Mon Oct 14 9:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Diggs carries teams to victory
It was another bit of a topsy turvy week in the NFL. There were some big fantasy performances once again but several duds from top players. This made for some uneven fantasy performances.
Passing games saw the most success with eight players hitting the 300-yard mark. Two quarterbacks had four-touchdown games. And 11 receivers hit the 100-yard mark and four had multiple touchdown games.
Rushing games didn’t have near the success. The leading rusher was a quarterback for Week 6. There were just five backs that had 100-yard games with Chris Carson leading the way at 124 yards. It was a pretty down game from the running back position.
So in all, it was another uneven week in fantasy land. Hopefully, you came out on the right side of things in Week 6. It is pretty crazy to think we are almost at the halfway point of the fantasy season. Team is running out.
Patriots 35, Giants 14
Fantasy Stud: Golden Tate. Tate was the focal point of the Giants passing game and took advantage with a huge game. He had six receptions for 102 yards with a touchdown. He even did this with the Patriots knowing the Tate was going to get plenty of targets. This bodes well for Tate going forward. He is the first receiver all season to score a touchdown against the Patriots.
Fantasy Dud: Daniel Jones. Jones had his issues for the first time this season, playing a very good Patriots pass defense. Jones was 15-of-31 for 161 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. This is the first time all year Jones didn’t have double-digit fantasy points. It is his second game with multiple interceptions, though.
Game Notes: Jon Hilliman led the Giants in rushing, getting the start. He ran 11 times for 38 yards. And for his trouble, the Giants released him the day after the game. The health of Saquon Barkley must be looking pretty good.
Tom Brady was held out of the end zone throwing the ball, but scored two rushing touchdowns. He was 31-of-41 for 334 yards with an interception.
Panthers 37, Bucs 26
Fantasy Stud: Chris Godwin. Godwin didn’t find the end zone but had a huge game because of a reception and yardage totals. He had 10 catches for 151 yards. Godwin’s breakout season continued. Godwin had two double-digit reception games. He also has three straight 100-yard games and four total for the year. He has been a fantasy machine through six games.
Fantasy Dud: Jameis Winston. Winston threw for 400 yards and a touchdown, so you probably think he didn’t have a bad fantasy day. Think again. Winston was picked off five times and also lost a fumble. His six turnovers were a killer to fantasy teams. The good news is Winston keeps airing it out in this offense. He has 300-yard games three of four.
Game Notes: Christian McCaffrey was held in check despite scoring two touchdowns He ran 22 times but had just 31 yards. He also caught four passes for 36 yards, giving him 58 total yards on 26 touches. His two touchdowns saved his fantasy day.
D.J. Moore had another very productive game, catching seven passes for 73 yards on 10 targets. He has at least six receptions four of six games.
Seahawks 32, Browns 28
Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb had another very productive fantasy performance. He ran 20 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 17 yards. Chubb has 100-yard games two of three and more than 700 total yards for the season. He is getting it done on a weekly basis, posting very consistent numbers. Chubb is a legit No. 1 back for fantasy teams in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Jarvis Landry. Landry had one of his quiet games, seeing teammate Odell Beckham get more looks throughout the game. Landry had three receptions for 36 yards. He had at least 60 yards three straight games before this showing. His five targets were a season low. Landry has been pretty ho hum much of the year for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Russell Wilson just keeps getting it done. He was 23-of-33 for 295 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran in a score, rushing nine times for 31 yards and a score. Wilson is yet to throw an interception this year and has four three-touchdown games.
Odell Beckham had his second 100-yard game of the season. He caught six passes for 101 yards. He tied a season high in targets with 11.
Texans 31, Chiefs 24
Fantasy Stud: Deshaun Watson. Watson was intercepted twice but scored three total touchdowns. He was 30-of-42 for 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also ran 10 times for 42 yards and two scores. This was the fourth time this season Watson had more than 30 fantasy points. He has four three-touchdown games and two games with 300-plus yards. Watson is having another big fantasy season.
Fantasy Dud: Will Fuller. Fuller did not follow his monster game as most expected he would. He had five receptions for 44 yards and dropped a couple passes, including a would-be touchdown. Fuller has good overall numbers because of his huge Week 5 game but been more bad than good most weeks. He has double-digit fantasy points just two of six games.
Game Notes: Damien Williams had just two total touches. He ran once for six yards and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass. LeSean McCoy led the team in carries, rushing eight times for 44 yards.
