I’ve been dominant in my first week of my 2 money fantasy football leagues. It’s all about paying attention to your players and their matchups.
Do you take that average quarterback going up against the Minnesota Vikings or the New York Giants, who have the worst 2 pass defenses in the league? Of course you do!
Should I pick up a Toby Gerhart who has barely touched the ball all season, just because Adrian Peterson is injured? Heck yeah!
If you stay active in your leagues, you win games. If your team consists of players who are outside of the top 20, you can still achieve success. Watch the waiver wire, stay in-tune to player news and injuries, and grab those backups!
Three weeks of regular season football remain, good luck out there.
- Tony Romo & Matt Ryan – Both players scored 28 fantasy points for their team, tying for the #1 spot.
I hate him. You hate him. Then we all love him. What gives? Romo had a monster fantasy performance in Sunday’s heart-breaking loss to the Giants. He finished with 321 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-31 passing. While Tony’s performance didn’t translate into a win for the Cowboys, he sure helped out his fantasy owners. Sunday’s game was the first time in a month Romo had his full complement of receivers at his disposal with the return of Miles Austin, and it showed. The night was filled with big plays, and this is what owners should expect from the Dallas passing attack moving forward. Tony Romo is the 7th overall QB this year.
Matty Ice threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Panthers. Ryan completed 22-of-38 passes on the day, but looked sharp in the second half to help the Falcons overcome an early deficit. The win moves the Falcons to 8-5 on the year, and although they currently hold a wildcard spot they could still overtake the Saints for the division. The Falcons have a winnable game against the Jags in Week 15 before traveling to New Orleans for a key NFC South battle. Matt Ryan is the 8th overall QB, just behind Tony Romo.
- Mark Sanchez – The Jets QB threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in Sunday’s laugher over the Chiefs. He finished the day 13-for-21 passing for 181 yards. Other than taking three sacks, this was just about a perfect day from Sanchez. He might be worth considering in Week 15 against Philadelphia if you have injuries at the quarterback position. Mark Sanchez is the 10th ranked fantasy quarterback after a night of 25 points.
- Tom Brady & Jack Locker – both QBs tied for 4th position this week with 24 fantasy points.
Brady completed 22-of-37 passes for 357 yards, with three touchdown passes and one interception in Sunday’s 34-27 win over the Redskins. With the Patriots’ defense struggling to the stop the Redskins on Sunday, this one turned into something of a shootout, to the delight of Brady owners. The Patriots close out their regular season slate with a game at Denver, then a pair of home games, a trio of contests unlikely to be played in balmy conditions. Tom Brady is ranked 4th overall.
Jake Who? Locker threw for 282 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the Saints. He added six carries for 36 yards with a rushing touchdown. Locker took over for an injured Matt Hasselbeck, and nearly led the Titans to a comeback win with a couple of big plays in the fourth quarter, but took a costly sack on the last play of the game just outside the goal line. Even still, it was a nice performance from Locker, who appeared to have suffered a serious injury late in the game. He was able to come back into the game, however, and almost came up with the upset win. As a backup QB, he’s still 40th overall.
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Back to back weeks with 24+ points, but this week he nailed 37. He was MONSTROUS! Jones-Drew had four touchdowns on Sunday, two rushing and two receiving. He rushed for 85 yards and caught six passes for 51 yards in a win over Tampa Bay. Sunday was MJD’s best game in what has been a banner season so far. He is making a run at the rushing title, and he set a Jaguars record on Sunday with 73 career touchdowns in only 90 games. He will face a tough Atlanta run defense on Thursday night, but given the roll he’s been on, I’d still expect strong production from MJD. He’s ranked 3rd overall. No injury problems in a long long time makes everyone happy. Except your opponents, of course.
- Shonn Greene – A little banged up never hurt anybody right? Greene rushed 24 times for 129 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s romp over the Chiefs. He also had three catches for 58 yards. Looks like those ribs are feeling just fine; Greene has been a dynamic performer for two consecutive weeks. He’s also taking advantage of the play of the Jets offensive line, which has been terrific of late. Greene should be a solid play in Week 15 against the Eagles. He scored 23 points for owners and is now up to being the 17th ranked rusher.
- Brandon Jacobs – It helps when Ahmad Bradshaw is sorta not really in the picture any longer. Jacobs racked up 101 rushing yards and two scores in Sunday’s win over Dallas. Big Earth saw an increased workload in the game as a result of disciplinary action against backfield mate Big Fire Ahmad Bradshaw, who was forced to the bench for most of the contest by coach Tom Coughlin for violating team rules. Jacobs took full advantage of the opportunity, and was running hard like he did in his early years. It’s possible the momentum of this great performance could roll over, but it’s likely he’ll be back in more of an equal timeshare next week. Frustrating, yes, but Brandon Jacobs scored 22 points for his owners who took a chance, and is ranked 26th overall this season.
