Mon Oct 15 9:29 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Hill comes up big Week 6
It was more of the same for fantasy teams this week, seeing because scores because of several monster performances. Passing games enjoyed big success once again. There were three quarterbacks that had four touchdown passes and nine hit the 300-yard mark. It wasn't quite the huge week for receivers. There were 12 that hit the 100-yard mark, which was a little down compared to past weeks.
Rushing games were up and down again but we did have a 200-yard rusher and eight backs hit the 100-yard mark. Five backs had multiple rushing touchdowns, though, which led to some solid fantasy performances.
Eagles 34, Giants 13
Fantasy Stud: Saquon Barkley. His team stunk it up but Barkley had a huge performance once again. He finished a yard shy of 100-yard receiving and rushing game. He ran 13 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. Barkley also caught nine passes for 99 yards, giving him 229 total yards and a touchdown. Barkley has reached 100 total yards every game this season. He is proving to be the real deal and a fantasy force for years to come.
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham caught six passes but finished with just 44 yards. He has been a disappointment much of the year but this was his first game with fewer than 50 yards. The good news for Beckham is he has double-digit targets every game. Either way, things are off to a rough start for Beckham, who could be erratic like this much of the season.
Game Notes: Carson Wentz had his first three-touchdown game of the season. He was 26-of-36 for 278 yards and three scores without an interception. Wentz is quickly rounding into form, having three straight multiple score games and 300-yard games two of three.
Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement pretty much split the work at running back for the Eagles. Smallwood ran 18 times for 51 yards while Clement had 11 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown. This could be a similar situation going forward for the Eagles backfield.
Seahawks 27, Raiders 3
Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson had one of his better games of the season. He missed on just six passes, going 17-of-23 for 222 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran six times for 20 yards. Wilson has two straight three straight touchdown games and three total for the season. His rushing totals continue to disappoint but Wilson is finding the end zone on a regular basis, helping his fantasy numbers.
Fantasy Dud: Derek Carr. Carr was a big bust. He missed on just eight passes, but threw for just 133 yards and didn't score a touchdown. He also lost two fumbles. Carr was 22-of-30 for 133 yards. He is proving to be a bust to fantasy teams this season. He has multiple touchdowns just once all year and more interceptions than touchdowns.
Game Notes: Doug Baldwin finally came to life, catching six passes for 91 yards. Baldwin had fewer than 50 yards his first two games of the year before this big showing.
Jalen Richard had seven receptions for 48 yards. He has at least six receptions three of four games and 31 total catches for the season.
Vikings 27, Cardinals 17
Fantasy Stud: Adam Thielen. Thielen continued his red hot play, catching 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Thielen has 100-yard games all six games this season. He also has double-digit receptions three of six games and scores three straight. He has double-digit targets every single game, serving as the top target for the passing game. He is having some kind of season.
Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs had just three receptions for 33 yards. Diggs had a season-low four targets. He has had a few down games this year, though, having fewer than 50 yards three of six games. He has been a little more erratic than fantasy teams had hoped.
Game Notes: Latavius Murray finally had a good game as the starter for the Vikings. He ran 24 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. Murray did not have more than 50-rushing yards in a game before this one.
Christian Kirk continues to emerge as the top target for the Cardinals passing game. He caught six passes for 77 yards. Kirk has 75-plus yards three of four games.
Steelers 28, Bengals 21
Fantasy Stud: James Conner. Conner continues to excel as the No. 1 back for the Steelers. He had a big game, rushing 19 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 18 yards, giving him 129 total yards and two scores. Conner has two straight 100-yard rushing and two-touchdown games. Conner has three 100-yard games this year and seven touchdowns. He is an elite fantasy back as long as he is starting.
Fantasy Dud: Andy Dalton. Dalton wasn't bad by any means but you hoped for a little better fantasy game in such a prime matchup. Dalton was just so-so for all his fantasy owners. He was 26-of-42 for 229 yard and two touchdowns. Dalton didn't even reach 20 fantasy points in the game. Dalton has been pretty consistent much of the year, though, having multiple touchdowns all but a game.
