Monday, November 23, 2015


Jameis Winston:  Dirk Kotter going to Tampa Bay has already worked wonders on rookie QB Jameis Winston.  The pass-happy Kotter has Winston clicking on all cylinders as he posted his best game as a pro Sunday by completing 19-of-29 passes for 246 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Winston is now 14 passing touchdowns and 4 interceptions on the season as he looks like a guy who will be a major factor going forward as a prime fantasy football QB option. 

Tony Romo:  It was a successful return to the field for Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo who fought through an early downpour to complete 18-of-28 passes for 227 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT.  Romo was understandably a bit rusty early on but he continued with his constant 2-3 TD per game pace.  He should be started as a QB 1 in all formats the rest of the season. 

Cam Newton:  The absurdly fantastic season for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton continued on Sunday as he completed 21-of-34 passes for 246 yards with 5 touchdowns.  While Newton's completion percentage is below-average, his overall game has been by far his most impressive ever in terms of fantasy football.  Right now Newton is a top five QB in our fake game and is also a prime candidate for real life MVP.  He has won this incessant critic over. 

Matt Ryan:  The Atlanta Falcons continue to struggle and a lot of the blame goes to QB Matt Ryan who actually had his first decent game in over a month Sunday in another losing effort.  Ryan completed 25-of-46 passes for 280 yards but he also threw three interceptions.  The three touchdowns were very good but the turnovers were a killer.  Dirk Kotter and his pass-happy ways going to Tampa Bay have been a death blow to Ryan fantasy football value.  One of our all-time favorites due to his annually underrated value, Ryan is now just a QB 2 in two passer formats. 

Doug Martin:  We were all ready to write off Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin this season as he was coming off tow very disappointing campaigns in 2013 and 2014 after a smashing 2012 debut.  Well Martin has been completely rejuvenated in the new Buccaneers offense, to the point where he is in the running for the top rusher in the game.  That effort was more than helped along Sunday as he rushed for a crazy 235 yards on 27 carries in the team's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.  While Martin did not catch a pass, he has gone nuts carrying the football this season in his terrific comeback year with the team.  He now has put himself into the RB 1 class. 

Kirk Cousins:  He started off well enough but Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was pretty brutal from the second quarter on as his team was blown out by the Carolina Panthers. Cousins returned to his inconsistent ways as he completed 22-of-30 passes for 207 yards with 1 TD to go with 1 INT and a lost fumble.  The guy seems incapable of not turning the football over and for that alone he is just a QB 2 in two passers leagues. 

Joe Flacco:  While he has never been a prime fantasy football passer, Baltimore Ravens veteran QB Joe Flacco has been a rock of stability for his team since being drafted.  That ended on Sunday as Flacco suffered a torn ACL and maybe a torn MCL in his knee that will finish his season.  The Ravens had a nice comeback win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday but their season was finished even before this injury.  Flacco may not even be back at the start of 2016 either. 

DeAndre Hopkins:  Despite going up against Darrelle Revis, Houston Texans ace wideout DeAndre Hopkins had a big day by catching 5 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.  I would say that Hopkins more than won his battle versus Revis as the Texans picked up a big win over the New York Jets.  No matter how you slice it, 2015 has been the full breakout campaign of Hopkins. 

Darren McFadden:  Despite being limited over the last week with a sore groin, Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was effective Sunday in rushing for 129 yards on 29 carries, also contributing 3 catches for another 20 yards.  It was surprising that the Cowboys gave McFadden so much work considering he was less than 100 percent but once again we reiterate that the veteran has been fully rejuvenated behind the mammoth Dallas blockers this season. 

Julio Jones:  While it was another losing effort by his team, Atlanta Falcons number 1 wideout Julio Jones was tremendous Sunday as he caught 9 passes for 160 yards.  Jones had fallen off his monster September pace over the last month and a half but he seems to have put the earlier aches and pains behind him based on this outing.  His standing as a top five overall star receiver is intact. 

Case Keenum:  The St. Louis Rams benched Nick Foles for backup Case Keenum Sunday but they lost on all fronts.  First the Rams lost the game at the gun and then found out that Keenum suffered a concussion.  Keenum showed he was not up to the task of starting as he completed just 12-of-26 passes for only 136 yards and 1 TD.  He has zero accuracy and was skittish in the pocket.  Needless to say, the Rams' ongoing search for a QB will continue onward into the offseason. 

James Jones:  After he shockingly did not catch one pass last week, Green Bay Packers wideout James Jones was back to being Aaron Rodgers' favorite red zone target on Sunday as he caught 6 balls for 109 yards and a touchdown.  With Davante Adams back in action to go with Randall Cobb, there is much more competition now for Rodgers' passes but Jones continues to carve out WR 3 production in the always potent Green Bay offense.

Eddie Lacy:  Yes Eddie Lacy does exist.  After laughably poor production pretty much the entire season, perhaps Lacy is finally showing some signs he is coming out of his 2015 malaise after he rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries, while also catching one pass for another 6 yards.  Lacy seemed to get better as the game went on and maybe the Packers need to just continue feeding him given what we saw here.  Obviously for Lacy's owners, it is too little too late for most of them but at least there is some return being shown right now.

Thomas Rawls:  If the Seattle Seahawks could do it all over again, they would not have re-signed the aging and now hurt Marshawn Lynch and instead went fully with eye-opening rookie Thomas Rawls.  Rawls has been phenomenal in place of an injured Lynch this season and he saved his best for Week 11 by rushing for an insane 209 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown, while also chipping in 3 catches for another 46 yards and another score.  What Rawls is doing right now is beyond impressive and one has to think that he could continue getting work even when Lynch gets back.  Hold onto Rawls if you are invested. 

Russell Wilson:  The pendulum swing upwards for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on Sunday as he completed 24-of-29 passes for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team's win over the San Francisco 49ers.  Wilson has been up and down all season which has pushed him to the verge of not being an every week starter in fantasy football but this game should restore some of that luster. 

Chardandrick West:  The uprising that has been Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West hit a speed bump on Sunday as he left his team's win over the San Diego Chargers with an injured hamstring and was ineffective prior to getting hurt.  Overall West rushed for just 16 yards on 11 carries, while doing a bit better in the receiving game with 2 catches for 48 yards.  He was replaced by Spencer Ware who scored two late touchdowns and would be a big pickup this week if West were to sit out Week 12.  Stay tuned on that front and be prepared to react accordingly when it comes to the wire. 

Kyle Rudolph:  The tight end is always a young QB's best friend as Kyle Rudolph reinforced on Sunday when he caught 6 passes for 106 yards and a TD in the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers.  Rudolph has not found any sort of consistency over the last few years due to injuries and poor QB play which mean he is still just a replacement due to injury or for the bye week. 


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