Fantasy Feast or Famine

Brian Westbrook appeared to be healthy for the first time in a month.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We all pretty much knew the Thanksgiving Day games would be blowouts, although the late-night dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals was a little bit of a surprise, but for the fantasy owner things couldn't have been better...or worse depending upon who you started.

First off was the Tennessee "game" against the inept Detroit Lions. In my "Start Them Sit Them" column I said the Titans would run for 250 yards or more and they played just as expected, pounding out 292 yards on the ground.

Chris Johnson, scored twice (6,58) in the first quarter and wasn't touched on either run. Detroit showed why they are the 32nd-ranked defense against the run allowing LenDale White two scores and 106 yards (25 fantasy points) to almost match Johnson's game total of 125 yards and two touchdowns (35 points).

Those who had been fooled into starting Kerry Collins, Justin Gage or Justin McCareins soon realized that the Titans had no intention of putting the ball in the air as they had in the last five games in which Collins averaged 35 passes.

On the other side of the ball, Tennessee (18 points) dominated and took Detroit's only two weapons, Kevin Smith (12 rushes for 22 yards) and Calvin Johnson (five receptions for 63 yards) out of the game. The Titans defense ended the game with four sacks, one interception (for a touchdown) and two fumble recoveries (18 points).

Even Rob Bironas (21 points) got in on the fun, making four 40+ yards field goals along with a handful of extra points.

Fantasy feast - Chris Johnson, White, Bironas, Titans Defense

Fantasy famine - Collins, Gage, Daunte Culpepper, Smith, Calvin Johnson

Game No.2 wasn't much prettier that the opener, as Dallas has regained it's equilibrium and become the team everyone thought they could be. That is, an explosive offense and a solid defense.

Seattle was no match for the Cowboys who saw Tony Romo complete 22-of-34 for 331 yards and three touchdowns (27 points). Jason Witten hauled in nine for 115 and a score (23 points) and Terrell Owens added five catches for 98 and a TD (18 points). The only bad news for the "Boys" were injuries to DeMarcus Ware and Marion Barber III. The Seahawks had one bright spot - a six- catch, 105- yard day from tight end John Carlson.

Fantasy feast - Romo, Witten, Owens, Carlson

Fantasy famine - Julius Jones, Maurice Morris, Matt Hasselbeck, Bobby Engram, Deion Branch, Roy Williams

With two "turkeys" during the afternoon, fans were hoping the nightcap in Philadelphia was going to be a good game. But alas, it was not to be.

Unless you played Brian Westbrook or Donovan McNabb.

Westbrook appeared to be healthy for the first time in a month and Coach Andy Reid rewarded him and protected his fragile quarterback's ego by using his running back early and often. Westbrook ended the day with 110 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and four touchdowns, two each on the ground and through the air. His 40 fantasy points should make you a winner if you started him, or put you on the wrong end of the scoreboard if you are playing against him.

McNabb played well, though his receivers made some good catches on balls not exactly on target and rebounded from last week's benching to post 27-for-39 for 260 yards, four touchdowns and NO interceptions (27 points).

Kurt Warner, who had thrown for 300-or-more yards in five straight games, couldn't do it a sixth time, ending the day with 235 yards, three TDs, but three interceptions. Warner didn't get much help from Anquan Boldin, who dropped at least four balls. Warner did connect with his other top receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, for two touchdowns.

Fantasy feast - Westbrook, McNabb, Fitzgerald

Fantasy famine - Boldin, Tim Hightower

As this is Week 13 and for most leagues the final week of the "fantasy regular season," I hope you made the right decisions and are ready to play in next week's "fantasy playoffs."

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