This weekend gave us three great fantasy games from wide receivers. As a group these three players caught 30 passes on 42 targets for 684 yards and eight touchdowns. That's more touchdowns than quite a few teams' wide receivers have caught the entire season. This weekend also added to the legacy of one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks of all time and it gave us yet another huge game from a running back who many already are calling the best ever.
The Cleveland Browns don’t have their starting quarterback of the future on the field at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped Josh Gordon from absolutely blowing up this season, especially over the last two games. Last week he led the Weekend Winners with a line of 14 receptions for 237 yards and one touchdown, but he went ahead and topped it this week with 10 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns. I wanted to pick someone else as my lead in for this week, but this is the first time in the history of the NFL that a receiver has topped 200 yards in back-to-back games. You don't just hide that away in a bushel basket or with baby in the corner or, well, you get the picture. Gordon is now the #2 fantasy receiver with 64 receptions for 1,249 yards and seven touchdowns and he missed the first two games of the season!
Just when you think Eric Decker had hit the bottom of the Peyton Manning pecking order he goes off for 174 yards and four touchdowns on eight receptions. His four touchdowns broke a Broncos’ record and more than doubled Decker’s total touchdowns for this season, which had been three coming into this matchup. Decker caught touchdowns in bunches last year, so Manning must have known to ride the hot hand.
Alshon Jeffery set the Bears single-game receiving yardage record against the Vikings on Sunday with 249 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 12 receptions. This is the second time he’s set the Bears’ record this season. In Week 5 he caught 10 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown against the Saints. This is truly a new era for the Bears. His two 200+ yard receiving games this year ties the total 200+ yard receiving game the Bears had in the franchise's storied history.
Peyton Manning was the guy throwing Eric Decker those four touchdowns on Sunday and he added another to Knowshon Moreno to give him five on the day. He completed 22-of-35 passes for 403 yards, the aforementioned five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Manning is now up to 4,125 yards passing, 41 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games. In his 16 years in the NFL, this one has been his best, and he is setting records, closing in on records and just doing things a 37 year old quarterback who had neck surgery and obviously doesn’t have the arm strength he used to, shouldn’t be able to do. Manning is now on track to beat Tom Brady’s single season touchdown mark and Drew Brees’ single season yardage mark. Is this real life?
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Adrian Peterson had his 5th career game with at least 200 yards rushing on Sunday. Only O.J. Simpson has more with six. Maybe All Day can get a couple more of those 200 yard games so we can erase that record for O.J. sooner rather than later. Peterson didn’t score a touchdown, which is amazing in itself, but he did rush 35 times for 211 yards and looked like only he can in doing so. He is now the third fastest player to get to 10,000 yards rushing. He seems like he may make it in the NFL.
Rob Gronkowski is hard to stop by conventional means. Gronk has been a top-5 tight end in five of his six games since returning from multiple ailments. This week he caught six passes for 127 yards and a great touchdown catch on a poorly thrown ball from Tom Brady. That gave him a touchdown in each of his last four games. The guy is good at football. He looks like he’s going to just be a Mack truck kind of player and he is, but he has the speed, agility and hands to compete with most of the wide receivers in the league. He’s truly a special talent.
Vernon Davis caught his 10th touchdown of the season to go with his four receptions for 82 yards. The record for touchdown receptions in a season for a tight end is held by Gronkowski with 17, but Davis is on pace to reach or beat his career high of 13, which is the second most touchdowns recorded by a tight end. Jimmy Graham is one step ahead of him with 11 right now. If Gronk hadn’t have been hurt this year we could possibly have seen three tight ends get 13+ touchdowns. That's pretty amazing considering the dearth of good fantasy tight end this season.
Ben Tate ran seven times for one yard last week against the Jaguars while Dennis Johnson looked good as he saw more snaps in the second half and ran for 74 yards. So of course Tate is going to rush 22 times for 102 yard and three touchdowns, which he did. Did I just predict that? When am I writing this?
C.J. Spiller started this game looking like he just stepped out of last season with a 77 yard run, his longest as a professional. He then tweaked his ankle, but came back and ripped off a nifty 36-yard touchdown run. These big plays are what we were expecting from Spiller when we grabbed him in the first round of fantasy drafts way back in the day. He finished with 15 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully he can help some people in the fantasy playoffs to make up for his betrayal!
Nick Foles continues his reign of interceptionless terror as he completed 21-of-35 passes for 237 yards, three touchdowns and of course no interceptions. On the season he has 19 touchdown passes and no interceptions in nine games played (six games started). The next closest in the interception race is Russell Wilson who also has 19 touchdown passes and six interceptions. Of course Wilson has started 11 games so far this season. Needless to say, it is a remarkable feat to throw 19 touchdowns without an interception. Let’s see how long it will last.