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Andrew Luck: 198 total yards, 2 Touchdowns, fumble
Luck’s performance on Sunday was not his best of the year. But he did manage to rush for two of his touchdowns, which was huge and made up for an otherwise average passing day. The rookie quarterback has shown the threat of running as well as throwing.
Felix Jones: 74 total yards
Jones wasn’t anything spectacular as most anticipated because he had to leave the game before the half was even over. Still he didn’t by any means have a bad week with five catches for 30 yards and 44 yard rushing before being diagnosed with bruised knee and not returning to action.
Stephen Hill: 4 catches, 55 yards, 7 targets
Hill had a productive day with the most targets he has received all season. Though he only had 55 yards, Sanchez looked his way seven times, which was good enough for second behind Kerley’s 11. It is clear that Hill has the talent. Now we just need to see the productivity when the game is on the line, where he was unable to do vs. New England.
Kenny Britt: 4 catches, 30 yards
Britt has 17 targets over the past two games, but only eight catches to show for it. Dating back to before the injuries, he was sought out to be one of the most dynamic and up and coming receivers in the league. There is still plenty of season left and the passes are there, so no point in giving up this early.
Mercedes Lewis: 3 catches, 20 yards
Lewis has officially dropped off the fantasy starting tight end spectrum. Not all of the lack of success is Lewis’ fault. He had backup Chad Henne for most of the game, while Gabbert was knocked out of the contest. But somebody in Jacksonville needs to find a way to give this former stud the ball.
Top Defense: Vikings: 7 Sacks, 14 points allowed, 2 turnovers, touchdown
Minnesota’s defense was as dominate as it’s been all season, causing havoc on the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line. Not only did the Vikings D-line have a great game, but their secondary scored a touchdown off a pick six by rookie first round pick Harrison Smith.
Rams defense: 30 points allowed, 3 sacks, 0 turnovers
Aaron Rodgers was in full effect Sunday, throwing for three touchdowns and 342 yards passing with no interceptions. The Rams had been priding themselves on their defensive line, but the secondary had a tough day. That’s usually the case if you have an indoor facility and Aaron Rodgers is playing in it.
Mike Williams WR Buccaneers, Last Week: 4 catches, 36 yards
Williams was in the middle of the most controversial call of the weekend when he ran back in the end-zone and was shoved out of bounds and then came back to catch. It first seemed to be the game winner, but the referee threw the flag for illegal touching. Still Williams was locked down all day against one of the worst pass defenses in the league, after having back to back over 100 yards in receiving.
Torrey Smith WR Ravens, Last Week: 4 catches, 44 yards
Smith and the Ravens couldn’t find any rhythm vs. one of the best defenses in football in the Houston Texans. Jonathan Joseph was on Torrey Smith all day and even had a pick 6 on the 2nd year man out of Maryland. This game should not only humble smith, but the whole Baltimore Ravens team as well.
Cam Newton QB Panthers, Last Week: 233 passing yards, TD, 2 turnovers
Newton and the Carolina Panthers offense continues to struggle to put points on the scoreboard for the second straight week, losing another heartbreaker for the second consecutive game. Cam did make up for a subpar performance by rushing for 60 yards that kept owners relieved but not satisfied. Opposing defensive coordinators are starting to pick up what they didn’t last year, by containing the deep throws and maintaining their gaps — Cam’s kryptonite.
Andre Roberts WR Cardinals, Last Week: 7 catches, 103 yards, TD
Roberts had one of his best games of the year, catching seven passes on nine targets, with a 103 yards and a touchdown. Talk about being totally wrong. Skelton and Roberts look to be a nice duo, while Fitzgerald who had only four caches for 29 yards, is still scratching his head on why this offense doesn’t get the best player on the team the ball.
Rasher Jennings RB Jaguars
Last Week: 102 total yards, TD
Jennings had 21 carries off of only 44 yards, though he had 7 receptions for 58 yards, which made up for a 2.1 yards per carry average. Maurice Jones-Drew seems to be out for an extended period of time and with Jennings already having plenty of reps in the pre-season, this seems to be the number one guy to pick up this week.
Jonathan Dwyer RB Steelers
Last Week: 122 rushing yards
Dwyer’s performance was break-out worthy, as he rushed for 122 yards on only 17 carries, with a 7.2 yards per carry average. Pittsburgh seems to be back to more of a stable rushing attack than most in the league, which means more carries for this guy.
Ryan Broyles WR Lions
Last Week: 4 catches, 51 yards, TD
Broyles played nicely as he saw noticeably more playing time once Nate Burleson injured and later found out was done for the season. The surprise here was not how well the 2nd round pick produced but the lack of Titus Young role, even when Burleson goes down. Stafford seems to trust Broyles in that slot position as opposed to Young at the moment.
Brandon Myers TE Raiders
Last Week: 7 catches, 44 yards
Myers had 10 targets, which the Oakland Raiders in week 7. He continues to prove his consistency with 7 catches against the Jaguars defense and now has 28 catches on the year, along with 334, averaging 11.9 yards per catch. Get him while you can, even if it is to be a back-up.
Chris Givens WR Rams
Last Week: 3 catches, 73 yards
Givens does it again, getting at least 70 yards for the second straight week, as he had 85 yards in week 6. Over the last 4 weeks, Givens has 8 catches for 261 yards and a touchdown, adding to his massive total of 27 yards per catch and 4 plays of 20 yards or more.
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