Mon Dec 2 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Guice comes up big Week 13
There were no teams on a bye this week but that didn’t lead to very many high scoring fantasy games. Most games were pretty low scoring because there weren't a lot of big-time fantasy performances. And some of the top players this season had a down week for their standards. This was a crucial week of games for many fantasy teams, so hopefully you got enough points to win your fantasy games this week.
We had eight 300-yard passers in Week 13, so the quarterback position saw some success. And six quarterbacks hit the three-touchdown mark. It wasn’t all roses with the quarterback spot, though. There were 11 quarterbacks that didn’t even crack 200-passing yards, including Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. This caused some headaches for fantasy teams.
The running back spot was the biggest disappointment for Week 13. There were just five 100-yard rushers despite no teams being on a bye. And just two backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. And both those players (Derrius Guice and Peyton Barber) were not used in most leagues.
The receiver position had a little more success with 12 receivers hitting the 100-yard mark. There were just three receivers that had multiple receiving touchdowns, though. This made the receiver position a little down compared to most weeks.
Tight end wasn’t much better. We had two 100-yard tight ends with one being little-used Tyler Higbee. The position didn’t have the game changer seen as past weeks. There were some solid scorers but nothing too off the charts.
Bears 24, Lions 20
Fantasy Stud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay had another one of his big performances, catching our passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 75-yard reception, showing his big-play ability once again. Golladay has five 100-yard games and is 50 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. He is having a breakout year and doing so despite getting some erratic quarterback play with Matthew Stafford out of the lineup.
Fantasy Dud: Bears defense. Many expected the Bears defense to be a great play this week with an inexperienced third-string quarterback that no one knew anything about. But despite that, the Bears defense produced very little in this game. They forced just a turnover and just two sacks. The Bears allowed nearly 400 yards of total offense and 20 points. You just expected a better fantasy showing.
Game Notes: David Blough got his first NFL start and looked very good, going 22-of-38 for 280 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He is likely to keep starting with Matthew Stafford out of the lineup.
Anthony Miller had nine receptions for 140 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the year, but Miller has at least six receptions three straight games.
Bills 26, Cowboys 15
Fantasy Stud: Cole Beasley. Beasley had quite the revenge game, catching six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Beasley has really come on of late, having scores two straight and touchdowns five of seven games. He also has at least four receptions four straight games. He has become a legit fantasy relevant player.
Fantasy Dud: Randal Cobb. Cobb had three receptions for 53 yards. It was a down game for him compared to recent games for him. Cobb had 85-plus yards three straight games before this one. He also had at least four receptions every game since Week 7. Cobb probably is a spot play for fantasy teams going forward. He will be worth using in the right matchup but that is about it. He’ll be up and down.
Game Notes: Devin Singletary found the end zone. He ran 14 times for 63 yards, and caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. He had 101 total yards and a score in the game.
John Brown didn’t catch a touchdown pass but threw one. He had three receptions for 26 yards and a 28-yard touchdown reception. Brown has touchdowns three straight games.
Saints 26, Falcons 18
Fantasy Stud: Taysom Hill. Hill did a little bit of everything in this game. He ran in a score, caught a touchdown pass and attempted a pass in the game. He ran two times for 33 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t connect on his pass attempt but did throw one in the game. He had 45 total yards and two scores in the game. Hill is a hard player to play for fantasy teams because he is a quarterback, but if he ever changes positions officially he will have some fantasy value.
Fantasy Dud: Drew Brees. Brees was very quiet in this game, going 18-of-30 for 184 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He didn’t even top 200 yards and failed to score multiple touchdowns. You just expect better from Brees, especially against a favorable opponent like the Falcons. He has been a little more inconsistent this year, though, having two games with one or no scores out of his six games he started and finished.
Game Notes: Russell Gage had five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Gage has at least four receptions four of five games.
Michael Thomas failed to top 50 yards for the first time all season. The good news is he caught six passes in the game, finishing with six catches for 48 yards. He has at least five receptions every game this year.
Titans 31, Colts 17
Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry continued his red hot play late in the year, rushing 26 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 17 yards. Henry has three straight 100-yard games rushing for at least 149 yards in all three of those games. He also has touchdowns four straight. He is running as well as any back in the game right now.
Fantasy Dud: Jonathan Williams. Williams was a big bust after hitting the 100-yard mark two straight games. He started but watched Jordan Wilkins get three more carries than him. Williams ran eight times for 14 yards and caught a pass for 11 yards. You just expected better from Williams after his two very good games. He probably won’t be worth using the rest of the year with Marlon Mack expected back next week.
Game Notes: Zach Pascal hit the 100-yard mark, catching seven passes for 109 yards. This was his second 100-yard game of the season.
