First off, Happy New Year to all the faithful FP911 readers!
Unfortunately, our fix of the regular season and the fantasy fun that goes with it came to a close this weekend. As usual, the final week was a week of rest for many, as several teams sat some stars with many games being of little importance. If you had something to play for, though, it was certainly an entertaining week, as we had over 80 total touchdowns in Sunday’s action.
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
Alfred Morris: Washington Redskins
While overshadowed by the exploits of Robert Griffin III, Morris is quietly having just as good a rookie season as RGIII. Griffin was simply beastly on Sunday night, running roughshod on the Cowboys to the tune of 200 yards and three touchdowns. Morris will likely be a first-round selection in most drafts next summer.
Other studs of note: C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson, Drew Brees, DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert, Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham, Marquees Colston, Doug Martin, Matt Stafford, Matt Forte, Eli Manning, Ahmad Bradshaw, Chad Henne, Justin Blackmon, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Aaron Rodgers, Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings, Tom Brady, Stevan Ridley, Wes Welker, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Golden Tate.
Dud of the week
Beanie Wells: Arizona Cardinals
For whatever reason, the Cardinals elected to not give Wells any carries in their game against the 49ers on Sunday. Wells was indeed active, but he received no carries while watching William Powell get the majority of the work. As such, if somehow you used Wells in any playoff format, you got a big fat zero.
Other duds of note: Brandon Marshall, Kenny Britt, Reggie Wayne, Rashard Mendenhall/Isaac Redman/Jonathan Dwyer, Larry Fitzgerald, Jamaal Charles, Kyle Rudolph, Reggie Bush, Brandon Lloyd, Sidney Rice and Pierre Garcon.
Rookies of impact
Alshon Jeffery: Chicago Bears
Jeffery, who was good for four receptions and 76 yards, will be a sleeper to keep your eye on in next year’s drafts.
David Wilson: New York Giants
Much like Jeffery, Wilson will likely be a stealth pick late in drafts next year. Wilson showed his versatility on Sunday by rushing for 75 yards on 15 carries while also scoring a receiving touchdown.
Rueben Randle: New York Giants
After a two-touchdown performance on Sunday, Randle will be in the mix for a bigger role in the Giants’ offense next year.
Vick Ballard: Indianapolis Colts
Ballard will most likely head into next year as the featured back for the Colts. Ballard finished the season strong by running for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Texans.
T.Y. Hilton: Indianapolis Colts
Hilton capped off a very impressive rookie season, by registering four receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Hilton will be a terrific pick in the middle rounds of drafts next year.
Bernard Pierce: Baltimore Ravens
Playing behind Ray Rice will be a major hindrance going forward, but Pierce nevertheless looked good in the season finale by rushing for 89 yards on 22 carries.
Michael Floyd: Arizona Cardinals
Floyd finally showed the potential the Cardinals saw in him when they drafted him in the first round last April. Floyd was awesome on Sunday against the 49ers, racking up 166 yards and a touchdown.
Jarius Wright: Minnesota Vikings
As one of the few playmakers at receiver for the Vikings, Wright finished the season strong by recording three receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. Wright will head into the 2013 season as a deep sleeper.
Injuries of impact
Miles Austin: Dallas Cowboys
Although you don’t have to worry about this season anymore, Austin did leave Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: Cincinnati Bengals
For those that play in playoff pools, monitor the health of Green-Ellis-who sat out Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
Earl Bennett: Chicago Bears
Although he had five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Lions, Bennett should not be on anyone’s radars for next year.
Keith Toston: Jacksonville Jaguars
While Toston had an admirable day (rushing for 74 yards and racking up 41 receiving yards) on Sunday, he’ll be a forgotten man come next year.
Terrelle Pryor: Oakland Raiders
Pryor is an intriguing player to keep an eye on this summer. In the event that the Raiders give Pryor a shot at quarterback next year, he could make for a late-round gem. Pryor wasn’t too shabby on Sunday against the Chargers, posting 150 passing yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: It was nice to see Rob Gronkowski return to the field on Sunday. He’ll make for an excellent selection in playoff pools and will once again be the No.1 tight end to draft next summer…For those who had faith in DeAngelo Williams’ late-season run, well, wow, you were handsomely rewarded…Adrian Peterson did not need to break Eric Dickerson’s rushing record to validate the truly phenomenal season he just had…
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