Mon Oct 21 8:26am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Rodgers has monster Week 7
This week was a pretty low scoring fantasy week unless you had the handful of players that had huge games (i.e Aaron Rodgers). But overall, fantasy scores were a little down. There were five teams that had 10 or fewer points, including the Falcons, 49ers and Eagles. These are three teams that have some top fantasy players, so their down games led to lower scoring fantasy games.
Aaron Rodgers led the way at the quarterback position, having a monster game. He led many fantasy teams to victory all by himself. The quarterback position produced some good numbers overall. There were four quarterbacks that had four or more touchdown passes. There were seven quarterbacks overall that had 300-yard games. It was a pretty good showing from the quarterback spot.
The running back position had success but the best running back for Week 7 was started in just 16.1 percent of leagues, so he wasn’t used by many. There were seven 100-yard rushers and three running backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. Overall, it was a pretty quiet week at the position.
The receiver position had more success with 11 receivers hitting the 100-yard mark. But again, some of these players were guys that weren’t in lineups (i.e. Alex Erickson, Zach Pascal). This was kind of a theme for the week. Many players that produced were on benches in many fantasy leagues.
Chiefs 30, Broncos 6
Fantasy Stud: Chiefs defense. This performance was a huge surprise, seeing the Chiefs defense dominate in this game. The Chiefs allowed just six points and 205 total yards of offense. Kansas City also had a whooping nine sacks. The Chiefs defense also scored a touchdown, returning a fumble five yards for a score. This game gives the defense some hope going forward. They could be worth a start in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Phillip Lindsay. This matchup looked like a great one for Lindsay. He didn’t do much at all, though, rushing 11 times for just 36 yards. He also caught just a pass. This was his lowest fantasy total of the season, having fewer than five fantasy points. It also was just the second game all year Lindsay failed to have double-digit fantasy points. You just expect much better from Lindsay in this great matchup.
Game Notes: Patrick Mahomes’ injury was the big news in this game. He suffered a dislocated kneecap and is expected to miss about three weeks of action. Matt Moore will start for Mahomes while he is out. Moore was 10-of-19 for 117 yards and a touchdown without a turnover in this game.
Courtland Sutton led the Broncos in receiving once again, catching six passes for 87 yards. Sutton has at least 75 yards three straight games and five of seven for the season.
Rams 37, Falcons 10
Fantasy Stud: Jared Goff. Goff looked much better than his last time out, scoring three touchdown while not turning the ball over. He was 22-of-37 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a score, giving him three touchdowns. This was his second best fantasy game of the season and his first three-touchdown game. This was a guy that threw for 78 yards last week, so it was a welcome sight for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Matt Ryan. Ryan didn’t finish the game because of an ankle injury, but was pretty bad for fantasy teams before leaving the game. He played into the fourth quarter before leaving. Ryan threw for 159 yards with an interception and also lost a fumble. This was his first game all year failing to hit the 300-yard mark. His injury also is something to watch going forward. It is a concern, especially since the Falcons are already out of playoff contention. They could take it easy with their top quarterback.
Game Notes: Devnota Freeman was ejected in the game because he tried to punch Aaron Donald. Freeman had seven carries just 19 yards before leaving. He also caught two passes for six yards.
Todd Gurley returned from his quad injury and had a season high in carries. He ran 18 times or 41 yards. Gurley also caught a pass for a 13-yard touchdown. His score was his sixth of the season.
Bills 31, Dolphins 21
Fantasy Stud: John Brown. Brown led the way at receiver for the Bills. He had five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. This was his second touchdown of the season. Brown has at least five receptions three straight games and five or more catches all but a game. He is having a big season as the No. 1 receiver for the Bills.
Fantasy Dud: Devin Singletary. Singletary finally returned from injury this week but wasn’t much of a factor in the game. He ran seven times for 26 yards and didn’t catch a pass. It was not much of a showing for Singletary, who is a hard fantasy player to trust until he starts getting double-digit touches on a weekly basis. Frank Gore led the team in rushing, running 11 times for 55 yards.
Game Notes: Mark Walton led the team in carries. He ran 14 times for 66 yards compared to six carries for 21 yards from Kenyan Drake. Walton seems to be emerging as the top back in the Dolphins offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick played well in his return to the starting lineup for the Dolphins. He was 23-of-35 for 282 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also ran in a score, rushing six times for 13 yards and a touchdown.
