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If you have a superior starting lineup, then you don't need to go to the "unusually strategies" portion of your playbook. But we can't all have the best team in our league.
One of my favorite strategies is getting a quarterback and his favorite receiver. However, it's a boom or bust strategy. You will either have a great day or a bad one. There is rarely an occasion when you are in the middle.
On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Steven Johnson showed what you can do with a quarterback and his receiver, even with less than superstar talent. They are certainly not the equal of Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne, but on Sunday the Buffalo hookup posted a combined 64 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns (27 points) and Johnson caught eight of the passes for 137 yards and three scores (37 points).
While the Manning-to-Wayne hookup cost you two top selections (Wayne was a second-round pick, Manning a third), you could have picked up the Fitzpatrick- to-Johnson pair in the final two rounds of your draft. Fitzpatrick's ADP was 263 and Johnson's ADP 296, meaning they were either last-round picks or free agents when the season began.
Ben Roethlisberger (RapidDraft ADP 130) and Mike Wallace (ADP 74) could also have been had for a reasonable price on Draft Day and on Sunday performed masterfully, posting 61 points together.
"Big Ben" scored four times, three with his arm (18-for-29 for 275 yards) and once with his feet as he rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown. Wallace had his third consecutive 100+ yard day on just three catches for 116 yards and a score.
The New York Jets pair of Santonio Holmes and Mark Sanchez is quickly becoming another option for those of us who love the "hookup." Sanchez went 22-for-38 for 315 yards and three scores (25 points) while Holmes has become his go-to- guy late in games. Holmes caught seven for 126 yards and two scores (24 points), including the game-winner with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
Drew Brees (382 yards) and Marques Colston (113 yards) and Donovan McNabb (376 yards) and Santana Moss (106 yards) were both pretty good pairs today as was the aforementioned Manning (396 yards) and Wayne (107 yards).
And none of the previously mentioned combinations were the top passing pair this afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers duo of Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings topped the list with 72 points. Rodgers was 22-for-31 for 301 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions (31 points) while Jennings caught seven for 152 yards and three scores (41 points).
Which all goes to show you how good two of your players can be, if they are the correct two. And how you can win your week with just two explosive players in your lineup instead of a balanced roster.
I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the running game in this piece.
Buffalo's Fred Jackson had another big week as the Bills' workhorse running back. He carried the ball 21 times for 116 yards and two scores for 27 points.
Maurice Jones-Drew has definitely turned it up a notch over the past three weeks after being one of fantasy's biggest disappointments over the first seven weeks. MJD combined for 219 yards from scrimmage - 132 yards and a score on the ground and 87 more receiving.
And Michael Turner used a 39-yard touchdown run late in the session to move way up the charts and finished with 22 points.