- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Here are 10 key fantasy observations from Sunday's games, with analysis of the important trends and an eye toward next week and beyond.
A new high-production connection?: Joey Harrington threw three TD passes to Roy Williams, who played a full game for the first time since October 2 and set a new career standard for scoring receptions. Williams finished with seven catches for 117 yards, his first 100-yard game since Week 15 of last season. There's no doubt that Williams can certainly post very good fantasy numbers when he is healthy. But keep in mind that he was facing Arizona, and he could produce much lesser totals against better opponents. Williams should still be a solid and sometimes explosive No. 2 fantasy wide receiver the rest of the year. But his visits to the end zone might not come as regularly against the likes of the Cowboys and Falcons in his next two games. Williams' great outing was a clear signal he has re-emerged as a quality fantasy starter, but he needs to show more against better opponents to truly be considered a top fantasy receiver. Harrington threw three TD passes for the first time since Week 2 of the 2004 season and might have regained a firm hold on the Lions' starting QB job. But one outstanding outing for Harrington shouldn't erase the fact that he was mostly erratic earlier this season. He might not deserve serious fantasy starting consideration again until a Week 13 home date against Minnesota.
Sensational Samko: O.K., it took us 10 weeks, but we might have finally found the most unlikely fantasy star of all. Green Bay RB Samkon Gado rushed for two scores and caught a one-yard TD pass in the Packers' win at Atlanta. Gado, who was moved up from the practice squad two weeks ago and wasn't even in the NFL last month, rushed for 103 yards on his 23rd birthday. Gado faced a weak Atlanta run defense, but he is still for real. He's strong, quick and has good vision. He is especially tough to bring down near the goal line, as the Falcons discovered on his scoring runs of nine and two yards. It might be tough for Tony Fisher to get his starting job back, and Gado now looks like a true No. 2 fantasy RB after a pair of solid outings.
The re-emergence of Roy Williams, and a star named Samko is born.