THUNDERING BLURB » week 11 ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 Top Fantasy RBs of Week 11 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 22:19:00 +0000 admin Joseph Addai 153 total yds, 1 rush TD, 1 RecTD, 4 catches - Addai finally has the game we have been waiting for all season long. Not only a factor on the ground, but through the air. The offensive line played better than it has in a while and so had Manning. And so has Addai who looked more like his old self than he has in a long, long time.

Frank Gore 114 total yds, 2 TDs, 2 catches – Gore fell about where I ranked him, but looked better than I expected, if that makes sense. I don’t think he would have fared as well against a decent run D, but it’s Gore and if you were still nursing doubts as to his eligibility for ’stud RB’ status, then you need to pay more attention. Gore will contineu to put up solid numbers every week in part because his coach knows to run a stud back. Are you listening Childress?

Marshawn Lynch 177 total yds, 1 rec td, 10 catches - Lynch was pefectly involved in both the ground and air attack. Edwards had problems going downfield, so Lynch got lots of dump off passes. Will Juaron stop splitting carries with Jackson? I can’t say, but this is what Lynch is capable of if you give him the work.

DeAngelo Williams 120 yds, 2 TDs - Williams had yet another ridonkulous game this weekend and is just rolling along. He has some tougher matchups, but he is getting the feature back carries and will be a great spot stud into the fantasy playoffs.

Ryan Grant 151 total yds, 1 TD, 1 catch – Grant finally gets back to where we saw him so often last season and he did it against one of the better rush defenses in the league. Part of the key was the play of the offensive line which opened some good holes for him. He might be just gettign started with some great matchups going forward, including during the fantasy playoffs where he sees Houston and Jacksonville.

Maurice Jones-Drew 93 tot yds, 2 TDs, 3 catches – MJD has another multi-touchdown game and even if the yards aren’t there, seems to be a better bet than LenDale White for TDs and yardage.

Steve Slaton 156 yds 1TD – Once again, the rookie out of West Virginia had a great game, even if Ahman Green had 2 TDs to his one, he still gets more carries and chances.

Marion Barber 153 total yds, 1 TD, 6 catches – Barber really missed Romo. So did his owners. No more, as Barber put Dallas on his back and carried them to victory this weekend.

Pierre Thomas 144 tot yds, 1 TD, 4 catches - Thomas filled in very well for Aaron Stecker (injured) and looked much mroe like his 2007 self. Hopefully can keep it up.

Michael Turner 81 yds, 2 TDs - Not a great day yardage-wise for Turner who often seems to be doing less with more carries. Still, continues to be a reliable RB2.

Peyton Hillis 70 total yds, 2 TDs – A good debut for Hillis and probably a taste of what is to come – split catches and carries.The TDs are likely an abberration though. He won’t have too many double TD games but should keep the bulk of the work at least until Young returns.

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Top WR Performances for Week 11 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:46:00 +0000 admin
TJ Houshmandzedah 12/149/1 –
Despite a terrible team, Housh is a very good starter most weeks – and may even overcome his teammates this week vs Pittsburgh. But he is getting tons of targets and also making the most of them. Didn’t expect him to do this vs Philly – why not against the Steelers?

Anquan Boldin 13/189 – I cannot say enough how good he is. I don’t need to. If you have Boldin, you start him every week as Warner will find him early and often. There are plenty of targets to go around and Boldin will see a bunch week to week. Tough matchup vs NYG doesn’t phase me in the least.

Justin Gage 4/147/2 - A testament to the great play of Kerry Collins and the attention the run game gets. Gage is certainly a guy worth watching and while defenses will adjust to the Titans’ pass attack, he is playing well most weeks and certainly deserves a look at flex or Wr3 or so in many leagues.

Larry Fitzgerald 10/151 – A while ago I wondered if two Cardinal WRs in the top ten was too much, but as is being shown every week, no it isn’t. While on occasion Fitz and Boldin eat each other’s fantasy production this week and most weeks that isn’t the case. Odd man out appears to be Breaston and we’ll see if he bounces back this week. But Fitz is the other Card WR you start and never question.

Lance Moore 8/102/1 - While Marques Colston took a step back, Lance Moore jumped back to the forefront with this great performance. Most of the yards were on a 47 yard play, but he still got a significant amount of looks and can be a good WR4 off and on due to some inconsistency week to week.

