Mon Oct 14 9:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Diggs carries teams to victory
It was another bit of a topsy turvy week in the NFL. There were some big fantasy performances once again but several duds from top players. This made for some uneven fantasy performances.
Passing games saw the most success with eight players hitting the 300-yard mark. Two quarterbacks had four-touchdown games. And 11 receivers hit the 100-yard mark and four had multiple touchdown games.
Rushing games didn’t have near the success. The leading rusher was a quarterback for Week 6. There were just five backs that had 100-yard games with Chris Carson leading the way at 124 yards. It was a pretty down game from the running back position.
So in all, it was another uneven week in fantasy land. Hopefully, you came out on the right side of things in Week 6. It is pretty crazy to think we are almost at the halfway point of the fantasy season. Team is running out.
Patriots 35, Giants 14
Fantasy Stud: Golden Tate. Tate was the focal point of the Giants passing game and took advantage with a huge game. He had six receptions for 102 yards with a touchdown. He even did this with the Patriots knowing the Tate was going to get plenty of targets. This bodes well for Tate going forward. He is the first receiver all season to score a touchdown against the Patriots.
Fantasy Dud: Daniel Jones. Jones had his issues for the first time this season, playing a very good Patriots pass defense. Jones was 15-of-31 for 161 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. This is the first time all year Jones didn’t have double-digit fantasy points. It is his second game with multiple interceptions, though.
Game Notes: Jon Hilliman led the Giants in rushing, getting the start. He ran 11 times for 38 yards. And for his trouble, the Giants released him the day after the game. The health of Saquon Barkley must be looking pretty good.
Tom Brady was held out of the end zone throwing the ball, but scored two rushing touchdowns. He was 31-of-41 for 334 yards with an interception.
Panthers 37, Bucs 26
Fantasy Stud: Chris Godwin. Godwin didn’t find the end zone but had a huge game because of a reception and yardage totals. He had 10 catches for 151 yards. Godwin’s breakout season continued. Godwin had two double-digit reception games. He also has three straight 100-yard games and four total for the year. He has been a fantasy machine through six games.
Fantasy Dud: Jameis Winston. Winston threw for 400 yards and a touchdown, so you probably think he didn’t have a bad fantasy day. Think again. Winston was picked off five times and also lost a fumble. His six turnovers were a killer to fantasy teams. The good news is Winston keeps airing it out in this offense. He has 300-yard games three of four.
Game Notes: Christian McCaffrey was held in check despite scoring two touchdowns He ran 22 times but had just 31 yards. He also caught four passes for 36 yards, giving him 58 total yards on 26 touches. His two touchdowns saved his fantasy day.
D.J. Moore had another very productive game, catching seven passes for 73 yards on 10 targets. He has at least six receptions four of six games.
Seahawks 32, Browns 28
Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb had another very productive fantasy performance. He ran 20 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 17 yards. Chubb has 100-yard games two of three and more than 700 total yards for the season. He is getting it done on a weekly basis, posting very consistent numbers. Chubb is a legit No. 1 back for fantasy teams in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Jarvis Landry. Landry had one of his quiet games, seeing teammate Odell Beckham get more looks throughout the game. Landry had three receptions for 36 yards. He had at least 60 yards three straight games before this showing. His five targets were a season low. Landry has been pretty ho hum much of the year for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Russell Wilson just keeps getting it done. He was 23-of-33 for 295 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran in a score, rushing nine times for 31 yards and a score. Wilson is yet to throw an interception this year and has four three-touchdown games.
Odell Beckham had his second 100-yard game of the season. He caught six passes for 101 yards. He tied a season high in targets with 11.
Texans 31, Chiefs 24
Fantasy Stud: Deshaun Watson. Watson was intercepted twice but scored three total touchdowns. He was 30-of-42 for 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also ran 10 times for 42 yards and two scores. This was the fourth time this season Watson had more than 30 fantasy points. He has four three-touchdown games and two games with 300-plus yards. Watson is having another big fantasy season.
Fantasy Dud: Will Fuller. Fuller did not follow his monster game as most expected he would. He had five receptions for 44 yards and dropped a couple passes, including a would-be touchdown. Fuller has good overall numbers because of his huge Week 5 game but been more bad than good most weeks. He has double-digit fantasy points just two of six games.