Jack Doyle was the No. 1 tight end with Eric Ebron out. He excelled in that lead role, catching six passes fro 73 yards and a touchdown. Both his reception and yardage totals were season highs for Doyle.
Bengals 22, Jets 6
Fantasy Stud: Joe Mixon. Mixon remained hot even with Andy Dalton back in the lineup. He had 19 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 26 yards, giving him 70 total yards and a touchdown. Mixon has 17-plus fantasy points three of four games. He has been a solid fantasy player the last few weeks and could be a fantasy difference maker down the stretch.
Fantasy Dud: Sam Darnold. Darnold had been red hot but was a big bust in this game. He failed to scored a touchdown against a bad Bengals defense. He was 28-of-48 for 239 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Darnold had seven touchdowns his previous two games, so you expected much better from him in this matchup.
Game Notes: Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup and led his team to their first victory of the year, going 22-of-37 243 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He should continue to start for the Bengals.
Robby Anderson had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 101 yards on a season-high 10 targets.
Packers 31, Giants 13
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had one of his best game of the season, going 21-of-33 for 243 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. This was a welcome sight after he had just two touchdowns his last three games. Rodgers has been playing well, having 23 total touchdowns to two interceptions, but his fantasy numbers haven’t been off the charts.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Jones. Jones continued his late-season slide, rushing 11 times for just 18 yards. Jones has fewer than 40-rushing yards three of four games. His play has cooled at a bad time for many fantasy teams, failing to score a touchdown three of four games as well.
Game Notes: Kaden Smith was the leading receiver for the Giants, catching six passes for 70 yards. The tight end has five receptions each of his last two games.
Davante Adams had his first two-touchdown game of the season, giving him scores two straight games. He had six receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Adams has at least six receptions four straight games.
Dolphins 37, Eagles 31
Fantasy Stud: DeVante Parker. Parker had another big game, finishing with seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Parker has 90-plus yards three straight. He also has been targeted double-digit times three of four games. He has been a huge fantasy factor and should continue to get a ton of targets going forward in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Zach Ertz. Ertz was active but not much of a factor in the game. He had three receptions for just 24 yards. His hamstring injury limited him the game. He had three straight games with 90-plus yards before this showing. He’ll get better as he gets healthier but is a bit of a concern right now at less than 100 percent.
Game Notes: Ryan Fitzpatrick was 27-of-39 for 365 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Fitzpatrick has multiple touchdowns four of six games.
Alshon Jeffery returned to the lineup and had a great game. He had nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the season.
Steelers 20, Browns 13
Fantasy Stud: James Washington. Washington continues to lead the way at receiver for the Steelers. He had four receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Washington has touchdowns two straight and three of four. He also has 90 or more yards three of four games. He is the top receiver in this offense right now and getting weekly chances to stretch the field.
Fantasy Dud: Baker Mayfield. Mayfield looked more like the Baker Mayfield from earlier this season in this one. He failed to hit the 200-yard mark and had just a score. He was 18-of-32 for 196 yards and a touchdown with an interception and lost fumble. He remains a very hard fantasy player to trust because of his erratic play this season.
Game Notes: Benny Snell was the leading rusher for the Steelers once again. He ran 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Snell has 161-rushing yards his last two games.
Devlin Hodges played pretty well in a starting role for the Steelers. He was 14-of-21 for 212 yards a touchdown with an interception. He also led his team to victory, which was most important. He should continue to start for the Steelers.
Redskins 29, Panthers 21
Fantasy Stud: Derrius Guice. Guice didn’t even lead his team in carries but led the team in rushing. He had a huge game, breaking off a couple really big runs. He rushed 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Guice could be getting more work going forward after this great performance. He is the future at the poison for the Redskins and provides the most big-play ability of the backs.
Fantasy Dud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin had two receptions for just eight yards. It was very disappointing after his play had picked up in recent weeks. He had 12 targets last week and got just four in this game. He is having a solid rookie season but will be a much better fantasy play once the quarterback play in Washington gets better.
Game Notes: Greg Olsen was knocked from the game with a concussion. He was hurt on a nasty helmet to helmet hit. He had three receptions for 22 yards before getting injured.
D.J. Moore remains red hot for fantasy teams. He had six receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. Moore has 75 or more yards five straight games.
Bucs 28, Jaguars 11
Fantasy Stud: Dede Westbrook. Westbrook had five receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown, leading the way at receiver for the Jaguars. Westbrook has at least four receptions each of his three games since returning from his shoulder injury. Westbrook has been targeted at least eight times five of the last seven games he has played. He gets a lot of weekly looks in a suddenly pass-heavy Jaguars offense.
