Arizona vs Seattle
- Have to take game script into account with Adrian Peterson. He did get a ton of work in the first half, but game script took him out of the game in the second half. We also have to consider his workload just 4 days prior. He had 37 carries, and he’s 32 years old, going up against Seattle who’s not afraid of Drew Stanton. I understand he’s a freak, but we saw this type of game coming. Now, next week, in a game that should be close with a chance of getting a lead against the Texans, he’s a good start, especially with 10 days rest. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have that much confidence in Larry with Stanton under center, but that’s where he’s looking. He had 14 targets in this game and 9 the game prior, and that’s 30%+ target share each of those weeks. Now we have a sample size of 2 games, and I’m trusting him in PPR going forward. He has Houston next week, so that’s a juicy matchup. Keep in mind that it might be Blaine Gabbert next week with Stanton’s knee injury.
- Jermaine Gresham caught a TD each of the last 2 weeks, and almost had a 2nd TD on Thursday night. Stanton is looking his way in the end zone, and even gave him 7 targets in this game. If you’re in desperate need for a TE, he might not be a bad option going forward. Still a flier. Like ASJ has a bye this week, for example, might not be a bad replacement this week against Houston. Keep in mind that Blaine Gabbert might be making the start next week.
- Thomas Rawls had only 10 carries in this game without Eddie Lacy even in a positive game script, but the offensive line didn’t do him any favors. JD McKissic also saw 5 carries and so did Prosise. Not feeling good about Rawls getting volume.
- Paul Richardson – he doesn’t play the slot often, and since Baldwin and Lockett play the slot a ton, there was a good chance he sees a lot of Patrick Peterson, since Peterson rarely defends the slot. Not only that, but he hurt his groin mid week, and on top of that they were playing on a short week. Not a recipe for success, that’s something we should see coming and look for another option.
- Jimmy Graham has been killing it. He’s getting the targets and has 6 TDs in the last 5 games. In the last 3 games, he has had 7 red zone targets. Didn’t start out strong this year, but he’s in my lineup every week at this point.
Jets vs Bucs
- I didn’t see a 10-15 final score coming in this game. Both defenses are not great, especially the Bucs D, so I’m surprised the Jets couldn’t get anything going.
- We all thought that Powell was going to get a ton of work in this game in a great matchup, but he had 10 carries to Elijah McGuire’s 8, and was actually out-touched by McGuire 12-11 and out-snapped him 33 to 31. The fact that these two backs only saw 23 touches in total is baffling to me, in a game that was very manageable. Remember, I said to pick up Elijah McGuire before this week in case Forte’s injury is a long term concern. He’s a good stash and is playable while Forte is out. The Jets are on a bye this week, so there might not be that much competition to get him.
- Robby Anderson saved your day with a garbage time TD. Hey, it all counts for fantasy! That’s 4 straight games with a TD for Robby. Keep rolling him out.
- Doug Martin had 20 carries in this game for only 51 yards. I’m happy with the volume after he got benched last week. The play calling is just so bad there with them running the ball on every single first down when the defense is expecting it. They need to mix it up a little for this offense to have some success. No other back had more than 3 carries.
- Both Desean Jackson and Chris Godwin had 10 targets each. This kid Godwin is very talented and he did well with the opportunity in the Mike Evans role. He’s not worth a pickup right now with Evans back from suspension next week, but we have to remember his name if the opportunity presents itself in the future.
- Humphries definitely disappointed with only 2 catches on 4 targets. Fitzpatrick was being himself looking for targets more downfield. It’s never straightforward trying to predict who will get the looks when the receiving core has a big shake up like they did without Evans.
Saints vs Bills
- The Saints completely destroyed the Bills in Buffalo. They ran all over them with Ingram, Kamara and even Trey Edmunds got some of the action as well. They totaled 6 TDs on the ground, including one from Drew Brees. Ingram had 21 carries, Kamara had 12. Kamara also had an addition 5 catches on 5 targets. Both of these guys continue to impress and carry this team. It’s amazing that they are sustaining high-end RB1s rigtht now, and we have to remember that this team always was able to sustain 2 fantasy relevant RBs, but there are two differences this year. One is that they have changed into a run-first team, and the second is that they have a real talented kid in that second RB role in Kamara. Their defense is looking really good as well, so they have a legit shot to make some noise come playoff time.
- Michael Thomas came through yet again, especially if you’re in PPR. He’s not scoring the TDs that we want to see, but this team just isn’t throwing the ball as much. They had a season low in passing yards, but you have to keep rolling Thomas out there.. he’s just being very consistent right now.
