Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Week 14 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Eli Manning, QB, Giants -- Passed for 391 yards and 3 TDs without an interception, but he fumbled twice.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints -- Threw for 296 yards and a trio of TDs.
Peyton Manning, QB, Colts -- Overcame 3 INTs with 220 passing yards and 4 TDs.

Chris Johnson, RB, Titans -- Continued his assault on the Fantasy MVP crown, combining for 186 yards and 3 TDs.
Ray Rice, RB, Ravens -- His monster game generated 166 rushing yards and a score, plus 4 receptions for 53 yards, before being pulled early due to the blowout.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs -- Gained 143 rushing yards and a TD, and caught 7 passes for 38 yards.
Frank Gore, RB, 49ers – Compiled 167 yards and a TD on the ground, plus 2 catches for 10 yards.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings -- Ran for 92 yards and 2 TDs, plus 3 receptions for 40 yards.
Ryan Grant, RB, Packers -- Raced for 137 yards and a pair of scores.
Thomas Jones, RB, Jets -- Rumbled for 99 yards and 2 TDs.
Quinton Ganther, RB, Redskins -- Made the most of his first start, combining for 93 yards and a pair of scores.
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints -- Ran for 33 yards and hauled in 6 receptions for 46 yards and 2 TDs.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Broncos -- Set a new NFL record with 21 receptions for 200 yards and a pair of TDs.
Andre Johnson, WR, Texans -- Also had a huge day with 11 catches for 193 yards and 2 TDs.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles -- Mr. Big Play did it again, twice, scoring on a 60-yard pass and a 72-yard punt return, to go with his 178 receiving yards.

Dallas Clark, TE, Colts -- His 5 catches generated 43 yards and three of Manning’s TD strikes.

Eagles defense/special teams -- Gave up 38 points, but scored on a fumble return and punt return, recovered four fumbles and sacked Eli three times.
Titans defense -- Notched 5 INTs, 1 sack, a defensive touchdown and held the Rams to 7 points.
Texans defense -- Amassed 3 sacks, an interception and return TD, while holding the Seahawks to 7 points.

This was a great week to play against…

Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals – Picked a terrible time for his worst game of the season, offsetting all his 178 passing yards with 2 INTs and a fumble, with no TDs. Dammit.
David Garrard, QB, Jaguars -- Limited to 139 passing and 26 rushing yards.
Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Raiders -- Against the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense, held to 153 yards without a score before leaving with an injury.
Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals -- Continued his disappointing season with just 94 passing yards and a lone TD.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers -- Threw for only 180 yards and failed to complete a TD pass for the first time this season.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs -- Passed for 224 yards, 0 TDs and 4 INTs.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers -- Grounded by high winds and the Browns secondary with just 201 passing yards.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs -- Tossed 2 INTs and only amassed 84 passing yards.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns -- Just 9 yards rushing with 2 catches for 10 yards.
Chris Brown, RB, Texans -- Took a back seat to Ryan Moats, gaining just 7 yards on 3 carries.
Tim Hightower, RB, Cardinals – Fumbled early, limiting his overall production to 3 rushing and 13 receiving yards on 2 catches.
Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers -- Grounded with 14 total yards.
Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos -- Held to 19 rushing yards.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers -- Just 29 yards rushing for the day.
Julius Jones, RB, Seahawks -- Only 39 yards on the ground.
Steven Jackson, RB, Rams -- Rushed for a meager 47 yards and only caught 2 passes for 6 yards.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers -- Inexplicably held to 53 rushing yards plus one 17-yard catch.

Randy Moss, WR, Patriots -- His 16-yard catch was negated by a fumble, leaving him with a goose egg.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles -- Didn’t make a catch before leaving with an injury.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars -- His solo reception went for 6 yards.
Louis Murphy, WR, Raiders -- Just a measly 8-yarder on the day.
Lee Evans, WR, Bills -- Had one 11-yard reception.
Donald Driver, WR, Packers -- Took 2 catches to get to 11 yards.
Mario Manningham, WR, Giants -- His 2 grabs went for 16 yards.
Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins -- Last week’s hero had just 3 receptions for 22 yards.
Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs -- Held to 11 yards on 2 catches.
Donnie Avery, WR, Rams -- Only 2 balls for 14 yards.
Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers -- Limited to 2 receptions for 22 yards.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals – So was he.
Hines Ward, WR, Steelers -- His 4 catches went for 21 yards.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Jets -- Brought down one 26-yarder.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts -- Only 39 yards on 2 catches.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions -- Just 37 yards on 4 balls.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts -- His 4 balls produced a mediocre 43 yards.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals – Took 5 catches to reach 40 yards, plus a fumble.

I didn’t see that coming…

Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens -- Scored twice in garbage time while amassing 76 rushing yards.
Fred Davis, TE, Redskins -- Caught 3 passes for 50 yards and 2 TDs.


  1. Ladd,

    Another choice, i can start 2 of the 3: Moreno,Jones-Drew, and Ray Rice. JD and Rice playing againist Indy and th bears. Moreno go's up againist the Raiders. what should I do?


  2. Urgh.. into the playoffs and my first week sucked. Mendenhall and Fitzgerald really let me down (the latter possibly the only time this season)
    Entering week two of playoff with a 12 point deficit to overcome. The projections don't currently look in my favour either.

  3. Im in the playoffs in my 8 team league, and have to play the top seed. (Made it in by less than a point!) Can I trust Sims-Walker this week on Thursday? or go with Crabtree or S.Smith (Car.)?

  4. Ladd,
    I'm in the 2nd round of playoffs, and would appreciate your thoughts on my starters:
    My league is QB/RB/RB/Flex/WR/WR/TE/DEF & is PPR.
    My WR are Calvin J, G. Jennings, Meachem, & Bryant
    My RB are C Johnson, Grant, Forsett, Foster, and Wells.
    My TE are Celek and Finley.
    My QBs are McNabb and Cambell

  5. Joe,

    I don't think you can sit a healthy MJD or Rice. But if Buckhalter is out (don't know yet), Moreno could be huge vs Raiders. Tough call, but I'd stick with your horses, unless we hear Rice's chest injury might limit him.

  6. Seth,

    After seeing what Marshall did to the Colts on Sunday, I'd have to take my chances on Sims-Walker. Not crazy about either Crabtree's or Smith's matchups anyway.

  7. craig,

    I'd go with Calvin and Jennings (tough to sit Meachem for Jennings, but I would; PIT is dead in water and GB needs to keep winning; Rodgers due for bounce-back). This assumes Jennings is 100%

    CJ + Beanie + Foster in flex vs Rams

    Celek and McNabb

  8. Ladd,
    Thanks for your insight. My league is QB/RB/RB/WR/WR and NOT PPR.
    My WR's are Fitz, Colston, Ocho, and Miles

    My RB's are Gore,Benson, P. Thomas, Knowshon, & McCoy,
    Can you tell me which 2 WR and RB you would play?

  9. craig,

    I'd roll with Colston and Miles (since Fitz is hobbing), plus Benson/Knowshon.