Running down Sunday’s fantasy movers, shakers and heartbreakers:
Chiefs 17, Bills 13
Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, N.Y.
K.C. won for the sixth time in its last seven games, but outside of the owners of Jamaal Charles (15-98-1 rushing; 3-20 receiving) and WR Dwayne Bowe (8-93) in PPR leagues, there was little fantasy impact.
Extra points: QB Alex Smith did rush for 25 yards and a touchdown but he had his worst fantasy passing day (177 yards, 0 TDs or picks) of the season while under siege in the pocket (6 Buffalo sacks). … Bowe was targeted a game-high 12 times, but a K.C. WR still has yet to catch a TD pass this season. Meanwhile, TE Travis Kelce (2-19 on 2 targets) had a quiet day. … For the Bills, RB Fred Jackson (3-10, 4-39) and WR Sammy Watkins (4-27 on a team-high 10 targets) did play despite questionable tags, but neither factored much in fantasy matchups. … Anthony Dixon (9-62) led Buffalo in rushing and fellow back Bryce Brown (6-65, fumble) set the pace in receptions and receiving yards), but wideout Chris Hogan (5-57 on 7 targets) scored the team’s only TD. … Kyle Orton was a very ordinary 29-of-48 for 259 yards and a TD through the air.
Lions 20, Dolphins 16
Ford Field, Detroit
Well, a healthy Megatron was back and so was his name on the list of 100-yard WRs for the first time since Week 1 as he caught seven of his game-high 15 targets for 113 yards and a TD – also his first since the opener.
Extra points: The Lions’ other injury returnee, RB Reggie Bush, didn’t fare quite as well rushing only four times for 20 yards and catching one pass for 5 yards as his troublesome ankle continued to act up. Meanwhile Joique Bell (10-44) led the Lions in rushing and had two receptions for 37 yards, but it was No. 3 back Theo Riddick (3-0, 2-5), who scored the game-winning TD on an 11-yard reception from Matthew Stafford (280 yards, 2 TDs, interception) with 29 seconds remaining. … Even with Calvin Johnson back, wideout Golden Tate did anything but disappear, catching 11 of his 13 targets for 109 yards. … On the Miami side of the stat sheet, Ryan Tannehill (207 yards, TD, pick) was held in check after throwing for 244 or more yards and multiple TDs in four of the previous five games and failed to rush for positive yards for the first time this season. … Lamar Miller played with a shoulder issue but clearly was limited, rushing for only 10 yards on four carries, while undrafted rookie Damien Williams (7-34, 3-27) led the Miami backs in rushing and total yards. … Meanwhile, another rookie, wideout Jarvis Landry, led the team in targets (10), receptions (7) and receiving yards (53), but it was veteran WR Mike Wallace (5-51 on 8 targets) who scored Miami’s only touchdown.
Cowboys 31, Jaguars 17
Wembley Stadium, London
In case you somehow missed it, Tony Romo played and played quite well, completing 20-of-27 passes for 246 yards and three scores – two to Dez Bryant (6-158 on 8 targets) and the other to Jason Witten (5-33 on 7). However, the Cowboys’ other top pass-catching weapon, WR Terrance Williams, drew a blank on two targets.
Extra points: After seeing his 100-yard rushing streak end last week, DeMarco Murray hit the century mark exactly on 19 carries while adding 31 yards on six catches. It was backup Joseph Randle (7-56) who scored the team’s only ground TD, breaking off a 40-yard scoring burst in the third quarter. … For the Jags, RB Denard Robinson (15-60-2, 2-10) continues to impress, notching his fourth straight game with double-digit fantasy points, but did lose a fumble. … Through the air, Cecil Shorts (5-119) led the team in receiving on seven targets, while Allen Robinson (5-60) didn’t do much with his team-high 10 targets. Fellow rookie Allen Hurns (1-9) left in the third quarter with concussion symptoms and didn’t return.
49ers 27, Saints 24 (OT)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
The Niners got back to the ground game, rushing 32 times, and Frank Gore (23-81) and Carlos Hyde (4-36) responded with TDs — the team’s first two rushing scores in six games.
Extra points: Colin Kaepernick was sacked four times, losing a fumble, and completed only 14 of 32 passes for 210 yards and a TD. And once again, veteran WR Anquan Boldin (6-95-1 on a game-high 15 targets) was the QB’s weapon of choice … WR Michael Crabtree remains in a slump, but he at least got you 62 yards on his three receptions – his highest yardage total since Week 3. TE Vernon Davis (1-8 on 2 targets) looks like a total lost cause. … For the Saints, Drew Brees threw for 292 yards and three scores but his three turnovers (2 picks and a fumble) took away from his fantasy day. … Jimmy Graham (10-76-2 on a team-high 13 targets) and Brandin Cooks (5-90) were on the receiving end of Brees’ TD tosses, leaving little production for WRs Marques Colston (2-36) and Kenny Stills (3-26). … Finally, all that kept Mark Ingram (27-100, 3-19) from a huge fantasy day was not finding his way into the end zone. Nevertheless, it was his third 100-yard rushing outing in as many games.
