First off I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Now lets break down the Thanksgiving games with a fantasy football view.
New England Patriots VS. DETROIT LIONS:
Tom Brady: 21/27 for 341 yards with 4 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Those who are Tom Brady owners like myself were overjoyed to see this line. It was an added bonus for the good Thanksgiving vibes and no doubt Brady has shown the fantasy football world that he is still a top 5 passer.
Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis: 12 carries for 59 yards with 2 TD’s. Green-Ellis is showing a nose for the end zone and he should absolutely be owned and started in all TD heavy fantasy football leagues. Those in PPR contiue to steer clear unless you are desperate though as he wont catch many passes.
Deion Branch: 3 catches for 113 yards with 2 TD’s. Branch has been a big yawn with New England outside of his great debut with them this season but he came up with two huge plays here. You would like to see more catches but he is doing his job well enough.
Aaron Hernandez: 1 catch for 18 yards. Awful game for Hernandez as he is starting to be overshadowed by fellow TE Rob Gronkowski who caught 5 passes for 65 yards. Gronkowski is the better TD option and Hernadnez was the better receptions option heading into this game but pay attention to this. If Brady keeps getting tight with Gronkowski, it is possible Hernandez will not be worth owning.
Wes Weker: 8 catches for 90 yards with 2 TD’s. Admitedly, Welker has not been what he was before his gruesome injury last season but he is still top notch. The TD’s were always an added bonus and so he had as complete a game as he will get here.
Shaun Hill: 27/46 for 285 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT’s. Hill had it going early but the picks ruined his day. I own Hill as a bench option and he has been quite valuable this season when he has started. Keep him around as he is a pure gun-slinger who will rack up very helpful yards and TD’s with some INT’s as an added issue.
Detroit RB’s: Jahvid Best was a no-show and so Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith did the heavy lifting. Neither guy is worth starting another sentence on.
Calvin Johnson: 4 catches for 81 yards with 1 TD. Watching this guy yesterday, it is obvious he physically is the most complete receiver in the game. He made do with his limited opportunites and thus didnt leave his fantasy football ownrs in the lurch.
Brandon Pettigrew: 5 catches for 67 yards. Pettigrew is a much better fantasy football TE with Shaun Hill at QB which I have wrote about constantly. You all know I love the guy and I proved it by starting him over Jason Witten yesterday (whoops!). Thats putting your money where your mouth is.
DALLAS COWBOYS VS. New Orleans Saints:
Drew Brees: 23/39 for 352 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. I got a few e-mails during the game cursing out Chris Ivory for getting two short yardage scores early on in the game and thus preventing Brees from getting the chance to throw for some passing scores. No doubt its frustrating when your fantasy football passer is having a great game with yardage but is not getting any TD’s. If not for the late score to Lance Moore, Brees’ line would have been pretty worthless. The INT’s have shot up this season but Brees is still a top guy for another year or two.
Chris Ivory: 7 carries for 38 yards and 2 TD’s. Ivory has gotten the job done when presented scoring chances but he wont get the ball enough to be fantasy football worthy.
Marques Colston: 6 catches for 105 yards. After getting off to a slow start, Colston has been everything expected of him since. The TD’s are a tad light but the overall line is right where it needs to be.
Lance Moore: 5 catches for 39 yards with 1 TD. I advised you to drop Moore this week and this is what he does. You know the deal though with Saints receivers. Next week it will be Robert Meachem’s turn.
Devery Henderson: 4 catches for 97 yards. Nice of you to join us again Devery. Read above.
Jon Kitna: 30/42 for 313 yards with 0 TD’s and 1 INT. No doubt scores of fantasy football owners ran to the waiver wire to pick up Kitna off two straight dominant weeks. Well he laid an egg here as he was pretty awful despite the yardage. Kitna is worth staring due to his surounding cast but he will have some wildly fluctuating lines from week to week.
Felix Jones: 13 carries for 44 yards along with 7 catches for 69 yards. Jones seems to have one very good outing out of every three games. He is only for PPR usage but like Kitna his lines will be up and down like an elevator.
Marion Barber: 10 carries for 19 yards with 1 TD along with 2 catches for 8 yards. The flip side to Jones is Barber who is only for TD heavy crowds. He is a far cry from what he used to supply owners each week.
Roy Williams: 5 catches for 83 yards with 1 fumble. Williams literally fumbled away the game for the Cowboys but he was involved throughout. I used to be a fan of his but he too wont be consistent each week.
Miles Austin: 3 catches for 25 yards along with 1 carry for 60 yards with 1 TD. Austin has been the forgotten man in Dallas now that Dez Bryant is taking the world by storm. Still Austin is helping his fantasy football owners each week as he does here.
Dez Bryant: zero catches. Amazing he got shutout here as no one has been able to stop Bryant since he got into the league. Right now dont do anything crazy like bench him for next week. He will be back to his explosive self shortly.
Jason Witten: 10 catches for 99 yards. Witten was pretty average the last two weeks which is why I benched him for Brandon Pettigrew. The latter didnt have a bad game but I lost out here. The best PPR TE in the game.
Cincinatti Bengals VS. NEW YORK JETS:
Carson Palmer: 17/38 for 135 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT’s. Palmer was disgusting in this game and he is totally confounding to me in a sense of why is he doing so poorly with such huge weapons. All in all its looking like he clearly has lost something in his arm due to the injuries and he right now cant be trusted in fantasy football.
Cedric Benson: 18 carries for 41 yards along with 1 catch for 0 yards. Benson was boring once again. I ultimately dont blame him for the decreased production as the offense has moved toward more of a passing game.
Chad Ochocinco: 4 catches for 41 yards. Ocho should have had a much bigger game with Darrell Revis covering TO but it didnt happen. Its looking more and more like Ocho is no longer the PPR stock he was a few years ago.
Terrell Owens: 3 catches for 17 yards. For the second week in a row I did a piece on whether or not you should bench the star receiver facing the Jets’ Revis. For the second week in a row the answer was a resounding YES. Owens did nothing in this game after calling Revis average. Owens has had a great season but he met his kryptonite.
Jermaine Gresham: 2 catches for 36 yards. The guy has talent but revisit this next year.
Jordan Shipley: 5 catches for 38 yards with 1 TD. I was a big Shipley fan coming into the season but he hasnt had the year I expected. Still as a rookie he has shown ability and he is another guy to watch for next year.
Mark Sanchez: 16/28 for 166 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Sanchez was ragged in this game and he had a few INT’s dropped by the opposition. Still he threw another TD which helped some but overall he has proven his worth.
LaDainian Tomlinson: 13 carries for 49 yards along with 2 catches for 14 yards. Hopefully you listened to me when I told you to trade LT a month ago. Yes he is helping in PPR leagues but not enough to warrant a starting RB spot.
Braylon Edwards: 2 catches for 20 yards. Nothing doing here. Edwards is still only a TD heavy league guy.
Santonio Holmes: 5 catches for 44 yards with 1 TD. Holmes is showing a great knack for the big play and he is catching passes at a much higher rate in NY than he did while with the Steelers. Start him in all leagues now.
Dustin Keller: 4 catches for 49 yards. There is a great chance many fantasy football owners gave up on the guy and he started to go south when Holmes returned to the lineup. Still he has Sanchez’ trust and figures to have another big game or two left as we go along.