Jaguars 27, Bengals 17
Fantasy Stud: Dede Westbrook. Westbrook led the way at receiver for the Jaguars. He had six receptions for 103 yards, his first 100-yard game of the season. He also ran two times for 13 yards, giving him 117 total yards. Westbrook has been a consistent factor in the offense all year, having at least five receptions four of five games. He has just a touchdown but the rest of his numbers make up for his lack of scores.
Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon continues his struggles behind the poor Bengals offensive line. He had 10 carries for just two yards and caught one pass for two yards. It was a dismal showing for a guy that had 11 touches, managing just four yards. Mixon is at the point that he probably belongs on fantasy benches. Mixon has fewer than 10 fantasy points four of seven games.
Game Notes: Alex Erickson had his first 100-yard game, catching eight passes for 137 yards. He has 12 receptions the past two games, getting a lot of work out of the slot for the Bengals.
Leonard Fournette had his third 100-yard game of the season, rushing 29 times for 131 yards. He also caught two passes for 14 yards. Fournette has more than 100 total yards four straight games.
Vikings 42, Lions 30
Fantasy Stud: Marvin Jones. Jones had maybe the best game of his career. He not only had double-digit receptions but also scored four touchdowns. He had 10 receptions for 93 yards and four touchdowns. It was some showing for Jones. He has not been super consistent all year but shown well in recent weeks, having 75-plus yards three of four games.
Fantasy Dud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay had a huge game the previous week, but did almost nothing in this one. He had just a catch for 21 yards. It was an unexpected showing - even with the tough matchup. This was the first time all year he had just a catch in a game. Golladay will be fine going forward but could have up and down production based on his numbers all year.
Game Notes: Matthew Stafford was 30-of-45 for 364 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He had a great showing in a great matchup. Stafford has three three-touchdown games this season.
Adam Thielen had a 25-yard touchdown reception but that was his only catch of the game. He injured his hamstring and was unable to return to the game. Stay tuned to our notes for the latest.
Packers 42, Raiders 24
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. Well, Rodgers showed he is still capable of being an elite fantasy quarterback. He disappointed to this point but had a monster game, carrying many fantasy teams to victory all by himself. Rodgers threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns, and also ran in a score. So he had six total scores and topped 400-passing yards without turning the ball over. Rodgers did not have a three-touchdown game all season before this huge showing.
Fantasy Dud: Hunter Renfrow. Renfrow was expected to get more work this week with Tyrell Williams but that wasn't the case, catching two passes for 14 yards. He has fewer than 20 yards three straight games and is not a viable fantasy option until he starts getting more consistent work.
Game Notes: Marquez Valdes-Scantling was able to play on his ankle and knee injury, leading the team in receiving yards. He had two catches for 133 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the season.
Darren Waller continued his breakout season, catching seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. These were his first scores of the year. He has at least four receptions every game and two 100-yard games.
Colts 30, Texans 23
Fantasy Stud: Jacoby Brissett. Brissett had a huge game for all the fantasy owners that used him. He was 26-of-39 for 326 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. This was his third three-touchdown game of the season. He has 15 total touchdowns to just three interceptions. He has done very well as the starter for the Colts and is a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Will Fuller. The Texans topped 300-passing yards but Fuller was held to next to nothing. He had a catch for six yards and also left the game early because of a hamstring injury, adding insult to injury. After a game with more than 200-receiving yards in Week 5, Fuller has six receptions for 50 yards his last two games. Fuller has been all over the map for fantasy teams, having fewer than 10 fantasy points five of seven games.
Game Notes: Zach Pascal had a breakout game, finishing with six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Pascal is starting to get more consistent work in the passing game, having 50-plus yards three of four games.
DeAndre Hopkins had his second 100-yard game and his first since the first week of the season. He had nine receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Cardinals 27, Giants 21
Fantasy Stud: Chase Edmonds. Edmonds got the chance to carry the load at running back for the Cardinals and took advantage with a huge game. He ran 27 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns. It was a career game for Edmonds, who also caught two passes for 24 yards. So he had 150 total yards and three touchdowns. Edmonds has proven to be a viable fantasy option when getting consistent chances in the offense.
Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. This was a great matchup for Murray but he didn’t take advantage for all his fantasy owners.The Cardinals moved the offense and scored but it was mostly on the ground. Murray was held to just 104-passing yards. And Murray didn’t do much better on the ground, rushing 10 times for 28 yards. You just didn’t see this game coming from Murray in this enticing matchup.
