Rob Gronkowski broke the TE single season record with his 14th and 15th TD against the Skins. Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis each previously held the record with 13 TDs. With the season still going, Gronk will get more TDs as the season progresses. Gronk and Graham are the top 2 TE options right now.
1. Felix Jones, DAL RB
A few weeks ago, I told you to pick up RB DeMarco Murray, backup to the at that time injured Felix Jones. Now, Murray is sidelined for the year with a broken foot. Jones did well in his place, carrying 16 times for 106 yards, an average of 6.6 YPC. And with a very favorable matchup vs. TB, Felix is going to be a nice RB play.
2. Marion Barber, CHI RB
With Cutler and Forte out, Barber has stepped up and shown he can prosper. The past four games he has a 4.2 YPC AVG. He will run the ball a lot, and will be a nice play at Flex or RB2.
3. Cedric Benson, CIN RB
Benson has a great YPC average of 4.0 YPC, and facing off against the “Swiss Cheese” “Get well” Rams DEF, and with rookie Andy Dalton getting snaps, Benson will rack up some numbers.
4. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR
Tebow is getting better, and Thomas has been having some good games lately. His next game is against the terrible pass DEF, NE. Look to him to give you a playoff boost.
5. John Kasay, NO K
Drew Brees can get downfield, he can throw touchdowns, but sometimes, NO will look to Kasay to do the job of getting points, who is playing MIN, the worst Kicking DEF in the NFL.
6. Tim Tebow, DEN QB
Tebow is getting better, and his rushing can’t be stopped. RB Willis MaGahee is playing poorly, so Tebow will air the ball out more. Expect him to get some points against NE.
Greg Jennings may have a torn MCL, Jimmy Graham will have an MRI on his back, and DeMarco Murray will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Jeremy Maclin (hamstring), Deion Branch (groin), Matt Hasselbeck (calf) and Steve (or Stevie) Johnson (hand) also suffered/re-aggravated various injuries on Sunday. Graham is Probable, Haselbeck, Branch, Maclin, and Johnson are Questionable, and Murray and Jennings are Out (both for the season).
Chris Johnson is very unpredictable. One game, he’ll get you 1 point, then he’ll get you 10, etc. Well, let’s look at his stats.
Johnson’s first game was against the Jaguars. They don’t have too bad of a run defense. 9 ATT, 24 YRDs. 2.7 AVG. Now remember, 3.5 or more is a good AVG. So clearly, Johnson underperformed.
Johnson’s 2nd game: Baltimore. Baltimore has a pretty good run DEF. Let’s look at his stats for that game. 24 ATT, 53 YRDs. 2.2 AVG. Terrible! Ok, it’s against Baltimore, but still, you gotta get more than 2.2 yards per carry.
3rd game: Broncos. How many YRDs do you think he got? AVG? 13 ATT, 21 YRDs. 1.6 AVG. Seriously! ONE POINT SIX YPC! If the season ended that game, I would grade him F-.
Johnson played his fourth game at the Browns’ stadium. 23 ATT, 101 YRDs, 4.4 AVG. Alright. Finally, his first 100 yard game of the season! Maybe he’s getting better….
P.S. No TDs yet.
5th: Steelers. Pretty good run DEF. Let’s see if the breakout game was just one of CJ2K’s flukes. 14 ATT, 51 YRDs, 3.6 AVG. 1 TD. Finally! He’s back! Right?
Next game is vs. the Texans. Ready? 10 ATT, 18 YRDs, 1.8 AVG, LNG : 3. <Sigh> 18 YRDs! His longest was a 3 YRD dash! I see a longer than 3 YRD season awaiting.
Vs. Colts. The at that time like 0-6 Colts. The Curtis Painter Colts. The w/o Peyton Manning Colts. His Stats? 14 ATT, 34 YRDs. 2.4 AVG. What is wrong? Where is the real CJ2K?
His 8th game is vs the Bengals. Mediocre run DEF. Once again, 14 ATT. This time 64 YRDs. This time, 4.6 AVG. Remember, 3.5 AVG and up is good. So Johnson did well.
Still with me? 9th game, Panthers. Great matchup, as the Panthers have a bad run DEF. Will he do well? 27 ATT, 130 YRDs, 4.8 avg, LNG : 25. 1 TD. Chris-Johnson-the-unpredictable has succeeded!
Falcon time. This is probably his WORST career game. Ready? 12 ATT, 13 YRDs. 1.1 AVG. LNG : 6 YRDs. Wow. Chris? Are you feeling OK?
Alright, were almost over. Most recent game, TB. 23 ATT, 190 YRDs, 8.3 AVG, LNG : 34 Yarder. His longest was a season high, so was his AVG and his YRDs.
Totals? 183 ATT,699 YRDs, 3.8 AVG, LNG : 34. Grading his YRDs, D-, AVG : C+/B-. Overall, D+.
Chris Johnson is too unpredictable. Even against poor run DEFs. Don’t try to pick him up, and if you own him, don’t plan on starting him all the time.
