As you poured your Apple Jacks into the bowl, settled in on the couch, and flipped on the Houston vs. Jacksonville game, what did you expect? Did you expect the dominating Texans defense to take advantage of one of the NFL’s worst offenses while Arian Foster pounded the ball for a huge day and a couple touchdowns? Or did you expect the Jags to get a few breaks and keep the game close before Houston pulled away late? Well, we know the answer here, but the actual results are too shocking to fully comprehend. After Gabbert’s backup, Chad Henne, entered the game and began his aerial assault on Houston’s defense, all bets were off. What we were left with was an enormous (and shocking) fantasy day in H-Town. Week 11 recap below…
Matt Schaub: As the Texans defense decided it needed another bye week, Schaub was required to air it out on Sunday as Houston beat Jacksonville in a shoot out. After Andre Johnson motored into the endzone for a walk-off touchdown and the smoke had cleared, Schaub had amassed a staggering 527 passing yards and a five pack of touchdown passes. This was Schaub’s first effort north of 300 yards this season, but he illustrated that he can and will pass when the Texans need him to mount a comeback. Don’t think this vaults him into top 5 fantasy quarterback territory, but he will be serviceable for those bitten by the Ben/Cutler/Vick situations.
Andre Johnson: Seemingly every Matt Schaub pass sailed into the big paws of Andre Johnson on Sunday, and the results were downright astounding. 14 catches, 273 yards and a game winning touchdown were next to Johnson’s name in the HOU-JAX box score after their overtime session was complete. AJ now has at least 8 grabs in 4 of his last 5 games and is on quite a roll as the fake football calendar flips to playoff time.
Chad Henne: Operating as Blaine Gabbert’s backup, Henne was the proud owner of a whopping 215 passing yards on the year heading into Sunday, so naturally he steps in after a Gabbert injury and throws for 354 yards and 4 scores against a top NFL defense. This was undoubtedly a fluky situation, but the Jags do have a couple nice matchups upcoming (TEN/BUF) for those who play in crazy deep leagues.
Justin Blackmon: Blackmon had 250 receiving yards on the season heading into week 11, where he joined the improbable Chad Henne Circus and snared himself 236 yards and a touchdown. Blackmon’s value gets a nice boost if Henne remains under center, but temper those expectations a bit (and kudos to you patient dynasty owners that kept Blackmon on your bench). If anyone sees Justin out celebrating after this game, for the love of all humanity, take his keys.
Rob Gronkowski: After rumbling his way to 137 yards and 2 touchdowns in true Gronk fashion, the New England tight end finished off the 59-24 Patriots win with a broken forearm. The endless debate will rage on about whether Gronk should have been in the game with a blowout at hand, but either way he will be out 4-6 weeks. Our boy Gregsauce will have all your answers in the Week 12 Waiver Wire piece on Monday.
Matt Ryan: Matty was ice cold as the Falcons hosted the Cardinals on Sunday, as he threw not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE INTERCEPTIONS while doing his best Tony Romo impression. Ryan still managed 301 passing yards but this was an utter disaster, even though a few of the interceptions were off deflections. Ryan will be fine but he isn’t Rodgers or Brady just yet.
Doug Martin: The muscle-iest hamster in the NFL was at it again in Week 11, stacking up 161 total yards. Martin’s day would have been much better but he was absolutely hosed on a goal line call that was a touchdown, however the officials thought it would be enjoyable to call the play a fumble instead. Jerks.
LaRod Stephens-Howling: LSH had himself a top notch day, speeding his way to 127 rushing yards while visiting Atlanta. Our favorite slug Beanie Wells will be back soon to snipe his carries, but at least we’ll always have Atlanta!
Marcel Reece: Reece made it a trio of solid weeks in a row and moved the tassel over on his hat, as he graduated to full-fledged PPR Monster. Reece is averaging over 6 catches and 80 yards receiving per ball game over the past three weeks, and he was kind enough to throw in 103 rushing yards on Sunday to boot! Keep rolling Reece out there until DMC returns in search of his next injury.
Dez Bryant: The Dez Bryant roller coaster continued along its tracks this week, as the young receiver hauled in 12 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Only a visit from Pittsburgh disrupts what appears to be a nice remaining fantasy schedule for Romo and Dez (WAS/PHI/@CIN/PIT/NO), so if you have survived the headache so far, you’re in for a real treat the rest of the way! Stock up on Tums as well.
Danario Alexander: This week’s waiver wire best seller continued his run as San Diego’s top target, as he caught 7 passes for 96 yards and 2 scores. Philip Rivers isn’t too hot these days, but the Chargers do need someone to throw to as they try to mount their weekly comeback attempts. 15 catches, 291 yards and 3 touchdowns in weeks 9-11 for Alexander, so plug him in and enjoy.
LeSean McCoy: Shady had a decent day (112 total yards) before leaving the game and joining his pal Mike Vick on the concussion list (I have a strong feeling that all the Eagles players/fans are trying to be concussed so they won’t remember this miserable season). In any event, try to snag Bryce Brown, as the Eagles have no real reason to rush McCoy back.
Torrey Smith: Torrey Smith disappeared on Sunday Night Football, as he finished the evening with 1 catch for 7 yards. Smith was targeted plenty (7 times), but a combination of decent coverage and errant Flacco passes left Torrey and his owners empty handed. Smith is still a lower end WR2 going forward.
Willis McGahee: Old man Willis left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and did not return. The Broncos have announced that McGahee will undergo an MRI on Monday, and that will determine the level of waiver wire hysteria that will ensue over Ronnie Hillman. Don’t touch that dial!
Robert Griffin III: RG3 was incredible on Sunday, as he manhandled the Eagles. Whether through the air (14/15 for 200 yards and 4 scores) or on the ground (84 yards), Griffin just could not be touched. Your favorite fantasy rookie quarterback (sorry, Andy) is now averaging over 62 rushing yards PER GAME. RG3 is a fantasy force that cannot be contained by average humans (or the Eagles).