Fantasy Dud: Nick Foles. Foles got plenty of fantasy play this week but was a huge failure for all his fantasy owners. He got benched in this game for rookie Gardner Minshew. Foles was 7-of-14 for 93 yards with an interception against a poor Bucs pass defense. Big things were expected from Foles in this one, but that didn’t happen. Foles could be on the bench going forward, especially with the Jaguars falling out of playoff contention.
Game Notes: Gardner Minshew replaced an ineffective Nick Foles and gave the offense a spark. He was 16-of-27 for 147 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Minshew could keep the starting job going forward.
Peyton Barber had 11 more carries than Ronald Jones and most of the red-zone work. Barber had 17 carries for 44 yards and two touchdowns while Jones ran six times for just eight yards.
Ravens 20, 49ers 17
Fantasy Stud: Raheem Mostert. Mostert was the best 49ers back in this game and got most of the work at running back because of his great play. He ran 19 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for eight yards. This was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He has touchdowns two straight games and is going to get more work going forward because of his great play lately.
Fantasy Dud: George Kittle. Kittle was one of the many fantasy disappointments in this game. He had just two receptions for 17 yards. His reception and yardage totals were season lows. Kittle was coming off a 100-yard game and threes straight games with at least 79 yards. It was a tough matchup with poor conditions, so don’t read into this game too much. He’ll be fine.
Game Notes: Lamar Jackson had his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and is now 23 yards shy of a 1,000-yard rushing season. He ran 16 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also was 14-of-23 for 105 yards and a touchdown without an interception.
Deebo Samuel scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had two receptions for 41 yards and a score. Samuel also has 100-yard games two of four.
Rams 34, Cardinals 7
Fantasy Stud: Jared Goff. We saw the good Jared Goff in this one. He threw for over 400 yards and scored two touchdowns despite not even playing the fourth quarter with his team up big. He was 32-of-43 for 424 years and two touchdowns without a turnover. Goff had just more than 29 fantasy points, which was his second highest point total of the season. It also was the first time he topped 20 fantasy points in a game since Week 8.
Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. Murray was really held in check nearly the entire game. He was 19-of-34 for 163 yards and an interception throwing the ball. His only score came on the ground, rushing four times for 28 yards and a touchdown. It was a disappointing performance from the rookie quarterback. Murray had multiple touchdowns three straight games before this one. His fantasy point total was the third fewest of his season.
Game Notes: Robert Woods had 13 receptions for 172 yards. His yardage total was a season high and his receptions tied a season high. Woods has 95-plus yards three straight games.
Todd Gurley enjoyed one of the better games of his season. He ran 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 20 yards, giving him 115 total yards. Gurley has more than 100 total yards two of three games.
Broncos 23, Chargers 20
Fantasy Stud: Courtland Sutton. Sutton had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. This was his second multiple touchdown game of the season. Sutton has 70-plus yards eight of 12 games this year. He is having a breakout year as the No. 1 receiver in the Broncos offense. He will only get better, too, as the Broncos get better play from the quarterback spot. He is doing this in an offense that has struggled throwing the ball much of the season.
Fantasy Dud: Hunter Henry. Henry did next to nothing, catching two passes for 10 yards. Both totals were season lows for Henry. He had at least four receptions and 30 yards every game before this showing. It was an unexpected showing from a player that has been very consistent all year.
Game Notes: Drew Lock played pretty well in his first NFL start. He started the game with a flourish but cooled down after his start. He finished 18-of-28 for 134 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Most importantly, he led his team to victory, earning him more starts.
Mike Williams hit the 100-yard mark for the second time this season. He had five receptions for 117 yards. He has 75-plus yards three of four games.
Chiefs 40, Raiders 9
Fantasy Stud: Darren Waller. Waller did some damage in this one, catching seven passes for 100 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the season and his first since Week 7. It was good to see Waller produce big once again because his numbers had been down in recent weeks. He had fewer than 53 yards four of his last five games. Waller is having a big season as the starting tight end for the Raiders and proving to be a steal for all the teams that drafted him.
Fantasy Dud: Sammy Watkins. Watkins seemed primed for a big showing in this matchup, but didn’t even catch a pass. He was targeted three times in the game. Watkins had at least two receptions every game before this dud of a game. He is getting his catches but Watkins is producing few yards and scores. He has not scored a touchdown since the opener and has more than 50 yards just three of his last eight games.
Game Notes: Darrel Williams started but didn’t last the game, leaving with a leg injury. He had six carries for 13 yards, and a catch for a three-yard touchdown before exiting. Darwin Thompson got the most work after the injury and played well, rushing 11 times for 44 yards and a score.
