- The Cincinnati Bengals played host to the Indianapolis Colts in what looked on paper to be a huge game, however the Bengals eventually ran out easy winners 42 – 28. As usual it was QB Andy DALTON who led the way, completing 24 of 35 pass attempts for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as running in one of his own. The Bengals now sit at 9-4 for the year.
- The Kansas City Chiefs battled the struggling Washington Redskins in Washington, improving their record to 10-3 and breaking a three match losing streak in smashing the Skins 45 – 10. In what has been a nightmare year for the Redskins, RGIII was sacked in this game an incredible five times, prematurely ending his season.
- Another top team to flex their muscle was the 11-2 Denver Broncos, who again went on a scoring spree against the Tennessee Titans in Denver, cruising to a 51 – 28 blowout. QB Peyton MANNING again threw for an amazing 397 yds and 4 TDs, however it was Denver kicker Matt PRATER who stole the show, kicking an NFL record 64 yard field goal.
- In a dour defensive matchup between two of the more fancied teams, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Seattle Seahawks and eventually won 19 – 17, thanks to a field goal with 22 seconds remaining. In another kicking record, 49er Phil DAWSON set a franchise record, sinking his 20th straight field goal attempt.
- Finally, in a ripping matchup between another two playoff fancies, the 9-4 Carolina Panthers recent impressive run ended at the hands of the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. QB Drew BREES led the way, completing 30 of 42 pass attempts for 313 yds, and a whopping four touchdowns against the tough Carolina defence.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
1. Josh McCOWN - Quarterback, Chicago Bears
Those who took notice last week of our ‘Players to Watch” and jumped on McCOWN would’ve been delighted with his efforts in round 14 - 348 yds passing for 4 TDs, as well as 1 rushing TD of his own. Not impressed by those numbers? How does 39.52 fantasy points grab ya? Could it be that McCOWN has grabbed his chance and CUTLER might have to play second fiddle?
McCOY is just a beast when it comes to running the football, there aint no two ways about it. In the driving snow last weekend he carried 29 times for a franchise-record 217 yards and two touchdowns, at times looking like a man playing against boys. Ranked 2nd in the NFL, his 34.10 fantasy pts were huge – made even more impressive because of the deplorable weather conditions.
3. Josh GORDON - Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns
I just had to sneak GORDON in there again – he has been ON FIRE lately and backed up his back-to-back 200 yd games with another pearler last weekend, receiving for 151 yds and a touchdown, and running for a further 34 yards to score another 24.50 fantasy points. This guy is almost unstoppable, and against the Chicago defence this week he should continue his awesome form.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Firstly to our selections from last week, and did we nail it with Josh McCOWN or what? 39.52 fantasy points – say no more. HOLMES was just passable with 6.3 pts, while CRABTREE failed to find his mark with an ordinary 4.0 pt game.
1. Jason CAMPBELL - Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
Another to have grabbed his chance this season, CAMPBELL was super-impressive last weekend against the Patriots, completing 29 of 44 passes for a huge 391 yds and three touchdowns. Despite only being in 1.9% of leagues, CAMPBELL’s total of 30.34 fantasy points was far greater than many of his highly ranked counterparts. Get him on your bench if you need backup, or start him if you are brave!
2. Cordarrelle PATTERSON - Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings
Threatening to have a breakout game all season, PATTERSON finally had it last weekend, collecting five catches for 141 yards and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. In easily his best game of the season, PATTERSON scored 20.70 fantasy pts, despite only being held in 9.3% of leagues.
3. Matt CASSELL - Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
CASSELL will definitely start this week, and is certainly worth considering against the Philadelphia Eagles defence. Last weekend CASSELL threw for 265yds and 2 touchdowns, amassing a very respectable 19.20 pts – something he could easily better this weekend. Worth watching.
Well that’s it for round 14. Hopefully you team is still in the hunt for that Championship Ring – if it is and you have any lineup questions or trade queries, don’t hesitate to ask. See ya next week – GO BROWNS.