John Biancardi

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Record Setting Day

Monday, December 21, 2009

"It's the most wonderful time of the year."

That claim might be truer for some, especially if you were fortunate enough to make into in the Finals. The weather might have been a factor on Sunday, but that didn't stop some players from exploding for some record setting days. Happy Holidays everyone, and good luck in the championship round!

Top 5 Quarterbacks:

1. Aaron Rodgers – 383 Pass Yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 22 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 1 two-pt conversion – If your team was able to survive Rodgers' stinker last week, then you were rewarded in a big way this week and then some. A-Rod has been automatic all season long, and Sunday was an early Christmas gift to owners who have been riding him all year.

2. Ben Roethlisberger – 503 Pass Yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs – You might want to sit down for this one. Yes, it's actually possible to throw for 500-yards in a game, as Big Ben proved that against a usually solid Packers' secondary. With just three seconds left in the game, Roethlisberger did his best Superbowl impersonation, except this time it was Mike Wallace who managed to get both feet inbounds for the game winner.

3. Peyton Manning – 308 Pass Yds, 4 TDs, 1 INT – The Colts now stand as the lone undefeated team, and that's due in large part to #18. Peyton has now thrown for four scores in back-to-back weeks, but it remains to be seen if he'll play enough in Week 16 to be a hero once again.

4. Joe Flacco – 234 Pass Yds, 4 TDs, 0 INTs – Nice of you to finally stop by Mr. Flacco. After starting the season scorching hot, Flacco has failed to deliver in the second half of the season. Sunday was his first multi-score game since Week 6, largely due to the emergence of Ray Rice, but also because of Flacco's inconsistencies.

5. Matt Moore – 299 Pass Yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs – Where did this come from? Moore made the Vikings look like a team that was nothing more than average, as he shredded them up-and-down the field, in particular in the fourth quarter. Moore might be hitting his stride at the right time, because he goes up against a sub par Giants' secondary next week.

Top 5 Running Backs:

1. Jerome Harrison – 286 Rush Yds, 3 TDs, 2 Rec, 12 Yds – Holy terrible Run D Batman! At this point, the Cleveland running back situation is just comical, because I'm convinced that Eric Mangini looks for ways to tick off fantasy owners. Just when you thought Chris Jennings was emerging, think again! Eric Mangini, you are the Grinch that stole any hope of owners having faith in anything that you say. By the way, great game Jerome Harrison.

2. Maurice Jones-Drew – 110 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 5 Rec, 30 Yds, 1 TD – MoJo mania was back in full swing this week, as he had his first 100-yard game since Week 10. MJD is the engine that makes the Jaguars' offense go, so you better believe he'll be leaned on heavily next week in New England, especially with the weather being unpredictable this time of year. Another two scores wouldn't hurt, but I'm not about to get greedy.

3. Jonathan Stewart – 109 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 2 Rec, 14 Yds, 1 TD – DeAngelo Williams left the game after getting injured, but J-Stew did his best stunt double act, as he managed to go over the 100-yard mark against a very stout Vikings' run defense. Stewart is a must-start if Williams has to miss any more time.

4. Jamaal Charles – 154 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 2 Rec, 16 Yds – Imagine if this guy was on a good team? Charles has a similar running style to Chris Johnson, and he has made the most of his cakewalk fantasy playoff schedule thus far. Look for things to be a little tougher next week against the Bengals, but can you really bench this guy the way he has been playing?

5. Maurice Morris – 126 Rush Yds, 1 TD, 5 Rec, 35 Yds – Morris made the most of his late-season opportunity with Kevin Smith out, and he might warrant a start next week if you're desperate. He has no competition for carries, and if you're tired of seeing your back on the wrong end of a committee, Morris is your man.

Top 5 Wide Receivers:

1. Vincent Jackson – 5 Rec, 108 Yds, 2 TDs – V-Jax has picked a good time to get back on track, as he has gone over the 100-yard mark in two straight. At times he looks like a man amongst boys, as he has the ability to take over a game like he did this week – but you didn't need me to tell you that.

2. Steve Smith – 9 Rec, 157 Yds, 1 TD – Don't look now but with Matt Moore under center, Smith has scored in two straight weeks. He should have no problem giving the Giants fits all game long next week, so feel confident inserting him into your lineup.

3. DeSean Jackson – 6 Rec, 140 Yds, 1 TD, 9 Rush Yds – D-Jax has quickly emerged as arguably the most explosive player in the league, in just his second season. If McNabb has time to find him down the field, it's game over, because there isn't anyone on the field that can keep up with him step-for-step.

4. Reggie Wayne – 5 Rec, 132 Yds, 1 TD – It has been a struggle for Wayne over the past month, but he didn't have any problems on Thursday against the Jags. Similar to Manning, it remains to be seen whether or not he can be counted on next week, due to the lack of playing time he's sure to receive.