Game Notes: Damien Williams had just two total touches. He ran once for six yards and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass. LeSean McCoy led the team in carries, rushing eight times for 44 yards.
Tyreek Hill returned from his shoulder injury and looked just fine. He had a big game, catching five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He should be just fine going forward.
Redskins 17, Dolphins 16
Fantasy Stud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin added yet another big game to his rookie season. He had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. McLaurin has touchdowns four of six games. He has 17 or more fantasy points four games and two 100-yard games. He has been as impressive as any rookie receiver in the game, especially if you consider the team around him.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Rosen. Rosen started the game but didn’t finish it, getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick. You thought this might be a game you could use Rosen, getting a great matchup. Instead, Rosen went 15-of-25 for 85 yards with two interceptions. Fitzpatrick played well in relief, going 12-of-18 for 132 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. It will be interesting to see what direction the Dolphins go next week.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson finally had a good showing. He had 23 carries for 118 yards. This was his first game all season with more than 40-rushing yards.
DeVante Parker scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had three receptions for 28 yards and a score.
Vikings 38, Eagles 20
Fantasy Stud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs carried fantasy teams to victory all by himself in Week 6. He had one of the best fantasy games of the season. He finished with seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns. This was a welcome sight for Diggs’ owners after seeing him have just 44 yards the previous week. Diggs has 100-yard games two of three. The Vikings passing game is showing life, which is great news for Diggs.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz had four receptions for 54 yards and lost a fumble. It was another disappointing performance from Ertz. This was his first game with fewer than double-digit fantasy points. His season high in receiving yards is just 72 yard, and he is yet to have double-digit receptions in a game. His start to the season has been a big disappointment to fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Kirk Cousins was 22-of-29 for 333 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Cousins has two straight 300-yard games and six touchdowns this last two games.
Alshon Jeffery got a ton of work in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery has touchdowns two of three games and 19 catches those three games.
Saints 13, Jaguars 6
Fantasy Stud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette didn’t have a huge game but was good compared to the rest of the offensive players in this one. He ran 20 times for 72 yards and caught six passes for 46 yards. So he finished with 118 total yards and six receptions, making for a pretty good fantasy day. Fournette has three straight games with 100-plus total yards.
Fantasy Dud: Gardner Minshew. Pick a Jaguar for this one. We’ll go with Minshew because many had high hopes for him in what seemed a favorable matchup. He laid an egg for the first time all season, though. He was just 14-of-29 for 163 yards with an interception. This was the first time all season Minshew failed to score a touchdown and broke a streak of three straight games with multiple scores.
Game Notes: Michael Thomas had eight receptions for 89 yards. Thomas has at least eight receptions five of six games. He has three double-digit reception games this season.
D.J. Chark had his first down game of the season, catching three passes for 43 yards. This was just the second game all year he didn’t find the end zone. And his yardage total was a season low.
Ravens 23, Bengals 17
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson didn't throw a touchdown pass but that matter for his fantasy numbers. He still had a huge game because of a great rushing game. Jackson ran 19 times for 152 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t need to throw a pass and still would have finished with great fantasy numbers. Jackson was 21-of-33 for 236 yards without a touchdown or interception throwing the ball. Jackson has two 100-yard rushing games this season. He has 30-plus fantasy points three of six games.
Fantasy Dud: Tyler Boyd. Boyd had a really down game, especially if you consider his numbers the rest of the year. He caught just three passes for 10 yards. Boyd has fewer than 35 yards two of three games. He has disappointed a little the last few weeks, but remains a solid fantasy play in this offense as the top target right now.
Game Notes: Joe Mixon did next to nothing, rushing eight times for 10 yards. He is finding little room to run behind the Bengals offensive line. Mixon has fewer than 20-rushing yards three times this season.
Mark Andrews led the way in the Ravens passing game, finishing with six receptions for 99 yards. Andrews has 99 or more yards three of six games.
