» San Francisco’s quarterback controversy is now in full gear. Colin Kaepernick has moved the offense effectively (minus his one interception) and has both a passing and a rushing touchdown. The easy response is to say “it’s the Saints”, but let’s not forget his breakout game against the Bears on Monday night.
» The Ravens are on the road, which means Joe Flacco is going to struggle. Yet Ray Rice is averaging five yards per carry. Quick, someone get this blog to Cam Cameron!
» I fielded several tweets today asking if people should start one QB or another over Drew Brees. Yes, the 49ers defense is tough. But it’s Drew Brees, people! You drafted him in the first round for a reason. Midway though the second quarter, he’s over 100 passing yards with two touchdowns. As Adam Rank would say, stick with your studs.
» We’ve been waiting all year for this day…Justin Blackmon is a fantasy factor! Maybe Chad Henne was the secret to unlocking his potential, but the rookie has now scored in consecutive games — and three of his last four contests. He’s worth serious lineup consideration after this recent stretch.
» So much for Bills-Colts being a fantasy bonanza. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andrew Luck combined for 420 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. That would be pretty good for just one player. For two guys? Nope.
» Ben Roethlisberger can’t return soon enough for the Steelers. With Charlie Batch under center, the Steelers turned the ball over eight times. Certainly Batch wasn’t to blame for all of them, but his inability to move the offense allowed the Browns’ defense to dictate what would happen. Oh, it also didn’t help that Pittsburgh could never find one consistent runner to hand the ball to. Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall and Chris Rainey all saw carries. Dwyer led the way with nine rushes for 19 yards. That should tell you all you need to know about the day.
» For weeks, I’ve been touting Carson Palmer as one of the greatest fantasy garbage men around. Today…not so much. Palmer was held to below 150 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. In better news, Marcel Reece had a nice day, with more than 100 total scrimmage yards.
» A.J. Green was held without a touchdown for the first time since Week 1. But the upside is that he still posted more than 100 yards receiving. The likelihood of Green challenging Calvin Johnson as the top fantasy receiver drafted next season is growing.
» Matt Forte left today’s game with an ankle injury. Keep an eye on that during the week. And make a play for Michael Bush on the waiver wire. Bush was very productive today with 60 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
» No one does more with less than Adrian Peterson. The Vikings’ star had just 18 carries but finished with 108 yards. If Minnesota hadn’t fallen into such a big hole in the first half, Peterson likely would have been a bigger part of the game plan after halftime. As it is, a 13-point effort isn’t bad, all things considered. It’s just disappointing because of who it came from.
» I’m sure plenty of fantasy owners had given up on Reggie Bush after weeks of lackluster production — we’d begun to lose hope ourselves — so it probably burns a little bit that he looked like the old Reggie Bush with 87 rushing yards and a touchdown. Let’s hope that this is a rebirth for Sir Reginald.
» After leading most of us to believe Ronnie Hillman would be the starter, John Fox caught a case of #Shanahanigans by starting Knowshon Moreno and giving him the overwhelming majority of the carries. The way Moreno ran today, the idea of a timeshare might be out the window in Denver.
» Not sure when or why, but the Chiefs remembered that Jamaal Charles is on their team. While it didn’t result in a win, his 23-carry, 107-yard performance is much closer to how Kansas City’s offense should operate. Hopefully this is a trend that continues in the weeks ahead.
» After weeks of being down on Chris Johnson, I figured this would be the week he turned things around. He rewards my faith with 49 rushing yards on 19 carries. The 36 receiving yards helps a little bit, but it’s far less production than you would have expected against the Jaguars.
» The bloom is off the rose for Matt Ryan. In his past two games, the Falcons’ QB has seven turnovers (6 INTs) and just touchdown. That’s a far cry from the unstoppable Matty Ice we saw at the start of the year.
» Fantasy kickers rarely win weeks for you, but they can certainly lose them. Such could be the case this week with Matt Bryant shanking a 22-yard attempt and Matt Prater missing a pair of field goals. You can add Mike Nugent and Rob Bironas to the list of errant kickers as well.
» The Seattle Seahawks are still searching for a bona fide No. 1 receiver. Sidney Rice began the day leading the team in receptions, but Golden Tate has been steadily closing the gap. At halftime of today’s game, Tate is the leading receiver with three catches for 42 yards. All “simultaneous catch” jokes aside, he’s becoming harder and harder to ignore.
» If you’re keeping score, after one quarter, C.J. Spiller has five carries. Fred Jackson has none.
» The Raiders are the cure for whatever ails you. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is off to a quick start with six carries for 62 yards and a touchdown.
» So much for the Jalen Parmele experiment. He left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury and was replaced by Rashad Jennings, who promptly scored a one-yard touchdown.
» On their opening drive, four different Kansas City Chiefs carried the football. That sigh you hear is Jamaal Charles owners wondering why their guy can’t be the featured back.
» There aren’t any real surprises in the list of inactives today. Except maybe Plaxico Burress. The newest Steeler is active for today’s game, but don’t expect to see him on the field outside of any trips into the red zone. Even beyond that, a new WR to the offense combined with a new QB (Charlie Batch) doesn’t bode well.
– Marcas Grant
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