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Rodgers Reasserts Rule

Monday, October 15, 2012

Game Busts



Trent Richardson – Coming into this game I was ready to anoint Richardson the running back to own for the rest of the season. Of course he then has 14 carries for 37 yards before hurting his ribs. Then of course Montario Hardesty comes in and runs better, going 15 for 56 yards and a touchdown.


Richardson is still the most skilled back in Cleveland and has the job when healthy, but now we have to see if he is healthy right before a nice matchup with the Panthers. If you own him, be sure to grab Hardesty.


Michael Turner – As soon as you think Michael Turner can be a safe start against a poor defense he goes for 33 yards on 11 carries. This is the Turner I believe in, but he had won me over enough to think he could get some traction against the Raiders. I was wrong.


Tony Gonzalez – Unlike Turner, Gonzo’s down game was just a blip on the fantasy radar. He had seven targets and caught four of them. In tight end world that’s not the end of tight end world. Start him at will.


Miles Austin – It looks like the Cowboys have been focusing in on Dez Bryant over the last two games. Bryant has 28 targets to Austin’s 11, and it’s hurting his overall value. We’ll see if it keeps up, but it looks like Austin will have to keep finding the end zone to be valuable.


Jamaal Charles/Dwayne Bowe – Two studs and one dud, and unfortunately, the dud is Brady Quinn and he was running the show this week. The Chiefs were blown out, which hurt Charles’ opportunities and Quinn was inaccurate, which hurt Bowes’. The Chiefs quarterback situation is hurting their stars’ fantasy production, which is sad.


Brian Hartline – After 18 targets, 12 receptions, 253 yards and a touchdown just two weeks ago, Hartline had no targets and no receptions. The Rams pass defense is legitimate, having given up only one receiving touchdown to wide receivers coming into this game and one 100-yard receiving game to Calvin Johnson week one. That doesn’t make anyone with Hartline feel any better, but he was never going to be a #1 wide receiver. In better matchups he’ll be useful.


Stevan Ridley - Coming into this game against Seattle I was a little worried that Bill Belichick would bench Ridley for Brandon Bolden to send him a message about fumbling. Ridley did get the start, but quickly Bolden took the lead with six carries to Ridley’s two. Then Bolden hurt his knee, so who knows how the rest of the day would have gone. Ridley went on to have a down game, with 34 yards rushing on 16 carries, but the Seahawks rush defense is legitimate. I’d buy low.



Numbers Game


0 - Number of targets Brian Hartline had against the Rams.


1 - The number of pass attempts and interceptions Bills wide receiver Brad Smith had as they tried to put the game away in the fourth quarter.


2 - The number of touchdowns James Jones has caught in each of his last three games.


3 – The number of interceptions the Raiders had against Matt Ryan. Also the total number they’ve had all season.


4 – The number of receptions Steve Maneri had for 45 yards, which led the Chiefs.


5 – The number of times Eli Manning has been sacked this season.


6 – The number of targets Sidney Rice had in which he caught three for 81 yards and a game-winning touchdown.


7 – The number of receptions Adrian Peterson had on eight targets.


8 – The number of targets and receptions Cedric Peerman had for 76 yards.


9 – The number of targets Brandon Gibson had, in which he caught seven for 91 yards.


10 – The number of receptions Wes Welker had on 14 targets for 138 yards and a touchdown, which puts him on pace for 126 receptions for 1,658 yards and five touchdowns.


11 – The number of targets Kyle Rudolph saw, his most on the season, for six receptions, 56 yards and a touchdown. That was his fifth touchdown on the year, which puts him atop all tight ends.


12 – The number of targets Donnie Avery had for just four receptions and 60 yards.


13 – The number of rushing attempts RGIII had for 138 yards and two touchdowns. The most by any quarterback not named Vick since the merger.


14 – The number of targets Percy Harvin had for his 11 receptions and 133 yards. He is on pace for 130 receptions, 1,440 yards and 2.6 touchdowns!


15 – The number of completions Josh Freeman had for 328 yards and three touchdowns, or 22 yards per completion and a touchdown every five completions.


16 – The number of touchdown Aaron Rodgers has thrown, the most in the NFL, which puts him on pace for 42.


17 – The number of yards Reggie Bush had on 12 carries.


18 – The number of passes Mark Sanchez attempted against the Colts.


70.2 – The league leading completion percentage for Robert Griffin III.



Early Waiver Look


QB: Christian Ponder, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, John Skelton


RB: Jahvid Best, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, Montario Hardesty, William Powell, Daryl Richardson, Jamie Harper, Cedric Peerman


WR: Josh Gordon, Brandon Gibson, Kendall Wright, Donnie Avery, Chris Givens, Stephen Hill


TE: Brandon Myers, Tony Scheffler





Fantasy MVP of Week 6: Aaron Rodgers


Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 6: Jordy Nelson


Fantasy Rookie of Week 6: Robert Griffin III


Fantasy Disappointment of Week 6: Trent Richardson


Fantasy Fluke of Week 6: Shonn Greene



Stats and What Not


Randy Moss is the fourth player in NFL history to exceed 15,000 receiving yards in his career.


RGIII now holds the Redskins single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with five in just six games.


Larry Fitzgerald just reached 10,000 career-receiving yards at age 29. He and Randy Moss are only players to do this before the age of 30.


Cowboys' 227 rushing yards are the most the Ravens allowed in a game in franchise history and the first time ever the Ravens have allowed 200+ rushing yards in back-to-back weeks.


Aaron Rodgers ties Matt Flynn’s Packers record for most touchdown passes in a game with six. Jordy Nelson also had three touchdowns in that game.


The AFC East is in a four-way tie, with all teams with a 3-3 record.



Twitter Talk


@PFF_ChadParsons -- Michael Turner started the game 2/12 rushing...finished 11/ do the math.


@billbarnwell -- Second year in a row that the Cowboys fail to advance ball before FG attempt (Cards game). Cost them both times.


@billbarnwell -- Carson Palmer should receive electric shocks every time he tries to throw a quick out.


@YahooNoise -- People who seriously believed RGIII would change his playing personality after last week were sorely mistaken. Rush TD. Aggressive as ever.


@SC_DougFarrar -- Just watched the replay of the Jacoby Jones kick return. Pretty sure he went 108 yards without being touched. Nice going, Dallas!


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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