Friday, November 30, 2012

THURSDAY NIGHT T & R (Thoughts and Revelations)


NEW ORLEANS @ ATLANTA
How many Drew Brees owners went into Thursday night's game at least confident they'd come out of it with at least 10 fantasy points?  Instead they got a negative 10 fantasy points (depending on your scoring) for five interceptions.  Thomas DeCoud and William Moore trolled the defensive backfield like snipers, picking off pass after pass.  Michael Turner looked like the tank he used to be in San Diego, and despite his ridiculous fumble, Atlanta persevered.

Jacquizz Rodgers continues to run the ball well, but he disappointed as a sleeper play for PPR since he was targeted just twice and gained a negative four yards.  For some reason Jason Snelling became the screen man du jour, and Rodgers 43 yards on eight carries barely got you four points.  New Orleans backfield is a fantasy minefield, but I threw my hate behind Chris Ivory this week.  Instead, it appears Pete Carmichael finally noticed he has an all-purpose, albeit injury-prone back in Pierre Thomas, and finally exploited him.  Does that mean he'll be worth anything next week?  You'd like to think so seeing he gained six yards per carry last Thursday.  But he's been as inconsistent as the other backs for New Orleans, and the game plan depending on matchup seems to determine Carmichael's choice.

Still baffling that Jimmy Graham only had six targets, but perhaps more frightening is that Lance Moore isn't exploited more.  He's made two grabs in the last two weeks where the smaller Moore went up and used his svelt frame to outmaneuver defenders to come down with a jump ball.  While he dropped a normally sure touchdown for him this week, health is the only thing that should keep him from taking advantage of the Giants depleted secondary.  He's been averaging 78 yards per game over the last five, and in PPR leagues,  he's also averaging six targets per game over the last five.  Moore is ranked 13th with a 15.8 yards per catch average, but of the 12 receivers ahead of him, only three have more catches: Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas.