Season’s Greeting from FantasyPros911!
Sorry to be coming at you a little late with this column, but better late than never, right? So, how did you all do? Are you basking in the championship afterglow? Or are you drowning in your runner-up sorrows?
Or are you still alive and playing for something in Week 17?
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
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant: Dallas Cowboys
While the performances of Romo and Bryant rang hallow for Cowboys’ fans, as Dallas lost in overtime, fantasy owners could care less about team wins and losses. Owners of Romo and/or Bryant have to be giddy about the lines these two posted on Sunday. Romo threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns while Bryant racked up an astonishing 224 yards receiving and two touchdowns on nine receptions.
Other studs of note: Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Roddy White, Calvin Johnson, Christian Ponder, Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson, Alfred Morris, Jeremy Maclin, Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Darren Sproles, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Antonio Brown, C.J. Spiller, Reggie Bush, Aaron Rodgers, James Jones, Shonn Greene, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
Dud of the week
Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans
Unfortunately (again!) this week was another bad week for studs to lay an egg and there were plenty of candidates to choose from. This week Chris Johnson gets the nod, as he was relied on in many championships and he had one of his worst outings of the year, rushing for only a measly 28 yards on 11 carries while also making two catches for 13 yards. To his credit, though, Johnson did hurt his ankle in the affair-although he should be fine for the season’s last game.
Other duds of note: Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, Matt Schaub, Danny Amendola, Aaron Hernandez, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Rashard Mendenhall/Isaac Redman/Jonathan Dwyer, Mike Wallace, Stevie Johnson, Brian Hartline, Darren McFadden, DeAngelo Williams, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Brandon Myers, Josh Gordon, Beanie Wells, Eli Manning, Ahmad Bradshaw, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Frank Gore, Golden Tate and Sidney Rice.
Rookies of impact
Nick Foles: Philadelphia Eagles
Although Foles broke his hand in Sunday’s game against the Redskins and will be lost for next week’s game against the Giants, Foles went out with a bang by passing for 345 yards and a touchdown.
Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon is continuing to put the finishing touches on an impressive rookie season. On Sunday vs. the Patriots, Blackmon was good for seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Lamar Miller: Miami Dolphins
In an en extended look at running back , Miller looked good on Sunday vs. the Bills, rushing for 78 yards on 10 carries.
Bernard Pierce: Baltimore Ravens
Capitalizing on the playing time afforded to him in a lopsided victory over the Giants, Pierce looked fantastic spelling Ray Rice by rushing for 123 yards on 14 carries.
Injuries of impact
Anquan Boldin: Baltimore Ravens
Boldin left Sunday’s game with a minor shoulder injury, but there is a good chance he’ll play this Sunday vs. the Bengals.
Arian Foster: Houston Texans
Foster had a scary moment on Sunday when he had to leave the game vs. the Vikings with an irregular heartbeat. That said, Foster has been cleared by doctors and should be back on the field this week.
Carson Palmer: Oakland Raiders
Palmer’s up and down season is now over after suffering cracked ribs on Sunday vs. the Panthers. Matt Leinart should assume the responsibilities at quarterback for the Raiders this week vs. the Chargers.
Randall Cobb: Green Bay Packers
An ankle injury led to Cobb being pulled from Sunday’s game vs. the Titans. Cobb is questionable at the moment for the season finale vs. Minnesota, although the injury does not appear to be serious.
Matt Forte: Chicago Bears
Forte injured his ankle on Sunday vs. the Cardinals and has not practiced to date. However, with the Bears’ playoff chances squarely on the line, expect Forte to give it a go this week against the Lions.
Vernon Davis: San Francisco 49ers
A concussion knocked Davis out of Sunday’s game and as protocol states, he’ll have to pass a battery of tests before he can return to the field.
Cecil Shorts: Jacksonville Jaguars
Another concussion will sideline Shorts for the last game of the season.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Lance Kendricks: St. Louis Rams
This space is designed to give Kendricks props, as he made four catches for 119 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Bucs. However, this space is not intended to suggest you go picking up Kendricks, as he is too unreliable to gamble on in Week 17.
Peyton Hillis: Kansas City Chiefs
As long as Jamaal Charles plays this week, you can’t bank on Hillis having a day like he had on Sunday vs. the Colts (15 carries for 101 yards). However, if Charles’ illness persists and he can’t play on Sunday, Hillis would be a decent last-minute replacement.
Jordan Shipley: Jacksonville Jaguars
Shipley showed promise with the Bengals before and with the Jaguars down Shorts next week against the Titans, Shipley could possibly post another solid stat line. Against the Patriots this past weekend, Shipley made five catches for 82 yards.
Ryan Grant/DuJuan Harris: Green Bay Packers
Both Grant and Harris stepped up for the Packers on Sunday, as they both produced where Alex Green previously could not. Grant had a nostalgic day, carrying the ball 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns while Harris was good for 29 rushing yards and a touchdown. If you go with a Packers’ running back, go with Grant, but at this point he’s hard to trust this late in the game
Doug Baldwin: Seattle Seahawks
As Russell Wilson rapidly evolves into a complete quarterback, Baldwin will only continue to get better and build on performances like he had on Sunday night (four catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns).
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: From the “too little, too late” department, it was finally nice to see Larry Fitzgerald get back to fantasy relevance with eight receptions for 111 yards…How inspiring is it to see the Colts go from the team’s worst team in 2011 minus Peyton Manning; get Andrew Luck in the draft and return to the playoffs while coach Chuck Pagano had to watch from the sidelines battling a treatable form of leukemia? #Chuckstrong indeed!…Maybe the Jets’ best quarterback is Jeremy Kerley (Kerley connected on a 42-yard pass on Sunday and has a career 118.8 passer rating)…
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