Sunday had a plethora of exciting games and great individual performances. I’m going to take you through a few of those performances so we can revel in other’s greatness!
Josh Gordon is one of the few players in the league who can take an always low scoring knock-down drag-out fight between Pittsburgh and Cleveland and put up 14 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown. Ike Taylor is certainly ready to face a wide receiver not named Calvin Johnson or Josh Gordon, that is for sure.
Knowshon Moreno ran the ball 37 times in the Manning/Brady Bowl for 224 yards and a touchdown. This was his biggest rushing output of his career and after coming out of overtime with an ankle injury and then going back out nobody can question his toughness. His 37 rushing attempts are the most by any back since the 2008 season.
Philip Rivers had seen a dip in overall production since Week Six, but all it took was facing one of the better defenses in the league for him to put up 392 yards and three touchdowns on 27 of 39 passing. He leads all quarterbacks this week in scoring by a healthy margin.
Jamaal Charles had hit a three game touchdown drought, which was pretty bad considering he had scored a touchdown in each of his first seven games, but the Chargers were the cure to his touchdown ills as he rushed just 14 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns while also catching four passes for 42 yards. He leads all running backs in fantasy points and is the catalyst for Kansas City’s offense.
Tom Brady was given a quick 24-0 deficit, but marched his team down the blustery field over and over to make up the deficit, all while completing 34-of-50 passes for 344 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was a masterful performance by one of the greats.
Julian Edelman was Brady’s number one target while he ran circles around the Broncos’ defense catching nine of 11 targets for 110 yards and two touchdowns. These were his first touchdowns since Week 1 when he also scored two. After getting back Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski it looked like Edelman’s time as a fantasy asset was over, but Bill Belichick says not so fast.
Tiquan Underwood, like many of the Buccaneers’ players this season wasn’t meant to play as much as he has, but on Sunday he came up big catching three of five targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions lackluster pass defense.
Eddie Lacy ran 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown while also catching six passes for 48 yards. He’s had a rough go of it lately without Aaron Rodgers to take the heat off him, but he’s played incredibly well and in this game he forced nine missed tackles and over 50 yards after contact. He’s a load to bring down and can take a team on his back.
Maurice Jones-Drew lives! Jones-Drew had scored a touchdown in each of his last two games and kept some value in PPR leagues with four receptions in each, but he still wasn’t living up to the MJD brand name. That is until this week against Houston when he ran 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while also catching six of six passes for 60 yards. This is the MJD we all remember.
Adrian Peterson hasn’t been 100% this season, but a less than 100% Peterson now has 997 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns in 11 games. Against the Packers he rushed 32 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. We’ll see how he comes out of this game health-wise, but as usual, All Day is All Day.