- One thing to note is that Willie Snead saw more playing time than Brandon Coleman, so that trend should continue and Snead should take over that slot role at some point. He didn’t see a target in this game, but the Saints didn’t need to pass the ball.
- LeSean McCoy disappointed for the 2nd week in a row, but you just gotta keep rolling him out there. He’s still a RB1, he’s still going to get the work. You just kind of have to throw this game out if you own Tyrod, Shady, Charles Clay, who only had 2 catches but also only played on 58% of plays in his first game back. He looks fine though, so I’m expecting him to bounce back. He usually sees around 80% or more in snaps.
- Not sure what to make of Kelvin Benjamin. He did lead the team in targets with 6, caught 3 of them for 42. He doesn’t have the upside he did with Cam, so I think he’s more of a WR3 going forward. I would personally go out and try to get some value for him if I can. Outside of Shady, Tyrod, and Charles Clay, I don’t trust anyone else in this offense for fantasy.
Packers vs Bears
- Jordan Howard had a very disappointing day, only getting 15 carries in what should have been a great game for him at home against a Packers defense that had a hard time scoring. Chicago’s defense was playing very well at home, so it was quite surprising how well the Packers were able to move the ball. At the end of the day, the Bears went away from the run and tried to catch up threw the air with Mitch Trubisky throwing the ball 35 times for almost 300 yards. Didn’t see that coming at all. Howard only played on 49% of snaps with Cunningham see 47%.. it’s just mind boggling. Speaking of John Fox! Keep reading.
- In case you guys missed it, there was a play in the first half where Cunningham caught the ball in the red zone, raced to the corner of the end zone, reached out for the pylon and the refs called him out at the 3 yard line. If you looked at the replay, the ball seems to be coming out before he touches the pylon, and the ball itself touches the pylon without Cunningham having possession. That, as we know from the ASJ TD reversal against the Patriots about a month back, is a touchback. Guess who challenges that? John Fox. He challenges that, saying that it was a TD. The refs reviewed it, and said nope, it’s not a TD. He’s also not out at the 3-yard line. It’s actually a touchback, and it’s Packers ball. Good job, Fox. You had the first down. All you had to do was run Jordan Howard in 3 times and you’ll have yourself a TD.
- Dontrelle Inman led the Bears in receiving, catching 6 balls on 8 targets for 88 yards. Kendall Wright came in second with 5 catches on 8 targets for 46 yards. He also went out on 95% of snaps. It seems like the Trubisky found his go-to target in Inman, so in PPR leagues I’m definitely taking a look at him on waivers if I’m in need of a WR.
- Davante Adams has seemed to find a rapport with Brett Hundley. Adams is talented, and he’s the best option in this passing game for the Packers catching 5 on 8 targets for 90 yards and a TD. It’s not looking that way for Jordy, as he only saw 4 targets. I personally didn’t trust anyone in this passing offense with Hundley under center, but Adams is now averaging 9 targets in the last two games. He does have a couple of touch matchups against Baltimore and Pittsburgh coming up, so if you can get some value for him I’m definitely open to that. Otherwise, save him for Tampa Bay and Cleveland the weeks after that.
- Aaron Jones was carted off the field in what appears to be a sprained MCL. He’s going to have an MRI today, but it appears that he’ll be out for a while. Since he got hurt so early in the game, it’s very apparent as far as what the Packers will likely do. Jamaal Williams had 20 carries, with Montgomery only having 6. Montgomery also left the game with a rib issue after running for a TD, so Jamaal Williams is probably one of the top waiver adds this week as someone who might get a ton of work in both the run and pass game. Update: Aaron Jones suffered a MCL injury and will be sidelined 3-6 weeks.
Browns vs Lions
- Isaiah Crowell was due for some touchdowns. His volume didn’t go down, even after a rough beginning of the year. He’s averaging 15 touches a game, and had no touchdowns the first 7 games. Math says that that has to change. He was due, and he’s had 2 in the last 2 games. He’s averaging 4.41 yards per carry over the last 4, compared to 3.74 in his first 5. He’s always been good depth, and if you were hurting at RB over the bye weeks, he could’ve helped you.
- Duke Johnson continues to get it done in PPR. Had another 6 grabs and had 16 total touches in this game.
- Golden Tate continues to get it done, leading the team in targets with 7. Marvin Jones only had 2 targets in this game, and was even out-targeted by Kenny Golladay, who came back from his hamstring injury with only 3 targets but he had some downfield shots and caught 2 for 64. I’ll be looking to pick him up this week in an offense that is pass-first. He’s a big play guy who is a threat around the red zone as well. As far as Marvin goes, its disappointing that he only had 1 catch in this game but he was being shadowed by Jason McCourty.
