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Monday, November 24, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 WRAPUP

T.Y. Hilton:  Just one week after being almost invisible in a rough loss to the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton rebounded Sunday by catching four passes for 122 yards and 1 TD.  Hilton was back to his big-play self against the Jacksonville Jaguars, getting behind the defense to rack up the yardage.  He is back to his low-end WR 1 ways.

Brian Hoyer:  It was a massive struggle at times but Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer led the team to a last-second win over the Atlanta Falcons by throwing for 322 yards and 3 interceptions while completing 23-of-40 passes.  If the Browns had not won the game, it is likely the team would have turned to Johnny Manziel next week.  Now the rookie will likely have to wait some more time to get on the field. 

Josh Gordon:  It was like he never left.  Arguably the most dominant wide receiver in 2013 fantasy football when you consider the quality of his QB's, the Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon returned from suspension to have a smashing debut Sunday in catching 8 passes for 120 yards.  Gordon once again showed big-play ability down the field and the toughness to fight through tackles that made him a star last season.  Earlier reports Gordon would be on a play count were inaccurate and he is back already to being a top WR 1 guy.

A.J. Green:  For the second week in a row, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green was unstoppable Sunday as he caught 12 balls for 121 yards in the team's win over the Houston Texans.  Green was playing pitch-and-catch with QB Andy Dalton all game and his past toe injury is now clearly a non-issue given how tremendous he has played the last two games. 

LeGarrette Blount:  It was a welcome return for New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount Sunday as he rushed for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries in the team's win over the Detroit Lions.  This was Blount's first game back with the Patriots, who he played for last season, since getting cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  On a related note, last week's sensation and Sports Illustrated cover guy Jonas Grey didn't get a single carry as Bill Belichick made his point after his runner was late to a meeting during the past week.  Those who ran to the wire to get Grey got hosed with that change of lineup order.

Mark Sanchez:  The Chip Kelly system surely looks like it is saving Mark Sanchez' career as the former failed New York Jets starter put up his third straight 300-plus yard day in a row as he completed 30-of-43 passes for 307 yards to go with 1 TD and 1 INT's.  Sanchez continues to turn the football over a bunch as he tosses more than one pick also for the third game in a row but that is part of the deal with the guy.  On a day the Eagles scored 43 points, it also was a letdown he threw only for the one touchdown.  Still Sanchez deserves continued looks as an every week starter.

Noah Herron:  Meet the new starting running back for the Indianapolis Colts.  Herron got the late start in place of the injured Ahmad Bradshaw and had a nice day in rushing for 65 yards on only 12 carries while also catching five passes for 31 more yards.  Meanwhile Trent Richardson all of a sudden doesn't look like the hot pickup he was when Bradshaw went down as he rushed for only 42 yards.  Herron is the guy to own and he has PPR ability due to a nice receiving ability.  Will be on the short list as the top add this week on waivers.

LeSean McCoy:  It took awhile but LeSean McCoy finally posted a big game Sunday as he rushed for 130 yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries in the team's win over the Tennessee Titans.  McCoy has had long stretches of mediocre play this season off his huge workload the season prior.  He still needs to do a bunch more to win the argument that he and not Jamaal Charles was worthy of the top pick overall this past summer.

Isaiah Crowell:  Let there be no doubt who the top fantasy football running back currently is on the Cleveland Browns as Isaiah Crowell rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the team's late win over the Atlanta Falcons.  He did not catch a pass though which means Crowell can only be used in standard leagues.

Doug Martin:  It was Doug Martin and not Charles Sims who got the start Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but he continued his horrible play in rushing for only 27 yards on 11 carries.  Sims failed to impress as well as the Buc's continue to show the worst run production in the league.  Basically you don't want to own any of these guys right now, let alone use them.

Marshawn Lynch:  The calf and now a back issue are really becoming an issue now for Marshawn Lynch as he struggled badly in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals.  After a month of monster games, Lynch rushed for only 39 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 43 more yards.  Lynch obviously is a guy you continue to start every week but the calf/back is becoming something to be concerned about.

Russell Wilson:  Solid game by Russell Wilson Sunday as he completed 17-of-22 passes for 211 yards and 1 touchdown while also rushing 10 times for another 73 yards on the ground.  We are well past the point now where Wilson is not an every week top ten fantasy football starter despite passing numbers that come up a bit short of the other guys ranked around him.  What Wilson does on the ground is unmatched by that same group which evens things out.

Shaun Hill:  While he played well in spurts, Shaun Hill torpedoed the St. Louis Rams' chances Sunday in tossing two interceptions and losing a fumble as part of his 18-of-35 day.  Hill did throw a touchdown but ultimately he failed to carry over the decisive play he showed in last week's upset over the Denver Broncos. 

Keenan Allen:  It has been an inconsistent season and somewhat disappointing one as well for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen who has been going through the dreaded sophomore jinx.  Allen was good Sunday however as he caught 6 balls for 104 yards and 1 score.  Opposing defenses have been keying on Allen more, unlike last year when as a rookie he caught the league by surprise.  Allen has dropped to WR 2 status for now given how his numbers are down this season. 

Peyton Manning:  After a rough game last week when he threw only one TD pass, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was right back to dominating defenses as he tossed for four scores in Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins as part of his 28-of-35 day for 257 yards.  That brings Manning's season total to a terrific 34 and there is more where that came from for sure.

Anquan Boldin:  We don't hear from Anquan Boldin as much anymore in the wrapup but he deserves mention after catching 9 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins.  With Michael Crabtree continuing to struggle, Boldin has gotten more looks from QB Colin Kaepernick lately.

C.J. Anderson:  If only Montee Ball's owners knew.  If given a crystal ball, it would have been C.J. Anderson and not Ball who would be a high round draft pick last summer given how terrific he has been since moving into the starting lineup.  It was more of the same Sunday as Anderson rushed 27 times for 167 yards and 1 TD to go along with 4 catches for another 28 yards.  The Denver Broncos always go with the hot hand and right now that is clearly Anderson. 

Demaryuis Thomas:  Few ever talk about him as much as say Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, or Calvin Johnson, but Denver Broncos WR Demaryuis Thomas has a firm claim to being the best wide receiver in all of fantasy football.  He went crazy on the Miami Dolphins Sunday in catching 8 balls for 87 yards and 3 touchdowns.  For the season Thomas now has 9 touchdowns to go along with 82 receptions and an insane 1,192 yards.  Unreal.

Odell Beckham Jr.:  Speaking of unreal, it is beyond must-watch for anyone to queue up the catch of the century that New York Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. made Sunday night.  Beckham snared a one-handed, full-lunging TD grab while bring drapped by two Dallas Cowboys defenders that drew a penalty.  Overall for the game Beckham caught 10 bals for 146 yards and 2 scores.  Ever since coming back from his hamstring injury, no one has had any luck containing Beckham who is already looking like a top 5-7 guy the rest of the way. 

Tony Romo:  The back looks just fine.  Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo was sensational Sunday night as he threw four touchdowns in the team's comeback win over the Giants.  Romo once again is putting up big fantasy football numbers despite injury and sometimes the tendency to make poor throws in the clutch.  Continue using as your QB 1.





 

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