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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill played 51 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 10, in the win over the New Orleans Saints. The bulk of Hill's work came with RB Devonta Freeman (foot) out of the game.
Fantasy Spin: With Freeman expected to miss multiple games and backup Ito Smith (neck) already out for the year, Hill will have a big role in a nice matchup against the soft Carolina Panthers run defense. He should be a top waiver priority this week.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams played 72 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 10 loss against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 10. RB Darrel Williams played just 21 percent with RB Darwin Thompson getting a total of five offensive snaps. RB LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch.
Fantasy Spin: Williams' 109 yards from scrimmage were the second-most he's racked up in a game and came on the heels of a season-high 125 rushing yards last week. He didn't find the end zone for the first time in three weeks, but it was a heavy workload and he lived up to the task. Fantasy managers who took a chance on him this year seem like they'll be rewarded down the stretch run.
Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage played 82 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, Nov. 10, against the Indianapolis Colts. RB Patrick Laird played just eight offensive snaps with RB Myles Gaskin playing five total snaps (all on offense).
Fantasy Spin: Ballage ran the ball 20 times but for a very disappointing 43 yards. He caught all four of his targets but for just two yards. It was the Dolphins' second straight win but it remains highly doubtful there'll be many more of these. If he wasn't successful in Week 10, it's unlikely he will be.
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt played 54 percent of the offensive snaps against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 10, but starter Nick Chubb played a three-week high of 81 percent in the 19-16 victory. RB Dontrell Hilliard played just eight offensive snaps for his lowest total since Week 5.
Fantasy Spin: Chubb ran 20 times for 116 yards while catching two of four targets for just five yards. Hunt totaled 74 yards from scrimmage on 11 touches with seven receptions and four carries. It's quite possible both could be effective fantasy options in the same games, but Chubb remains the definitive No. 1 option.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has put together a solid rookie campaign with 30 receptions, over 360 yards, and three touchdowns. In Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns, Johnson will work to stay in the sights of quarterback Mason Rudolph. However, Rudolph has been favoring shorter routes recently, which puts Johnson at a bit of a disadvantage. Although Johnson's big-play ability gives him value as a touchdown-dependent WR4 in Week 11.
Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry drew criticism from head coach Freddie Kitchens Tuesday, Nov. 12, for the 15-yard taunting penalty he took Sunday, Nov. 10 against the Buffalo Bills. 'I don't like penalties,' said Kitchens. 'I don't like penalties. I want him playing with passion, though, not emotion, but passion.'
Fantasy Spin: Landry had one of his best games of the season by catching nine of 10 targets for 97 yards and finding the end zone for the second straight week, but the penalty set up the missed 48-yard extra point by PK Austin Seibert.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has just 12 receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown in his last four games. With a Thursday Night football matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11, Smith-Schuster shouldn't be considered the reliable option many drafted him as. Quarterback Mason Rudolph has been favoring shorter to intermediate routes, which should favor the USC product, but the numbers haven't followed. Look at Smith-Schuster as a touchdown-dependent WR2 against Cleveland.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington is coming off the best consecutive performances of his young career. He's hauled in 10 of 11 targets for 159 yards and a touchdown in the last two games, and he seems to be redeveloping a connection with his college quarterback Mason Rudolph. He'll face off against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night and has a chance to build himself more opportunities in the offense. View Washington as nothing but a WR4 in deeper leagues, as he still has some room to prove his fantasy worth.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (shoulder) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, all but confirming he's good to go for Thursday night's road game against the Cleveland Browns. After missing the last two contests, Conner has been missed on offense, as the Steelers have combined for just 132 rushing yards in that span. Against the Browns, Conner should help open up the offensive gameplan by reassuming the lead-back role. Look at the 24-year-old as an RB2 against a defense that allows 19 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels steps away from the lead-back role with the expected return of James Conner (shoulder) in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. Over the last two games, Samuels turned 38 touches into just 123 yards and no touchdowns, so it's clear he's not suited for four-down work in this offense. Against the Browns on Thursday, the NC State product isn't very fantasy appealing as Cleveland has allowed just 40 receptions to running backs this season, the ninth-fewest in the NFL. Since Conner is likely returning, Samuels is best left on fantasy benches in Week 11.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph gets a favorable matchup for Thursday Night Football when the Steelers travel to take on the Cleveland Browns. Rudolph has been gaining more confidence with each start, and his 242 yards passing last week were the second highest of his short career. Against the Browns, the second-year signal caller faces a defense that allows an average of 23 fantasy points per game. Rudolph can be considered a low-end QB2, especially in the early game of the week. You could do worse, but you could certainly do better for a streaming option.
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) shared a message on Twitter Tuesday, Nov. 12, addressing the previous reports of the league-arranged free-agent workout Saturday, Nov. 16. 'I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday,' Kaepernick wrote.
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (ankle) will seek a second opinion on his reaggravated sprained ankle. Breida only accrued 25 yards on 12 touches in Week 10 before exiting in the second half. Breida is no stranger to playing injured but NFL Networks Tom Pelissero believes he could miss some time to let it heal. Breidas absence would benefit third-string back Raheem Mostert who flashed promise earlier this season when Tevin Coleman was hurt. Mostert would be a risky but upside flex play in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals if Breida is inactive.
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is running out of time to prove his worth in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. 'The more he doesn't take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets,' Shanahan said Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Pettis, a second-year pro, has caught just 11 of 24 targets this season for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He shouldn't be on rosters in anything shallower than 14- or 16-team leagues.
Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson (hamstring) has a 'legit' hamstring injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Seattle Seahawks TE Ed Dickson (knee) was close to being activated off of injured reserve this past week and will return for Week 12 following the team's bye, according to head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday, Nov. 12.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) are considered day-to-day and shaping up as game-time decisions in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle and Sanders figure to practice minimally this week, if any. Kittle missed Week 10 and his injury appears serious but head coach Kyle Shanahan refrained from ruling out the warrior. Sanders suffered a rib cartilage injury on Monday night and the severity is unknown. Without their top aerial playmakers, the biggest gainer could be wideout Deebo Samuel. The rookie amassed 112 yards on eight catches in Week 10 and was clearly the most electric player amongst Kendrick Bourne, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis. Samuel will be a hot waiver commodity and slots as a WR3 if both Kittle and Sanders cant go.
Updating a previous story, San Francisco 49ers DL Ronald Blair (knee) will undergo season-ending surgery for his torn ACL, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock (thumb) returned to practice Tuesday, Nov. 12. A decision will need to be made by Dec. 3 to activate him from injured reserve. CB Bryce Callahan (foot) also returned to practice Tuesday. He has remained on the 53-man roster.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is day-to-day, although head coach Kyle Shanahan is 'hopeful' Kittle will be able to play in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fantasy Spin: Expect the third-year tight end to be held out of practice early in the week, although it sounds like Kittle's fantasy owners need to be prepared for the possibility of another missed game. If he can make it through a limited practice by Friday, he'll have a chance to suit up and be worth a start in fantasy. If he can't go, Ross Dwelley and Garrett Celek figure to see the bulk of work on passing downs in his absence.