Big Ben is putting up numbers, Cam Newton, Nick Foles, Bobby Rainey, Rashad Jennings, Michael Floyd and more in Scott Cullen's 50 Points on NFL Week 11.
1. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (29-for-45, 367 YDS, 4 TD) is now averaging 290.1 passing yards per game, ranking fifth. His 17 touchdown passes ranks ninth, so there he's establishing himself firmly as a fantasy starter at this point. Steelers WR Antonio Brown (7 REC, 147 YDS, 2 TD, 13 targets) is rising up along with Roethlisberger, averaging 95.2 receiving yards per game, ranking fifth.
2. Panthers QB Cam Newton (19-for-28, 209 YDS, 3 TD; 62 YDS, 7 carries) had a strong game against New England, both in fantasy tersm and in terms of leading a 13-play, 83-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
3. With Doug Martin and Mike James injured, Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (167 YDS, 3 TD, 32 touches) forced his way into a star-making role against Atlanta. Brian Leonard got the first couple carries against the Falcons but, on Tampa Bay's second possession, Rainey ripped off three runs for double-digit gains in his first three carries, setting him up for the most productive game of his young career, quite a bit better than his previous best: 45 yards rushing the week before.
4. Eagles QB Nick Foles (17-for-26, 298; 47 YDS, 1 TD, 9 carries) didn't throw a touchdown pass -- he didn't throw an interception either -- in the win over Washington. His QB Rating (128.0) ranks first and his Total QBR (ESPN) ranks second only to Peyton Manning.
5. Broncos QB Peyton Manning (24-for-40, 323 YDS, 1 TD) spread the ball around to his usual favourites: WR Demaryius Thomas (5 REC, 121 YDS, 13 targets), Wes Welker (8 REC, 72 YDS, 10 targets) and Eric Decker (5 REC, 71 YDS, 6 targets).
6. Lions WR Calvin Johnson (6 REC, 179 YDS, 2 TD, 13 targets) extended his lead among wide receivers in terms of yardage. Johnson has averaged 120.3 receiving yards per game, the next best among wideouts to play at least eight games, is Houston's Andre Johnson (96.6 receiving yards/game).
7. Texans WR Andre Johnson (10 REC, 116 YDS, 17 touches) is doing his thing, averaging over 90 receiving yards per game for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and posting one touchdown for every two games played.
8. Browns WR Josh Gordon (5 REC, 125 YDS, 1 TD, 15 targets) had his fourth game with at least 125 receiving yards. In eight games, he has 751 receivnig yards, a 1,502-yard pace over a full season. He ranks sixth among all wideouts with 93.9 yards per game this season.
9. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (30-for-42, 419 YDS, 2 TD) had the second-most passing yards of his career Sunday, his most since 2006. Cardinals WR Michael Floyd (6 REC, 193 YDS, 1 TD, 11 targets) had a monster game against the Jaguars, surpassing last season's finale, when he had 166 receiving yards, for a new career high. TE Rob Housler (6 REC, 70 YDS, 9 targets), now healthy, is also emerging as a viable target for Palmer.
10. Raiders RB Rashad Jennings (150 YDS, 1 TD, 22 carries) continues to be a beast filling in for Darren McFadden. Given that Jennings has been a lock for 100-plus yards every time he gets 20 touches this season, the Raiders may need to find a permanent role for him in the offence.
11. Even in a lopsided loss, Jets RB Chris Ivory (98 YDS, 15 carries) had another strong performance. It's the third time in the last four games that Ivory has rushed for at least 95 yards.
12. Giants RB Andre Brown (93 YDS, 21 touches) had a second straight productive week, though lost a short yardage touchdown opportunity to Brandon Jacobs.
13. Ravens RB Ray Rice (148 YDS, 1 TD 28 touches) had his best game of the season at Chicago. It was only the second time this season that he's had more than 75 yards from scrimmage.
14. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (17-for-31, 127 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT; 25 YDS, 3 carries) continues to put up abysmal stats. It was the eighth time in the last nine games that he passed for fewer than 200 yards.
15. Bears RB Chris Ogbonnaya (99 YDS, 1 fumble, 14 touches) and Fozzy Whitaker (61 YDS, 9 touches) saw more action than ineffective veteran Willis McGahee (17 YDS, 8 touches) at Cincinnati. Ogbonnaya could be an interesting option down the stretch if he's going to be the primary option for the Browns.
16. Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon (20-for-23, 231 YDS, 2 TD) was ridiculously accurate against Atlanta and while his numbers haven't been gaudy, having not passed for more than 275 yards in a game, he's also thrown eight touchdowns and one interception in the last five games.