Hines Ward 11/124 – In an ugly game, Ward was Roethlisberger’s best weapon through the air. A reliable redzone target, Ward is a guy you can count on every week as well.

Dwayne Bowe 7/53/2 - Bowe should be sending gift baskets to Thigpen every week. So should his owners.

Marvin Harrison 9/77/1 – What the…? Harrison was a factor in the pass game today but how often has that happened this year?

Jabar Gaffney 7/86/1 – 2 pt conv - When Moss was blanketed in coverage and Welker was getting doubled, Gaffney was the man Cassel looked to last Thursday. Unfortunately it’s only the second time he has been fantasy relevant since his 6/51/1 in week 3. Although for those of you feeling frisky, that WAS against the Phins, who they play again this week….

RBs to come

Braylon Edwards 8/104

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Top Fantasy QBs of Week 11 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 18:44:00 +0000 admin Matt Cassel – 400 yds, 3TDs, 1 2pt conversion, 62 rushing – As has been the case in the first two Thursday night games, on of the QBs had a top Fantasy performance. Cassel started off rough but the Jets inexplicably played a very loose coverage scheme in the second half and stopped getting pressure so Cassel exploded in the secodn half. Showed great poise down the home stretch on several drives and may find himself some money on the free agency market this offseason.

Peyton Manning 320/2 – Manning seens to be rounding into form and looked very sharp against a shaky Houston secondary. He found Reggie Wayne often and hit both Marvin Harrison and Joseph Addai for touchdowns. Should have another good game against a not so stout and occasionally streaky Chargers secondary. He will be tested by Antonio Cormartie but between the questions in the secondary and the lack of pressure up front, Manning looks to keep rolling.

Shaun Hill 213/12/1 rush td - Don’t expect him to repeat this against the Cowboys this week, but Hill looked good against a reeling Rams team that is more focused on imploding than stopping opposing QBs. Hill will stay the starter and as long as Gore continues his outstanding play, he will have some time to throw the ball. But Hill is a guy who will at best be an emergency fill in for your QB squad.

Kurt Warner 395/1, 1 Int, 1 fumble – Warner showed a little of what many of us sure before preseason that he would not last long at this job, turning over the ball twice against a defense that has been far from stout with only 4 INts coming into the game, although they can bring pressure and that may be what the Giants will do (not might do, will do). Warner threw for his 4th straight 300+ yards game and as I mentioned on the Thundering News Stampede, has the third longest streak in NFL history. Telle you what the Cards do, huh? Might have a hard time continuing it this week.

Kerry Collins 230/3, 1 Int – Shut down the run, as the Bears and now Jacksonville have tried and you’d better hope your secondary is up to the task of stopping Collins and who ever thought we’d write that? Game manager? The Jets have the secondary to maybe shut Collins down, but Collins has made that less an automatic. Collins has been playing better than teams seem to have been ready for and while he is not a consistent #1, he plays well enough for emergency service.

Tyler Thigpen – 235/2, 1 Int, 45 yards rushing – Continues to play very well in the Spread offense. Will the Spread go the way of the Wildcat?

Brett Favre – 258/2 – Good Brett showed up and put together some great drives when it counts vs the Pats.

Donovan McNabb – 339/1, 3 Ints, 1 fumble – Off game for McNabb turnoverwise and the fact that he didn’t know there was only one OT and it was sudden death.

Aaron Rodgers – 227/2, 1 Int – Rodgers continues to play well , if not totally Favre-like. Has dipped in production the last few weeks but still a good play.

Daunte Culpepper – 207/1, 1 rush TD, 2 Int, 1 fumble – Culpepper discoverd if you throw to Calvin Johnson, he scores TDs. Go Figure. Start of abeautiful friendship? I hope so.

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RB Rankings for Week 11 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 22:57:00 +0000 admin Nothing like a wasted hour for an appointment where the person you were supposed to meet with was sick and you wait 20 minutes before anyone tells you that.

Back now and here are the RB rankings for week 11!

