There were lots of big games on Sunday and here are a few of them, well, except the first couple!
LeGarrette Blount: I am pretty much amazed, saddened and frankly a little scared at how poor Blount played. It took him 6 carries to get into positive fantasy points so I guess it’s good he didn’t end with negative points. After averaging 130+ total yards his last 2 games and then facing the Panthers who were getting gashed at will by running backs it sure seemed like a great matchup. The addition of Josh Johnson must have keyed the Panthers defense on Blount and then Newton put them ahead and ran away with it. My FanDuel teams don’t thank you.
Matt Forte: Forte led a lot of teams to the fantasy playoffs this year but is now hurting with a MCL sprain. The early news is that he could be out 2-6 weeks. That doesn’t help you in your fantasy playoffs. Marion the Barbarian is next in line.
Cam Newton: As I write this he leads all players in standard scoring this week with his 204 yards passing, 1 passing TD, 54 yards rushing and 3 rushing TDs along with a 27 yard reception. His 3 touchdown runs put him at 13 for the season which breaks the all time record of 12 by Steve Grogan. Newton was on a lot of waiver wires after his week 1 outburst in Arizona and if you grabbed him it’s been steady going all season long.
Aaron Rodgers: He’s on pace for 49 touchdown passes and 5,125 yards and a 16-0 record. Really if the Packers receivers hadn’t dropped some passes his 369 yards and 4 touchdowns today could have been higher. He’s pretty much unstoppable.
Rob Gronkowski: Bobby Gronk scored 3 touchdowns and at one point had broken Antonio Gates’ record of 12 touchdown receptions for a tight end in a season but his 3rd TD was correctly changed to a rushing TD since the “pass” was a lateral. He’ll just have to wait until he scores three more next game I guess.
Shonn Greene: His three touchdowns came as a bit of a shock. He hadn’t topped 10 fantasy points since week 7 and only had 2 touchdowns on the season. He had 22 carries which is his high for the season and his fantasy playoff schedule isn’t bad so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Percy Harvin: The loss of Adrian Peterson has been a boon to Percy Harvin’s fantasy production. He finished this game against Denver with 8 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown along with 5 carries for 17 yards. He still isn’t on the field as often as some of the other receivers but Leslie Frazier isn’t all that good of a coach from what I can tell.
Chris Johnson: It looks like Mr. Johnson may be back for reals now. He had 153 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns and has actually done his owners and those that bought low on him some good 3 out of the last 4 weeks. With New Orleans and Indianapolis up next he should continue.
Ray Rice: Rice had his best rushing game of his career with 204 yards and a touchdown. He’s set up for a very nice fantasy playoff run as he goes against Indianapolis, San Diego and Cleveland in the next three.
Tim Tebow: His 4 rushing attempts weren’t what we are used to and neither were his 202 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. As a fantasy player I’d rather see the 50 yards rushing and a rushing TD since they are usually worth more fantasy points. As a pure passer he’s not going to get you top 10 QB fantasy points even against poor pass defenses like the Vikings. Right now he sits at 11th overall which is right on the edge of startable.
Demaryius Thomas: Tim Tebow switched his allegiances from Eric Decker to Demaryius Thomas and it helped him to 144 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The Vikings pass defense had a lot to do with that of course.
Dan Orlovsky: The Patriots and garbage passing yards are a beautiful couple. Old man Orlovsky went all Vince Young on the Pats after getting way behind and finished with 353 yards and 2 touchdowns both to Pierre Garcon who had quite a garbage-y day himself.
Roy Helu: Shanahan was true to his word amazingly and Helu once again saw the bulk of the carries and receptions. He finished with 142 total yards and a touchdown on 27 touches. This was in a non-optimal matchup so keep running him out there!