- The Andy Dalton-A.J. Green connection continues to be a productive one. The rookie QB threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns and while Green didn’t find the end zone this week, he did pull in seven passes for 83 yards. Green is becoming a solid No. 2 receiver in most formats while Dalton is a good option depending on the opponent.
- Matt Hasselbeck had a decent day after throwing for 272 yards and two TDs. He’s not the quarterback he once was, but Hasselbeck can be a good match-up based option if you’re struggling at the position. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson slowed down after a quick start. But he still finished with 110 total yards (64 rushing). It’s not great, but it’s better than what he’s offered most of the season.
- It might be time to downgrade Larry Fitzgerald. He still has the ability to be a play maker, if only Arizona’s quarterbacks would look in his direction. Fitzgerald’s only have more than five catches once this season and caught just his third TD of the season on Sunday — his first since Week 3.
- Lest you forgot about Steven Jackson, the veteran is proving he still has something left in the tank. In the last two weeks, Jackson has rushed for 289 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including 130 rushing yards in Sunday’s loss. As long as St. Louis’ passing game continues to stutter, expect Jackson to carry a heavy load.
- Jordy Nelson is becoming a bigger part of Green Bay’s dynamic passing game every week. Sunday, Nelson grabbed five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. He’s gone over 100 yards receiving in two of his last three games and is tied for second on the team with five touchdown catches.
- The Chargers passing game came through in a big way for fantasy owners this week. In addition to Vincent Jackson’s huge day (7 rec, 141 yds, 3 TD), Antonio Gates added eight catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Even Philip Rivers had one of his better fantasy performances with 385 yards and four touchdown passes — although the three interceptions kept his numbers down somewhat.
- Victor Cruz is establishing himself as one of the Giants’ go-to receivers after his six catch, 91 yard performance. He also drew a big pass interference penalty that set up the game winning touchdown catch from Jake Ballard. Speaking of Ballard, he contributed four catches, 67 yards and a touchdown and has been a nice fantasy start for the past few weeks.
- It didn’t start as a great fantasy day for Tom Brady, but he salvaged something out of it with 342 yards and two TDs. The two INTs and one fumble lost didn’t help matters. His top receivers lived up to expectations, though. Wes Welker had nine catches for 136 yards while Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
- In two games with the Raiders, Carson Palmer has thrown six interceptions. The good news is that he also threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Denver. It’s enough to drive fantasy owners nuts.
- Tom Brady has had a nightmarish day, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. Seems to be something about looking at those Giants uniforms.
- Sam Bradford and Brandon Lloyd have found some sort of rapport with Lloyd making four first half catches for 63 yards.
- Through the first half, Carson Palmer is making a case to be a Week 10 waiver wire addition with 138 yards and two TDs.
- It was a really nice day for Roy Helu, who ran for a mediocre 41 yards, but added 14 receptions for 105 yards. Meanwhile Ryan Torain had just two touches for a total of nine yards.
- Reggie Bush ran for 92 yards with a touchdown Sunday. After playing well the past two weeks, Bush could be putting a crimp in the Miami RB rotation. Also hurting the RB rotation is Matt Moore’s three-touchdown performance. Although it’s hard to see that happening too many more times.
- If today was any indication, the Browns might be a target for opposing running backs. The combination of Arian Foster and Ben Tate ran for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Cleveland is giving up more than 127 rushing yards per game.
- Marshawn Lynch went BeastMode on the Cowboys in a loss, rushing for 135 yards and a TD.
- Once again, DeMarco Murray flourished in the starting role for Dallas, running for 139 yards and adding another 47 receiving yards.
- No surprise, Ryan Fitzpatrick had a tough go against the Jets defense. FitzMagic fizzled with 191 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Stevie Johnson was held in check most of the day, but made some late plays to end up with 84 yards. Even Fred Jackson had his struggles, despite finishing with 82 rush yards and 38 receiving yards.
Observations after the first half of Sunday’s games:
- More proof that no one can figure out the Colts passing game: Austin Collie is Indy’s leading receiver with four catches for 32 yards.
- Daniel Thomas is active. Not that you can tell. Miami has run the ball four times — three to Reggie Bush and one by Matt Moore.
- The Colts are the cure for what ails you: Matt Ryan has 143 yards and two touchdown passes while Julio Jones has two catches for 130 yards and two TDs.
- Through one quarter, Joseph Addai doesn’t have a touch. Donald Brown has seven carries, Delone Carter has two.
- Brandon Marshall has started well with three catches for 56 yards. Unfortunately, it was Anthony Fasano who got into the end zone.
- If you started the Falcons defense, you have been rewarded early with a fumble and an interception.
- The Browns’ secondary is among the best in the league, so the Texans are going to the ground early. Ben Tate has 33 yards and a TD while Arian Foster has 25 yards. And Matt Schaub has a TD run.
— Marcas Grant
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