Monday, November 30, 2015


Julio Jones:  Those who own stock in Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones were royally let down on Sunday as the big-play star was held to just five catches for 56 yards in the team's listless loss to the Minnesota Vikings.  The departure of pass-happy offensive coordinator Dirk Kotter has not been a mere coincidence in terms of the awful season being engineered by Matt Ryan and the offense as a whole has been disjointed in the passing game.  Jones was brought down in this one and one has to wonder if the team's continued malaise will hurt his numbers in the fantasy football playoffs. 

Jeremy Maclin:  After being in the fantasy football witness protection program for the better part of a month, Kansas City Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin exploded Sunday by catching 9 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the team's mammoth win over the Buffalo Bills.  The overall season for Maclin has no doubt been disappointing compared to his big 2014 but the drop in numbers is not a total shock since he was moving to a very conservative offense with the Chiefs. 

Adrian Peterson:  On pace to be the oldest running back to lead the NFL in rushing yards since Curtis Martin, it was another monster game Sunday for Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson.  Against an Atlanta Falcons run defense that was one of the best units in the league in curbing that part of the game, Peterson ran for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries while also catching 2 balls for another 29 yards.  Nothing can stop Peterson now as he is showing no signs of fatigue and has more than lived up to the notion he could be a prime running back 1 again in being refreshed from sitting out almost all of 2014.  Just an incredible season. 

Tevin Coleman:  It was a decent day running the football for Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman as he picked up a tough 110 yards on the ground on 18 carries but he went O-fer in the passing game with zero receptions.  The difference between Coleman and Devonta Freeman was stark as Freeman is the more explosive runner and is a terrific pass receiver.  Coleman only has value in standard leagues but Freeman is expected to return in Week 13. 

Philip Rivers:  San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was locked in Sunday as he threw four touchdowns passes in taking apart the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.  Despite the Chargers record-wise being among the worst teams in the NFL, Rivers continues to sling the football with very good effectiveness.  There are some who likely jumped ship in terms of using Rivers in fantasy football as the losses piled up over the last month but he is still showing that he is not giving up. 

Drew Brees:  In a shockingly poor afternoon, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was held without a passing touchdown as the team failed to cross the goal-line for the first time in 155 games.  Overall Brees completed 25-of-44 passes for 228 yards with 0 scores and 1 INT.  The Saints offense as a whole has been brutal over the last three games and anyone who has Brees as their starting QB have to start worrying about him again just like they did during the first month of the season. 

Brandon Marshall:  It was a big comeback week for the New York Jets offense on Sunday, with top wideout Brandon Marshall a major part of the story as he caught 9 passes for 131 yards and two touchdown's in the team's annihilation of the Miami Dolphins.  Memories of the monster start to the season Marshall had and at least for one week it looks like he is back on track with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

Jarvis Landry:  Despite being hobbled by a sore ankle, Miami Dolphins slot receiving dynamo Jarvis Landry did not have to deal with top Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday as he went off for 13 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown.  Landry has more than solidified as one of the very best slot receivers in the game and in fantasy football terms he has moved up to a firm WR 2. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Amid questions regarding whether Jets head coach Todd Bowles should pull veteran Fitzpatrick for backup Geno Smith, all those questions were put to rest on Sunday to say the least.  Fitzpatrick was on fire through the Jets' easy win over the Miami Dolphins as he completed 22-of-37 passes for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns.  This was a much-needed performance by Fitzpatrick who was turning the football over at a high rate over the last month to go along with needing surgery on his left thumb.  He is back to being under consideration in two-QB formats. 

Sammy Watkins:  The pendulum swung upwards for inconsistent Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins who caught 6 passes for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns in the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.  Watkins generally has been a WR 3 since entering into the league in 2014 but his production has swing wildly mainly due to injuries and the awful state of the Bills' QB's. 

Russell Wilson:  With the Seattle Seahawks looking to make a late season push, they were led by their QB on Sunday as Russell Wilson tossed FIVE touchdown passes to help the team to a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Overall Wilson completed 21-of-30 passes for 345 yards and the 5 scores as he had no trouble torching the Pittsburgh secondary all game long.  While Wilson's numbers have fluctuated this season from game-to-game, it looks like he is saving is best for last this season. 

Markus Wheaton:  It was Markus Wheaton's turn to rule the day for the Pittsburgh Steelers wideout as the speedy deep threat caught 9 passes for 201 yards and a score in the team's late loss to the Seattle Seahawks.  With Antonio Brown bottled up by star cornerback Richard Sherman all game, Wheaton took advantage of single coverage to continually toast the Seattle secondary.  Still with Brown remaining the clear number 1 guy and with Martavis Bryant number 2, Wheaton is a risky play in Week 13 given the uncertainty of his looks. 

Ben Roethlisberger:  It was a bit of a mixed bag for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday as he completed 35-of-55 passes for an extreme 456 yards but that included just one touchdown pass and two interceptions.  In addition, Big Ben went out with a possible concussion late in the fourth quarter which would be his third injury issue for the season.  As always, the fate of Antonio Brown's numbers depend on how Roethlisberger responds this week. 

C.J. Anderson:  It took almost three full months of the season but Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson finally did something of note in the 2015 season when he rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries in the team's upset victory over the New England Patriots Sunday night.  By now though all Anderson owners cut bait on him weeks ago as his horrible play and elevation of Ronnie Hillman ruined his season.  No need to make a move here after just one game. 


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