Start em Results:
Michael Vick (PHI): 18/32 for 293 yards 2TD / 3 rush 10 yards – He only had 10 yards on the ground but had a quality day in the air this time around, completing touchdown passes to TE Brent Celek and WR Jeremy Maclin.
Julio Jones (ATL): 8 catch 128 yards TD – In a losing effort ATL QB Matt Ryan completed 34 passes, 8 of those to rookie Julio Jones. Jones snagged a early TD, while adding yards through out the rest of the game. The explosive youngster still seems to be favouring from opposing defences targeting Roddy White.
Malcolm Floyd (SD): 6 catch 95 yards TD – San Diego fell behind early and was never quite able to get back into the game. As a result Rivers was slinging the ball often with Malcolm Floyd cashing in. Vincent Jackson on the other hand had only 2 catches.
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT): 18 crush 116 yards TD – The matchup went exactly as I figured it would with Mendenhall and the other Pittsburgh running backs running St. Louis into the ground and controlling the clock. Mendenhall was among 3 Pittsburgh RBs who scored a TD.
LaGarrette Blount (TB): 2 rush 11 yards – Blount fumbled the ball on one of his (it might even have been his first) touch of the game and turned the ball over; that would be pretty much all she wrote for Blount in in week 16…
Felix Jones (DAL): 4 rush 24 yards – The hamstring was worse than I had anticipated I guess, Jones carried the ball only 4 times while Sammy Morris rushed the ball 13 times for only 29 yards.
Brent Celek (PHI): 2 catch 52 yards TD – Celek and Vick have been connecting more and more recently and with greater effectiveness. Celek’s 13-yards first quarter TD was his second is as many weeks.
Sit em Results:
Carson Palmer (OAK): 16/26 for 237 TD 2INT – About the kind of performance I was expecting from Palmer, who was able to score a overtime victory against division rival Kansas City.
Brandon Lloyd (STL): 3 catch 29 yards – Even though the Rams were behind the entire game, Qaurterback Kellen Clemons completed only 9 of his 24 pass attempts for 91 yards, not much fantasy value to be had for his WR’s.
Hakeem Nicks (NYG): 1 catch 20 yards – There is something wrong with Nicks this year. He has been dropping passes all year long and is fading more and more each week into the shadow of Victor Cruz, the youngster who set a team receiving record this season. Looks like the Giants will have another new #1 WR next season.
Marshawn Lynch (SEA): 21 rush 107 yards TD / 2 catch 24 yards – Lynch became the first RB this season to score a rushing TD against the 49’ers and the first RB in over 30 games to go for over 100 yards against them, this guy is just special this year. OH yeah, btw… he was left out of the Pro Bowl. He will probably get in because of injuries, but he should be #2 behind McCoy in my eyes.
Beanie Wells (ARZ): 14 carries 56 yards / 1 catch 8 yards – The Cardinals played most of this game from behind and against a tough Bengals defence, was not a good scenario for Beanie this week.
Greg Olsen (CAR): Didn’t catch a pass in the PAnthers 48 point effort over the Buccaneers; Shockey caught a TD.
Deep Sleeper Results:
Kyle Orton (KC): 21/36 for 300 yards TD 2INT – Very similar day to Carson Palmer’s; I had been hoping he would be able to put up better numbers on 36 attempts. But thats what I get for counting on Orton and his new team.
Kahlil Bell (CHI): 23 rush 121 yards / 4 catch 38 yards – With Forte and Barber out, the bulk of the carries go to 3rd string RB Kahlil Bell. Bell responded by rushing for 121 yards against the Packers, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. It’s not often a 3rd stringer gets such a big workload and Bell took full advantage.
Lance Ball (DEN): 4 rush 12 yards – Willis McGahee ended up starting and getting a full 15 touches, ruining and chance Ball had of having a good fantasy performance.
Jonathan Stewart (CAR): 7 rush 88 yards / 1 catch 11 yards TD – The Panthers were able to run all over Tampa Bay the same way so many other RBs have been able to already this season. Stewart and Williams were only given 7 carries each but Stewart was able to gain 88 yards while adding an 11-yard TD catch. Williams had 66 yard and 2 TDs on his 7 carries.
Davone Bess (MIA): 3 catch 39 yards TD – Bess was fairly inactive but with Miami trailing in the fourth quarter he saw a few targets and cashed in on a late game TD pass from Matt Moore that gave him a decent outing.
Plaxico Burress (NYJ): 3 catch 34 yards – The Jets started off strong but after the 99-yard TD from Victor Cruz they seemed shell shocked. Sanchez struggled through out the game and despite attempting !59! passes, was only able to throw for 258 yards.
Andre Roberts / Early Doucet (ARZ): Roberts was once again rather active in this game catching 6 passes for 75 yards. Doucet was a much quieter catching only 2 passes but for a decent 47 yards while falling down on a wide open TD pass; watch the replay.