Every week I’ll address some topics that have my head spinning after Sunday’s action:
As if the stat line was impressive enough – 23 carries for 153 yards and a TD – the manner in which Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson ran the ball on Sunday was breathtaking. You would’ve never guessed that he was still less than a year removed from a major knee surgery. All Day hit the holes with explosiveness, broke tackles convincingly and appeared to be playing with a sense of purpose against a formidable Arizona defense. With the injury apparently behind him I am touting Peterson as the No. 3 overall RB behind Arian Foster in my Midseason Rankings.
The numbers turned by Cowboys’ running back Felix Jones weren’t terrible, but they were hardly impressive. The Panthers’ defense has proven to be very friendly to fantasy running backs this season and frankly I was expecting bigger things. One problem was the team’s passing attack could never get going, plus Jones was a bit dinged up (go figure). He did manage to catch five passes for 30 yards giving him some value in PPR formats, but 44 yards on 15 carries (2.9 ypc) against Carolina is not going to get it. Hopefully owners didn’t blow too much of their FAAB budget on him.
Three weeks ago I endorsed trading for the Patriots’ Brandon Lloyd and even acquired him in one of my leagues, claiming he would finish as a top 15 fantasy wideout with top ten upside. Three weeks later I can’t even call him more than just a sketchy WR3 option. He only managed to pull in one of his eight targets in Sunday’s win over the Jets as he finished with just six yards receiving. The good news is that he’s seen eight or more targets in five of the Pats’ seven games. The bad news is he has just one 100-yard game and has made only one trip to the end zone.
While I did get the winner right in Sunday night’s Steelers vs. Bengals showdown, the game did not go as I expected. Neither quarterback did much of anything. Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t terrible though. He still managed 278 yards and a touchdown. He is on pace to set a career mark in yardage, but it would be nice to see his TD total go up as he’s now managed to throw just one score in three straight contests. With that in mind he should still be viewed as high-end QB2 option at best and left out of lineups in most weeks.
Let the frustration officially begin for Trent Richardson owners. The ultra-talented rookie has been slowed by a rib injury. He tried to play through it on Sunday, only to wind up sitting the entire second half. The result was mediocre fantasy numbers as he finished with eight yards on eight carries in what should have been a huge matchup to exploit versus Indianapolis. The team is hoping to get him back on the field in Week 8, but with him not at 100 percent it becomes a risky proposition. Owners might be better served if the Browns just opted to rest him until he was 100 percent.
--Tony Romo, Ray Rice, Stevan Ridley, AJ Green, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon, Kyle Rudolph
--Josh Freeman, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Randall Cobb, Jeremy Kerley, Dustin Keller