Watching football on Thanksgiving was about as fun as getting a root canal. At least you get laughing gas at most dentist offices. I don't know what made me more sleepy eating all the turkey or trying to get into the Seahawks vs. Cowboys match-up on the heels of watching the Lions. I was hoping for a better game in the night cap, but a 28-point blowout by the Eagles was the icing on the cake to a day of crappy football. There were plenty of fantasy takes to digest on this day, but here's my final take:
CHRIS JOHNSON - Continues to prove that he's my favorite rookie running back. He was up to 84 yards and 2 TD's on his first four carries against the Lions and finished with 125 yards on 16 carries. Just think of how big of a day he could have had if he would stayed in there rather than giving way to others in a blowout.
LENDALE WHITE - Coming off a huge disappointing effort in Week 12 in which he lashed out against head coach Jeff Fischer to reporters, White gave fantasy owners that gave him a chance in a favorable match-up plenty to be thankful for. The veteran amssed 125 yards and a pair of TD's on 25 carries.
JUSTIN GAGE - Gage is a bit overhyped right now and Thursday only provided more evidence of this. The Titans are a run-first team and with a big lead Gage disappeared. He had a blow-up game in Week 11, but now has managed just 3 catches for 77 yards over his past two games. He's simply to risky to count on for your line-up.
KEVIN SMITH - Smith has finally emerged as the Lions' primary option out of the backfield and finally appears to be at 100%. The problem is that he still plays for the Lions. He struggled mightily against the Titans, generating just 22 yards on 12 carries. Smith is only worth considering as a RB3 and only in prime match-ups.
CALVIN JOHNSON - Despite playing for the lowly Lions the gifted receiver remains a must-start option. He only managed 5 receptions for 66 yards, but Johnson did get 11 targets and remains one of the most dangerous receivers in the league. He's a must-start option down the stretch.
TONY ROMO - He completed 22-of-34 passes for 331 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Romo got great protection and showed that he's capable of producing big numbers despite the splint on his throwing hand. Start him with confidence as you enter the playoff drive.
MARION BARBER - His day was cut short after suffering a dislocated pinkie toe. X-rays came back negative though, so he should be a go next week against Pittsburgh. He finised the day with only 32 yards on 10 carries, but he did manage to score a touchdown.
TERRELL OWENS - T.O. made a couple of great catches and posted solid numbers as he pulled in five balls for 98 yards and a TD. After five straight games in which he failed to eclipsed 40 yards receving, Owens has now tallied 311 yards receiving over his past two games. How can you think about sitting him in the playoffs?
MATT HASSELBECK - The veteran had no time behind Seattle's makeshift offensive line, but he did show that he's nearing 100%. He completed 22-of-38 yards for 287 yards with 0 TD's and 1 INT. He does have some favorable match-ups ahead (NE, @StL, NYJ) so he's worth keeping on your roster as a backup.
MAURICE MORRIS - I am still trying to figure out why a guy coming off a game in which he had 113 total yards and a TD the week before takes a seat the following game. He didn't get much action until the second half, but I have to think that the starting job is going to be his heading down the stretch. Either way he's backup material at best.
DONOVAN MCNABB - Left for dead, McNabb lived up to my tabbing him No. 8 on the Cheat Sheet coming into the week. After being benched just four days earlier, McNabb posted stellar numbers vs. the Cards. He completed 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns.
BRIAN WESTBROOK - Patient owners were finally rewarded on Thanksgiving night as Westbrook busted out with a four-touchdown performance. He finished with 25 touches for 130 total yards, but did sit out some of the game with an ankle injury. He should be good to go in Week 15, but he's still struggling to finish a game heatlhy.
DESEAN JACKSON - The rookie wideout pulled in five balls for 76 yards and a touchdown. After a mid-season slump Jackson now has four straight games with at least four catches and has a good chance to finish the season with over 1000 yards receiving. He's a nice WR3 option to finish out the year.
KURT WARNER - He looked flustered and his team got drilled, but Warner continue to produce for fantasy owners in the loss. He did throw three costly interceptions, but still finished with 235 yards and three TD passes. He did have his 300-yard game streak snapped at five, but did throw for multiple TD's in 9 of his 12 games this year.
TIM HIGHTOWER - It was another disappointing effort by the Cards' rookie runner as he mustered just 7 yards on 7 carries and now has gained just 85 yards on 42 carries over his past four contests. He's nothing more than a flex option at this point and only in favorable match-ups.