Buzz List: Five NFL players to watch this week

JohnnyManzielThe Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday when they take on the Cleveland Browns and that team’s likely QB is our pick for a prime player to watch on Sunday. He’s “Johnny Football,” Johnny Manziel, who completed 15 of 33 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in a 31-10 loss on Nov. 5.

Could a decent game against an AFC rival be enough to spark interest — or at least some optimistic hype — in a guy who was an unquestioned top rookie on cardboard last year? And what about a good game? Buzz thinks that could re-ignite some serious interest.

Keep reading for four more guys to watch on Sunday.

Peyton-ManningPeyton Manning — Sure, the Broncos QB hasn’t had the greatest year by his standards, but with his first completed pass on Sunday he’ll likely become the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader. He enters the game just three yards short of the record of 71,838 held by Brett Favre, who played 20 seasons. Manning is in his 17th. Obviously Manning is an NFL legend at this point and a moment — and milestone — like this at home could prompt people who don’t own a Manning auto or Rookie Card to track one down. (Buzz is ashamed to admit he doesn’t own an auto — and isn’t sure if he kept any of his RCs.) Manning’s RCs can be found in 1998 boxes.

GurleyTodd Gurley — Last week was the first start in the NFL career of this Rams rookie RB where he failed to rush for 100 yards. While the Vikings limited him to just 89, he’d ran for more than 128 for four straight weeks with a high of 159. What will he do against the Chicago Bears, a team that’s 3-5 this year? We’ll see. A strong game will help build upon growing momentum for his cards.

JamesStarks

James Starks — With Eddie Lacy officially not the top RB now in Green Bay (at least for this week), the focus goes to this guy, who was a sixth-round pick back in 2010 out of Buffalo. In six seasons with the Packers, he’s amassed 2,094 rushing yards and scored eight touchdowns. Lacy reached that yardage mark late last year and had 11 touchdowns as a rookie two years ago. The focus of many collectors likely went this direction earlier this week when the chatter shifted toward Starks, but there could still be more upside with a good game on Sunday against the Lions.

Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins — Earlier this year this Houston Texans WR had four 100-yard games and he came up just six yards short of the plateau last week. In a Monday-night game this week, the Texans face the Cincinnati Bengals who have given up the sixth-most passing TDs this season. Hopkins is the third-best WR in the league based on yardage, so … this could be a big game for a guy with RCs found back in 2013 packs.

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