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» When we remember the 2012 fantasy season, Carson Palmer might not be at the top of the list of highlights, but he might be fantasy football’s best garbage man. With the Raiders offense struggling against the Browns, Palmer rode to the fantasy rescue, throwing a touchdown with one second left to finish the day with more than 20 fantasy points.
» No one can stop Ray Rice, except Cam Cameron. The Ravens running back had just 13 combined touches in a game that remained close throughout. It continues to defy explanation how an offense could spend so much energy keeping the ball out of the hands of its best player, but that seems to be the case in Baltimore. Rice’s ability makes it impossible to sit him, but it would be nice if Cameron could give us a heads-up on the weeks the Ravens plan to ignore their star RB.
» For the time being, Demaryius Thomas is the receiver of record in Denver. Thomas had 99 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Eric Decker had just two receptions for 17 yards. Decker has topped 50 receiving yards just once in the past four weeks
» Greg McElroy anyone? Anyone? There’s actually very little reason to rush out and pick him up, but for at least one drive, the Jets had a productive offense.
» Does anyone else wonder if Larry Fitzgerald cries himself to sleep at night after games? Because his fantasy owners probably do. Fitz had just one catch for 23 yards today and has just five receptions for 65 yards in his past three games. Sigh.
» Remember early in the season when there were rumors that the Patriots were phasing Wes Welker out of their offense? So much for that. Welker was New England’s leading receiver beginning the day and extended that advantage with 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Yeah, he’s still a fantasy stud.
» If there’s any takeaway from this year, it’s that Jacksonville Jaguars running backs are nothing if not unreliable. After dealing with an interminable injury from Maurice Jones-Drew and Jalen Parmele going on injured reserve, it seemed like Rashad Jennings was going to be the man for the Jags. Until he got hurt, that is. Montell Owens took over in today’s game. We’ll see if he’s the starter next week.
» Cam Newton looked like Cam Newton this week — in a good way. He threw three touchdown passes and ran for 78 yards. This is what fantasy owners have been expecting.
» Yet again, the Chiefs decided to get Jamaal Charles heavily involved giving him 27 carries, which he turned into 127 rushing yards. With the way things have gone on the field for Kansas City this season, feeding Charles repeatedly seems like their best option on offense.
» After a slow start, Greg Jennings finished strong. No fantasy owners is going to do backflips over four catches for 46 yards, but for a guy who hadn’t played since Week 4 and was battling for targets in a deep wide receiver corps, it’s a start. The hope now is that with another full week of practice, Jennings becomes a bigger part of the offense next week.
» I’ve been saying it for the past couple of weeks, but you can no longer ignore Golden Tate. He has four catches for 82 yards this week and is starting to become Russell Wilson’s go-to receiver.
» Just when you thought it was safe to buy into the Jaguars: Cecil Shorts has just four catches for 58 yards while Justin Blackmon has one catch for nine yards.
» Of all the games going on this Sunday, Cardinals-Jets is one. There is some fantasy value to be found here…provided you started Arizona’s defense.
» Just in case you forgot, Adrian Peterson is really, really good at football.
» Calvin Johnson hasn’t scored as many touchdowns as people would have predicted, but his reception and yardage numbers have been Megatron-esque. Midway through the second quarter, Johnson has six carries for 70 yards. Not too shabby.
» The Bears are feeding Matt Forte early, but so far it’s not paying dividends. Forte has just 14 yards on eight carries. It’s early, but the Seahawks defense isn’t yielding right now.
» Count Chris Johnson as the player I can least figure out. Early in the year, I was on the bandwagon and he flopped. Midway through the season, he got hot while I doubted him repeatedly. I get back on the bandwagon last week and he’s perfectly mediocre. This week, I don’t like him against the Texans and he rips off 31 yards on his first four carries. I just can’t figure it out.
» With Percy Harvin inactive, the Vikings are leaning on Adrian Peterson early in the ball game, which isn’t a surprise. But with Minnesota in an early 10-0 hole, it might be harder to make Peterson the focal point of the offense.
» Has there been a wide receiver group with more expectations that has been more frustrating than the Green Bay Packers? Greg Jennings has finally returned, but has yet to see a target today. Now Jordy Nelson has left the game with an injury and is reportedly questionable to return. Sure, James Jones and Randall Cobb have played well, but those weren’t the guys we expected to excel this season.
» A couple of mild surprises made their way into this week’s list of inactives — Danny Amendola chief among them. His absence should open up more opportunities for Brandon Gibson. Meanwhile, Greg Jennings is officially back in action for the first time since Week 4. Keep a close eye on how many snaps he sees today. Jennings may be a risky play this week, but could pay dividends heading into the fantasy playoffs.
– Marcas Grant
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