To be honest, I missed much of the live action because I was playing “Santa” at an event, so I had to catch up on the action myself to see how everybody did. Some of the rookies soared, while others took a dive. How did yours do?
Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – I really thought Winston would blow up in the game against New Orleans. New Orleans has a terrible pass defense and Winston had a full stable of healthy receivers. Well, his performance left a lot to be desired. He had accuracy issues and was 18-for-32 with only 182 yards and one touchdown and an interception and 24 rushing yards. I figured he was a shoe-in for more than 250 yards and at least two touchdowns. Sorry to all of you who started him. If you are still alive in your playoffs, be advised that he faces the St. Louis front four this week.
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee – It figured to be a long afternoon for Mariota and Tennessee playing against the strong New York Jets defense. Well, that was indeed the case as Mariota suffered five sacks and one interception while going 21-of-34 for 274 yards. He did, however, reward his owners with a 41-yard touchdown catch. I still believe he would have had a much better season had he not lost so many receivers to injury.
Garrett Grayson – New Orleans – Inactive
Sean Mannion – St. Louis –Inactive
Bryce Petty – New York Jets – Inactive
Brett Hundley – Green Bay – Inactive
Trevor Siemian – Denver – Inactive
Todd Gurley – St. Louis – Welcome back. We have missed him. After a month of sub-par games, Gurley was able to re-establish himself as a top running back against Detroit on Sunday with 16 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He did injure his knee a little, but should be back for Tampa Bay on Thursday. Make sure to check the injury report. If he is playing, he should be locked into all lineups.
Melvin Gordon – San Diego – The injuries suffered to San Diego’s offensive players continue to cause problems in the running game. Once again, Gordon struggled with only 35 yards on 14 carries. Thankfully he also had four catches for 28 yards. I am really interested to see how San Diego approaches this offseason; the offensive line is terrible and needs major attention. Gordon now has 201 touches this year without a touchdown compared to scoring 32 touchdowns last year with Wisconsin.
T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville – It is too bad that Yeldon injured his knee on Sunday against Indianapolis, as he was having a nice game with 11 carries for 62 yards. His schedule for the playoffs is really nice with Atlanta this week. Make sure to keep up on the injury report.
Ameer Abdullah – Detroit – Let’s face it, St. Louis has a pretty good defensive line. Detroit can vouch for that after generating no running game against it on Sunday. Abdullah only had 23 yards on seven carries and two catches for 21 yards in the loss. Look for a better game this coming Monday at New Orleans.
Tevin Coleman – Atlanta – Coleman had three carries for 15 yards in the blowout loss to Carolina.
Duke Johnson – Cleveland – The Cleveland running game took off in a big way on Sunday against San Francisco. Johnson had 13 carries for 78 yards and added a 6-yard catch. It will probably be a one-week thing, however, because Cleveland plays at red-hot Seattle on Sunday.
David Johnson – Arizona – Johnson continued to play well last Thursday against Minnesota, with 19 rushes for 92 yards and five catches for 31 yards. He did, however, drop a touchdown and also came up just short of another touchdown. Look for Johnson to have a big game this week against Philadelphia.
Matt Jones – Washington – Washington ran the ball 33 times against Chicago on Sunday, and Jones led the way with 18 carries for 62 yards. Jones was very fortunate that he fumbled but it came right back to him. Jones also caught two passes for 24 yards. Look for Washington to run often to try and control the clock in the fight for the NFC (L)East division race. Jones is the lead back and would see the most work.
Jeremy Langford – Chicago – Chicago continued to split the workload between Matt Forte and Langford again this week, only this week Langford fell on the short side with only 11 carries for 37 yards and catching only 3-of-7 passes for 27 yards. To make matters worse, Langford dropped a few of those passes. It doesn’t bode well for the coming week at Minnesota, as Minnesota is getting healthy again on defense.
Jalston Fowler – Tennessee – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Javorius “Buck” Allen – Baltimore – With the game scheduled against Seattle on Sunday, the forecast was not good for any Baltimore player. That was indeed the case because Baltimore did very little on offense. Allen only had 14 yards on eight carries and fumbled one of those. Allen did have five catches for 44 yards to give fantasy owners a little something. It could be another tough day this Sunday playing red-hot Kansas City. Temper your expectations some.
Mike Davis – San Francisco – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
David Cobb – Tennessee – Two carries for 1 yard against the rock-solid New York Jets defense.
Karlos Williams – Buffalo – Inactive
Michael Burton – Detroit – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Cameron Artis-Payne – Carolina – Inactive
Josh Robinson – Indianapolis – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Aaron Ripkowski – Green Bay – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Marcus Murphy – New Orleans – Did Not Play/No Stat Line
Zach Zenner – Detroit – Sent to Injured Reserve
Jarryd Hayne – San Francisco – On Practice Squad
Thomas Rawls – Seattle – No! That is what many fantasy football players are saying after Rawls broke his ankle and is now out for the year. Rawls has been a Top 10 back since taking over lead back duties and was once again having a nice game. He started out on Sunday with six carries for 44 yards and seemed on his way to a big game before the injury.
Terron Ward – Atlanta – Inactive