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Mediocre quarterbacking, tough defenses and a lot of wind at various outdoor venues slowed fantasy quarterback production. Indoors in Atlanta, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan earned the 300-yard passing bonus along with likely non-starter John Skelton in Philadelphia. In the late games Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford also hit the mark, but those were the only ones in a low-scoring week.
New Orleans at Atlanta
In a surprisingly low-scoring first half, the Saints rushing game earned just three yards. The only touchdown in the first 30 minutes was a Brees-to-Jimmy Graham 21 yarder. On the other side of the ball, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez totaled just 46 yards receiving.
Jones left the game after aggravating his hamstring - looks like this could be an on-again, off-again problem for the rest of the season. Harry Douglas led the Falcons with eight catches for 133 yards and if Jones is out for any length of time, he's worth a waiver claim.
The overtime game afforded Brees the opportunity to crack the 300-yard mark. Ryan also earned the passing bonus.
Roddy White just isn't the same guy he was in 2009 or 2010. This guy is mostly a decoy while the receiver opposite him goes wild.
Tennessee at Carolina
Chris Johnson's first 100+ yard rushing week since the fourth game of the season made fantasy owners smile. He also scored...hallelujah.
Another dull performance from a returning bye week team...Carolina looked like they thought they had a bye in Week 9 AND 10.
How does a team get the league's No.2 receiver in yards, Steve Smith, just three yards in a half and 33 for the game? They just weren't trying hard enough and Newton gave up too quickly, instead, choosing to run.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Mike Wallace had more first half rushing yards than Rashard Mendenhall, but the big back did rumble into the endzone to help his fantasy total. The 33-30 pass-run ratio, even on a very windy day, is the main culprit. Don't look now but the Steelers are a pass-first team.
Another brilliant catch from A.J. Green, but it might have been costly as he came down awkwardly on his right leg and was noticeably limping for the rest of the half. He ran an end around for seven yards, but hobbled to the sidelines and didn't return in the second half.
With Green sidelined, Jermaine Gresham was the Bengals best receiver and scored in the second half.
St. Louis at Cleveland
Steven Jackson continues to shine after a couple of sparse seasons (27-128-0). but he'll never be a superstar again unless he can regularly visit the endzone.
Brandon Lloyd continue to get a huge number of looks and is a must-start receiver. He only had four catches on nine targets, but did score once to satiate fantasy owners.
Unless Peyton Hillis or Montario Hardesty returns, you must keep far, far away from the Browns backfield. Anything good you saw on Sunday was really just a mirage. Ogbonnaya's 90 yards were against the worst rushing defense in the league.
Colt McCoy-to-Greg Little could be a top hookup someday, just not this week or next. Try again in 2012.
Buffalo at Dallas
Laurent Robinson has done a better impression of Miles Austin than Miles Austin this season. You might not be able to get him out of the lineup for a while.
Tony Romo played a near-perfect first half, going 18-for-19 for 237 yards and three scores. Because of the blowout, however, he finished with just 270 yards passing.
The formerly potent Buffalo offense has turned silent of late. They were slow starting on Sunday and by the time they looked up at halftime they were down 28-7. That meant an unbalanced attack in the second half and Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't up to the challenge.
Fred Jackson did run for 114 yards, earning bonus points as the only bright spot for the Bills.
Correction, there was one other good play for the Bills - when David Nelson scored and sprinted over to his girlfriend...a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader to give her the ball. Nice moment.
Stevie Johnson looked like a guy who spent the week with the flu.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
As expected, the only fantasy interest in the game was for Maurice Jones-Drew and he put together a solid afternoon. He earned the 100-yard rushing bonus along with a short touchdown run.
No other player in the game gave any significant fantasy value although the Jaguars defense would have given you solid points if you were brave enough to start them.