P.S. He will play the poor Bills run DEF. I would start him if i had no other good options. But think twice about starting him. He can’t always be trusted.
- Start Andre Johnson.
He’s ready to go, and although Matt Leinart is throwing to him, he’s gonna at least get some receptions. He’s a good player, and just cause a bad QB is throwing to him, it’s not time to sit him.
2. Start Matt Forte (and if you have Barber, throw him in too)
With Caleb Hanie getting snaps, it’s not likely he’s gonna throw much. He’ll probably rely on the running game (Matt Forte and Marion Barber).
3. Sit Chris Johnson
It’s time for Javon Ringer to step up. Johnson got a meager 12 carries and 13 yards. He’s not going anywhere with that.
4. Sit Devon Hester and Johnny Knox
Like I said, Hanie will not throw the ball often, and so WRs Hester and Knox will not get many receptions.
Wow. It’s already Week 12. Here are the injuries suffered week 11: Adrian Peterson (ankle), Fred Jackson (calf), Greg Jennings (shin), James Starks (knee) and Matt Hasselbeck (elbow) all missed snaps on Sunday, and Jay Cutler (thumb) may be out for the season. Rumors will tell you Peterson has a chance to play next week; I don’t. Jackson is doubtful, Jennings and Hasselbeck are probable, Starks is questionable, Jay Cutler and AP are out. Check back for more posts!
1. Reggie Bush
I bet a few weeks ago you would of thought me crazy if I told you this: it’s time to pick up Reggie Bush. The past few weeks he’s been posting double-digit numbers, including a two touchdown wonder in week 10. That’s some fantasy numbers.
2. Brandon Lloyd
I know. He’s owned in 95% of all Yahoo! leagues. But you can still trade for him. Here’s the deal. The Rams’ offensive coordinator used to be Lloyd’s head coach on the Broncos. That means that Lloyd will be more known and more plays on him will be made. If you’re thinking of trading him, think twice. (or thrice)
3. Marshawn Lynch
This time, Lynch is owned in only 83% of Yahoo! leagues. He has a season average of 11.20 Yahoo! standard points (anything >10 is good). In fact, Lynch scored an incredible 22.70 points(Yahoo!)! Believe me; you want him.
As Matt Shaub was finally ruled out for the season (with much argument), other valuable player injuries include Calvin Johnson (head/concussion), A.J. Green (knee), Jeremy Maclin (shoulder, hamstring), Julio Jones (hamstring), Willis McGahee (hamstring), Owen Daniels (knee), Frank Gore (knee), Steve Johnson (shoulder), Matt Cassel (shoulder, hand). Johnson is listed as probable and Maclin is doubtful. All others are Questionable, and Cassel is out, possibly for the season. Check back later for more posts!
- Tom Brady, NE Patriots
- Aaron Rodgers, GB Packers
- Drew Brees, NO Saints
- Tony Romo, DAL Cowboys
- Eli Manning, NY Giants
- Michael Vick, PHI Eagles
- Cam Newton, CAR Panthers
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF Bills
- Matt Stafford, DET Lions
- Ben Roethlisberger, PIT Steelers
- LeSean Mccoy, PHI Eagles
- Arian Foster, HOU Texans
- Matt Forte, CHI Bears
- Fred Jackson, BUF Bills
- Adrian Peterson, MIN Vikings
- Ray Rice, BAL Ravens
- DeMarco Murray, DAL Cowboys
- Michael Turner, ATL Falcons
- Steven Jackson, STL Rams
- Beanie Wells, ARI Cardinals
- Calvin Johnson, DET Lions
- Greg Jennings, GB Packers
- Wes Welker, NE Patriots
- Mike Wallace, PIT Steelers
- Steve Smith, CAR Panthers
- Larry Fitzgerald, ARI Cardinals
- Dez Bryant, DAL Cowboys
- Dwanye Bowe, KC Chiefs
- Laurent Robinson, DAL Cowboys
- Roddy White, ATL Falcons
- Jimmy Graham, NO Saints
- Rob Gronkowski, NE Patriots
- Jason Witten, DAL Cowboys
- Tony Gonzalez, ATL Falcons
- Antonio Gates, SD Chargers
- Jermichael Finley, GB Packers
- Vernon Davis, SF 49ers
- Greg Olsen, CAR Panthers
- Fred Davis, WAS Redskins
- Aaron Hernandez, NE Patriots
- Mason Crosby, GB Packers
- John Kasay, NO Saints
- David Akers, SF 49ers
- Robbie Gould, CHI Bears
- Dan Bailey, DAL Cowboys
- Billy Cundiff, BAL Ravens
- Matt Bryant, ATL Falcons
- Sebastian Janikowski, OAK Raiders
- Steven Grotkowski, NE Patriots
- Mike Nugent, CIN Bengals
- BAL Ravens
- SF 49ers
- DAL Cowboys
- DET Lions
- NYJ DEF
- GB DEF
- PIT Steelers
- HOU Texans
- CIN Bengals
- NY Giants
That’s all for today, folks. Check back in a few days for more posts!