NFL Top Performers - Week 11

Matt Schaub is back...and so is Houston teammate Andre Johnson. Neither of the "pass 'n catch" combo seemed to miss a beat as the duo connected 6 times for 120 yards and a TD in week 11 for the Texans.

Week 11 is over and in the books. We've compiled and wrapped up the week with our weekly NFL Top Performers column. See below for compiled stats and in-depth analysis...and check back each Tuesday as we'll continue to break down the stars all season long!

 
 

QUARTERBACKS

Tom Brady is absolutely amazing and will be given every opportunity this season to put up numbers with his well-equipped offense for 4 quarters regardless of the scoreboard...Brady's 31 for 39 - 373 yard passing performance (w/ 5 TDs) against the Bills on SNF is typical of his showings all season. Some believed Brady would have a great season with the revamped Pats receiving offense, but Tony Romo was barely thought to be a top 10 QB by most...Romo has made believers out of critics and played up to his personal standards again on Sunday with a 4 TD game at home against the division rival Washington Redskins. Vince Young finally had a decent statistical game in 2007,...although a team loss for the Tennessee Titans against the Denver Broncos on MNF. Brett Favre showed again he has no plans to slow anytime soon...Favre will take the national stage this Thursday against the Lions in Detroit. Jason Campbell's 54 attempts (348 yards) weren't enough to get past the Dallas Cowboys. Matt Hasselbeck is grooving and has his wide receiving weapons finally healthy...the Seahawks have a nice matchup schedule down the stretch for fantasy owners of Seattle players. Carson Palmer keeps producing quality fantasy numbers despite the team woes in Cincy. Matt Schaub returned (with Andre Johnson) and performed well in week 11. Jon Kitna threw for 377 yards and a TD on Sunday. Daunte Culpepper's days may be numbered in Oakland, but he still managed to throw for well over 300 yards and a TD for fantasy owners that had him in the starting lineup. Philip Rivers completed 55% of his passes for 300+ yards and a TD in the Charger losss to the Jags on Sunday.

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week 11

QB

Pass Comp

Pass Att

Pass Yards

TDs

Tom Brady
31
39
373
5
Tony Romo
22
32
293
4
Vince Young
26
41
305*
1, 1 (run)
Brett Favre
22
30
218
3
Jason Campbell
33
54
348
2
Matt Hasselbeck
30
44
337
2
Carson Palmer
37
52
329
2
Matt Schaub
21
33
293
2
Jon Kitna
28
43
377
1
Daunte Culpepper
23
39
344
1
Philip Rivers
22
40
309
1

*Young also rushed 11 times for 74 yards (including a TD)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

Take nothing away from rookie Adrian Peterson, but the Minnesota Vikings (specifically the Viking O-line) know how to run the football. Chester Taylor filled in for an injured Peterson without missing a beat as Taylor busted for 202 total yards and 3 TDs! LaDainian Tomlinson put up 155 yards and a TD in the loss to Jacksonville. Willis McGahee helped the Baltimore Ravens along with his 100+ rushing yards while former Raven (Jamal Lewis) helped boost the Cleveland Browns to another win in the same division. Earnest Graham was impressive on the road in Atlanta. With Shaun Alexander banged up, Maurice Morris could be the starting Seahawk RB for the rest of the season...Mo-Mo put up over 100 total yards and a TD against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in a "payback" game for last season's NFC Championship loss. Joseph Addai helped the Colts get it done at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brandon Jacobs put up over 100 versatile yards and a TD for the Giants, but was injured in the process (the extent is still being determined). Andre Hall filled in for Travis Henry and game-injured Selvin Young and rushed for 89 yards on 7 carries (largely a result of a long TD run). Brian Westbrook put up a monster total of 148 rushing yards on 32 carries before leaving the game with an injury. Cedric Benson looked perhaps better than he has all season for the Bears while averaging 8 yards per carry (way up from his 3 ypc seasonal average). Thomas Jones, Steven Jackson, Ron Dayne, DeShaun Foster, and Reggie Bush all had yardage totals of over 100, but none of the backs were able to make it into the endzone for their respective teams.

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week 11

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Chester Taylor
22
164
3
38
202
3
LaDainian Tomlinson
16
62
5
93
155
1
Willis McGahee
21
102
2
24
126
1
Jamal Lewis
22
92
4
30
122
1
Earnest Graham
17
102
1
6
108
1
Maurice Morris
18
87
1
19
106
1
Joseph Addai
21
72
4
34
106
1
Brandon Jacobs
11
54
4
49
103
1
Andre Hall
7
89
0
0
89
1
Brian Westbrook
32
148
1
0
148
0
Cedric Benson
11
89
1
-2
87
1
Thomas Jones
30
117
1
7
124
0
Steven Jackson
23
92
4
20
112
0
Ron Dayne
21
89
3
26
115
0
DeShaun Foster
20
87
1
21
108
0
Reggie Bush
15
34
12
70
104
0

