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Last Week: 4 catches, 24 yards, TD
Burleson, like most of the Detroit football team, didn’t seem to come alive until the fourth quarter, where he caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford. Being targeted nine times, only second to Megatron’s 13, Burleson put together an impressive performance that also included 22 rushing yards on two carries.
Sam Bradford QB Rams
Last Week: 349 Total Yards, TD
Bradford threw all over the struggling Miami secondary with ease, passing for a season high 315 yards through the air. Though Miami stopped Steven Jackson in the run game, they forgot about Bradford’s ability, and he managed to gain 34 yards on four carries and score a one-yard touchdown.
DeMarco Murray RB Cowboys
Last Week: 97 total yards
Murray was finding plenty of room to run against the Baltimore Ravens defense. The only thing that stopped him was an injury in the third quarter. Murray was limited from then on and possibly may be out for a few weeks, though that didn’t stop him from having one of his best outings of the year.
Vick Ballard RB Colts
Last Week: 42 total yards
Ballard didn’t do much in the Colts’ 35-9 loss to the New York Jets. Andrew Luck threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, which wasn’t helping Ballard’s chance of getting the run game on the right track. With a home game next week vs. Browns, the Colts offense should get back on the path they were leading prior to Sunday’s meltdown at MetLife.
Brent Celek TE Eagles
Last Week: 4 catches, 33 yards
The Eagles starting tight end caught what looked like at the time to be the game-winning touchdown, only to be called back from his own offensive pass interference call late in the fourth quarter. Celek was tied for second with eight targets on the day for the Eagles receiving corps. Even if the passes are coming his way, Celek still has to produce in order to consider himself a starter week in and week out.
Top Defense: Rams
Last Week: 2 sacks, allowed 17 points, 192 total yards
The Rams defense had an interesting day as they held the Dolphins to 17 points but failed to create a turnover the entire ball game. They did manage to sack rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice for minus-12 yards. Though they didn’t have the matchup in the turnover scheme, the defense still kept things intact and should have been enough to win the game in the 17-14 loss.
23 points allowed, 475 yards allowed, 2 turnovers, 1 sack
The Seahawks defense was able to maintain the Patriots offense in the game, but in fantasy, they gave up almost half a century worth of yards and 23 points. While only managing to get to Brady just once, he still managed to throw for 387 yards, while the New England backs racked up the other 87 yards. The Seahawks defense will have another daunting task this Thursday night, facing a 49ers team that just came off one of the worst regular season loss at home in recent memory.
Steven Jackson RB Rams
Last Week: 12 carries for 52 yards
Jackson couldn’t get a consistent rush going while back up Daryl Richardson continues to be breathing down the starter’s neck, producing 11 carries for 76 yards along with 2 receptions for 23 yards. All depending on if you’re league counts catches, Jackson (3 receptions for 28 receiving yards) had a decent day at best.
Danny Woodhead RB Patriots
Last Week: 4 carries for 25 yards, 4 for 46 yards
Woodhead had a typical game, producing 71 yards of total offense but failed to find the end zone. The Patriots utilize the versatile running back in such a way where he produces and succeeds more against top tier defenses than he does against mediocre ones, just not enough to start weekly without scoring touchdowns.
Mikel Leshoure RB Lions
Last Week: 15 carries for 70 yards
Leshoure looks to be healthier then he was in his last game he played as he adding onto his 70 yards rushing with 3 receptions for 24 yards. Although Leshoure didn’t find the end-zone or rush for 100 yards this week, he still had 94 yards in total offense.
Christian Ponder QB Vikings
Last Week: 352 Passing yards, 2 Touchdowns, 3 turnovers
Ponder had his best day as a professional yardage wise vs. the Washington Redskins last weekend. Very few times though is that ever a good sign for your team when your quarterback is throwing for so many yards (352) and attempts (35-52). With a season high three turnovers, Ponder made it up by passing for an absurd 353 yards and two touchdowns.
Free Agent Pick-Ups
Felix Jones RB Cowboys
Last Week: 18 carries for 92 yards, TD
Jones filled in nicely to say the least for banged up starter DeMarco Murray. Murray had 93 yards before being pulled due to injury in 3rd quarter. Pending on whether Murray will play in the upcoming weeks, Jones showed some burst against Baltimore and explosiveness we haven’t seen in years. Jones has a favorable match-up this week if he gets the green light, with the Carolina Panthers and their 23rd ranked defense vs. the rush.
Ontario Hardesty RB Browns
Last Week: 15 carries for 56 yards, TD
Hardesty had a more than productive day as he normally would with Trent Richardson dismissed from the game due to injury. The Browns back up running back showed that he can take the work load and be accountable when called upon. Regardless If Richardson can play, Hardesty will more than likely get carries his way to rest Richardson as much as they can vs. Colts 29th ranked rush defense, allowing Jets running back Shown Greene to rush for 161 yards and 3 scores last week.
Michael Jenkins WR Vikings
Last Week: 6 catches, 67 yards, Touchdown, 10 targets
Jenkins has been slowly getting acquainted with the Vikings offense and second year quarterback, Christian Ponder. Having his best game of the year, Jenkins snagged 6 receptions and even caught a 9 yard touchdown pass from Ponder in the 4th quarter. Being third on the team, behind Harvin’s 14 and Rudolph’s 11, Jenkins respectable 10 targets are very encouraging for his future in the Minnesota passing game.
Isaac Redman RB Steelers
Last Week: 119 total yards
Redman’s 105 receiving yards could be viewed as somewhat lucky. Though this is not the sole reason that made him one of the top options for the waiver wire this week. Mendenhall’s health has been unsteady the past few seasons and the struggles with injuries continued to affect him last week (Achilles). With such a reliable back up as Redman, that proves he can catch the ball out of the backfield with both deceptive strength and speed, only helps his future role in the Steelers offense. Whether or not Mendenhall is in the line-up or not, Redman will try and seize every opportunity he gets as he did last week against Tennessee.
Brandon Weeden QB Browns
Last Week: 231 passing yards, 2 TD’s, 1 int
For the second straight week and third time of the year, Weeden threw for at least two scores in a game. He has also managed to throw for over 300 yards twice already thus far this season. Although he does present questions with two of his games this year not producing a single touchdown, for now Weeden could be a viable back up and nice bye week fill in Quarterback.
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