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Perfect fantasy football team

Quarterbacks — Philadelphia’s Nick Foles unleashed a career day against Oakland on Sunday. He easily had the top fantasy effort of the weekend with an astounding seven TD passes. Dallas’s Tony Romo, San Diego’s Philip Rivers, and New Orleans’s Drew Brees each threw for two TDs and more than 300 yards. Carolina is on a four-game winning streak and Cam Newton has been one of the top performers in fantasy football during that run. On Sunday, Newton ran for a touchdown and threw for 249 yards and a score. New England’s Tom Brady rebounded from a string of subpar performances with a gem. He threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns.

Running backs — Tennessee’s Chris Johnson, a must-start because of his home run potential, probably won for many of his owners on Sunday. Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller finally came through with a nice effort, picking up 116 rushing yards, but I wouldn’t blame Spiller’s owners if he wasn’t in their lineups. He’s hard to trust, and teammate Fred Jackson has had a steady season. In Washington, Alfred Morris continues to run hard, and picked up 121 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, but he lost some goal line carries to fullback Darrel Young, who finished with an improbable three touchdown runs. Prior to the San Diego game, Young had just two carries, so despite his terrific output he’s not worth a roster spot.

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Wide receivers — Considering Foles’s effort, it’s no surprise Riley Cooper has a place on the team and DeSean Jackson (five catches, 150 yards, one touchdown) knocked on the door. Jerricho Cotchery of the Steelers, an average performer, exploded for three touchdowns against the Patriots. And Andre Johnson displayed cohesion with new Houston quarterback Case Keenum (available in most leagues).

Tight ends — A great weekend for the gold standards of this position. Jimmy Graham of New Orleans, Rob Gronkowski of New England, Jason Witten of Dallas, and Tony Gonzalez of Atlanta all delivered. If Gronkowski’s owners survived while waiting for him to return from injury, the reward over the next few weeks could be fantastic.

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Kickers — Nick Folk of the Jets went 4 for 4 on field goals against the Saints and is an ideal fantasy kicker because his team’s offense isn’t inept but isn’t explosive. Folk is 23 for 23 this season.

Defenses — The Dolphins, likely available in most leagues, were a surprise on Thursday and have a favorable matchup at Tampa Bay next Monday night.

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