- Thursday night football first off, and boy how the once-mighty Green Bay Packers have struggled without poster-boy QB Aaron RODGERS. This time the Packers took on the Detroit Lions in Detroit and were belted 40 – 10, making it 5 losses in a row. Lions QB Matt STAFFORD was the star, throwing for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns.
- The besieged Minnesota Vikings notched up just their third win of the season when they hosted the 6-6 Chicago Bears. In a game that stretched into overtime and was decided by a field goal, the Vikings managed to get over the line 23 – 20. Usual suspect Adrian PETERSON was the hero, rushing 35 times for 211 yards on the day.
- The San Francisco 49ers keep sneaking under everyone’s radar, this time notching up their 8th win for the year at home against St Louis. The 49ers ended up taking out the match 23 – 13, largely due to the efforts of wide receiver Anquan BOLDIN, whose nine catches led to 98 yards.
- In a score-fest in Kansas City the Denver Broncos outlasted the home team Kansas City Chiefs to record their 10th win of the year, with a scoreline of 35 – 28. Broncos QB Peyton MANNING again impressed with a massive 403 yards thrown for 5 touchdowns – with four of those going to wide-receiver Eric DECKER.
- Finally what was billed as one of the games of the year flopped in a big way when the red-hot Seattle Seahawks played all over the New Orleans Saints in Seattle to register their 11th victory from 12 games – this time winning in a canter, 34 – 7. QB Russell WILSON was on fire again, throwing for 310 yds and 3 touchdowns.
1. Eric DECKER – Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
In easily his best game for the season, WR DECKER reeled in 8 catches for 174 yards and an awesome 4 touchdowns in a huge game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In a game where he got all the attention from QB MANNING, DECKER was able to make the most of it, racking up a huge 41.40 fantasy points.
Okay, it’s official now – GORDON is a STAR. This time against the Jaguars GORDON caught ten of fifteen passes thrown his way, giving him 261 yards and 2 touchdowns – and 38.10 fantasy points. Not only that, but he became the first player IN NFL HISTORY to score back-to-back 200-plus yardage games. Incredible. Just throw him the ball and enjoy the show.
3. Alshon JEFFERY – Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears
Another record-breaker sits in the third position, with JEFFERY setting a franchise record with his 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the record he set earlier in the year with another 218 yard match. Ranked 5th in the NFL as far as receivers go, this guy can play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Onto our selections from last week first, and FITZPATRICK notched up a credible 15.44 pts, UNDERWOOD managed an underwhelming 5.10 pts, while HUNTER came back to earth with a dismal 0.90 pt game. Ouch.
1. Josh McCOWN – Quarterback, Chicago Bears
Despite Jay CUTLER waiting in the wings to return from injury, McCOWN keeps putting his hand up with impressive performances, throwing for consecutive 350-plus games in the last two weeks. Predicted to score another 18 pts this week, could he be worth a bench spot on your roster?
2. Andre HOLMES – Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders
Owned in only 0.6% of leagues, HOLMES is definitely a risk but he is one that might be a surprise. Last weekend he caught 7 passes for 136 yards and 13.6 pts, and his form seems to be gradually increasing week by week. One worth keeping an eye on, especially against the struggling Jets this weekend.
3. Michael CRABTREE – Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers
Make no mistake, this 49ers team is right in the hunt for this year’s Superbowl ring and CRABTREE might just be the missing piece in the puzzle. In his first game back from Achilles tendon issues, CRABTREE caught two passes for 68 yards, and a modest 6.8 pts. Owned in 35.4% of leagues, he could be your secret weapon in the playoffs.
So we come to the end of another week of NFL football. Best of luck if you are entering the playoffs this weekend – remember, go hard or go home! If you have any selection dilemmas be sure to drop us a line.