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Stars and flops: All hail thee Julius

Stars and flops: All hail thee Julius
I can't quite say things returned to normal this week in the NFL, but at least we weren't left watching the wire for news reports on dozens of stars.

Granted, owners of LaDainian Tomlinson are still concerned about the status of his toe, and they've already bid most of their FAAB (free agent acquisition budget) for the right to add Darren Sproles off waivers. However, Ike dominated the headlines.

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Ricky Williams carried the ball 11 times for a miserable 28 yards. Ronnie Brown wasn't much better with his 25 rushing yards, but he saved himself with a meaningless touchdown late in the game.

The passing game lit up the scoreboard in Arizona, and rookie Tim Hightower powered to the end zone for a touchdown. As such, Edgerrin James receives a "Flop" label this week. James carried the ball 18 times for a mere 55 yards.

I don't often have cause to put Randy Moss down in this area, but he was invisible on Sunday. He caught two passes for 22 yards and failed to catch a deep ball from Matt Cassel late. Granted, he blew past coverage, and a good throw would've resulted in an easy score. He came back for the ball, and it bounced off of his chest. Alas, there was a long gain possibility wasted.

Jerricho Cotchery was taken out of the game by the New England scheme. He caught one pass for 20 yards, finishing the game with just three looks.

The Atlanta offense took a huge step backward against the Buccaneers. Matt Ryan failed to find a rhythm, completing just 13-of-33 attempts for 158 yards with four sacks and two interceptions. The Buccaneers contained Michael Turner, limiting the Week 1 star to 42 yards on 14 attempts. Jerious Norwood contributed 18 yards on six carries. Each tailback recorded one catch (eight and six yards, respectively).

Drew Brees and Jeremy Shockey posted terrible days against the Redskins. Brees passed for 216 yards with a touchdown, two sacks and two interceptions. Shockey, who was expected to take on a larger role in the absence of Marques Colston, caught two of the three passes thrown to him for 22 yards and lost a fumble.

Steven Jackson of the Rams generated 90 yards of total offense (53 rushing and 37 receiving), so it wasn't a horrible day. Owners in PPR leagues did benefit from his seven receptions. However, I want more from a top-five pick, so to the "Flops" list he comes.

Randy McMichael was a non-factor following a huge Week 1, as he was forced to try and contain the New York rush. McMichael finished Sunday's game with two receptions for 24 yards.

The Packers dominated early, then let the Lions back in the game. Jon Kitna connected with Calvin Johnson for two touchdowns, and suddenly Detroit had the lead. Unfortunately, fantasy owners received no help from Kevin Smith and Roy Williams in this outing. As good as Smith might be down the line, fantasy owners have to hope for an early strike from him, because this team will be playing from behind with great regularity. Smith finished with 10 carries for 40 yards. As for Williams, he missed on a couple potential scoring opportunities early, then watched Johnson finish the job. He completed the game with three receptions for 48 yards.

Larry Johnson's openly questioning his role in Kansas City, and so are we. Johnson carried the ball just 12 times for 22 yards against the Raiders. That's just embarrassing in a winnable game against the dreaded Oakland squad at home. I suppose we can point to the fact that the Kansas City defense couldn't get off the field as the three-headed monster in the Oakland backfield ran wild, but that's just ridiculous.

Marvin Harrison was a non-factor in Sunday's strange game between the Colts and Vikings. Peyton Manning faced heavy pressure all day and couldn't establish a connection with his longtime running mate. Harrison caught a single pass for 16 yards and was targeted just four times.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 15, 2008

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