Of course rookies Andrew Luck and Doug Martin are in our fantasy radar after their record-breaking performances in Week 9. Joining them are veteran quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers,who keep throwing touchdown passes week after week. The Bears and Giants defenses also belong in our radar after sensational fantasy outings, as well as Detroit’s running back Mikel Leshoure and Chicago’s wide out Brandon Marshall who accounted for three scores each in yesterday’s games.
ON: QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, $2m
Luck not only broke the NFL record for a rookie with 433 passing yards (2 TDs, 20 fantasy points), leading the Colts to a key win over the Dolphins, the rookie quarterback also topped 300 yards passing for the fourth time this year, something only Peyton Manning had done before. Luck is tied with the man he replaced at the helm of Indianapolis’ offense with 2,404 yards this season (third in the NFL).
ON: RB Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts, $1m
He is getting more and more carries, becoming the key man in the Colts backfield. Yesterday, against the excellent Dolphins run-defense, the rookie from Mississippi State totalled 98 yards.
ON: WR, Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts, $3m
If Luck keeps delivering, his top target, veteran Reggie Wayne, will also excel. Wayne, who leads the NFL with 835 receiving yards, led the Colts yesterday with seven catches (78 yards and a touchdown).
ON: RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1m
It seems impossible, but the rookie beat his own Week 8 performance, rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns (all in the fourth quarter) in Tampa Bay’s huge win at Oakland. He added 21 receiving yards to collect a monster fantasy total of 51 points. Martin, who did not surpass 100 rushing yards and had just scored twice in his first six NFL games, has a total of 486 yards (386 rushing) and six touchdowns in his last two outings: both Buccaneers’ road wins.
ON: QB Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders, $2m
On the losing end, Palmer really delivered in fantasy terms, where interceptions do not count. The veteran Raider threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns, collecting the biggest fantasy figure by a quarterback this week: 25 points.
ON: TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders, $1m
Myers, who leads the Raiders in receiving, and has set personal marks in catches and yards this season, scored his first and second touchdowns of his pro career, grabbing two of the four touchdown throws delivered by Palmer in the game.
ON: QB, Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, $3m
Manning recorded his fifth consecutive game throwing three touchdown passes. In these games, the Broncos are 4-1 and their quarterback has posted 18 or more fantasy points each week.
ON: WR Erick Decker, Denver Broncos, $2m
As the Bengals limited Demaryius Thomas to six catches and zero scores, Decker, whose price is $1m cheaper than Thomas in our league, emerged as Manning’s main target, grabbing eight balls for 99 yards, two touchdowns and 21 fantasy points.
ON: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, $4m
Leading the Packers to their fourth win in a row, Rodgers had another huge fantasy outing, throwing four touchdown passes against the Cardinals. Rodgers had 218 yards passing and added 33 on the ground to wrap up the day with 22 fantasy points. Green Bay’s quarterback leads the league with 25 touchdown passes, having thrown 22 in his last six games. Rodgers and the Packers will enjoy a bye week, but he should be on top of our radar for Week 11.
ON: RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans, $4m
Foster answered the call again, scoring another touchdown and topping 100 yards rushing in Houston’s win over Buffalo. Foster, who leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns, has scored at least one touchdown in every game he has played this season, so he will be ready for a Sunday night collision with the sensational Chicago defense.
ON: Chicago Bears defense, $1m
No NFL team had returned seven interceptions for touchdowns in eight games before. But The Monsters of the Midway are not only re-writing the league’s history books, yesterday they also forced four fumbles and blocked a punt for a touchdown to again surpass 30 points in our fantasy league.
ON: WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears, $3m:
Of the 12 touchdown passes Jay Cutler has thrown this season, seven have been caught by Marshall, including three at Tennessee to go along with 122 receiving yards and 30 fantasy points. The Bears stellar wide out ranks second in the league in receiving yards (797) and touchdowns.