49ers 20, Rams 7
Fantasy Stud: George Kittle. Kittle finally had a 100-yard game, his first of the season. He had eight receptions for 103 yards. This was the first time all season he had more than 70 yards in a game. Kittle is trending up, though, having six or more receptions three straight games. He is starting to peak at the right time for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Jared Goff. Goff had a horrible game, going 13-of-24 for only 78 yards. He also failed to score a touchdown and lost a fumble. It was a disaster of a game for Goff. He had just fewer than four fantasy points. You just didn’t see that game coming from Goff, He has two straight 300-yard gams and at least a touchdown every game this season. Goff and the entire Rams offense is trending the wrong way right now.
Game Notes: Malcolm Brown led the Rams in rushing with Todd Gurley out, rushing 11 times for 40 yards. Rookie Darrell Henderson looked pretty good, though, rushing six times for 39 yards. He averaged an impressive 6.5 yards per carry, which could earn him more work going forward.
Tevin Coleman found the end zone for the second straight game. He ran 18 times for 45 yards and a score. He led the 49ers in rushing attempts once again and has 34 attempts his last two games.
Cardinals 34, Falcons 33
Fantasy Stud: Matt Ryan. His team lost once again, but Ryan continues to post big fantasy numbers. He was 30-of-36 for 356 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Ryan has four three-touchdown games and at least 300-passing yards every game. His fantasy numbers have been off the charts and consistent all year.
Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu. Sanu had been trending the right way in recent weeks but disappointed in this high-scoring affair. He had just three receptions for 29 yards. Sanu had at least 13 fantasy points three straight games before this one. He also had at least four receptions every game this season before this game. It was an unexpected showing in a great matchup.
Game Notes: Kyler Murray had maybe his best game as a pro, going 27-of-37 for 340 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran 11 times for 32 yards. This was the first time in his career Murray had more than 30 fantasy points.
David Johnson was able to play with his back injury and produced well in the game. He ran 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. He did most of damage in the passing game, catching six passes for 68 yards and a touchdowns. Johnson topped 100 total yards for the third straight game.
Broncos 16, Titans 0
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay was one of the few offensive players in this game that produced well. He ran 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for five yards. Lindsay has scores two straight and three of four games. He has double-digit fantasy points all but a game this year.
Fantasy Dud: Derrick Henry. Henry had a really disappointing game despite a big workload. He ran 15 times for 28 yards and caught just a pass for five yards. This was the first game all year Henry didn't have double-digit fantasy points. His 4.3 fantasy points were a season low. Henry has been shutout of the end zone two of the past three games after scoring three straight to the start the season.
Game Notes: Courtland Sutton led the Broncos in receiving once again, catching four passes for 76 yards. He has at least 75 yards three of four games. He is having a breakout year as the top receiver in this offense.
Marcus Mariota found his way to the bench in this one, getting benched for Ryan Tannehill. Mariota was 7-of-18 for 63 yards with two interceptions. Tannehill played well in relief, going 13-of-16 for 144 yards with an interception. It will be interesting to see what direction the Titans go in Week 7.
Jets 24, Cowboys 22
Fantasy Stud: Robby Anderson. The return of Sam Darnold was a huge plus for Anderson. He had his best game of the year, catching five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Anderson has 80-plus yard two of five games. He has big-time potential if getting the chances in this offense. He is a big-play threat every time he has the ball in his hands.
Fantasy Dud: Dak Prescott. Prescott was surprisingly quiet in a great matchup. He was 28-of-40 for 277 yards without a touchdown or an interception. The only time Prescott found the end zone was running the ball, having three carries for 11 yards and a touchdown. Prescott has failed to throw a touchdown pass two of his past three games. He has really gone downhill since having multiple scores three straight to start his season.
Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott had a 100-yard rushing performance. He ran 28 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also had five receptions for 47 yards, giving him 152 total yards and a score. Elliott has three 100-yard games this season.
Amari Cooper injured his quad very early in the game and could not return. He had a catch for three yards before leaving. This is an injury to monitor, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Steelers 24, Chargers 17
Fantasy Stud: Hunter Henry. Henry returned from his knee injury and looked great, leading the Chargers in receiving. He showed his huge ceiling in the game, catching eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. This was just his second game of the season but Henry has 60 or more yards in each game. He can be an elite fantasy tight end in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler finally had a dud of a game, splitting work with Melvin Gordon. He didn’t catch many passes, leading to his poor fantasy numbers. Ekeler ran five times for just 14 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. His reception total was his lowest of the season. This game was a bit of a concern for Ekeler owners. He didn’t have double-digit touches for the first time all year with Melvin Gordon drawing the start for San Diego.
