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The Marshall Plan

Brandon Marshall caught an NFL record 21 balls for 200 yards and two scores.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If you owned and started Brandon Marshall, Sunday was a great day for you and the former Central Florida star. And if your league is a PPR League (points-per-reception) you are looking at a "career day."

Marshall caught an NFL record 21 balls for 200 yards and two scores. That amounts to 42 points in my league, but in a PPR league it totals 63 points. It would be hard to lose your first-round playoff match when one player posts that many points.

Unless you were playing against the Matt Schaub-to-Andre Johnson hookup.

The Houston duo put on a dominating first-half display before shutting it down early in the third quarter of a 34-7 win over Seattle. Schaub was a stunning 29-for-39 for 365 yards and two touchdowns (28 points). More impressive, however, was his 24-for-28 for 336 yard first half. Only Tom Brady has thrown for more yards in a half this year, when he beat up Tennessee for 345 yards in a 59-0 romp in a New England snowstorm.

Johnson was the recipient of most of those first-half throws - hauling in 10 balls for 188 yards and the TD. The Texans cruised to the victory and Johnson finished the day with just one additional catch for nine yards, but still finished with 38 points.

Schaub was one of just two quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards in the 10 one o'clock games. The other was Chris Redman in a losing effort against the undefeated New Orleans Saints (26-23).

There were also relatively few 100-yard receivers to go along with Marshall and Johnson. Greg Camarillo, who's seven-catch, 110-yard game benefited few owners (he's on just 2% of all rosters) and Wes Welker who had a 10-catch, 105-yard day which was welcomed by 99% of his owners.

There were four 100+ yard rushers in the 10 early games, headed by Ray Rice of Baltimore. He led his Ravens to an easy 48-3 win over defenseless Detroit, running for 166 yards and a score. He also added 53 yards on four receptions for 219 yards from scrimmage and 38 fantasy points.

Ryan Grant was pretty good too. He opened the game with a 62-yard TD run and finished with 144 yards from scrimmage (137 rushing) and two scores for 36 points.

Jamal Charles (143 yards) and Ricky Williams (108 yards) completed the list.

There were just three late games and of those, the San Diego-Dallas tilt looked like it would yield the most points. That didn't turn out to be the case. Both defenses held their own and it was still 10-10 after three quarters. They finished 20-17, but the scoring was spread across the board and no one stood out above the rest.

When talking about standing out - there's the "otherworldly" Chris Johnson. Johnson is simply playing at a completely different level from anyone else this season. Number 28 in blue went 39 yards to top off Tennessee's first drive, then caught a 66-yards swing pass from Vince Young for a second score just before the end of the first quarter. He added a third TD run late in the third quarter and ended the day with 117 yards rushing, 69 yards receiving and another stellar fantasy week of 43 points. Johnson leads all players in 2009 scoring with 349 points in 13 games (26.85 ppg).

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