Houston @ Detroit
This game was a Thanksgiving sized feast for a few lucky owners. Calvin Johnson had another Megatron level performance grabbing 8 balls for 140 yards and a TD. Little known Joique Bell continued to impress averaging 9.4 yards a carry and a TD. Look for him to continue to take carries in a backup role in Detroit.
With Titus Young suspended by the team Detroit’s investment in the rookie widout Broyles is starting to pay off. Broyles had 6 grabs for 126 yards. Pick him up NOW! In Detroit’s pass happy offense he’ll only get more balls thrown his way in the weeks to come.
For the Texans Schaub, Foster and Andre Johnson had big days. Johnson has made his early season lows a distant memory totalling 188 yards today despite not finding the endzone. The TD’s will come with production like that. J Forsett was the benefit of a hissy fit (and a hissy fit inducing rule from the NFL) from Lion’s coach Jim Schwartz but don’t look for that sort of flukey production going forward. Not every week will he get an 80 yard run after clearly being down.
After the main course served up by the Lions and Texans just deserts were on the table in Dallas. RGIII is a monster, ’nuff said. Even conservative, veteran fantasy players like myself have to admit the hype on this kid was real. ESPN’s QBR stat doesn’t correlate perfectly to fantasy points but RGIII was nearly perfect in the first half and there isn’t a fantasy owner out there that wouldn’t love this kid on their team. He’s the first rookie QB to throw for 4 Tds in back to back starts. Morris and Gardon benefited from the attention on RGIII with Morris going for over 100 yards and a TD, Garcon had 93 yards and a TD.
Cowboys fans had little to cheer for but Dez Brytant owners were rewarded for their patience as the mercurial wideout had a monster day with 145 yards and two touchdowns. Byrant seems to have gotten his head screwed on straight and I’d look for more of the same going forward. He is a “buy low” trade target. Jason Witten had 9 catches for 74 yards and you’ll take that from your TE.
And finally in New Jersey it was the Jets that were the Turkeys of the day. Tom Brady again made it look easy totallying over 300 yards and a rushing TD. Shane Veeren came out of nowhere (owned only 24% of leagues on NFL.com) for 19.3 fantasy points. He might be a flash in the pan but with Brady spreading out the wealth and Gronkowksi out, he might be a flash worth looking at.
As for the Jets, well, Keller had a TD and 64 yards, but with the noodle-armed Sanchez throwing him the ball, I’d looke elsewhere for TE production going forward.