(IND) Andrew Luck vs. (TEN): 16/34 196 yards TD, 2INT – A very disappointing finish for Luck as he only threw for one touchdown and with less than 200 yards against the Titans defense. In such a juicy matchup and in most peoples first week of the fantasy playoffs Andrew Luck was of little help (he did better than A-Rod at least). Next week’s matchups confuses me as the Texans will host the game and will want to put the Colts in their place, but have been getting eviscerated by good quarterbacks lately.
(NYG) Ahmad Bradshaw vs. (NO): 11 rushes 33 yards – My nominee for dud of the week; Bradshaw took his 11 carries for 33 yards, getting banged up even more at some point along the way. With Bradshaw laying so poorly, rookie running back David Wilson was handed the ball 13 times and took it for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, to go with a 97-yard punt return touchdown. As Bradshaw is the dud of the week, Wilson looks poised to be the waiver wire pickup of the week.
(DEN) Knowshon Moreno vs. (OAK): 32 rushes 119 yards TD, 4 catches 48 yards – Moreno came through for anyone who started him by getting a career high 32, that’s right, 32 carries to go with 4 catches. The end result was 167 total yards and a touchdown. Moreno has more tempting matchups coming up against the Ravens, Browns and Chiefs so he could be a key part of many fantasy playoff runs.
(PHI) Jeremy Maclin vs. (TB): 9 catches 104 yards TD – Maclin and the Eagles had a big game besting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a game winning touchdown drive, a touchdown that Maclin caught to turn his quite good 103-yard game into a very good 140 yards with a touchdown game. I would keep on starting Maclin going forward as Foles tries to prove himself and the Eagles attempt to save face.
(DEN) Eric Decker vs. (OAK): 8 catches 88 yards – Not a terrible game from Decker but still not everything I was hoping for as he failed to crack double digit fantasy points, unless it was a PPR league where he would have been a very good start. Lots of targets and good yardage but Decker has now gone three games without a score.
(BAL) Torrey Smith vs. (WAS): 1 catch 21 yards – I just can’t figure this guy out. In what was a very nice matchup, and with Flacco throwing for 3 TDs, Torrey leaves the game with 1 catch for 21 yards on only three targets.
(STL) Chris Givens vs. (BUF): 3 catches 25 yards – Givens had a rather dud game, catching only 3 passes for 25 yards despite seeing a team high 10 targets in the game; he just couldn’t seem to keep his hands on the ball (he did catch a 2-point conversion attempt in the 4th quarter). Instead, it was Brandon Gibson who saw nine targets and caught six of them for 100 yards and a touchdown, including the game winner. Both are no more than flex options, and I still like Givens as the guy to start going forward; neither is worth a start if Amendola returns.
(TEN) Kenny Britt vs. (IND): 8 catches 143 yards – Britt had some monster yardage in the loss to the Colts, catching 8 passes for just shy of 150 yards; Britt was a touchdown away from being one of the best WRs of the week. With a new offensive coordinator and Jake Locker at quarterback, the Titans throw the ball much more than the first half of the season; I am hoping for some more big games from Britt in the final weeks.
(OAK) Brandon Myers vs. (DEN): 1 catch 7 yards – Only one-catch on two targets for Myers as it was Darren McFadden who saw the bulk of the Raiders workload, including a number of short passes that may have gone to Myers in previous weeks. Even still, with the Raiders down the entire game I would have thought that Myers would get more than two targets, I am now worried about him for next week and if McFadden being back will continue to limit Myers looks.
(SD) Philip Rivers vs. (PIT): 21/41 200 yards 3TD – A rather effective game from Rivers against one of the leagues best defenses, completing a pair of touchdown throws to Danario Alexander and one to Malcom Floyd. I think the main thing to realize is that Danario is for real and is looking a lot like the big-bodied Vincent Jackson type receiver that Rivers was missing all year. I still worry about starting Rivers every week as he had as many TDs this weekend (3) as he had in the three weekends before.
(MIA) Reggie Bush vs. (SF): 14 rushes 65 yards 5 caches 38 yards – Actually a pretty good day from Reggie considering the matchup, but am I really surprised? If you look at Reggie’s game log you might notice that he plays well against tough teams while often dropping duds against weak defenses he should be able to expose. With that said, Bush has some very nice matchups coming up against the Jaguars and Bills.
(NE) Stevan Ridley vs. (HOU): – 18 carries 72 yards TD – I expected the Patriots to win the Monday night matchup but didn’t think it would be so easy. As a result of the PAtriots having a hefty lead the entire game, Ridley was safe to get 18 carries, one of which he took for a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Ridley does have another tough matchup next week against the ’49ers.
(PIT) Mike Wallace vs. (SD): 7 catches 112 yards 2TD – Even though Big Ben is still a rather broken man, the Steelers made him attempt 42 passes in the loss to the Chargers, 22 of which he completed including three touchdowns. If Ben is going hook up with Wallace 7 times in his first game back from injury, I think we can expect Wallace to catch a few more before the fantasy season is out.
(GB) James Jones vs. (DET): 2 catches 27 yards – Aaron Rodgers seems to be struggling the last few weeks, including throwing for less than 200 yards without a touchdown this past weekend, possibly ruining many a fantasy playoff effort. With Rodgers not playing so well, the consistent play of Randall Cobb and the cycle of other receivers the Packers deal with I doubt have much faith in Jones as a starter. He will likely be having more bust games the rest of the way.
(DAL) Miles Austin vs. (CIN): 4 catches 46 yards – Austin didn’t see a lot of work as the Cowboys came from behind to beat the Bengals and save their season for the time being. Despite Romo attempting 43 passes his leading receiver left the game with all of 62 yards while Dez Bryant had 50 with a touchdown. The big news now with the Cowboys now though is the possible loss of Dez Bryant for the season, so if the Cowboys want to maintain a vertical threat they will need more from Austin and Ogletree.
(SEA) Golden Tate vs. (ARZ): 2 catches 6 yards – Seattle had a massive lead early and just ran with it, literally. Running back Marshawn Lynch destroyed the Cardinals, needing only 11 carries to rush for 128 yards and a trip of touchdowns. After Lynch had his fill it was rookie Robert Turbin who saw 20 carries that he took for 108 yards. The Cardinals suck and Russell Wilson didn’t have to do much, meaning his receivers had even less value.
(SD) Antonio Gates vs. (PIT): 3 catches 31 yards – without a doubt, Gates is the bust of the year at tight end, leaving a game in which his quarterback through for three touchdowns with only 31 yards. Gates has only bested 50 yards twice this year and a mere 110 total yards in his last 4 starts without a touchdown. Feel free find anyone else to start and hope for the best.