These are the things I learned from the week that was. Let me teach you a thing or two.
Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
The usual studs remained studs, but the biggest disappointment of the season might be Knowshon Moreno. He was projected in the top 3 rounds in ESPN drafts, but you are better off leaving him on waivers. I know he had a 20 point game against Oakland two weeks ago, but that was due to his involvement in the passing game. That was against Oakland who has a very talented secondary. They were tied up in coverage and the checkdown passes came easy to Moreno. With receivers like Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney and Demaryius Thomas, who needs Knowshon Moreno? You don’t. He averages 3.3 yards a carry, so that is borderline acceptable, but if you have been watching the Broncos play, you have seen that Tim Tebow has been getting an increasing amount of carries. Just say Kno.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys
Don’t get me wrong, Jon Kitna is bad, but he has a big arm. In any game, he can throw 49 passes like he did this last weekend. Unfortunately, every 10-12 passes he throws will be an interception. Up until this week in his career, he had a TD for every interception. Kitna is the gold standard for a mediocre quarterback. Jay Cutler, take notes.
For every bad play that Kitna had, David Garrard gassed up on them to the tune of 4 TDs. It is no secret that Garrard is a very accurate QB, but only missing on four passes is incredible. It did help that Mike Sims-Walker (AKA: ‘Jacksonville’s best kept secret’), finally came to play. He has been keeping himself very secretive this season.
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals
It’s official–the best fantasy player on the Miami Dolphins is Dan Carpenter. Half Dan, half carpet. All leg. That is the tag line for a movie he should be in. And judging by everyone’s disrespect of him, that movie would never get produced. Even though he is averaging 17 fantasy points in the past three weeks, he is only owned in 40 percent of leagues. (If you were wondering, the movie is a lot like “The Garbage-Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon,” except he is in Miami and he installs carpets on yachts because of a mix-up with his last name, until one day he realizes he is a great kicker. Super bowl, love story, that’s a wrap.)
OK, Terrell Owens doesn’t have a movie, but he does have a really terrible TV show. He doesn’t need an acting career when he is reviving his football career this season with the Bengals. He has 5 TDs in the last four games, and since I own him in three leagues, I should probably start writing him a script too. It would probably be a Star Wars spin off about Uncle Owen. I owe him.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
I feel so terrible for the Bills. As if they haven’t had enough sadness in the last 10 years. They are now 0-7 and almost all of them have been close. I cant feel bad for Steve Johnson, because he has 6 TDs in the past five games with at least one score in each game. That is consistent as it gets. He should have no trouble continuing his streak against the Bears this weekend. (I’m predicting the Bills getting their first win this week. They deserve it!)
Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions
Am I surprised that Matt Stafford had 4 TDs in his return to Detroit? Nope, he is destined for greatness. His return raises everyone’s stats, especially his two favorite targets–Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew.
If you like to speculate, which is only on my Top 10 list of favorite things to do, then let me bend your ear for a second. Though the Redskins are on Bye this week, Ryan Torain will be recovering from his hamstring injury, but if he is unable to start or carry the full load when they return to play the Eagles in Week 10, backup Keiland Williams is worth a look. He had a solid game last week with 25 yards and a TD and threw in 28 yards receiving too. Don’t worry, Rant Sports will keep you posted.
Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams
I think what we are witnessing is the explosion of Danny Amendola. Let me clarify, Danny Amendola is coming into his own as Sam Bradford’s favorite receiver. Though he isn’t Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Steve Johnson or Ex Johnson- Chad Ochocinco, he is going to get a good amount of looks especially in the redzone. I’d say expecting 8-12 points out of him is reasonable.
Green Bay Packers at New York Jets
What a snoozer. I wish that it was mandatory that a TD must be scored in every NFL game. Sorry fantasy owners.
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers
I will try to dig out the fantasy news of this game that was riddled with injuries and split carries. Vince Young and Kenny Britt were injured in this game, but at least Young had 2 TDs and decent yardage. The proof that the Titans are an excellent fantasy team to ride is that they are extremely balanced. You can count on Chris Johnson scoring every game and at least one receiver scoring a TD and around 100 yards. I usually have all the answers, but the addition of Randy Moss is still confusing to me. Either he becomes the feature of the passing game, or he will just draw defenders.
I know we have thoroughly covered our disappointment in Ryan Mathews this season, but there is still a tiny nugget of fantasy value left. He has seen a slight increase in carries–he got 15 carries and did a pretty nice job with a 7-yard TD and 43 yards. Still, Mike Tolbert outrushed him, but that was due to one 36-yard rush. The point is that Ryan Mathews will eventually become the man for San Diego. He just need a few big plays. With Houston, Denver, Indy and Oakland coming up, he should see a huge uptick in production now that his carries are increasing.
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots
In a loss where Randy Moss has just one catch against his former team while playing for his former team, things must not be right. And they weren’t, judging by him being waived from the Vikings and going to the Titans. The first thing that I think is that Brad Childress is an idiot, then I looked into the situation and Brad Childress is definitely an idiot. I am worried about anyone involved in the passing game in Minnesota.
On a good note, BenJarvus Green-Ellis (AKA: The Law Firm) built a case against Danny Woodhead who is allegedly a running back AND a wide receiver for the Patriots. While the jury is deliberating, “The Law Firm” prosecuted the Minnesota Vikings defense. They are suing for 2 TDs and 112 yards in damages, and even though there were 68,756 witnesses in attendance, the defense will not win the suit. I watch a lot of Law and Order, but I didn’t go to law school. Can you tell?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay is quickly becoming one of my favorite teams to watch. What’s not to love? They have so much upside with ‘The Blount Trauma’ coming out of the back field hurdling fools, Mike Williams stretching the field like salt water taffy, and Josh Freeman rolling out, casually bombing the ball as if he was throwing a Vortex football at a 12-year-old’s birthday party. Now that their defense is racking up points, their fantasy value is skyrocketing. Don’t miss the bandwagon.
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders
In a game where the Raiders pass for over 300 yards and rush for over 200 yards, there is a lot of fantasy points being spread around. In the last two weeks, the Raiders have been pouring on the points. With seven different people carrying the ball in this last game, they have a lot of things for defensive coordinators to plan for. What does this mean for Bush and McFadden? It means that they will still get the most carries, but don’t worry about McFadden. Bush’s TD came at the very end of the game with four minutes left. McFadden is still the man. Run with DMC.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints
You can blame the loss on Heath Miller, but the passing game never got started with Roethlisberger going 17-for-28. Someone should check him for a concussion–he was throwing bad passes and his receivers were blanketed by the Saints’ defense.
Brees owners had to be happy with the 300 yards and 2 TDs, but I guess you are used to the turnovers by now. He has 7 turnovers in the last two games. Let’s hope he can bounce back against the Panthers this week since they are nothing as fierce as their name makes them seem. If anything, they are the “Saints.”
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
With nearly everyone injured on the Colts offense, Peyton Manning proved that they are truly a “plug and play” offense. Now that the test has been taken, take notes that without Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme can produce. And without Joseph Addai, Mike Hart can rack up the yards quickly. Addai should be worried about his job when he returns. Hart has a lot of heart.
The Texans are same ole, same ole: huge numbers from Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. They are really the only two people on this offense. If you add up everyone else’s numbers, it is a total of 36 yards as compared to Johnson and Foster’s 273. Basically, they are the only fantasy-worthy players on this team.