17. With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods out due to injuries, Bills WR Marquise Goodwin (6 REC, 81 YDs, 1 TD, 9 targets), a rookie drafted in the third round out of Texas, stepped up and was the primary target for QB E.J. Manuel.
18. Bears RB Matt Forte (125 YDS, 1 TD, 23 touches) now ranks third among running backs with 1148 yards from scrimmage.
19. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (150 YDS, 2 TD, 24 touches) had his first multi-touchdown game of the season and it was his second straight game with at least 150 yards from scrimmage. He left, for a time late in the first half, with a hamstring injury, but returned in the second half.
20. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (72 YDS, 18 touches) was held under 100 yards from scrimmage for the second straight week and his 72 yards and 18 touches against Denver both represented season-lows.
21. Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (86 YDS, 14 touches) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (62 YDS, 16 carries) both contributed against Cleveland, still a lot of balance considering how much more productive Bernard is by comparison. Green-Ellis has 158 touches, compared to 147 for Bernard, this season.
22. Lions RB Reggie Bush (54 YDS, 1 fumble, 15 touches) was benched against Pittsburgh, but it wasn't because of his fumble, it was due to the weather. Apparently, thoroughbreds like Bush aren't suited for rain. Anyway, Joique Bell (97 YDS, 1 TD, 12 touches) delivered another strong game. As second-team running backs go, Bell has been the most productive. He ranks 19th among running backs in yards from scrimmage, but first among those to have a teammate ahead of them on the list.
23. Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (88 YDS, 22 touches) isn't doing much on the ground, averaging 3.1 yards per carry and 53.6 rushing yards per game, but becomes a productive option once 34.0 receiving yards per game is added to the equation.
24. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (143 YDS, 21 touches) had his biggest yardage game of the season against Miami, but he's been so up-and-down, it's going to take more than one or two games to build up expectations.
25. Texans RB Ben Tate (117 YDS, 23 touches) is making hay with Arian Foster out of the lineup. Look for Tate to be a productive back, possibly RB1 level, over the rest of the season.
26. Falcons WR Harry Douglas (6 REC, 134 YDS, 1 TD, 9 targets) is putting up strong numbers since landing a spot in the starting lineup. In the last five games, he has 35 catches for 535 yards.
27. Texans QB Case Keenum (13-for-24, 170 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT) was replaced by Matt Schaub (12-for-25, 155 YDS) in Sunday's loss to the Raiders, but Keenum will be back under centre again next week. He's been so productive since taking the starting job, it was a strange decision to yank him after three three-and-outs to start the second half against Oakland.
28. Raiders QB Matt McGloin (18-for-32, 197 YDS, 3 TD) was surprisingly effective in his first NFL start and while his numbers weren't huge, they were enough to get productive days from WR Rod Streater (6 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD, 8 targets) and TE Mychal Rivera (5 REC, 54 YDS, 1 TD, 6 targets).
29. Colts RB Donald Brown (94 YDS, 2 TD, 15 touches) is taking touches away from an unproductive Trent Richardson (53 YDS, 13 touches). Good thing the Colts gave up that first-round pick for a second-string runner.
30. Saints RB Pierre Thomas (84 YDS, 16 touches) was the most active back against San Francisco. After a breakout game the week before Mark Ingram (29 YDS, 7 touches) didn't do much and Darren Sproles (35 YDS, 7 touches) even saw fewer touches than normal.
31. Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (59 YDS, 11 touches) was more effective than Lamar Miller (37 YDS, 6 touches) against San Diego. Miller's still the better option, but it's not a consistently clearcut situation.
32. Broncos RB Montee Ball (41 YDS, 2 TD, 11 touches) had a productive effort against Kansas City, particularly with those two scores, but Knowshon Moreno (79 YDS, 27 carries) remains the lead horse in that backfield.
33. The Patriots' backfield is getting crowded again, particularly when RB Stevan Ridley (48 YDS, 1 TD, 13 carries) fumbles. LeGarrette Blount (49 YDS, 10 carries) and a returning Shane Vereen (72 YDS, 9 touches) were also factors against Carolina.
34. Neither of Arizona's running backs, Rashard Mendenhall (27 YDS, 1 TD, 16 touches) nor Andre Ellington (13 YDS, 10 touches), could get loose against Jacksonville. Strange, but true.
35. Aside from Newton running, the Panthers rushed surprisingly little against New England. Running backs Jonathan Stewart (10 YDS, 4 carries), DeAngelo Williams (25 YDS, 8 touches) and Mike Tolbert (17 YDS, 6 carries) didn't amount to much.