Game Notes: David Johnson was a huge bust because he was active for the game. The Cardinals didn’t want him on the field much because of poor conditions because of rain. Johnson had a carry for two yards.
Saquon Barkley returned from his ankle injury and looked pretty good. He had 18 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for eight yards. He should just get stronger going forward.
49ers 9, Redskins 0
Fantasy Stud: 49ers defense. San Francisco continued it’s dominance on the defensive side of the ball. The 49ers pitched a shutout in this game, holding the Redskins to just 154 total yards of offense. San Francisco also had three sacks and a fumble recovery. This unit is having a huge season and showing they are one of the best in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo got some starts this week because of a great matchup, but turned out to be a real bust for fantasy teams. He was 12-of-21 for 151 yards and an interception without a score. This was the second straight game Garoppolo was held without a passing touchdown. He has been pretty mediocre from a fantasy perspective, having eight total touchdowns to six interceptions. He is not having quite the season most expected.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson was the top offensive player for the Redskins once again, rushing 20 times for 81 yards. Peterson has 20-plus carries two straight games and 199-rushing yards in those games.
Tevin Coleman led the 49ers in rushing, running 20 times for 62 yards. Matt Breida had eight carries for 35 yards in the game, seeing Coleman get 12 more rush attempts.
Titans 23, Chargers 20
Fantasy Stud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler returned to his big ways catching the ball, serving as a big part of the passing game. He led the Chargers in receiving, having seven receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown. He also ran five times for seven yards. Ekeler looked more like a receiver, lining up wide, than as a running back during this game. He has at least five receptions all but a game. He also has 20-plus fantasy points five of seven games.
Fantasy Dud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon didn’t have near the success of fellow running back Austin Ekeler. Gordon did have the most carries, rushing 16 times but gained just 32 yards. He averaged just 2.0 yards per carry and also lost a fumble at the goal line, trying to punch in the game-winning score with seconds remaining. It was a game to forget for Gordon, who has done little since ending his holdout.
Game Notes: Ryan Tannehill had a really good showing in his first start of the season. He was 23-of-29 for 312 yards and two touchdown with an interception. He should keep the starting job after this showing.
Corey Davis had a nice rapport with Tannehill, catching six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He has scores two of four games.
Saints 36, Bears 25
Fantasy Stud: Latavius Murray. Murray got the start and looked great in the game. He ran 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 31 yards, giving him 150 total yards and two scores. He has huge value in this offense as long as Alvin Kamara is out of the lineup. Murray is capable of big things in a starting role.
Fantasy Dud: David Montgomery. The Bears barely ran the ball, making Montgomery a huge bust for fantasy teams. He had two carries for six yard and two catches for 13 yards. He also lost a fumble in the game, which is another concern. Until Montgomery starts getting consistent touches, fantasy teams can’t trust him. He has really been a disappointment for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Mitchell Trubisky returned to the starting lineup from his shoulder injury and had some success. He was 34-of-54 for 251 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover.
Allen Robinson had another big game. He had 10 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. Robinson has at least six receptions all but a game.
Ravens 30, Seahawks 16
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Lockett. There wasn’t a whole lot of offense in this one, so Lockett gets the “stud” honors. He had another very sold showing, catching five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Lockett has touchdowns four of seven games. He also has at least four receptions all but the first game of the season. Lockett has been everything fantasy teams had hoped. He has been super consistent all year in a good Seahawks passing attack.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Andrews. Andrews had a rare down game, catching two passes for 39 yards. He had just under six fantasy points in the game. The good news is he was targeted eight times in the game. He has been targeted at least seven times every game. The Ravens played in some poor conditions (rain), so don't get too down over this game. He can rebound going forward.
Game Notes: Lamar Jackson didn’t throw a touchdown pass or for 150 yards, but still produced for fantasy teams once again. He ran 14 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. Jackson has two straight 100-rushing yard games and three total for the season.
Russell Wilson didn’t have multiple touchdown for just the second time all year. He was 20-of-41 for 241 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
Cowboys 37, Eagles 10
Fantasy Stud: Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott had a great showing, rushing 22 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. He also had six receptions for 36 yards, giving him 147 total yards and a score. Elliott has two straight 100-yard games and four total for the season. He also has found the end zone four straight games. He has been as consistent as any fantasy back in the game all season.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz had two receptions for 38 yards. It was another disappointing game from the star tight end. Ertz has just one touchdown all season and his season high in yards is 72. His numbers aren’t horrible but not near what you would expect from Ertz, especially after last year. He is not living up to his draft status.
