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|9/30/2014||Husain Abdullah, S|
|The NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
Analysis: The league's rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play." He said that he knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady.
|9/30/2014||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB|
|Garoppolo finished things off Monday, going 6 of 7 for 70 yards and a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the Patriots' 41-14 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: It's unlikely for the moment that Garoppolo replaces Tom Brady, but the Eastern Illinois product is worth keeping an eye on.
|9/30/2014||Alex Smith, QB|
|Smith went 20 of 26 for 248 yards and three TDs without an interception Monday against the Patriots.
Analysis: Smith, who outplayed Tom Brady in this contest, is currently a better fantasy option than Brady. Smith has thrown six TDs and no picks in the last two games.
|9/30/2014||Donnie Avery, WR|
|Avery left Monday's game with a strained groin.
Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
|9/30/2014||Jamaal Charles, RB|
|Charles, who missed last week's win in Miami with a sprained ankle, ran for 92 yards and a score Monday. He also caught two TD passes and totaled 108 combined yards.
Analysis: This kind of performance is why Charles is an elite fantasy option.
|9/30/2014||Brandon LaFell, WR|
|LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and a TD on Monday.
Analysis: In two games, LaFell has 10 receptions for 165 yards, but likely is not a serious fantasy option for the moment.
|9/30/2014||Tom Brady, QB|
|The two-time league MVP threw a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and also lost a costly fumble in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Analysis: Brady finished 14 of 23 for 159 yards and a touchdown, and is now averaging just 197 yards per game. He is completing 59 percent of his passes, his worst rate in 14 years as a starter. It was the fourth straight clunker for Brady, who was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.
|9/29/2014||Ben Roethlisberger, QB|
|Roethlisberger completed 29 of 40 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's shocking 27-24 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Roethlisberger now has five TDs and no picks over the last two weeks, during which he's completed 72.9 percent of his passes. He'll try to stay hot at Jacksonville next week.
|9/29/2014||Toby Gerhart, RB|
|Gerhart saved his fantasy day with a one-yard touchdown plunge in Sunday's loss at San Diego.
Analysis: Gerhart carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards and lost a fumble. He's averaging an atrocious 2.6 yards per carry and should only be started in the deepest of leagues at this point.
|9/29/2014||Blake Bortles, QB|
|Making his first NFL start, Bortles completed 29 for 37 passes for 253 yards with a touchdown and two picks in Sunday's 33-14 loss at San Diego.
Analysis: Bortles looked great at times but also made a few costly mistakes. He doesn't have much fantasy value aside from two-quarterback leagues.
|9/29/2014||Keenan Allen, WR|
|Allen broke out in a big way with 10 catches for 135 yards in Sunday's rout of Jacksonville.
Analysis: It was only a matter of time for Allen, who had been limited to 12 catches for 109 yards over the first three weeks. The window to buy low on the former Cal standout has likely closed at this point.
|9/29/2014||Eddie Royal, WR|
|Royal had another huge fantasy day in Sunday's 33-14 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Royal had five catches for 105 yards and two more TDs, giving him four over the last two weeks. While the touchdowns may not always be there, Royal should continue to have a significant role in the Chargers' offense going forward.
|9/29/2014||Philip Rivers, QB|
|Rivers threw for 377 yards and three more touchdowns in Sunday's 33-14 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Rivers now has nine scores and just one interception on the year. His 114.5 passer rating ranks first in the NFL.
|9/29/2014||Ryan Tannehill, QB|
|Tannehill completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-14 win over Oakland.
Analysis: It was an impressive showing for Tannehill, who failed to impress over the first three weeks. While he may never put up eye-popping numbers, he remains a very safe play in two-quarterback leagues.
|9/29/2014||Andre Holmes, WR|
|Holmes had five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: Holmes, who was targeted a whopping 12 times, could be someone to keep an eye on going forward.
|9/29/2014||Lamar Miller, RB|
|Miller carried the ball 12 times for 64 yards and two TDs in Sunday's 38-14 rout of Oakland.
Analysis: Miller is averaging a very impressive 5.7 yards per carry to rank third in the league. He should continue to carry the load until Knowshon Moreno returns from injury.
|9/29/2014||Antonio Brown, WR|
|Brown had another huge fantasy day in Sunday's stunning loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Brown had seven receptions for 131 yards and two more scores, giving him four over the last two weeks. He ranks fourth among wideouts with 427 yards.
|9/29/2014||Heath Miller, TE|
|Miller had 10 catches for 85 yards and a TD in Sunday's stunning loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Miller had been relatively quiet over the first three weeks before breaking out. His 27 targets on the year rank seventh among tight ends.
|9/29/2014||Mike Glennon, QB|
|Glennon hit Vincent Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay rallied past the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 on Sunday.
Analysis: Glennon completed 21 of 42 passes for a career-high 302 yards and two TDs. He has very little value aside from two-QB leagues.
|9/29/2014||Vincent Jackson, WR|
|Mike Glennon hit Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay rallied past the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 on Sunday.
Analysis: While Jackson has now scored in back-to-back weeks, he has just 13 catches for 134 yards on the year. He remains a WR3 going forward.
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