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» It might have come against the Saints, but Marcel Reece deserves a lot of credit for being incredibly efficient with his opportunity. In just 23 touches, Reece has gained nearly 200 total yards from scrimmage. In other words, he’s posted the type of numbers that people expected from Darren McFadden this season. This game has also solidified Taiwan Jones as an afterthought in the Raiders offense.
» Forget about Ryan Mathews as a fantasy prospect. Since he came into the league, the expectations have been high, but Mathews has struggled with injuries, fumbles and generally disappointing production. Despite getting numerous chances to be the man in San Diego, guys like Jackie Battle and Ronnie Brown continue to see carries. Mathews is going to be a hard sell for fantasy owners next season.
» At this point, I’m throwing in the towel on LeSean McCoy. Not because he’s bad, but because for some unknown reason, the Eagles just refuse to force feed him — even though he’s clearly their best offensive playmaker. One would think that with a rookie quarterback taking over, Andy Reid would try to get McCoy at least 30 touches. Instead, he settles for 21 before leaving with an injury. If anyone has an explanation for this, I’d be happy to hear it. Nonetheless, his potential is too great for him to be on your bench. So I’ll keep starting him. But I don’t have to be happy about it.
» I probably write this ever week, but Kansas City’s inability to hold (or most times take) a lead is destroying the fantasy value of Jamaal Charles. He had 41 yards on his first six carries. He had 46 yards the rest of the day. But it’s hard to establish a ground game when you’re switching between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn at quarterback while trying to rally from a 21-3 deficit.
» 101 rushing yards and a touchdown? That’s more like it, BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Who knew we’d have to wait so long for your first 100 yard game.
» Calvin Johnson has scored a touchdown in two straight games. At the start of the year, I said that if anyone could break the Madden curse, it was Megatron. It looks like that’s finally starting to come true.
» I’ve been critical of Vincent Jackson’s inconsistency all season long. However, I’m willing to admit when I’m wrong and after his 17.40 fantasy point performance, he’s had double-digit totals in four of his last six games. It’s also boosted the fantasy value of Josh Freeman, who’s also picked up his game over the past month. This duo can’t be ignored as we reach the fantasy postseason.
» Not to be overlooked is the amazing day shared by Chad Henne and Justin Blackmon. Henne threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns while Blackmon made seven catches for 236 yards and a score. Just consider that coming into Week 11, Blackmon had a total of 250 receiving yards and one score. Hat tip to you, gentlemen. But we’d like to see you do it again.
» Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson…wow! The pair combined for 70.38 fantasy points with a pair of incredible performances. Although as Adam Rank pointed out, this will certainly cloud people’s memories of Johnson’s 2012 season. The overall numbers might look good, but a week-by-week look at his stats will remind you of how disappointing he’s been this season. But today? Wow!
» The fantasy fall of Larry Fitzgerald continues. Granted, it’s hard to be productive when your quarterbacks combine to throw for 70 yards, nonetheless, it’s impossible to count on Fitzgerald for any type of production right now. Tough to watch for one of the league’s great pass-catchers.
» Heading to the fantasy playoffs is a bad time for Matt Ryan to throw up a stinker. Those 301 passing yards don’t look nearly as nice when you factor in no touchdowns and five (FIVE!) interceptions. Thankfully, there are bounce back opportunities in the next two weeks against the Buccaneers and Saints.
» Days like this are the reason people draft Dez Bryant so high. He has 10 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. His next trick will be to do this consistently.
» Remember when Alfred Morris was a thing? Today he has just 32 yards on 14 carries. That would make three straight weeks of less than stellar production.
» So far, it’s been bizarro day in fantasy football. Your scoring leaders right now? Robert Grifin III, Chad Henne, Andy Dalton and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Some of those names don’t belong there.
» It’s been a supremely frustrating season for Danny Amendola. He’s produced well when he’s been on the field. He just can’t stay on the field. Amendola left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a foot injury and is questionable to return.
» Matt Ryan has spent a lot of time throwing to the wrong colored jersey, tossing three interceptions in the first quarter. The good news is that if the Falcons continue trailing, Ryan will have to keep throwing it. Then again, that’s bad news for Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers.
» Early on, it doesn’t seem like the Eagles are interested in running the football. So far, Nick Foles has thrown the ball 15 times, compared to five total handoffs. The upside is that LeSean McCoy has three catches for 49 yards. Fantasy owners will take it however they can get it.
» Jamaal Charles has an early 41 yards on six carries. Let’s hope the Chiefs don’t get cute and go away from him.
» It’s been a quick start for LaRod Stephens-Howling. The Cardinals’ RB gained 49 yards and a touchdown in his first three carries and quickly shot up the scoring leaders board. Then again, that has a lot to do with how poor of a fantasy game the Dolphins and Bills posted on Thursday night.
» Last week was tight end week across fantasy football, this could be the week of the backup quarterback. Nick Foles, Byron Leftwich and Jason Campbell are all confirmed as starters this week, while there’s still a chance that Colin Kaepernick could get the call for San Francisco. There’s no doubt that this will have an effect of a wide range of fantasy performances.
– Marcas Grant
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