December 5 2010 Last updated at 08:15 PM ET
Sunday Wrap-Up: Adrian Peterson Leads Vikings and Fantasy Owners to Victory
All-Day shook off all concerns about his injury in the first half, scoring twice from short yardage, then in the fourth quarter, where he scampered 43 yards for his third TD of the game. Final line for Peterson: 16 carries, 107 yards, three TDs. Toby who?
The Minnesota passing game was thrown into flux early, as Brett Favre had to leave the game with a shoulder injury after just one pass attempt, which ended in a interception. Minutes later, Drayton Florence would intercept backup Tarvaris Jackson and return it for a TD. Jackson settled down, and it was all Minnesota after that, as the team scored 38 unanswered points before a garbage-time Bills TD.
With Percy Harvin inactive for the game, Sidney Rice was able to take over the passing game, catching five balls for 105 yards and two TDs, all team receiving highs. With Minnesota staked to such a huge lead, the running game would take over in the second half -- four of Rice's five receptions came in the first 30 minutes. He's our Riser of the Week, and he's on his way to making a hefty contribution in the fantasy playoffs.
Jackson didn't pass much at all in the second half, and when he did, it spelled trouble, as two third-quarter drives ended in interceptions. After the second (Jackon's third INT of the game), he attempted just one more pass all game. Make no mistake -- even with the win, the QB job isn't changing hands if Favre is healthy. Still, both QBs are off fantasy radars.
Other Shifts in Fantasy Value
It appears coach Mike McCarthy is channeling Mike Shanahan, perplexing fantasy owners with an ever-changing RB depth chart. The new hero of the week is Starks, a small-college prospect that hasn't played since 2008. In his first action of the season, Starks was given lead-back status, gaining 73 yards on 18 rushing attempts. Pick him up, use him over the next few weeks, and pray McCarthy doesn't make another change. Jackson is our Faller of the Week after receiving just four rushing attempts in the game. He did make the most of his passing game work, gaining 63 yards on four receptions, but he's a complete stay away in the fantasy playoffs.
A fantasy black hole for most of the season, Lynch exploded for 100 yards and three TDs against the Panthers. All three scores came in the second half, as the Seahawks scored 31 unanswered points after the Panthers were staked to a 14-0 lead. Even with the 28-point day, I would stay away from Lynch in the fantasy playoffs. He's more likely to disappoint than anything else.
With Arizona just throwing warm bodies out on the field at the most important position in football, Fitzgerald's fantasy season has been a shell of his normal brilliance. Derek Anderson was pulled after going 7-for-20 for 93 yards, no TDs and an INT. Max Hall entered the game in the third quarter, took a sack, threw an incompletion and then an interception. After taking another sack and fumbling the ball on the next drive (a fumble that Hall would recover), Hall was yanked for emergency quarterback John Skelton, who looked the least awful. Sorry, Larry, but your stock is in the tank with these guys under center.
We featured Choice in this week's sleeper column, and he came through with 100 yards and a TD. Take that, Marion Barber. Coach Jason Garrett is now 3-1, and he must have built a lot of trust in Choice after this performance. With the Cowboys rushing for 217 yards as a team, it would be very surprising to see them upset this balance next week against a poor Philadelphia rush defense.
Sure, his overall fantasy numbers are still extremely good, but Manning threw four picks on Sunday, making this his third straight game with at least three interceptions. He also failed to convert one of his signature end-of-game drives in overtime for the win, instead throwing the interception that would set up the Cowboys' winning field goal. All that negativity aside, you must keep using Manning in fantasy leagues -- he's still one of the few elite guys around.
The Colts No. 1 receiver had been very inconsistent in fantasy leagues this year, but he brought his A-game on Sunday, particularly in the fourth quarter. With the Colts down seven, Manning continually hit Wayne for first downs, with the receiver making an unbelivable grab to set up first and goal. Wayne eclipsed Week 4's 196-yard game with 200 yards on 14 catches and a TD. He also may have saved my fantasy season in a league, so Reggie, if you're reading this, thanks!
After a good performance in Week 12, things were looking up for Henne and the Dolphins passing game. He was primed for another nice stat line in Week 13 when he faced the Browns. It wasn't meant to me -- Henne completed just 50 percent of his passes, compiling just 174 yards while throwing three interceptions and only one TD. Stay away from Henne and the entire Dolphin roster in Week 14 against the Jets.
The Cleveland TE had done a good job falling off fantasy radars in recent weeks, and that meant it was time for a breakout performance. He caught 10 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown, making a mockery of the Dolphins defense. Is it sustainable? Probably not, but if the injury to Evan Moore leads to more targets for Watson, he could have TE1 value in the fantasy playoffs.
San Francisco Offense
Popular waiver add Brian Westbrook wound up splitting carries equally with Anthony Dixon, though the rookie had the only reception between the two backs. Troy Smith completed just 40 percent of his passes, connecting with Vernon Davis at the end of the first half for a 66-yard TD in what was essentially the only positive play of the game for the 49ers. I'd be hard-pressed to trust any 49ers next week, even against a beatable Seattle defense.
