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Week 11 Game Recap: New York Jets 27, St. Louis Rams 13

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez, Pass: 15 - 20 - 178 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - -2 - 0

After looking utterly helpless for the last month, with the Jets losing all of their games in the past month, Mark Sanchez looked shockingly competent yesterday against an underrated Rams defense. Although it was a rocky start for him, getting sacked twice early in the game by Chris Long, Sanchez picked himself up, made the throws he needed to make and helped his team pick up a much needed victory. He can thank the Jets defense and Sam Bradford for setting the offense with very good field position all day, as the Jets forced three turnovers of the Rams, each resulting with field position in Rams territory. With Jeremy Kerley not quite back to full strength, Sanchez still has a noticeable lack of weapons, but he did make a few nice throws on the day. He dropped a ball right into Joe McKnight on a wheel route in the first half that helped set up a field goal. Likewise, his touchdown pass was a very nice throw to Chaz Schilens as he beat his man and was running toward the pylon. Additionally, he made a good toss down the middle of the field for a big gainer to Kerley. Even though the yards weren't there, he only attempted 20 passes, as the Jets were in clock killing mode by the early fourth quarter. While he cannot be trusted whatsoever, with his accuracy this year looking terrible, he will occasionally flash this ability every once in a while when he has all day to throw, briefly raising the hopes of Jets fans and fantasy players alike, only to disappoint as he has so often in his career.

QB Tim Tebow, Pass: 1 - 1 - -1 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - -5 - 0

Tebow played just three snaps in this game, often coming into the game when the Jets had put together a nice drive, only to derail it with a no gain or loss. The Jets were standing by Sanchez in the midst of their losing streak so now that Sanchez played well in a game, it's possible that we might see less of Tebow in the offensive gameplan.

RB Shonn Greene, Rush: 18 - 64 - 0

Greene continues to run hard, but with Bilal Powell returning to the backfield mix, he saw very little time in the second half as the Jets were using Powell effectively. The Jets offensive line did well to open up some holes for Greene in the first half, and he might've scored in the fourth quarter, but Powell came in as the third down back and was able to get into the endzone. Greene has been playing within himself recently, realizing he needs to run downhill have any effectiveness. But it's not exactly paying off for him, especially with Powell and McKnight starting to take snaps and touches from him, and the state of the Jets offense as a whole. With his rookie deal expiring following the season, the Jets are probably considering moving forward with Powell and McKnight.

RB Bilal Powell, Rush: 11 - 42 - 2, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (2 targets)

Powell operated as the third down back, as well as taking over as the lead back later in the game. He outsnapped Greene 28-26 and was the beneficiary of both of the Jets rushing touchdowns, both coming on third down runs in the redzone. Before being nicked up over the last few weeks, Powell had been outsnapping Greene, but it had never translated to better overall numbers. On Sunday though, he gained four fewer yards than Green on five less touches, as well as picking up those two touchdowns. With some plum matchups down the stretch, if Powell has secured the fulltime third-down/redzone back for the Jets, he might have a few good games down the stretch.

RB Joe McKnight, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (2 targets)

Also returning from from injuries, McKnight caught his first pass of the season on Sunday. Although he has played very sparingly this season, McKnight flashes big play ability in the return game, and could be an asset in the passing game on a team that features few playmakers. He did lineup as a wide receiver on a few plays, and that would be one way to get him on the field, but as long as Green and Powell are upright, he won't see a lot of the field.

WR Jeremy Kerley, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 43 - 0 (3 targets)

Kerley was active for Week 11 and caught all three of his targets, but only played 19 snaps in the game. He missed Friday's practice after full practices the previous two days, so clearly his heel was bothering him. Still, he made a nice play to secure a downfield pass from Sanchez for 32 yards. Since Santonio Holmes went down, Kerley has taken the mantle of number one receiver on the Jets, and it's promising to see him still have an impact on the game, despite playing so little. Even when Mark Sanchez was at his worst, Kerley was still putting up some good statlines, so if he can get over the nagging heel injury, he can certainly be an asset down the stretch nobody else vying to make plays for the Jets.

WR Chaz Schilens, Rec: 4 - 48 - 1 (5 targets)

Schilens caught his second touchdown pass in his last three games from Mark Sanchez, and continues to be on the field a lot for the Jets offense. The Jets coaches probably like his blocking for their "ground and pound" style, but it is interesting that Sanchez continues to find him in the endzone. Not interesting enough to make him ownable in most fantasy leagues, especially with Sanchez being erratic with his play.

WR Clyde Gates, Rush: 1 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)

Gates played the most snaps of the Jets wide receivers on Sunday, but only finished with one catch on two targets. A favorite of Tony Sparano's since their days in Miami together, Gates only joined the Jets right before Week 1 and hasn't made much of an impact. Possessing game changing speed, he did look very good on a 12-yard reverse, but Sparano will have to gameplan creative ways to get the balls in his hands, but he just isn't a very good receiver at this point.

WR Stephen Hill (2 targets)

Another talented, but raw wide receiver, Hill was held off the statsheet yesterday. Since catching two touchdown passes in Week 1, Hill has done very little. Fighting through some nagging injuries of his own, it's been a rough rookie campaign for the Georgia Tech product. With the lack of consistency at quarterback, Hill was always going to come along slowly, after playing in the triple-option offense in college. He does possess the talent and physical skills to be a bigtime wideout, but will ever be able to scratch the surface of it while playing for the Jets?

