Fantasy Football Studs And Duds: Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook Back With A Vengeance

If You Stuck With Donovan McNabb Through The Bad Times, This Was Your Reward [Fantasy Football Studs and Duds]

12/2/08 in NFL   |   sharapovasthigh   |   respect

The week 13 studs are headlined by a couple of guys that haven't done much in recent weeks, in Eagles Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. It was a great week for fantasy defenses as well, with 14 of them racking up double-digit fantasy points. However, it was a very bad week for many of the usually top running backs and wide receivers.

Let's see who the week 13 studs and duds were... points are based off ESPN's standard league settings:


STUDS

QB: Donovan McNabb(28 Points). After 2 atrocious games in a row, the last of which he was benched at halftime and  the headlining NFL story of the week, Donovan McNabb was sensational on Thanksgiving against the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles QB had 4 TD passes, 260 yards passing, and added 24 yards on the ground. He’ll go into New York next week though to face the Giants, so don’t expect a similar effort. Still, it’s refreshing to see for McNabb owners, and he’ll be a great play in 2 weeks against the Cleveland Browns.

Aaron Rodgers(25 Points).
Tough loss for the Packers at home against the Panthers in a game they had to have to stay alive in the NFC North race, but their QB did his part. Rodgers threw for 298 yards and 3 TD. He threw for 1 INT, but made up for that with 26 rushing yards. Furthermore, he figures to be a great fantasy QB down the stretch with Houston at home, at Jacksonville, at Chicago, and Detroit at home. With the fantasy playoffs looming, he could be a guy that will carry a team to the fantasy title with those favorable matchups.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Tony Romo(24 Points), Jay Cutler(20 Points), Joe Flacco(20 Points), Gus Frerotte(16 Points), Matt Ryan(16 Points).

RB: Brian Westbrook(37 Points).
Overshadowed by all the talk of McNabb was Brian Westbrook and his outstanding game. Westbrook had been considered “Questionable” to play all week, and didn’t look healthy in the previous few games. Well, he looked just fine in this one, running for 110 yards with 2 TD’s, and added 3 receptions for 30 yards and 2 more TD’s, for 4 TD’s total. Westbrook didn’t have double-digit fantasy points in the previous 3 games, and that coupled with his “Questionable” status likely led many people to benching him. I don’t think many people will be doing that again for the fantasy superstar that appears to be finally healthy.

DeAngelo Williams(32 Points).
With the Packers having one of the league’s worst run defenses, this appeared to be a good matchup for Williams. However, it was assumed he’d  run for a lot of yards, but only totaled 72 yards over 21 carries. Thankfully for his fantasy owners, he got in the end zone 4 times. He also added 3 catches for 14 yards.
Didn’t Forget Ya:
Steve Slaton(30 Points), Thomas Jones(27 Points), Chris Johnson(24 Points), LenDale White(22 Points), Adrian Peterson(19 Points), Peyton Hillis(18 Points).

WR: Mark Clayton(27 Points).
Wow, where the hell did this come from? Mark Clayton? Coming into this game, Clayton’s best fantasy total of the season was 14 points in week 9 against Cleveland, and he had only reached double-digits 3 times. Clayton had 5 catches, 164 yards, 1 receiving TD, 33 passing yards, and 1 passing TD. Playing the Bengals can do wonders for your success I guess.

Bernard Berrian(18 Points). Fantasy owners can thank Bears cornerback Peanut Tillman for Berrian’s success, as Tillman for some reason broke inside with no safety help, and then Berrian was wide open on a streak route down the sidelines for a 99-yard TD where he could’ve jogged  for the last 50 yards. Aside from that, he just had 3 catches for 23 yards, but you don’t care about that. You just care about the 18 points he gave your team.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Larry Fitzgerald(18 Points), Greg Jennings(17 Points), Derrick Mason(15 Points), Terrell Owens(15 Points).

TE: Jason Witten(17 Points). Finally. After Witten had fantasy point totals of 9, 11, 6, 15, 13 to start the season, his highest amount of points from weeks 6 through 12 was just 5. Tony Romo being out certainly had a lot to do with that, and Witten took advantage of his now healthy QB with 9 catches for 115 yards and a TD on Thanksgiving versus the Seahawks. He’ll now have to face 4 great defenses to finish the season though: at Pittsburgh, New York Giants at home, Baltimore at home, and at Philadelphia.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Tony Gonzalez(11 Points), John Carlson(10 Points).

K: Rob Bironas(21 Points).
I thought Bironas would be the best kicker to play in week 13 and he definitely was. You had to like the fact he was indoors and against the Lions. He was 4/4 on field goals, all of them over 40 yards, and added 5 extra points as the Titans destroyed the Lions like everybody else is.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Jeff Reed(15 Points), David Akers(14 Points), Josh Brown(14 Points), Kris Brown(14 Points).

D/ST: Indianapolis Colts(20 Points).
The Titans defense got just as many fantasy points, but in my tiebreaker rules, it goes to the team that wasn’t playing the Lions. The Colts defense had 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FR, and only allowed 6 points at Cleveland. With the offense having an awful game, the defense won this one for the Colts.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Tennessee Titans(20 Points), Baltimore Ravens(19 Points), Pittsburgh Steelers(19 Points), Dallas Cowboys(15 Points).


