster game Sunday in catching 11 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown in the team's win over the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings had no answers for the Chicago passing game which shows just how potent they can be when everything is clicking.  Jeffery is behind last season's breakout pace but he remains a low-end WR 1.

Brandon Marshall:  Marshall was right there with teammate Jeffery in having huge receiving games Sunday as he caught 7 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.  Now that Marshall has put his earlier injury issues behind him, he had rediscovered his chemistry with QB Jay Cutler. 

Mike Evans:  This is getting ridiculous now with Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie WR Mike Evans.  For third week in a row Evans was absolutely dominant as he caught 7 balls for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Washington Redskins.  Evans has now caught 7 touchdowns in the last six games and is firmly establishing himself as a fantasy football WR 1.  The future is bright.

Jay Cutler:  It was another typical Jay Cutler game.  He threw for a lot of yards (330), had a nice allotment of scores (3), and tosses interceptions (2).  Cutler overall is having his best season ever despite all the turmoil in Chicago and he will be right at the top of the QB rankings for Week 12 as he gets the awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense.

Alfred Blue:  With Arian Foster out injured, Alfred Blue looked like his counterpart on Sunday as he rumbled for 156 yards on an insane 36 carries for the Houston Texans in their win over the Cleveland Browns.  Blue did not catch one pass as he is not proficient in the passing game but he showed he was fully capable of being a primary runner if needed.  Foster is expected back next week however so at least for the time being this is a one week cameo.

Ryan Mallett:  No one expected much but Ryan Mallett had a nice starting debut Sunday in throwing for 211 yards and two touchdowns while tossing one interception in the win over the Cleveland Browns.  Mallett should be watched for another week as you don't want to overreact to one outing but he was good nonetheless. 

Julius Thomas:  Reports indicate that Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas avoided suffering the dreaded high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams.  Thomas went out early in the first quarter and didn't return which set his fantasy football owners back severely.  Thomas has a long history of ankle issues so the fact he likely avoided a the most severe form of the malady is tremendous.  He could possible be good to go for the Broncos' next game is he responds during the week to treatment. 

Isaiah Crowell:  It was surprising the late report that Isaiah Crowell and not Terrance West was starting for the Cleveland Browns Sunday.  Crowell apparently lit it up in practice leading up to the game which got him the nod and he played pretty well Sunday in rushing for 61 yards on 14 carries while catching two passes for 30 more yards.  Obviously this whole Browns running back situation is a major mess but Crowell is the one to own for now by the looks of things.

Emmanuel Sanders:  Concussion protocol is in the future this week for Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who took a vicious hit to the head while going up to try and make a catch in the second half Sunday of the team's loss to the St. Louis Rams.  Sanders will likely be questionable for now given the uncertainty of passing the test and Wes Welker will take on more value is he sits for Week 12's game.

Aaron Rodgers:  Basically if your team goes up against the Aaron Rodgers owners in your league, you are screwed.  Rodgers once again got to exit early after he put up video-game like numbers in the Green Bay Packers' room over the Philadelphia Eagles.  Rodgers completed 22-of-36 throws for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns in a turnover-free afternoon.  There is no hotter passer in the NFL or fantasy football right now. 

Jordan Matthews:  This week's hottest waiver pickup was Philadelphia Eagles rookie wideout Jordan Matthews who was coming off a two-TD game last Monday night.  Matthews was terrific again Sunday in a lopsided loss to the Packers as he caught 5 balls for 107 yards and 1 score.  There is obvious chemistry between Matthews and Mark Sanchez which will continue for awhile with Nick Foles out the rest of the regular season.


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