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Fantasy Insights - Divisional Sunday

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After the huge fantasy totals of Saturday in which eight players cracked the 25-point mark, Sunday brought very little help. Just three players put up quality fantasy points; Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Arian Foster.

Houston at Baltimore

Foster was the best player on the field, posting 154 yards from scrimmage. He sliced through the Ravens front seven with seeming ease. Too bad the Texans had little else in the way of offense.

Andre Johnson produced nice fantasy numbers, eight catches for 111 yards, but he really wasn't that big a factor.

The Texans beat Baltimore if Matt Schaub is the quarterback.

The Ravens defense used four turnovers to help Baltimore win the game and give fantasy owners double-digit points.

Ray Rice was a disappointment, with just 80 total yards and no touchdowns. But fantasy owners should be mad at the play calling, not Rice. On the first Baltimore touchdown, instead of a one-yard run for Rice we saw a one-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Kris Wilson. Kris Wilson? They didn't think Rice could get a yard?

Twenty points won't get it done next week in New England.

New York Giants at Green Bay

Eli Manning's ability to convert third downs and overall sharp play was the difference. He didn't quite put up Tom Brady or Drew Brees fantasy numbers, but his 26 fantasy points probably kept you alive in the fantasy championship.

The reason Victor Cruz has been open all year long is that teams must double team Hakeem Nicks for fear that he would have a game like yesterday. Nick's seven-catch, 165-yard, two touchdown game produced the highest Sunday total - 37 fantasy points. As well as Cruz played this season (82-1,536-9), and he's the biggest surprise of 2011, Nicks is the key to the Giants offense.

The Green Bay offense looked like a team that hadn't played a meaningful minute since before Christmas. They were out of sync; from Aaron Rodgers passes to all the dropped passes by the receiving corps.

That was not the same Rodgers who reeled off 13 wins to start the season. The one we saw yesterday kept missing receivers. He ran the ball better than he threw the ball. His 21 fantasy points was a big disappointment for owners who selected him over Brees, Brady and Manning.

Greg Jennings was open enough to have a 20-point day, but Rodgers' misses and his drops produced just four catches for 40 measly yards and four fantasy points.

Did Jordy Nelson play yesterday?

The Giants must now return to San Francisco where they lost in mid-November by a 27-20 score. It was the start of a four-game losing streak for the "G-Men." This is a much more confident Giants team and I would not be afraid to select any of them this time around.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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