Game Notes: Devlin Hodges led his team to victory in his first NFL start but did most of his work on dump offs to his running back, James Conner. Hodges was 15-of-20 for 132 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Conner had seven receptions for 78 yards. Hodges took few chances down the field.
Philip Rivers did most of his damage late in the game with his team trailing but finished with good fantasy numbers because of this. He was 26-of-44 for 320 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Rivers has 300-yards games four of six. He also has multiple scores three of 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.
Five Hot Starts: Week 4
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (hamstring) returned to practice in a limited fashion on Thursday after sitting out of the team's Week 3 win over the Saints. Adams did very little (three catches, 36 yards) when he was hurt in Week 2, but he went off for 14 receptions, 156 yards and two scores in the season-opener on 17 targets against the Vikings. It looks like Adams is on track to return for the Monday night matchup with the Falcons and their shaky secondary, so Green Bay's All-Pro wideout will once again be a must-start high-end WR1 for his fantasy managers. Allen Lazard, who had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown last week in Adams' absence, will be a boom/bust WR3/flex with Adams on track to return this week.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (core), who stepped up with 146 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Saints, has a new core muscle injury and did not practice on Thursday. It helped that Davante Adams (hamstring) was inactive last Sunday night, but Lazard has gained a lot of chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and seems to be the preferred target behind Adams. His status will be one to watch for Monday Night Football against the Falcons this week, but if he's questionable for that one, fantasy managers should look for better options. If Lazard were to sit out this week, Marquez Valdes-Scantling could step up as a flex option in deeper leagues.
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (back) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday for the first time in a few weeks. Smith played in the season-opener but hasn't been on the field since, but it looks like he has a chance to return to the starting unit this Sunday against the Browns. Dallas really needs the 29-year-old in the fold, as they're already short-handed on the offensive line. Smith's return would be great news for quarterback Dak Prescott, who has performed admirably the last two weeks without his starting blind-side protector. Cleveland has a pretty nasty pass rush, so Smith would help a depleted offensive line as the Cowboys seek their second win of the season.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (back) was added to the injury report on Thursday with a back injury that he's working through. Beckham was officially limited in Thursday's practice, so it looks like he still has a good shot at suiting up in Week 4 against the Cowboys. Through three games in 2020, OBJ has 11 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown and is seeing consistent enough targets to make him a solid WR2 each and every week. This Sunday against a Dallas offense that hasn't had trouble putting points on the board, the Browns figure to throw the ball frequently. The Cowboys secondary is also allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to the receiver position.
New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (neck) is active for the Thursday night game against the Broncos as Sam Darnold's backup. With Flacco active, the team released quarterback Mike White. The 35-year-old Flacco is purely a clipboard holder for Darnold as long as he's healthy, which makes him useless in fantasy football. Never much of a fantasy asset even during his prime with Baltimore, the Jets would be in even more trouble if they were forced to use him as their starter in the event of a Darnold injury. New York also has rookie signal-caller James Morgan on their roster behind Flacco.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Jones was not able to play last week because of the injury but appears to be on track to play this week. He has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for several season and should be a weekly starting option when healthy.
New Orleans Saints OG Andrus Peat (ankle), TE Jared Cook (groin), DE Marcus Davenport (elbow) and CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 1. CB Janoris Jenkins (illness), WR Michael Thomas (ankle) and LB Chase Hansen (hip) were limited. DT David Onyemata (calf) was not given a practice designation.