Denver at Kansas City
Tim Tebow was 0-for-4 in the first half. How are you enjoying your Broncos receivers now? His first completion came with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Tebow finished 2-for-8 for just 69 yards, but he did hit Eric Decker for a 65-yard scoring strike.
With both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno injured, Tebow was the team's best running, though they kept giving the ball to Lance Ball. Ball finished with 96 yards, but it took him 30 carries. Don't line up for Ball this week - they play the Jets.
Seriously, all Matt Cassel could muster in the first half was 29 yards passing and 93 for the game? Where did his talent go?
Washington at Miami
Rex Grossman or John Beck, it doesn't really matter who the Redskins quarterback is, you want no part of the Washington offense.
Hope you didn't pay a lot for Roy Helu! The Mike Shanahan "running back shuffle" screws up more backfield lineups than the 49ers defense. Helu's first half statistics - no rushes and one catch for two yards. He finished with 54 yards from scrimmage, but I'm sure that wasn't what you were looking for.
Reggie Bush may not ever get you the 100-yard rushing bonus again this year, but he's been a solid fantasy back for three consecutive weeks.
Arizona at Philadelphia
Who would have thought that John Skelton could throw for 300+ yards and three touchdowns? Not me.
Larry Fitzgerald caught every big pass headed his way and finished with 146 yards and two scores. He's truly a superstar.
Did Drew Rosenhaus, agent for DeSean Jackson, not learn his lesson from the Terrell Owens-Philadelphia situation in 2005? It looks like he's in Jackson's ear and the result has been sub par play from the speedy Eagles wide receiver. That's no way to get a better contract from Philadelphia, nor make your fantasy owners happy.
On the other hand, Michael Vick seemed lost without Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who missed part of the game after taking a big hit. If the Jackson situation lasts more than one week, Vick fantasy owners may have to make a tough decision - to trade him.
Houston at Tampa Bay
The talented Arian Foster got you the 100-yard bonus...it just happened to be as a receiver. He'd have gotten you more fantasy points, but the Bucs gave up early and at 30-3 in the third quarter we saw a lot of Ben Tate. Still, Foster totaled 186 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
Schaub didn't do much in the passing game, but two long receptions (80 and 78 yards) gave him solid fantasy numbers.
As always, when Tampa Bay falls far behind, running back LeGarrette Blount is a non-factor. The way the Bucs are playing, he's not going to be worth much over the second half of the season.
Baltimore at Seattle
Who could have expected that the "vaunted" Seahawks offense could move the ball on the Ravens defense?
Marshawn Lynch had almost 100 yards combined rushing and receiving in the first half. He finished with 32 carries for 109 yards rushing.
Tarvaris Jackson and Seattle were mistake-free, something the Baltimore team couldn't say as they turned the ball over twice on kickoffs in the first half.
Ed Dickson was unstoppable, particularly in the red zone, and Flacco looked for him every chance he got. He's become a viable fantasy option at tight end.
Flacco threw the ball 52 times, that's good for fantasy totals, but the lack of balance wasn't so good for Ravens' victory hopes.
Detroit at Chicago
With no running game to speak of, the Bears harassed Stafford into a one touchdown, four interception day. He did throw for 329 yards, but the high interception total nullified any bonus points.
It continues to amaze me that coaches still kick to Devin Hester, but that's what makes the Bears defense/special teams, special. Of course, two interception returns for touchdowns make the defense special too.
For Matt Forte, it must have seemed like a day off with just 19 touches, but there was no need to wear him out with a big lead.
New York Giants at San Francisco
The two quarterbacks combined to go 25-for-35 for 272 yards in the first half, but couldn't get their teams into the endzone. David Akers, who has missed just one field goal attempt all season, hit three in the half including a 52- yarder to lead all scorers.
Manning cracked the 300-yard mark, but also threw two interception and his Giants lost to the 8-1 49ers.
Either the Giants keyed on Gore, or his ankle was a lot worse than he let on as he rushed just six times for zero yards...probably both.