» That big game by Larry Fitzgerald certainly came out of nowhere. But let’s not overlook that 13.50 of his 16.10 points came on one play. Hard to count on that type of thing happening every week. Even less likely it happens against Seattle next Thursday night.
» There are two legitimate fantasy options in the 49ers offense – Frank Gore and Vernon Davis. Everything else is a crapshoot. Good luck next week against the Titans.
» Jimmy Graham getting shut out is going to hurt a ton of fantasy owners this week. Graham leaving the game with an injury could hurt even more. The good news is the Saints have a bye next week for their star TE to get healthy.
» It was a pretty fantastic finish for Tom Brady and the Patriots. But from a fantasy perspective, it was another so-so day. Brady finished with just 14.36 fantasy points and has only 16 or more points once this season. Compare that to Jay Cutler, who’s done it in every game but one. At this point, Brady might be a guy who can win real football games, but he’s a fantasy game manager.
» Mark this down: Knowshon Moreno is a No. 1 fantasy back. Set your lineups accordingly.
» While you’re avoiding any defense playing against the Broncos, you can start your offensive players against Denver’s D. Chad Henne posted 303 passing yards — 190 to Justin Blackmon — in the loss today. That unit isn’t nearly as formidable as its offensive counterpart.
» No one expected big things from Chris Johnson today against the Seahawks. But did anyone expect him to finish with the same number of rushing yards as Ryan Fitzpatrick? Is Shonn Greene back soon?
» Nine different players have touched the football today for the New Orleans Saints. That’s tough for defensive coordinators to game plan for. Same goes for fantasy owners.
» The 49ers passing game is inconsistent, but you can count on Vernon Davis.
» DeAngelo Williams, we love that you’re posting better than 100 yards from scrimmage. But is it too much to ask that you find the end zone just once?
» Just when you thought it was safe to pick up Thad Lewis, comes word that he went for X-rays after the game. Someone is determined to see Jeff Tuel start a game for the Bills this season.
» Your new leader for Detroit Lions receiving touchdowns? Joseph Fauria. He now has five this season after catching three today. As long as Megatron isn’t totally healthy, Fauria is the red zone target of choice.
» Keep an eye on the Packers receiving corps this week. James Jones and Randall Cobb left the game with injuries. That would leave Green Bay quite shorthanded for next week’s game against the Browns.
» Ray Rice gets 17 touches for 49 yards. This is getting old. And it’s threatening to take a big bite out of his value for next season. Oh and Torrey Smith? If you’ve seen him, please let him know we’re still looking for him.
» What can we make of Sam Bradford? Yes, he had three TD passes, but just 117 passing yards. That makes it really hard to recommend him going forward.
» The Texans had a pretty disastrous day, but Andre Johnson and Arian Foster had productive days. Nice to see Houston get back to its playmakers, even if it didn’t go their way.
» There hasn’t been a lot of offense to come by for the Packers, but Eddie Lacy has had a nice day with his first-ever 100-yard rushing day. Although sliding down inside of the 10-yard line is going to frustrate a lot of owners.
» Doug Martin has been completely mediocre today against the Eagles. You have to wonder if it’s just not going to happen for him this year.
» Until further notice, it might be time to start your defense against the Texans. Houston has thrown a pick six in five straight weeks now. Ride that train until the wheels fall off.
» Credit Mike Glennon for recognizing that Vincent Jackson is his go-to guy. Also credit the Eagles defense for being bad.
» Calvin Johnson might be playing for the Lions, but he’s a non-factor with one catch for seven yards. It’s affecting the Lions offense again. Detroit still looks lethargic moving the football. Some of it can be attributed to the Browns defense, but it’s obvious that Matthew Stafford isn’t the game guy without Megatron.
» It might be time to worry about the Texans run defense. Getting beaten up by Frank Gore is one thing. Getting taken to task by Zac Stacy (10 rush, 52 yards) is another.
» Bad games by Matt Schaub could mean a good day for Arian Foster. Houston’s running back is gashing a bad St. Louis run defense and has 98 yards on his first 10 carries.
» As though Spiller owners weren’t frustrated enough, now Tashard Choice is seeing touches in the red zone. No bueno.
» Welcome back, A.J. Green. Good to see you in the end zone again. We always believed that if he wasn’t resurrected this week, it might never happen. Hopefully this is the start of a big day.
» The Eagles announced that Michael Vick is active, but he will be the team’s emergency quarterback this week. Nick Foles will lead the offense against Tampa Bay.
» C.J. Spiller is also active. But again, frustrated fantasy owners will have to temper expectations or find a different option.
» Stevie Johnson won’t play for the Bills this week, which will put added pressure on Robert Woods in the passing game. That would be tough under normal circumstances. This week, the Bills face a good Bengals defense … and will be starting Thad Lewis at quarterback. It’s a matchup fantasy owners might want to avoid.
» Quite a few big names in this week’s list of inactives — most notably that Calvin Johnson will play. But there is still cause for fantasy owners to worry. The indications are that his role will be limited and that he might only see the field on third downs and in the red zone. Add to it that Megatron is likely to line up against Joe Haden and you might want to seriously think about a Plan B.
» Signs again point to Rob Gronkowski not playing for the Patriots this week. We’re approaching the halfway point of the fantasy football season and many owners have seen nothing but weekly teases from a guy who was expected to be a big point-producer. You’ll never feel good about dealing him. But it’s getting harder to be patient. Hold on for another week.
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