We are deep into the fantasy playoffs now and these guys below here made you very happy if you had them or seriously sad if you faced them.
It’s difficult to heap on much more praise for Jamaal Charles than I already have, but I think he can handle it. He handled the Raiders “defense” pretty easily as he caught eight of eight targets for 195 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing another one in from the goal line. Those five touchdowns are the most by a non-quarterback since Clinton Portis in 2003 against Kansas City. He now has the sixth best fantasy game of all-time and becomes the first running back to ever catch four touchdowns in a game. He ended up with 51 non-PPR points and 59 PPR and has distanced himself from all the other running backs in fantasy points and leads the league in total touchdowns with 18. I think maybe you are happy he is on your team. He earned his J.C. Superstar nickname this season and topped it off with this monster game.
Nick Foles completed 30-of-48 passes for 428 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and added five rushes for 41 yards to once again put up a huge fantasy day and give all late round quarterback drafters a reason to keep up the fight.
Alex Smith put up a great fantasy playoff game completing 17-of-20 for 287 yards and five touchdowns. Really one of the best lines you’ll ever see from a quarterback. But if you started him you have to give thanks to Jamaal Charles who pretty much did all the heavy lifting on those yards and touchdowns. Smith’s five touchdown passes traveled a combined 13 yards passed the line of scrimmage before Charles and Sean McGrath did the rest of the work.
Dez Bryant caught 11 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown in his first monster game since Week 8. He made one of the best touchdown receptions I’ve ever seen as he went up and over, through, around multiple defenders like some sort of a wizard for the catch, while somehow getting his feet down. He and Alshon Jeffery have been the best receivers this season at securing contested passes. On Tony Romo’s two game-killing interceptions Sunday he targeted Miles Austin and Cole Beasley. It’s hard not to wonder if Bryant would have at the very least kept the defender from getting the ball on those two occasions.
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Kendall Wright had a career high 12 catches for 150 in a hard fought game with Arizona. He also saw a league high 20 targets. Once again he missed a touchdown, but they will come eventually, even if we have to wait until next season. Wright and Justin Hunter are going to make a nice receiving pair for years to come.
DeMarco Murray rushed 18 times for 134 yards and added four catches for 19 yards. On the outside that looks like a great game and was, but in the context of a game where the Cowboys gave up a huge lead and Tony Romo threw two interceptions on their last two drives, the line is baffling. With a 23-point halftime lead and Murray averaging over seven yards per carry they only gave him the ball seven times in the second half. Fantasy players are disgusted and I’m sure Dallas fans are just as sick.
On the other side Eddie Lacy ran over the Cowboys rushing 21 times for 141 yards and a touchdown, adding four catches for an additional 30 yards. He was a beast and even though the Packers were down big they still gave the ball to him more than the Cowboys gave it to DeMarco Murray. Maybe somebody in Dallas should pay attention to that.
Matt Asiata is your second best fantasy running back for the week with 30 rushing attempts for 51 yards. That’s just inept and amazing that someone averaging less than two-yards per carry could get 30 attempts, but he did and three of those attempts went for short touchdowns. If you plugged him in your lineup after hearing Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were out I commend you.
Matt Flynn completed 26-of-39 passes for 299 yards, four touchdowns and an interception as he rallied from a 26-3 halftime deficit to beat the Cowboys 37-36. The line is amazing considering just how horrible Flynn was in the first half. This probably has more to do with Dallas’ inept defense, but sometimes Flynn flashes signs of good quarterback play, but then devolves into an oozing mass of football worthlessness.
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 36-of-58 throws for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in Tennessee's overtime loss to Arizona. He is still Ryan Fitzpatrick and threw the game-losing interception in overtime, but this is a decent sized accomplishment against the Cardinals top pass defense.
DeAngelo Williams had 15 carries for 81 yards and three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. This is the Williams we remember from the good old days of 2008. He showed plenty of speed on his screen pass he took 72 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. It seems a little odd that they haven’t used him more in the passing game this year. He only has 23 receptions all season.
Zac Stacy rushed for 133 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries as the Rams shut down the Saints potent offense winning 27-16. Stacy left the game with a hip injury, but got drugged up and came back in and had a big 29-yard run and then a 40-yard touchdown run. He’s helped a lot of fantasy teams this season.
Rashad Jennings rushed 23 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns coming off a concussion and playing a strong run defense. He’s showing that he is matchup proof since becoming the starter in Oakland. Like Stacy, his emergence has helped a ton of fantasy teams after deftly snagging him from the waiver wire.
DeSean Jackson caught 10 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown against the Vikings which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The Vikings already had a terrible secondary and they lost their best cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, last week to injury. Jackson on turf in a dome against a weak pass defense after getting behind is pretty much unfair.
Julian Edelman caught 13 passes on 19 targets for 139 yards and a touchdown while his counterpart Danny Amendola 10 of 14 passes for 131 yards. These two pretty much made up the entire Patriots’ offense, which wasn’t enough to win the game, but plenty for us fake football players. Thanks Wes Welker!
Greg Jennings had his best game in a long time catching 11 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown against the woeful Eagles’ secondary and I think he’s probably a pretty big fan of Matt Cassel at this point who has been targeting him much more and further downfield than Christian Ponder ever did.
Matt Cassel completed 26-of-35 passes for 382 yards, two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. This isn’t the Cassel we are used to. He of course benefited greatly from the Eagles poor pass defense, but it looks like he has won himself a shot to be the starter next season.
Dan Bailey had 24 fantasy points as he made all five of his field goal attempts, including two over 50 yards. If you lost because of Bailey save your anger and sadness and direct it toward eliminating the kicker spot from your league next season.