Another week has nearly come to a close here in the NFL, and with it, as per usual, has come another batch of story lines to examine.
In Whooley’s Weekly Words, I, Bruno Boys Whooley, tackle just a few of the more interesting items to catch my eye from the weekend.
This week, I’ll be discussing Miles Austin’s big game, Donovan McNabb’s return to the field, Roddy White’s return to stud status, and Ahmad Bradshaw’s running ways.
Milestone for Miles
In the world of fantasy football, one man’s injury is always another man’s opportunity. That was the case this past Sunday for Miles Austin, who recorded his first start in an NFL game thanks to Roy Williams’ rib injury. Austin made sure to make the day one to remember as he hauled in 10 passes for 250 yards and two scores.
To put Austin’s big day into perspective, one just need look at the fact that only 11 quarterbacks passed for more yardage than Austin racked up as a receiver.
Austin’s big day couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dallas Cowboys, who have seen their passing attack somewhat grounded in recent weeks. The question now becomes whether offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will try to keep the life Austin brings to the aerial assault by designing more plays for the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver. We think he does just that.
McNabb Back with a Vengeance
Many wondered how effective Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb would be upon his return to the lineup. After all, McNabb’s ribs, while healthy enough to allow him to play, aren’t quite 100 percent just yet. This led to a flood of questions from Bruno Boys Nation wondering if McNabb, despite having a very favorable matchup, was better left on the bench in week five.
Luckily, those questions were asked because it allowed us to talk sense into those fantasy owners and urge them to use McNabb against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—a call that proved to be on the money.
McNabb, in his first work since week one, completed 16 of 21 passes on the day for 264 yards and three TDs. He even added 30 rush yards for good measure.
McNabb has demonstrated throughout his career that he’s one of the best fantasy QBs out there, and that fact is even truer now that he has weapons like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who recorded his first two career TDs on Sunday, to throw to. If McNabb’s going to be on the field, he needs to be in your lineups.
Roddy White—Receiver Extraordinaire
Any other week, Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Roddy White’s 210 receiving yards would have been best in the league; however, White tallied his 210 yards in the same week Austin above tacked up 250.
Still, White’s owners are more than happy with the receiver’s Sunday effort. White, after all, has been slow out of the gate this 2009 football season. In fact, in his first three games, White did not surpass the 60-yard mark in any one contest and only posted double-digit fantasy points once, an 11-point outing in week two.
The Bruno Boys, though, had no doubt that the Falcons would look to get their stud receiver involved following their bye week, and that mission was accomplished. White is an uber-talented wideout, and while he may not have another 200-yard effort the rest of this season, the 100-plus-yard games should come in abundance moving forward.
Hopefully, if you drafted White this offseason, you’ve ridden out his disappointing beginning to the year because he looks to be a top option at wideout once more.
Ahmad Bradshaw Running Wild
His backfield mate, Brandon Jacobs, may have gotten 10 more carries this past Sunday, but it was Ahmad Bradshaw that racked up more fantasy points. In fact, it wasn’t even close as Bradshaw tallied 28 fantasy points to Jacobs’ six thanks to 110 rushing yards on 11 carries, two TDs, and 55 receiving yards.
Many felt that Bradshaw was in line for fantasy success following the departure of Derrick Ward to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, but I’m not sure anyone envisioned this type of success for the Giants' No. 2 running back. Already on the year, Bradshaw’s posted two 100-plus-yard rushing games, and that’s without even getting 15 carries in any one contest.
While Jacobs is healthy, Bradshaw, who’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry, will remain a flex option, as his touches will somewhat be limited. But if Jacobs were to go down, Bradshaw’s value would skyrocket to that of a low-end RB1/high-end RB2.
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