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Houston Texans TE Joel Dreessen is today’s top-scoring tight end, grabbing four passes for 106 yards. His 43-yard catch in the fourth was one of the Texans’ four fourth-quarter scores agains the New York Jets. This is his biggest game ever by 25 yards, and his first game over 80 yards since last season. But he has multiple catches in three straight games, so there’s that.
TE Marcedes Lewis of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been hot lately, with multiple touchdowns in two of his last six games and eight scores overall. He added one today on a 66-yard, five-catch day.
St. Louis Rams TE Michael Hoomanawanui is your surprise big-name of the day, and not just [name length joke]. Hoomanawanui put up 42 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons. He’s played six career games, but his yardage total has increased in just about every game he’s played. Keep an eye on this guy, especially with QB Sam Bradford playing better every week too.
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White has caught nine of his 10 targets today, with 83 yards early in the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams. QB Matt Ryan could finish with one of his best yardage days of the year — he has 214 so far, plus a pair of touchdowns. He’s now scored a touchdown in every game since week two.
But the focal point of Atlanta’s attack today has been RB Michael Turner. With 23 carries for 81 yards and very few losses, Turner has been the heartbeat of three different scoring drives of ten plays or more. The bad news for Falcons fans: each of those ended in a field goal.
Rams QB Sam Bradford has played well too, going for 195 yards and two touchdowns so far. He also ran 17 yards for a crucial first down late in the fourth, but a critical shovel pass interception to William Moore may have ended the Rams comeback chances.
You’d expect the New Orleans Saints to post some big fantasy numbers against the Seattle Seahawks, and you’d be right. At halftime QB Drew Brees has 205 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to WR Marques Colston.
Colston has six catches on six targets, good for 93 yards. RB Chris Ivory also has a score, his first of the year, plus 65 yards on the ground.
Brees has now thrown multiple touchdowns in six straight games. He’s on pace for his biggest yardage day this year — he’d need to top 365 yards to set a new mark. Colston already has his best fantasy day, and with 20 more yards can set a new yardage high of his own. Ivory might not get more than 175 yards, his own season high, but getting on the scoreboard will surely satisfy his fantasy owners.
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The New England Patriots are winning the latest round of one of the NFL’s best new rivalries, beating the Indianapolis Colts 21-14 at halftime. QB Tom Brady is a big reason why the Pats are up, completing 12 of 14 for 131 yards and two touchdowns.
Colts QB Peyton Manning is carrying his weight as well, throwing a touchdown to WR Reggie Wayne at the end of the half to pull the Colts within a score. He’s thrown for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but has thrown a pick. He’s bounced back after being held under 200 yards and off the scoreboard last week.
Brady has a touchdown in every game this season, and multiple touchdowns in three straight. He’s on pace for his highest completion percentage of the season, completing over 85 percent today.
Steve Johnson continues to prove every fantasy owner wrong for not drafting him as he scored his second and third touchdowns of the game for the Buffalo Bills. Johnson has caught 7 passes from Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and on 3 of them he found his way into the endzone. So far Johnson's 7 catches have resulted in 137 yards for the wide receiver.
Fitzpatrick himself has put up numbers, albeit as he rebounded from a poor start to the game versus a rather inconsistent Cincinnati Bengals secondary and defense. Beginning the game with little yards and two interceptions, Fitzpatrick has thrown for fourth touchdowns (three of them to Johnson). For the day Fitzpatrick is 21/34 for 316 yards, the 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He has also used his legs once to gain 11 yards.
Cedric Benson recovered from his fumble to make his way over 100 yards rushing (24 rushing attempts for 116 yards and a touchdown) and also has 2 catches for 16 yards for the Bengals.
Fantasy football owners: you may not be prepared for this, but two Carolina Panthers, RB Mike Goodson and WR David Gettis, are having very good days today against the Baltimore Ravens. Goodson is one decent carry away from his second straight 100-yard rushing game, plus he’s caught four passes for 24 yards. And Gettis is within range of his career high of 125 yards after pulling in an 88-yard touchdown pass from QB Brian St. Pierre. Gettis has 92 so far today.
And then there’s St. Pierre. In his first NFL start and against a very experienced defense, St. Pierre has completed 11 passes for 146 yards and a score. He hasn’t thrown any picks.
Without that one bomb to Gettis he’d have 58 entire yards late in the fourth quarter, but hush. We never, ever get to write about the Panthers in this space. Besides, he has the least gruesome numbers of any quarterback Carolina has tried out this season anyway.
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UPDATE: About nine seconds after posting this, St. Pierre threw a pick six. Still ... Mike Goodson and David Gettis, y'all.
UPDATE: And another one. So sorry for the jinx, Cats fans.
Early in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans WR Randy Moss still only has one catch since leaving the Minnesota Vikings. He’s been targeted twice today by QB Vince Young, at least.
