Running down Sunday’s fantasy movers, shakers and heartbreakers:
Bears 21, Vikings 13
Solider Field, Chicago
The Bears desperately needed their offensive standouts to step up and help curtail the team’s recent slide, and they pretty much all delivered in reality – and fantasy – with Jay Cutler throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns – two to Brandon Marshall (7 catches-90 yards on 10 targets) and the other to Alshon Jeffery (11-135 on 17). Matt Forte, meanwhile, didn’t score for the second straight week but did rack up a season-high 175 total yards on 32 touches.
Extra points: The only Chicago stud missing out on the big fantasy figures was TE Martellus Bennett, who finished with four catches for 29 yards on four targets. … So the Bears can play defense. Of course, it was just a little different facing a rookie QB at home instead of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady on the road. After serving up fantasy feasts in allowing 50-plus point outings to the Patriots and Packers the previous two games, the Vikings had all of one TD – a 7-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater (158 yards, interception) to TE Rhett Ellison (1-7) – which didn’t exactly benefit a whole lot of fantasy teams. … Safety Andrew Sandjo led the Vikes in rushing with 48-yard scamper on a fake punt, and WR Charles Johnson, who came into the contest with six catches for 60 yards on the season, paced the Purple pass-catchers with six receptions for 87 yards. … TE Kyle Rudolph was active for the first time since Week 3 but wasn’t even targeted, WR Greg Jennings (1-4) suffered a rib injury and fellow wideout Cordarrelle Patterson (2-24) was only targeted three times.
Texans 23, Browns 7
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Hey, Houston’s new starting QB and backup RB were all right with Ryan Mallett throwing for 211 yards, two TDs and one pick and Alfred Blue gashing the Browns for 156 yards on a whopping 36 carries in the injury absence of Arian Foster (groin).
Extra points: In the passing game, Andre Johnson was targeted nine times to DeAndre Hopkins’ eight, but it was the latter who once again had more yardage (80-68). It was TE Garrett Graham (2-34) and would-be, should-be-TE J.J. Watt (1-2) who caught the TD tosses. … For the Browns, a 32-yard pass from Brian Hoyer (330 yards) to WR Andrew Hawkins (6-97 on 13 targets) accounted for the team’s lone TD. Hoyer, however, completely only 20 of his 50 attempts and had an interception. WR Taylor Gabriel was also targeted a team-high 13 times and finished with five catches for 92 yards. … Among the Cleveland RB trio, it was rookie Isaiah Crowell emerging with the most rushes (14) and touches (16) and total yards (91) but lost a fumble. Meanwhile, Terrance West had five carries for 12 yards, and Ben Tate had two for minus-9.
Falcons 19, Panthers 17
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Believe it: The 4-6 Falcons are sitting atop the NFC South after a second straight division road win, but the fantasy relevancy was hard to find outside of the third TD reception in four games for Roddy White (8-75 on a team-high 12 targets) and a quartet of Matt Bryant field goals.
Extra points: Matt Ryan completed 31 of 45 passes for 268 yards but now has had five straight outings with 271 or fewer yards and only has one multiple-TD-pass game in the last six contests. Meanwhile, it’s now seven straight games without a scoring catch for Julio Jones (6-59 on 11 targets), and it was a quiet day for Steven Jackson (17-41 rushing, 2-6 receiving). … WR Devin Hester (3-34) left early with what was reported as a sprained wrist. … For the host Panthers, Cam Newton was 23-of-37 for 292 yards for two TDs and ran for 30 yards on five rushes, but was picked off twice. … Rookie wideouts Kelvin Benjamin (9-109 on a team-high 13 targets) and Philly Brown (1-47) had the TD receptions, while Greg Olsen (5-61) was merely pedestrian with his 11 targets. … And for those desperately starting a Carolina RB, DeAngelo Williams (10-41, 1-minus-3) and Jonathan Stewart (7-24, 3-15) were as advertised.
Bengals 27, Saints 10
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
So everyone had Andy Dalton (16-of-22, 220 yards, 3 TDs, no picks) starting over Drew Brees (33-of-41, 255 yards, TD), right? And in the Big Easy, no less.
Extra points: Dalton’s TD tosses were hauled in by TE Jermaine Gresham (2-13) and A.J. Green (6-127), who was targeted a team-most eight times. Wideout Mohamed Sanu (3-23) was a non-fantasy factor for the second straight game. … On the ground, rookie Jeremy Hill (27-152, 1-13) had his second big-yardage game in the last three in place of the injured and inactive Giovanni Bernard, and the only thing missing was a TD. … For the Saints, Mark Ingram had at least 23 rushes for the fourth straight outing, but he failed to hit the century mark this time around, finishing with 67. He did add 30 yards on seven receptions. … TE Jimmy Graham was strangely only targeted only three times, catching all three for 29 yards. … WR Marques Colston was targeted a team-high eight times but caught only four for 56 yards, while fellow wideout Brandin Cooks was quiet with five receptions for 50 yards on seven targets.
