Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/13
Quarterback Champs:Ben Roethlisberger- 29/45, 367 yards, 4 TDs ; 6 Rush, 12 yards– 31.8 fantasy pointsBig Ben steps up in big games. Period. We’ve seen him be consistently mediocre all year, and that’s why he’s been available on waivers in most leagues. But he’s not a bad “plug and chug” given the right matchup. He’s now posted 25+ fantasy points in two of the last three weeks…Carson Palmer- 30/42, 419 yards, 2 TDs– 24.3 fantasy pointsNo typo here…It was a tasty matchup against the Jags, and it was the first time this year he didn’t turn the ball over. Add those together, and you get a stellar performance from an old gunslinger who showed signs of fantasy life.Matthew Stafford- 19/46, 362 yards, 2 TDs, INT; 3 Rush, 24 yards-22.8 fantasy pointsI thought Stafford was going to throw for 500+ yards in this one, but he absolutely stunk up the joint in the second half. He went 16-for-30, and two TDs in the first half, while going 3-for-16 in the second half. It was still a good overall FANTASY performance, despite the loss. After all, he does have a dude named Calvin to throw to.  Quarterback Chumps:Geno Smith- 8/23, 103 yards, 3 INTs, FUMBLE – NEGATIVE 4 fantasy pointsJust atrocious… AND benched for Matt Simms? It would be wise to consider spot-starting whichever defense is going against this turnover machine moving forward. #TurnoverTRONChristian Ponder- 13/22, 129 yards TD, 2 INTs, FUMBLE– 3 fantasy pointsBenched for Matt Cassell in fourth quarter…gross. Stay away. Running Back Champs:Bobby Rainey-30 Rush, 163, 2 TDs; 2 Rec, 4 yards, Rec TD- 34.7 pointsHoly jeez! Bobby Rainey opening up the flood gates! Rainey looks like Doug Martin did in the second half of last year, sprinkled with some Gio Bernard pass-catching razzle-dazzle. He should (obviously) be added in all leagues. Like I said, Brian Leonard who?LeSean McCoy- 20 Rush, 77 yards, 2 TDs; 4 Rec, 73 yards- 27 fantasy pointsShady McCoy is unreal. For those of you who simply looked at his points from last year and didn’t draft him…shame on you. He’s ALWAYS had the yards. Now he’s getting the touchdowns. He only reached pay dirty twice last year. Didn’t you think that had to change?Marshawn Lynch- 17 Rush, 54 yards, 2 TDs; 2 Rec, 9 yards, Rec TD- 24.3 fantasy pointsNothing crazy here as far as YPC, but the dude SCORES TOUCHDOWNS. Beast Mode now has 11 touchdowns on the year. Keep eating those Skittles, bro. Running Back Chumps:Andre Ellington- 8 Rush, 3 yards; 2 Rec, 10 yards- 1.3 fantasy pointsWasn’t this supposed to be a great matchup for Ellington? Why did Mendenhall get more touches? This back and forth stuff is beginning to look like a b-list version of Gio Bernard and the Law Firm (hint: that’s not good).C.J. Spiller- 13 Rush, 6 yards; 2 Rec, 10 yards- 1.6 fantasy pointsHopefully he’s riding pine at this point for your fantasy team… 15 touches? 16 total yards? I’m no Mathematician, but that is pretty bad. It stinks. C.J. He smells. Get him away. Reggie Bush- 12 Rush, 31 yards; 2 Rec, 23 yards, FUMBLE- 3.4 fantasy pointsOh man, this one was rough for Reggie, especially when Joique Bell, again, was far more effective than Bush, AND saw the goal line work. That’s what you get when you fumble, Reggie. Wide Receiver Champs:Calvin Johnson- 6 Rec, 179 yards, 2 TDs- 29.9 fantasy pointsMegatron. AGAIN. Every time you begin to doubt why someone took him in the middle of the first round, just remember stat lines like these, that seem to be an every week occurrence.Antonio Brown- 7 Rec, 147 yards, 2 TDs- 25.9 fantasy pointsHe is Big Ben’s BOY in the steel city! Brown saw a team-high 13 targets in this game, and he continues to be a PPR god among men.Michael Floyd- 6 Rec, 193 yards, TD- 25.3 fantasy points91-yard touchdowns ALWAYS help the stat line. Nonetheless, the best game of this young man’s career thus far. Vincent Jackson- 10 Rec, 165 yards, TD- 22.5 fantasy pointsV-Jax tied a career high with 10 receptions as the Bucs absolutely ROLLED the Falcons. Jackson is still a bit BOOM or BUST in my opinion, but the if Bobby Rainey continues to help move the sticks, expect to see Jackson more involved as well. Wide Receiver Chumps:AJ Green- 2 Rec, 7 yards- 0.7 fantasy pointsJoe Haden LOCKED HIM DOWN. (Side note: got into a freestyle battle with Joe haden once in college… I lost)Marvin Jones- Rec, 9 yards- 0.9 fantasy pointsI think it’s time to drop our boy Marvin to waivers…definitely to the bench in deeper leagues. Didn’t he score four touchdowns a few games ago? It’s not like he had Joe Haden on him…Cecil Shorts- 2 Rec, 22 yards- 2.1 fantasy pointsCecil was pretty livid after the game, voicing his opinion to the media that it was “stupid” that he only had one target up until the fourth quarter of the game. Hey, I don’t blame the guy. There’s no Blackmon. You can’t rely on Mike Brown and Ace Sanders and expect to win games. Give this guy the ball! Let Shorts put on his “big boy pants!” Tight End Champs:Garrett Graham- 7 Rec, 136 yards, FUMBLE TD- 17.6 fantasy points13 targets? I think it’s time to add (or re-add if you dropped him) Mr. Graham back to the roster. His YAC was pretty impressive, catching two balls for over 40 yards on the day.Delanie Walker- 10 Rec, 91 yards, TD- 15.1 fantasy points14 catches for over 150 yards over the past two games, with touchdowns in each... It’s time to add Delanie Walker if he’s still available. He’s been a focal point in the Titans offense and is a viable play the rest of the way.Charles Clay- 6 Rec, 90 yards, TD- 15 fantasy pointsAfter being relatively quiet the past four weeks, he comes up with a big, bounce-back performance, and really displayed some big-play, athletic ability. He’s a big play weapon, when the Dolphins actually decide to get him involved. Tight End Chumps:Jordan Cameron- 6 Rec, 29 yards- 2.9 fantasy pointsHe’s just not the same with Campbell under center….Jimmy Graham- 6 Rec, 41 yards- 4.1 fantasy pointsThere weren’t a lot of chump performances from solid tight ends, so I’m going to chalk this one up as a chump performance by our “Graham Standard.” Yes, anything fewer than five points by Jimmy Graham or Calvin Johnson will ALWAYS be “chumpy” to me. **Note: Fantasy points denote standard, non-PPR scoring.  Follow me on Twitter: @FBNationGrizzle
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