Justin Verlander shutout the Twins over six innings allowing six hits, three walks, and struck out 12 in the no-decision as Joaquin Benoit blew the save and the Twins would eventually go on to win Monday's game 4-3 in 11 innings.
Verlander joined Mickey Lolich as the second hurler in Tigers history to rack up 200 Ks in 5-straight seasons. Verlander hasn't exactly been a star this season with a 13-12 record and 3.56 ERA, but he's struck out 207 batters in 212.1 innings to at least give him some fantasy value. Still, a 1.33 WHIP, for a guy who had been at 1.18 or lowers each of the past four years, it's been a disappointing season.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Tom Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots 30-24 OT loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Brady turned in one of his better games of the season and Sunday and while he's certainly had better numbers in previous games it is hard to ignore the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that he had at his disposal with injuries to Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola over the last three weeks. Brady tossed three more touchdown passes on Sunday night, connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon Bolden for the scores. Late in the fourth quarter the Patriots passing attack suffered another tremendous blow as Rob Gronkowski was carted off with a knee injury which at the time appeared to be severe and yet Brady still managed to drive the Patriots down the field for a game tying field goal try to send the contest into OT. If Gronk is forced to miss any extended amount of time the fantasy impact for Brady will take another big blow as the available offensive weapons will be reduced to the very bottom of the depth chart. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba