Let us not forget Thursday night, when Michael Vick threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns along with 48 yards rushing and a touchdown that way. Tom Brady had his best game of the year, and he did it against the legendary Jets defense. 326 yards and four touchdowns, without a pick, is the work of a man on a mission. Only Brady, and Aaron Rodgers threw for more than one touchdown without an interception. In contrast, in week 10, with some of the best QBs on their bye week, SEVEN quarterbacks accomplished the feat.
Adrian Peterson was the top scoring back in standard fantasy leagues, and he wasn’t even 100%. Peterson notched 107 yards and three touchdowns. Of course, the week that I finally give up hope on Marshawn Lynch, he scores three touchdowns with 83 yards rushing. Chris Ivory used a long 55-yard score to bring his total to 117 yards and two scores on the day. The Saints say his workload will not decrease, so I think he has become a solid flex option, and can be used as a RB2 in 12+ team leagues. What do we do with the Giants running backs? Brandon Jacobs had 103 yards and two scores, while Ahmad Bradshaw added 97 and two touchdowns. Bradshaw is a very useful RB2, and Jacobs has become a useful flex option.
Reggie Wayne had one of the greatest performances by a receiver, with 14 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown. With the exit of Brett Favre and the entrance of Tavaris Jackson can the entrance of Sidney Rice with 105 yards and two touchdowns. Earl Bennett and Danny Woodhead grabbed 104 yards receiving each, but neither scored. Bennett’s seven receptions are something to note, and we know the Patriots are always looking for ways to get Woodhead the ball. Brandon Lloyd only managed two receptions for 31 yards against the Chiefs, but Dwayne Bowe was held catchless by Champ Bailey.
Welcome back Antonio Gates with six receptions for 73 yards a touchdown. Vernon Davis led all tight ends with 126 yards, and added a touchdown, while Ben Watson surprised everyone with 10 receptions, 100 yards and a score. This season, Watson had never topped six receptions or 90 yards before.
One week after scoring 21 points in standard leagues against the Bengals, Jets DST went all the way down to -4, allowing 45 points to New England. Meanwhile, the Giants DST managed 20 points with six turnovers against the Redskins. With a 13-point week, the Cowboys DST has been in double digits three out of the last four weeks.
For many leagues, this is the last regular season week. I will put out one last set of positional rankings next week, going into playoffs.