- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues his late season surge, going 23 of 39 for 349 yards and three touchdowns with one fumble lost. He’ll be just 32 entering 2014 and Pittsburgh has the makings of a good, young offense around him.
- Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas went off for 105 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown in place of Lamar Miller. Don’t expect many more days like this from Thomas.
- On the other side of the field, Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell performed well in the running game with 61 yards on 15 carries. He was even more impressive in the passing game with nine targets, hauling in five catches for 28 yards. Bell is proving he can be an every down back and will be viewed as such heading in to 2014.
- Dolphins tight end Charles Clay led the Dolphins with 10 targets, seven catches and 97 yards and two touchdowns. He continues to have an impressive season in place of the injured Dustin Keller. It’s hard to imagine Clay’s role being diminished heading in to 2014.
- Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds had another good game with eight tackles and two more sacks. He now has 31 tackles and five sacks in the last four games. Worilds will be a free agent in 2014 but should find a starting job somewhere.
- The Dolphins continue to split carries between Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller even though Miller continues to outplay Thomas, averaging more than twice the YPC last night even though he had slightly more carries. Madness!
- Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton came back down to Earth last night with a 6.4 YPA and three picks.
- Cincinnati rookie tight end Tyler Eifert continues to be phased in to the offense with only three catches on four targets. Now actually might be a good time to buy-low.
- Miami defensive end Cameron Wake had three sacks on the night including the game-winning safety. Wake continues to be a DL2 in most leagues.
- The Patriots continue to split carries with Stevan Ridley having 14 against LeGarrette Blount’s 11. The New England running game is one to avoid until there’s some level of consistency.
- The Dolphins also seem to not notice who the more talented runner is as they had a 2/3 / 1/3 split with their runners. Lamar Miller (luckily) had 18 carries compared to Daniel Thomas’ 9. This is another situation to monitor to insure Miller gets an opportunity at maximizing his value.
- Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace had three catches even though he led the team with 10 targets. Something is off and until Miami switches gears and institutes a game plan that works better with Wallace’s long-ball skill set, just avoid.
- Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower had his second solid outing in a row with 10 tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. At just 23, Hightower has potential to be a solid LB2/3 for many dynasty years.
Almost to that three-day weekend ya’ll.
- MJD looks like he’s good to go this year in Jacksonville. He is coming off injury but that hasn’t stopped him before.
- While Houston running back Arian Foster appears ready to go for Week 1, this will be a make-or-break year for Foster dynasty owners. No runner has more carries the last three years and there have been multiple signs of a break down. Dynasty owners should have a contingency plan in place.
- The fact that Dolphins coaches are talking up Daniel Thomas means little. Lamar Miller is the running back now and, possibly, for years to come.
- Montee Ball has (finally) been elevated to first team status in Denver’s running game. Keep an eye on it as coach John Fox is known to love committees (see: Williams, DeAngelo; Stewart, Jonathan) but Ball may have more early impact that previously thought.
- Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer has been cleared to begin running again. Spencer will be in his first year as a defensive lineman opposite DeMarcus Ware.
That’s it for now.