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Sunday 30th Apr 2017

What would the great Louis CK think about two more CK's, Case Keenum and Cody Kessler as decent Fantasy signal callers? Or, just what would happen, cosmically, if Cameron Jordan tackled Jordan Cameron? Would the earth fall off its axis, or would life still be so silly with the Steelers being shut down as were the Raiders, while the Saints bested the Panthers in a shootout?

Wild, wacky, unpredictable, and wonderful is the NFL, and our games rooted upon the gridiron. And, this week presented a bunch of names that indeed raised our wacky and unpredictable curiosity starting with the pair of CK signal callers who may indeed be of value should you own Ben Roethlisberger.

Keenum threw for three scores and 321 yards for the Rams Sunday, his fourth straight game with steady improvement. Kessler picked up 336 yards and a pair of scores, giving him three of four good weeks over the last month, with the down week being two Sundays ago when the Patriots shut down Cleveland.

Keenum and Kessler do both play for crappy teams, which might not seem to bode well, but remember, the single season yardage holder in the history of the 49ers is Steve DeBerg, not YA Tittle or Steve Young or Joe Montana, or even Jeff Garcia. And, the reason it is DeBerg is that the Niners were terrible during his tenure, always playing from behind, allowing for a lot of garbage yards. However, points are points.

However, one more passer to seriously consider is Brian Hoyer, who has thrown for over 300 yards each of the past four weeks, and as with Josh McCown a few years back, asks "what is the big deal with Jay Cutler?" For, as Vlad Sedler (aka @rotogut) has pointed out, only four of Cutler's last 20 starts resulted in 300-plus yard games. 

The thing is the deadly combo of byes and injuries probably left the QB player pool lean, and if you are looking for a stop-gap, any of these three starters on lesser squads will get playing time and probably throw the ball a lot, and that is the name of the game, no?

Speaking of which, Miami is another team that is less than stellar, but the Dolphins are also the squad that stifled the Steelers Sunday, and the Fish dominance was largely rooted in the breakout day Jay Ajayi had. Ajayi, who in his previous three games, had run for a cumulative 117 yards, tore the roof off of that sucker with a 204-yard, two TD game over 23 carries, while the RB needed 31 carries for those 117 yards (and two scores). I am hardly sold on Ajayi, who might have tempted, but never really delivered. If you have a hole at RB, Ajayi is indeed capable of a big game. Just don't hold your breath.

Another RB who might be floating around but I believe has a greater skill set than Ajayi is the Redskins' Matt Jones. Jones, who has also tempted with his break-away skills, nailed his second 100-plus yard game Sunday, gaining 135 yards with a score against a tough Eagles defense. Jones has Detroit coming up next week, the team with the 23rd ranked rushing defense, making him a good play as he picks up his game and becomes one of the better weekly rushing selections in the NFL.

I picked Mohamed Sanu as a reserve receiver in just about every league in which I play. For one, I liked Sanu as a third WR when he played with the Bengals, and as a Falcon, Sanu worked a lot during the pre-season with Matt Ryan. Sanu has played well enough, bagging 21 passes for a pair of scores and 242 yards. On Sunday, facing the Seahawks, Sanu had his best game since Week 1, with five catches for 47 yards and a score. More importantly, Sanu was targeted ten times, meaning he is a big part of the Atlanta offense at this point, making him the perfect foil for Julio Jones.

If you got a chance to watch the great shootout between Carolina and New Orleans, you saw Michael Thomas targeted five times, catch all five passes and gain 78 yards with a score. That makes three straight weeks in which Thomas and Drew Brees have connected with Thomas collecting 26 passes for 307 yards. Pretty good, that is.

Finally, I am so big on running backs who can catch, and the Patriots' James White might not grab carries from LeGarrette Blount, but Tom Brady targeted White nine times Sunday, and he caught eight for 47 yards and a pair of scores. No one exploits--and distributes--the short pass game better than Bill Belichick and White, who now has 24 receptions, is a must look for PPR leagues at this point.

Looking at one defensive player, Lee Ford had a big game helping shut down the potent Raiders offense, with four tackles and a pair of sacks. Ford has only been a spot player on D this year, but the third-year player out of Auburn should see increased playing time on a team which every year seems to get a lot better all around as the season progresses.

Don't forget you can hit me up @lawrmichaels.

 

 

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