Emerging WR Mark Clayton is out for the season while Shaun Hill is making it a difficult choice to take him out of the lineup when Matthew Stafford is ready.
Shaun Hill: 21/32 for 227 yards with 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Hill how now reeled off three straight very good outings and all of a sudden he has turned the Lions offense into quite a show. I picked up and started Hill today as Tom Brady had a bye and needless to say I was very pleased. I think the coaching staff has an interesting decision on their hands here as the team is playing great with Hill while injured Matthew Stafford has been out. Next week is a tough game against the Giants but Hill is playing too good to bench right now and that includes in fantasy football and on the Lions team altogether.
Jahvid Best: 18 carries for 67 yards along with 4 catches for 37 yards. The man is brittle as ice but he once again is contributing in all facets. He now earned must start status for now.
Calvin Johnson: 4 catches for 54 yards with 1 TD. That’s now 3 TD’s in two games for Johnson who will always threaten to be the top dog at the position in scores. The issue here is the fact he was forced from the game with a bum shoulder. Check back on his status today.
Nate Burleson: 4 catches for 56 yards with 1 TD. Burleson finally came out of hibernation and he is a name to know if Calvin Johnson has to miss any action. If Johnson is deemed ok to start next week, than forget about him again.
Tony Scheffler: 4 catches for 41 yards. Scheffler played after suffering a concussion here and did all right. Nothing special happened this week but he still is proving himself to be a very dependable pass catcher every week.
Brandon Pettigrew: 4 catches for 26 yards with 1 TD. Those of you who are loyal readers know that I have a big man crush on Pettigrew right now as he has been awesome all season. The TD was his first of the year but clearly he and Shaun Hill have a great thing going. Jermichael Finley owners should be all over this guy. The issue here is the fact that Matthew Stafford didn’t look to him often when they were in the lineup together but Pettigrew is becoming such a weapon that I find it hard to believe he wont continue to be featured no matter who is passing the rock.
St. Louis Rams:
Sam Bradford: 23/45 for 215 yards with 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. This was the first truly terrible game for Bradford and he was put in a tough spot once Mark Clayton was lost for the season during the first quarter. He zoned in on Danny Amendola but he cant stretch the field like Clayton could. There could be some major struggles ahead for Bradford so if you had mistakenly considered using him, now is the time to walk away for good.
Steven Jackson: 25 carries for 114 yards along with 1 catch for 12 yards. Jackson is also going to have a tougher time going forward without Clayton as now opposing defenses can stack the box and not worry about getting beaten deep by the wideout. Jackson however is used to this and still manages to find his way to decent numbers. The TD’s remain elusive however which prevents him from getting back to the top of the RB heap.
Mark Clayton: 1 catch for 6 yards. He is out for the season with a torn knee patella which is a shame due to the fact he was finally starting to break out in St. Louis after escaping Baltimore. It will be a long road back so cut him loose and revisit this next season.
Danny Amendola: 12 catches for 95 yards with 1 fumble. Amendola now becomes the go-to-guy in the Rams passing offense and he has done enough to warrant consideration in all fantasy football leagues. He has turned himself into a PPR prize and he will get a ton of looks now from Bradford without Clayton. Scoop him up immediately.
Brandon Gibson: 2 catches for 34 yards. Gibson will move into the starting lineup in place of Clayton and he has the ability to get deep. Keep an eye on him but don’t make a move yet.