While this weekend did not have the same craziness that we witnessed last week, it was exciting nonetheless. We had our usual showing of studs and duds with many quarterbacks in particular stepping up their game this week.
You’ll read all about it 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
Brian Hartline: Miami Dolphins
While there were plenty of good candidates (take your pick of stud QB’s in Brady, Brees, Rodgers etc.) to choose here, I went with a guy who can possibly still be had on the waiver wire in Hartline. Hartline was phenomenal and he is without a doubt Ryan Tannehill’s most-trusted target. Hartline corralled in a whopping 12 receptions for a career and franchise high 253 receiving yards while also scoring a touchdown. Suffice to say, if he is available in your league, run to the waiver and make a claim!
Other studs of note: Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Marshawn Lynch, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Chris Johnson, Tom Brady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Stevan Ridley, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, A.J. Green, Peyton Manning, Willis McGahee, Vincent Jackson, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Marques Colston, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Eli Manning, LeSean McCoy, Victor Cruz, DeSean Jackson, Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
Dud of the week
Darren McFadden: Oakland Raiders
Although the Raiders were getting hammered and had to air it out early, McFadden should have played a bigger part in the game plan. McFadden only got 13 carries and only rushed for 34 yards, which equates to a measly 2.6 YPC clip. And you’d think being down big for most of the game McFadden would be featured in the passing game, but alas he wasn’t, as he hauled in just one catch for four yards.
Other duds of note: Dennis Pitta, Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Steven Jackson, Golden Tate, Robert Meachem, Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Julio Jones, Christian Ponder, Mikel Leshoure, Kevin Smith, Titus Young, Percy Harvin (not a dud if you’re league counts special teams’ yards), Kyle Rudolph, Malcom Floyd, Andre Johnson, C.J. Spiller, Stevie Johnson, Pierre Garcon, Mark Ingram, Ryan Williams, Doug Martin, Pierre Garcon, Martellus Bennett, Jeremy Maclin, Tony Romo and Michael Bush.
Rookies of impact
Brandon Weeden: Cleveland Browns
Going up against the Ravens on the road, you’d expect Weeded to struggle, but he played a solid game, passing for 320 yards.
Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns
It is becoming increasingly obvious that Richardson is the Browns’ offense. Richardson was solid on Thursday night rushing for 47 yards and a touchdown while also recording four catches for 57 yards.
Joique Bell: Detroit Lions
With Kevin Smith being held off the board again and Mikel Leshoure struggling, perhaps Bell can get some carries in Detroit. Although Bell had only one carry for two yards he did make six catches for 72 yards.
Brandon Bolden: New England Patriots
This performance came out of nowhere didn’t it? Bolden has now wedged himself in to the Pats’ crowded backfield after Sunday’s performance when he ran for 137 yards on 16 carries (a ridiculous 8.6 YPC). With an outing like that, you might just have to take a flier on him via the waiver wire in case he blows up.
Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins
Tannehill played well enough to win on Sunday, but his team came up short in OT. Although he threw a crucial interception in overtime, you can’t fault the rookie too much considering he passed for 431 yards and a score.
Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins
RGIII showed the athleticism and poise that made him such a coveted prospect when he led the Redskins downfield with 1:42 left on the clock with Billy Cundiff kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired. RGIII threw for 323 yards while also doing damage on the ground again, as he rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Alfred Morris: Washington Redskins
Not even Mike Shanahan can screw this up! Morris is unquestionably the Redskins lead back and he is cementing the role with each quality outing. This week Morris rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Injuries of impact
Santonio Holmes: New York Jets
The Jets are struggling enough as it is on offense, so losing perhaps their best playmaker in Holmes-who left Sunday’s game with a foot injury and won’t play in Week 5 and perhaps more-will only make things worse.
Jake Locker: Tennessee Titans
Locker got crushed in Sunday’s loss to the Texans and separated his shoulder when sacked by the Texans’ Glover Quin. An MRI revealed no structural damage and Locker is considered day-to-day, but he’ll be a huge risk this week.
Greg Jennings: Green Bay Packers
A groin injury knocked Jennings out of commission again and this injury could linger for weeks. Once again, Jennings will be questionable for Sunday.
Ben Tate: Houston Texans
A toe injury limited Tate in the Texan’s game on Sunday and his availability for Sunday is in question.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material):
Matt Hasselbeck: Tennessee Titans
If Locker is out , Hasselbeck (17-25 for 193 yards and two touchdowns) could make for a capable fill-in QB. For 2-QB leagues, Hasselbeck can be added for insurance.
Donald Jones: Buffalo Bills
With David Nelson out for the year someone in Buffalo has to emerge opposite Stevie Johnson. Jones could be that guy. Jones did well on Sunday by hauling in two catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Kevin Kolb: Arizona Cardinals
You can’t argue with the fact that Kolb has now led the Cardinals to a 4-0 record. Kolb is now connecting with Larry Fitzgerald and is playing at a decent level for fantasy purposes. Kolb had his best outing on Sunday when he threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns.
Davone Bess: Miami Dolphins
As Tannehill progresses, Bess could have a chance to flourish. Tannehill has already made Hartline a star and with Bess going for 123 yards on seven catches on Sunday, Bess could be worth the flier.
Andre Roberts: Arizona Cardinals
With two touchdown catches on Sunday, Roberts is now tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions (4). It was nice to see Roberts also do some damage in the yardage (118 yards on six catches) department too.
Joseph Morgan: New Orleans Saints
Just another mouth to feed in New Orleans. While Morgan’s 80-yard touchdown reception was nice, that’s all he did and he’s best left on the waiver wire.
Domenik Hixon: New York Giants
In their quest to find a third receiving option behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks (who has now missed two games), the Giants’ Hixon was the latest to step up. On Sunday Hixon was a trusted target for Eli Manning, as he amassed 114 yards on six catches. Between Cruz, Nicks, Ramses Barden and Martellus Bennett, Dixon will have difficulty putting up number like these on a weekly basis.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: While there were plenty of shootouts this week, I must say I was thoroughly impressed with some fine defensive performances put on by Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Denver and Minnesota…It’s hard to fathom that the Saints are 0-4. Maybe a coach (Sean Payton) makes all the difference in the world. All that said, the Saints may be one of the best 0-4 teams I have ever seen…Did anyone see Roddy White jump over two defenders and haul in that 59-yard catch in OT? Wow, talk about clutch!…Cam Newton certainly needed that fine performance on Sunday to put his owners at ease…Ditto for Chris Johnson owners. Johnson’s fine performance was desperately needed…
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