Buccaneers 27, Redskins 7
FedEx Field; Landover, Md.
In what’s shaping up to be the best-ever class of rookie receivers, the Bucs’ Mike Evans has ascended to the head of the class, adding 209 yards and two scores on seven receptions and nine targets here to give him an eye-popping 21 catches 458 yards and five scores over the last 3 games.
Extra points: It was Evans, though, and then everyone else when it comes to Josh McCown’s numbers, as he completed only eight passes for 79 yards to the other six players who were targeted. That includes, of course, Vincent Jackson who caught three of his four targets for 43 yards. … As for the T.B. RBs, rookie Charles Sims had 16 touches (13-26 rushing, 3-8 receiving) to Bobby Rainey’s five (5-3 rushing) for those keeping tabs. … On the other side of the stat ledger, Alfred Morris had a season-high 132 total yards, including 96 on the ground, for the hosts while backup Roy Helu (6-57) scored the team’s only TD on a 30-yard reception but lost a fumble. … That, though, does it for the D.C. highlights as RGIII threw for only 207 yards and a pair of picks and top-catchers DeSean Jackson (4-35), Pierre Garcon (1-6) and Jordan Reed (2-22) were deafeningly silent.
Rams 22, Broncos 7
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
Peyton Manning threw for 389 yards, Demaryius Thomas (7-103) had his seventh straight 100-yard game and Emmanuel Sanders (5-102) caught a TD pass for the fifth time in six outings, but little else played out well in fantasy – and definitely reality – for the Orange and Blue which put up the fewest points in the Manning Era. Sanders left early in the third quarter with a likely concussion, Julius Thomas (2-3) departed in the first quarter with an ankle injury, Montee Ball (no rushing attempts, 2 targets) — back after a five-game absence — re-aggravated his groin injury in the first half and a harried Manning tossed two interceptions for the third straight game as offensive-line issues are starting to drag down this usually crisp attack.
Extra points: C.J. Anderson was Denver’s rushing leader with all of 29 yards on nine carries, but did well for those who started him in PPR leagues with a team-high eight catches for 86 yards. … For the victors, rookie Tre Mason gashed the league’s top-ranked run defense for 113 yards on a career-high 29 rushes, and Greg Zuerlein connected on all five of his FG attempts, including 53- and 55-yarders. … Shaun Hill (20-of-29 for 229 yards, TD and no turnovers), back starting for the first time since the opener, didn’t light up many fantasy matchups, but he did show a connection with WR Kenny Britt (4-128-1) who was targeted a team-high seven times.
49ers 16, Giants 10
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Eli Manning marched the G-Men 63 yards in five plays and threw a 19-yard TD pass to TE Larry Donnell (3-54) on the game’s opening series but then proceeded to toss five interceptions as the Giants scored three points the rest of the way. He finished 22-of-45 for 280 yards.
Extra points: Rueben Randle (7-112) led the Giants with 15 targets and outperformed rookie Odell Beckham Jr. (6-93 on 13 targets) for change. … In the meantime, Rashad Jennings (18-59, 4-8) had an encouraging 22 touches in his return from a four-game injury absence, while rookie Andre Williams (2-2, 1-4) had all of three. … Michael Crabtree accounted for the Niners’ lone TD on a 48-yard reception for Colin Kaepernick (193 yards passing, 8-24 rushing, no turnovers), but had only two other catches for 37 yards on eight total targets. Fellow WR Anquan Boldin (5-53) was quiet for a change. … Frank Gore (19-95, 2-19) topped 100 total yards, but TE Vernon Davis (1-7 on 5 targets, 4-yard run) looks like a lost fantasy cause.
Chiefs 24, Seahawks 20
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.
Of course, it was the Jamaal Charles Show (20-159-2 rushing, 2-19 receiving, fumble) in a hard-fought K.C. win at Arrowhead, but that was the fantasy story for the Chiefs as Alex Smith (108 yards passing), Travis Kelce (3-37, fumble) And Dwayne Bowe (2-18) did next to nothing.
Extra points: Marshawn Lynch (24-124) had another productive day on the ground but couldn’t find his way into the end zone. … Those scores came via the air as Russell Wilson 20-of-32, 178 yards) hooked up with WR Doug Baldwin (6-45 on a team-high 9 targets) and former Chief TE Tony Moeaki (1-1) on a pair of short TD tosses. Wilson also added to his QB-leading rushing totals with 71 yards on eight carries. … Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the Chiefs’ WRs remain without a scoring reception as Knile Davis (5-10-1, 1-8) scored the other K.C. TD.
Chargers 13, Raiders 6
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
As the score indicates, only one touchdown here and it came 53 seconds into the game on a 22-yard pass from Philip Rivers (22-of-34, 193 yards) to Malcom Floyd (4-44).