Ravens 21, Titans 7
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Justin Forsett: 20-112-2 rushing. Torrey Smith: 5-75-1 receiving. The Ravens’ D: five sacks, two turnovers, one TD allowed. Yeah, that pretty much sums up the fantasy day here.
Extra points: Joe Flacco and rookie Zach Mettenberger each finished 16-of-27 and a TD. The latter threw for 179 yards and a pick, while the host QB had a season-low 169 yards. … Rookie Bishop Sankey (17-58, 3-19) had decent yardage numbers, but it was Leon Washington (1-3, 2-30) who scored the Tennessee’s lone TD on a 3-yard reception in the first quarter. The day for Shonn Greene (3-5) was defined by his goal-line fumble. … Titans’ TE Delanie Walker (3-37) was involved early, but departed with a concussion after absorbing a wicked hit in the second quarter. … Smith (8) and Kendall Wright (4-53 on 7) led their respective teams in targets, but fellow wideouts Steve Smith Sr. (3-17) and Justin Hunter (1-17) did next to nothing.
Jets 20, Steelers 13
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
So you can tell by the score that Ben Roethlisberger didn’t throw for another half-dozen TDs, but no one expected him to wait until the final 1:16 for his first (and only) TD toss – an 80-yarder to scorching-hot rookie Martavis Bryant (4-143) – against one of the league’s worst secondaries. He finished 30-of-43 for 343 yards – his third straight outing with 340 or more yards.
Extra points: Antonio Brown (8-84) extended his five-catch, 50-yard streak to an amazing 26 games, but he failed to find the end zone and lost a pair of fumbles for his worst fantasy outing of the season. … And while we’re on the subject of quiet afternoons, let’s throw in Le’Veon Bell here as well as he gained all of 69 total yards on 19 touches, including a game-high eight receptions on 10 targets. … For the suddenly victorious Jets, Michael Vick threw for only 132 yards and rushed for 39 on eight carries but tossed two scoring passes and didn’t turn the ball over for the second straight week. … WR T.J. Graham (1-67) and rookie TE Jace Amaro (2-6) hauled in Vick’s scoring passes, while Eric Decker was quiet with three grabs for 24 yards. … Wideout Percy Harvin did touch the ball nine times, including six rushes, but produced a ho-hum 56 total yards. … Chris Ivory (14-51) led N.Y. in rushing, while Chris Johnson (7-23, 1-12) fell back off the fantasy radar after his big Week 9.
Falcons 27, Buccaneers 17
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
In a historic year for rookie WRs, Mike Evans is surging toward the top of the pack, adding seven catches for 125 yards and a TD here. That gives him 26 receptions for 447 yards and five scores over his last five games.
Extra points: For the winners, RB Steven Jackson (16-81-1, 2-14) had his best fantasy outing of the season, while Roddy White (6-72) scored the Falcons’ other TD. … Julio Jones caught eight of his team-high 11 targets for 119 yards but failed to score for his sixth straight game. … Getting back to the Bucs, Josh McCown was 27-of-43 for 301 yards, two score and two interceptions and added a team-high 39 rushing yards on five carries to take his place among the week’s top fantasy QBs – benefitting the owners who took the flier. … With Doug Martin missing another game, rookie Charles Sims debuted with 40 yards on 10 touches – including 8-23 rushing – but lost a fumble. … Vincent Jackson again led Tampa with 13 targets but his final numbers (8-75) again paled in comparison to Evans’ totals. … Rookie TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins was targeted nine times and wound up with five grabs for 30 yards and a TD – his second in three games.
Broncos 41, Raiders 17
O.Co Coliseum; Oakland, Calif.
After posting pedestrian 8-83-1 numbers over his last three games, you sorta figured TE Julius Thomas was due for a breakout, and he delivered 63 yards and two TDs on six receptions here. He now has 24 scoring receptions in 23 games since the start of the 2013 season.