- Ryan Grant – Out from the shadow of James Starks, I debated for hours on Sunday morning, and eventually let Ryan Grant ride the bench for this week. I won my game by 30 points in the playoffs, but Grant would have made a +13 point differential for me to set me up even better going into week two. Argh! I have my #25 green Packers jersey hanging in the closet, I should bring it out soon. Grant had 10 carries for 85 yards with a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s 46-16 win over Oakland. Ryan got off to a great start, running for a 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was easily Grant’s best game of the season, as he took advantage of James Starks’ ankle injury. He may have received more work in the second half if the score hadn’t been so lopsided. Ryan Grant is the 44th overall RB with his 21 point game. I had over 60 fantasy points on my bench (How can you play Cam Newton when you also have Drew Brees going for a record??)
- LeSean McCoy & Ray Rice & Steven Jackson – Another 3-way tie? These rushers scored 18 for their teams.
McCoy ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries while catching three passes for 33 yards. It was a brutal game in terms of per-play efficiency for McCoy, but the two touchdowns say it all. The Jets defense is not much better against the run than the Miami one at the moment, if at all, so most of McCoy’s owners should keep him active. LeSean McCoy is #1 overall.
Rice racked up 149 total yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s win over the Colts. Ray has been fantasy gold this season, especially now that he’s finding the end zone with regularity. Rice has 12 total touchdowns this season with Willis McGahee in Denver, well eclipsing the six he had through 16 games last year. He’s ranked #2 overall.
Jackson had 20 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 60 yards Monday against the Seahawks. The touchdown was Jackson’s first in five weeks, as the Rams’ offense continues to struggle mightily. Things won’t get much easier on a short week against the Bengals either this coming Sunday. St Lousi’ only weapon of the past 4-6 years is ranked 13th overall in the NFL.
- Marques Colston & Julio Jones – Both receivers caught passes for 22 fantasy points for their owners.
Colston exploded for 105 yards on seven receptions, including two touchdowns. Marques scored on a 35-yard grab in the fourth quarter and again on a 28-yard strike five minutes later. While the touchdowns were only number four and five on the year for Colston, he has been one of the few wideouts in the league consistently posting numbers on a weekly basis. He has at least 50 yards in each of the last nine games, making him the rare wideout who seems immune to a down week. The Saints will get a Vikings’ secondary that ranks 26th in the NFL against the pass, so Colston should be started with confidence. Marques Colston is ranked 22nd in the NFL.
Ranked 29th in the NFL, Jones had three catches for 104 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s win at Carolina. The rookie atoned for several dropped passes with a 75-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter that iced the game. He seemed to be moving around well, and looked plenty fast on his long touchdown.
- Antonio Brown – Big Ben’s wideout caught five passes for 151 yards and a touchdown Thursday against the Browns. Brown led the team with eight targets, and took a pass 79 yards to the house past the Browns’ defense after Joe Haden stumbled. The touchdown was only Brown’s second of the season, but he and fellow wideout Mike Wallace have created one of the best receiver combinations in the league. I doubt the production from either player will be as solid in San Francisco this Monday night. Antonio Brown is ranked 22nd overall.
- Larry Fitzgerald – He helped kill my 49ers last weekend; well, combined with bad paid-off referee calls. Malfunctioning replay equipment on a touchdown, so we’re going to call it back? Seriously? Whatever. Fitzgerald had seven receptions for 149 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s upset win over the 49ers. It was one of Fitzgerald’s best games of the season, and to little surprise it came with John Skelton as the quarterback (Kevin Kolb was knocked out of the game early with a head injury). Fitzgerald’s fantasy outlook is much brighter with Skelton under center, as the young signal caller is willing to throw the ball up to Fitzgerald, even in traffic, and allow him to make a play. Fitz’s 20-point game makes him the 7th best receiver of the year.
- Laurent Robinson & Nate Washington – Both receivers tied for the 5-spot with 19 fantasy points.
Robinson was able to go Sunday against the Giants, and came up with a big performance. He caught four of his five targets for 137 yards and a score. Laurent was quiet to start the game, but scored on his first catch, and reeled in a big 74-yard reception which carried his night. Despite being seemingly the fourth option for Tony Romo on paper, Robinson has continued to produce at a high level. Tonight’s output was especially impressive in light of Miles Austin’s return to the lineup. As long as he’s healthy, continue to ride the hot hand. Laurent Robinson is ranked 14th overall.
Washington grabbed six passes for 130 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Saints. Nate was quiet early, but had a pair of 40-yard receptions in the final quarter. Washington’s second long catch with under a minute left nearly brought the Titans back from the dead, but they were unable to score on the final couple of plays of the game. He appeared to be a little shaken up after his final catch, and did not attend practice today.
There were no outstanding tight ends for the week, so I’m not going to list the ones with 15 and fewer points. Good luck in your fantasy football playoffs!