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Be thankful this week for Thanksgiving...and that you did not have your fantasy team go up against Terrell Owens or Randy Moss in week 11! Both Owens and Moss put up well over 100+ yards and each scored 4 (FOUR) TDs on Sunday...wow! To put the "4 TDs in one game" feat in perspective, Terrell Owens led all 2006 NFL wide receivers in TDs for 2006...and he did it with 13 for the entire season. #2 wide receivers D.J. Hackett and Drew Carter put up #1 like numbers with 130+ receiving yards and a touchdown apiece for the Seahawks and Panthers. Santana Moss was healthy enough to play and proved the point with a 9 for 121 (1 TD) performance. Andre Johnson also was able to play after being sidelined for most of the season...AJ put up 120 yards on 6 receptions (and a TD) from QB Matt Schaub in a nice return game for each. Just when I think I've heard of every possible backup capable of putting up fantasy points, some guy named Devard Darling catches balls for 107 yards and a score...unbelievable. Larry Fitzgerald caught 8 for 93 yards and a TD. T.J. Houshmandzadeh had similar numbers to Fitz before leaving the game with an injury...teammate Chris Henry matched Housh' numbers nearly exactly and may take over as the favorite WR in the Cincy offense from this point forward (he's arguably the most talented). Ronald Curry, Marques Colston, Shaun McDonald, Roy Williams, and Bernard Berrian all had 100+ receiving yards without a score.

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week 11

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Terrell Owens
8
173
4
Randy Moss
10
128
4
D.J. Hackett
9
136
1
Drew Carter
5
132
1
Santana Moss
9
121
1
Andre Johnson
6
120
1
Devard Darling
4
107
1
Larry Fitzgerald
8
93
1
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
8
87
1
Chris Henry
8
81
1
Ronald Curry
4
120
0
Marques Colston
9
118
0
Shaun McDonald
7
113
0
Roy Williams
6
106
0
Bernard Berrian
9
102
0

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

Green Bay Packer TE Donald Lee may be one of the hottest tight ends at this point of the season...Lee caught 2 more TDs on Sunday from Brett Favre after signing a contract extension just last week. Chris Cooley had a productive game against the Cowboys (8 catches for 89 yards and a score) despite the Washington loss. Antonio Gates is just plain good. Alex Smith, Ben Watson, and Chris Baker all managed scores in week 11. Visanthe Shiancoe put up 94 receiving yards on just 2 grabs. Owen Daniels, Jason Witten, and Kellen Winslow all caught several balls for nice yardage, but the three premier tight ends were all kept out of the endzone in week 11.

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week 11

TE

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Donald Lee
5
49
2
Chris Cooley
8
89
1
Antonio Gates
4
54
1
Alex Smith
3
51
1
Benjamin Watson
3
43
1
Chris Baker
4
34
1
Visanthe Shiancoe
2
94
0
Owen Daniels
5
74
0
Jason Witten
8
67
0
Kellen Winslow
5
64
0

 

 

News and Notes - Bengals WR Chris Henry has now played well in his first 2 games of 2007 and will look to become even more involved down the stretch with the Bengals fading chances...Andre Johnson returned with QB Matt Schaub in week 11 and both looked good...Is it possible that Minnesota has built a "plug 'n play" situation at running back (ala Mike Shannahan and the Broncos)? - Chester Taylor's replacement numbers for Adrian Peterson has people now wondering...Plaxico Burress continues to struggle with his ankle and it showed significantly on Sunday in the game...Javon Walker will likely play in week 12...How about those New England Patriots? - they could have scored 100 in week 11's rout on SNF, but started hearing prominent boos from the fans as the Pats 1st team offense continued to drive while up by 40 in Buffalo...Steve Smith was unable to go in week 11, but should start in week 12...Vince Young had has best statistical game of 2007 on MNF, but still isn't a recommended fantasy starter...LenDale White had a disappointing outing in the same game - meaning a potential crowded backfield for the Titans from this point forward with Chris Brown and Chris Henry also receiving carries...Ryan Grant has a sprained ankle, but is expected to play this Thursday against the Lions...Ricky Williams will practice this week for the Dolphins and may play in week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers...Matt Hasselbeck should play this week with little practice (oblique), but coach Mike Holmgren has stated that RB Shaun Alexander will be benched if he does not practice during the week from this point forward...Marvin Harrison is not expected to play against the Falcons this Thursday...According to Patriots running back Laurence Maroney, he wasn't hurt prior to being pulled from the game against the Bills (Maroney carried just 6 times and scored a TD in the rout on SNF)...It's doubtful that that Larry Johnson will play again in 2007 (according to recent revelations by sources close to Johnson)...Don't forget the Thanksgiving Day games - Green Bay @ Detroit 12:30 / NYJ @ Dallas 4:15 / Indianapolis @ Atlanta 8:15 (all times EST)

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