Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Week 13 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys -- Won a lot of games for his owners, just not Dallas, with 392 yards and 3 TDs, with no INTs.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints -- Started off slowly, but ended with 419 yards, 2 TDs and an INT.
Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals -- Appeared to be just fine, thank you, passing for 285 yards and a trio of TDs.
Jason Campbell, QB, Redskins -- Passed for 367 yards, 3 TDs and an INT, and almost pulled off a huge upset.
Brady Quinn, QB, Browns -- Tossed 3 TDs while amassing 271 passing yards.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers – Kept his grip on the top spot with 263 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs mostly offset by 30 rushing yards.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers -- Threw for 2 TDs and 373 yards.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants -- Had his best game of the season, with 113 combined yards and 2 scores.
Joseph Addai, RB, Colts -- Scored twice, ran for 79 yards and caught 3 passes for 17 yards.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos -- Ran for 86 yards and a pair of TDs.

Robert Meachem, WR, Saints -- His 8 receptions totaled 142 yards and a TD, and his fumble return score will count in most leagues.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals -- Caught 8 passes for 143 yards and 1 TD.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals -- His 7 receptions produced 98 yards and 2 scores.
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals -- Pulled in 9 balls for 137 yards and a TD.
Smilin’ Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys -- Reeled in 10 passes for 104 yards and a score.
Roddy White, WR, Falcons -- Had 9 receptions for 104 yards and a last-second TD.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions -- Brought down 6 passes for 123 yards and 1 TD.
Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers -- Caught 8 passes for 149 yards and a score.
Roy Williams, WR, Cowboys -- His 6 catches generated 60 yards and 2 TDs.
Wes Welker, WR, Patriots -- Didn’t score, but hauled in 10 receptions for 167 yards.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers – Excelled on Monday night with 7 catches for 79 yards and a pair of TDs.
Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers -- Kept his magical season going with 6 catches for 111 yards and 1 TD.
Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys -- Caught 14 passes for 156 yards.
Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers -- Had 8 receptions for 167 yards.

Eagles defense/special teams -- Notched 2 sacks, 3 turnovers, an INT-return TD and held Atlanta to 7 last-second points.

This was a great week to play against…

Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs -- Tossed 2 INTs and only amassed 84 passing yards before getting the hook.
Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers -- Threw for 321 yards and ran for 30 more, but 5 picks without a TD ruined it all.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears -- Passed for just 143 yards and a solo TD, but at least no turnovers.

Larry Johnson, RB, Bengals -- With Benson back in action, promptly disappeared with a total of 4 rushing yards.
Cowboys RBs -- Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice combined for 45 rushing yards and just 6 catches for 20 yards.
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals – Held to just 28 rushing yards without a catch on Sunday night.
Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals – Offset his 50 rushing yards and 8-yard catch with a costly fumble.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles -- Managed just 2 yards rushing and 3 catches for 24 yards.
Chris Jennings, RB, Browns -- Rookie got his first start and rushed for 28 measly yards.
Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots -- Kept from scoring while rushing for 41 yards.
Ryan Grant, RB, Packers – Ditto.
Jerious Norwood, RB, Falcons -- Starting for Michael Turner, held to 42 combined yards.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings -- Ran for a paltry 19 yards while 6 receptions totaled 46 yards.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens – Limited to 54 rushing yards and 3 catches for 17 yards, plus a fumble.

Mario Manningham, WR, Giants -- Just one 10-yard catch.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars -- His solo reception amount to 12 yards.
Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs -- Held to 11 yards on 2 catches.
Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens – Grounded with just 13 yards on 2 balls.
Lee Evans, WR, Bills -- His only reception went for 38 yards.
Devin Hester, WR, Bears -- His went for 48 yards.
Terrell Owens, WR, Bills -- Had just 3 catches for 31 yards.

I didn’t see that coming…

Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Raiders -- Shocked the Steelers with 308 yards and 3 TDs, plus 20 rushing yards.
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles -- Got to show off once his team got a big lead, scoring as a rusher and passer, plus 48 yards passing and 17 rushing.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns -- Ran for 35 yards and caught 7 passes for 62 more and 2 TDs.