Young’s done his part, throwing only four incompletions in 16 attempts, averaging 10.6 yards per throw, and running for 20 yards. WR Nate Washington leads Tennessee with 117 yards.
The other Moss, Redskins WR Santana Moss, however, is having one of his best games of the season. With 96 yards and a touchdown, he’s within range of his season high: 124 yards, which came against the St. Louis Rams in week three. QB Donovan McNabb has bounced back from a three-interception mess against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. He has 241 yards and said touchdown, plus only one interception at the moment.
The Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson scored his seventh receiving touchdown of the 2010 NFL season versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson went 28 yards into the endzone off of a pass from Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. After starting off with a dismal day, Fitzpatrick has rallied back from throwing two interceptions to toss a touchdown to Johnson and one to Donald Jones (also a 28 yard strike).
Cedric Benson returned to the game for the Bengals but that didn't mean it was a happy return. Benson left during the first half because of vision problems he had during the second quarter. Prior to leaving the game Benson had recorded 82 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and looked poised to rush for over 100 yards in the first half. Upon his return in the third quarter, Benson promptly received a hand off. A loss of five yards was part of the result but it was the fumble that really hurt Benson and the Bengals. The Bills recovered the fumble and Drayton Florence returned it for a 27 yard defensive touchdown.
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez had an impressive fantasy day last week, with 299 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s got a chance to surpass that against the Houston Texans today. Late in the third, he has 211 and two touchdowns, one each to Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Holmes has 120 yards, already his biggest game of the season.
On the other side of the ball, RB Arian Foster has been the Texans offense. He has 102 of their 157 yards, plus their only touchdown, leading the team in rushes, rushing yards, catches, and receiving yards. QB Matt Schaub is completing only 50 percent of his passes, and only seven of his completions have gone to players besides Foster.
Foster is back to his regular 100-yard standard after a relative downer last week, a 60-yard, one-touchdown performance. Good news for fantasy owners, but the bad news for Texans fans is that’s about all that’s gone right so far.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders was supposed to be a one-week fill-in for the injured Hines Ward. Ward owners who picked up Sanders weren’t disappointed, as he found the end zone last week in a five-catch, 41-yard day. And the returner may have earned himself a role in Pittsburgh’s offense.
Ward’s back in action today, but Sanders has just as many first-half targets as Ward does. Sanders took one in for a score as well, and has 35 total yards. He also hasn’t returned any kicks today, but if he’s ever able to fill both sets of shoes in one game, he could put together a nice day in fantasy leagues that reward return yardage.
QB Ben Roethlisberger has scored two touchdowns, one of them on the ground. Ward has three catches for 28 yards, suggesting he’s back in business after a week off.
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If not for his vision, Cedric Benson probably would have finished the first half of the Cincinnati Bengals game versus the Buffalo Bills with at least 100 yards rushing. Instead Benson's vision forced him off the field and held his big first half to 14 carries, 82 yards and a touchdown. Benson also had one reception for five yards, from Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer's fast start ended during the second quarter, picking up only a few yards and staying at two touchdown passes.
Greg Jennings found himself with a touchdown from a throw by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for 11 yards. Jennings also had two other receptions for a total of three catches for 71 yards and the touchdown. Rodgers hasn't been too shabby himself, throwing the ball 22 times with 14 completions for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brett Favre, Rodger's predecessor in Green Bay, has thrown an interception and has managed only 96 yards passing so far against the Packer's defense.
For more on Benson and the Bengals, check out Cincy Jungle. For more on Jennings, Rodgers and the Packers check out Acme Packing Company. For more on Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, check out the Daily Norseman.
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have a very good time last week, losing to the Denver Broncos by about 1,000 points until garbage time kicked in. But Matt Cassel fantasy owners were ecstatic about the Chiefs needing to keep throwing, as the QB piled up 469 yards and four touchdowns, a rare aerial Chiefs outburst.
The situation isn’t quite so desperate today against the Arizona Cardinals, but Cassel’s off to a throwy start anyway. He found WR Dwayne Bowe for a one-yard TD and has thrown for 107 yards late in the second. RB Thomas Jones also banged in a one-yard run, which is something you’re much more comfortable reading when the Chiefs are involved.
RB Jamaal Charles has played second fiddle so far today, with only four touches to Jones’ eight. He has 46 yards though, and broke one catch for 25, so expect to see him get his sooner or later.
With ten total touchdowns already, Cleveland Browns RB Peyton Hillis has established himself as a weekly fantasy must-play. He’s scored already today, on an 11-yard pass from QB Colt McCoy, and has 111 total yards early in the second. But when do we have to start considering giving McCoy a start?
Counting rushing yards, McCoy went over 200 against the New England Patriots and New York Jets in back-to-back weeks. And he’s off to a hot start against the Jacksonville Jaguars today, with 145 yards so far. He hasn’t thrown an interception since his debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he now has four touchdowns in a little over 17 quarters of pro football.
