Fantasy Football: Thursday Night's Fantasy Impact

By Andy Schmidt
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The beginning of the fantasy football playoffs came on Thursday night with the Denver Broncos beating the Oakland Raiders. There were some performances during that game that surely helped owners and a couple that did absolutely nothing to help anyone’s cause. Those owners are going to have a long wait until Sunday’s games to recover.

If you started Peyton Manning, it was another great decision with Manning’s 310 yards along with a touchdown. Manning is a must-start the rest of the way as Denver keeps looking for another AFC West title. There was the effort from Knowshon Moreno as well with 119 yards rushing and a touchdown on 32 carries. I don’t remember the last time Moreno rushed that many times but it has been a while. There are many leagues that add bonus points for 100-yard rushers so that helped even more. An unexpected benefit was Matt Prater’s four field goals and the added two extra points gave him 14 points for the night, which is a great number to get out of your kicker each week.

On the flip side, Darren McFadden returned for Oakland and had 52 rushing yards while with a receiving touchdown so if you started him, you have to be disappointed with the rushing yards but got a touchdown somehow. The player that killed owners though with Brandon Myers, who had 14 catches last week and finished with just one catch for seven yards this week. Myers was surely picked up by tons of owners after last week who are now quite upset with what they got out of him this time around. It’s time to let the dust settle and get ready for Sunday’s action.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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