Bengals vs Titans
- DeMarco Murray had 14 carries for 42 yards to Derrick Henry’s 11 for 52. Murray also had 4 catches on 4 targets for 30 yards, so he ended up out-touching Henry 18-11. Murray had 3 total TDs, 2 on the ground and 1 in the air near the goal line. Murray only had 2 TDs this year before this game, and only went over 59 rushing yards once this year, so I get it if you benched him in a tough matchup in favor of someone else. He’s only averaging 15 touches per game this year, and a lot of it is a result of him being banged up. If he’s healthy now, I’m going to try and have him in my lineup. I’m not expecting a TD from him, let alone 3, but if he’s involved in both the run and pass game like he is, he should produce enough to keep you happy as long as he’s healthy. In a PPR it’s a lot easier to start him, but in standard, I understand if you don’t feel comfortable starting him. I might not have either, depending on the matchup. Two goal line touchdowns and a goal line catch isn’t something I’m beating myself up about if you didn’t start him. You just can’t project for that. That’s football. At least you know who the goal line back is!
- Rishard Matthews had a solid game, catching 5 for 50 on 7 targets, but he did drop a TD pass. Corey Davis saw 10 targets in this game, and looks pretty good. If he’s available on waivers, he needs to be rostered. He was inches away from a TD in this game. He seems to be the #1 WR in this offense, and he was on the field for 86% of plays. His breakout is coming.
- Joe Mixon only had 9 carries in this game. His volume is not what it needs to be, and this offensive line is struggling and banged up. He did score, but his workload is not reliable.
- I’m not overreacting to Brandon Lafell’s 10 target, 6 catch for 95 yards and a TD performance. He has these games every now and then, but he’s not reliable. His season high prior to this game was 44 yards. AJ Green came back to being himself in a good matchup. Tyler Kroft was a huge disappointment, only catching 1 of his 6 targets for 4 yards.
Steelers vs Colts
- Big Ben continues to struggle on the road, only throwing for 236 yards and 2 TDs with a pick against a bad Colts defense. Leveon Bell only averaged 3.1 YPC, carrying the ball 26 times for 80 yards.
- Juju and Antonio Brown both had 7 targets, but AB really disappointed catching only 3 for 47 yards. Juju had a great game, catching 5 for 97 yards and a TD. I’m not worried about AB, as we’ve seen the Colts try to take the best WR out of the game, as we’ve seen here and with AJ Green a few weeks ago. I expect him to bounce back on Thursday night against a leaky Titans defense at home. I needed to see another game out of Juju before I put him in my lineup with confidence, and I’m more than okay with him as a WR3/flex option, with him having a shot of becoming a solid WR2 if he continues getting volume and producing. Martavis Bryant came back, but he’s clearly the #3 option behind Juju. He is going to get his deep shots, so he’s a flier going forward.
- Marlon Mack only saw 9 touches, carrying the ball 7 times for 7 yards. Not good. Frank Gore saw 18 touches in this game, and continues to get volume. The Colts kept this game close, so Gore was able to grind it out and gain tough yards.
- TY Hilton came back to what he’s been all season, and that’s not playable in non-ideal matchups. Don’t chase points with TY. Look at the matchup before you decide whether you should start him or not. And if you start him, go in with the expectations of him providing you with a low floor and high ceiling. I hope you traded him off of his big week last week, because it’s probably not going to happen at this point.
- Chester Rogers had a big week. Who? Chester Rogers caught all 6 of his 6 targets for 104 yards and a TD. I’m ignoring this like it never happened. He came out of nowhere, and I don’t expect Rogers to be significant going forward, as he only played because Kamar Aiken was out with a hamstring injury.
- Moncrief caught a long TD on one target. I’m ignoring him as well. He’s 27% owned right in Yahoo leagues. It needs to be 0.
- Jack Doyle disappointed, but I will take this game as an outlier, and keep rolling him out after his bye week.
Vikings vs Redskins
- Case Keenum has himself a day, throwing for 300 yards and 4 TDs.
- Adam Thielen is the real deal. Stop trying to figure out if you should start him or the other guy. Just start him. 8 catches on 12 targets for 166 yards and a TD. He made a ton of catches on Josh Norman. He looked great, and has been getting it done all year long. He’s the only player who’s had at least 5 catches in every single game this year.
- Stefon Diggs. I wasn’t on him this week because of the matchup on the perimeter with Josh Norman and Breeland, but Diggs reminded me again that he’s one of the best WRs in the NFL and he’s a matchup proof play when he’s healthy. He only saw 5 targets in this game, but he made the most of them. He burned Josh Norman on a long play that was close to a TD and made it look easy. These two WRs are the real deal.
