If you were brave enough to watch last night’s came in its entirety, you saw a surprisingly entertaining affair. Those aren’t words I would have ever thought of using to describe a Texans-Jaguars game, but here we are.
In a game the Jags won 27-20 to officially kill whatever shred of Teddy Bridgewater contention they had left, you saw Maurice Jones-Drew bust out of his slumber with 123 total yards before inevitably leaving early with a hamstring injury, and much of that came on a season long 48-yard run. You also saw the expected comedy, with Case Keenum getting yanked in favor of Matt Schaub, and then both Texans quarterbacks posted nearly identical numbers. So yeah, about Bridgewater then.
But what remains truly astounding despite this loss and all the Texans’ losses (11 straight) is the play of Andre Johnson.
Johnson was targeted an obscene 21 times last night, which is clearly a season-high, but that sort of volume isn’t at all out of the ordinary for our boy. Of the 13 games he’s now played this year, Johnson has seen single-digit targets only five times, averaging 11.5 per game while leading the league with 149 overall. Those opportunities alone would make him a fantasy stud even with an average performance, but Johnson is far above average.
He caught 13 of those targets last night for 154 yards, and with that he tied Jerry Rice for the most career games with double-digit receptions and over 150 yards (10 apiece). He also moved into fifth all-time with his 50th +100 yard receiving game. Note again that he’s been receiving passes from Matt Schaub for most of his career, and then let that feeling of amazement grow.
He’s had his duds this year in the form of four games with less than 40 receiving yards, which we can mostly blame on that quarterbacking debacle. But the presence of that nothingness actually makes Johnson’s overall 2013 performance this year that much more impressive.
Despite the dead weight he’s second in total yards (1,277), fifth in yards per game (98.2), and tied for third in catches of 20 yards or more (19). That’s pretty alright for a guy who’s 32 years old.
More notes, reading, stray thoughts, and other such randomness
This was a thing
Some hero on the Internet yesterday did some ‘shopping, and this happened…
Holy hell! They made me look like Drew Brees! pic.twitter.com/ccsirD8fkJ
— Peyton’s Head (@PeytonsHead) December 5, 2013
Sleeping on Manning
There really hasn’t been much to enjoy about Eli Manning from a fantasy perspective this season, or any perspective really. That happens when a quarterback throws 18 interceptions, and completes less than 55.0 percent of his passes in five games.
But this week if Manning is on your fake roster, you need to start him. Rotoworld’s Nick Meniso explains why his matchup is delicious:
Manning gets to travel to San Diego and face the team that originally drafted him. The Chargers trot out an awful pass defense weekly. Pro Football Focus grades the Bolts out as the single worst pass defense in the league, while they’ve given up the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Speaking of sleeper quarterbacks
Carson Palmer also has a pretty decent Week 14 matchup against the Rams. But does this sound like a quarterback who’s destined for success this week?
Carson Palmer didn’t throw as much as other QBs in open portion of practice. Elbow covered by sleeve. #AZCardinals
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 5, 2013
The best running back matchup of the week ?
It pains me to say this because he’s disappointed us so often and with such pleasure, but the best running back matchup of the week may belong to Chris Johnson, whose Titans travel to Denver. The Fake Football’s Scott Watson shares this wonderful news:
Denver has allowed 100+ yards rushing and a rushing TD to opposing RBs in four of their last five games. They are also allowing an average of six receptions to opposing RBs over the last four weeks. Tennessee may be playing from behind in this game, but Chris Johnson should have his opportunities.
RG3 knows how to dodge a report
Yes, he’s quite good at it now, and he does it at least once a week. It’s not at all his fault, but the cycle is getting a little tiresome. At the beginning of the week a loosely sourced report emerges saying that Robert Griffin III said or did or thought something terrible, and then eventually that report is summarily denied.
So that’s where we were at yesterday when Griffin shrugged off a report that he rushed back too quickly from injury due to a fear that Kirk Cousins would take his job.
“Me and Kirk have always been good. That’s not an issue. The way I look at it, hard work, dedication and God’s grace is what helped me come back and play so quick.”
“Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not that guy. I’m not the guy that these negative articles are trying to paint me to be.”