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Winner: Tom Brady
I opened with Brady as my No. 6 quarterback before finally coming to my senses and moving him up to No. 2. Brady followed a trend of burying the Jets in the second-go-around by posting more than 25 fantasy points. I won't use the same expression Bill Belichick did when he walked off the field on Sunday night, but this was a pretty rewarding performance.
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Loser: Jay Cutler
A winner on the field, but a loser in fantasy. But let's not be too critical of Cutler because the Bears defense was scoring enough points for everybody. And when you look at the Bears upcoming trip through the AFC West, he will be more winner than loser.
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Winner: Michael Bush
You take a huge risk when you play a guy on Thursday night, but Bush paid off for owners who showed faith. This shouldn't be much of a surprise, though. When Bush gets his opportunities, he makes the most of them. Continue to start Bush with confidence until Darren McFadden returns to the lineup.
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Loser: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Belichick is encroaching upon Mike Shanahan territory, with Green-Ellis providing nothing in a great matchup with the Jets. The Patriots are now rotating running backs, and if I'm not mistaken, Sam Cunningham was getting some carries for the Patriots on Sunday night. I still cling to hope that Stevan Ridley will eventually play.
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Winner: Larry Fitzgerald
Not only was Fitzgerald a winner on Sunday, but those who listened to me and started Fitz despite the tough matchup were big winners, too. In fact, I will have some more words about this later in the week.
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Loser: Dwayne Bowe
The streaky Bowe was again disappointing as the Chiefs offensive line seems to have given up on protecting the quarterback. And the news gets even worse as Tyler Palko will likely get some playing time with Matt Cassel injured.
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Winner: Denarius Moore
The Raiders are drifting dangerously close to Saints territory with no receiver emerging at the "must-start." One week it's Darrius Heyward-Bey. The following week it's Jacoby Ford. Moore is the guy to get right now after a huge performance against the Chargers.
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Loser: Vincent Jackson
Speaking of the Chargers, somebody might want to tell Jackson that there is a potential touchdown pass heading his way. Jackson, along with Philip Rivers, has been struggling, and fantasy owners are hoping that they can turn it around.
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Winner: Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski had disappeared for a few weeks, but has returned in recent weeks as punctuated by a two-touchdown performance against the Jets. Gronkowski is a must-start tight end going forward, even competing against Aaron Hernandez.
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Loser: Fred Davis
You might not have heard this, but I am refusing to acknowledge all Redskins players going forward. Well, right after this mention. Then it's no more Redskins for me.
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Winner: Bears defense
If you play in one of those leagues where you get return yards to go along with all defensive touchdowns, then you likely won your league if you had the Bears, who provided 36 points. In fact, if you didn't win, tweet me @AdamRank because I just don't believe it.
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Loser: Bills defense
And on the opposite end, you had the Bills defense which provided negative points. Although, I have to say since you can't get negative points on a football field, how is it possible to score negative points in fantasy? This is something that needs to be corrected.
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Winner: David Nelson's girlfriend
This may come as a shock, but sometimes I can be somewhat negative. But if you did not like the moment of Nelson handing his touchdown to his girlfriend (and Dallas Cowboys cheerleader), then you're just going out of your way to be offended.
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Loser: Mike Shanahan
Ryan Torain starts? I'm over it.
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