An epic game for Nick Foles, a major injury in Green Bay, Stacy starting to roll, Forte, Peterson, Graham, Gronkowki, Witten, Spiller and more in Scott Cullen's 50 Points on NFL Week Nine.
1. Eagles QB Nick Foles (22-for-28, 406 YDS, 7 TD) has had some success in his limited playing time, but nothing like what happened on Sunday, when he lit up the Raiders' secondary, with more touchdowns than incompletions. It's the kind of performance that should put Foles at the top of the Eagles depth chart, even if Michael Vick is healthy. Of course, with Vick not yet healthy, there is time for Foles to come back to the pack.
2. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (1-for-2, 27 YDS) suffered a broken collarbone against Chicago Monday night, an injury that should keep him out for at least three weeks, but potentially longer. With Rodgers out, Seneca Wallace (11-for-19, 114 YDS, 1 TD) takes over at quarterback and that drop in talent is going to affect Packers receivers, so downgrade Jordy Nelson, Jarret Boykin and James Jones.
3. Rams RB Zac Stacy (178 YDS, 2 TD, 33 touches) continues his rapid ascent from fifth-round pick out of Vanderbilt to a rookie who has gained 307 yards from scrimmage in the last two weeks. And since Kellen Clemens is at quarterback for the Rams, they're not shy about handing the ball to Stacy, giving him 53 carries over the last two weeks.
4. Bears RB Matt Forte (179 YDS, 1 TD, 29 touches) quietly produces, week after week, and has the most fantasy points per game (16.6) among all running backs this season.
5. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (177 YDS, 1 TD, 28 touches) was finally turned loose, after limited touches the last three games, and had a big day against Dallas. Even in what is a relatively disappointing season thus far, he has the third-most fantasy points among running backs, behind only Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte.
6. Saints TE Jimmy Graham (9 REC, 116 YDS, 2 TD, 12 targets) may have been bothered by a foot injury for a couple of weeks, but it can't be considered much of a problem any longer, after he had another huge game in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. Graham leads all tight ends with 746 yards receiving (Jordan Cameron is second with 600 REC YDS) and leads everyone with 10 receiving touchdowns.
7. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (9 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) has had two 100-yard games in his three games played this season. He's still behind Jimmy Graham on weekly tight end value, but that may be about it at this point.
8. Cowboys TE Jason Witten (8 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) had one of his better games of the season, his second 100-yard receiving game. He ranks fifth among tight ends with 505 receiving yards.
9. Bills RB C.J. Spiller (155 YDS, 14 touches) returned to action after a week off and delivered the kind of game that's been expected of him all season. Spiller still had fewer touches than Fred Jackson (99 YDS, 17 touches), who continued to be productive in his own right. Jackson, who was considered a backup entering the season, ranks seventh among running backs with 747 yards from scrimmage.
10. Texans WR Andre Johnson (9 REC, 229 YDS, 3 TD, 13 targets) certainly has Keenum's attention and finally scored his first three touchdowns of the season against Indianapolis. Johnson ranks fourth among wide receivers with 813 receiving yards.
11. Titans RB Chris Johnson (170 YDS, 2 TD, 26 touches) does this. After four straight games with fewer than 40 rushing yards, he busted out for 150 yards on the ground, along with his first two touchdowns of the season. It's that upside that keeps drawing fantasy owners in, only to be disappointed. At least that's how the story has gone for the last two-and-a-half seasons.
12. Chargers WR Keenan Allen (8 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD, 11 targets) had his third 100-yard game in the last four games. As the preferred wideout of Philip Rivers, Allen should be headed for a big second half of the season.
13. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (124 YDS, 2 TD, 1 fumble, 29 touches) is rolling now, with six touchdowns and 340 rushing yards in the last four weeks. Start him and nevermind those shaky first four weeks of the season.
14. Buccaneers RB Michael James (166 YDS, 30 touches; 2-yd TD pass) had a huge game in his second start, a rare bit of promise from the Bucs season. Second-stringer Brian Leonard (68 YDS, 9 touches) was also productive in limited work at Seattle.
15. Patriots QB Tom Brady (23-for-33, 432 YDS, 4 TD) followed his worst game of the year with his best game of the year, which definitely didn't cause a problem for fantasy owners that were fed up with him and decided to bench him in favour of Andy Dalton. Nope, no problem at all.
16. Texans QB Case Keenum (20-for-34, 350 YDS, 3 TD) has lost both of his starts this season, but he's played well, passing for 621 yards and four touchdowns, without throwing an interception. Keenum hasn't been shy to go downfield and the Texans have the receivers, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins to make that aggressive approach work.
17. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (5 REC, 150 YDS, 1 TD, 6 targets) sits second among wide receivers with 823 receiving yards. His 91.4 receiving yards per game is a career-high; his previous best was 77.1 in 2009.
18. Packers RB Eddie Lacy (150 YDS, 1 TD, 22 carries) has been a beast, gaining at least 97 yards from scrimmage in five straight games. With Aaron Rodgers hurt, Lacy becomes extremely important to the Green Bay offence.
19. Washington RB Alfred Morris (121 YDS, 1 TD, 25 carries) is starting to churn out the yardage -- 390 rushing yards and three touchdowns over the last four weeks -- to the point that he's up to fifth in the league in rushing, with 686 yards.
20. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (141 YDS, 25 touches) keeps churning out the yards, one week after a season-low 27 yards at St. Louis. He's currently second in the league with 726 rushing yards.
21. Washington WR Pierre Garcon (7 REC, 172 YDS, 12 targets) has been hit-and-miss with his results, scoring only two touchdowns and having two 100-yard games, but he's had at least five catches in every game and remains the top passing option for QB Robert Griffin III.
22. Eagles WR Riley Cooper (5 REC, 139 YDS, 3 TD, 6 targets) has seen a real uptick in his production, with more than 80 yards receiving in three of the last four games. Coincidentally or not, Nick Foles has played significant time in the three games that Cooper's production has gone to new heights.
23. Browns QB Jason Campbell (23-for-35, 262 YDS, 3 TD) played well in his second start of the season and has thrown 75 passes without getting picked off this season. With that quarterback play, Browns receivers have value.
24. Browns WR Greg Little (7 REC, 122 YDS, 9 targets) had his best game of the season against Baltimore and while WR Davone Bess (3 REC, 24 YDS, 2 TD, 4 targets) didn't have a lot of targets, two touchdowns is two touchdowns. WR Josh Gordon (3 REC, 44 YDS, 7 targets) and TE Jordan Cameron (1 REC, 4 YDS, 5 targets) were held in check, so credit Cambpell for getting other receivers into the game.
25. As much as Andy Dalton struggled Thursday, following three strong performances, Bengals WR A.J. Green (11 REC, 128 YDS, 19 targets) was thrown at so often that he couldn't help but be productive, even with a few drops. Green leads the league with 862 receiving yards.
26. With Saints WR Marques Colston out, Robert Meachem (4 REC, 93 YDS, 5 targets) had a big game for the Saints and Lance Moore (6 REC, 70 YDS, 10 targets) played a bigger role in his second week back in the lineup. Kenny Stills (3 REC, 35 YDS, 5 targets), looked like he was breaking through the week before with 129 yards and two touchdowns, but it's worth noting that he has yet to record more than four catches in a game.
27. Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (104 YDS, 2 TD, 13 touches) had a tremendous game in the Thursday nighter, with a Play-of-the-Year run. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (72 YDS, 21 carries) was productive enough in his own right and still carried a significant workload.
28. Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (129 YDS, 1 fumble, 20 touches) is starting to find his way, with more than 100 yards from scrimmage in back-to-back games. His previous high was 75 yards in Week Two.
29. Following his least productive game of the season, Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (139 YDS, 20 touches) stormed back against New England. Standard performance these days against the Patriot's run defence now that DT Vince Wilfork and OLB Jerod Mayo are out of the lineup.
30. Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (98 YDS, 16 touches) is tried and true. He's a backup running back who has produced at least 75 yards from scrimmage in each of the last six games. Starter Ryan Mathews (34 YDS, 7 carries) wasn't much of a factor in Washington.
31. Falcons RB Steven Jackson (76 YDS, 16 touches) is getting more comfortable in the offence. The season is getting away from the Falcons, but if Jackson can stay healthy, he could still have strong second-half value.
32. Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (65 YDS, 12 touches) returned to the Panthers lineup, naturally cutting into the workload of DeAngelo Williams (54 YDS, 15 touches) and Mike Tolbert (37 YDS, 1 TD, 9 touches). The three-headed running back committee drastically reduces the value of any of them.
33. Raiders RB Rashad Jennings (176 YDS, 1 TD, 22 touches) rose to the occasion, at least in terms of individual production, once Darren McFadden (15 YDS, 6 touches) aggravated a hamstring injury. In the two games that Jennings has had at least 20 touches this season, he's gone over 100 yards from scrimmage.
34. Jets RB Chris Ivory (139 YDS, 1 TD, 18 carries) pulled back ahead of Bilal Powell (29 YDS, 9 carries) in the Jets' running back see-saw, though the assigned workload wasn't tilted that dramatically. With two 100-yard rushing games in the last three weeks, Ivory has to be the preferred option, but it would hardly come as a surprise if Powell has some more productive games.
35. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (80 YDS, 1 TD, 16 touches) has lost some lustre in the last three weeks, averaging 75.3 yards from scrimmage., which is okay, but he's averaging 121.9 per game for the season, and leads the league with 777 rushing yards, so there's definitely a decline.
36. Patriots wide receivers Aaron Dobson (5 REC, 130 YDS, 2 TD, 9 targets) and Danny Amendola (4 REC, 122 YDS, 1 TD, 4 targets) had big games against the Steelers. Their emergence limits the appeal on Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman, the other two wide receivers getting notable time in the Patriots' passing game.
37. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (6 REC, 75 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) emerged as the big receiving threat for the Seahawks following the injury to Sidney Rice. Golden Tate (3 REC, 29 YDS, 3 targets) was effectively shut down by Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis.
38. With Texans RB Arian Foster suffering a back injury in the first quarter, Ben Tate (81 YDS, 22 carries) and Dennis Johnson (36 YDS, 8 carries) picked up the slack in the Houston backfield. Foster had been on a roll for three consecutive games before injuries have limited him to four carries over the last two games.
39. Ravens WR Marlon Brown (5 REC, 54 YDS, 2 TD, 9 targets) had a career-high five catches against Cleveland and now has five touchdowns on the season. He's the only Ravens receiver with more than two touchdowns.
40. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (28-for-48, 400 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT, 1 fumble) had big numbers in the loss at New England, his second 400-yard passing game this season, but it was also only the second game this season in which he passed for multiple touchdowns, so it's difficult to consider him a fantasy starter.
41. Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery (7 REC, 96 YDS, 3 TD, 8 targets) now has 424 yards on the season, after 442 yards, total, in his first two years with the Steelers. He also has five touchdowns, his most since 2008.
42. Ravens RB Ray Rice (38 YDS, 14 touches) still hasn't had a game with more than 80 yards from scrimmage all season and he's been held under 50 yards in four of seven games. Starter or not, it's getting pretty easy to find better options.
43. Browns RB Willis McGahee (31 YDS, 1 fumble, 21 carries) has been a disaster since signing in Cleveland. His 2.6 yards per carry is more than half-a-yard per carry worse than the net lowest-ranked runner this season (minimum 100 carries).
44. Chiefs QB Alex Smith (19-for-29, 124 YDS) had an incredibly unproductive game at Buffalo, against a Bills defence that is mediocre overall against the pass, but has allowed a league-high 20 passing touchdowns. Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (7 REC, 67 YDS, 12 targets), who has been invisible this season, had a season-high for catches and receiving yards.
45. Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (31 YDS, 4 carries) returned to the Cowboys's lineup against Minnesota, but was virtually ignored in the gameplan, as Dallas had a career-low nine carries Sunday. With Murray back that, theoretically, should give Dallas a more balanced attack as he's gained 642 yards from scrimmage in seven games (91.8 per game).
46. Titans RB Shonn Greene (66 YDS, 1 TD, 10 touches) was healthy and productive, in a backup role, against the Rams. Greene has some deep-league value as the short-yardage back.
47. Bears QB Josh McCown (22-for-41, 272 YDS, 2 TD) turned out to be more than adequate as a fill-in for an injured Jay Cutler, putting up good numbers and helping WR Brandon Marshall (7 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD, 13 targets) to a big game against Green Bay Monday. It was Marshall's first 100-yard game since Week Two.
48. Bears DE Shea McClellin (5 tackles, 3 sacks), who had three sacks in 20 NFL games going into Monday night, got three against the Packers, a standout performance from the 19th overall pick in the 2012 Draft.
49. An undrafted rookie out of Delaware, Falcons OLB Paul Worrilow (19 tackles) was all over the field against Carolina. He had 16 total tackles in three previous games, so 19 is of course out of the norm, but 19 tackles warrants consideration.
50. Rams DT Kendall Langford (6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL); Saints MLB Curtis Lofton (12 tackles); Chargers FS Eric Weddle (15 tackles); Washington MLB London Fletcher (13 tackles); Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks (10 tackles, 1 sack); Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (11 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD), Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (12 tackles); Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner (11 tackles, 1.5 sacks); Ravens ILB Daryl Smith (9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PD); Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons (11 tackles, 1 TFL), Patriots FS Devin McCourty (6 tackles, 1 INT); Patriots DE Chandler Jones (6 tackles, 2 sacks); Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (5 tackles, 94-YD INT TD); Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (5 tackles, 3 sacks); Dolphins CB Dmitri Patterson (8 tackles, 1 INT).
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