Michael Crabtree Makes Pro Debut
The rookie out of Texas Tech finally played in his first career NFL game on Sunday and had a decent day. Crabtree caught five passes for 56 yards, but the 49ers lost to the Houston Texans, 24-21. He was targeted a total of six times on the day, which is pretty solid seeing that this was his first game ever. Crabtree looked to be confident on the field and his hands were great as usual. The sky is the limit for this kid in his rookie campaign, and don’t be surprised if he quickly becomes the No. 1 receiver in San Francisco as he really doesn’t have too much competition there to begin with. From here on out I see Crabtree as a solid flex option in all fantasy formats and even a No. 2 WR when the matchup is favorable. I expect him to average 5-7 catches and anywhere from 65-85 yards receiving per game the rest of the season with a handful of scores.
Jets Defense Looks Strong in Shutout of Oakland
The New York Jets finally bounced back and ended their three-game losing streak with a 38-0 crushing of the Raiders. New York as a team rushed for 316 yards with four touchdowns, including 121 yards and a score from running backs Thomas Jones and 144 yards and two scores from rookie Shonn Greene. Greene has now climbed into fantasy relevance for two reasons: his performance on Sunday was incredible and Leon Washington broke his leg and is out for the season. Hopefully the rookie can continue to be solid, but the loss of Washington, who was arguably the Jets’ biggest playmaker, is a big blow to the team. Mark Sanchez wasn’t spectacular, but he played a solid game free of turnovers. He completed 9-of-15 passes for 143 yards. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another score.
Palmer and Bengals Impressive in Week 7
Cincinnati destroyed the Chicago Bears on Sunday 45-10 and is now 5-2 on the season and in first place in the AFC North. Carson Palmer had a huge day against a usually solid Chicago defense. He threw for 233 yards and completed 20 of 24 passes with five touchdowns! Palmer is clearly finding his groove and seems to be injury-free after suffering a sprained ankle and finger earlier in the season. Leading receiver Chad Ochocinco caught a season-high 10 balls for 118 yards and two scores, while Cedric Benson continued his Pro-Bowl type season with a career-high 189 yards rushing and a touchdown. It was a complete day for the Bengals, who are starting to look more and more like a playoff team in 2009.
Saints Remain Undefeated with Second Half Comeback
Trailing 34-24 after three periods, New Orleans scored 22 straight points in the fourth quarter to beat Miami 46-34 and stay unbeaten at 6-0. Drew Brees had his worst game of the season, throwing just one touchdown pass with three interceptions, but he came up big in the final frame, running for a TD and completing passes of 66 and 21 yards. The New Orleans defense didn’t have a great game either, but still returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Up next for the Saints is a home game against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.
Romo Starting to Impress
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has now had two solid starts in a row for the Cowboys. On Sunday against the Falcons, Romo completed 21 of 29 throws for 311 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, he did not fumble or throw any interceptions. The Cowboys won the game 37-21, due in large part to Romo and 2009 breakout receiver Miles Austin, who has been incredible in his last two games. Austin had six catches for 171 yards and two TDs on Sunday and now has 421 yards and four scores in his last two contests! Look for Romo and the rest of the Cowboys to remain hot next week against the Seahawks.
Matt Forte a 2009 Bust?
Chicago Bears running back and first-round fantasy pick Matt Forte had another terrible game as he logged just 24 yards on six carries and 25 yards on four receptions. This was the third time in six games that Forte has rushed for less than 30 yards. Take away his 121-yard, one-TD performance against the lowly Lions in Week 4 and Forte has rushed for just 197 yards and zero touchdowns in five games this season. I was a huge Forte fan going into the 2009 season and thought he was going to have a big fantasy season this year, but he is just not getting the carries this season (only averaging about 15 per game) and is not improving his numbers at all. Forte does have some favorable matchups coming up the next three weeks with home games against the Browns and Cardinals, then at San Francisco, so maybe he can get back on track, but I wouldn’t count on it. He’s had good matchups the last two weeks and has combined to rush for 47 yards in those two games. As a fantasy owner, you must continue to start him every week though, whether you like it or not.
DeSean Jackson Shines on Monday Night
Jackson rewarded fantasy owners with 24 points last night and he did all this with only two catches and one rushing attempt! The Eagles’ second-year receiver made the most of his opportunities by running for a 67-yard touchdown on an end around in the first quarter and then catching a 57-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter from Donovan McNabb. Philadelphia beat Washington 27-17. Jackson finished the night with just two receptions for 69 yards, but scored two touchdowns. He was targeted five times in the game, but owners can’t be too happy with just two catches on the night. Those big scoring plays were there against a bad team like Washington, but won’t be there against the likes of the Giants, Cowboys or Chargers.