Chet Gresham

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Brees passes past Johnny U

Monday, October 8, 2012

Game Busts


Willis McGahee – Dang, I just spent all last week praising McGahee and then he drops a for sure 1st down reception on 4th down and then fumbles in a key spot. Hopefully this is just a momentary lapse and we’ll see McGahee shore up these gaffs going forward.


Ronnie Hillman is waiting in the wings, but he’ll have to really prove himself before Coach Fox and Manning allow him much playing time on an offense that is playing well as is.


BenJarvus Green-Ellis Nine carries for 14 yards is about my expectation for Green-Ellis each week, but that’s because I’m a certified player-hater. He is very much a volume runner and needs goal line carries and leads. He got neither this week and was facing a tough Dolphins run defense. His backup Bernard Scott finally came back and outplayed him until he hurt his knee and had to leave, possibly for the season.


Jimmy Graham – Graham hurt his ankle early in the game and wasn’t the same afterward. With him hobbled, it became the Marques Colston show. Thankfully the Saints have a bye this week, which should help Graham heal up and with the number of targets he had coming into this game, I wouldn’t worry about him going forward.


Rob Gronkowski -- Gronk just had a down game. His hip was hurting, but he looked to be moving well. In the Patriots offense it’s always a little tough to predict who will be the main guys, but now that they have the running game clicking, we will have an even harder time deciphering Bill Belichick’s brain.


Jermichael Finley – The “stud” tight ends had a bad week and Finley has had such a bad career, it’s impossible to call him a stud or anything close to it. Mud maybe.


He hurt his shoulder and only played a half in which he caught three passes for 11 yards. His previous high in yardage this year was 60 and his only touchdown came in Week 1. He’s a #2 TE for the time being.


Chris Johnson – Well, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJsomethingK had 24 yards on 15 carries, but it really should be. When you watch Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and today, Rashard Mendenhall, run, you’d think they were the guys who rushed for 2,000 yards in a season and never blew out their knees.


Johnson is no better than Daniel Thomas or BenJarvus Green-Ellis at this point. And those guys are below sea level on my running back list.


Cam Newton – Newton has been getting a lot of grief over his demeanor, but his play on the field was the problem this week. He went 12 of 29 for just 141 yards and no touchdowns. The Seahawks have been stifling good quarterbacks this season, but Newton looked horrid. The good news is that they get a bye to help get things back on track.


Marshawn Lynch Lynch put up average numbers, rushing 21 times for 85 yards. The problem was that this matchup looked incredibly favorable for him. But he ran hard and the game just didn’t go his way.


It is a bit worrisome that Russell Wilson can’t move the offense that well, but the good news is that Lynch is the type of runner that doesn’t usually need the offense clicking in the passing game to produce. As long as Seattle continues to play defense well, Lynch should remain a RB1.



Numbers Game


1.  The number of targets C.J. Spiller had against the 49ers.


2. The number of targets Jacquizz Rodgers had in comparison to four for Michael Turner.


3. The number of touchdowns Marques Colston had on 18 targets and nine receptions.


4. The number of targets and receptions Randall Cobb had for 84 yards and a touchdown.


5. The number of targets and receptions Ronnie Brown had for 47 yards receiving.


6. The number of targets Roddy White had after having 12 the week before.


7. The number of targets Trent Richardson had to go with his five receptions for 47 yards. His 20 receptions rank third for running backs behind Darren Sproles and Ray Rice.


8. The number of targets Josh Gordon had in which he caught two, both for touchdowns.


9. The number of targets and receptions Jordan Norwood had for 81 yards.


10. The number of yards Jackie Battle had on four carries against the Saints.


11. The number of yards Randy Moss had on one reception.


12. The number of completions Cam Newton had against the Seahawks.


13. The number of completions Joe Flacco had against the Chiefs on 27 attempts for 187 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Before Week 5 the Chiefs hadn’t kept an opposing quarterback under double-digit touchdown passes.


14. The number of rushing attempts Rashard Mendenhall had on his return from ACL surgery in which he converted into 81 yards and a touchdown.


15. The number of targets Julio Jones had for 10 receptions, 94 yards and a touchdown.


16.  The number of points the Philadelphia Eagles are averaging per game.


17. The number of receiving yards Mike Wallace had.


18. The number of receiving yards Vontae Leach had.


19. The longest run BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ has over the last 22 games.


20. The number of targets Reggie Wayne had for 13 receptions, 212 yards and a touchdown.



Early Waiver Look


QB: Josh Freeman, Christian Ponder


RB: Jahvid Best, David Wilson, Pierre Thomas, Brandon Bolden, Ronnie Hillman


WR: Randall Cobb, Jordan Norwood, Josh Gordon


TE: Dwayne Allen


D/ST: Patriots, Minnesota





Fantasy MVP of Week 5: Marques Colston


Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 5: Andrew Luck


Fantasy Rookie of Week 5: Andrew Luck


Fantasy Disappointment of Week 5: Marshawn Lynch


Fantasy Fluke of Week 5: Michael Crabtree



Stats and What Not


San Francisco's 621 yards of total offense broke the franchise record for most yards in a game.


The Buffalo Bills are the first team to give up 550+ yards in back-to-back games since the 1950 New York Yankees.


Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs are the first pair of teammates in NFL history to both return interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back weeks.


The Atlanta Falcons have never gone 5-0 until this season.


Tony Gonzalez has 99 touchdown receptions, but a touchdown reception against Dallas ain’t one. But he’ll get a chance to rectify that Week 9 in Atlanta.


Jamaal Charles has two games this season with 30 or more carries. He had never topped 30 carries in a game before this season.


Chris Johnson has only topped 25 yards rushing in one of five games this season.

Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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