As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
QB: Matt Schaub, Houston Texans — Last week, Schaub shocked the fantasy world by completing 25 of 39 passes for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did not throw any interceptions and was not sacked the entire game, allowing him to fully earn his 31 fantasy points. If not for being in an offensive shoot-out with a certain running back (see below), he certainly could have been Stud of the Week.
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans — As the counterpart for Schaub’s shoot-out, Johnson put up ridiculous numbers last week. With 197 yards rushing, 87 yards receiving, and 3 touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving), and no fumbles counting against him, Johnson put up a cool 45 fantasy points this week, earning him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors. Johnson’s performance was the first time in NFL history a single player had 2 rushing and 1 receiving play for more than 50 yards each, all of which ended in a touchdown.
WR: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans — Not surprisingly, Johnson strongly benefitted from Schaub’s career day. Johnson hauled in 10 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. By earning 26 fantasy points, Johnson was last week’s best fantasy wide receiver.
TE: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts — Last week, Clark had a career game with 7 receptions for a personal best 183 yards, including a quick 80-yard touchdown catch to start the game. Clark may not earn 24 fantasy points every week, but he is certainly one of the elite tight ends of the NFL today, and last week, he was the best.
K: Rian Lindell, Buffalo Bills — Lawrence Tynes was just edged out of the top kicking spot again this week, this time by Rian Lindell. Lindell booted four field goals, including one from 40+ yards out, along with 3 PATs on his way to a 16-point fantasy outing.
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals — A team known more for its explosive offense, the Cardinals flexed their defensive muscle last week by recording 4 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown, and even an ever-elusive blocked kick. By scoring 19 fantasy points, the Cardinals once again proved to fantasy owners that defense really can win championships.
ROOKIE: Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears — A relatively unknown rookie, Knox put up impressive numbers Sunday by catching 6 passes for 70 yards and a late game-tying touchdown. Jay Cutler appears to be building a good relationship with the rookie receiver who may just be able to keep pace with Devin Hester. Look out for Knox to repeat or possibly improve upon his 23-point fantasy performance in the coming weeks.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!