Spec­tac­u­lar plays also bring points

Packer Plus - - Fantasy Football - By LADD BIRO

No lead seemed safe in Week 10 as one fan­tasy stud af­ter an­other en­gaged in a mind-bog­gling ex­hi­bi­tion of high­light-reel plays.

An­to­nio Brown put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the Steel­ers’ vic­tory over the Browns by tak­ing a Ben Roeth­lis­berger pass 56 yards to the end zone. Yet, some­what amaz­ingly, that barely landed among the Top 10 scor­ing plays of the week­end.

It wasn’t even the long­est pass play of the day for Big Ben, who also got a 64-yarder from Mar­tavis Bryant that didn’t score. Pretty salty stuff from an “emer­gency” quar­ter­back.

Char­can­drick West raced past the vaunted Bron­cos de­fense on an 80-yard scor­ing re­cep­tion just min­utes be­fore Adrian Peter­son cut through the Raiders on an 80-yard TD run. The Vik­ings’ spe­cial teams got a 93-yard kick­off re­turn from Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son, too.

In­trepid, or per­haps des­per­ate, Jay Cut­ler own­ers cel­e­brated two 80-plus yard scor­ing passes: An 83-yarder to his backup run­ning back, Jeremy Langford, and an 87yarder to his backup tight end, Zach Miller.

Odell Beck­ham, Jr. shocked the Pa­tri­ots with an 87-yard race to the end zone — the long­est of his short, but pro­lific, ca­reer — and Rob Gronkowski later re­turned the fa­vor with his long­est scor­ing re­cep­tion: 76 yards.

Drew Brees hit Brandin Cooks on a 60-yard scor­ing play, but that was quickly erased by Matt Jones’ 78-yard catch and run.

Iron­i­cally, the long­est play of the week­end, a 104-yard kick­off re­turn by Ameer Ab­dul­lah, wound up a yard short of pay dirt and added zippo to the Li­ons’ spe­cial teams scor­ing in most leagues.

If you didn’t cheer at least one of those plays on Sun­day, well, there’s al­ways next week. CATCH ‘EM WHILE YOU CAN

Tony Romo, QB, Cow­boys: Just for grins I looked, and wouldn’t you know Romo is avail­able in more than half of all leagues? That’s shock­ing to me, since it has been widely re­ported that Romo would be re­turn­ing in Week 11 against the Dol­phins. Grab him if he’s avail­able, as he has a lot of ground to make up with Dez Bryant & Co.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Red­skins: We’ve now learned in two of the last three games that Cousins has po­ten­tial, but only when he’s fac­ing sieve-like de­fenses. You won’t want to start him next week against the Pan­thers; but af­ter that, per­haps. And with both DeSean Jackson and Jor­dan Reed back on the field, Cousins has plenty of play­mak­ers to choose from.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Dol­phins: You’re fa­mil­iar with Devonta Free­man, DeAn­gelo Wil­liams, Jeremy Langford and Char­can­drick West, right? They started the sea­son as back­ups, and now they’re among the most valu­able play­ers at their po­si­tion. Aj ayi is just a pulled ham­string away from a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity. If you own La­mar Miller, you’d be wise to hedge your bets with his rookie pro­tégé.

Danny Amen­dola, WR, Pa­tri­ots: With Ju­lian Edel­man (bro­ken foot) lost for at least the rest of the fan­tasy sea­son, Amen­dola will see a sig­nif­i­cant uptick in tar­gets. In PPR leagues es­pe­cially, the in­jury-prone vet­eran can be a solid proxy for Edel­man.

Ste­vie John­son, WR, Charg­ers: Still avail­able in many leagues com­ing out of his bye, John­son is es­sen­tially the last wide­out stand­ing in San Diego. Keenan Allen is out for the du­ra­tion and Mal­com Floyd suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury in Week 9 that will ei­ther keep him side­lined or lim­ited. Philip Rivers has to tar­get some­one other than his tight ends, so John­son should be very busy down the stretch. DON’T BE FOOLED

Pey­ton Man­ning, QB, Bron­cos: Face it. The only rea­son he’s still owned in any league is be­cause of his pedi­gree. Man­ning has done vir­tu­ally noth­ing this sea­son to merit ros­ter con­sid­er­a­tion, and he’s clearly feel­ing his age. There are lit­er­ally 25 QBs ranked above the fu­ture Hall of Famer and more de­serv­ing of a spot on your ros­ter.

Zach Miller, TE, Bears: There’s a rea­son Miller is avail­able in, let’s see, ev­ery fan­tasy league: He’s a bit player in a less-than-ro­bust of­fense. He’s put two im­pres­sive games to­gether, but Martel­lus Ben­nett is still the only Chicago tight end you need to know. Ladd Biro is a two-time win­ner and four-time fi­nal­ist of the Foot­ball Writer of the Year Award by the Fan­tasy Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. Fol­low all his ad­vice daily at the Fan­tasy Fools blog (fan­tasy-fools.blogspot.com), on Face­book and via Twit­ter (@lad­d_biro).


Dol­phins run­ning back Jay Ajayi will get thrust into a larger role if starter La­mar Miller suf­fers an in­jury.

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