Ballers of the Week
Andre Johnson, WR Houston Texans
Johnson put in yet another strong performance for 2008 and also set a Texans record in the process. He hauled in 11 passes for a franchise record 207 yards and a touchdown Sunday as Houston upset the Titans 13-12. He now has scored a TD in each of the last three games and is clearly a top-five fantasy WR.
Dallas Clark, TE Indianapolis Colts
The steady TE out of Indy also had a career day of his own, grabbing 12 balls for 142 yards and a score. QB Peyton Manning was heavily relying on Clark throughout the day as the Colts let the lowly Lions hang around a lot longer than they should have. This was a big week for Dallas as he failed to go over 50 yards in any of the last five games.
Steve Smith, WR Carolina Panthers
Smith continued to tear opposing secondary’s apart and went over the 100 yard receiving mark for the fourth-straight game as he torched the Denver Broncos in week 15. Smith had nine receptions for 165 yards and a TD. It was his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season and owners shouldn’t expect anything less the last two weeks of the season.
Busts of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs
Wow, talk about a total collapse! The Chiefs blew a 21-10 fourth quarter lead against the Chargers, losing 22-21. They let San Diego score two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the contest and then missed a 50-yard field goal as time expired that would of won them the game. There’s not much to say about Kansas City other than to get ready for 2009.
Jeff Fisher, Tennessee Titans Head Coach
Perhaps the worst coaching decision of 2008 came in the Tennessee/Houston game. With his team trailing 13-12 and facing a fourth and three on the Texans 32-yard line, Titans head coach Jeff Fisher elected to go for it instead of letting kicker Rob Bironas attempt a 49-yard field goal. Bironas had already hit four FG’s in the game and is known for having a big leg. Needless to say, the Titans did not convert and lost the game.
J.P. Losman, QB Buffalo Bills
Starting in place of injured QB Trent Edwards, Losman had a horrific game for Buffalo, throwing for just one score against three interceptions and losing a fumble late in the game that resulted in a winning defensive TD for the Jets. The Bills are now officially out of playoff contention and Losman is officially the worst QB in the NFL.
DeShaun Foster, RB San Francisco 49ers
Foster got the start in week 15 with starter Frank Gore sidelined with an ankle injury and did a pretty solid job. He had 18 carries for 76 yards and five receptions for 25 yards. I know the numbers weren’t overwhelming, but they certainly weren’t bad. If Gore has to miss next week’s game at St. Louis then I would classify Foster as a must-start.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB Minnesota Vikings
No one has ever mentioned Jackson’s athletic ability as the reason why he has been so inconsistent in his short NFL career. It is more that he needs time to develop and learn how to become a complete QB. Well Jackson definitely took steps in the right direction on Sunday as he threw for four TD’s and 163 yards against the Cardinals. More importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over at all and was very efficient as he was filling in for injured QB Gus Frerotte.
Keep on your Fantasy Radar
Reggie Williams, WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Williams is now the best WR in Jacksonville with the suspension of Matt Jones and should gain some fantasy relevance in the process. QB David Garrard has always looked to Williams in the red zone and that should only happen even more now that Garrard lost his tallest target in Jones. Williams could put up some surprising numbers in the last few weeks of 2008 so keep him in mind.
Must Start of Week 16
Matt Schaub, QB Houston Texans
Schaub is looking healthy now and has had two solid games in-a-row for Houston. His chemistry with wide out Andre Johnson has never looked stronger and the ability of RB Steve Slaton to run has opened up the passing game even more. Schaub will be a top-five fantasy QB over the last two weeks even with tough matchups at Oakland and against Chicago.
Please Bench of Week 16
The soap opera in Dallas has died down for at least one week as they upset the Giants Sunday night. The bottom line is WR’s Terrell Owens, Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton are all team cancer and their selfishness will cost the Cowboys. TE Jason Witten is the only worthy starter in week 16 against the Ravens because Baltimore defensive backs Ed Reed, Samari Rolle and Fabian Washington will be all over the those three other worthless and self-centered Dallas receivers.