When a game's most impressive play is an incompletion, then you basically know it wasn't a fantasy bonanza.
Let's hope you didn't need a big number from anyone involved in the Sunday night tilt between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, because those teams combined for just two touchdowns and 557 total net yards. The only back or receiver who reached triple-digit yardage was Anquan Boldin(notes) (118, TD). Both quarterbacks had some nice moments, and also a few regrettable moments. The game was played at an uncommonly high level, a treat to watch. Troy Polamalu(notes) made his usual game-changing play (strip-sack on Joe Flacco(notes)), and Terrell Suggs(notes) was just an unholy monster. But again: Not a fantasy feast.
Ben Roethlisberger(notes) had his nose broken on Pittsburgh's first series, when Haloti Ngata(notes) delivered an un-penalized shot to the face. Roethlisberger will reportedly have surgery to rearrange his nose, but he's nonetheless expected to face Cincinnati in Week 14. The Steelers managed to win, 13-10, but the victory was not painless. In addition to Roethlisberger's disfigurement, Pittsburgh also has to deal with the following injuries: Punter Daniel Sepulveda(notes) tore an an ACL, right tackle Flozell Adams(notes) has a high ankle sprain, and tight end Heath Miller(notes) was concussed. (It's unbelievable that no flag was thrown on the play that ended Miller's night, an obvious lead-with-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver).
The big injury on Baltimore's side was suffered by tight end Todd Heap(notes), who hurt his right hamstring on the Ravens' first series. Rookie Ed Dickson(notes) caught three passes in relief of Heap, and he could see a few targets at Houston in Week 14, too. The Texans have allowed the most fantasy points to TEs this season. Add as needed.
• Brett Favre's(notes) injury is apparently "a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his throwing (right) shoulder," and his status for Week 14 isn't yet known. X-rays of the shoulder and clavicle were reportedly negative; he'll get an MRI on Monday. Following the win over Buffalo, Favre acknowledged that he could not have thrown if he'd returned to the game. His streak of consecutive regular season games — now at an insane 297 — is clearly at risk. Even if he's at full strength, next week's match-up is messy (vs. NYG). Avoid this situation, if possible.
• One additional blurb on the NYG-MIN match-up: Hakeem Nicks(notes) will reportedly do a little running on Monday, and he hopes to return to practice on Wednesday. The original timeline on his injury would have still had him on the sidelines in Week 14, but he's apparently eyeing an early return. No doubt because he's sick of starting Mario Manningham(notes) in his fantasy league. Steve Smith (pectoral) could return for New York as well.
• Dez Bryant's(notes) ankle fracture will end his season, and the injury will reportedly require surgery. Tough situation for those of us who invested heavily in the rookie. Roy Williams obviously benefits, fantasy wise. He's still available in a majority of Yahoo! leagues.
• Seattle's Mike Williams recovered sufficiently from his foot injury, getting the start for the Seahawks in Week 13. Unfortunately, he suffered an early ankle injury in the win over Carolina. If the early reports can be believed, Williams is likely to miss multiple weeks. Brutal. Ben Obomanu(notes) and Deon Butler(notes) gain some short term value, although they're tied to an offense that's only delivered 11 TD passes through 12 weeks.
• Jacksonville's defense was almost singularly focused on limiting Chris Johnson in Week 13, according to LB Kirk Morrison(notes). "We didn't want him to get 100 yards," said Morrison. "That was our whole entire goal." The Jaguars met their objective, wholly and entirely. CJ2K finished with 53 rushing yards (67 total). If Johnson is going to reach his preseason rushing goal of 2,500 yards, he'll need to somehow run for 1,474 over the next four weeks. I'm not going to completely rule that out — he'll face the Colts twice, after all — but, well … it really isn't looking good right now.
• OK, here it is: The Rams Report Card. And yeah, Steven Jackson gets punished again. We may need to take a week off from linking that feature. It is not my wish to reward them with clicks when they treat the home team's best player so unfairly.
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