Top Scorer: Robert Griffin
I Know I know. How do I not call Aaron Rodgers No.1? Because Robert Griffin was coming off a concussion. Because he rushed for the most yards by a quarterback since the Michael Vick glory years. Because the Vikings defense isn't that bad. Because he's rookie of the year material folks as long as he stays healthy. 138 yards and two touchdowns rushing to match his touch through the air and 181 yards.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is such a snarky poor professional. I would never vote for the guy in an election but heaven help us he's great to own on a roster. A whopping six touchdowns and over 300 yards. Like I mentioned last week - No Cedric Benson means that this is what he'll have to do every week. Simply marvelous that he did it against the NFL's No.1 defense and he was missing his top tight end and wide receiver.
Goat: Alex Smith / Matt Schaub
Alex Smith had a national stage to prove the San Fran doubters wrong and he found himself benched as soon as the 3rd quarter. How much of it is his hand though? Wasn't the 49ers offensive line supposed to be better than that too?? Matt Schaub stunk it up heavily too against the Packers backup secondary. Throwing picks and never breaking free Owen Daniels or Andre. He did surpass 200 yards so... silver lining?
Top Scorer: Shonne Greene
If you weathered the storm with Shonne Greene that you certainly deserved your win last week. New York seemed evenly matched but just thoroughly trounced the Colts. And the battle of the trenches was a big reason why. For the first time in his career he resembled the franchise back that the team had envisioned when they drafted him. 3 scores to match 161 yards rushing.
Honorable Mention: Ray Rice / Ahmad Bradshaw
Ray Rice is sensational this year and easily the most consistent fantasy runningback win or lose. He barely topped a hundred total yards but he did score twice on the ground which is good that the team isn't preserving him for a goalline vulture. A week after breaking 200 yards, you could argue that Ahmad's most recent game was even more impressive considering the opponent. San Fran did historic things last year in not allowing rushing touchdowns or 100 yard rushers. He did both finishing with 116 yards and a touch.
Goat: Michael Turner / Reggie Bush
Michael Turner had a juicy matchup against a porous defense and could do little. His team was playing from behind for much of the game and give the Raiders credit for controlling the clock but 33 yards and no touchdowns is no the way to get it done. The Rams are a good defense so them shutting down Reggie Bush on the ground is no surprise but where was Reggie in the passing game. He should still produce no matter the matchup because of his versatility.
Top Scorer: Jordy Nelson
Jordy has had an underwhelming season to be sure. In lighter leagues I've even seen him dropped for other options. But he was the star on Sunday night catching 3 touchdowns as Rodgers favorite red zone option. He totaled 9 catches on the day for 121 yards. Guaranteed he brought many a team back for victories late Sunday night.
Honorable Mention: A.J. Green
Is it too early to peg him as the top fantasy wide receiver on draft boards for 2013? While Megatron has struggled to get into the endzone, A.J. Green has shown himself to be the best deep ball threat in the game. Speed, hands and just a pup too. In a losing effort A.J. had 7 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. If his team is down it even increases his value.
Goat: Dwayne Bowe / Antonio Brown
I feel bad putting Bowe on the farm animal list because he had the worst starting quarterback on the field Sunday throwing him the ball, but Bowe has produced with Palko and backups throwing him the ball in the past, he should have gotten more yards than just 21. Antonio Brown had a poor game by his standards too. Big Ben had to throw often in his Thursday night loss with his runningbacks injured and yet all he could offer was 20 yards.
Top Scorer: Antonio Gates
If Monday night were a Star Wars movie it would be entitled Return of the Gates. Antonio looks fully recovered from his foot ailments of last year and with a beleaguered receiving corp is putting up wideout numbers from a 3 point stance. He finished with 6 catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns, near all of it in the first half. Give the Broncos credit for shutting down Antonio in the comeback's second half.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph is a surprise sensation from the tight end position especially after the team shelled out millions to sign John Carlson from Seattle. He's still available in a quarter of fantasy leagues, scoop up this stud if available. He finished with 6 catches for 56 yards a score and a two point conversion. He is their No.1 red zone receiving threat too for the Vikings.
Goat: JerMichael Finley
It may be time to consider benching and or dropping JerMichael. He was on a snap count recovering from a dislocated shoulder and played only 25 snaps or so. Tom Crabtree scored a touchdown and played the bulk of the game. Unless you're in a deep league start looking elsewhere as he has made the goatlist too many times to consider keeping.DEF:
Top Scorer: Denver Broncos
Call them the second half ponies but they put it on San Diego. 4 sacks, 6 total turnovers with two pick sixes put quite the scowl on Rivers face. And somehow they allowed only 308 yards when it seemed like San Diego was unstoppable in the first half. The team really got away from Ryan Mathews when he could have helped them win the game.
Honorable Mention: Tampa Bay Buccaneers / New York Giants
Tampa better have enjoyed it because you won't get many options to embarass a team starting Brady Quinn. 2 turnovers is actually very low for this underperforming Chiefs offense, but the pick six was an absolute dagger in any comeback hope. The Giants meanwhile had a statement game and shut down an Alex Smith that was entering the game red hot. They got 6 sacks on one of the best lines in football and collected 3 interceptions as well. Give a prideful veteran unit credit for establishing a Big statement game.
Goat: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles defense is doing good on the scoreboard in terms of redzone defense but I expected more. For my 2nd ranked preseason defense I figured they could pressure a Stafford who hasn't excelled this year. Pretty obvious pick too when they fired Juan Castillo in yesterday's big news presser.