LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI – It isn’t often that Andy Reid lets a back see 30 carries, but I am not sure he has ever had one as good as McCoy. I thought that he was mostly just an edge rusher and receiving threat and that is what Reid likes from a RB. He has proved me wrong this season and continues to impress after 185 yards and 2 TDs on the ground this week.
Steve Smith, WR, CAR – Smith now has five 100 yard receiving performances this season. He is a top 10 receiver with Cam Newton at QB and has just been a draft day steal for all of his fantasy owners.
Steven Jackson, RB, STL – Jackson is too good to have been on your bench this week, even though we all expected a rout by New Orleans and limited carries because of a need to pass the ball. Well that didn’t happen as the Rams upset the Saints in a big way on Sunday and Jackson was the key to this win.
Bills, D/ST, BUF – The one knock on this opportunistic defensive unit has been pressure on the QB. Going into this week, they had the lowest sack total in the NFL with 4. They had NINE sacks this week against Washington and forced 2 interceptions as they shut out the Redskins. Beck had a rough day and this was the first time in history that a Mike Shanahan team has been shut out. Impressive game by the Bills after coming off the bye week, which has spelled disaster for most teams this season.
Frank Gore, RB, SF – After posting 134 yards on 31 carries and scoring a TD this week, Gore has 4 straight games of over 125 yards AND a TD. Impressive after such a lack-luster start. The 49ers offense is forcing the ball down the throat of opposing defenses and I don’t see their strategy changing over the rest of this season. You HAVE to keep Gore in your lineup.
Nate Washington, WR, TEN – Nate had two scores in this game and it was by far his best game since Kenny Britt was hurt and he reached the top of the depth chart at wide receiver. I credit this to Javon Ringer bringing a balance to the Titan offense as he split carries evenly with Chris Johnson.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE – Terrible call by me on Law Firm this week. In my defense, NO ONE saw Kevin Faulk’s return as a threat to Law Firm’s workload. Neither Ridley or Woodhead even saw a touch in this game and Faulk had over twice the touches that Green-Ellis did. Fantasy owners hate you too Coach Belichick.
Philip Rivers, QB, SD – The only reason that Rivers hasn’t been the biggest bust of the 2011 season is because Chris Johnson was a first round pick. They have both been equally as bad. Rivers has been out scored by Colt McCoy, Josh Freeman, Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Sanchez. Ouch. No excuse this week as all his receiving weapons are finally healthy.
Miles Austin, WR, DAL – Admittedly the entire Cowboys offense was bad this week, but we have come to expect Austin to be a top 10 receiver and in the past two weeks he has been far from. I was surprised to see Austin in the slot so much this week, with Robinson playing on the outside in three receiver sets. This was probably an effort to get a more favorable matchup for Austin and I expect Dallas to make a point to get Austin back involved in a big way against Seattle this week.
Ryan Torain, RB, WAS – The Skins are just falling apart and with Torain being injury prone, I expect Helu to take over the lion’s share of the carries VERY soon.
Wes Welker, WR, NE – The Steelers provided a very nice road map for how to shut down Brady and the Pats offense. Play man-to-man and load up 8 or 9 people around the line of scrimmage. The Pats don’t have an elite receiver that can go out there and beat man-coverage on a regular basis. I am not worried about any Patriots down the road though. Not many teams have the personnel on defense to execute this strategy like Pittsburgh does.