Tyreek Hill returned from his shoulder injury and looked just fine. He had a big game, catching five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He should be just fine going forward.
Redskins 17, Dolphins 16
Fantasy Stud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin added yet another big game to his rookie season. He had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. McLaurin has touchdowns four of six games. He has 17 or more fantasy points four games and two 100-yard games. He has been as impressive as any rookie receiver in the game, especially if you consider the team around him.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Rosen. Rosen started the game but didn’t finish it, getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick. You thought this might be a game you could use Rosen, getting a great matchup. Instead, Rosen went 15-of-25 for 85 yards with two interceptions. Fitzpatrick played well in relief, going 12-of-18 for 132 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. It will be interesting to see what direction the Dolphins go next week.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson finally had a good showing. He had 23 carries for 118 yards. This was his first game all season with more than 40-rushing yards.
DeVante Parker scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had three receptions for 28 yards and a score.
Vikings 38, Eagles 20
Fantasy Stud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs carried fantasy teams to victory all by himself in Week 6. He had one of the best fantasy games of the season. He finished with seven receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns. This was a welcome sight for Diggs’ owners after seeing him have just 44 yards the previous week. Diggs has 100-yard games two of three. The Vikings passing game is showing life, which is great news for Diggs.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz had four receptions for 54 yards and lost a fumble. It was another disappointing performance from Ertz. This was his first game with fewer than double-digit fantasy points. His season high in receiving yards is just 72 yard, and he is yet to have double-digit receptions in a game. His start to the season has been a big disappointment to fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Kirk Cousins was 22-of-29 for 333 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Cousins has two straight 300-yard games and six touchdowns this last two games.
Alshon Jeffery got a ton of work in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery has touchdowns two of three games and 19 catches those three games.
Saints 13, Jaguars 6
Fantasy Stud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette didn’t have a huge game but was good compared to the rest of the offensive players in this one. He ran 20 times for 72 yards and caught six passes for 46 yards. So he finished with 118 total yards and six receptions, making for a pretty good fantasy day. Fournette has three straight games with 100-plus total yards.
Fantasy Dud: Gardner Minshew. Pick a Jaguar for this one. We’ll go with Minshew because many had high hopes for him in what seemed a favorable matchup. He laid an egg for the first time all season, though. He was just 14-of-29 for 163 yards with an interception. This was the first time all season Minshew failed to score a touchdown and broke a streak of three straight games with multiple scores.
Game Notes: Michael Thomas had eight receptions for 89 yards. Thomas has at least eight receptions five of six games. He has three double-digit reception games this season.
D.J. Chark had his first down game of the season, catching three passes for 43 yards. This was just the second game all year he didn’t find the end zone. And his yardage total was a season low.
Ravens 23, Bengals 17
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson didn't throw a touchdown pass but that matter for his fantasy numbers. He still had a huge game because of a great rushing game. Jackson ran 19 times for 152 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t need to throw a pass and still would have finished with great fantasy numbers. Jackson was 21-of-33 for 236 yards without a touchdown or interception throwing the ball. Jackson has two 100-yard rushing games this season. He has 30-plus fantasy points three of six games.
Fantasy Dud: Tyler Boyd. Boyd had a really down game, especially if you consider his numbers the rest of the year. He caught just three passes for 10 yards. Boyd has fewer than 35 yards two of three games. He has disappointed a little the last few weeks, but remains a solid fantasy play in this offense as the top target right now.
Game Notes: Joe Mixon did next to nothing, rushing eight times for 10 yards. He is finding little room to run behind the Bengals offensive line. Mixon has fewer than 20-rushing yards three times this season.
Mark Andrews led the way in the Ravens passing game, finishing with six receptions for 99 yards. Andrews has 99 or more yards three of six games.
49ers 20, Rams 7
Fantasy Stud: George Kittle. Kittle finally had a 100-yard game, his first of the season. He had eight receptions for 103 yards. This was the first time all season he had more than 70 yards in a game. Kittle is trending up, though, having six or more receptions three straight games. He is starting to peak at the right time for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Jared Goff. Goff had a horrible game, going 13-of-24 for only 78 yards. He also failed to score a touchdown and lost a fumble. It was a disaster of a game for Goff. He had just fewer than four fantasy points. You just didn’t see that game coming from Goff, He has two straight 300-yard gams and at least a touchdown every game this season. Goff and the entire Rams offense is trending the wrong way right now.
