Well that was one exhilarating and jaw-dropping weekend we just witnessed! From walk-off touchdowns to countless other tight, wire-to-wire finishes, it was one heckuva weekend to be a fan of the game.
Many players stepped up their games this weekend and had breakout games while other either flopped or succumbed to injuries.
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
Matt Schaub/Andre Johnson: Houston Texans
How do you choose between these two Texans, who both stepped up and had awe-inspiring outings on Sunday? You don’t. That’s why they will share the “Stud of the Week” honor this week. For much of the year the Texans’ passing game has remained dormant. That was until Sunday when the Texans unleashed Schaub. Schaub was beastly, throwing for 527 yards and five touchdowns. Of course, on the receiving end of most of those passes was Andre Johnson. Johnson, who has not exactly lit the world on fire this year, emphatically put the finishing touches on a fabulous afternoon when he took a 48-yard pass to the house for the walk-off win for the Texans. On the day, Johnson had a staggering 14 receptions for 273 yards and the touchdown.
Other studs of note: Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, A.J. Green, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Josh Freeman, Vincent Jackson, Brandon LaFell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Roddy White, Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Marcel Reece, Lance Moore, Peyton Manning, Danario Alexander and Tom Brady.
Dud of the week
Jeremy Maclin: Philadelphia Eagles
Although he had a back issue entering the game, Maclin did suit up but he might as well have sat out. While Nick Foles was far from a stabilizing force, Maclin didn’t so much as make a reception and was only targeted three times. Fantasy owners who started him got a big-fat goose egg. Not acceptable.
Other duds of note: Reggie Bush, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rashad Jennings, DeAngelo Williams, Mike Williams, Tony Gonzalez, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Titus Young, DeSean Jackson, Denarius Moore, Antonio Gates, Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Rashard Mendenhall and Larry Fitzgerald.
Rookies of impact
Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars
Wow! Color me impressed. Blackmon almost was “Stud of the Week” and is now the waiver-wire pickup of the week after his phenomenal performance on Sunday in which he hauled in seven receptions for a whopping 236 yards and a touchdown.
Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns
Just another day at the office for Richardson, as he once again posted another fine stat line (28 carries for 95 yards and six catches for 49 yards).
Doug Martin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“Muscle Hamster” was once again a total yardage beast, as he rushed for 138 yards and recorded four receptions for 23 yards.
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins
Griffin III was equally dazzling as he was efficient on Sunday, completing 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 84 yards. At this moment, RGIII will be hard to unseat for Rookie of the Year.
Ronnie Hillman: Denver Broncos
Hillman, who rushed for 43 yards on 24 carries, will be a popular pickup off the wire after the news of Willis McGahee’s injury.
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
Although he threw three picks, Luck did pass for over 300 (334) yards and throw two touchdowns. Not too shabby.
T.Y. Hilton: Indianapolis Colts
Hilton was the recipient of both of Luck’s touchdown passes while also racking up 100 yards on six catches. Hilton is starting to become a reliable part of the Colts’ offense and is definitely worthy of adding off the wire.
Injuries of impact
Julio Jones: Atlanta Falcons
Jones, who was questionable for Week 11 with an ankle injury, reinjured the same ankle and as a result will be questionable once again this week.
LeSean McCoy: Philadelphia Eagles
A slight concussion knocked McCoy out of Sunday’s game and he is being treated as day-to-day.
Willis McGahee: Denver Broncos
It was a rough afternoon for McGahee, as he suffered a torn MCL and will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season.
Rob Gronkowski: New England Patriots
In a time where perhaps he should not have been on the field, Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm and he, like McGahee, will likely be sidelined for the rest of the regular season.
Dwayne Bowe: Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe left Sunday game against the Bengals with a neck injury and he’ll probably be questionable to play this weekend.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Chad Henne: Jacksonville Jaguars
I have to admit, I did not see this coming. Who could? Henne came in for an injured Blaine Gabbert and absolutely torched the Texans to the tune of 354 passing yards and four touchdowns. I’d wait to see what Henne can do for an encore before entertaining the idea of rostering him.
Jalen Parmele: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Rashad Jennings’ experiment is over. Maurice Jones-Drew’s (who will likely miss Week 12) latest replacement may now be Parmele, who looked good on Sunday rushing for 80 yards on 24 carries.
Marcedes Lewis: Jacksonville Jaguars
Maybe Lewis can connect with Henne better than Gabbert, as he did corral three catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns.
Garrett Graham: Houston Texans
Buyer beware. Graham is still a backup tight end but he did look good on Sunday, grabbing eight receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Graham may get more involved in the Texans’ offense, but you should take a wait and see approach.
Julian Edelman: New England Patriots
Just like Graham, Edelman may get more involved in the loaded Pat’s offense after his fine performance on Sunday (five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for an additional 47 yards), but he should be ignored in most leagues for the time being.
Bilal Powell: New York Jets
Although still behind Shonn Greene on the depth chart, Powell showed his explosive ability rushing for 42 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Ben Watson: Cleveland Browns
Any time you score two touchdowns in a game, you’ll get noticed. However, these performances by Watson (four receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns) will likely be too few and far between.
Emmanuel Sanders: Pittsburgh Steelers
If Antonio Brown is out for an extended period of time-and that may be the case-Sanders could be worth a closer look. On Sunday night, Sanders was solid registering three receptions for 82 yards.
Colin Kaepernick: San Francisco 49ers
All of a sudden we have a quarterback controversy in San Francisco. Filling in for the injured Alex Smith, Kaepernick look like a polished quarterback in the pocket, passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t be surprised if Kaepernick is the starter this Sunday in New Orleans. If he is, he may be worthy of a flier.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: I’m starting to get really worried about Larry Fitzgerald’s value going forward. First Kevin Kolb goes out; then John Skelton is ineffective and is replaced by rookie Ryan Lindley, who was even worse. It may be time to start thinking of possibly sitting Fitzgerald going forward…It was nice to see Jermichael Finley have a halfway decent afternoon recording his first touchdown since Week 1…
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