Michael Turner is still playing streaky though he has had two good games in a row. Can he get a third in before he dips? Playing against Denver, I think he can. While Ryan and his receivers will attack the weakened secondary, Turner will get plenty of work and Denver is 27th and have allowed 11 rush TDs so far. Turner might get caught up in the shoot out, but as Denver will have little run game, the Falcons will try to keep Cutler off the field and control the clock. Turner (and maybe Jerious Norwood at #22) will have plenty of work and likely see good production.

Let’s summarize Frank Gore’s week: Gore: Man my head hurts. I have a concussion. Singletary: You’re football player, you’re head doesn’t hurt, it’s your neck. Gore: It is? What a relief. Comedy aside, that smells funny to me. But he apparently looks good in practice this week and will start – and against a terrible run D like the Rams (30th in the NFL) and the Jets blew them up for 206 and 3 TDs. Gore may not do that alone, but he should have a pretty large day. If I was sure he was 100% – and I am not – he’d top this list.

Some call him All Day, I call him Purple Jesus (wish I could credit it to someone but I forget who coined it) but either way, you call Adrian Peterson for your lineup each week. It’s a tough matchup, sure. But the oline started opening huge holes for Peterson last week and I think Peterson will have great production again this week though nowhere near the 2 bills he had last time out. Keep in mind Tampa doesn’t give up TDs on the ground. But that didn’t matter to Thomas Jones against the Pats, huh? Still, keep it in mind.

I think this is a couple weeks in a row that that DeAngelo Williams has been a good to great play. Jonathan Stewart will get carries but Williams is still the primary and will get the bulk of the carries in a tasty matchup against the woeful Lions defense. While they may work at getting Delhomme back on track, I still think the bulk of the work – and fantasy points – will come down to Williams. Expect his third game with 100 yards and a TD.

The Bengals will not be the test for Brian Westbrook and the Eagles that the Giants were so not only do I expect Westy to rebound from his down game. He will get back involved both on the ground and through the air against a D that is bad in both areas of the game. Cinci did strangle the Jacksonville run game last week, but I think the Philly Oline and Westbrook are far better than what there is right now in Jacksonville.

Other notes:
#7 Marion Barber is going to benefit more than almost anyone else to have Romo back as finally opposing secondaries and defenses cannot throw 8 men in a box….. It makes me sad to see LaDainian Tomlinson at #12, but imagine if he wasn’t LT, how bad it could be. I think he will have issues but still have a pretty decent day that in perspective will blow away many other RBs vs the Steel Curtain….. How can Steve Slaton be #14 against the Colts? Two reasons – first, the Colts played better the last week and have Bob sanders back and second, Kubiak is saying they will watch his carries carefully and maybe limit them. DANGER DANGER!…. #17 Willie Parker may do better in his debut from injury but that harness worries me a little…. Ladell Betts seems to be ready to go, but I’m not sure how healed he is and how many touches he will get so he sits for a week at #28…. Willis McGahee wins the ‘who gets carries this week in BAL’ and his prize is a #23 ranking but I gotta tell you Baltimore is quickly becoming the biggest FF headache week to week not involving secret season ending injuries……

Running backs

  1. Michael Turner, Falcons vs. Broncos
  2. Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Rams
  3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings at Buccaneers
  4. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Lions
  5. Brian Westbrook, Eagles at Bengals
  6. Matt Forté, Bears at Packers
  7. Marion Barber, Cowboys at Redskins
  8. Chris Johnson, Titans at Jaguars
  9. Tim Hightower, Cardinals at Seahawks
  10. Joseph Addai, Colts vs. Texans
  11. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins vs. Raiders
  12. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers at Steelers
  13. Marshawn Lynch, Bills vs. Browns
  14. Steve Slaton, Texans at Colts
  15. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Titans
  16. Jamal Lewis, Browns at Bills
  17. Willie Parker, Steelers vs. Chargers
  18. Kevin Smith, Lions at Panthers
  19. Ryan Grant, Packers vs. Bears
  20. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Ravens
  21. Larry Johnson, Chiefs vs. Saints
  22. Jerious Norwood, Falcons vs. Broncos
  23. Willis McGahee, Ravens at Giants
  24. Peyton Hillis, Broncos at Falcons
  25. Ricky Williams, Dolphins vs. Raiders
  26. Dominic Rhodes, Colts vs. Texans
  27. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers vs. Lions
  28. Ladell Betts Redskins vs. Cowboys
  29. LenDale White, Titans at Jaguars
  30. Cedric Benson, Bengals vs. Eagles
  31. Julius Jones, Seahawks vs. Cardinals
  32. Deuce McAllister, Saints at Chiefs
  33. Ahman Green, Texans at Colts
  34. Justin Fargas, Raiders at Dolphins
  35. Antonio Pittman, Rams at 49ers
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WR Rankings for Week 11 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:32:00 +0000 admin Anquan Boldin is just the man – he is in a prolific passing offense with fellow receivers to draw coverage off him, with a great matchup. On top of that, he’s getting plenty of scoring targets in the red zone – more than Larry Fitzgerald since Boldin returned from injury. Could be a fairly huge day for Boldin, who is certainly the Anti-Mr.Glass round these parts.