36. Jaguars WR Ace Sanders (8 REC, 61 YDS, 10 targets) was the top Jaguars receiver Sunday, inexplicably getting more action than Cecil Shorts (2 REC, 22 YDS, 5 targets) and Mike Brown (2 REC, 23 YDS, 3 targets), unless Chad Henne was dead-set against challenging Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, so he stayed with his rookie slot receiver more often.
37. Titans RB Chris Johnson (86 YDS, 2 TD, 17 carries) had a solid game against the Colts, while Titans TE Delanie Walker (10 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) is emerging as a receiving threat. Three times in the last four weeks, Walker has recorded at least 50 receiving yards with a touchdown.
38. Texans TE Garrett Graham (7 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD, 1 fumble, 13 targets) had a strong game against the Raiders. His previous career-best had been Nov. 18, 2012 , when he had 82 receiving yards.
39. Colts TE Coby Fleener (8 REC, 107 YDS, 10 targets) set a career-high for receiving yards, his most since Week One last season, the first game of his career, when he had six catches for 82 yards.
40. The Chargers' passing game against Miami was ruled by tight ends Lardarius Green (4 REC, 81 YDS, 5 targets) and Antonio Gates (4 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD, 6 targets).
41. Dolphins TE Charles Clay (6 REC, 90 YDS, 1 TD, 7 targets) and WR Brian Hartline (5 REC, 65 YDS, 13 targets) were the most productive Miami receivers against the Chargers.
42. Packers QB Scott Tolzien (24-for-34, 339 YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT) had solid yardage in his first NFL start. If only he could avoid those pesky interceptions.
43. Packers RB Eddie Lacy (48 YDS, 16 touches) may have run into trouble against a Giants team that was willing to let Tolzien throw to beat them. It was Lacy's fewest yards from scrimmage this season, aside from Week Two when he was injured on his first carry of the game.
44. Giants WR Victor Cruz (8 REC, 110 YDS, 13 targets) had his first 100-yard game since Week Four. Eli Manning's poor season is natually having an effect on the production of his wide receivers.
45. Vikings TE John Carlson (5 REC, 69 YDS, 7 targets) had another solid game in place of injured Kyle Rudolph. WR Jarius Wright (3 REC, 69 YDs, 2 TD, 4 targets) made the most of his opportunity against Seattle too.
46. Bills RB Fred Jackson (39 YDS, 14 touches) and C.J. Spiller (16 YDS, 15 touches) struggled to run the ball against the Jets, which isn't unusual since the Jets allow a league-low 732 rushing yards and 2.9 yards per carry against, but it was particularly disappointing for Spiller, who has run for 29 yards on 21 carries over the last two games since rushing for a season-high 116 yards against Kansas City in Week Nine.
47. Chiefs QB Alex Smith (21-for-45, 230 YDS, 2 TD; 52 YDS, 5 carries) wasn't very accurate, to be kind, but his combination of rushing yards and a couple of touchdown passes made his game useful enough for fantasy owners.
48. Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (4 REC, 57 YDS, 1 TD, 14 targets) was heavily-targeted against Denver and while he had a touchdown catch, four receptions on 14 targets is not a strong receiving rate.
49. Jets QB Geno Smith (8-for-23, 103 YDS, 0 TD, 3 INT, 1 fumble) was a mess against Buffalo and it's been rough five-game stretch for him, throwing for one touchdown and eight interceptions, completing 51.8% of his passes, over the last five games. With that kind of quarterback play, it's difficult to have any expectations for receivers Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and (currently injured) Jeremy Kerley.
50. Big defensive games: Bills FS Jairus Byrd (4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT); Bills MLB Kiko Alonso (13 tackles, 1 TFL); Bears DE Julius Peppers (11 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL), Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict (15 tackles, 1 TFL, 13-yard FR for TD) ; Browns CB Joe Haden (2 INT, including 29-yard TD), Bengals MLB Vincent Rey (12 tackles, 1 TFL); Lions MLB DeAndre Levy (12 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 PD); Texans ILB Jeff Tarpinian (11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD); Texans DE J.J. Watt (5 tackles, 2 sacks); 49ers ILB NaVorro Bowman (15 tackles, 1 TFL); Packers ILB Brad Jones (13 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL); Packers CB Tramon Williams (8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TFL), Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner (9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT); Broncos OLB Shaun Phillips (10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 PD), Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich (9 tackles, 2 sacks)
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