Devin Thomas, WR, Redskins -- Pulled down 7 passes for 100 yards and a pair of TDs.
Louis Murphy, WR, Raiders -- Brought in 4 receptions for 128 yards and 2 TDs.
Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins -- Caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a score.


  1. Ladd,

    Since the playoffs are here....I may have alot of questions this week. Let's start with DEF Packers or Patriots? Pack is on the road vs divisional Bears....Pats have Panthers at Home. I think I like the Patriots. You?

    Steve in Plano

  2. Steve,

    The Pack has the #2 fantasy defense (at least according to my league's scoring). Pats are way down. Bears offense stinks. Go with GB

  3. Ladd,

    Romo or Favre? I think Favre...but scares me that the weather could be bad.

    Calvin Johnson or Roddy or Sidney Rice or Robert Meachem? I can start two of them?

    Thanks! Steve in Plano

  4. Ladd,
    I have the opportunity to pick up Harrison (CLE RB)on waivers tonight. I would pick him up and drop Chris Brown. My other RBs are: C Johnson, Grant, Forsett, Wells.

    And would you pick up Campbell or Gradowski as a back up QB?

    Thanks. Craig in Arkansas

  5. Ladd:

    I need your advice. I asked your advice early in the season for the draft, and I can proudly say I have a 9-4 record, thanks!. That’s where it gets interesting…

    I play in a 12 team, 3 division league. My 9-3 record had already won my division, and I WAS in the playoffs. Until the schedule was reviewed, and it turned out that the schedule didn’t match the divisions, and I had played the league’s top team (twice) and split the head-to-head match ups 1-1, yet he is 10-2. Well, this team was supposed to be in my division (as evidenced by playing him twice), and after a league-wide vote voted for proper realignment (in week 13), well I’m on the outside looking in. I’m beyond furious… but, it was making it “correct”, and of course, my addition to the wildcard pool opened up my old division to all 3 teams, and they voted me out. Go figure…

    I would like your advice on my lineup going into this final week. I’m pleased to have amazing receivers, but Vincent Jackson has ruined me the past two weeks, in which I benched the habitually questionable Calvin Johnson… and lost because of it. Plus, I just added Vince Young since Palmer & Cutler have killed me recently.

    If you can get back to me, I appreciate it under these bitter circumstances. I just want my best line-up and need to score big this week to make the playoffs. Thanks in advance! If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, you have a drink on me! Matt in Pittsburgh.

    I’ll show you my projected line-up.


    *QB Vince Young QB Carson Palmer QB Jay Cutler

    *RB Frank Gore RB Jonathan Stewart RB Laurence Maroney RB Darren McFadden

    *WR Sidney Rice

    *WR Calvin Johnson
    *WR Steve Smith
    WR Vincent Jackson

    *TE Vernon Davis TE Kevin Boss

    *K Ryan Longwell

    *DEF Phi. Eagles

  6. Pitt or Broncos Defense?
    V. Davis or T. Gonzo at TE?


  7. Steve,

    I'd go with Romo. Did you see what Brady Quinn did to the Chargers last week? As for Favre's weather issue, how bad can it be inside the dome?

    I'd go with Roddy and Meachem (though Rice over Meachem makes sense too).

  8. craig,

    With news that Slaton is on IR, I think you should stick with C Brown. Given your RB cast, you probably won't play either, but nothing wrong with keeping them away from the competition.

    Gradkowski only has potential in Wk 16. Campbell could be serviceable any week, but you better hope you don't need either.

  9. Puma,

    First off, you got screwed. Late-season "corrections" like that should not have been made after the fact. If someone had caught it earlier, then maybe. But not in Week 13. If you've got money on the line, you should REALLY be pissed.

    As for your lineup:

    Palmer (Young has better matchup, but I couldn't start him over Palmer, who will likely have to pass often to keep pace)

    As for your WRs, I'd go with Rice, V-Jax (I know) and Smith (if he's NYG). Otherwise, Megatron over Carolina Smith.

    Good luck!

  10. Thank you! I'll post you the results.