Patrick Daugherty

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Three Down

1. Ray Rice

Baltimore’s run blocking hasn’t done Rice any favors, but there’s no real way to explain away his 2.77 yards per carry. Rice was a picture of futility Sunday, at one point failing to execute for a touchdown on three-straight carries from inside the Packers’ four-yard line. Rice has surpassed 36 yards rushing once in five games. The one time he did, he averaged … 2.7 yards per carry. He has only one more touchdown (three) than lost fumbles (two). Things aren’t going to get any easier against the Steelers this weekend.

2. Tavon Austin

One week after playing only 23 snaps, the first skill player off the board in April’s draft played four, catching one pass for three yards. Austin’s early play hasn’t forced his way into the lineup, and the Rams are responding by refusing to force anything. Austin remains worth a hold in Dynasty leagues — duh — but it’s getting harder and harder to see the light at the end of the re-draft tunnel.    

3. Danny Amendola/DeMarco Murray

Few players play harder than Amendola or Murray. Perhaps that’s why neither can stay healthy.  Amendola’s head injury — he appeared to lose consciousness — was one of the scariest you will ever see, while Murray’s knee injury — it’s unclear when it happened — was one of the most frustrating you will ever see. Murray is out indefinitely, while Amendola can be safely ruled out for Week 7.

Three Up

1. Eddie Lacy

Lacy knocked on the RB2 door in Week 5. He knocked it down in Week 6. Lacy ran all over the Ravens’ previously imposing run defense (89.8 yards per game, 3.4 yards per carry coming into Week 5), taking the rock 23 times for 120 yards. Eight of his 23 totes went for five yards or more. His big day came as James Starks again sat out with a knee injury, and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin lost his footing on both of his touches. Lacy is locked into monster workloads for a team that might be running more in the upcoming weeks with James Jones (shin) and Randall Cobb’s (knee) status still uncertain.   

2. Zac Stacy

Sunday was Stacy’s second interview. He got the job. Stacy went 18-79 one week after going 14-78, and proved he can help provide the offensive balance St. Louis lacked in Weeks 1-4. Speaking after the game, Sam Bradford called Stacy the “spark” the Rams had been missing. Stacy gets Carolina’s 10th ranked run defense (by yards per carry) in Week 7, but will still be an RB2/FLEX.

3. Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben entered Week 3 looking like the captain of a sinking ship. Since, he’s gone 85-of-122 (69.7 percent) for 1,053 yards (8.63 YPA). His touchdown-to-turnover ratio (4:6) has still left something to be desired, but Roethlisberger has proven to be not so done, after all. He’s back on the QB1 radar, at least in a plug-and-play fashion. Week 7 against the Ravens probably won’t be one of those times, however.   

Stats of the Week

Dwayne Bowe has one more target (35) than Donnie Avery (34).

5-foot-10, 172-pound straight-line speeder Travis Benjamin was the Browns’ leading rusher with 45 yards on Sunday. He carried the ball once. Every other Brown went 20-81.

Wes Welker has eight touchdowns this season — or exactly as many as Tom Brady. Welker has caught a touchdown in every game, and is just one away from equaling his career-best total from 2011.

Two Rams tight ends scored touchdowns Sunday. Jared Cook wasn’t one of them.

Joseph Fauria is in the top 10 in touchdown catches — and top 194 in catches.

Frank Gore leads the league in 20-plus yard runs with seven.

38 players are averaging more rushing yards per game than Ray Rice, including three quarterbacks.  

Tom Brady is completing just 56.9 percent of his passes. His previous career low was 60.2 in 2003.

Awards Section

Tweet of the Week, from @AdamLevitan: Bucs gave up 13th overall pick for Darrelle Revis, coming off an ACL tear. Then gave him a 6-year, $96M contract. And now they play zone.

Least Valuable Player, Non-Cassel Division: Sidney Rice has caught more than two passes in exactly one game. He’s making $8.5 million.

Most Absurd Moment of Week 6: This.  

Week 6 Fantasy All Pro Team: QB Cam Newton, RB Arian Foster, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Justin Blackmon, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Brandon Marshall, TE Vernon Davis, TE Joseph Fauria

The All Buy Low Team: QB Russell Wilson (the reins are coming off, and he’s heating up), RB Trent Richardson (he’ll never be cheaper, and even if he continues to disappoint, he still has goal-line chances for miles), RB C.J. Spiller (talent this good just doesn’t stay down for long, and now he’s gotten so cheap, it would be irresponsible not to buy), WR Torrey Smith (owners always panic when someone they don’t believe in has a bad game), WR Alshon Jeffery (last week he was probably too expensive, now he’s probably too cheap), TE Rob Gronkowski (seize on the panic for less than Gronk’s worth)

The All Sell High Team: QB Nick Foles (as long as you don’t need the lad, there’s no guarantee he’ll retain value beyond Week 7), RB DeAngelo Williams (Jonathan Stewart’s return is almost here), RB Brandon Jacobs (turn him into something valuable while there’s still time), WR Andre Johnson (dude is still a gamer, but numbers are going to be harder and harder to come by in Houston), WR Emmanuel Sanders (curiously high perceived value is never going to match the real thing), TE Kyle Rudolph (get rid of his touchdown dependence while you still can)   

We leave you with Rob Ryan as Kenny Powers.

Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for He can be found on Twitter .
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