While Kyle Orton failed to get any semblance of offense going against the Chiefs, Moreno kept the team in the game, consistently moving the chains by averaging seven yards per carriy on 23 attempts. He would gain 175 of Denver's 247 net yards, showing he needs to be in fantasy lineups on a weekly basis. Make sure to use him again in Week 14 against Arizona.
The unstoppable Bowe was stopped on Sunday, being held without a catch by Champ Bailey and the Denver defense. After a monster string of games in which Bowe caught 13 TDs in seven games, this was a shock. How does a guy with 32 catches, 365 yards and seven TDs in his last three games get shut out? If you were able to overcome Bowe's goose egg and make your playoffs, don't let this week lead you to bench him -- he's a must-start for the remainder of the season, even against San Diego in Week 14.
Jay Cutler's former college teammate turned in his second consecutive relevant fantasy performance in Week 13, catching seven passes for 104 yards. The rest of Chicago's receivers and tight ends managed just 63 yards combined. Does that make Bennett worthy of a waiver add heading into the fantasy playoffs? You bet. I can definitely see him as a WR3 in Week 14, when the red-hot Bears face a soft New England pass defense.
Jahvid Best was active again in Week 13, but unlike in the previous game, he actually saw a little playing time. The two backs split time evenly, but the less-than-100-percent Best was far more effective than Morris, totaling 97 yards to just 40 for the Thanksgiving fantasy star. It appears the ship has sailed on Morris' fantasy worth, and he can be safely dropped by all non-Best owners.
Jaguars Rushing Offense
Maurice Jones-Drew continues to wow the fantasy world, topping 100 total yards for the fifth straight week and posting his best yardage total of the season. With 31 carries, MJD amassed 186 rushing yards and threw in a four-yard reception. After destroying the Titans defense on the Jaguars first possession, Jones-Drew was notably absent on a key third and fourth down in the red zone, when Rashard Jennings scored from 11 yards out. This Jaguar rushing attack should continue to impress for the rest of the season, and all MJD owners must make room on the roster for Jennings.
The return of Kerry Collins was supposed to inject some life into the Tennessee offense; after all, he couldn't be worse than Rusty Smith, could he? While he may not have been worse than the rookie, Collins was just as bad, completing 14 of 32 passes for 169 yards and throwing two INTs. Chris Johnson posted a better fantasy line this week, but it still wasn't what we've come to expect. Coach Jeff Fisher needs to get this trainwreck fixed quickly.
When Bradshaw lost the starting running back job to Brandon Jacobs, owners may have panicked a little. It turns out there was no cause for concern, as Bradshaw showed us again on Sunday. Receiving 25 carries to just eight for Jacobs, Bradshaw ran for 97 yards and scored two TDs. The bigger back also recorded two TDs and piled up 103 yards on his eight attempts, but it's clear that Bradshaw is the guy to start in fantasy leagues.
The unheralded Redskin receiver posted a 6-97-1 line, making this the third time in five weeks Armstrong has topped 80 yards. With Washington playing from behind more often than not, Armstrong has emerged as a quality flex play in most weeks. I'd look forward to two great matchups with the Cowboys and Jaguars in Weeks 15 and 16, as he has the potential to post a few more solid fantasy lines.
He's now scored five TDs in his last three weeks, so why is Ivory marked as losing value? Pierre Thomas is expected to return in Week 14, and while Ivory may still see a decent amount of carries, he'll be a guy to avoid in fantasy leagues, as he could have anywhere from two to 20 carries in a game moving forward.
Oakland Rushing Offense
After a terrible two-week run, Darren McFadden was able to turn things around against what had been a very good San Diego defense. Run DMC totaled 127 yards on his 22 touches, scoring a TD and regaining trust as an RB2 heading into the fantasy playoffs. Michael Bush did quite a bit of damage as well, rushing for 95 yards on 23 carries and also scoring a TD in Oakland's upset win.
San Diego Rushing Offense
On the flip side, the Chargers got nothing going on the ground. Mike Tolbert rushed for just 16 yards on seven carries, and while Ryan Mathews finally looked good to go for this Week 13 game, he didn't even receive a touch in the game. Tolbert is still flex-worthy next week against Kansas City, while Mathews can be ignored for the rest of the 2010 season.
After scoring an early TD, Goodson was used sparingly throughout the rest of the game, seeing primary action solely on kick returns. That left the door open for Stewart, and The Daily Show would finish the game with 99 yards and a TD on 22 touches. Stewart is clearly the Panther back to own, and Goodson won't be worth starting next week against the Falcons.
In a predictably hyper-competitive game, Blount gashed the Falcons defense for 103 yards and a TD on 20 carries, making Week 13 his best fantasy performance since his Week 8 breakout. He's has some nice matchups against the Redskins, Lions and Seahawks in the fantasy playoffs; each one of those teams gave up multiple rushing TDs on Sunday.
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