Game Notes: Malcolm Brown led the Rams in rushing with Todd Gurley out, rushing 11 times for 40 yards. Rookie Darrell Henderson looked pretty good, though, rushing six times for 39 yards. He averaged an impressive 6.5 yards per carry, which could earn him more work going forward.
Tevin Coleman found the end zone for the second straight game. He ran 18 times for 45 yards and a score. He led the 49ers in rushing attempts once again and has 34 attempts his last two games.
Cardinals 34, Falcons 33
Fantasy Stud: Matt Ryan. His team lost once again, but Ryan continues to post big fantasy numbers. He was 30-of-36 for 356 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Ryan has four three-touchdown games and at least 300-passing yards every game. His fantasy numbers have been off the charts and consistent all year.
Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu. Sanu had been trending the right way in recent weeks but disappointed in this high-scoring affair. He had just three receptions for 29 yards. Sanu had at least 13 fantasy points three straight games before this one. He also had at least four receptions every game this season before this game. It was an unexpected showing in a great matchup.
Game Notes: Kyler Murray had maybe his best game as a pro, going 27-of-37 for 340 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran 11 times for 32 yards. This was the first time in his career Murray had more than 30 fantasy points.
David Johnson was able to play with his back injury and produced well in the game. He ran 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. He did most of damage in the passing game, catching six passes for 68 yards and a touchdowns. Johnson topped 100 total yards for the third straight game.
Broncos 16, Titans 0
Fantasy Stud: Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay was one of the few offensive players in this game that produced well. He ran 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for five yards. Lindsay has scores two straight and three of four games. He has double-digit fantasy points all but a game this year.
Fantasy Dud: Derrick Henry. Henry had a really disappointing game despite a big workload. He ran 15 times for 28 yards and caught just a pass for five yards. This was the first game all year Henry didn't have double-digit fantasy points. His 4.3 fantasy points were a season low. Henry has been shutout of the end zone two of the past three games after scoring three straight to the start the season.
Game Notes: Courtland Sutton led the Broncos in receiving once again, catching four passes for 76 yards. He has at least 75 yards three of four games. He is having a breakout year as the top receiver in this offense.
Marcus Mariota found his way to the bench in this one, getting benched for Ryan Tannehill. Mariota was 7-of-18 for 63 yards with two interceptions. Tannehill played well in relief, going 13-of-16 for 144 yards with an interception. It will be interesting to see what direction the Titans go in Week 7.
Jets 24, Cowboys 22
Fantasy Stud: Robby Anderson. The return of Sam Darnold was a huge plus for Anderson. He had his best game of the year, catching five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Anderson has 80-plus yard two of five games. He has big-time potential if getting the chances in this offense. He is a big-play threat every time he has the ball in his hands.
Fantasy Dud: Dak Prescott. Prescott was surprisingly quiet in a great matchup. He was 28-of-40 for 277 yards without a touchdown or an interception. The only time Prescott found the end zone was running the ball, having three carries for 11 yards and a touchdown. Prescott has failed to throw a touchdown pass two of his past three games. He has really gone downhill since having multiple scores three straight to start his season.
Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott had a 100-yard rushing performance. He ran 28 times for 105 yards and a touchdown. He also had five receptions for 47 yards, giving him 152 total yards and a score. Elliott has three 100-yard games this season.
Amari Cooper injured his quad very early in the game and could not return. He had a catch for three yards before leaving. This is an injury to monitor, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Steelers 24, Chargers 17
Fantasy Stud: Hunter Henry. Henry returned from his knee injury and looked great, leading the Chargers in receiving. He showed his huge ceiling in the game, catching eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. This was just his second game of the season but Henry has 60 or more yards in each game. He can be an elite fantasy tight end in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler finally had a dud of a game, splitting work with Melvin Gordon. He didn’t catch many passes, leading to his poor fantasy numbers. Ekeler ran five times for just 14 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. His reception total was his lowest of the season. This game was a bit of a concern for Ekeler owners. He didn’t have double-digit touches for the first time all year with Melvin Gordon drawing the start for San Diego.
Game Notes: Devlin Hodges led his team to victory in his first NFL start but did most of his work on dump offs to his running back, James Conner. Hodges was 15-of-20 for 132 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Conner had seven receptions for 78 yards. Hodges took few chances down the field.
Philip Rivers did most of his damage late in the game with his team trailing but finished with good fantasy numbers because of this. He was 26-of-44 for 320 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Rivers has 300-yards games four of six. He also has multiple scores three of four games.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
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.