Jones explodes against Jets: Raise your hands if you had Marvin Jones scoring four TDs and rivaling an almost historic day by Megatron? Who can figure out the Jets defense? Ok, his parents can put their hands down. Anyone else? I didn’t think so. If your hand is in the air, your nose is probably growing.
Jones had eight receptions on eight targets to go along with his 122 receiving yards and four touchdowns (way to go, Jets secondary!). Every one of those numbers represents a career high for Jones. Had this happened out of nowhere, I’d have been hesitant to trample over my league mates and try picking him up on the waiver wire. But after catching just one touchdown pass in his first five games this year, Jones seems to have figured something out, as he’s snagged six of them in his last three games. Will he post four in another game this season? It’s unlikely. But my guess is he resembles the kind of player who can get 4-6 catches for 50-70 yards and a possible score each week. Those numbers are certainly useful in almost any fantasy format.
Ellington finally has complete game: Ok, so roughly half of Andre Ellington’s 154 rushing yards came on one 80-yard run TD run against the Falcons. Still, he proved he is capable of producing when necessary, as Week 8 was his best fantasy outing by a country mile. Granted, a big reason for that is Ellington finally got the opportunity to carry the full load for the Cards with Rashard Mendenhall sitting this one out. I’m a little surprised the Cards don’t try to use him out of the backfield a little more since Ellington is the type of player who can make a lot happen if he is given just a little bit of space. Not to mention, Carson Palmer has never met a check-down he doesn’t like. Seems like it’d be an ideal match. Nonetheless, the Cards are on a bye next week and then face the Texans and Jaguars the following two weeks. Look for Ellington to keep on keepin’ on.
Pryor a first-half player: If you played in a fantasy league where only first-half scoring counts, Terrelle Pryor would be a first-round pick. The Raiders are 2-1 in their last three games, but their offense has generated a total of three points in that span (yes, you read that correctly). It seems like defenses have to get a feel for Pryor and the Raiders offense for a bit before they figure out how to stop him. Nonetheless, I’d like to think one NFL defensive coordinator is going to be able to figure out how to slow the Raiders from the get go one of these weeks. Not like those guys have anything else to do all week, The long TD run on the opening drive was nice, but Pryor threw for 88 yards, no scores and two picks on the day. His passing numbers just aren’t good enough for me to trust him as my starting QB.