For what seems like the first time this season in Thursday NFL games, offenses out shined defenses.|
In all but the New England-New York Jets game.
Four of the six starting quarterbacks feasted on the opposing defenses on Thursday, topping 30 Fantasy points. The Patriots' Tom Brady led the way with 37.42, but Redskins' rookie phenom Robert Griffin III scored 37.34. Dallas' Tony Romo (34.34) and Detroit's Matthew Stafford (30.24) had Thanksgiving games of their own to remember.
At running back, Alfred Morris and Arian Foster each surpassed 100 yards and reached the end zone -- Foster twice -- and five other running backs scored.
A week after six wide receivers topped 100 yards, four receivers topped 100 yards on Thursday, three of which topped 100 for a second straight week. The Cowboys' Dez Bryant (145, 2 TDs), the Texans' Andre Johnson (188) and the Lions' tandem of Calvin Johnson (140, TD) and Ryan Broyles (128) were the receivers with more than 100 yards.
New England's defense was the only defense that seemed to show up on Thursday, scoring 25 Fantasy points. The Patriots sacked Mark Sanchez twice, forced five Jets turnovers and scored two touchdowns.
5 guys to start
Matt Ryan, Falcons, QB: I was one of the many Fantasy owners abused by Matty Ice's five interception game last week. But don't give up hope on Ryan, who has been one of the better fantasy quarterbacks this season. Today, Ryan plays the Buccaneers who have given up the most passing yards in the NFL this year.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers, RB: Martin is one of those guys who is hard to sit ever again. Only one running back or wide receiver has scored more Fantasy points than the rookie and that's Arian Foster, who has 23 more in one extra game. Martin should fare well against the Falcons, who have given up nearly 19 points to opposing runners on the road.
Randall Cobb, Packers, WR: No Green Bay pass catcher has scored more Fantasy points than the former Kentucky quarterback. Going into Thursday's games, Cobb had more Fantasy points than both Andre Johnson and Wes Welker. The Packers play the Giants, who have given up the most Fantasy points to opposing wideouts at home this season.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers, WR: Crabtree has scored double-digit points in two of his last three games. The Niners play the Saints, who have given up nearly 30 points a game to opposing pass catchers this season.
Brandon Myers, Raiders, TE: The former Iowa Hawkeye has been the third-highest scoring Fantasy player over the last four weeks catching passes for over 200 yards and three touchdowns over the span and has a fairly good matchup with the Bengals this week.
5 guys to sit
Joe Flacco, Ravens, QB: If last week's thud at Pittsburgh wasn't a message to sit Flacco on the road, your Fantasy team might not survive another bad start on the road. Flacco has averaged 176 yards and thrown just three touchdowns and been picked off four times on the road this season.
Reggie Bush, Dolphins, RB: After a torrid start to this season, Bush has been pretty bad. He has scored 10 or more Fantasy points in just one of his last four games and failed to score more than seven in seven of the Dolphins last eight games.
Mark Ingram, Saints, RB: The former Heisman winner has been better as of late, leading the Saints in carries in each of the last two games. However, Darren Sproles is returning this week after undergoing surgery for a hand injury. A split with him, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory on top of a matchup with the 49ers doesn't bode well for Ingram.
Mike Wallace, Steelers, WR: Maybe this is me putting no faith in 37-year-old Charlie Batch's ability to sustain drives and run an offense or maybe it's the fact Wallace has struggled holding onto passes this season. The Steelers play the Browns this week and shutdown corner Joe Haden is due back, so Wallace is a guy you should sit.
Scott Chandler, Bills, TE: Outside of two big games against the Patriots, the former Hawkeye has scored more than six Fantasy points just twice this season. The Bills face the Colts, who have given up just under four points a game to opposing tight ends.
Fantasy writer DJ Jarvis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DJavis_DA
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