5. Andre Johnson – 9 Rec, 196 Yds, 0 TDs – This year's number one fantasy wideout just keeps on delivering. AJ came out for an encore this week, as he followed up last week's 193-yard performance pa-retty nicely I'd say. He has become the epitome of a must start receiver, because he can be relied on no matter what.

Top 5 Tight Ends:

1. Dallas Clark – 7 Rec, 95 Yds, 2 TDs – As Peyton Manning goes, so does Dallas Clark. They both might as well be joined at the hip, because they know exactly what the other is doing on every single play. The timing and rhythm that Manning and Clark have is unstoppable and unfair, and it has really shown in the past two weeks.

2. Todd Heap – 5 Rec, 56 Yds, 2 TDs – Typical Todd Heap – delivers a huge game when most likely no owners had him in their lineups. Heap has the potential to be dominant, but for whatever reason he has taken a backseat in the Ravens' offense. That is not an ideal situation whatsoever from a fantasy perspective, hence why Heap has been riding the bench for most owners.

3. John Carlson – 7 Rec, 86 Yds, 1 TD – Carlson has been a major disappointment this season, but he has somehow managed to score in two consecutive games. I'm sure owners who drafted him will have a few choice words about his '09 season, but cross your fingers and hope for a bounceback in 2010.

4. Jermichael Finley – 9 Rec, 74 Yds, 1 TD – This guy has quickly turned some heads, and you better believe that he'll be one of the top tight ends off the board come next season. He plays on an explosive offense and has developed a nice chemistry with Aaron Rodgers and, in reality, that's all that matters.

5. Heath Miller – 7 Rec, 118 Yds, 0 TDs – Miller added to his solid '09 campaign, but this time he did it without scoring a touchdown. We're not accustomed to seeing 100-yard games from him, but whatever gets the job done is all that matters.

Top 5 Defenses/Special Teams:

1. Ravens – 7 PA, 2 Sacks, 4 INTs, 2 FR – The Jay Cutler Turnover Express strikes again, and this week the Ravens were the main beneficiaries.

2. Eagles – 13 PA, 3 Sacks, 3 INTs, 1 FR – The Eagles defense has been absolutely lights out from a fantasy perspective in the past three weeks, totaling 15-plus points in every game. They'll be tough to bench next week versus the Broncos, but check to see if better matchups present themselves.

3. Buccaneers – 7 PA, 1 Sack, 4 INTs, 1 FR – This was a nice showing, but they better be on your bench next week against an angry Saints team that had trouble moving the ball against the Cowboys.

4. Falcons – 7 PA, 2 Sacks, 3 INTs – Ride this unit while they're hot, and that means start them with confidence next week against the Bills.

5. Patriots – 10 PA, 6 Sacks, 1 INT – They have a tough matchup against the Jaguars this week, but, if you played the matchup this week, you were rewarded nicely.

Bottom 5 Quarterbacks:

1. Brady Quinn – 66 Pass Yds, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 39 Rush Yds
2. Alex Smith – 177 Pass Yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs
3. Tom Brady – 115 Pass Yds, 1 TD, 1 INT – Two stinkers in a row when it really matters.
4. Matt Hasselbeck – 256 Pass Yds, 1 TD, 4 INTs, 1 FL
5. Jay Cutler – 94 Pass Yds, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 23 Rush Yds – Absolutely awful

Bottom 5 Running Backs:

1. Marshawn Lynch – 25 Rush Yds, 0 TDs
2. Matt Forte – 69 Rush Yds, 0 TDs, 1 FL
3. Thomas Jones – 52 Rush Yds, 0 TDs – Never really got anything going.
4. Arian Foster – 7 Rush Yds, 1 Rec, 13 Yds, 1 FL – One and done. If you rolled the dice on this one then I extend my condolences.
5. Michael Turner – 7 Rush Yds – Shouldn't have bothered suiting up.

Bottom 5 Wide Receivers:

1. Percy Harvin – 1 Rec, 10 Yds, 0 TDs
2. Roy Williams – 1 Rec, 14 Yds, 0 TDs – Just when you start getting excited…
3. Michael Crabtree – 4 Rec, 26 Yds, 0 TDs
4. Terrell Owens – 2 Rec, 20 Yds, 0 TDs – Has come back down to earth.
5. Calvin Johnson – 3 Rec, 35 Yds, 0 TDs

Bottom 5 Tight Ends:

1. Visanthe Shiancoe – 3 Rec, 24 Yds, 0 TDs
2. Alge Crumpler – 0 Receptions
3. Dustin Keller – 3 Rec, 33 Yds, 0 TDs
4. Vernon Davis – 3 Rec, 43 Yds, 0 TDs
5. Jason Witten – 5 Rec, 44 Yds, 0 TDs

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