Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 11:31 pm
Rookies among surprises for this week's games
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DJ Jarvis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 11 was the week of wide receivers in the NFL.
Nine pass catchers caught two touchdowns or had 100 yards receiving. Some were usual suspects and some came out of nowhere.
The usual suspects: The Saints' Lance Moore (2 TDs), the Texans' Andre Johnson (273 yards, 1 TD), the Lions' Calvin Johnson (143, 1 TD) and the Falcons' Roddy White (123).
The surprises: The Jaguars' rookie Justin Blackmon (236 yards, 1 TD), Colts' rookie Ty Hilton (100 yards, two TDs) and Cowboys' troubled wide out Dez Bryant (145 yards, 1 TD).
The Rams' Brandon Gibson had the most head-scratching game of the weekend, catching three passes for nine yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers' Danario Alexander, who I suggested you pick up last week, caught two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos.
Players you might want to pick up: RB Ronnie Hillman, Broncos; RB Bryce Brown, Eagles; RB Jalen Parmele, Jaguars; TE Dwyane Allen, Indianapolis.
Six things to watch during today's Thanksgiving games
Texans at Lions
Lions secondary: How will a Lions secondary, which has given up more than 20 points per game to wide receivers this year, respond to the duo of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, who combined for more than 200 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. Expect the Schaub-Johnson connection to be fruitful.
Houston defense: Houston gave up an uncharacteristic 37 points last week to the Jaguars. If they don't bounce back, expect Matthew Stafford and his receiving core, led by "Megatron" Calvin Johnson, to have a big week.
Redskins at Cowboys
Cowboys receivers: Save for a few games against the NFL Elite in A.J. Green, Victor Cruz and a matchup against Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, the Redskins' secondary has done well against opposing wideouts. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin had 200 yards and a score against the Browns last week and should give the 'Skins some fits.
Alfred Morris: In six of the Cowboys 10 games this year, they have allowed double-digit points to opposing runners. The way Morris has struggled of late, it very well could become six of 11, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Morris bounce back.
Patriots at Jets
New England tight ends: Whoever they might be, New England tight ends should have a solid week. The Jets have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and the fourth-most scores.
Mark Sanchez: The Patriots pass defense has been worse than Sanchez this year. New England has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. If Sanchez can't put up numbers against the Pats, Rex Ryan will need to hand the keys to the offense over to Tim Tebow.
Fantasy writer DJ Jarvis can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @DJavis_DA