ON: WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, $4m:
I still believe he will have a sensational second half of the season. Johnson has only scored one touchdown, but he is third in the league with 767 receiving yards. Yesterday, he posted an NFL Week best 129 receiving yards in Detroit’s big win at Jacksonville.
ON: RB Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions, $1m:
Leshoure took advantage of the Jaguars keying to stop the passing game in the red zone—Leshoure, who came into Week 9’s action with only one touchdown in his career, did not get many rushing yards (70), but scored three times, claiming 25 fantasy points.
ON: RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, $3m:
Minnesota is playing worse every week, but Peterson is managing to come up with huge performances. Yesterday against a very tough Seattle run defense, he gained 182 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Peterson leads the NFL with 957 rushing yards.
ON: RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks, $4m:
Lynch might be expensive, but he is a reliable back who delivers every week. In a key game yesterday against Minnesota, he ran for 124 yards and a score, adding 26 receiving yards to claim 20 fantasy points. Lynch ranks second in the league in rushing with 881 yards.
ON: K Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants, $1m:
It is true the Giants lost yesterday at home, and Tynes missed a 51-yard attempt, but the Scottish kicker nailed two more field goals to reach 26 in nine games this season. Tynes, who leads the NFL with 102 points (20 more than second place Atlanta’s K Matt Bryant), is on pace to make 46 field goals breaking the single-season NFL record set last year by 49ers David Akers (44).
ON: New York Giants defense, $2m:
Despite the loss, New York had another huge defensive fantasy outing. The Giants sacked Steelers Ben Roethlisberger four times and forced him into two turnovers, returning one of them for a touchdown to finish the day with 24 fantasy points.
ON: RB Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers, $2m:
With Pittsburgh’s running back corps ailing, Redman stepped in and had a sensational performance at the Meadowlands, gaining 147 and a touchdown on the ground to net 20 fantasy points. With Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall out, Redman is clearly the man in the Steelers backfield.
ON: QB Matt Ryan and WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons ($3m each):
Against the best passing defense in the NFC, Ryan and his stellar duo of wide outs proved yesterday they are ready to deliver at any time in the NFL. In the Falcons eighth win of the season, Ryan passed for 342 yards and both, Jones (119) and White (118), topped 100 yards receiving.
OFF: QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, $2m:
RG3 was unable to throw a touchdown pass against Carolina and failed to reach 15 fantasy points for the second week in a row.
OFF: WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys, $3m:
Bryant has not stepped up into the role the Cowboys were expecting from him at the beginning of the year. His QB Tony Romo completed 25 passes for 321 yards at Atlanta, but Bryant ended the day with only a 15-yard reception.
OFF: RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys, $2m:
Jones had a great opportunity starting at Atlanta in place of injured DeMarco Murray and facing a Falcons defense that came into the contest ranked in the bottom 10 of the league at stopping the run. Jones managed 70 receiving yards, but only rushed for 39, showing he can’t be the back who carries the bulk of Dallas’ ground game.
OFF: RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, $3m:
The Chiefs have many problems and one of the biggest ones is getting less than 50 rushing yards from Charles in the last two games combined.
OFF: RB Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars, $1m:
With Maurice Jones-Drew injured, the Jaguars just can’t get their running game going. In three starts at Jacksonville’s backfield, Jennings has not been able to reach 60 rushing yards in any of them.
OFF: WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers, $3m:
It is true Wallace grabbed a short pass and converted it into a 51-yard touchdown, but aside that play, the Steelers number 1 wide receiver only caught two balls for 15 yards. Wallace’s production has been reduced dramatically lately, and other $3m-wide outs can be found right now in our fantasy radar.
OFF: QB Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings, $2m:
Ponder is really going downhill having failed to reach 100 passing yards in two of his last three games. Yesterday at Seattle he was limited to 63 yards and zero touchdowns.
OFF: TE Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, $3m:
He was held for the second game in three weeks without a catch. His numbers in the last three weeks should worry everyone: two catches, 12 yards and one fantasy point.