- Latavius Murray continues to get work, seeing 17 carries for 68 yards and a goal line TD. McKinnon only saw 12 touches in this game, but I’m continuing to roll him out every week, especially in PPR.
- Rob Kelley had an injury to both his ankle and knee, and will have an MRI today (Monday). Samaje Perine is a good pickup this week. Even though he didn’t quite take advantage of his previous opportunities, he’s still worth a pick up as someone who should see goal line carries and see work in between the tackles. He can also catch the ball, which Kelley didn’t have in his skillset. Update: Kelley has a high ankle sprain and a MCL sprain. Pick up Perine.
- Chris Thompson had a tough matchup this week, but he still managed 67 yards from scrimmage on 12 touches.
- Vernon Davis continues to get it done without Jordan Reed, catching 7 passes for 76 yards on 11 targets.
- Jamison Crowder also saw 11 targets, catching 4 of them for 76 yards. He’s worth a pickup if he’s available in your leagues, hoping that this type of volume continues. He’s seen volume in his last 2 games, so this could be a trend.
- Josh Doctson didn’t do much in this game, seeing a lot of Xavier Rhodes, but did play on 93% of snaps. Don’t know when the breakout is coming, but it’s coming.
Chargers vs Jaguars
- Melvin Gordon was a huge disappointment in this game, totaling 42 yards on 21 touches. That’s bad. Austin Ekeler outproduced him, gaining 112 yards on 15 touches and 2 TDs through the air. Ekeler has played well all season, and I can’t imagine him gaining more of a role on this offense. Gordon has been inefficient his whole career, and it’s been the volume and red zone usage that has been carrying him through fantasy relevance. If Ekeler becomes a part of this offense going forward, I’m worried about Melvin Gordon. Now, this was a tough matchup, but Ekeler was able to get it done. I think Ekeler is someone we need to pick up, especially in PPR leagues and monitor how these two get used in the future. With that being said, I’m not getting crazy and benching Gordon by any means, he should continue to see work, and they play the Bills next week. We saw what they gave up to the Saints yesterday on the ground.
- Even with Casey Hayward shadowing Marqise Lee, he was still able to put up a decent statline with 6 catches on 11 targets for 55 yards. Allen Hurns saw 9 targets, catching 7 for 70, but I can’t trust Hurns on a week to week basis. Blake Bortles threw the ball 51 times in this game, which is something the Jaguars don’t want to do, and they’re lucky they came out with a win in this game.
- Fournette couldn’t produce in this game, only averaging 1.9 yards per carry on 17 carries. That being said, I wouldn’t worry about Fournette. I do think the team gets back to what they do, and that’s run the ball and play great defense.
- TJ Yeldon played a huge role in the passing game, seeing 8 targets, catching 6 of them for 39 yards. If this continues, he can have PPR relevance, but like I said, I think the Jaguars calm down a bit and go back to what has been working for them all season.
Texans vs Rams
- Lamar Miller didn’t see the volume we like to see, as the Texans were blown out by the Rams stellar offense. Alfred Blue and D’onta Foreman combined for 11 carries, which matched Miller’s total for the day. Miller is going to be hard to trust in this offense without Deshaun Watson.
- Deandre Hopkins continues to see volume, catching 7 of 14 targets for 111 yards. He continues to be safe.
- Will Fuller cracked his ribs in this game, and could be out a week or two. I don’t want to guess who will be the beneficiary of that with Tom Savage behind center, but it’ll probably be Bruce Ellington, since he ended the game with 8 targets. He might be worth a look since Patrick Peterson will be shadowing Hopkins next week.
- Ok, let’s get to it. Robert Woods! So, I was in so much trouble last week with a ton of players on bye in my home league. A guy in my league dropped Woods, so I said okay, I’ll pick him up. He’s had solid volume all year so I plugged in him in my lineup. 2 TDs later I was very pleased. This week I had Crabtree on bye, so I said okay I’ll keep him in, and he should still provide a solid floor. 8 catches on 10 targets for 171 yards and another 2 TDs. Insane! Woods is killing it, and he is simply the most reliable WR on the Rams, and he’s actually been that if you look at his targets and catches throughout the season. I’m keeping him in my lineup with the same expectations I had the last 2 weeks, and that’s a solid floor in PPR formats with the possibility for that crazy ceiling. I’m not getting crazy and starting him over studs, but I’m going to try and stay in the flames with Robert Woods. It is a good lesson though. We have to roster guys who are getting volume, even if their ceiling isn’t there. The blow up games are bound to happen.
