Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
The San Diego Chargers roster is filled with good receivers; Vincent Jackson, Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Patrick Crayton and All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates. But on this Sunday, all but Crayton were unavailable. Up stepped Seyi Ajirotutu. Who?
Ajirotutu is a first-year receiver from Fresno State, who because of injuries and suspensions is becoming an integral part of the San Diego passing game. He caught two balls in Week 7, three in Week 8 and exploded on the fantasy scene on Sunday with a four-catch, 111-yard, two-touchdown game worth 31 fantasy points.
Those 31 points led all wideouts in the early games. But it wasn't the only unusual happening on Sunday.
New England wide receiver Wes Welker kicked an extra point which will likely wreck havoc with fantasy computer programs.
Not quite as rare, was a good game from Brett Favre who threw for a personal record 446 yards. There was also a Mark Sanchez 300-yard passing game, 200+ yards from scrimmage for Peyton Hillis, a big game from Nate Burleson and two touchdown receptions from Randy McMichael who was playing the role of the absent Gates in the Chargers offense.
While Favre finally had a "fantasy-worthy" game, he was by no means the best quarterback this week. Philip Rivers led the early games with a four- touchdown, 295-yard effort worth 27 points. The seventh-year quarterback appears to be able to perform no matter who his receivers are in a given week. It was his sixth 20-point game in nine weeks.
The Jets' Sanchez also bettered Favre's 19-point day with a 336-yard performance in Detroit. So did Eli Manning (24 points), Michael Vick (23) and Matthew Stafford (22).
Hillis posted a 29-carry, 184-yard, two-touchdown game against the Patriots and also caught three balls for 36 yards. His 34 fantasy points matched Houston Texan running back Arian Foster who totaled 197 yards (127 on the ground) from scrimmage and a couple of scores. Michael Turner was the only other running back to crack the 100-yard mark heading into the Sunday night game.
On the other hand, it was a bigger group who cracked the 100-yard receiving mark. Ten players made the yardage bonus, headed by new "must-start" receiver Steve Johnson of Buffalo with 145 yards. It was Johnson fourth consecutive double-digit point day, although his five-game scoring streak came to an end. Jacoby Ford (148), Hakeem Nicks (128), Percy Harvin (126), Santonio Holmes (114), Burleson (113), DeSean Jackson (109), Larry Fitzgerald (107) and Jacob Tamme (101) made the grade.