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Friday, November 27, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL THANKSGIVING DAY WRAPUP

Matthew Stafford:  27/38 for 337 yards with 5 TD.  Typical Stafford in that he goes nuts when no one has any interest in owning the guy, especially in single passer formats.  His inconsistent label is well-earned and up until this one, the Detroit offensive line was so horrendous that it made throwing impossible at times for Stafford.  The weapons are very impressive for Stafford but we still would be leery trusting him in single-passer leagues. 

Mark Sanchez:  19/27 for 199 yards with 2 TD.  The second score was during garbage time and Sanchez is reminding us all that he is nothing more than a backup guy in the NFL and so much less in fantasy football.  Sam Bradford should be back next week anyways. 

Theo Riddick:  2 carries for 6 yards to go with 5 catches for 62 yards and 1 TD.  Shout out to Riddick who quietly has been very good in PPR formats with his total of 55 receptions.  Riddick is hardly ever used in the running game so he is clearly format dependent but the kid deserves a mention for what he has done in the receiving game.

DeMarco Murray:  14 carries for 30 yards.  Murray did not catch a pass either in this disgrace of a game and horrific overall season for the veteran power back.  By now it is obvious to see Murray is a terrible fit in the Chip Kelly offense but the one bright spot is that a new coaching staff for 2016 should get him back to doing what he does best in terms of straight ahead running. 

Jordan Matthews:  3 catches for 60 yards and 1 TD.  I thought Matthews would be a lock for 80 catches in Kelly's offense but he is just another example of all that has gone wrong there. 

Calvin Johnson:  8 catches for 93 yards and 3 TD.  Monster games like this from Megatron are becoming more spaced out as he ages but this is a reminder of how dominant the guy can be when things are clicking on all cylinders.  Don't write Johnson off from the prime WR 1 list yet. 

Golden Tate:  7 catches for 50 yards and 1 TD.  Solid outing from Tate who has been the WR 3 we thought he would be with Johnson healthy. 

Cam Newton:  16/27 for 183 yards to go with 12 carries for 45 yards and 1 TD.  Luckily Newton got the one score on the ground as he did nothing in the passing game.  Surely not the start of the week Newton's fantasy football owners wanted but you can't really in clear conscience criticize the guy given how incredibly he has been this season. 

Tony Romo:  11/21 for 106 yards and 3 INT.  Even before Romo broke his collarbone again which finishes his ugly season, he couldn't go anything against the potent Carolina defense.  We have been major proponents of Romo's in the past but we have to admit Father Time could be really doing its thing by the looks of it. 

Darren McFadden:  10 carries for 11 yards to go with 4 catches for 46 yards and a 2-point conversion.  Yeah the Panthers defense bottled up McFadden completely in this one as well which is not a total shock considering how good that unit has been this season.  Basically whatever McFadden's owners have gotten to this point has been a bonus anyway.

Dez Bryant:  2 catches for 26 yards.  Yuck.  Just a complete non-factor of a game for Bryant whose owners have to be throwing their hands up now that Romo is out again and their top wideout will have to deal with Matt Cassel throwing him passes. 

Jason Witten:  4 catches for 36 yards.  After a hot first two weeks, Witten has been quiet all season.  Age too is not being kind to the guy. 

Greg Olsen:  5 catches for 70 yards.  You can write in ink at least five catches a game for Olsen's as Newton's only consistent receiver and he continues to get better when you think he has topped off on his yearly production. 

Jay Cutler:  19/31 for 200 yards with 1 TD.  Solid but unspectacular game from Cutler who is actually having his most efficient season in the NFL.  Ideally you want Cutler only for two QB formats but he has enough weapons to be usable in deeper single passer setups. 

Aaron Rodgers:  22/43 for 202 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  As opposed to Cutler, Aaron Rodgers is having one of his worst season ever as rampant injuries to the Green Bay Packers' skill players is taking a major toll on his numbers.  Rodgers survived an injury scare in this one as well but obviously you ride him out no matter how bad the slump since he is still the number 1 passer in the game.

Eddie Lacy:  17 carries for 105 yards to go with 4 catches for 34 yards and a TD.  Third straight game with a TD for Lacy who is finally delivering on his top five overall status.  Of course it could be too little, too late for many of his owners but Lacy at the very least is back in the running back driver's seat as he received ten more carries than James Starks. 

Matt Forte:  15 carries for 44 yards to go with 1 catch for 9 yards.  Forte missed on a touchdown by an inch but overall he looked terrible.  Meanwhile Jeremy Langford ran 12 times for 48 yards and picked up a TD on the ground.  This looks like a clear split in workload which puts owners of both players in a major bind with the fantasy football playoff weeks arriving soon. 

Alshon Jeffery:  7 catches for 90 yards.  Once again Jeffery puts up monster numbers when in the lineup.  He has dealt with a rash of injuries all season but in between he has shown he is fully ready to assume the mantle of top ten fantasy football wide receiver. 

Zach Miller:  2 catches for 10 yards and 1 TD.  Miller started in place of the injured Martellus Bennett and even before this he has become a major red zone weapon for Cutler.  The raw receiving totals are just not there though so Miller can't be used as a starter. 

Randall Cobb:  6 catches for 74 yards.  Overall it has been a disappointing season for Cobb who I thought could catch 100 balls as the main receiver in the Green Bay offense.  Instead he has dealt with injuries and diminished play. 


 

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