- Todd Gurley had a good game, and his work in the passing game continues to make him so valuable, as he totaled 136 yards on 17 touches.
- Sammy Watkins scored, but he only saw 3 targets. He’s a flier flex play at this point, and he’s much more important to that Rams offense than he is to our fantasy lineups.
Cowboys vs Falcons
- The Cowboys couldn’t get anything going against the Falcons without Ezekiel Elliott and OT Tyron Smith. As far as the running game goes, Alfred Morris was the guy, seeing 11 carries for 53 yards, with Rod Smith being the guy spelling him and their passing down back. Darren McFadden only had 1 carry for -2 yards. If you own Darren McFadden, I’m personally not dropping him yet (if I have the choice) in case things switch up in the next game. It was apparent that the Cowboys were going to run the ball when Morris was in, and pass the ball when Smith was in. I’m not sure that’s something they want to do moving forward. That’s just a narrative, and it could be something that is proven wrong next week. But McFadden is someone that is versatile, and can both run in between the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield, and the Cowboys won’t be as predictable.
- Nobody in the Cowboys side of the ball could get anything going with all of the pressure that was on Dak and their inability to establish a running game.
- Devonta Freeman left the game early with a concussion, and has been ruled out for next week’s Monday night game. Tevin Coleman should see a ton of work next week, as he did on Sunday, seeing 21 touches for 88 yards and a TD.
- Julio disappointed yet again in a great matchup, catching 6 passes for 57 yards on 8 targets. I don’t know what to say about Julio, we just have to keep rolling him out in our lineups.
Giants vs 49ers
- I’m going to start out this one by talking about Marquise Goodwin’s 83 yard TD catch. Incredible play, we all had him on our radar because of Pierre Garcon’s injury and the Giants inability to stop anyone at this point. But if you didn’t hear, only a few hours before the game, him and his wife lost their newborn son due to complications during her pregnancy. So sad, and I can’t imagine what they must be going through. And he caught this TD just hours after learning the news. And if you noticed he went down and obviously got super emotional. So prayers to Goodwin and his family, and we should feel honored that he provided us with entertainment and a great play even with the tragedy that he just went through.
- Carlos Hyde got a ton of volume, seeing 19 touches in this game, going over 100 yards from scrimmage.
- Garrett Celek proved that you just need to start your tight ends against the Giants, who’ve given up a TD in to a tight end in every single game this year.
- Aldrick Robinson only saw 1 target in this game.
- Sterling Shepard continues to be the #1 WR and collected 13 targets, catching 11 of them for 142 yards. Shepard was expected to be the #1 when he came back from injury and he is exactly that. We need to treat him as the high-end WR2 that he is.
- Evan Engram didn’t have a great game yardage wise, but he did see volume with 9 targets and saved your day with a TD on one of his 6 grabs.
- Orleans Darkwa had some volume, but not what we expected, with only 16 touches, but the Giants couldn’t even maintain a positive game script with the 49ers. This team has given up. McAdoo needs to go now. Darkwa is the clear leader in the backfield.
Patriots vs Broncos
- Dion Lewis led the Patriots backfield in carries, but Rex Burkhead led the team in snaps 36-21. Before the Patriots bye, Rex Burkhead was creeping his way into fantasy relevance and suddenly became one of the main weapons against the Broncos. His versatility is one of the reasons Belichick brought him in. When looking at these numbers, however, we have to understand that this could have been the game plan for this specific game. The Patriots weren’t going to test guys like Aqib Talib on the outside and Chris Harris Jr in the slot so it made sense to line Rex up as a WR and get him looks out of the backfield to test the Broncos linebackers. This is the game plan many thought the Patriots were going to have this week, and that’s what they did. You have to think the versatility is something they want to take advantage of moving forward, so I’m ok picking Rex up in a PPR league, but I would wait until his usage becomes more of a trend before I trust him in my starting lineup. If I’m a James White owner, I’m a bit worried.. not that you knew that this couldn’t happen.
- Brandin Cooks led the team in targets with 11, catching 6 for 74. Gronk also gained 74 yards on 4 grabs.
- Emmanuel Sanders definitely surprised me in this game. He caught 6 passes on 11 targets for 137 yards, having himself a huge day. DT was the guy I liked in PPR leagues, but he only caught 5 for 44 and a TD. This duo has been very hard to predict, as they flip flop on being the #1 WR week to week. I think we just have to play both guys every week and hope for the best.
- CJ Anderson looked good in this game, but it continues to be a timeshare. He led the backfield with 10 carries for 54 yards, but Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker both saw 8 carries each, having less success on the ground. Anderson has a decent floor, but his upside is capped as long as these two backs remain in the picture.