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.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) missed another practice on Wednesday, but he wants to play again this season when he's cleared by doctors. However, Detroit is currently 3-6-1 and has very little chance of making the playoffs, so it's not like the Lions will rush their starting quarterback back. Stafford is expected to miss his third straight game after his streak of 136 straight starts was broken two weeks ago. He doesn't when it'll be, he just wants to make it back this season. Stafford was second in the NFL at the time of his injury with 19 touchdowns, and he was leading the NFL in 20-plus yard completions (41). He remains week-to-week, and fantasy owners must come to grips with the fact that he might not help them again in 2019. Jeff Driskel will remain the starter while Stafford is out.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (toe) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Adams will be fine to play on Sunday night against the 49ers. The 26-year-old has seen a healthy 21 targets in his two games since returning from turf toe, and he went for 118 yards before the Week 11 bye against Carolina. Adams is a must-start as quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top target, but the Niners have been very good at limiting opposing wideouts in 2019. Consider him more of a low-end WR1, and he'll be looking for his first touchdown of the season this weekend.
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (foot, wrist) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback in practice later this week, Lindsay will be good to go for Week 12 against the Bills. The second-year back has mostly been a disappointment in 2019 while sharing backfield work with Royce Freeman in an offense that doesn't score many points, but Denver proved last week that they plan on giving more work to Lindsay to close out the season. The 25-year-old had his most carries (16) since Sept. 22 against the Packers. He's the better fantasy back in Denver's backfield and will have low-end RB2 appeal this weekend.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle had been one of the most consistent players on the team before he disappeared in Week 11 with no targets or catches. In Week 12, you can't count on him to produce a lot, and his ceiling was never all that high anyway. He only has three touchdowns on the year, and he's only gone over 50 yards in a game one time this season. Good fantasy football tight ends are hard to find, especially when two or three of them are on byes this week, but you can still find a better option than Doyle.
Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines saw his stock shoot up earlier this week when starting running back Marlon Mack (hand) was announced as out for Thursday's game with the Houston Texans. In PPR formats, Hines can easily get you 10 to 12 points with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. The Texans have given up more receptions to running backs than any other team in the NFL this season. Hines still doesn't present much value in standard leagues, but he gives you a decent flex option if you're short-handed this week in PPR leagues.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Wilkins has essentially been a non-factor all season, but with starter Marlon Mack (hand) out for Week 12, he presents some deeper league sleeper potential. Running back Jonathan Williams was the hot hand in Week 11, but Wilkins is more experienced with the team. Head coach Frank Reich could opt to split carries and ride whatever running back is rolling. Wilkins could be that, as he boasts a career yard-per-carry average of 5.8. Unless you're desperate, though, don't count on him for anything consistent.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Williams was thrust into a major role after starter Marlon Mack (hand) left the game in Week 11. In Week 12, he'll receive a fair bit of work against the Houston Texans, but it's tough to tell how much. The Colts were up comfortably for much of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he was the hot hand on the afternoon. Against the Texans, the Colts could go for more of a committee approach, which could lower Williams' ceiling. If he gets rolling like he did last week, he's a great play. Otherwise, he could come out with a dud. He shouldn't be relied upon unless absolutely necessary, especially since he could play second fiddle to Jordan Wilkins on early downs.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) is questionable heading into the team's Week 12 matchup with the Houston Texans, but if he plays, you almost have to start him. He's been an elite player when he's been on the field this season, and he's consistently torn up the Texans in the past. He's about two weeks removed from his injury, and it's still questionable if he'll be able to suit up. With Hilton's talent and the Texans' inability to stop opposing pass-catchers, he's startable this week if he's active.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has steadily been fading over the last month of the season. In Week 12, he has some upside against the Houston Texans, who he went for six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns against earlier this season, but he's been too inconsistent to rely upon every week. There are a number of good offenses with good wide receivers that are on byes this week that could force you into playing Pascal, and he has the ability to score a fair bit of points. However, his inconsistency should have you looking elsewhere. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) potentially returning as the team's No. 1 receiver, it'll give you even more reason to fade Pascal in this run-first offense.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron remains firmly in the TE2 category thanks to his athleticism and abilities in the red zone. In Week 12 against the Houston Texans, he is again a TE2 with upside thanks to a soft defense. You likely drafted Ebron to be your top tight end, and he hasn't been that this season with just three touchdowns through 10 games. This could be the week he gets back into the end zone, but there are still a few players with better matchups and outlooks than him.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has a matchup with the Houston Texans in Week 12, and he has the potential to have a big week. The Texans have the offense to put up a lot of points, but their defense has been suspect due to injuries and player moves. The Colts will be without running back Marlon Mack (hand), which will put more work on Brissett's shoulders. The Colts Defense has given up points at times this year, and they gave up 23 in the first matchup of these teams. Brissett and the team put up 30 in that matchup, and if wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) is able to play, his ceiling shoots way up.
Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Williams might be counted upon to start the Week 12 game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 21 with RB Marlon Mack (hand) out. If Williams gets the start, it will be in the building where he had his last starting assignment in the 2014 Texas Bowl for the University of Arkansas.
Fantasy Spin: Williams went for over 100 yards last week once Mack went down, and Jordan Wilkins is coming off an ankle injury, so it's likely a good bet Williams gets first crack at the lion's share of the work. By the way, he had 105 yards in that Texas Bowl win over the Texas Longhorns, so fantasy owners hope lightning strikes twice at NRG in Week 12.
Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett enters the Week 12 game Thursday, Nov. 21 against the Houston Texans with a 4-0 career record with seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 107.2 passer rating, going 3-0 with the Colts and 1-0 as a member of the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: Brissett will have the good fortune of not having to face J.J. Watt, since he is out for the remainder of the season, too. He's not a bad low-end QB1 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams, and it sounds like he'll have T.Y. Hilton back, too.
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess (collarbone) has not yet been activated from the Reserve/Injured list, so it is extremely unlikely he plays in Week 12 against the Houston Texans.
Fantasy Spin: Funchess hasn't shed his non-contact jersey, and the team is unlikely to rush him and risk aggravating his injury. Fantasy owners will want to see him officially return and knock off the rust, making it through a full game without any setbacks. Unfortunately for most owners, time is running out for that to happen in the fantasy regular season.
Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines is still expected to see his normal role in the passing game in Week 12 against the Houston Texans, and not an increase in work despite the loss of RB Marlon Mack (hand).
Fantasy Spin: Hines will see his regular work on passing downs, but it appears Jonathan Williams and/or Jordan Wilkins will be counted upon as the workhorse back for carries.
San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Mostert has been limited during practice over the last few weeks but has not missed a game. He has been held to 35 yards or less in each of the last three games and probably can be avoided in most leagues.
San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford (hamstring, quadriceps), PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) and OT Joe Staley (finger) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20. DT D.J. Jones (groin) was limited during practice, while LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion) fully participated in practice.
San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Sanders did not practice last week but was able to play in Week 11, so he may not do much during practice this week. He should be a starting option in all leagues if he is active for the game.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle has missed the last few games because of the injuries and probably will miss another game if he does not practice. Fantasy players should check on his status later in the week but will need other options available.
The Oakland Raiders Defense is coming off back-to-back stellar weeks and is in a superb spot to keep the trend going in Week 12. Led by the reigning Defensive Player of the Week Maxx Crosby, they've piled up 10 sacks and five turnovers in their last two games, helping them earn double-digit fantasy point totals in each contest. Their Jets opponent this weekend is allowing the second-most fantasy points to the D/ST position, and the third-most sacks in the league (41). Managers looking for a streaming option this week should ride the Raiders defense with confidence.