TE Dustin Keller, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)

After missing the first five weeks of the season, it's been tough for Keller to find the chemistry he and Mark Sanchez once had. He had long been Sanchez' favorite target and safety valve, but he's struggling with his health right now. Back to playing the most snaps of Jets tight ends, perhaps he's finally over his early season hamstring troubles, which is good news for Mark Sanchez.

St. Louis Rams

QB Sam Bradford, Pass: 23 - 44 - 170 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0

After putting together four consecutive solid outings, Bradford crashed back to Earth in a big way on Sunday. Despite completing two touchdown passes, Bradford had trouble throwing the ball downfield for almost the entire day. He hooked with Austin Pettis on a 36-yard strike down the seam on the first possession of the game, the Rams' best drive, but it was all downhill after that. He checked down repeatedly throughout the afternoon and even some of those were off target, as was the case with his interception, a telegraphed pass to his tight end that Erik Smith could easily make a play on. His first touchdown couldn't have been easier, as he had both Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola open in the endzone, next to each other. His second touchdown was a good touch pass to the corner to Gibson, but it came in garbage time, as the Rams were in full comeback mode. After showing great promise with his accuracy and arm over the past month, hopefully this was just a case of being out of sync and unable to get in a rhythm. With tough matchups with the Niners, Seahawks, and Cardinals still to go this season, Bradford will have to put this performance in his rearview mirror quickly.

RB Steven Jackson, Rush: 13 - 81 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (4 targets)

Jackson looked like the SJax of old on Sunday, rampaging his way into the Jets secondary, carrying multiple defenders and running over linebackers to the tune of 6.2 yards per carry. With the Rams down two scores early in the fourth quarter, they had to abandon the run, and SJax saw less time with Daryl Richardson playing in the passing down role. He surely would have gone over 100 yards if given a few more carries, but this was a promising development for Jackson. Many were down on his fantasy value as the dynamic Richardson started to take more touches, but it seems Jeff Fisher might've been keeping Jackson fresh to unleash him the second half of the season. Richardson will undoubtedly get many looks because he is the future, but if SJax continues to run with the ferocity as he has the last two weeks, his 3.9 yards per carry should be on the rise, and he could hold fantasy value down the stretch.

WR Danny Amendola, Rec: 7 - 41 - 0 (11 targets)

Despite leaving the game late in the first half with what looked to be an Achilles injury, he returned in the second half, but was unable to make any big plays down the field. He even left for a few plays in the third quarter after clutching his previously injured right shoulder, and yet, Amendola grinded out the rest of the game, leading the Rams' receivers in snaps and targets. While the foot injury was a non-contact injury, the diminutive receiver does take a ton of shots and should think about going down instead of being pinballed between defenders. Regardless of Bradford's atrocious performance, Amendola still had a good day in PPR leagues, and with his quickness and ability to make plays down the field (Bradford missed him on a few throws downfield), he's a must start in just about every fantasy league.

WR Chris Givens, Rec: 4 - 19 - 0 (7 targets)

After being left inactive last week for breaking team curfew, Givens returned to the starting lineup against the Jets on Sunday. Seeing seven targets because the Rams were losing, Givens couldn't secure one of his trademark deep-balls, but it's promising to see that Jeff Fisher didn't keep the talented rookie in the doghouse. Still, though, Givens is running third in snaps behind Amendola and Gibson and will have to make the most of the targets he does see to have any significant fantasy value the rest of the season.

WR Brandon Gibson, Rec: 3 - 9 - 2 (5 targets)

Even though he had just three catches for nine yards, two of his catches went for touchdowns. His first TD could have easily went to Amendola, but something has to be said for Bradford's willingness to go to Gibson in the red area. He did see five targets on the day, but that was less than Amendola, Pettis, and Chris Givens, so his touchdowns were very fluky. With Amendola back as the top dog, and Givens past his one game benching, Gibson will continue to be a dicey play going forward.

WR Austin Pettis, Rec: 2 - 46 - 0 (6 targets)

Pettis did make a beautiful catch, stretching to grab a 36-yard pass early in the first quarter, but only had one catch the rest of the game. With Amendola back, he will go back to playing very sparingly in 3 and 4 wide receiver sets. It is promising to see the second year pro make a play down the seam, as the Rams are certainly looking to add to their dearth of playmakers. Barring another injury to Danny Amendola or one of the other receivers, there isn't much value in Pettis right now.

WR Brian Quick, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)

The rookie second rounder saw just 13 snaps in Week 11, and with Amendola and Givens back, he's fifth on the depth chart. Maybe Brandon Gibson's mental errors catch up with him and get him benched, but that would be the only way Quick will be able to have any role on the 2012 Rams.

TE Lance Kendricks, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)

Kendricks caught both of his targets Sunday, but limped off later in the fourth quarter. While we don't know the extent of his injury, Kendricks was well off the fantasy radar before the injury anyway. Mike McNeil took his spot in the lineup, but if anything, it would just mean more targets for someone like Amendola. The Rams' tight end position hasn't been very productive in a long time.