Game Notes: Amari Cooper was able to play with his quad injury and looked just fine. He had five receptions for 106 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the season.
Carson Wentz had a game to forget. He turned the ball over three times and didn't even crack 200-passing yards. Wentz has fewer than 200-passing yards three of his last four games.
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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson played 59 percent of the offensive snaps against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Nov. 17. RB Carlos Hyde played just 34 percent of the snaps.
Fantasy Spin: It was the first time since Week 7 that Johnson led the timeshare. Week 7 was also the last time the Texans lost. Johnson is used more in the passing game and should be expected to see more work in the Texans' tougher matchups, while Hyde will continue to be used to run out the clock in victories.
New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray played 41 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 17, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. RB Alvin Karmara played 61 percent.
Fantasy Spin: Murray also carried the ball 10 times but for just 27 yards in the victory. This was expected to be the case for the entire season with Murray getting a heavy workload in favorable game scripts for the Saints before QB Drew Brees and Kamara each missed time. Expect him to finish the season with a significant role behind Kamara, and he'll warrant flex consideration in the most appealing matchups.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Dare Ogunbowale played 43 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 17. Ronald Jones played 31 percent and Peyton Barber made up just 18 percent.
Fantasy Spin: Ogunbowale rushed just twice for no yards and caught three of four targets for only 10 yards. The poor performance from QB Jameis Winston threw things in a blender for the Bucs' offensive plans, but Jones should be expected to be the most productive of an inconsistent trio.
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake played 88 percent of the offensive snaps against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Nov. 17. RB David Johnson played just nine total snaps, with all coming on offense.
Fantasy Spin: Drake has totaled 283 yards from scrimmage with a rushing touchdown in three games with the Cardinals. Arizona is on a bye this week which may allow David Johnson to get fully back up to speed and could even see Chase Edmonds return to the mix, but Drake heads into the break as the most appealing option all of a sudden.
Cleveland Browns S Morgan Burnett (Achilles) underwent surgery Tuesday, Nov. 19, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Carolina Panthers WR D.J. Moore has received at least nine targets in each of his last five games.
Fantasy Spin: He has totaled 55 targets in that time and caught 36 of them for 427 yards but has failed to reach the end zone. Moore and the Panthers will have another nice passing matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 12 before facing the Washington Redskins and a rematch against the Atlanta Falcons. He's a quality buy-low option at the fantasy trade deadline with some positive touchdown regression ahead.
Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins was upgraded to a limited participant on the team's estimated injury report for Tuesday, Nov. 19. The Colts didn't hold a practice.
Fantasy Spin: Wilkins missed Week 11 and he hasn't had a noteworthy day since Week 2 when gaining a total of 82 yards on five carries. That said, he's expected to split time with Nyheim Hines if able to suit up for Week 12 with starter Marlon Mack sidelined. Wilkins could be used as a desperation flex option if cleared, but he'll have a very low floor.
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) was listed as a non-participant on the team's estimated injury report for Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Fantasy Spin: Hilton remains a longshot to return for Week 12 with the Colts playing Thursday, Nov. 21, against the Houston Texans. He'll need to be started if active, but fantasy managers shouldn't be expecting him to be at 100 percent.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette needs to be more involved later in games, according to head coach Doug Marrone Tuesday, Nov. 19, after Fournette didn't receive a carry once the Jaguars fell down 24-7 against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11. 'That was my mistake. That was a big mistake by me,' said Marrone. '... I thought we needed to score points in a quicker fashion. That's what led to the increased pass attempts. That's on me as a head coach. We need to be more balanced moving forward.'
Fantasy Spin: It's common for running backs to see the ball less often when their teams are trailing, especially by multiple scores, but Fournette is one of the Jaguars' best pieces on offense. Fantasy managers would sure love to see him remain involved later in games rather than having his production capped at around three quarters of work.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson (ankle) stayed on the practice report Tuesday, Nov. 19, as a full participant. The report was an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: There shouldn't be any concern over Watson's status heading into an important Week 12 game against the rival Indianapolis Colts. He's coming off his worst performance of the season but remains a high-tier QB1.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) remained listed as limited on the team's practice report for Tuesday, Nov. 19. The report is an estimation as the team didn't practice Tuesday but will hold a walkthrough at night.
