For those of you who are lamenting the demise of the NFL running back, you may want to put a hold on that. Some old familiar names are making a splash again. With the resurgence of Tennessee's Chris Johnson and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, the running back is again making it's case as the most important position outside of quarterback. In fact, with wideouts being the deepest, it's more important to try to get that back that can make a difference.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: 21-33 341 yards 3 TDs, 1 INT. 1 rush, 1 yard , 1 TD (35 points)
It's feast or famine when you play Joe Flacco, but luckily for Flacco owners they were treated with a meal worthy of Thanksgiving. Looking at Flacco this season, it's safe to say that you should start him when he's at home and bench him on away games. He is averaging 179.8 ypg away while 322.4 when sleeping in his own bed.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: 12 receptions 207 yards 1 TD (24 points)
It was a career day for fantasy football performances as Calvin Johnson finished with a career high 12 receptions for 207 yards. He was targeted 13 times, making 12, and gained 171 yards of his 207 in the second half. Those second half yards doubled the amount (82) that the rest of the team had in the same time.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: 27 rushes 171 yards 1 TD (25 points)
With Peterson's 171 yards, he extended his streak of games with at least 100 yards to four straight, matching the longest such streak of his career. AP did the brunt of his work in the fourth quarter where he compiled 108 yards on eight carries. Touchdown wise, today's was his 5th in his past four games, giving him seven for the season. All this coming from a guy who doesn't feel he's all the way back from injury either.
"I still can get stronger. I'm still not there. I'm pressing to get there," Peterson said, when asked whether he's 100 percent healthy. "I'm going to come back stronger and better after the bye."
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints: 7 receptions 146 yards 2 TDs (26 points)
After missing week 7 with an ankle injury, Graham put any doubters to rest with a career game in the Saints win against the previously undefeated Falcons. With Drew Brees tossing the ball, Graham remains a top fantasy tight end and should be started in all formats.
Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings: 4 for 4 2 xp (14 points)
Walsh continues to capitalize on a Minnesota offense that is finding it's way easy going thanks to the rushing of Adrian Peterson. As long as Peterson remains healthy, expect the Vikings offense to thrive, which in turn keeps Walsh at the top of the kicker pecking order.
Jarius Wright, WR, Minnesota Vikings: 3 receptions 65 yards 1 TD
Making his NFL debut, Wright found the endzone and looked solid filling in for the injured Percy Harvin. He led all Vikings wideouts in week 10 and his 54 yard reception is the teams longest all season. His future value remains questionable but if this performance is any indication, Minnesota would be wise to work him into a more permanent role.
Free Agent Watch
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers: 5 receptions 134 yards 1 TD (19 points)
The San Diego Chargers offense is one of those that can either look really good or really bad, you just can't figure them out. However, they do have a talented QB who could use a go-to guy. Alexander could be that guy and is worth a flier.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: 7 carries 65 yards 1 TD, 5 receptions 29 yards (14 points)
Smart owners of Ahmad Bradshaw already have Brown stashed away, but just in case, I'd check his availability anyway. While not the starter, Brown has still scored in the last four Giants games and is worth a start in bigger leagues.
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