Game Notes: Tyler Boyd had his first two touchdown game of the season. He caught seven passes for 62 yards and two scores. Boyd has five straight games with at least four receptions.
JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to his big ways, catching seven passes for 111 yards and converted a two-point try. He had just 94 yards his last two games, so this big game was a welcome return for all his fantasy owners.
Chargers 38, Browns 14
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon had another big game. He ran 18 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 7.3 yards per rush. Gordon has touchdowns all but a game this year. He has 100-yard games two of three. Gordon is having his best season to date and making a run at top fantasy back in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Jarvis Landry. Landry was a nonfactor, catching just two passes for 11 yards. The only good news is Landry was targeted nine times in the game. He got his looks but just didn't connect much of the game. He should get better going forward but this game was a downer for all his fantasy owners.
Game Notes: Tyrell Williams made some big plays with his few targets. He caught three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He does not have more than three catches in a game this year but 48 or more yards four of six games.
Carlos Hyde had 14 carries but managed just 34 yards, averaging 2.4 yards per carry. Nick Chubb had just three carries but had 25 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. At some point, you would think Chubb starts getting a few more chances.
Jets 42, Colts 34
Fantasy Stud: Andrew Luck. Luck did throw three interceptions but had very good passing numbers in the end, leading to another big game for all his fantasy owners. He was 23-of-43 for 301 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. Luck has three straight 300-yard and at least three-touchdown games. He has 16 touchdowns and looks to be completely back from his arm issues.
Fantasy Dud: Nyheim Hines. Hines wasn't much of a factor in this one, which was a surprise considering his recent workload. The return of Marlon Mack cut into his playing time, though. Hines ran three times for 14 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards. This game broke a streak of at least five receptions three straight games.
Game Notes: Marlon Mack returned from his hamstring injury and led the Colts in rushing. He ran 12 times for 89 yards, averaging an impressive 7.4 yards per carry.
Eric Ebron caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Ebron has touchdowns three straight and five of six games this season.
Redskins 23, Panthers 17
Fantasy Stud: Cam Newton. Newton had his usual solid game for fantasy owners. He was 27-of-40 for 275 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running nine times for 43 yards. Newton has multiple touchdowns all but the first game of the season. He continues to post big numbers on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Doctson. Doctson was active and played but wasn't a huge part of the game once again despite some injuries at receiver for the Redskins. He had three receptions for 20 yards. Doctson has fewer than 40 yards every game this year and probably isn't worth even owning in most formats. He continues to disappoint.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson rebounded from a terrible Week 5, rushing 17 times for 97 yards. Peterson has 90-plus yards three of five games.
Greg Olsen returned to the lineup and caught four passes for 48 yards. The good news is he made it throughout the game healthy and his role should continue to increase going forward.
Dolphins 31, Bears 28
Fantasy Stud: Albert Wilson. Wilson had six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He made several big plays throughout the game. This was his first 100-yard game of the year. He has touchdowns three of five games. He has really emerged in recent weeks, having at least four receptions three straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Kenny Stills. Stills had just a catch for 35 yards. He did convert a two-point try but his overall numbers were poor for fantasy teams. Stills has fewer than 50 yards three straight games. His numbers have gone south in recent weeks after starting his season fast.
Game Notes: Frank Gore hit the 100-yard mark for the first time this year. He ran 15 times for 101 yards. Gore has double-digit carries three straight games.
Taylor Gabriel had his second straight 100-yard game. He caught five passes for 110 yards. He has at least four receptions every game.
Falcons 34, Bucs 29
Fantasy Stud: Jameis Winston. Winston had a great first start of the season. He was 30-of-41 for 395 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran three times for 31 yards. Winston is going to post some big numbers in this offense as long as he can stay healthy. The Bucs have one of the most prolific offenses in football right now.
