HE’S ON FIRE!
Arian Foster had one of his best games of his short career in week 7. He ran for 115 yards (his back up Ben Tate also had 104 yards rushing) and 119 receiving yards and a total of 3 touchdowns. It looks like the hamstring is no longer an issue and he is back in the groove. Look for Foster to be the focus of the offense even when Andre Johnson comes back from injury.
Drew Brees put up numbers like he was playing from a couch with a Playstation controller. Brees was 31 of 35 for 325 yards to go along with 5 touchdowns; more touchdowns than incomplete passes. Tall targets, Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham hauled in 2 touchdowns a piece and Darren Sproles got in on the act as well. Either the Saints offense is starting to find the groove that they’ve been missing since their Super Bowl run two years ago or the Colts D is just that bad. I know the Colts are trying to win the ‘Andrew Luck Derby’, but someone needs to play defense.
Demarco Murray started off the game with a bang, going for a 94 yard touchdown run. He didn’t slow down from there. He ran the ball 25 times for 253 yards (10.1 YPC). The reports ware that he was suppose to be splitting carries with Tashard Choice but Choice only had 2 carries. Dallas could have a running back controversy when Felix Jones comes back. If Murray can put together another good performance, he could gain a lot more playing time. Murray should be picked up in all leagues. Plus Felix Jones hasn’t been the most reliable player when dealing with injuries.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers – He was 24 for 30, 335 yards, and three touchdowns. Would’ve made our list if it wasn’t for Sean Payton running the score up on the Colts on Sunday night.
CAN’T BUY A BUCKET!
Chris Johnson was having the exact opposite experience from Arian Foster by having one of the worst performances of his career on Sunday. He had 10 carries for 18 yards (1.8 YPC) and a long run of 3 yards. He also had 6 receptions for 27 yards. Johnson looks lost this year. I thought he just needed to get into playing shape but the problem probably goes deeper. While Chris Johnson has looked less explosive, so has that offensive line. Has anyone else looked good behind it? CJ looks very hesitant on going through the hole. To me that means he doesn’t trust his offensive line.
Charlie Whitehurst – He was 12 of 30 for 97 yards and 1 interception. Not that any Seattle quarterback should be on your roster, but Whitehurst’s performance was almost McNabb like. Seattle should’ve grabbed a quarterback in last April’s draft.
Honorable Mention: Philip Rivers – He’d catch more heat if he wasn’t a super star. He has not performed up to expectations.
Willis McGahee – Fractured a hand against the Dolphins. His initial injury prognosis has him out to 1-2 weeks. Knowshon Moreno figures to see most of the snaps until McGahee returns. He is actually a better compliment to Tebow’s skill sets, so it will be interesting to see how does and how much playing he’ll get when McGahee returns. John Fox and John Elway will see a lot from the previous regime’s core players in action with Tebow, Demaryius Thomas, and Moreno from here on out.
Tim Hightower – It was bad news for the hard running Hightower, who finally seemed to have tight grip on a starting job. Hightower will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL. The Redskins will go with Torain and Helu as the primary ball carriers. It should be Torain’s job to lose from the get go, however Helu had a very good collegiate career and combine numbers. You never know with Shanahan.
Earnest Graham – Graham tore his achilles tendon, ending his year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’ll be interesting to see who the Bucs bring in to back up LeGarrette Blount and Kregg Lumpkin. We wish speedy recoveries from Earnest Graham and Tim Hightower.
Santana Moss – It was a tough day for the Redskins, who also lost Santana Moss in the game against Carolina. Moss fractured his hand and had surgery on Monday. He will be out 5-7 weeks. This will mean more targets for Jabar Gaffney and Fred Davis. Grab Gaffney, if you still believe in the Washington passing game.
Beanie Wells – He is big, fast, and powerful, yet Beanie Wells is always dealing with something. More recently he sprained a knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Initial reports see he should be ready in 1-2 weeks for a possible return. LaRod Stephens-Howling is the back you want in the Cardinals committee approach until Wells gets back.
Darren McFadden – Another talented back with an injury history. He was seen on crutches on Monday. He’ll have a bye to rehab it, but if you own DMC, put a claim on Michael Bush if he’s on waivers.
Tim Tebow Mania became the toast of the town in Denver, but if it wasn’t for the 4th quarter heroics they might be singing a different tune. Tebow was only 13 of 27 for 161 yards passing , 2 LATE 4th Quarter touchdowns, and a successful 2-point run in conversion. Tebow did add 65 yards on the ground. I’m not high on Tebow like other people are but the only reason he has any Fantasy value to me is because of rushing yards he can get. That was on display against the Dolphins.