- The 12-2 Seattle Seahawks continued on their winning way with a belting of the New York Giants in New Jersey, 23 – 0. The Seahawks have now won 6 games on the road, and are one of a handful of teams with a genuine chance of taking out the Superbowl. Eli MANNING had a nightmare day, getting intercepted 5 times.
- Finally showing some mettle that would’ve been appreciated earlier in the season, the Minnesota Vikings outscored the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles 48 – 30 in Minneapolis. Halting a five game winning streak of the Eagles, it was a QB show for both teams, with Matt CASSEL throwing for 382 yds and Nick FOLES for 428 yds – and 5 touchdowns combined.
- At Oakland, the Kansas City Chiefs sounded out a warning to the competition, smashing the Oakland Raiders 56 – 31. In a huge turnaround from last year, the Chiefs have assured themselves a playoff berth, due largely to the incredible efforts of RB Jamaal CHARLES, who amassed 215 yds gained and an incredible 5 touchdowns.
- In Dallas the Green Bay Packers equaled the biggest ever franchise comeback against the Cowboys, storming home from 23 pts down at halftime to eventually win in another high scoring affair, 37 – 36. Stand-in QB Matt FLYNN got the job done for the Packers, throwing for 299 yds and 4 touchdowns on the day.
- The 10-4 New Orleans Saints stumbled in St Louis against the Rams, eventually losing the ball game 27 – 16 in an upset. Saints QB Drew BREES was his usual productive self throwing for 393 yards and 1 touchdown, however he had to recover from a rusty start, throwing two interceptions of the Saints opening two possessions.
1. Jamaal CHARLES – Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs
In not just the game of the week but the game of the season, Chiefs #1 RB Jamaal Charles produced a performance for the ages, running for 20 yards and receiving for 195 yards and ending up with an incredible 5 touchdowns for the game, including 4 in the first half. In fantasy terms, CHARLES was unstoppable too – his 51.50 pts attest to that. WOW.
A replacement for Michael VICK, FOLES has continually impressed as signal-caller for the Eagles, this time ramping it up for a career-high 328 yards and three touchdowns. Now ranked 14th in the league, FOLES –who already had a 45 pt game to his name earlier in the season – stacked up the points again last week, ending with 33.22 for the match.
3. DeSean JACKSON – Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
Despite his team losing, WR JACKSON had season-high targets, catches and receiving yards last weekend against the Vikings, ending up with 10 catches from 16 targets for 195 yards and 1 touchdown. That gave him 25.50 pts for the game, his best score for the season – just right for Finals time.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
To last weekend’s selections first, and we had just a steady game from CAMPBELL (12.62pts) and PATTERSON (11.00 pts), however it was Vikings QB Matt CASSEL who smashed it as we predicted, scoring 29.18 pts in his best game for the season.
1. Ryan FITZPATRICK – Quarterback, Tennessee Titans
Mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, FITZPATRICK continues to impress and put his name up as a back-up QB in your lineup at the very least. Last weekend he threw for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns, for a total of 30.28 yards. Don’t say we didn’t tell ya!
2. Kirk COUSINS – Quarterback, Washington Redskins
In the lineup for the rest of the year with RGIII being rested, COUSINS performed admirable last weekend, throwing for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns, and amassing 21.24 pts. In only 6% of leagues, COUSINS could be the Hail Mary play this week, especially against the Cowboys defence.
3. Edwin BAKER – Running Back, Cleveland Browns
Moving from the Titans to the Browns before last weekend’s matches, BAKER had a promising debut, rushing for 38 yards and 1 touchdown and receiving for 46 yards to tally a respectable 14.40 pts. Given that the coaching staff are talking him up, BAKER might be a surprise addition to your squad.
Well that’s another week down, and with only two to go I hope you are still in contention to take out your league competition. It all comes down to the next fortnight, so if you have any selection dilemmas we’re more than happy to help.