Fantasy Dud: Calvin Ridley. Ridley was on his way to a big game but got injured early and didn't return. He caught three passes for 47 yards. It was a shame to see him get hurt so early in the game, leading to very mediocre fantasy numbers. Ridley suffered an ankle injury during the game. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Game Notes: Matt Ryan had his third three-touchdown game of the season. He was 31-of-41 for 354 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Ryan has 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions on the season.
Julio Jones didn't score a touchdown once again, but caught 10 passes for 143 yards. Jones has three 100-yard games and is now over 700-receiving yards for the year. He is still without a touchdown, though.
Texans 20, Bills 13
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. It wasn't one of his huge games but a solid showing for Hopkins in a game that didn't feature a ton of offense. He caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins has touchdowns three of six games and at least five receptions every game.
Fantasy Dud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a poor showing for his standards. He failed to throw for 200 yards and just had a touchdown. He was 15-of-25 for 177 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. This makes two straight games for Watson without multiple touchdowns. His numbers haven't been quite what fantasy owners had hoped for just yet.
Game Notes: Josh Allen had to leave the game because of an elbow injury. He did not do much before leaving, going 10-of-17 for 84 yards. Nathan Peterman struggled in relief. He was 6-of-12 for 61 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. One of his picks was returned for the game-winning score.
Lamar Miller returned from his chest injury this week and led the team in rushing. He ran 15 times for 46 yards compared to seven carries for 26 yards from Alfred Blue. Miller has double-digit carries every game he has played this year.
Cowboys 40, Jaguars 7
Fantasy Stud: Dak Prescott. Prescott has been a bust much of the year but has his breakout game against the Jaguars, a team most think have the best defense in football. We all saw this coming, right? Prescott was 17-of-27 for 183 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. It was quite the overall performance for Prescott against a very good team. Maybe he can still help fantasy teams. This game could get him going.
Fantasy Dud: Donte Moncrief. Moncrief had 75-plus yards two straight games and 11 receptions in those games, so his stock was rising. Well, he laid an egg in Week 6. He did not even catch a pass and was targeted just three times. Moncrief has some potential in this offense but is a hard guy to trust, especially after this game.
Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott had his third 100-yard game of the season. He ran 24 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. He has 100-yard games three of four.
Cole Beasley had his first 100-yard game of the season. He set season highs across the board, catching nine passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Rams 23, Broncos 20
Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley. Gurley not only hit the 100-yard mark but passed 200-rushing yards in this game. He ran 28 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Gurley has multiple touchdowns two straight games and 11 total scores for the season. He also has three 100-yard rushing games. Gurley is having another fabulous season and carrying many fantasy teams to victories on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Cooper Kupp. Kupp played and suffered a nasty leg injury in the game. He was surprisingly able to return to the game, but he still finished without a catch. His only production was a carry for 12 yards. This game was just an outlier for Kupp. He'll be just fine going forward as long as he is healthy.
Game Notes: Jared Goff failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season as the Rams had much success running the ball. Goff was 14-of-28 for 201 yards and an interception.
Emmanuel Sanders had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. He has at least four receptions every game this year.
Ravens 21, Titans 0
Fantasy Stud: Ravens defense. The Ravens defense absolutely dominated this game. They shutout the Titans and sacked them 11 times. Baltimore also allowed just 106 total yards, which is a pretty amazing stat as well. This unit has become a top-five fantasy defense once again and are a must start almost no matter the matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Corey Davis. Davis caught just a pass for 24 yards. Just when you think Davis is starting to gain a little momentum, he has his worst game of the season. Davis isn't having the breakout season most hoped, but he has some time to still get going. We aren't sure it will happen, though, at this rate.
Game Notes: Alex Collins averaged just 2.8 yards per carry but scored two touchdowns. He ran 19 times for 54 yards and two scores. Collins has five scores this year but is yet to top 70-rushing yards in a game.
Michael Crabtree scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 1. He had six receptions for a season-high 93 yards and a score.
Patriots 43, Chiefs 40
Fantasy Stud: Tyreek Hill. Hill had a one of the best fantasy games of the year for a receiver, catching seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. He made big play after big play all game long. This was his first 100-yard game since Week 1 of the season. Hill hasn't been huge every week but been pretty consistent and is always capable of the huge game any given week. He is one of the elite fantasy receivers in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs threw for more than 350 yards but Watkins was a surprise nonfactor in the game. He caught just two passes for 18 yards. Watkins has been all over the map this year for his fantasy owners. He has 75-plus yards two games but three other games with fewer than 25 yards. He is a hard weekly play for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Sony Michel was a game-time decision, but played and played a very good game. He ran 24 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He has 100-yard games two of three and touchdowns three straight games.
Patrick Mahomes had his third four-touchdown game of the season. He was 23-of-36 for 352 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Mahomes has five straight 300-yard games and 20 total scores this season.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Indianapolis Colts starting free safety Malik Hooker (hip) is expected to miss this week's game against the Tennessee Titans. Hooker has been dealing with the injury since their Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills. He was able to return last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars after missing a game against the Oakland Raiders and having the bye to rest up. After not practicing all week, the Colts are choosing to hold him out in hopes that he will be ready to go for next week's game. His play-making will be missed on the back end, and it's likely that Mike Mitchell will start in his place this week.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (hand) broke his thumb in a Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Graham has been underwhelming, although useful in fantasy in 2018, producing in the bottom of the TE1 range. He has lost a step since his time in New Orleans and does not see the high red zone usage that he had in Seattle. Green Bay has never utilized their tight ends extensively, so this outcome hasnt been much of a surprise. Veteran tight end Lance Kendricks will take most of Grahams snaps. Tight end Robert Tonyan had a big touchdown grab in Week 11 but is unlikely to see any additional work even with Grahams injury. Kendricks is a reliable, although unremarkable player. He is unlikely to accomplish much in the tight end light Green Bay offense. Graham can be dropped without too much concern. His ceiling is not high enough to warrant chewing up a bench spot for weeks. Kendricks should only be picked up in more desperate situations.
The Philadelphia Eagles activated tight end Richard Rodgers from injured reserve on Friday. He replaces Josh Perkins (knee), who was put on injured reserve, on the 53-man roster. The 26-year-old has been out all season due to a knee injury that he suffered during the preseason. Rodgers is expected to serve as the Eagles' third tight end, behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, against the Saints in Week 11. Fantasy owners can ignore the fifth-year vet.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (hip) is doubtful for the Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 33-year-old did not partake in any of the Ravens' three practices this week, and it was disclosed during the team's bye week that he suffered the injury during the loss to the Steelers in Week 9. While it does not look good for the 11th-year vet to suit up against the Bengals, coach John Harbaugh said earlier in the week that Flacco did not have to practice to play in the game. Flacco has struggled recently, but if he can give the Ravens anything, it wouldn't be a total surprise that Harbaugh started him in what essentially is a must-win game. Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin will start under center if Flacco can't go.
On one hand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't defend. On the other hand, the New York Giants can't offend (except their fans). Classic movable object meeting a stoppable force situation. The Giants added guard Jamon Brown last week and shored up their line enough to only give up one sack. With weapons all around the field, it doesn't matter that Eli Manning is still throwing to them. No way should the Buccaneers D/ST be recommended this week but if you have to start them it might not be the worst idea.
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods has had at least 70 receiving yards in nine straight games heading into a Week 11 matchup with a Kansas City Chiefs team that is allowing the third-most receiving yards per game.
Fantasy Spin: Woods has shown one of the safest floors among fantasy receivers all year, and he shouldn't slow down in what will likely be a high-scoring affair against the Chiefs.
Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller faces the Washington Redskins in Week 11, and the Redskins have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game this season.
Fantasy Spin: After a couple of 100-yard rushing efforts, Miller delivered a dud against the Denver Broncos last time out. He's been held under 50 rushing yards in four of his last six games and could be headed for another rough outing against Washington. He's just a volume-based flex play.
Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, and the Bengals are allowing the second-most rushing yards per game and the fourth-most yards per rush.
Fantasy Spin: Collins has struggled with efficiency this year, but he has seven touchdowns and routinely receives double-digit touches. He should be a solid RB2 against a weak Cincinnati run defense.
Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith has 22 total tackles, including 19 solo stops and a sack, over his last two games, and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Smith is 'processing quicker' and playing faster.
Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns has played less than 20 snaps in back-to-back games, but he said he is staying patient. 'Just wait for the opportunity and control what I can,' Hurns said.
Fantasy Spin: Hurns has been a disappointment all year, and with Amari Cooper now in the mix, there is no reason to expect him to turn things around.
Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington should see 'a lot more work' against the Carolina Panthers in Week 11 with WR Marvin Jones (knee) ruled out, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com.
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (thumb) could miss a few weeks while recovering from a broken thumb, according to David J. Chao, MD.
Fantasy Spin: The injury could push Davante Adams' heavy workload to another level, and it will also open the opportunity for someone to emerge as the No. 2 option in the passing attack.
The last time we saw Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman in action (Week 9) he was having himself quite the day. Possibly the best game he'll ever play over the course of his NFL career. Heuerman brought in 10 of 11 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown, and while I don't believe this will be the norm sans Demaryius Thomas, I do believe it's a positive sign on things to come. Especially, considering the Chargers have allowed three of the last four TEs they've faced to eclipse 50 yards receiving while surrendering three TDs to the position over that stretch. Heuerman was used to neutralize the stout Texans pass rush in Week 9, and it would only make sense for the Broncos to employ a similar strategy given the Chargers affinity to get after the QB. He could be in for an encore in this one, and should be viewed as a viable streaming option for fantasy owners in Week 11.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is coming off two of his lowest yardage totals of the 2018 season -- 57 in Week 8, 47 in Week 9 -- and will have his work cut out for him in Week 11 against a respectable Chargers defense. However, he's seen at least seven targets in seven of the Broncos nine games this season, remains the No. 1 option in this passing attack, and has put up 78.6 yards per game (13th among WRs). Despite the inconsistent play of quarterback Case Keenum, and the less than ideal matchup, Sanders remains a WR2 in Week 11 based on volume and pedigree.
We may have to wait another week to see Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton realize his post-Demaryius Thomas breakout as his squad faces a respectable Week 11 foe in the Los Angeles Chargers. Truth be told, this Chargers defense has benefited from facing some not exactly prolific passing offenses -- Buffalo, San Francisco, Oakland (twice)-- but they've allowed just three 100-yard receivers on the season and at 148.8, have given up the seventh-fewest yards per game to the position; just one receiver has found the end zone against them over their last four contests. Sutton is likely to see a minimum of five targets -- so he shouldn't go out silent -- but I wouldn't expect much more than low-end WR2 numbers in this one.
Seattle Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic (foot) will return to practice next week, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay capitalized on the absence of teammate Royce Freeman in Weeks 8 and 9 -- rushing for 155 yards and a touchdown while catching five passes for 41 -- but Freeman was a full-participant in Thursday's practice - signaling the end of Lindsay's run as the man. Lindsay averaged 10.5 fantasy points per game (standard) in the seven games with Freeman in the lineup, so Freeman's return doesn't completely extinguish his value, but this Chargers defense -- which has held opposing backs to just three rushing TDs and 85.7 yards per game -- just might. Nonetheless, given his production to this point in the season (and the six teams on bye), Lindsay still finds himself in the RB2 range; he's just on the lower end of the conversation.
Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum averaged 16.1 fantasy points over his last five games before the team's Week 10 bye. But, more importantly, he went into the bye on the heels of his first interception-free game of the season. Keenum told the media, "Its fire-all-the-bullets-in-the-chamber... time for this offense, but unfortunately, he'll draw a Chargers defense which has limited opposing QBs to one or fewer touchdown pass in four of their last five contests while accumulating five interceptions and 18 sacks. He's trending upward, but consider Keenum a low-end, 2-QB league option in advance of this less than favorable road matchup.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley will have a favorable matchup this week and could receive a lot of touches since the game could be high scoring. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (non-injury), C John Sullivan (non-injury) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 16.