Look back at the best moments captured in Sunday's game, including the unstoppable C.J. Anderson and another salute from Emmanuel Sanders.
Last week was tough for many fantasy owners. We had top quarterbacks on bye and injuries forcing tough decisions.
Tony Romo was chief among them with a back injury, a flight to London—all with a sketchy practice schedule. He came out, and, of course, was one of the week's top performers. We all saw that coming, right? A doctor joined me on my show last week to discuss Romo's injury, and his opinion was that Romo would be OK, because of the type of back injury he has, so to all the Romo owners out there: Keep playing him the rest of the year, and have no fear of the back injury.
Owners of Carson Palmer will not be so lucky as he is now done for the year with another ACL tear. If you picked up Carson Palmer only to see him last one week on your team, now is the time to go and trust Mark Sanchez. Granted, he's known best for the "butt fumble", but he and Philadelphia's offense are dialed in right now, and he produced great fantasy numbers on Monday night. There's no reason to believe he won't continue to produce those same numbers, and you may want to also take a look at his receiver Jordan Matthews, who is coming off a seven-catch, 138-yard, two-touchdown performance.
If you still need a quarterback, another target could be Robert Griffin III, who is coming off a bye week. Also maybe worth the risk is Josh McCown in Tampa Bay after a nice first game back. You can take a big gamble that Michael Vick is finally comfortable with the Jets offense after a nice game against the Steelers.
Now it's time to figure out which offenses we can trust.
The Pittsburgh Steelers showed once again that they are capable of just being an awful offense. Outside of wide receiver Martavis Bryant and running back LeVeon Bell, the Steelers have shown very little ability to consistently score this season. This means that now you have to guess the rest of the year if Ben Rothlisberger will continue to be as good as he was those two outstanding games. My guess is he will go back to being a quarterback that's having occasional struggles, but anything is possible when it comes to the Steelers.
The other offense you need to worry about is the Chicago Bears. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall don't appear to be getting along very well right now, and that may spell trouble for Marshall's owners in the future. Add to that the ankle injury he suffered on Sunday night, and you've got all sorts of problems speculating as to what to do with Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jeffrey owners may be pleased by this development, because it means Jay may be throwing more passes his way. Daniel Graham broke down Cutler's problems perfectly the other night on my show. He said that Jay Cutler focuses on one receiver too much, which is why he throws so many picks. He elaborated, saying Cutler needs to spread the ball around more to avoid his interception problems. Right now the Bears look like a team that just wants the season to be over, as does Carolina.
As for running backs this week, it's probably wise to drop Ronnie Hillman from your fantasy team. Hillman will miss two or three weeks after suffering a foot injury. Feel free to take a chance on C.J. Anderson as he is available in most leagues, but do not drop Montee Ball. He surely will get a few carries this week as he attempts to win his starting job back. The Broncos' backfield will be a revolving door, as John Fox has said they will go with the hot hand the rest of the way. Matt Asiata returns from bye for Minnesota, and he was available in many leagues.
At the tight end position, maybe take a look at Jared Cook for the St. Louis Rams. The Broncos have seen some tight ends score a few points on their defense, and make sure you drop Heath Miller. He's had his big game for the year, and there's no reason to believe that he's going to give you another one after he couldn't score a big day against a Jets defense that gives up the most points in the league to tight ends.