DUDS

QB: Peyton Manning(1 Point).
Like Mila Kunis dating Macaulay Culkin, nobody could’ve seen this coming and it’s extremely disappointing. 1 fantasy point against the Browns? Dude was averaging 19 fantasy points over his previous 5 games. Just 125 passing yards, 2 INT, 0 TD, and 3 carries for -2 yards. Don’ worry though  fantasy owners, his next 2 games are against the Bengals and Lions, both games at home.

Brett Favre(7 Points). Yeah I know Matt Cassel had -2 fantasy points, but I told you that he was in for a rough game if you read my Week 13 Fantasy Football Roundup! But Brett Favre… Not a single TD pass against the Broncos? I live in Denver and watch all their games, so this completely shocks me. Their defense has been more pathetic than Patti LaBelle’s rendition of the National Anthem, and Favre’s been outstanding all year. This seemed like a fantasy dream matchup for Favre. The rain definitely made a difference, but still, Jay Cutler was able to throw for 357 yards and 2 TD in it.
You Stunk Too: Matt Cassel(-2 Points), Marc Bulger(-1 Point), Kerry Collins(3 Points Against The Lions!), Trent Edwards(4 Points), Philip Rivers(6 Points), Chad Pennington(7 Points Against The Rams!).

RB: Clinton Portis(3 Points).
He left with a neck injury, but in the 11 carries he had, he only ran for 22 yards. He also came into the game “Questionable” with a knee injury and had a tough matchup against the Giants, but you still expected more than 3 points.
Joseph Addai(3 Points). There’s plenty of guys I could’ve chosen instead, but only getting 3 fantasy points against the Browns was very disappointing  for Addai owners. He also only had 1 catch for 6 yards, and lost a fumble.
You Stunk Too: Willis McGahee(0 Points), Cedric Benson(1 Point), Deuce McAllister(1 Point), Kevin Smith(2 Points), Reggie Bush(3 Points), Ryan Grant(3 Points), Tim Hightower(3 Points), Maurice Jones-Drew(4 Points), Jonathan Stewart(5 Points),  Frank Gore(6 Points).

WR: Braylon Edwards(3 Points).
There’s a few guys that were just as bad, but I’m putting him here just because of how bad he’s been all year. 2 catches for 36 yards, and things don’t look any better in the coming future with Ken Dorsey at QB.

Randy Moss(4 Points). 4 catches for 48 yards, but a couple of very bad drops, one of which  where he was in the end zone.
You Stunk Too: Laveranues Coles(0 Points), Santana Moss(3 Points), Torry Holt(3 Points), Wes Welker(3 Points), Jerricho Cotchery(4 Points),  Reggie Wayne(4 Points), Brandon Marshall(5 Points).

TE: Antonio Gates(2 Points). His third straight bad week with just 3 catches for 27 yards. Keep him in your lineup though.
You Stunk Too: Greg Olsen(0 Points), Kellen Winslow(1 Point), Dallas Clark(2 Points), Owen Daniels(2 Points).

K: Rian Lindell(1 Point).
You figured the Bills would be able to score some points against the 49ers at home, so Lindell would be a solid option at kicker. Well, they couldn’t find in the end zone once, and Lindell was only 1 for 3 on his field goal tries. Pathetic week from a guy that racked up 18 fantasy points the week before.
You Stunk Too: Neil Rackers(2 Points), Robbie Gould(2 Points), Adam Vinatieri(3 Points), Nate Kaeding(3 Points), Stephen Gostkowski(3 Points).

D/ST: Arizona Cardinals(-7 Points). I’d assume most people wouldn’t play them at Philadelphia, but those that did expected to get a better performance than this. Arizona looked disgustingly bad out there on defense, so maybe I’m giving McNabb and Westbrook too much credit too early. They allowed 48 points, and 185 yards on the ground. They’ll go home fast in January if the defense doesn’t turn it up a notch.
You Stunk Too: Green Bay Packers(-3 Points), Jacksonville Jaguars(-3 Points), New England Patriots(-1 Points), Chicago Bears(0 Points).

Feel free to leave any comments and ask any questions. It's also very possible I left out some studs & duds and post away about who I should've had on here. You can read more of my stuff at my blog, Sharapova's Thigh.
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12/2/08   |   donm454   |   20 respect

McNabb had a 3 TD game vs the Giants in the first game.  This benching is going to turn out to be a great thing. The team knows that one loss and they're done.  this game is more important to the Eagles than it is to the Giants and I think the Eagles will pull it off on the final drive.

12/2/08   |   sharapovasthigh

Yeah McNabb's got a tough game against NYG this week so it's possible he stinks again. Like I said, the Arizona defense just looked awful so it's tough to get a good read on McNabb, although Westbrook definitely appeared to be running well so that's a good sign at least. Cassel's fine, everybody's gonna struggle against the Steelers.

12/2/08   |   Pat   |   5222 respect

Unfortunately, I was one of the ones who gave up on McNabb. And really, I'm still not sold. I'm still sticking with Matt Cassel (ouch) for now.