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Episode 30: First Aid (Week 11)

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On Monday's weekly First Aid podcast, the Helpers discuss the St. Louis Rams and their emerging defense, the white hot Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay Packers and whether or not Mark Sanchez is an every week QB1 going forward. Plus weekly awards and a preview for tonight's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers/Tennessee Titans.

Denver Broncos at St. Louis

Peyton Manning: 34-for-54, 389 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions (17 fantasy points)

Manning struggled against a Rams defense that was able to put pressure on him (two sacks for 20 yards) and force turnovers (2 interceptions). It was one of the worst games of the season for Manning, as the dominant Broncos' offense was held to just seven points. Manning will be fine, but the bigger question will be the state of Denver's receivers. Emmanuel Sanders left the game with a concussion, while Julius Thomas left the game with a foot injury. Cody Latimer and Andre Caldwell should be looked at in all leagues.

Manning has now thrown six interceptions in the last three games.

Shaun Hill: 20-for-29, 220 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions (14 fantasy points)

Hill came on in replacement of Austin Davis and got the job done. He found Kenny Britt for a long score, which ended up being his only touchdown of the day. Hill is a good game manager, but you could probably do better in terms of fantasy quarterbacks.

C.J. Anderson: 9 carries for 29 yards, 8 catches for 86 yards, 10 targets (10 fantasy points)

Montee Ball left the game after he re-aggravated the groin injury that had kept him out for five games prior. He'll have an MRI on Monday. With Ball's status unknown and fellow running back Ronnie Hillman expected to be out at least six weeks, Anderson will be the guy (with maybe some Juwan Thompson sprinkled in) going forward.

Tre Mason: 29 carries for 113 yards (11 fantasy points)

Mason eclpised the 100-yard mark for the first time in his young career. Keep in mind, he did it on 29 carries which reinforces the fact that he is the clear No. 1 guy in St. Louis right now. Mason looked explosive and ran with purpose, which should give his fantasy owners something to look forward to. He's now an RB2 going forward.

Demaryius Thomas: 7 receptions, 103 yards, 0 touchdowns, 10 targets (10 fantasy points)

Thomas got off to a hot start but struggled down the stretch as the Rams doubled up on him after Sanders and Thomas left with injuries. Thomas is still the No. 1 guy, nothing new there.

Emmanuel Sanders: 5 receptions, 102 yards, 1 touchdown (16 fantasy points)

Sanders continued his touchdown onslaught with a wide open grab down the left seam in the first half for a 32-yard score. It was the only offensive touchdown of the game for the Broncos, and was Sanders' sixth score in his last three games. But he ended up leaving the game after taking a vicious hit down the sideline by Rams' cornerback Rodney McCleod.

Kenny Britt: 4 receptions, 128 yards, 1 touchdown

Britt's 63-yard touchdown accounted for roughly half of his total yardage, and it was the first 100-plus effort for Britt on the season. He's only owned in 15 percent of leagues, but it's like we've seen the best from Britt this season.

Last modified on Monday, 17 November 2014 00:15
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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