One thing we know for sure in the NFL is that anything can happen at any time. In the AFC alone there are only 2 teams with winning records. It may appear like mediocrity rules, but from a fantasy perspective it means that anything can happen. Here’s this week’s Game Balls.
Aaron Rodgers, GB, 338 yards, 6 TDs – I’d be remiss if I left Rodgers off this list, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mentioned that two of my teams played against Rodgers (of which I still somehow still won both games). One owner foolishly got too cute and benched Rodgers, and missed out on his 6 TD performance. Despite his struggles, Rodgers is still an elite quarterback, and silenced everyone by showing why you cannot bench him – EVER – for any reason, regardless of the matchup.
Robert Griffin III, WAS, 182 passing yards, 1 TD, 138 rushing yards, 2 rush TDs – Back off a concussion, RG3 showed no ill effects of his injury as he was second this week in rushing. His owners hopefully started him, and enjoyed a huge payoff. RG3 is a fantasy stud and must start, every week.
Honorable mention: Russell Wilson, SEA, 293 yards, 3 TDs – Another comeback from the Seattle rookie. This might’ve been his best week yet, and silenced any of his critics (like me) to prove he’s definitely fantasy relevant.
Shonn Greene, NYJ, 161 rushing yards 3 TDs – Really? That’s what most of us asked when we saw this stat line. The same Shonn Greene who was left for dead and sits on the waiver wire in 40% of leagues. Yes, that Shonn Greene. If you started him, you’re either all-knowing or desperate, and deserve a shout out. Hit me up on Twitter @fantasy_geek and I’ll give you your proper shout out if you started Greene this week on purpose.
Chris Johnson, TEN, 91 rushing yards, 4 catches for 23 yards – There were better performances from other running backs, but since I’ve been hard on CJnoK, I wanted to praise him when it’s deserving. On Thursday night, in what looked like an avoid-at-all-costs matchup against Pittsburgh, Johnson racked up double digit fantasy points. He’s off my used sock list, and I’m moving him back to weekly starter, but I do so very cautiously.
Honorable mention: Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG, 116 yards, 1 TD – Bradshaw ran with authority against a stout 49ers defense. He even found the end zone.
Jordy Nelson, GB, 9 catches, 121 yards, 3 TDs – Finally Nelson went off, and went off huge. Nelson was a force in Green Bay’s destruction of Houston Sunday night. He caught 9 balls and scored three times for his first multi-TD game of the year.
Wes Welker, NE, 10 catches, 138 yards, 1 TD – Here’s the Wes Welker of the past. 10 catches make him a PPR stud, as always. The touchdown makes him a stud at all levels.
Honorable mention: Vincent Jackson, TB, 4 catches for 66 yards, 2 TDs – Vjax is definitely fantasy relevant again. He’s a guy who is a borderline WR1 at this point and definitely a WR2.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN, 6 catches 56 yards, 1 TD, 2 pt. conversion – Everyone who’s followed me on Twitter or read me here knows my man love for Rudolph. Rudolph owners have had a hard time committing to starting him every week, but the local boy is showing why you really have to think twice now before benching the Viking tight end.
Jermaine Gresham, CIN, 3 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD – Gresham always showed flashes of talent, but has thus far underperformed. Sunday, against the Browns, the Bengals tight end went off for a long TD catch. Here’s to hoping for many more weeks like this from Gresham.
Honorable mention: Aaron Hernandez, NE, 6 catches for 30, 1 TD – Back from an injury, Hernadez immediately becomes a top 4 tight end again from here on out.
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Michael Turner, ATL, 11 rushes for 33 yards – Turner was entering this week having scored at least one TD in the last three games. He was facing the 24th ranked rush defense in the Oakland Raiders. And this is what you do? 11 rushes for 33 yards? Really? So, for this stinker of a performance, please accept this game used sock award for your pathetic performance this week and how you’ve let down any of your owners who considered you a must-start this week. Boo and hiss!
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