Monday, October 5, 2015


Chris Ivory:  After not playing one snap last week due to a groin injury, New York Jets running back Chris Ivory showed how fresh he was by running for 166 yards and a score on 29 carries in a win over the Miami Dolphins.  He was hot early and never let up in his monster outing.  Ivory has more than proved himself a very solid RB 1 in standard league and a decent RB 2 in PPR formats due to lack of catches.  Onward Ivory goes with his potential career season. 

Devonta Freeman:  For the second week in a row, Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman scored three touchdowns as he started over the injured Tevin Coleman.  Freeman rushed for 68 yards and 3 touchdowns on 14 carries, while also catching 5 balls for 81.  There is no chance the Falcons will tinker with the running back pecking order when Coleman is ready to return and he already is looking like the type of monster free agent pickup that C.J. Anderson was a year ago. 

Ryan Mallett:  The Houston Texans have made another change at QB mid-game as Ryan Mallett was pulled down 42-0 to the Falcons and replaced by Brian Hoyer.  Hoyer threw three touchdowns passes in garbage time which makes it likely he will get the start next week but either way this is a brutal QB situation in Houston. 

Jeremy Hill:  All is forgiven when it comes to Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill and his earlier fumbling issues at the start of the season.  The power back stormed his way to three touchdowns on Sunday in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs that helped keep the Bengals undefeated.  Overall Hill rushed for 40 yards on 9 carries and the three scores in reestablishing himself as a big goal-line weapon.  Giovani Bernard did score a touchdowns himself and gote four more carries with 13 than did Hill as it looks like a firm split will continue.

Eli Manning:  The New York Giants picked up their second straight win on Sunday as Eli Manning threw three touchdowns passes on the day.  Manning completed 20-0f-35 throws for 212 yards and the three scores, also chucking his first INT of the season.  Overall Manning is off to a very hot start and he still is without Victor Cruz.  It looks like Manning is making good on the sleeper/value label we put on him to begin 2015.

Jamaal Charles:  Charles was at it again on Sunday, rushing for 75 yards on only 11 carries, while catching 6 passes for another 70 yards.  While Charles did not score, he is once again the full focal point of the Andy Reid offense and is on pace to collect 20 touchdowns this season.  So far those who took Charles and not Andrew Luck with the top pick can be comforted with the fact they made the right choice. 

DeMarco Murray:  During his postgame press meeting with reporters following the Eagles' loss to the Redskins, DeMarco Murray popped off about his amount of touches in Sunday's game.  Murray carried the football only 8 times for 36 yards and caught just two passes in another waste of a performance.  With Darren Sproles more productive due to the emphasis on the passing game, Murray could find himself with fewer touches going forward.  Just a complete abomination of a season thus far for the biggest bust of 2015. 

DeAndre Hopkins:  Despite having some of the worst QB in the league, nothing can hold back Houston Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins who caught 9 balls for 157 yards Sunday.  It was set up for Hopkins to have a big day when the Texans fell behind 42-0, as the run game had to be almost completely abandoned.  Imagine what the kid could be if he had even a competent passer throwing him the rock. 

Arian Foster:  Rough debut for Texans running back Arian Foster who lost a fumble and picked up just 10 yards on 8 carries, while catching just three passes for another 25 yards.  Not what was expected for impatient Foster owners who didn't have him the first three weeks of the season.  He should gradually get more work as the weeks go on and be much more effective.  Things will continue to get better. 

Todd Gurley:  The unveiling of Todd Gurley took only two weeks as the speedster let it all out Sunday in rushing for 146 yards on 19 carries in the St. Louis Rams upset win over the Arizona Cardinals.  Gurley also chipped in two catches for 15 yards as he showed superstar ability.  It is likely Gurley is only getting started and that he will light things up the rest of the way.  Next season we predict Gurley will be a first round pick.\

Philip Rivers:  The always underrated Philip Rivers was at it again on Sunday, completing 23-of-38 passes for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Once again it looks like Rivers will be  a gunslinger for thre Chargers and he has enough weapons to be a 30-TD guy once again this season. 

Duke Johnson:  Going right along with his plan, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is giving more work to rookie RB Duke Johnson as the season goes on.  Johnson rushed for 31 yards on 8 carries while also catching 8 balls for 85 yards and a score.  There is some major PPR value to be had here and Johnson could get enough carries to help on the ground.  With the Browns having a dink-and-dunk offense, Johnson could be a sweet addition if he is still on the wire.

Drew Brees:  It was a nice return from injury for New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees as he completed 33-of-41 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns in the team's OT win over the Dallas Cowboys.  This was vintage Brees all the way as he looked like his old dominant self.  Nice sign gong forward this season. 


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