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Breezing Past Marino

Monday, December 19, 2011


Committee Report

Colts - Donald Brown (17 touches, 163 yards, TD) / Joseph Addai (13 touches, 27 yards)

The Colts continue to run Addai out as the starter in an apparent nod to his experience. Regardless, Brown continues to outplay him on a weekly basis. Addai has just 75 total rushing yards the past three weeks on 26 carries (2.88 yards per) whereas Brown continues to impress in a breakout season. The former first-rounder has an impressive 5.1 yards per carry average on the season to go with three TDs in the past four games.  

Saints - Darren Sproles (13 touches, 112 yards, TD) / Pierre Thomas (10 touches, 85 yards, TD) / Chris Ivory (18 rushes, 74 yards)

Sproles could have had a second score on a goal-line attempt, but the call was overturned on replay. Thomas, the primary goal-line back with Mark Ingram out, punched in on the next play. Ivory took over as the lead runner in clock-killing mode down the stretch. For Week 16, Sproles remains a viable RB2 option, Thomas a flex, and Ivory a reach -- dependent on Ingram’s return.

Panthers - DeAngelo Williams (15 rushes, 61 yards, TD) / Jonathan Stewart (13 touches, 51 yards)

Playing with a lead throughout, Williams equaled his season-high in carries while scoring a long touchdown for the second straight game. There’s more where that came from next week against the Bucs’ sorry run defense. Both Williams and Stewart are viable RB2 options for fantasy’s Championship Week.

Patriots - Stevan Ridley (11 rushes 65 yards) / BenJarvus Green-Ellis (12 touches, 49 yards, TD) / Danny Woodhead (8 touches, 52 yards, TD)

Matchups and game momentum rule the day in the Patriots backfield. Although Woodhead and Green-Ellis both took advantage of goal-line opportunities, a more effective Ridley played as the primary runner throughout the second half. Don’t go rushing to add Ridley as a potential fantasy starter for Week 16, as there is very little predictability in usage pattern.

Giants - Ahmad Bradshaw (13 touches, 79 yards, TD) / Brandon Jacobs (8 rushes, 33 yards)

Neither back played particularly well. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Jacobs and Bradshaw combined for just 19 yards after contact. As has been the case all year, Bradshaw is the lead back in the tandem attack when healthy and not being disciplined.

Chiefs - Thomas Jones (16 touches, 75 yards) / Jackie Battle (11 touches, 44 yards, TD) / Dexter McCluster (7 touches, 25 yards)

This backfield remains hands-off for fantasy purposes. Jones’ 3.2 yards per carry average was his highest in a month, Battle hasn’t topped 50 rushing yards in five games, and alleged playmaker McCluster is averaging a pedestrian 5.6 yards on 38 receptions this season. There’s been no value here since Jamaal Charles went down with the season-ending ACL injury.

Injury Ward

Mark Sanchez, Jets - Neck
Willis McGahee, Broncos - Hamstring
Roy Helu, Redskins - Leg
Delone Carter, Colts - Forearm
A.J. Green, Bengals - Shoulder
Stevie Johnson, Bills - Groin
Johnny Knox, Bears - Back
DeSean Jackson, Eagles - Elbow
Mike Williams, Seahawks - Ankle
Jordan Norwood, Browns - Head
Jake Ballard, Giants - Knee
Asante Samuel, Eagles - Hamstring

Check out Matt Stroup’s “McGahee’s Malady” for in-depth analysis of Sunday’s M*A*S*H unit fallout.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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