Well, after a week-off sabbatical due to super storm Sandy, I’m back and ready to dive right back into talking fantasy football.
And what a week we just had! In Week 9, it was all about the rookies, as Doug Martin and Andrew Luck had their best games as pros. That’s saying something after some of the games these two rookies have had.
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
Doug Martin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Call him “Dougie Fresh,” “Muscle Hamster” or whatever you want. I’ll just call him a star in the making. In case you didn’t know, the diminutive rookie running back ran roughshod over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Martin ran for a whopping 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. For good measure Martin also added four receptions for 21 yards. What made Martin’s day so impressive was that Martin ran for three 40-plus touchdown runs.
Other studs of note: Brian Hartline, Donnie Avery, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Ray Rice, Peyton Manning, Eric Decker, Jermaine Gresham, A.J. Green, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Mikel LeShoure, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate, Carson Palmer, Brandon Myers, Isaac Redman, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Julio Jones, Roddy White, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.
Dud of the week
Eli Manning: New York Giants
After starting the season strong, Manning is mired in a deep slump and it reached its lowest point on Sunday. Manning only completed 10 passes for a measly 125 yards (no touchdowns) while also throwing an interception against the Steelers. The Steelers proved to be a difficult opponent, but Manning should get back to being a trusted option soon. With the Bengals on tap next, Manning should return to his elite ways.
Other duds of note: Fred Jackson, Nate Washington, Jared Cook, Titus Young, Jermichael Finley, Christian Ponder, Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant, Tony Gonzalez and Jeremy Maclin.
Rookies of impact
Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts
The maturation Luck is developing and the poise he plays with is just astounding. Luck was like a surgeon on Sunday slicing up the Dolphins, as he passed for a robust 433 yards and two touchdowns with no picks.
Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins
Going toe to toe with Luck was Tannehill, as his Dolphins almost upended the Colts. Once again Tannehill was solid, passing for 290 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
T.Y. Hilton: Indianapolis Colts
Slowly but surely Hilton is starting to emerge as a favorite option for Luck. Hilton rewarded Luck on Sunday by grabbing six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Dwayne Allen: Indianapolis Colts
With the Colts down Coby Fleener, Allen stepped up. Allen is a big-bodied tight end that Luck could get used to throwing to. Allen hauled in a respectable six catches for 75 yards.
Bernard Pierce: Baltimore Ravens
Although he’ll never get much time playing behind Ray Rice, Pierce is starting to get more involved in the Ravens’ offense and is must-have handcuff for Rice owners. Pierce looked good on Sunday rushing for 26 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns
Richardson is just humming along. Once again Richardson carried the Browns, rushing for 105 yards while also making six catches for 31 yards.
Ryan Broyles: Detroit Lions
Now that he is showing he is fully healthy, Broyles is starting to get more involved in the Lions’ game plan. On Sunday Broyles was good for six catches and 52 yards.
Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars
While his final stats were not eye-popping (five receptions for 32 yards), it was nice to see Blackmon finally find the end zone while being heavily targeted (nine targets) in the passing game.
Joique Bell: Indianapolis Colts
It is becoming increasingly apparent that Bell is a major part of the Lions’ offense. After his day on Sunday (13 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown; three receptions for 36 yards), Bell is quickly becoming a must-have add off the waiver wire.
Michael Floyd: Arizona Cardinals
It’s been a slow process for Floyd in adapting to the speed of the NFL, but he may be coming out of his funk. On Sunday, Floyd recorded five catches for 80 yards.
Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks
Wilson is not getting enough credit for the way he is playing. As he’s been doing all season, Wilson was great at home as he threw for 173 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for an additional 27 yards.
Rod Streater: Oakland Raiders
After Brandon Myers’ 13 targets, Streater was the second-most targeted (10) receiver for Carson Palmer and the Raiders on Sunday. Streater made four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown and could be a sneaky pick up off the waiver wire.
Injuries of impact
Darren McFadden: Oakland Raiders
No shock here, McFadden is once again hampered by an injury; this time he has a high-ankle sprain. McFadden will be very questionable for Sunday and perhaps a few weeks after that.
Antonio Brown: Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown also succumbed to an ankle injury on Sunday and could be shelved a game or two.
Santana Moss: Washington Redskins
Moss suffered a concussion on Sunday and he’ll have to pass a battery of tests before he can return in Week 11 (the Redskins have a bye this week).
Stevie Johnson: Buffalo Bills
Johnson suffered a thigh bruise in Sunday’s game against the Texans and is being listed as day-to-day.
Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs
The good news is that Charles does not have a concussion after a vicious hit in Thursday night’s game. The bad news is that he could still be iffy for Sunday’s game.
Jordy Nelson: Green Bay Packers
Nelson’s ankle injury looked a lot worse than it appeared to be and there is a chance Nelson could return in Week 11 (the Packers are on a bye in Week 10).
Percy Harvin: Minnesota Vikings
Harvin is yet another player to suffer an ankle sprain. He too will be considered day-to-day but don’t be surprised if he misses this week’s game.
Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)
James Starks: Green Bay Packers
The Alex Green experiment may be over in Green Bay as Starks looked a lot better running the ball in their game against the Cardinals on Sunday. Starks ran for 61 yards on 17 carries while Green ran for 53 yards on 11 carries. Starks could be worth a pick up, but this has an ugly timeshare written all over it.
Tom Crabtree: Green Bay Packers
With Jermichael Finley really struggling, the Packers are looking to get other tight ends more involved and Crabtree could be that guy. Crabtree’s only stats were a 72-yard touchdown reception. But its plays like that which could endear him to the Packers’ coaches.
Marcel Reece: Oakland Raiders
With McFadden once again banged up, the Raiders could call on H-back specialist Marcel Reece to make some plays. Reece is fantastic in the passing game and was good for eight receptions (on nine targets) and 95 yards and touchdown on Sunday.
Mike Goodson: Oakland Raiders
If McFadden is out a prolonged period of time, Goodson would likely be the recipient of most of the carries in the Raiders’ backfield. Although Goodson did nothing on the ground on Sunday (two carries for 0 yards) he was active in the passing game, as he made six catches for 52 yards.
Kevin Ogletree: Dallas Cowboys
Are you willing to give Ogletree another chance? I wouldn’t be so quick to turn to him again despite him posting a solid line (three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown) on Sunday night.
Chris Ivory: New Orleans Saints
Ivory has been good in spurts before and with Darren Sproles out for a few weeks, Ivory might be worthy of being picked up. Ivory showed great burst on Monday night, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Other interesting tidbits to chew on: You would be hard pressed to find a better defensive unit for fantasy purposes than the Chicago Bears. I’m talking ever! We are talking about an epic defense here…I’m still surprised Michael Vick is still standing these days. Could this be the week the Eagles turn to Nick Foles?…Chuck Pagano’s post-game speech after the Colts beat the Dolphins sure did give me the shivers… If CJ2K can run on the Bears, he should be able to run on anybody. Don’t worry about him anymore…
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