» It’s time we start acknowledging the outstanding season Percy Harvin is having. He’s shed the label of being just a hybrid without an actual role and now he’s just as integral to the Vikings offense as Adrian Peterson. While normal fantasy studs like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald have underwhelmed, Harvin’s on track to finish the season in the top 10 at his position.
» Robert Griffin III. Wow. Just wow.
» The biggest story in San Francisco was Ahmad Bradshaw beating the odds (and the 49ers run defense) on his way to a 116-yard, one-touchdown performance. He’s officially killed any talk of Andre Brown, David Wilson or anyone else possibly stealing carries from him. Bradshaw is the man in New York and deserves to be in your lineup every week.
» Aaron Hernandez was a much larger part of the game plan than most people expected. The tight end jumped back in quickly, catching six passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. Ironically, it wasn’t Wes Welker who felt the brunt of Hernandez’s return. Instead, it seemed to draw targets away from Rob Gronkowski who finished with six catches for 61 yards. We’ll see if this continues.
» It was a tough day for Marshawn Lynch, who posted just 5.20 fantasy points — easily his worst total of the season. It’s not a big surprise considering the strength of New England’s run defense, but the more disappointing stat is that he’s only scored in two of his team’s six games this season. Beastmode is going to need to be more beastly for fantasy owners to have faith in him.
» During the preseason, some people (it’s not important who … okay, it was me) thought Russell Wilson had sleeper value. That hadn’t really happened until today. And who ever would have believed that it was going to come against the Patriots? But lo and behold, the rookie threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Most impressively, he involved all of his main pass catchers, finding Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. This won’t justify my erroneous prediction, but maybe it jump starts him.
» So…what we wrote below about Greene? Apply that to Jeremy Maclin as well.
» What to say about Calvin Johnson this season? He’s gone over 100 yards in three of his five games this season (including 135 yards today), but he only has one touchdown. It’s hard to call this a bad fantasy season, but an underwhelming one? Certainly. Because he’s producing, you can’t bench him. But it would be nice to see him standing with the ball in the painted area a little more often.
» If you have Shonn Greene, trade him. Trade him now! After a 34-point fantasy day, his stock will never be higher than it is now. Don’t be fooled, this might never happen again. Get what you can for him and save yourself the headache.
» If there’s a silver lining to Danny Amendola’s injury, it’s that it has forced Sam Bradford to spread the ball around a little more. That is doing wonders for the fantasy values of Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens. The duo combined to make 10 catches for 176 yards. Keep that in mind for next week’s game against the Packers, who are only slightly better than the Dolphins when it comes to stopping fantasy receivers.
» Hey, Michael Turner. 33 yards on 11 carries? Really? Just when we started to believe in you? Thanks a lot.
» Carson Palmer does it again. It’s never pretty to watch, but the results are usually pretty respectable. The Raiders quarterback was battered behind a weak offensive line, but still managed to throw for 353 yards with a TD and an INT and posted 14.12 fantasy points. He’s a riddle wrapped in an enigma tied together by a mystery. But he’s not a bad bye week option.
» Fantasy rule reminder: Start everyone you possibly can against the Chiefs. Josh Freeman threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns, Mike Williams posted 113 receiving yards and a score and even LeGarrette Blount rose from the fantasy ashes for a touchdown. The Chiefs and Bills defenses are manna from fantasy heaven.
» You would think that when you’re forced to start Brady Quinn, you would lean on Jamaal Charles. But we’re not Romeo Crennel. The Chiefs gave their workhorse back 12 carries (he gained 40 yards), while dishing out 11 attempts to Shaun Draughn, who rushed for 11 yards. Sometimes it’s easy to figure out why teams lose.
» Sanchez has two touchdown passes, but just 82 passing yards. I have no idea what to make of that.
» The idea that the Dolphins run defense is unbreakable is being tested today. Daryl Richardson has rushed 10 times for 75 yards while Steven Jackson has 11 carries for 48 yards.
» New rule: Start your running backs against the Ravens.
» Some of the league’s worst rushing defenses have played big today. The Falcons have held Darren McFadden to 34 yards, Vick Ballard has just 13 yards against the Jets and the Chiefs have limited Doug Martin to just 27 yards. We’ll see if this keeps up in the second half.
» It’s a good day for former USC quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez has a pair of touchdown passes while Cars0n Palmer has 167 yards and a score against the Falcons defense.
» The Chiefs are spreading the carries around. Jamaal Charles and Shaun Draughn have six carries apiece and Nate Eachus has four. It’s interesting to see what this means for the rest of the game.
» It’s time to start considering Josh Gordon. He scores on a long touchdown for a second straight week. With Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin out as well as Greg Little being a disappoinment, Gordon has built a rapport with Brandon Weeden.
» So far, the Raiders are living up to their plan to get Darren McFadden more involved. He already has eight carries in the first quarter. Unfortunately, it’s only been good for 11 yards.
» More proof that the Ravens rushing defense isn’t what it used to be: DeMarco Murray has 39 yards on four carries and Felix Jones ripped off 21 yards and a TD on his first carry.
» File under “Baby Steps”: BenJarvus Green-Ellis has an early three carries for 10 yards. Yeah, it’s nothing special, but considering he had just 14 rushing yards last week, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Here we go folks … it’s about time to get things going for Week 6. Keep watching this post for fantasy-related updates as the day goes on.
- Marcas Grant
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