Many teams who win in fantasy football have the right mix of "hot" players. They stick with them no matter what. You don't bench your fantasy superstars or guys who are playing well during the most important time of the season, even if their matchup seems to be a very challenging one.
Williams has become a complete runner, able to bang for important yardage inside, and he is an absolute terror for opposing defenses who let him move into open space. He conjures up memories of
The 115 yards and two TDs from
Upcoming opponents will certainly give Stewart more respect after his fine outing against Tampa Bay, and the Carolina running game is sure to be a focal point of defensive game plans. Williams still may not be stopped, but it remains to be seen how the rookie will adjust to being in the defensive crosshairs. At this point of the season, what you can expect from most players in terms of upside and consistency has been well established, and one outing should not change your thinking. Williams has been excellent all season, so don't bench him in any scenario. Heck, it's obvious you wouldn't after Monday night. Stewart, despite his fine outing on Monday, has been up and down numerically, so you'll have difficult decisions to make on him in the final weeks if you are considering him for anything more than a flex spot.
The outstanding running game has certainly helped
Delhomme, however, finished with only 173 yards and the one TD pass to Smith, and he has been nearly useless from the fantasy perspective recently. With the running game flourishing and Smith being his only dependable big-play target (that hasn't changed), no fantasy owner with serious championship aspirations would use Delhomme right now.
The Tampa Bay defense/special teams unit presents new and disturbing concerns. The Buccaneers have allowed 20 or more points in three consecutive games. Until recently, owners of the unit would simply activate them and then worry about the rest of their lineups. Right now, there aren't many other options available in free agency, and you have to believe the defense will come out wanting to re-establish itself in a major way against Atlanta in Week 15. The back seven is much better than it looked on Monday, and they will be fired up to put an awful outing behind them next week.
Lost in the din of Carolina's dominance was a 200-yard, two-TD performance by
How bad is the Raiders offense? The only points scored by Oakland came on a kickoff return. The Oakland offense totaled 163 yards, and has scored less than 20 points in nine of their last 10 games. With games coming up against New England, an improved Houston team and Tampa Bay, there is absolutely no reason to play any Raiders you haven't gotten around to cutting.
Another ugly offensive performance was turned in by the Browns, who are down to their third-string quarterback,
Gus Frerotte left Sunday's game with a back injury after completing seven passes for 70 yards and two interceptions. He was replaced by
The Lions were a miserable source of fantasy points, again. The lone bright spot was
This game was played in Toronto. Which was unfortunate for the Bills, as their offense was apparently stopped by Border Patrol. All Buffalo could muster was a field goal by
The Dolphins are fighting for a playoff spot, and have a reasonable schedule with three opponents who rank in the bottom half of the league in points allowed and yards allowed.
In windy conditions,
There was nothing out of the ordinary on the Falcons side of the ball.
On a day when
The Bengals have been held without a touchdown in 11 straight quarters, and outside of
If you were hoping for a
The Washington offense looked far worse, as the lone highlight was
The Seahawks provided a scare, but
Roethlisberger was sacked five times, but managed to pass for 204 yards and a touchdown. Roethlisberger faces Baltimore next week in what does not shape up as a good matchup.