Welcome once again to my look at some of Sunday’s biggest fantasy football winners. It was a fun day of football as usual so let’s get down to it.
Tavon Austin: He accumulated 314 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts on Sunday. It was about as dominant an offensive show you could ever see on just eight touches. Kellen Clemens barely had to do anything as he completed just nine passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, both to Austin. Austin showed his extreme playmaking ability, which had been bottled up until Sunday. For fantasy players we still need to be cautious. He only saw 15 snaps on offense and two targets. This kind of efficiency is in no way common.
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Drew Brees: Just think, if the Cowboys had been somewhat competitive in this game Brees probably would have set records, but as it was the Saints were content to run the ball after he completed an amazing 34-of-41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. This was vintage Brees. His accuracy was perfect as he peppered receivers all over the field on his way to leading the Saints to a record 40 first downs.
Saints Running Backs: Mark Ingram had the breakout game he and his fantasy owners have been wanting for a few years now. He rushed 14 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, mostly in scorch the earth mode. This was his best game as a professional by far. Pierre Thomas also had some fun rushing 17 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and catching seven passes for 24 yards and another touchdown. Thomas now has the third most receptions for a running back with 46. And there’s still another running back who had a big game, Darren Sproles. After a concussion last week and some spotty usage this season, he also was able to rush for a touchdown and catch seven passes for 76 yards and another touchdown. All three of the Saints backs finished in the top five in fantasy scoring for running backs. I’ve never seen that happen. On the whole they touched the ball 52 times for 358 yards and five touchdowns.
Demaryius Thomas: Just when you thought Thomas had fallen behind in the Broncos’ touchdown competition, Peyton Manning helps catch him up with 10 targets in which Thomas caught seven for 108 yards and three touchdowns. He now has nine for the season, tied with Wes Welker and Calvin Johnson for the wide receiver lead.
Julius Thomas: It didn’t take long for Thomas to get back on track after his ankle sprain. Early in the game he took an out pattern up the sideline for a 74-yard touchdown. On a slow day for tight ends that in itself was enough to give him the best fantasy game for a tight end on Sunday.
Marshawn Lynch: Lynch was in full Skittles-fueled Beast Mode as he ran over the Falcons for 145 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. It had been a whole two games between this touchdown and his last and that is a severe drought for Mr. B. Mode.
Andre Brown: After an early Peyton Hillis fumble it was all Brown’s job and he took it and ran. He had 30 workman-like rushing attempts for 115 yards and a touchdown. He is exactly what the Giants needed from day one.
Brandon Marshall: The Bears’ passing offense was clicking for much of the game. Alshon Jeffery caught nine passes for 114 yards, but Marshall put up the big fantasy numbers with seven receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns. It didn’t matter who was throwing him the ball, a gimpy Jay Cutler or Josh McCown.
Nick Foles: They didn’t all look pretty, but he threw three touchdowns on 12-of-18 passing, for 228 yards, while also rushing eight times for 38 yards. After a seven-touchdown game in Oakland he backed it up in Green Bay. That’s 10 touchdown passes in the last two games with five of those going to Riley Cooper who caught two more from Foles on Sunday. Their schedule going forward looks good enough to keep them thick in the fantasy points.
Russell Wilson: Wilson didn’t need to do much in this game, but what he did do was impressive. He was an efficient 19-of-26 for 287 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons. If this would have been a closer game his numbers would have been much bigger.
Case Keenum: The Cardinals defense is legit, but that didn’t stop Keenum from throwing for three touchdowns. Yes, he’s been getting his fantasy points early in games, but thankfully it doesn’t matter to us fake football players when we get those points, just if we get them. This was the matchup I wanted to see him in before I felt confident in his ability and he proved it to me. He took Kansas City by surprise and then had a pretty easy matchup with Indianapolis, but the Cardinals were ready for him and he still put up good numbers. And if you look at his schedule – Oakland, Jacksonville, New England, @Jacksonville, @Indianapolis and Denver, you might just have to clean up the drool.