Monday Morning Hangover: Week Eleven

We’re with you every Sunday to provide the Sunday Six Pack, an article featuring six of the biggest storylines heading into each and every week of the season. Keeping tabs on these events will keep you prepared and informed throughout the season – just don’t drive within six hours of reading this.

Can #1)  Forceful Felix?

Felix Jones was only able to muster 43 yards on 14 totes on Sunday, but did manage to punch one in from the two yard line to salvage the day for fantasy coaches that started him.  He also added another 12 yards on two receptions.  Far from a dominating performance for Jones and with the return of DeMarco Murray expected soon, Jones’ owners will have to send him back to the bench to take up a valuable roster spot once again.  Even while Murray is out with an injury, Jones has proven to be inconsistent and anything but dynamic, but seemingly has just enough value to keep him rostered.

Can #2) Foles Gold

Oops.  Just when you thought it was safe to be an Eagles fan again, Nick Foles lays an egg and generates serious doubt about the future.  But let’s be fair here.  LeSean McCoy left early with what appears to be a concussion-related injury, the offensive line is just about anything other than stout, and Jeremy Maclin caught zero balls on three targets.  While Foles isn’t to be blamed for much of what went wrong on Sunday, he certainly didn’t put the team on his shoulders and will them to a win.  Word is that Michael Vick could be ready to return in week 12, but at 3-7, should he?  One has to wonder whether Andy Reid will even make it to the end of the year.  The Eagles are likely one loss away from playoff elimination and now is as good a time as any to turn their eyes to the future.  Foles will likely be no better than a QB3 on any fantasy roster as a NFL starter in 2012, but to say that he doesn’t havvalue over a longer time frame would be short-sighted.  Let’s see if the Foles era has officially begun before making any other assessments here.

Can #3) Black Hole Shootout

New Orleans and Oakland did manage to put up 55 points but, in the end, it wasn’t close as the Saints returned to a .500 (5-5) record by besting the Raiders by the score of 38-17.   Darren Sproles didn’t return to the Saints’ lineup as originally believed but the run game still managed to produce 153 yards and a score.  Lance Moore caught two touchdowns and the scoring machine that is Jimmy Graham hauled in another touchdown, while also notching six reception for 29 yards.  On the Raiders side of the ball, Marcel Reece continues to be surprisingly productive, ending the contest with 103 rushing yards on 19 carries and adding 90 receiving yards on four receptions.  After being listed as questionable for the game, Darius Heyward-Bay managed 69 yards on four receptions.  Continuing his productive ways, tight end Brandon Myers caught six balls for 55 yards and another touchdown.  While there are six games remaining, this game is a story of two teams going in opposite directions.  The Saints look to be in the hunt for a playoff spot while the Raiders are in the hunt for additional play-makers.

Can #4) You Feelin’ Lucky, Tom?

True to our thoughts, neither Donald Brown or Vick Ballard were overly material on Sunday, at least in fantasy points.  Brown totaled 23 combined yards while Ballard lead led all runners with 79 combined yards.    But the real story here was the old rivalry between the Patriots and the once Manning-led Colts.  Now under center is rookie phenom Andrew Luck and he didn’t disappoint, at least fantasy-wise, by throwing for 334 yards and two touchdowns.  He did line the Patriots’ defensive pockets by tossing three picks.  In the other huddle, Tom Brady was Tom Brady by throwing for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.  You have to believe Luck was standing on the sidelines taking many notes about Tom Terrific.  And talk about impact.  In his first game as a Patriot, Aqib Talib amassed seven tackles and a 59 yard interception-return for a touchdown.  Just what the doctor ordered  …. if you/re a Patriot fan.   The Colts drop to 6-4 while the Patriots find themselves at relatively comfortable 7-3.  But the bigger news is that uber-stud Rob Gronkowski will be down four to six weeks due to a broken forearm.

Can #5) Big Schott

The Rams hosted the struggling Jets on Sunday and, as expected, the Rams’ rushing attack did find some per-carry success, averaging 5.7 ypc. between Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson, but without a touchdown.  When the dust settled, the Jets flew home with a 27-13 victory.  Mark Sanchez wasn’t overly productive but was efficient on his way to passing for 178 yards and a single touchdown.  Now at 4-6, the Jets are on the outside looking in  in the playoff race but are still alive.  Rams’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer just couldn’t muster enough offense to throw against a motivated Jet club.  At least there was no Tebow chant.   The runner dejour for the Jets this week is none other than Bilall Powell, who scored twice on 11 carres for 42 yards.   Say hello to another bad running back by committee.

Can #6) The Leftwich Drag

Isaac Redman left due to a concussion, Rashard Mendenhall was ineffective and Jonathan Dwyer was the only impressive runner in the backfield.  That said, Byron Leftwich did his best Doug Martin impression wit ha 31 yard scamper for a touchdown in the first quarter.  Some believe Leftwich is the new Robert Griffin III.  Or perhaps that’s just his mother.  Either way, it appears as though a Pittsburgh receiving corps. without Big Ben Roethlisberger isn’t dynamic.  That’s not a hard assessment to make but I found myself expecting a bit more from the veteran passer, especially against a porous Ravens’ defense.  Antonio Brown looks to be out for another week or two and with Cleveland, Baltimore and San Diego on the schedule over the next three weeks, there’s fantasy points to be had with a fully-healed Steelers club if chemistry between the group can be generated until Roethlisberger returns.  For Sunday’s performance, Leftwich could only muster 201 passing yards and a single interception while also taking some nasty hits.

