It was another wacky and bizarre affair in the NFL this week.
Between awful calls that could not be replayed, 4th and 29 conversions and sprinklers going off during a game, we had our share of funny and jaw-dropping moments in the NFL this weekend. We also had our usual fill of studs and duds to talk about.
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
Julio Jones: Atlanta Falcons
It was a tough decision to name the “Stud of the Week” this week, as many players had equally impressive outings, but considering Jones was dealing with a nagging ankle injury, he’ll get the nod here. Jones was Matt Ryan’s most trusted target on the day, as Jones recorded six receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown. There should be no more concerns about Jones’ ankle now.
Other studs of note: Arian Foster, Matt Stafford, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Tony Romo, Pierre Garcon, Dez Bryant, Tom Brady, Stevan Ridley, Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, A.J. Green, Matt Ryan, Adrian Peterson, Michael Bush, Cecil Shorts, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Steven Jackson, Drew Brees, Frank Gore, Eli Manning and Cam Newton.
Dud of the week
Vernon Davis: San Francisco 49ers
With a matchup against New Orleans and coming off a fine performance (six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown) a week earlier in which he connected with Colin Kaepernick, you’d think Davis would have feasted on the Saints. Instead, Davis did not even record a single catch and had only one measly target.
Other duds of note: Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe, Ronnie Hillman, Fred Jackson, Vick Ballard/Donald Brown, Jonathan Dwyer/Rashard Mendenhall/Isaac Redman, Mike Wallace, Carson Palmer, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Marshawn Lynch, Brian Hartline, Mike Williams, Antonio Gates, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Danny Amendola, Larry Fitzgerald, Chris Ivory/Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram, Michael Crabtree, Jimmy Graham, James Starks/Alex Green, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jonathan Stewart/DeAngelo Williams and DeSean Jackson.
Rookies of impact
Ryan Broyles: Detroit Lions
With Titus Young being deactivated for disciplinary reasons, Broyles made the most of his opportunities by registering six receptions (on 12 targets) for 126 yards. Watch this situation carefully, as Broyles might have ascended past Young permanently and, if so, Broyles would be an excellent pickup.
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins
There is hardly any reason to tout RGIII’s name any more here. The guy is simply a stud and proved it on a big stage on Thanksgiving by throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns.
Alfred Morris: Washington Redskins
Often overshadowed by RGIII’s heroics is Morris, who is quietly having a monster rookie season in D.C. On Thursday Morris rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns
Once again, Richardson carried the load for the Browns, rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown while recording four receptions for 27 yards.
Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks
Although he did not lead his team to victory (as he rarely does on the road), Wilson had an efficient afternoon, completing 21 of 27 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
Doug Martin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While he wasn’t piling up the yardage (50 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards), Martin carried his owners with two more touchdowns.
Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon built on his brilliant performance of last week with a fine encore, as he hauled in five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Givens: St. Louis Rams
As you may or may not know, Givens is a fantastic deep threat for Sam Bradford, and he once again showed his promise by making five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Mohamed Sanu: Cincinnati Bengals
Slowly but surely, Sanu is becoming more of a fixture in the Bengals’ plans. In Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Sanu caught five passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns. Sanu has now scored in three straight games.
Bryce Brown: Philadelphia Eagles
I don’t know how long it will last, as LeSean McCoy could come back as early as this week, but Brown looked REALLY good on Monday Night, rushing for a whopping 178 yards and also scoring twice on the night. Not working in his favor, though, was the fact he lost two fumbles.
Injuries of impact
Miles Austin: Dallas Cowboys
A hip strain knocked Austin out of Thursday’s game and the Cowboys don’t seem all too concerned that it will hinder him going forward. Austin will be treated as day-to-day.
Julian Edelman: New England Patriots
A head injury befell Edelman on Thursday night and he, of course, will have to pass a battery of tests before he can return.
Matt Forte: Chicago Bears
Forte’s injury is one fantasy owners can live without. Bush had to leave Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings with an ankle injury. The injury could linger and that could make Michael Bush (who rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns) a great play once again. As of Monday afternoon, the Bears had no update on the condition of Forte’s ankle.
Kyle Rudolph: Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph also suffered a head injury in the Bears/Vikings game and he’ll be tested for concussion symptoms this week. As such, he’ll be a risky play this week.
Jalen Parmele: Jacksonville Jaguars
Parmele injured his leg in the Jags’ contest against the Titans but returned later in the game. Rashad Jennings did well in his absence and this could be an ugly timeshare until Maurice Jones-Drew can return.
Andre Brown: New York Giants
Just as he was starting to get more involved in the Giants’ game plan, Brown’s season is now done after he suffered a fractured fibula in Sunday night’s game. If you need a handcuff for Ahmad Bradshaw, now turn to David Wilson.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Aldrick Robinson: Washington Redskins
RGIII loves Robinson on deep patterns, as Robinson has back-to-back weeks of scoring a touchdown on only one reception. However, Robinson brings no measure of consistency as he has only been targeted a total of 19 times in 10 games.
Shane Vereen: New England Patriots
It seems like every week a new Patriot comes out f nowhere and posts a robust stat line. This week it was Vereen, as he rushed for 42 yards while also taking an 83-yard screen play to the house. While Stevan Ridley will continue to be the lead back in New England, Vereen should nevertheless see an increase of reps going forward.
Knowshon Moreno: Denver Broncos
Most presumed that Ronnie Hillman would get the lion’s share of carries for the Broncos after Willis McGahee’s season-ending injury, but it was Moreno who was the lead horse. Moreno was solid on the day, rushing for 85 yards against the Chiefs. Moreno has to be considered a must-add running back at this time.
Davone Bess: Miami Dolphins
It will be hard to trust Bess, as he is never one for consistency. However, Bess looked good on Sunday being Ryan Tannehill’s main man and was good for seven receptions and 129 yards.
Charles Clay: Miami Dolphins
If you’re desperate for a tight end (Rob Gronkowski owners?), Clay just might be your guy. Clay was solid in the Dolphins’ win over the Seahawks, catching six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Jacquizz Rodgers: Atlanta Falcons
Michael Turner’s time as the lead back in Atlanta may be coming to an end, as he rushed for only 17 yards on 13 carries (granted he scored a touchdown). Now enter Rodgers. Rodgers looked like the more explosive back, rushing for 49 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries while also registering two catches for 30 yards.
Beanie Wells: Arizona Cardinals
Most astute owners should have locked up Wells prior to this week, but if he is available in your league, then gobble him up immediately. Wells got his job back as lead runner for the Cardinals, as he rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Meanwhile, LaRod Stephens-Howling only got one carry for one yard.
Rob Housler: Arizona Cardinals
Just like Clay, if you’re desperate for a tight end, maybe Housler will float your boat. For whatever reason, Cardinals’ rookie QB Ryan Lindley loves throwing to Housler. On Sunday, Housler piled up 82 receiving yards on eight catches.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: Although his touchdown should not have counted, Justin Forsett is looking like a solid and must-have handcuff for Arian Foster…Eight turnovers by the Steelers and they only lose by six? Really? That said, if Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year, you can say goodnight for their playoff chances…It was finally nice to see Reggie Bush rebound and have a fine afternoon…With the way Chad Henne is playing, expect increased production from Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts going forward…Colin Kaepernick is starting to look like the real deal…It seems the bye-week came at the perfect time for Eli Manning to get back to his elite ways…
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