Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JAY CLEMONS  |  Last updated 10/7/13
Here are some detailed Fantasy Revelations off a select listing of Sunday games. Perhaps next week (depending on baseball), we'll have more time to delve into three books of nuggets ... and mini-rants involving second-tier tailbacks who cannot stay healthy. 1. There's nothing new to proclaim about the Broncos and Cowboys ... even if it might have been the greatest outing in fantasy history Peyton Manning and Tony Romo (506 yards passing, five TDs vs. Denver) combined for 920 yards passing and nine scores. Dez Bryant (six catches, 141 yards, two TDs), Jason Witten (seven catches, 121 yards, one TD), Terrance Williams (four catches, 151 yards, one TD) and Knowshon Moreno (150 total yards, one TD) all enjoyed monster days. Heck, even Eric Decker (five catches, 87 yards, one TD), Wes Welker (five catches, 49 yards, one TD) and DeMarco Murray (48 total yards, one TD) produced robust points for owners in standard-scoring leagues. As tertiary options. And yet, in the aftermath of a true Game For The Ages (Denver won 51-48) ... curiously, not much has really changed. Manning (20 seasonal touchdowns) and Romo are no-brainer starters from this point forward. And from a trade perspective, anything less than three certifiable stars in return (top 7 QB, top 5 rusher, top 10 receiver) makes little sense. With Miles Austin (hamstring) on the shelf, Williams is certainly worth acquiring in 12-team leagues, via free agency. But do you to start a guy who only collected four targets in a pass-heavy showdown? (Uh, no.) Demaryius Thomas (five catches, 57 yards) drew the short straw for one day ... but he's still a great candidate for 110 yards and one touchdown against the lowly Jags next week. The best news moving forward? For the lucky owners of tight ends Julius Thomas (nine catches, 122 yards, two TDs vs. Dallas) and Rob Gronkowski ... your week should be completely devoted to trading either star while their respective stocks simultaneously approach seasonal highs. Thomas ... being the only Broncos pass-catcher to register double-digit targets on Sunday. Gronk ... living off the expectations of 900 yards and 13 touchdowns (before the pro-rated estimates) despite major surgeries (armback) during the offseason. 2. There are no long-term worries with Tom Brady ... barring monsoon conditions Remember Brady's record-setting campaign of 50 touchdown passes from 2007? During that absurd regular season of 16-0 (then 2-1 in the playoffs) and 23 receiving TDs from Randy Moss, Brady had a Week 15 clunker of 140 yards passing and zero touchdowns the dual result of encountering Eric Mangini's Jets and a mid-December mix of steady rain, stifling crosswinds and gametime temps in the lower 30s. Fast forward to Sunday, as Brady (197 yards passing, zero TDs) struggled to control the ball in a driving rainstorm, at a time when the Patriots were in pass-only mode against the Bengals. Let's have some perspective here: Yes, Brady's mark of 50-plus games with at least one touchdown pass has been halted; and yes, not a single Patriot tallied more than 60 receiving yards against Cincy. When spinning things forward, though, there's not much to critique. Not with Danny Amendola (four catches, 55 yards; nine targets) back in the lineup, and Rob Gronkowski slated to return next week. Is it bothersome that Brady doesn't throw tight spirals when getting pounded by rains that would make Noah (of 'Ark' fame) blush? Sure, but the list of dead-eye-accurate, deep-ball passers during waterlogged action is quite short. For future reference, just keep an eye on the weather map every Sunday morning, in case Brady and the Patriots are stuck in quagmire conditions. Also, be happy that New England doesn't have any more games with Cincinnati a defense that hasn't allowed a 300-yard passing day since Week 2 of last year (Brandon Weeden). 3. It's hard to get past Hakeem Nicks' end-zone drop from Sunday The box score reveals that Nicks notched nine catches for 142 yards against the Eagles both team highs. It also shows that Nicks (only 12 receptions from Weeks 1-4) was one of three New York wideouts with double-digit targets, along with Victor Cruz (five catches, 48 yards) and Rueben Randle (six catches, 96 yards, two TDs). However, there's a dark side to Nicks' welcome output: With this show of force, it'll be impossible to bench him in 12-team leagues for the next month on the potentially delusional rationale that he's ready to dominate opponents on a regular basis. If Nicks had tallied pedestrian numbers on Sunday, it would have been easy to consign him to WR4 or WR5 status in 12-teamers. Instead, I'm led to believe the Giants with a nonexistent running game if David Wilson has a serious neck injury will be obligated to pass their way out of an 0-5 hole. On the plus side, Nicks has a pair of 100-yard efforts this season; and for 2011-12, he combined for 14 outings of double-digit targets and 14 touchdowns. On the down side, in that span, Nicks has 14 games of four catches of less. Ugh. Which brings me to this: If Nicks had corralled Eli Manning's eminently catchable ball in the left corner of the end zone (middle of the third quarter), the extra bump of six yards and a touchdown would have pushed his standard-scoring tally to 20.8 points ... which would have ensured victory in one of my high-stakes leagues. Of course, I also had David Wilson (16 yards rushing, one TD before the injury) starting in that particular league. But at least I expected that heartache. 4. Justin Blackmon has the goods to transform the Jags QBs from 'god-awful' to 'passably mediocre' On Sunday morning, while fielding lineup-related questions on Twitter, a faithful reader asked, What makes you so confident that Justin Blackmon will be a star ... or even worth starting this week? Let us count the ways in which Blackmon (five catches, 136 yards, one TD vs. St. Louis) gets the highest of endorsements: Dating back to last year, Blackmon has tallied a touchdown in three straight games. Blackmon has collected nine-plus targets in his last five outings. Since Week 8 of last season, spanning 11 games, Blackmon has posted a catch-to-target percentage of 50 percent or higher 10 times a glorious stat for PPR leagues. In that time span, Blackmon has averaged 9.5 targets per game. Chad Henne (the likely starter moving forward?) was the Jaguars quarterback when Blackmon rolled for seven catches, 236 yards and one TD against the Texans last season. On Sunday, Blackmon was one woefully inaccurate end-zone pass from Blaine Gabbert (181 yards passing, one TD vs. St. Louis) away from notching two touchdowns against the Rams. Right now, tailback Maurice Jones-Drew (86 total yards) and wideout Cecil Shorts (five catches, 74 yards, one TD) are secondary assets to Blackmon meaning the second-year receiver should be a weekly threat for seven receptions, 90 yards, double-digit targets and one score. Blackmon has the physical upside of a top-10 fantasy wideout next season, assuming Jacksonville charts a new path at quarterback. Jay Clemons can be reached, day or night, on Twitter at @FOX_JayClemons.
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