Welcome to Week 9’s Weekend Winners. This week we have one special winner and you all know who that is, Mr. Nick Foles.
Nick Foles is amazingly the second person to throw seven touchdowns in a game this season, but he did it in less than three quarters! Peyton Manning is slacking. Foles put on one of the most efficient games in the history of the NFL with more touchdowns than incompletions. He was 22-of-28 for 406 yards and those aforementioned seven touchdowns, three of which went to Riley Cooper who has been a solid fantasy play every time Foles has been on target this year. If you take away the Dallas game Foles has been amazingly good and if you are looking at all his performances as a whole this season the great ones outweigh the one horrible one, which he did leave with a concussion. I think it’s time to give him the benefit of the doubt on a bad game here and there.
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Andre Johnson hadn’t caught a touchdown pass all season until Sunday night when he caught three! And yes, the exclamation points are warranted! Johnson finished the game with nine receptions on 13 targets for 229 yards and three touchdowns. The run first mentality of the Texans coupled with Matt Schaub’s check down and tight end fetish have always kept Johnson out of the end zone, but Case Keenum showed how you can actually use Andre Johnson as a true number one receiver like Calvin Johnson. Keenum completed 20-of-34 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns, so a huge chunk was him knowing that Johnson should always be his first read and that he will catch the ball if thrown his way. Even against Kansas City you could see some of that and going forward it should be a regular occurrence, especially with their running backs hurting.
Tom Brady has officially come out of his slump with the help of Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson who each topped 120 yards receiving and had a touchdown, two for Dobson. Brady completed 23-of-33 for 423 yards and four touchdowns. His previous touchdown high this season was two. Now that he has weapons again he should be able to start posting better numbers going forward.
Sometimes the obvious call amazingly turns out to be the right one. That happened this week when T.Y. Hilton caught seven of 12 targets for 121 yards and three touchdowns. With Reggie Wayne done for the season it seemed inevitable that Hilton, a gifted player, would take a big step forward and he did. Unfortunately for fantasy football prognosticators like myself that rarely happens!
Chris Johnson did what Chris Johnson does, I mean, what Chris Johnson used to do and ran 23 times for 150 yard and two touchdowns and added three receptions for 20 yards. He still can perform when he wants to it seems. Maybe the threat of 15 carries from Shonn Greene scared him straight?
Zac Stacy looks like the real deal. He’s not going to bust 80-yard runs too often, but he will get what’s blocked then bounce off defenders for that extra yardage, plus he gets receptions and goal line carries. That’s kind of a fantasy football miracle nowadays. This week he rushed 27 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns and added six receptions for 51 yards. As long as he stays healthy after all of these looks, he’ll be worthwhile in every game no matter the opponent.
Adrian Peterson ran like a man possessed as he totaled 177 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was a picture of sheer determination and brute strength as he carried a village of defenders on his back into the end zone.