Extra points: Ryan Mathews was back on the field for the first time since Week 2 and had 16 carries for 70 yards and a 5-yard reception. Branden Oliver did get 13 rushing attempts and three pass targets but gained only 36 total yards, all on the ground. … WR Keenan Allen was targeted as game-high 13 times and finished with eight receptions for 63 yards, while TE Antonio Gates (3-32) is starting to show signs of cooling off after his scorching start to the season. … The Raiders? It’s 16 straight losses and counting, and that futility is reflected in the stats of Derek Carr (16-of-34, 172 yards, fumble), Darren McFadden (8-21 rushing), WR James Jones (2-35) and previously hot TE Mychal Rivera (3-40). Latavius Murray (4-43) led the team in rushing, and Kenbrell Thompkins (2-47) was the receiving-yards leader on all of six combined touches.
Cardinals 14, Lions 6
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Arizona WR Michael Floyd over his previous three games: Five catches for 57 yards and no TDs.
Floyd in the first quarter Sunday: Two receptions for 54 yards and a pair of scores.
Floyd the rest of the contest: No catches.
Extra points: Drew Stanton was back in as the Cards’ starting QB, and he overcame two interceptions to complete 21-of-32 passes for 306 yards and the two scores for his first career 300-yard game. … Rookie wideout John Brown led Arizona in targets (9), receptions (5) and receiving yards (69), while Larry Fitzgerald was a quiet 2-33 on four targets and may have come out of the contest with a knee injury. … RB Andre Ellington had 23 touches but gained a modest 66 total yards. … For the Lions, Matthew Stafford had his worst outing of the season, going 18-of-30 for 183 yards, no TDs and an interception, and didn’t have much success targeting Calvin Johnson (5-59 on a game-high 12 targets) or Golden Tate (2-41). … Joique Bell, meanwhile, was the team’s fantasy MVP, gaining 85 yards on 14 rushing attempts and adding 30 more yards on a trio of receptions with Reggie Bush sidelined again.
Packers 53, Eagles 20
Lambeau Field; Green Bay, Wis.
Another week, another 50-point outburst for Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Pack. Rodgers was 22-of-36 for 341 yards and three scores, which were hauled in by Jordy Nelson (4-109), Eddie Lacy (3-45) and Devante Adams (2-13). The QB also ran for 32 yards on three carries.
Extra points: Randall Cobb, meanwhile, saw his TD-catch streak end at six games, but he still did OK for his fantasy owners, catching a game-high 10 passes for 129 yards on a team-most 13 targets. … In addition to his 32-yard scoring reception, Lacy added a TD and 69 yards on 10 rushes. … Mark Sanchez, meanwhile, made his first road start for Philly and had the second-highest yardage total (346) of his career while throwing for a pair of touchdowns – both of which came after the Eagles fell behind 39-6. On the flip side, he also threw a pair of interceptions and lost two fumbles to account for all four of the team’s turnovers. … Rookie Jordan Matthews (5-107) found himself in the end zone for the third straight game, and Jeremy Maclin (9-93) caught Sanchez’s other TD toss as part of a team-high 11 targets. … LeSean McCoy rushed for 88 yards on 23 carries and had an 18-yard reception but – as has been the story for most of the season – failed to score a TD. Darren Sproles rushed twice and caught two passes for 44 total yards. … Lastly here, but first on the list of weekly D/ST leaders, the Pack defense forced the four turnovers, had three sacks and had a trio of TDs, scoring on a punt, interception and fumble return.
Patriots 42, Colts 20
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Hey, he is the Patriots’ RB flavor of the week, but Jonas Gray is your unquestioned Week 11 stud and hot waiver-wire pickup of the upcoming week after running over, around and through the Indy defense to the tune of 199 yards and four TDs on 38 carries. He came into the contest with 32 career rushes for 131 yards and no scores.
Extra points: TEs Rob Gronkowski (4-71) and Tim Wright (1-2) also managed to sneak in TD catches for the Pats as Tom Brady threw for 257 yards and a pair of interceptions. … In the meantime, Shane Vereen had an 18-yard rush and four catches for 59 yards, while WRs Brandon LaFell (3-62) and Julian Edelman (5-50) were fairly quiet on a combined 12 targets. … Andrew Luck finished 23-of-39 for 303 yards and two scores to notch his eighth straight 300-yard passing game and actually led the team with 15 rushing yards on three carries. … Meanwhile, two of Luck’s top weapons – TE Dwayne Allen (0 targets) and RB Ahmad Bradshaw (7-4 rushing, 4-7 receiving – yes, that’s correct) – left the game with ankle injuries. … That left plenty of passes directed at TE Coby Fleener who caught all seven of his targets for a career-high 144 yards – only his second career 100-yard game. WR Reggie Wayne was targeted a team-most nine and had five catches for 91 yards. … Reserve WR Hakeem Nicks (2-15) and OT Anthony Costanzo (1-1) had the Colts’ TD catches, leaving limited fantasy points for RB Trent Richardson (7-0, 1-21) and WR T.Y. Hilton (3-24 on 7 targets).