Steve Johnson, WR, BUF – Why so serious?! The Joker made a big statement in a phenomenal 2nd half comeback against the Batman and Robin led Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Johnson scored three TDs in the 2nd half to push the Bills to their biggest comeback in 13 years. He is fast becoming an exciting young talent and has officially reached must-start status as this Bills offense is on a roll. Also, in this career-performance, Johnson had his face painted as the Joker and wore a t-shirt with “Why So Serious” written on it underneath his jersey and showed it off after his first TD. Lower your expectations for Week 12 against the Steelers, but unless you drafted really well… you’re probably going to be starting Johnson anyways.
Greg Jennings, WR, GB – Jennings had his best game of the season this week. He was on the receiving end of 3 of the 4 TD passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers and he totaled 152 yards as well. You should be just fine relying on him down the stretch as he and the Packer’s offense appear to be firing on all cylinders.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT - Big Ben had a slow start in this storied rivalry, but ended with one of his most productive games of the year and the top scorer of the week in standard formats. He also was able to show off his toughness in this physical battle by taking a punch to the face from Richard Seymour. Ben is a top 10 QB for the rest of the season and if you weren’t able to get an elite QB, then you should feel fine using him as your starter the rest of the way and in the playoffs.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC - MJD looked like he is in the prime of his career this week, he totaled 220 yards which included the longest reception of his career. He had a slow start this year due to starting with an injury, but the Jaguars keep finding a way to win games and the fact that they will be in the playoff hunt means that he will remain the feature of their offense. Jones-Drew is a starting running back from here on out and will remain in my top10 regardless of the match up he has in any particular week.
Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ - The Jets have been giving fans their money’s worth for the past few weeks as they have managed to come from behind and win games in the dying seconds or overtime for three weeks in a row. A big part of the Jets success has been Santonio Holmes who, when the game is on the line, is the favorite target of Mark Sanchez. This big performance was relatively expected against the league’s worst pass defense, but you can count on Holmes being a top 20 guy and a great WR2 for fantasy owners the rest of the season.
Thomas Jones, RB, KC - The Chiefs are back to their old insane way of dividing carries between their two-headed rushing attack. Jamaal Charles is the one with all the talent and production, but Jones still sees enough carries to make us all shake our heads and wonder what Charles could do if he saw 20-25 touches. In his defense, Jones performed quite well with his 15 carries. He totaled 71 yards and scored twice in this game, so he remains a flex play.
Mike Tolbert, RB, SD – On Monday night, Tolbert had a career high 111 yards rushing and scored a TD. He was able to compliment his tough running-style with 42 yards receiving. He demonstrated an ability to read defenses and find holes that Ryan Mathews was not able to show all season. Tolbert is likely to remain a key part of the offense even if Mathews comes back and could develop into a great flex option with the balance of a Philip Rivers led offense.
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN – The inconsistency of the Vikings offense was not kind to Harvin this week. Childress lost the respect of his players a while ago and hopefully Leslie Frazier is able to get them back on the right track… otherwise Harvin owners will lose their confidence in him and relegate him to a flex play at best. Personally, I see no reason to panic as Sidney Rice should be able to have an impact when the Vikings aren’t playing a team as good as the Packers.
Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL – Boldin only managed 29 receiving yards this week, but since he lost a fumble… he put up zero points for fantasy owners. The issue here is inconsistency, owners will not be able to trust a guy that has zero point weeks going into the playoffs. Until he is able to demonstrate his big play ability, he will be at best a flex play.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG – There has been a lot of talk recently about Bradshaw’s recent fumbling issues. I do not share any concern about him losing his starting job, but with the receiving corp quickly depleting due to injury… Bradshaw just might drop significantly in production as they are likely to turn to a heavy running style. Keep him in your starting lineup for now, but be concerned and make plans in case something more develops while the Giants try and get back on the winning track.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - Even though he was only able to manage 15 receiving yards, the 9ers offense struggled in this game. I don’t have any long-term concerns just yet, not after ONE bad game… but if they struggle next week too, it will be time to worry.
Randy Moss, WR, TEN - I went from excited about the Titans, to terrified. Another 0 catch game from Moss means that you can’t start him… especially not with Rusty Smith at QB.