Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Week 16 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots – Broke out of his mini-slump with 267 passing yards and 4 TDs.
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears – Finally produced for the one guy still starting him, with 273 yards, 4 TDs and but 1 INT.
Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles – Passed for 322 yards and 3 TDs, with 1 INT, while adding 29 rushing yards.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons – Threw for 250 yards and 3 scores against what had been a stout Bills pass defense.

Darren Sproles, RB, Chargers – Totaled 61 combined yards with 3 TDs against the Titans.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings – After a slow start, finished with 92 rushing yards and 2 TDs, plus 3 receptions for 43 yards.
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans – Raced for 142 yards and a score, and caught 3 passes for 37 yards.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers – Took advantage of DeAngelo Williams’ absence, running for a team record 206 yards plus a TD.
Frank Gore, RB, 49ers – Ran for 71 yards and a TD, and added 4 catches for 81 yards.
Ryan Grant, RB, Packers – Rumbled for 97 yards and 2 TDs.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers – Scored twice while running for 59 yards.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns – Didn’t break any records, but 148 yards and a TD is a fine showing from anyone in Cleveland.

Randy Moss, WR, Patriots – Only caught 4 passes for 45 yards, but 3 of his catches went for TDs.
Roddy White, WR, Falcons – Blitzed the Bills with 8 catches for 139 yards and 2 TDs.
Wes Welker, WR, Patriots – Another PPR dream, with 13 catches for 138 yards.

Todd Heap, TE, Ravens – Scored on both his receptions, which covered 37 yards.
Brent Celek, TE, Eagles – Amassed 121 yards and a TD with his 4 receptions.

This was a great week to play against…

Peyton Manning, QB, Colts – Yanked in the 3rd quarter with just 192 passing yards and 0 TDs.
Vince Young, QB, Titans – Threw for only 89 yards without a passing TD, plus 2 INTs, though he ran for 40 yards and a score.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks – Picked off 4 times for the second straight week, while passing for just 198 yards and a single TD.
Drew Brees, QB, Saints – Any time he’s held to 258 yards and 1 TD, it’s a great week to play him.

Steven Jackson, RB, Rams – A last-second inactive that caught many owners by surprise.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants – His 6 carries netted 1 whopping yard.
Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots – Got only 22 rushing yards before fumbling and disappearing from the crowded RB rotation.
Fred Jackson, RB, Bills – Held to 39 rushing and 14 receiving yards by a soft Falcons defense.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Bills – His 3 carries yielded 3 yards, and he added a 13-yard catch.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles – With Brian Westbrook back in the mix, ran for just 27 yards and caught one 39-yard pass.
Quinton Ganther, RB, Redskins – Ran for 13 yards and caught one 16-yard pass.

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars – Caught 2 passes for 19 yards.
Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs – Limited to 3 catches for 34 yards.
Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts – Managed just 3 catches for 33 yards in little more than a half of work against the great Darrelle Revis.
Donald Driver, WR, Packers – Held to identical stats in a full game.
Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets – Grounded by the Colts with just 2 catches for 18 yards.
Donnie Avery, WR, Rams – Just 2 receptions for 24 yards.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons – Caught 2 balls for a measly 17 yards before leaving with an injury.

I didn’t see that coming…

Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers – Scored twice as a runner and once as a receiver, while racking up 39 combined yards in a rout.
Lex Hilliard, RB, Dolphins – Also scored both ways, while rushing for 12 yards and catching 9 passes for 74 more.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos – Caught 7 passes for 69 yards and a pair of TDs.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, Bears – Hauled in 7 passes for 150 yards and the game-winning TD in overtime.

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