Fantasy Spin: In what has become an all-too-common theme for his career, Fuller's absence continues to be pushed back. He last played briefly in Week 7, catching his lone target for a six-yard gain. He can be dangled as trade bait.
Free-agent RB Alex Collins (Ravens) had his suspension lifted by commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday, Nov. 19, and is eligible to sign with any team. Collins is also recovered from a broken leg and able to work out for teams.
Fantasy Spin: Collins rushed for 411 yards and seven touchdowns over 10 games with the Ravens last season. He has little to offer in the passing game but could serve a goal-line role. He'll be worth keeping an eye on in case he lands in the right situation.
Houston Texans S Mike Adams (concussion), CB Lonnie Johnson (ankle) and S Justin Reid (concussion, shoulder) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 19. LB Dylan Cole (knee), WR Will Fuller (hamstring), S Tashaun Gipson (back), OL Tytus Howard (knee) and CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) were limited. QB Deshaun Watson (ankle) practiced in full. The Texans will only hold a walkthrough Tuesday night, so the injury report is an estimation.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone thinks the team relied on the pass too much in quarterback Nick Foles' return in Week 11 against the Colts. Jacksonville set a franchise record for the fewest rushing attempts in a game with nine -- six of them coming during the first half. Running back Leonard Fournette had five first-half carries and only rushed the ball three times in the second half. "That was my mistake. That was a big mistake by me. . . . I thought we needed to score points in a quicker fashion," Marrone said, via the teams website. "Thats what led to the increased pass attempts. Thats on me as a head coach. We need to be more balanced moving forward." Thankfully Fournette was heavily involved in the passing game as well, but that's two straight disappointments on the ground for him. He should be able to bounce back as a solid RB1 in Week 12 against the Titans.
The New England Patriots officially activated left tackle Isaiah Wynn (toe) from the Injured Reserve on Tuesday, according to a source. Wide receiver Gunner Olszewski (ankle, hamstring) was placed on Injured Reserve in a corresponding move. Wynn is set to return for Week 12 against the Cowboys, which will be a big boost for New England's struggling offensive line. While Wynn won't be a guaranteed upgrade on Marshall Newhouse, it's a good sign after the Patriots afforded Tom Brady little time to throw in the Week 11 win over the Eagles. Dallas' defensive front will be another tough test, so hopefully Wynn will give Brady better protection on his blind side.
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankle) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 19. The Colts did not hold a practice Tuesday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: Indianapolis did not practice Monday either and won't be going too hard Wednesday with a game at the Houston Texans on Thursday. Nevertheless, owners probably shouldn't expect much from Ebron in Week 12. Consider him a middling TE2 if he plays. If he doesn't, Jack Doyle could be a low-end streamer.
Washington Redskins DE Noah Spence was released Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Wilkins (ankle) and rookie wide receiver Parris Campbell (hand) were both listed as limited participants in Tuesday's estimation of their walkthrough practice. Wilkins was inactive in Week 11 but looks to be on track to play in Week 12 on Thursday against the Texans. It's notable with Marlon Mack (hand) out up to a month, but Jonathan Williams remains the more likely candidate for early down work on Thursday with Mack sidelined. Nyheim Hines should maintain his role as a third-down pass-catcher. Williams is the running back to target off waivers if you're in need, although both Williams and Wilkins could wind up sharing touches. Campbell is making progress but isn't expected to return until next month. He's a fine dynasty stash, but we wouldn't expect much fantasy production from him in redraft leagues the rest of the way.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) and tight end Eric Ebron (ankle) both remained sidelined for Tuesday's estimation of their practice report. The Colts aren't ruling Hilton out for a return on Thursday night against the Texans, but fantasy owners would like to see him at least get in a limited session on Wednesday. While he's been out since Week 8, Hilton would have high-end WR2 upside against a weak Texans secondary if he were to return this week. He's been notorious for having huge games against Houston in the past. Ebron looks to be in danger of sitting out on the short week. If that were to happen, Jack Doyle would have low-end TE1 appeal after throwing up a donut in Week 11. Zach Pascal has been the team's primary receiver in Hilton's absence, but he's a low-upside flex in this run-first offense.