If Thursday night proved one thing, it would be that even Peyton Manning isn't immune to the short-week setback that Thursday Night Football provides.|
Only two other times this season has Peyton Manning failed to throw more than one touchdown. The first coming in a Monday Night Football loss to Atlanta in which Manning threw three interceptions in the first half and the other coming Week 10 against the Panthers.
While Manning failed to put up big numbers for Fantasy owners on Thursday Night, backfield mate Knowshon Moreno shined. Moreno, in his first start of the season, had 167 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. The Bronco receiving duo of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas failed to shine against a bad Raiders secondary, combining for 13 catches for 163 yards.
The pass catching star of the night had to be Raiders rookie Rod Streater, who followed up last week's game of three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, by catching four passes for 100 yards against Champ Bailey and the stout Broncos secondary. Streater is closing in on becoming an ownable asset in dynasty leagues and could be a sleeper in regular leagues as the Raiders face the Chiefs and Panthers to close out the season.
5 guys you should start
Josh Freeman, Buccaneers QB: Freeman has been a great Fantasy option all year at quarterback. The additions of Dallas Clark and Vincent Jackson, as well as Doug Martin in the running game, have really paid off for Freeman. This week, the Bucs play the Eagles, who have allowed 25 or more Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in each of the last three games.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants RB: Bradshaw has had back-to-back solid games for the Giants and Fantasy owners. The Giants play the Saints who have been awful defensively all-around. The Saints have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing runners.
Randall Cobb, Packers WR: Jordy Nelson has been ruled out for this Sunday's game; Greg Jennings will be playing in his second game since returning from a groin injury. Those factors turn Cobb into Aaron Rodgers' go-to target in this shootout against the Lions.
Marques Colston, Saints WR: Colston has averaged just eight points in the last four games, but the Giants pass defense should be the medicine that cures him this week. The Giants have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing pass catchers at home this season. DrewBrees and Colston should have a field day.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings TE: The former Golden Domer has been Christian Ponder's go-to target in the redzone since Percy Harvin has been out with an injury. Rudolph has scored a touchdown and double-digit Fantasy points in the last three games.
5 guys you should sit
Joe Flacco, Ravens QB: A matchup with the Redskins looks good for Flacco & Co., but the fact that the Ravens will travel for this game makes it a tough one for the QB. Flacco has scored more than 15 points just once on the road this season and that came in an overtime game against the Chargers.
Ryan Mathews, Chargers RB: Despite a preseason injury, Mathews was expected to be the bell cow for the Chargers this season. It's likely that if you own Mathews, it was with the design that he would be a top 2 back for you. But, Mathews hasn't been quite as good as advertised this season. As a matter of fact, he hasn't scored double-digit points since Week 5 and plays the Steelers this week, who have allowed the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing runners at home.
Reggie Bush, Dolphins RB: Bush has had a very up and down season, ending up on this side of the list more often than not. Things don't seem to be looking up for Bush this week either. Bush and the Dolphins travel to the West Coast to take on the 49ers, who have allowed the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing runners over the last two seasons.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs WR: While the Browns are very bad both offensively outside of Trent Richardson and defensively, they have been very good against the pass at home this season. The Browns have allowed the seventh-least Fantasy points to opposing wideouts at home. Let's not forget, Bowe will have Brady Quinn trying to sneak the ball into him when he isn't blanketed by Joe Haden.
Vernon Davis, 49ers TE: Davis has certainly done his best disappearing act this season. Aside from his huge game on Monday Night Football against the Bears, Davis has been bad. Other than that game, Davis hasn't scored double-digit points since Week 5. I know it's hard to sit VD, but if you have another option, go with it.
Fantasy writer DJ Jarvis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DJavis_DA
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