Roddy White broke his streak of consecutive games with a TD in Week 9, but got back on track against New Orleans. Along with his fresh status as a weapon, he’s getting tighter coverage and opportunities for catches are a little more scarce. But he’s facing a secondary with it’s fair share of problems, not the least of which is Champ Bailey’s continuing absence. Bailey started practicing, but even with him, the secondary give up a lot of yards (242 per game) and TDs (14) with almost no sacks (3). They have a good pass rush, but the Falcons Oline has protected Ryan well and that should give White time to break free from coeverage and have himself a good day.

Brandon Marshall was thrown to a ton in the first half and would have had a truly monster game had he been able to hang onto a few passes he dropped. As it is, the late TD gave his day a little more oomph – but that’s Marshall. he gets the opportunity, he has the ability, he just needs to maintain focus. Atlanta’s secondary is shaky and as I mention in the review of Cutler, the run game is messy enough to where Cutler will have to throw. He will target Marshall early and often and I expect the WR to hang onto the ball better thisweek, putting him in line for a huge game.

So, Reggie Wayne was hurt last week, right? And he didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday, right? True on both counts. But last week he was questionable and all he did was catch 114 yards and a TD. Some people have him ranked farther back due to the questionable status but if he’s in, this is where I have him. And I think he will be in and productive against a shaky Houston secondary that is playing better but will not be able to contain Wayne and Manning.

Steve Smith was just getting rolling going into last week, coming off three 100 yard games in a row. And then he biffed hard against a stouter than expected Oakland secondary and probably killed more owners than Bernard Berrian’s donut. He gets back on track this week, against a horrific pass defense in the Lions. They have no corner that can match up to Smith and while I have Delhomme ranked fairly far back, that is in great part to the fact that DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will get a huge workload. But when he throws, it will be to Smith and I think Smith will have a much better day than Delhomme.

Other Notes:
Yes, that’s Dwayne Bowe at 10 – he has a Qb who can throw and is playing pretty well, Mark Bradley or not…. Hines Ward sits at 15, where he is an excellent red zone target and reliable pass catcher for Roethlisberger and is the steadiest thing in that offense….. At #16 Vincent Jackson is right behind Ward and like Steve Smith, is a guy who could have a better day than his QB does, even against a stout Steeler defense….. And yes, Terrell Owens is still a marginal top 20 guy, at 18, even with Romo back. Let’s see if anything has changed since they weren’t connecting enough before the injury to Romo…… Show of hands. When the season started, who would have forseen Houshmandzedah (31), Chad Johnson (Ocho Whatever at 33) and Plaxico Burress (35) on the bottom end of any rankings?