The Browns don’t ask McCoy to do too much, which limits his fantasy scoring potential, but also limits the possibility of a turnover flurry. With a weapon like Hillis who can turn a dumpoff pass into a 47-yard gain, McCoy will be a safe play from here on out. He’s played against very tough defenses already, and should only get better.
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Fred Jackson made the most of the touches he received versus the Detroit Lions last week, rushing 25 times for 133 yards and a touchdown, along with 6 catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Cinncinati Bengals have yet to figure out how to stop Jackson this week.
The Buffalo Bills running back has 7 carries through the first quarter and has rushed for 42 yards and another touchdown. Jackson has accounted for nearly 50 percent of the Bills total offense (42 rushing yards versus 87 total offensive yards).
Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens are putting up numbers themselves for the Bills opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals. Owens is having the bigger day with a 2 reception, 52 yard and 1 touchdown day. His teammate, Ochocinco, has 2 catches for 11 yards and a touchdown himself. The Bengals quarterback, Carson Palmer, is having one of his best games of the season statistically, going 6 for 8 with 83 yards and two touchdowns (to Owens and Ochocinco) with no interceptions.
Kitna found WR Dez Bryant for a touchdown, the third straight week with such with a connection. Last week against the New York Giants, Kitna looked like Dan Fouts or something, throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns on only 22 attempts. His charades performance continues, as this week he’s completed seven of eight for 88 yards. Kitna, you’re … um, um … Tom Brady? Tom Brady! Are you being Tom Brady today?
Bryant is the rare rookie receiver who’s a consistent fantasy performer. He’s only had one one-catch game all year, and appears to be one of Kitna’s favorite targets.
On the Baltimore Ravens second offensive play against the Carolina Panthers, QB Joe Flacco found WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 56-yard touchdown. It was also Flacco’s first pass of the day. You may not have started Houshmandzadeh, considering he only has 13 catches and one touchdown this year, but he’s playing the Panthers, so there’s where you went wrong.
Flacco now has a touchdown in all but two games this year. He could take a run at his first 300-yard game of the season, but the Ravens could put the Panthers away early and then let RBs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee run the clock out. This might be one of those deals where the matchup was just a little too good.
Panthers RB Mike Goodson continues to be the focus of the Carolina attack, with 33 yards on seven touches already.
Last week the Washington Redskins secondary was not able to handle DeSean Jackson within the first 15 seconds of the game. The secondary went on to allow 333 yards of passing and 4 passing touchdowns to the Philadelphia Eagles, along with providing little help in stopping Michael Vick on the ground (8 rushes, 80 yards, 2 touchdowns). Four Eagles players had at least 50 yards receiving last week and a touchdown.
This week the Redskins have declared both strong safety LaRon Landry and cornerback Carlos Rodgers as inactive for today's game versus the Tennessee Titans. With both in the lineup last week, Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant wreaked havoc amongst the Redskins secondary. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Randy Moss to finally have a game worthy of starting him and this appears to be a fantastic opportunity for the 34 year old Moss to breakout for the Titans (his third team this season). Moss has only recorded 23 receptions for 339 yards and 5 touchdowns this season for the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and the Titans.
The teams playing early games have released their inactives and there’s some important news for fantasy owners. Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells will play as will Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver. Cincinnati Bengals RB Cedric Benson and Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker are also active.
The Kansas City Chiefs have de-activated both TE Tony Moeaki and WR/KR Dexter McCluster. We knew Moeaki would be out, but there was a chance McCluster would play. Cleveland Browns KR/WR/Wildcat guy Joshua Cribbs has been ruled out. Finally the Indianapolis Colts will be without RBs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart.
It's a rough week for RBs this time around as a few teams are scratching their heads as to who is going to carry the rock tomorrow. Don't be one of those.... Get the team by team injury reports for Week 11 and set your fantasy lineups accordingly.
The weekly "will he or won't he" game we seem to have been playing all season with Beanie Wells was on again this week. The RB missed last week because of a reaction to lubricant that was shot into his knee, but despite being listed as questionable for this week he is expected to play.
The Chiefs will be without standout rookie TE Tony Moeaki as he gets over a head injury. They may also be without rookie WR/KR Dexter McCluster, who has missed the past three games with an ankle injury.
DE John Abraham is questionable with a groin injury, which is good news for Sam Bradford owners. Although rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon thinks he'll be able to return from a knee injury that has cost him most of this season.
The Panthers have been pretty much decimated. RB DeAngelo Williams is out for the year while his understudy, Jonathon Stewart, is out for another week with a concussion. They'll also be without QB Jimmy Clausen, so they've signed Brian St. Pierre who was not in a training camp this year and was literally a "stay at home dad" last week. You have to love all the confidence coming out of Carolina this weekend. Of St. Pierre Jon Fox said,
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