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  1. Chris TeBrake

    November 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Looking at long term dynasty value, who is the best option of the 3? Which has the potential to be a solid WR#1 every week?
    Denarius Moore
    Eric Decker
    Randall Cobb


    • Aaron

      November 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Extremely tough question! I would drop Decker from the discussion because he is the least talented when the day comes when he is without Manning. I consider Moore and Cobb equal in individual talent (and on the merits of pure reciever skills would actually prefer Moore), but would have to give the nodd to Cobb given his QB situation.

      • Aaron

        November 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

        ….BUT….I somewhat expect Moore to be better for the next 1-2 years if Palmer is playing at a high level….

    • Brian

      November 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Cobb for me. I have both Cobb and Moore on my dynasty team. I think Cobb is more talented than all of them. When you factor in that he is a return threat (my league doesn’t count return yards but they do give points for return TD’s) and also can get carries in the backfield. Cobb is showing you what he can do in that offense. I don’t know why people are discounting him so much. Jennings won’t be back next season and so Cobb’s role will be the same going forward. Since week 4 when Jennings went out of the lineup Cobb is the 5th WR in my dynasty league and has averaged 19.7 points per game. It helps to also be playing with the best fantasy QB in the game.

      • Sensei John Kreese

        November 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        It’s not even close. Randall Cobb.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      November 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      It’s between Moore and Cobb. Because we don’t know about Cobb’s ability over the long haul, I’m going to go with Moore in a very tight race. Moore has been very productive over a long period of time.

      No doubt Cobb is in a great offense with a great QB, but that won’t always translate into true WR1 totals.

      • Brian

        November 20, 2012 at 5:01 am

        2 seasons is not a long period of time.

        • Sensei John Kreese

          November 20, 2012 at 5:40 am

          In our league, Cobb sits as the WR2, 10th overall in scoring. He is a WR1 today. Denarius Moore isn’t even the highest scoring dude named Moore, that would be Lance.

    • Jeff Haverlack

      November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      I should have said “longer period of time”. Moore has looked great. Cobb has that great dynamic. Very close but I’m liking what I’m seeing from Moore as a WR1 for some time to come.

  2. Dave

    November 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Shady got knocked out from the game with just under 2 minutes to go. So he was there the whole time. Reid is forcing the issue so he had Foles chuck it over 40 times. McCoy should have had a much bigger role. It was awful. That said, I’ve been a Skins fan all my life, so it wasn’t that awful 😉 HTTR

    RG3-sus!!! Our Savior!!!

  3. SJ

    November 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Foles looked about as bad as any qb could be.

    ok, so maybe hes above the m.cassel, gabbert, hanie and skelton crowd, but is that really saying much?

    too much hype is based on preseason numbers. I’m quite tired off how often its blown out of proportion. i think more of the training camp buzz and team organized activities are more of a baseline for a given players talent. many times preseason number dont transfer over. there’s another example of that here with foles. i wonder if he’ll ever be better than the k.kolb tier. he’s look really awful, against even the low-end NFL defenses. at least the lockers, ponders of the world looked adequately talented out there. foles looks complete overwhelmed

    • Jeff Haverlack

      November 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Many, many QBs fail. I’m not holding anything against Foles other than he’s a young QB with a terrible O-line. It’s more a discussion about development. He’s going to get a chance eventually. For what it’s worth, after watching a lot of tape on him before the draft … I was far less impressed than I hoped to be at first glance. His foot work, mechanics and decision making were anything but satisfactory in my book.

  4. jonlambrecht

    November 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm


    No offense but it was his first start and he’s 23. Did Locker, Kolb, Ponder or any other rookie qb throw 46 times in their debue? NO. Also, one of his interceptions was a tip that was accurately thrown and should have been caught. Reid is a idiot for implementing that game plan. Who does that??? Unreal.

    SJ, Don’t read so much into one game (particularly one game from a rookie qb)… this is dynasty. The jury is still out on Foles. It was an under impressing game but I’d question the offensive approach way before I’d say “Foles looked about as bad as any qb could be”. It is what it is.

    (KFFL)The Washington Redskins defense sent at least five pass rushers on 21 of Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles’ 50 dropbacks in Week 11, and Foles finished 9-of-20 for 92 yards and both interceptions against added pressure with one int coming off a tipped pass. Washington’s 42 percent of dropbacks with added pressure was its second-highest percentage this season.

    • Cyrus

      November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I think Foles is overrated, regardless of where the jury is.

      More games will only give him more chance to prove it

    • SJ

      November 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I dont really see your point here. So the redskins blitzed more often than usual this week, as most teams do with the eagles. So the Philly offensive line is really, really bad. I mean, all this we already know. I’m just saying that giving more opportunity to Foles is likely not going to amount to anything at all. You can give rookie, young QBs all the chances in the world, some of them just arent that good. Foles looked absolutely terrible whens hes been on the field this year. I dont see how anyone can debate that. If you really have faith in the guy, let him learn from the sidelines and try to win games to save your respective jobs. No nfl coaches continue to stay employed with 4-12, 5-11, 6-10 seasons.

      Just like any other position, groom your players in practice and then let them play the real deal when their ready.

      Foles is not ready. Everyone should see that. I really cannot believe putting him out there is a good thing. at all.

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