QB Game Ball – David Garrard, Jacksonville – 17/21, 260 yards, 4 PaTD; 1 RuTD
Garrard only failed to complete four passes and looked invincible versus the Cowboys in Week 8. He’s been feast or famine in most weeks, but this past Sunday may have been his best effort yet. The Jacksonville signal caller has now tossed three or more scores in three of his seven games this season. He’s worth a look as a fantasy starter when the matchup is right.
QB Honorable Mention – Drew Brees 34/44, 305 yards, 2 PaTD, 1 INT (excelled despite bad matchup and shows why he’s a must start every week)
RB Game Ball - LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay – 22 carries for 120 yards, 2 TD’s
Last week’s hot waiver wire pickup picked up big numbers for owners that grabbed him versus the Cardinals. Blount had 22 carries to Cadillac Williams’ four touches in the game. He now has 192 yards over the last two games and appears to be a fantasy factor out of the Bucs’ backfield. Blount is averaging 5.2 yards per carry in limited action thus far this season.
RB Honorable Mention – Jamal Charles, Kansas City – 22 carries for 177 yards; 4 catches for 61 yards (averaging 6.5 yards per carry on season)
WR Game Ball – Calvin Johnson, Detroit – 9 catches, 101 yards, 3 TD’s
Welcome back Matthew Stafford! Johnson owners were happy to see the Lions get their starting quarterback back into the lineup. Johnson has now scored in four straight games and has found the end zone eight times so far this season. Despite struggling with injuries, Johnson remains an elite fantasy option at the position.
WR Honorable Mention – Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville – 8 catches, 151 yards, 1 TD (maybe his season-best effort will help turnaround his disappointing season)
THE GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle – 9 carries for 7 yards, 0 TD’s
It was Lynch’s worst game of his brief Seattle stint. I pimped all week on the blog, radio and our fantasy podcast and Lynch responded by giving owners a big goose egg. The Raiders got out to an early lead and that forced the Seahawks to a mostly passing offense and put Justin Forsett, the team’s third-down back, on the field and Lynch on the sidelines. If the Seahawks’ line can’t start opening some holes, Lynch is going to continue to struggle.
Stinky Sock Honorable Mention – Jonathan Stewart, Caronlina – 14 carries, 30 yards, 0 TD (he failed in his chance to start. He has yet to hit 50 yards in any game)
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