The last time we saw Nick Foles, he was breaking our hearts with an early exit in what should have been a high scoring fantasy game in Philadelphia against the Cowboys. This week and seven touchdown passes later, he’s in the record books. Nick Foles is the epitome of fantasy football; the ebb and flow from disappointment to greatness from week to week.
The Jets rollercoaster ride predictably was on a high this week in a victory over the talented but flawed New Orleans Saints, but fantasy owners of Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham were happy just the same. The Seahawks must be bored in the Pacific Northwest as they appear to be trying to see just how poor they can play, yet still win. Tom Brady looks relieved to finally have his favorite toys back and healthy. Rob Gronkowski looks unstoppable as owners enjoyed his first big dominant game of the season as he and the Patriots appear ready to roll into the playoffs.
We are nine weeks into the season and at this point, we can safely say players are what they are. The cream is rising to the top and the gap between the good teams and bad teams is widening. The playoffs are around the corner, only a month away in most leagues. There is no time to rest on the laurels of your great start, or give up on your lost season. If your team is heading to the playoffs, make it stronger. If your team is in the cellar, go out swinging. There’s only one football season and it’s going by too fast.
Here is this week’s 10 Names You Should Know –
Nick Foles, QB PHI
Since Foles’ concussion in Week 7, the last two weeks of the Chip Kelly Experience have been plagued by being led by a woefully unhealthy Mike Vick and a woefully unready rookie in Matt Barkley. Foles’ return this week yielded an amazing seven touchdown passes, a record-tying performance that will make everyone rush to the waiver wire to re-acquire the second year signal caller. Foles can only go down from here, but let’s hope that it isn’t such a crushing low as the last time we depended on him. The Eagles don’t face a pass defense the rest of the season that is currently ranked higher than 20. That should tell you all you need to know.
Jason Campbell, QB CLE
Jason Campbell looks to be picking up right where former Cleveland Brown folk legend Brian Hoyer left off. In his two starts, Campbell has completed 61% of his throws, tossed five touchdowns and has passed for 555 yards. Norv Turner looks to be able to turn anybody with an ounce of quarterback talent into a fantasy stud. I’m looking at you Brandon Weeden. Anyways, the Browns have a bye, then a tough matchup with the Bengals so look at Campbell as an upside insurance pickup as you prep for the playoffs.
Rashad Jennings, RB OAK
The last time Darren McFadden got hurt, Jennings stepped in and looked decent amassing 116 total yards in relief. He got the start the next game and it did not go so well. Ten carries and 41 yards later, the Raiders backup running back found himself right back on the waiver wire. Darren McFadden exited this week’s game after re-aggravating his hamstring injury and once again, Jennings stepped up and had an outstanding day, logging 174 total yards and a touchdown. Now faced with a chance to possibly start again, will Rashad step up or crumble under the pressure? We have been here before.
Riley Cooper, WR PHI
Somebody has to catch all of those Nick Foles passes. In the two games Nick Foles has started and finished, Cooper has combined for 259 yards and four TDs. There will be plenty of skeptics that will continue to dismiss Cooper, but Foles is obviously making an effort to look for the luscious locks of the 4th year wide receiver. So should you.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR PIT
Roethlisberger was feeling it on Sunday, going head-to-head with Tom Brady trying to match him throw-for-throw. It was a valiant effort, punctuated even more in that he was leaning on the highly respected Jerricho Cotchery for 96 yards and three TDs. The old veteran had a renaissance of a day that he will unfortunately not come close to duplicating again. It was nice to see Cotchery show that he still has something left in the tank, but it would be alot to ask for him to do it again.