We are now hitting the home stretch.
Fantasy football playoffs are less than a month away and with each passing week the scrutiny we place in roster decisions, waiver-wire pickups and trade possibilities becomes magnified tenfold.
It’s time for the contenders to separate themselves from the pretenders.
You’ll read all about the rest of the week here, as I dissect and analyze the weekend that was. So, without further ado, here is the Weekend 411 from FP911.
Stud of the Week
Calvin Johnson: Detroit Lions
Johnson is finally returning to his lofty perch as one of the game’s best-if not the best-wide receivers. Finally, he and Matt Stafford are getting on the same page after some early season struggles. On Sunday, Johnson was good for 207 yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions. So, suffice to say, trust Johnson with confidence the rest of the way.
Other studs of note: Jamaal Charles, Cecil Shorts, Matt Stafford, Adrian Peterson, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Jimmy Graham, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Torrey Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson, Stevan Ridley, Chris Johnson, Phil Rivers, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Greg Olsen, Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Danny Amendola, Felix Jones, Jeremy Maclin, Arian Foster and Brandon Marshall.
Dud of the week
Eric Decker: Denver Broncos
After scoring in five straight games and racking up 436 receiving yards in his last six games (with seven total touchdowns), you would think Decker would have his way with the Panthers or have a suitable, productive day. However, that was not the case, as Decker crapped the bed and was only good for two receptions for a measly 15 yards.
Other duds of note: Jonathan Dwyer/Isaac Redman, Vick Ballard/Donald Brown, Rashad Jennings, Mikel Leshoure, Michael Turner, Pierre Thomas, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ryan Tannehill, Reggie Bush, Nate Washington, Ryan Matthews, Jonathan Stewart/DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, Shonn Greene, Vernon Davis, Miles Austin, Matt Schaub, Matt Forte and Andre Johnson.
Rookies of impact
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
While he didn’t throw for any touchdowns, Luck showed off his athletic ability, rushing for two touchdowns while throwing for a respectable 227 yards.
Jarius Wright: Minnesota Vikings
Out of nowhere, Wright stepped up in his first game with the Vikings and produced a solid stat line, by recording three receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. You should wait, though, before making a claim for Wright, as this could be an aberration.
Doug Martin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We didn’t get the beastly numbers that we have been accustomed to seeing in the last couple of weeks, but Martin was once again rock solid, rushing for 68 yards while also making three catches for 51 yards.
Daryl Richardson: St. Louis Rams
Although Richardson was overshadowed by Steven Jackson’s fine day, Richardson made his impact nonetheless recording 58 yards on seven carries, which equates to a beastly 8.3 YPC.
Injuries of impact
Ben Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger had to leave Monday night’s game with what is being reported as a sprained shoulder.
Fred Jackson: Buffalo Bills
Jackson has already been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Dolphins with a concussion.
Ahmad Bradshaw: New York Giants
Bradshaw needed X-Rays on Monday, but we’re not exactly sure if it is related to his leg, hand or neck. With a bye this week, Bradshaw will have plenty of time to heal.
Brandon Myers: Oakland Raiders
A concussion could keep Myers out this week.
Alex Smith: San Francisco 49ers
Also suffering from a concussion was Smith. Jim Harbaugh said Smith felt a lot better on Monday but he’d still be a huge risk to play this week.
Michael Vick: Philadelphia Eagles
Keeping with the concussion theme, Michael Vick also fell victim to another big hit on Sunday. I’ve been saying all year that it was only a matter of time before a big hit would knock out Vick.
Jeremy Maclin: Philadelphia Eagles
A low-back strain may make Maclin questionable heading into Week 11.
Jay Cutler: Chicago Bears
Add Cutler to the list of stars suffering from a concussion. Cutler, like Alex Smith, felt better on Monday but will be very iffy for Sunday against ironically- San Francisco.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Laurent Robinson: Jacksonville Jaguars
After signing a lucrative deal in the offseason and then battling concussion issues it was nice to see Robinson have a nice day (nine catches for 77 yards) last Thursday.
Danny Woodhead: New England Patriots
While he scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) Woodhead only racked up 61 total yards. You’re playing with fire if you pick up Woodhead, as he often gets lost in the shuffle in New England.
Donald Jones: Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick has to look to someone other Steve Johnson in the Bills’ passing game and Jones may be that guy. On Sunday, Jones was good for six receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Brandon Stokley: Denver Broncos
It’s hard to ignore the stats Stokley is putting up any longer. Stokley has scored in four out of his last seven games now.
Danario Alexander: San Diego Chargers
After signing Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal in the offseason to help compensate for the loss of Vincent Jackson, the Chargers may have found an unlikely gem in Danario Alexander who could be even better. Alexander had five receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. In his last two games, Alexander has 10 receptions for 195 yards.
Colin Kaepernick: San Francisco 49ers
If Smith is out an extended period of time, Kaepernick could be worth a look. Kaepernick is extremely athletic and mobile and showed it on Sunday filling in for Smith, rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown on eight carries while also completing 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: What is wrong with Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense of late? Once a prideful and explosive offense, the Giants have more problems than they can shake a stick at. The bye week comes at a really good time for them to work out the kinks…If Darren McFadden is out for a long period of time and Marcel Reece is still available in your league, what are you waiting for? Taiwan Jones will not cut into Reece’s production after his stinker on Sunday…Why is that Joe Flacco looks like a Hall of Famer at home but is so brutally bad on the road?…When will the Jets finally relent and let Tebowmania run wild?…A tie? Are you kidding me San Francisco/St. Louis?
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