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.
The Bills Defense had an ideal matchup against the lowly Dolphins in Week 11, but came out with a somewhat underwhelming fantasy day. The highlight was their ability to come up with seven sacks on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, they allowed 20 points in the game, the third-most points they've allowed all year. Additionally, they only came up with one turnover, a fumble recovery. Next up for the Bills is a home game against another struggling offense, the Broncos, so make sure to keep them in your lineup.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. caught all three of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in a 27-23 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 11. The touchdown was a 10-yarder in the third quarter and it was the first career touchdown for the rookie tight end out of Alabama. He's seeing 4.8 targets per game in his last five games and has been a decent desperation streaming option with Adam Thielen (hamstring) out. The Vikings have their bye next week and Thielen should be back for Week 13, but Smith Jr. has put himself in the TE2 conversation moving forward with his recent production.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley caught six passes for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He was targeted eight times, making it the fourth game in a row where Conley saw at least seven targets. Conley's not going to light the world on fire, but he's got some deep league appeal based on his current target share. With Nick Foles back at quarterback, the Jaguars offense should be trending upwards, so maybe we'll see some more solid performances out of Conley moving forward.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) returned to the field in Week 11, but he wasn't able to get much going. Westbrook caught four passes for 32 yards in the loss to the Colts. His six targets were fourth on the team, and it's become apparent that Westbrook isn't the top fantasy receiver that many guessed in the preseason that he might be this year. He's got appeal in deeper PPR leagues, but it's looking like it's time to fade Westbrook in shallower formats.
In Week 11, Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox found the end zone for the first time since Week 3. He caught two of his three targets for 32 yards against the Dolphins in Week 11. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Tyler Kroft caught his only target for six yards. Knox has only exceeded two receptions in a game once since Week 4 and has only topped 40 receiving yards three times all year. He could be a low-end starting tight end option in deep leagues going forward but he's very risky with a very low floor. His next matchup is at home against the Broncos in Week 12.
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison was pretty much silent in Week 11 as he had just three carries for five yards in a comeback win over the Denver Broncos. Mattison was just not involved in the game plan and lost work due to the Vikings playing from behind for almost the entire contest. Mattison has had some nice outputs backing up star Dalvin Cook this season, but Week 11's tough matchup against the Broncos Defense wasn't the spot to stream the rookie. He won't be a recommended start when the Vikings return from their bye in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, but he remains a high-priority handcuff.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made all of his kicks in Week 11, making two field goals and three extra points. He wasn't needed for any long kicks this time, making a long of just 34 yards, but he still showed the consistency that makes him one of the better kickers in fantasy football.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was second on the team in targets with six in Week 11. He had two more targets than Cole Beasley and only trailed John Brown, who had a whopping 14 targets in the game. Unfortunately, McKenzie did very little with his six targets, catching just three for 21 yards. Duke Williams was inactive for the game and Robert Foster went without a catch. So McKenzie appears to be the team's de facto No. 3 receiver for now. He can be left on waivers in all leagues until he shows he can do something productive with his workload.
The Dallas Cowboys Defense was disappointing again in Week 11. They managed a win, 35-27 over the Detroit Lions, but with Matthew Stafford (back) out for the Lions, the Cowboys defense was one of the top predicted units of the week. Instead, they allowed 27 points and did not record an interception or a fumble recovery. They were only able to sack backup quarterback Jeff Driskel three times. The Cowboys are unlikely to be a recommended fantasy defense next week against the New England Patriots.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark was the bright spot for the Jaguars in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, catching a pair of touchdowns and finishing with 104 yards on eight catches. He led the team with 15 targets. There was question about whether or not Chark would remain Jacksonville's top wide receiver with Nick Foles back, but Sunday provided some evidence that Chark's role is safe. He's a strong WR2 option moving forward.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles returned on Sunday from a collarbone injury that had kept him out since Week 1. His first game back didn't go greats for the Jags on the scoreboard, but Foles did end up with some solid numbers. He was 33-for-47 throwing the football, finishing with 296 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Foles should have a higher fantasy ceiling than Gardner Minshew had, but he's likely no more than a mid-tier QB2 at best moving forward.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught five passes in a Week 11 win over the Detroit Lions, gaining 33 yards. Witten did his usual thing, catching the ball then falling to the turf. Second tight end Blake Jarwin gained 38 yards on his two targets, but Witten was still clearly quarterback Dak Prescott's first choice for short gains. Witten will continue to be a low-ceiling option but should maintain his decent non-zero floor each week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley caught all four of his targets in Week 11 against the Dolphins for 38 yards. He was third on the team in targets behind John Brown, who went for a whopping 137 receiving yards in the game, and Isaiah McKenzie, who earned six targets. This was the second straight week in which Beasley caught exactly four passes. He hasn't had more than four catches since Week 4, when he caught seven against the Patriots. He's a WR3 or flex option in PPR leagues but his upside is limited due to his low yardage outputs.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette struggled to get going on Sunday against the Colts, finishing with just 23 yards on eight carries. He also added 34 receiving yards on seven catches. The receiving total helped make up for the slow rushing game in PPR leagues, but owners in standard scoring leagues can't be happy about Fournette's lack of production. The game script didn't favor the run, though Fournette should still be a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside moving forward.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin was targeted twice in Week 11, catching both passes for 38 yards. He fell significantly behind starter Jason Witten, who saw seven targets and caught five passes. Jarwin can do way more after the catch than Witten at this point in their respective careers, but Witten has proven to still be the safety valve for Dak Prescott. Jarwin could have a fantasy significant role if Witten were to miss time, but unless that happens, Jarwin's role is too unpredictable to trust in any fantasy format.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 11 times for 26 yards (2.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos. He tacked on five catches for 31 yards in the 27-23 comeback win, but he was just not that involved in the offense as his 16 touches were the lowest he's had all season. His three-yard rushing touchdown was his 11th of the year and it saved what was an otherwise nondescript fantasy day for the third-year back. Look for Cook to rebound in a big way against the Seattle Seahawks and their below-average run defense in Week 13 after the bye.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup caught nine of his 13 targets in a Week 11 victory over the Detroit Lions. He gained 1448 yards, leading the team in receptions and yards by a wide margin. Amari Cooper wasn't able to do much in this one, leaving Gallup to run wild through the Lions secondary. Gallup will have a tough matchup against the Patriots next week, but he's moving further and further up the WR2 ranks.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb played another great game in a Week 11 win over the Detroit Lions. He caught four of his seven targets, gaining 115 yards and scoring a touchdown. Cobb's touchdown came on a 19-yard pass at the end of the first half. Cobb has been racking up yards lately and could have another significant role next week if Amari Cooper is still not at 100%.
Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore received 11 carries in Week 11 against the Dolphins, but failed to do much with them, gaining just 27 yards, good for only 2.5 yards per carry. His biggest offensive contribution on the day was an 18-yard reception, his only reception in the game. Devin Singletary led the team in carries (15) and rushing yards (75), but he had two fumbles in the game, which likely led to Gore's increased workload. Gore is the clear No. 2 back on the team for now and would need either an injury to Singletary or quite a few more Singletary fumbles in order to regain fantasy value.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brownwent wild against the Dolphins in Week 11, catching nine of his 14 targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Nearly half of quarterback Josh Allen's 33 passing attempts went in Brown's direction and no other Bill had more than 38 receiving yards in the game. Brown is a solid WR2 going forward who should be locked into your lineup on a weekly basis. His next matchup is at home against the Broncos in Week 12.