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.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 11-for-18 for 173 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears. That was the fewest amount of attempts he has had as a starter. The Rams surprisingly relied on the run and were able to secure the victory. Goff's play has to worry his owners in fantasy as he's inconsistent and downright scary to play in poor matchups. He'll have another tough matchup next week, and he's a low-end QB1.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed 25 times for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 win over the Chicago Bears. He did lose a fumble, however. Gurley also caught three balls for 36 yards. The three catches tied for the team lead as the team finally rode on his back. His 25 carries were a season high by a large margin, and maybe now the team is willing to utilize him normally after he was used so sparingly to this point. He'll face the Baltimore Ravens next week.
Detroit Lions rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson was quiet once again, posting just one catch on two targets for six yards in Week 11. There are just too many mouths to feed on this Lions squad for Hockenson to consistently get targets. Hockenson has surpassed the 32-yard receiving mark just once since his outlier Week 1 performance, while also putting up three single-digit receiving yard performances in that time. His floor is quite an ugly one with or without Matthew Stafford (back) in the lineup, making him a very hard sell going forward. The Lions will face the lowly Redskins in Week 12. Hockenson will be nothing more than a boom-or-bust TE2 option in that matchup.
Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown had five carries for 15 yards and a touchdown in Week 11. It was Brown's first useful day in fantasy since Week 1 when he vultured two touchdowns. You can't bank on that week to week, but he needs to be handcuffed to starting running back Todd Gurley. Rookie Darrell Henderson didn't see any action, which means Brown has first dibs on touches after Gurley again.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was limited to three catches for 53 yards in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears. The Rams completed just 11 passes and clearly planned around the run with wide receivers Robert Woods (personal) and Brandin Cooks (concussion) out. He caught all of his targets, and one of them went for 50 yards. Kupp has now had two dreadful weeks in a row and hopes to turn the tides next week against the Baltimore Ravens.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett caught the only ball thrown to him in Week 11 for 20 yards. The team clearly focused on running the ball, and they didn't take many shots down the field. Everett should have more opportunities next week against the Baltimore Ravens.
New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown caught his only target for a 20-yard touchdown in a win Sunday in Washington. Brown got the scoring going with a touchdown to cap a 75-yard opening drive touchdown, the fourth week in a row New York has found the end zone on their first drive. That would be all for Brown in the game, however, as starting tight end Ryan Griffin had a big afternoon. As a backup tight end on a disappointing offense, Brown has no fantasy value.
New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas made four catches for 44 yards in a win over the Redskins Sunday. Thomas was targeted five times as his target share continues to be wildly inconsistent from game-to-game. As the third wide receiver on the depth chart it's hard to trust Thomas in anything other than a very deep league as his targets have been too unpredictable and he's yet to find the end zone.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston completed 30-of-51 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions in the Bucs Week 11 loss to the Saints. Winston was unable to get out of his own way the entire afternoon, and all but sealed the win for the Saints after tossing a pick-six with just 5:07 remaining to put the Saints up by 17. Winston is currently on track to throw more than 28 interceptions on the season but has still been able to put up useful fantasy numbers. He will have a much easier matchup in Week 12 with the Falcons on deck. Fantasy owners can slot him in as a low-end QB1 for that one.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder made five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown against his former team Sunday. Crowder has now scored a touchdown three straight weeks as he continues to be Sam Darnold's favorite target. Crowder has had 76 or more yards in five of seven games played with Darnold healthy and has been his most trusted receiver in the red zone. Fantasy managers should continue to start Crowder with confidence with a run of good matchups still to come for the Jets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber did not have a rushing attempt the entire afternoon in Week 11 but was able to save his day with a six-yard touchdown catch. Barber caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards on the day but was totally uninvolved after scoring late in the fourth quarter with the Bucs in a deep hole. Barber's usage has continued to decrease weekly as Ronald Jones II has become the clear No.1 option in this backfield. Fantasy owners who are still holding on to Barber can drop him now. Needless to say, he will not be a recommended start in Week 12 against the Falcons.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson caught one of three targets for six yards and a touchdown in a win over the Redskins Sunday. Anderson has now reached the point in fantasy where he disappoints his owners even when he scores a touchdown as this is the second straight week he's made only one catch. Quarterback Sam Darnold just seems to have a better connection with Jamison Crowder and Ryan Griffin than with Anderson as Darnold has struggled to get the ball downfield to Anderson all season. He'll remain a boom-or-bust flex option in deeper leagues with more favorable matchups on the horizon.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Redskins. Bell also had two catches in the game to give him 20 total touches for the seventh time in 11 games this season. This is the second straight good-not-great performance from Bell where he saved his fantasy day with a touchdown. It's fair to wonder if the Jets start to split carries more with Bilal Powell, the latter received seven carries for the second straight week. Powell averaged six yards per carry to Bell's 3.3 so they may rely more on the fresh legs more moving forward. Despite the inefficiency from Bell, his typical volume makes him a must-start RB in fantasy.
New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin exploded for 109 yards on five catches and scored his fourth touchdown of the season Sunday in Washington. Griffin was invisible last week in starting tight end Chris Herndon's (hamstring) only game this season. That was not the case in this one as Griffin made a major statement in the week he became the rest-of-season starter with Herndon going on IR. Griffin hasn't had much use in fantasy most of his career, but he seems to be making a real connection with Sam Darnold and is in the low-end TE1 streaming conversation next week vs Oakland.
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell carried the ball seven times for 42 yards in a win over the Redskins on Sunday. Powell added one catch for five yards as his role in the offense continues to grow. This isn't the first time we've seen the Jets use their veteran running back later in the season so Powell could very well become a usable running back in deep leagues. In standard size leagues, however, Powell's fantasy impact will likely be how much work he takes from Le'Veon Bell as this is the second straight week Powell has gotten seven carries.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II rushed for just 13 yards on four attempts, while also adding two catches for one yard in the Bucs loss to the Saints. The Bucs were down 20-0 midway through the second quarter, and that all but sealed Jones' fate for the rest of the afternoon. Fantasy owners who were looking for Jones to build off of his eight-catch, 77-yard performance in Week 10 were badly disappointed in this one, but on the positive side, Jones did out-touch Peyton Barber and looks to be the No.1 option in the Bucs backfield. Jones has a much easier matchup in Week 12 with the Falcons on deck, he will be on the RB3/4 borderline for that matchup.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold completed 19 of 30 passes for 293 yards and a season-high four touchdowns in a win over the Redskins. This is the second week Darnold was 19-for-30 passing but this one was much better for fantasy owners with the four touchdowns. Darnold has had his rough games this season, but he's taken advantage of a soft schedule lately. He'll try and stay hot in another good matchup next week at home against the Raiders.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk caught six of his nine targets for 41 yards in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. He also gained one yard on one carry.
Fantasy Spin: Kirk has been busy in recent weeks, catching at least six passes in three of the last four games. He can be a WR3 or flex option in PPR formats.
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Jeff Driskel did his best on a day where the Lions Defense was nowhere to be seen, but it was ultimately not enough to get the win. Driskel completed 15-of-26 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 51 rushing yards and a score on the ground in the Lions loss. Driskel has shown impressive mobility through two games, routinely extending plays and getting out of trouble. He was unable to play the hero in this one though. The second-year quarterback will have his easiest task of the season with the Redksins coming up in Week 12 if Matthew Stafford (back) remains sidelined, and he will definitely be a recommended fantasy option after how well he's performed against the Cowboys and the Bears. He will slot in as an upside QB2 for that matchup.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald caught all five of his targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald scored for the first time since Week 11, and his yardage totals have been pedestrian. He's a WR3, at best.