Chet Gresham

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Tony, Tony, Tony

Monday, October 07, 2013

Week 5 saw a goodly amount of big fantasy games and most of them took place near Dallas, Texas.

Tony Romo: You knew this would be a high scoring affair, but there was no way of knowing it would go beyond expectations as these two teams and their quarterbacks went toe to toe. Romo and company got up to an early lead, but quickly lost that lead as Peyton Manning did his every day due diligence. But the unexpected happened as Romo fought back and even took the lead as he completed 25-of-36 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns, breaking the Dallas Cowboys record for most yards in a game. Unfortunately he threw one interception and it came with the game tied deep in Cowboys territory. It put a blemish on a masterful game by Romo, but a masterful game it was and a huge one for his fantasy owners who have seen him not go all out in the passing game yet this season.


With 500+ yards and five touchdown passes there were plenty of great receiving games for the Cowboys, three actually. Dez Bryant caught six passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns proving once again that he is the best goal line receiver in the game with two touchdowns inside the opponent’s five yard line. Terrance Williams stepped in for Miles Austin and caught all four of his targets for 141 yards and a touchdown, while Jason Witten totaled 121 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.


On the other side was Peyton Manning who just keeps picking apart defenses.  His 33-of-42 completions for 414 yards and four touchdowns was just another day at the office. He did throw an interception, his first of the season, so it is possible for him to not be perfect, but it doesn’t happen all that often. He spread the ball out quite a bit with six players getting four or more receptions. He is now averaging 376.8 yards passing and four touchdowns per game (not counting his naked bootleg TD!). That extrapolated out to 16 games is 6,028.8 yards and 64 touchdowns to go along with his amazing 75.8 completion percentage. These extrapolations were funny after a couple games, but five games in, they start getting a little scary!


Tight end Julius Thomas was the big receiving winner in this one with nine receptions on 12 targets for 122 yards and two touchdowns, while Knowshon Moreno remained the go-to back and not just because he can pass block, but because he just keeps winning the job over and over. This week he totaled 150 yards and a touchdown.


Second year Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery looked like his breakout game was last week with five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown, but how about we double those receptions and yards? I’d say that’s an even bigger breakout. Jeffery’s 10 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown broke the single game Bears record and having back to back big games like that lift him high into fantasy relevancy.



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Jamaal Charles is quietly putting together a great season. He totaled 145 yards and a rushing touchdown against the Titans and on the season has 100 or more total yards and a TD in every single game. You can’t find that kind of consistency very often, but his usage on the ground and through the air is the easiest way to go about it.  He’s averaging 5.6 receptions per game, which is a little better than his 2.19 last season.


Pierre Thomas took Darren Sproles' role this week and caught nine of nine targets for 55 yards and two touchdowns. If Brees is seeing you open you are going to get the ball. 


T.Y. Hilton has been inconsistent due to a groin pull and lack of targets, but he is a big play maker and showed it again against a tough Seahawks defense as he caught five of six targets for 140 yards and two touchdowns. With Andrew Luck’s ability and Hilton’s speed and hands, it seems they should connect for at least one big pass every game. Hopefully we’ll start to see more consistency going forward.


Ray Rice totaled 33 touches for 102 total yards and two touchdowns. It wasn’t his most dynamic game ever, but the results sure were nice to see for his fantasy owners. Usage is so important in fantasy. Just look at his five touches last week compared to 33 on Sunday. Hopefully they keep giving him the ball.


Jay Cutler looked like he was fairly lost early in the game, but got into a groove with Alshon Jeffery and ended up throwing for 358 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Saints pass defense. He now gets to face the NY Giants and Washington’s pass defenses the next two weeks.


It’s good to see Russell Wilson running the ball and he ran it a lot against the Colts on Sunday.  Last season he had one game with double-digit attempts and none that topped 100 yards rushing. This week he had highs in attempts (13) and yards (102), but also helped those numbers with 210 yards passing and two touchdowns. This comes off a game in which he rushed 10 times for 77 yards.  He’s very good at keeping himself safe when rushing, so I think they may allow him to keep doing so.

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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