I couldn’t have been more wrong about Dwayne Bowe this week. I could have tried, but I wouldn’t have succeeded. It didn’t help that Orton threw three touchdowns before the national anthem was over, but nonetheless, I sucked. I liked him coming into the season and then he sucked and then he got an easy schedule and started playing well. And 13 receptions, 186 yards and 2 touchdowns is playing pretty well. His upcoming schedule isn’t great and he won’t be playing from that far behind so early in the game too often, so I think he makes a good sell high candidate.
David Garrard: While MJD was scoring touchdowns I was pretty sure my David Garrard love was going to come around to bite me on the ass, but a few rushing yards, a lot of passing yards and a very lucky Hail Mary touchdown helped cinch a good week. Phew. I’m sure I’ll be dropping Garrard and he’ll go off again, but I just don’t trust him.
Knowshon Moreno: He got his first 100 yard rushing game, but what is more exciting is that he wasn’t injured and he has a nice playoff schedule. He’s not going to go all JC Superstar on you, but he should be solid.
Jamaal Charles: The Chiefs fell behind quickly which meant JC would be in the game much more than Tom Jones and he ended up with a TD and 121 total yards. Of course TJ didn’t get much work, but this doesn’t mean we won’t see the carries split, but that’s not to say Charles won’t continue to have big games. You just can’t expect Haley to forget about his guy TJ.
Fred Jackson: I thought we would see more CJ Spiller against the Lions, but we didn’t and then he hurt his stringed ham. Then Freddy went all Kruger on the Lions with 170 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Jackson should have some value with Spiller out, but his schedule isn’t full of Detroits. I don’t really see much reason to keep Spiller around unless you are in a dynasty league.
Rob Gronkowski: Three touchdowns is something you can’t just sweep under the rug and it looks like some of Aaron Hernandez’s drops (or all of them) have put A-Her deep into the dog house. How this will play out long term is hard to know, but it looks like Belichick is now running his tight ends like his running backs. But since Gronk would be getting endzone targets and midfield targets if this trend continues, he is very much worth a pick up, but you can’t rest the entirety of your hopes and dreams on his shoulders.
Kyle Orton: Orton started out hot and then just coasted and yes, Tim Tebow is a nuisance, but that’s always been true. He’s not a lock week in and week out, but he does have a good schedule and I’d be glad to have him on my team.
Brandon Lloyd: How you go from journeyman scrub to superman stud is a bit perplexing, but he continues to play at an elite level and there’s no reason to think he’s going to fizzle out anytime soon.
Troy Smith: He threw for 356 yards and a touchdown and showed a cannon for an arm, especially on the run. He didn’t always make the best decisions, but he did keep the offense moving. Right now he is helping Crabtree, Davis and Gore.
Ahmad Bradshaw: He continues to pile up yardage, adding 135 total yards this week. He didn’t get into the endzone, and Jacobs got a goal line carry, but didn’t convert. I wouldn’t worry too much about him losing goal line looks.
Dez Bryant: Kitna has a little crush on Dez and for good reason. The dude is a beast. He’s startable weekly at this point and as long as the Dallas defense continues to suck, he should be able to put up decent numbers.
Steven Jackson: He do what he do and he does it well. 167 total yards and one of those precious touchdowns puts this at one of his elite games. He always gives you decent numbers, but getting games like this make it easier to live through those non-TD games.
Tashard Choice: Drop him. I kept hoping they’d get him more work, but it looks like Garrett was doing what he wanted on offense and will continue not to choose Choice.
Tom Brady: He went all Tom Brady and somehow kept his hair out of his eyes long enough to throw 3 touchdowns, run for another and rack up 350 yards passing. He hadn’t topped 20 fantasy points in 6 weeks, but he was pumped up for this game. He’s good, but I just don’t see big games like this being the norm for Brady the rest of the season.
Justin Forsett: Just when you are ready to give up on him he has a decent game. He looked a lot better than Lynch and should continue to get touches, but you just can’t count on him week end and week out. He has good upside and I would rather have him as a backup than some schmoes, but don’t drop a proven starter for him.
Mike Wallace: With Hines Ward going out, 60 Minutes played well and for 60 Minutes. 8 receptions, 136 yards and 2 touchdowns is right about where you want your receivers.
Felix Jones: He’s going to be inconsistent, but he has some good matchups and Jason Garrett likes him. You aren’t always going to get a 71 yard touchdown, but it was no fluke; the guy is explosive.
Jon Kitna: Like I’ve said, he has had a little tough luck, but he has looked poised in the pocket and has some real playmakers catching the ball. He also gets the Lions next week.
Shonn Greene: He had 2 more carries than LT and had a better overall game gaining 92 total yards. Like last season it looks like he will be the guy in the stretch run.