Sunday, November 30, 2014


Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Wow that was shocking.  In his first start since being benched for a now-injured Ryan Mallett, Houston Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was ridiculous Sunday in throwing SIX touchdown passes among his 24-of-33 day.  Fitzpatrick finished with 358 yards and the six score before he was pulled for rookie Tom Savage with such a big lead.  A borderline QB-2 when he was starting, Fitzpatrick is begging to be included in that discussion again based on how great he played.  Try him out again in those leagues.

Brian Hoyer:  The Johnny Manziel Era has likely begun as Brian Hoyer was benched by Mike Pettine Sunday after throwing two interceptions and zero scores in a brutal loss to the Buffalo Bills.  Hoyer finished completing only 18-of-30 throws for 192 yards and the 2 turnovers, while Manziel came in to run for a touchdown on his first drive.  We have been waiting for Manziel all season and it looks like now is the time to put in a waiver claim as he should get the start next week.

Drew Brees:  For the second week in a row, Drew Brees was virtually unstoppable as he completed 19-of-27 passes for 257 yards and five more touchdowns in the team's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Brees also did not turn the football over as the Saints look to take control of the awful NFC South.  While Brees was a bit shaky the first half of the season, he is back to his monster first round self the second half. 

Johnny Manziel;  Speaking of Johnny Manziel, the hotshot rookie came off the bench to complete 5-of-8 throws for 63 yards, while also rushing for 13 yards and a score on only two carries in replacing Brian Hoyer.  Manziel has the ability to contribute both on the ground and through the air so he is well worth a look in two-QB leagues.

Keenan Allen:  It was more of the same recent dominant play by San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen Sunday as he caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the team's comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Allen has been unstoppable the last two weeks which is more than making up for a very quiet first two months of the season compared to what he did as a tremendously productive rookie. 

Le'Veon Bell:  It would not be inaccurate to say that Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has passed DeMarco Murray as the most productive running back in fantasy football after he had another monster afternoon Sunday in a losing outing against the New Orleans Saints.  Bell rushed for 95 yards and a score on 21 carries while also catching 8 balls for 159 more yards.  The Steelers as a whole did a lot of dumpster point grabbing this week as the picked up a ton of yardage the last two meaningless drives of the game.  Whether it is standard or PPR leagues, Bell has been virtually unmatched by any running back in the game.

Andrew Luck:  You really don't want to see the Andrew Luck owner in your league in the fantasy football playoffs as the Indianapolis gunslinger competed 19-of-27 passes for 370 yards and 5 touchdowns Sunday in a blowout win over the Washington Redskins.  With the training wheels now completely off for Luck this season, he has been the monster we all expected him to be.  Luck is right there with Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers at the top of the fantasy football rankings among passers. 

Justin Forsett:  Amazing what a find Justin Forsett has been.  The previously unknown Ravens backup running back rushed for 106 yards on 24 carries Sunday, also catching 2 balls for 17 more yards.  Forsett is a terrific PPR weapon right now and even in standard formats he gets you by as a RB 2.

DeAndre Hopkins:  In case you haven't already noticed, second-year Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has fully taken over the role of number 1 receiver on the team.  He once again showed why on Sunday as he caught 9 balls for a crazy 232 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Right now Hopkins is moving very close to WR 1 territory and would have already been there without such up-and-down play from his passers.

Donte Moncrief:  The Colts have a new weapon to use every week as Donte Moncrief scored two touchdowns on only 3 catches.  Moncrief was a huge downfield threat in the game as he picked up 134 yards on the 3 catches but his fantasy football value figures to be volatile due to how many weapons Andrew Luck has.

Kenny Stills:  Kenny Stills is himself moving close to being the number 1 wide receiver on the New Orleans Saints as he caught 5 balls for 162 yards and a score Sunday.  This marks the second big game in a row for Stills which coincided with the loss of rookie wideout Brandin Cooks to season-ending injury.  Stills can safely be trusted as a top-end WR 2 weapon.

Tre Mason:  It was a blowout of epic proportions Sunday for the St. Louis Rams over the Oakland Raiders and surely helping the cause was rookie RB Tre Mason who rushed for 117 yards on only 14 carries and two touchdowns, while also catching 3 passes for 47 more yards and yet another touchdown.  Mason has firmly grabbed hold of the starting running back job for the St. Louis Rams after some early Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham sightings.  He should absolutely be used as a low-end RB 1 in all leagues.

Jimmy Graham:  On a day where Drew Brees threw for five touchdowns, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham unbelievably failed to catch one pass in the game.  Graham was not even targeted once and was not even injured which makes it more maddening.  Those who own Graham likely took a loss in their game this week as his complete loss of production is something that just can't be overcome. 

Torrey Smith:  Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith had a nice game Sunday in catching 6 balls for 65 yards and two touchdowns for the team in their late loss to the San Diego Chargers.  Smith always does his best work in the red zone and remains a solid WR 2 who lacks only in raw reception totals. 

Julio Jones:  Jones is on his way to his first complete season without missing games with injury and the results have been staggering as expected.  Jones did whatever he wanted against one of the best cornerbacks in football Sunday in Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson, catching 10 balls for 189 yards and a touchdown.  A career year is on tap and Jones is right there as a top five overall receiver.

Aaron Rodgers:  It was Aaron Rodgers who bested Tom Brady in the Green Bay-New England monster showdown Sunday, throwing for 368 yards and two touchdowns while completing 24-of-38 passes.  Rodgers is now up to 32 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the season as he is clearly in the MVP running. 


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