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Gage still needs to pass his concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so fantasy players should know more about his status in a few days. He will receive a handful of targets if he plays and could be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore faces a tough matchup in Week 4 against Arizona. No team has allowed fewer fantasy points to the wide receiver position than the Cardinals, though fellow number-one wideouts Terry McLaurin and Kenny Golladay were able to post good numbers against this defense. Moore is of a similar talent level to those two and commands a whopping 49.4% of his team's targeted air yards, which ranks second in the league. The second-year pro also ranks 11th in the league in targets, so he's seeing ample opportunity. In a game where Carolina may be forced to throw more, fantasy managers can plug Moore in as a solid WR2 with upside.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow) and cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) didn't take part in the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday. As key members of the team's defense, their statuses are something to watch heading into Week 4 against the Lions. Lattimore tweaked his hamstring in practice on Wednesday, but the injury isn't considered serious. The 24-year-old has 15 tackles through three games for the Saints, and his absence this Sunday would be good news for Lions star receiver Kenny Golladay, who scored a touchdown in his season debut in Week 3. If one or both of Davenport or Lattimore are inactive, it makes New Orleans' defense a less-appealing fantasy streamer.
New York Jets WR Jeff Smith was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Oct. 1. Free-agent CB Javelin Guidry was also elevated from the practice squad. QB Mike White and CB Nate Hairston were released to make room on the roster.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Ridley is in any danger of missing the Week 4 game. He has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL this season and is a must-start option in all leagues if he plays.
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (calf) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Brown appears to have a good chance to play, but fantasy players will know more about the situation in the next few days. He was been playing well this season and can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he plays.
Cleveland Browns DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), LB Tae Davis (elbow), RB Kareem Hunt (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 1. S Ronnie Harrison (illness) also did not practice after being added to the injury report Thursday. OG Joel Bitonio (back), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), C JC Tretter (knee, elbow), DE Olivier Vernon (abdomen), CB Denzel Ward (groin) and Greedy Williams (shoulder) were limited. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (back) was limited after getting added to the injury report. Stephen Carlson (shoulder), OT Jack Conklin (elbow), WR Jarvis Landry (hip) and LB Sione Takitaki (shoulder) practiced in full.
Atlanta Falcons S Ricardo Allen (elbow), PK Younghoe Koo (groin), WR Calvin Ridley (ankle), DE Dante Fowler (ankle), S Keanu Neal (hamstring), DT Grady Jarrett (hip) and DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 1. WR Russell Gage Jr. (concussion), DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (elbow), LB Foyesade Oluokun (hamstring), WR Julio Jones (hamstring) and OT Kaleb McGary (knee) were limited. DT Marlon Davidson (knee), OT Matt Gono (shoulder) and S Kendall Sheffield (foot) practiced in full.
Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis will take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Carolina had no qualms about Davis as their lead back, considering he handled 21 touches in his first game as the starter. While it's foolish to count on McCaffrey-like production from Davis, he can certainly deliver strong fantasy numbers with this kind of volume. The Cardinals' defense ranks 20th in fantasy points allowed to halfbacks, so it's a matchup where the 27-year-old can do some damage. Davis may have slightly more value in PPR formats, as the Panthers may be playing catch-up against the Cardinals, lending him more work in the passing game. Still, he can be played as a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 in Week 4 across all formats.
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) remained absent from practice Thursday, Oct. 1.
New Orleans Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) tweaked his hamstring in practice Wednesday, Sept. 30, although the injury is not considered major, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Buffalo Bills DT Ed Oliver (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 1. WR John Brown (calf), OT Dion Dawkins (shoulder), QB Jake Fromm (non-injury), S Micah Hyde (ankle), RB Zack Moss (toe) and LB Del'Shawn Phillips (quad) were limited. LB Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder), DT Quinton Jefferson (foot) and TE Dawson Knox (concussion) practiced in full.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) and wide receiver Scotty Miller (groin, hip) are both missing practice on Thursday for the second straight day. Fournette suffered a minor ankle injury in the Week 3 win over the Broncos, but he'll need to get in at least a limited practice on Friday to have a shot at facing the Chargers in Week 4, where he's be an RB3/flex for fantasy managers. If he can't go, Ronald Jones II would become more intriguing as a flex play in deeper leagues. If healthy, Miller will be Tampa's No. 2 wideout with Chris Godwin (hamstring) out again. But even if Miller suits up, it's worth noting that he played just 43 percent of the snaps last weekend, making him a WR4/5, even if he plays. Justin Watson or rookie Tyler Johnson would be the Bucs No. 2 wideout against the Bolts if Miller is inactive.