Wide receivers

  1. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals at Seahawks
  2. Roddy White, Falcons vs. Broncos
  3. Brandon Marshall, Broncos at Falcons
  4. Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Texans
  5. Steve Smith, Panthers vs. Lions
  6. Andre Johnson, Texans at Colts
  7. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Seahawks
  8. Calvin Johnson, Lions at Panthers
  9. Greg Jennings, Packers vs. Bears
  10. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Saints
  11. Marques Colston, Saints at Chiefs
  12. Lee Evans, Bills vs. Browns
  13. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers vs. Vikings
  14. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  15. Hines Ward, Steelers vs. Chargers
  16. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Steelers
  17. Santonio Holmes, Steelers vs. Chargers
  18. Terrell Owens, Cowboys at Redskins
  19. Eddie Royal, Broncos at Falcons
  20. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers vs. Lions
  21. Bernard Berrian, Vikings at Buccaneers
  22. Lance Moore, Saints at Chiefs
  23. Donald Driver, Packers vs. Bears
  24. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Seahawks
  25. Donnie Avery, Rams at 49ers
  26. Braylon Edwards, Browns at Bills
  27. Devery Henderson, Saints at Chiefs
  28. Michael Jenkins, Falcons vs. Broncos
  29. Roy Williams, Cowboys at Redskins
  30. Marvin Harrison, Colts vs. Texans
  31. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals vs. Eagles
  32. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Bengals
  33. Chad Ocho Cinco, Bengals vs. Eagles
  34. Kevin Curtis, Eagles at Bengals
  35. Plaxico Burress, Giants vs. Ravens

Back later with the RBs…

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QB Rankings for Week 11 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 18:25:00 +0000 admin Kurt Warner has been on fire of course and now has three weapons who are viable targets at wide receiver. The Seahawk’s secondary is bad giving both yards (252 per game) and TDs (14) and rarely if ever picking a pass off (just 4). They do have 22 sacks, but the Cards did a good job protecting Warner last week and I think they will again. Great for Warner.

Do you even need explanations on Drew Brees anymore? Every week he throws for 300 yards. He’s had more yards through nine games than any Qb in NFL history and is on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for total yards (poor Dan – losing records every couple seasons and no ring to tuck under his pillow for comfort). Worried about them runnign too much? Well, Bush was just ruled out – looks like it’s Air Brees again.

There is very little pass defense in Denver and Jay Cutler will have all his targets as they travel to Atlanta. Who knows what the running back situation will be and the Falcon secondary are below average and were torched by Brees last week for 416 yards and two TDs. They do get INTs (as they did three times with Brees) and Cutler has had ball protection issues. He might turn a couple over, but no run game + shaky opposing secondary + tons of weapons = top 5 start in my book.

Donovan McNabb has had an up and down season, though admitedly most of it has been up. He’s faces a marginal Bengals pass defense which isn’t easy to move against, btu lacks a consistent pass rush and has few turnovers or sacks. McNabb should be able to pick them apart with relative ease and have a pretty solid day for his owners this week.

Could Peyton Manning actually have a good day? Coming off a great game against a tough Steeler team, and facing a Houston secondary which has allowed 15 TDs while generating only 6 INTs and 17 sacks? I think he could. Houston has been playing better the last few games, holding down the total pass yards, but still give up TDs on a regular basis (for example, 3 last week to Baltimore). Manning should have his third good to great game in a row on his way back to Fantasy prominence.

Other Notes:
#10 Tony Romo looks to be another in the rare group of guys I think start as normal after an injury, but he may see some speed bumps on the road Sunday night in Buffalo….. #15 Phillip Rivers has too tough a matchup to get excited about….. #19 Brady Quinn still has to prove himself against a decent defense before I get too excited and the Bills get McGee back at corner…… #26 Kyle Orton might be higher if he were a healthier Qb, is a decent hail mary this week if he does but the Packers secondary isn’t a pushover…..


  1. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Seahawks
  2. Drew Brees, Saints at Chiefs
  3. Jay Cutler, Broncos at Falcons
  4. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Bengals
  5. Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Texans
  6. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Broncos
  7. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Saints
  8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Bears
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Chargers
  10. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Redskins
  11. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  12. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Titans
  13. Trent Edwards, Bills vs. Browns
  14. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Lions
  15. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Steelers
  16. Shaun Hill, 49ers vs. Rams
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Raiders
  18. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Ravens
  19. Brady Quinn, Browns at Bills
  20. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs. Cardinals
  21. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Vikings
  22. Sage Rosenfels, Texans at Colts
  23. Marc Bulger, Rams at 49ers
  24. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Buccaneers
  25. Kerry Collins, Titans at Jaguars
  26. Kyle Orton, Bears at Packers
  27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals vs. Eagles
  28. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Giants
  29. Rex Grossman, Bears at Packers
  30. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Dolphins
  31. Daunte Culpepper, Lions at Panthers

WRs and Rbs later today….

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