Extra points: Peyton Manning started slow with pair of picks and a slew of batted-down passes in the first quarter but he heated up in a hurry, delivering five scoring tosses in the second the third quarters before giving way to Brock Osweiler in the fourth. … WR Emmanuel Sanders (5-67) had two touchdown grabs, and RB C.J. Anderson (4-73) had the other. Anderson also led the Broncs with 90 rushing yards on 13 carries as Ronnie Hillman (6-13, 2-9) was in and out with an ankle issue and the still-not-ready-to-return Montee Ball was inactive. … Demaryius Thomas was targeted a game-high 14 times and finished with 11 receptions for 108 yards – his sixth straight 100-yard game. … Raiders rook Derek Carr was 30-of-47 for 192 yards, two TDs and two picks. His scoring tosses went to WR Brice Butler (2-12) and emerging TE Mychal Rivera (6-63). WR James Jones caught eight of his 12 targets but netted all of 20 yards – with a long gain of 10. … The Oakland ground game? You really don’t want to know.
Cardinals 31, Rams 14
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
The impact here potentially extends far beyond fantasy and might be felt throughout the rest of the NFC as Carson Palmer went down while planting to throw a fourth-quarter pass. It’s feared he could have a torn ACL is his left knee. Palmer finished 25-of-36 for 241 yards and an interception. Drew Stanton (3-of-5 85 yards) stepped in and threw the go-ahead 48-yard scoring pass to John Brown (5-73).
Extra points: Larry Fitzgerald led the Cards in targets (10), receptions (9) and yards (112), while running mate Michael Floyd (1-11 on 4 targets) continues to fluster the few fantasy owners who are still starting the wideout. … Andre Ellington easily hit a season low with 42 total yards on 23 touches – including 18-23 rushing – but did manage to find his way into the end zone. … For the Rams, Benny Cunningham (4-12) scored on the ground, and TE Jared Cook (2-84) – finally! – scored via the air while Tre Mason led the team in rushing (14-48) and added four catches for 33 yards. … Austin Davis was 17-of-30 for 216 yards, including the 59-yard scoring toss to Cook, but threw a pair of picks and coughed up a fumble. … Speaking of those three turnovers, they were part of a banner day for the Arizona D, which also recorded six sacks and put the win away with two fourth-quarter return TDs.
Seahawks 38, Giants 17
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Either congratulations or condolences are certainly in order if your fantasy matchup featured Marshawn Lynch (21-140 rushing, 1-23 receiving, 4 TDs).
Extra points: With Lynch’s monster day, the Seattle aerial game didn’t need to produce much and it didn’t with Russell Wilson throwing for only 172 yards and two interceptions on 10-of-17 passing. Wilson, though, salvaged his fantasy day with 107 yards and a TD on 14 rushes. … WR Jermaine Kearse led the ‘Hawks with 70 receiving yards on three catches, while fellow wideout Doug Baldwin had a team-high four receptions on six targets for 31 yards. … For the Giants, rookies Andre Williams (13-33-1, 2-5) and Odell Beckham Jr. (7-108) stood out, while Preston Parker (7-79) scored the team’s other TD. … WR Rueben Randle was targeted a team-high 10 times but underwhelmed with five receptions for 39 yards. So did TE Larry Donnell (4-26) on his six targets. … RB Peyton Hillis (1-4, 1-5) left with a concussion in the first quarter.
Packers 55, Bears 14
Lambeau Field; Green Bay, Wis.
It was Aaron Rodgers vs. Chicago, and, once again, it was no contest. Rodgers did only complete 18 passes but a full third of them netted TDs – and all came in the first half. He finished 18-of-27 for 315 yards and now is 12-3 all-time against the Bears with 31 TDs and 10 interceptions.
Extra points: Jordy Nelson bounced back from his 3-25 showing in his last game with a 6-152-2 performance here. … Randall Cobb (4-72), of course, also had a scoring grab for the sixth straight game. The other three scoring passes were caught by RB Eddie Lacy (3-68) and TEs Andrew Quarless (2-10) and Brandon Bostick (1-1). … Lacy also rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries, but DuJuan Harris (8-52) wound up leading the Pack in rushing thanks to his mop-up work late in the game. … Someone has to be losing these matchups against Rodgers and the Pack, and that ongoing distinction belongs to Jay Cutler, who’s now 1-10 against Green Bay with 14 TDs and 21 interceptions following his 22-of-37, 272-yard, one-TD, two-pick, one-fumble performance Sunday night. … Cutler’s TD – a 45-yarder – went to Brandon Marshall, who finished with eight receptions for 112 yards but left in the fourth quarter with a left-ankle injury. … WR Alshon Jeffery (6-63) and TE Martellus Bennett (2-45) didn’t do much with their 18 combined targets, while RB Matt Forte (17-54, 3-27) failed reach double-digit fantasy points for the first time in his last six games. … It all added up to a stellar fantasy start for the Green Bay D, which forced three turnovers, four sacks and a TD.