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Friday, November 25, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL THANKSGIVING DAY WRAPUP

-In what became a very boring game with not a lot of points, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was so-so against a tough Minnesota Vikings defense as he completed 23-of-40 throws for 232 yards and a touchdown.  Stafford has been way too much up-and-down over the last month or so and that makes it somewhat tough to rely on him going into the fantasy football playoffs. 

-The weekly fantasy football wrapup should be renamed the Ezekiel Elliott wrapup as the Dallas Cowboys rookie back sensation has been a staple here since Week 3.  It was mor eof the same Thursday as Elliott rushed for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries, while also catching 2 passes for 23 more yards. This is the best rookie back in the NFL since Adrian Peterson's arrival and needless to say his mid-first round grade has been well worth it.

-Once again we remind you all how we were big fans of Washington Redskins QB Kirk cousins heading into the 2016 season.  Operating in a pass-first offense, Cousins has been tremendous for the second year in a row, with the latest highlight being his spectacular 449-yard masterpiece with 3 TD's against the Dallas Cowboys.  For the game, Cousins completed a ridiculous 41-of-52 passes for the 449 yards with the 3 TD's and no INT's.  This is a top tem fantasy football QB folks. 

-A big part of Kirk cousins' big day Thursday was the contributions of tight end Jordan Reed who caught 10 passes for 95 yards and two scores.  Reed was hobbled throughout the game due to suffering an early AC joint injury in his shoulder but he gutted it out and came through with a monster game.  He had been quiet for a number of weeks leading into the game which made Reed's outing a welcome development and his status as a top five fantasy TE remains firm. 

-Never a big fan of his due to the ultra-streaky results he brings to the fantasy football table, Redskins wideout Desean Jackson saw the performance meter pointed upward Thursday as he caught 4 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.  Again Jackson is way too up-and-down for our taste but he is in a big passing offense which makes him a decent WR 3. 

-Other then Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson, there has not been a better back in fantasy football then the Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell.  The running/receiving dynamo did his usual thing Thursday night in rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while also 4 passes for another 22 yards.  All the nonsense aside, Bell is right there as the number 1 player in PPR formats as he already has 57 catches and is running as well as ever.

-Antonio Brown played pitch-and-catch with Ben Roethlisberger Thursday night as he caught 5 passes for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns.  While Julio Jones is having an excellent season, Brown has no peer when it comes to production at wide receiver and like with Le'Veon Bell, is there as the top guy in the game if you are in a PPR league.

-Speaking of Roethlisberger, he was an efficient 14-of-20 passing for 221 yards with 3 TD's and 0 INT's.  When he is on the field, Big Ben is as slam-dunk to tier fantasy football QB no mater the setup. 


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