Josh Jacobs had his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He ran 17 times for 104 yards, putting him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Texans 28, Patriots 22
Fantasy Stud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a huge game against a very good defense, which was great news to all his fantasy owners. Watson was 18-of-25 for 234 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also caught a six-yard touchdown pass, giving him four total scores in the game. Watson has six three-touchdown games his season. He is having another big year and producing consistent numbers for his fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Mohamed Sanu. Sanu had three receptions for 14 yards in a game the Patriots topped 300-passing yards. The Patriots are looking for options to step it up in the passing game, but Sanu isn’t helping much. Sanu has five receptions for 18 yards his last three games. He has about no fantasy value right now, getting few chances in this offense.
Game Notes: Tom Brady was held in check most of the game, but cracked the end zone twice late in the game to help his overall numbers. He was 24-of-47 for 326 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. This was just his third three-touchdown game of the season.
Duke Johnson was the most productive Texans running back. He ran nine times for 36 yards, and caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Hyde had 10 carries for just 17 yards.
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.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 2
Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made all six of his kicking attempts in Week 2, including four extra points and two field goals. One of the field goals was a game-winner from 46 yards out, giving the Cowboys an improbable 40-39 win after being down 20-0 at the end of the first quarter. Zuerlein's other kick came from 33 yards out. With the Cowboys offense clicking the way they (eventually) did in this one, "Greg the Leg" should be a strong fantasy contributor the rest of the way.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven of his eight targets for 48 yards in a 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 2. While the seven catches were nice, Smith-Schuster's 6.9 yards per catch is not what fantasy gamers were looking for out of their WR1. To make matters worse, Smith-Schuster watched as rookie Chase Claypool and second-year man Diontae Johnson scored touchdowns. Smith-Schuster is looking more like a WR2 for fantasy purposes going forward. He will face the Houston Texans in Week 3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans hauled in seven of a team-high 10 targets for 104 yards and a touchdown. With teammate Chris Godwin (head) out and head coach Bruce Arians basically guaranteeing his other star wideout would get the ball- Evans was in a smash spot and he delivered. He connected with Tom Brady on a long, 50-yard pass and also hauled in a 23-yarder for his second score of the season. There likely would have been room for more production if Tampa Bay hadn't been in the driver's seat for much of the game. While Godwin should be back on the field for Week 3, Evans will be a strong start against Denver's suspect secondary.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown has been overlooked because of the performance of Stefon Diggs, but made his presence known in Week 2. Brown finished with four receptions on six targets for 82 yards and one touchdown in the victory over the Miami Dolphins. This is the second straight week that Brown has been able to find the end zone. He caught a 46-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the Bills up 31-20. He'll get a tougher matchup against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. He should be able to be counted on as a WR3 in PPR leagues.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been productive during the first two weeks of the regular season. He is third on the depth chart, but has found a way to continue making plays each week. Beasley hauled in five of his six targets for 70 yards in the Week 2 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Bills continue to involve him in the offense, but he won't have great value with Stefon Diggs and John Brown healthy. He might be able to be leaned on as a low-end flex option against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool caught all three of his targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in a 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Claypool's touchdown grab was the first of his short NFL career and came on a beautiful deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger down the left sideline. Claypool made the over-the-shoulder catch and then outran his defender for the final 40 or so yards for the score. The rookie receiver has shown he belongs over the first two games of his NFL career but he remains low on the pecking order for targets, having drawn just five so far. He's much more interesting in dynasty leagues than he is in redraft formats.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton caught 3-of-6 targets for 33 yards in a loss to the Bears on Sunday. It was a disappointing game for Slayton after his huge game in Week 1, however, his fantasy stock is still trending up. With Sterling Shepard (toe) and Saquon Barkley (knee) exiting with injuries, more targets should be available for the 23-year-old. Slayton has 15 targets through two weeks so he should continue to be a big part of the New York offense.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup only caught two passes in a Week 2 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. He was able to gain 58 yards and was targeted five times in a game where quarterback Dak Prescott made 47 throws. Gallup was well behind wide receivers CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, who each saw nine targets their way, and tight end Dalton Schultz, who saw 10. Gallup will have some huge games here and there, but he's the least likely of the three Cowboys wide receivers to put together a consistent string of fantasy performances. He's best used in best-ball formats or carefully matched up in standard leagues.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) will have an MRI to discover the severity of the ankle injury he sustained in his team's loss to the Buccaneers. McCaffrey was on the sideline and wasn't ruled out, though he never returned to the game. The team is optimistic that it's not too serious, though the MRI will be telling. Hopefully the number-one fantasy player from 2019 will be able to suit up for fantasy managers as soon as Week 3 against the Chargers. If not, backup Mike Davis would see most of the work, with Trenton Cannon and possibly even receiver Curtis Samuel factoring in for some touches.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz led the team in targets with 10 in a Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He caught nine of those passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. After starting tight end Blake Jarwin went down with a knee injury in Week 1, it was assumed the Cowboys would mostly go away from involving the tight end in the passing game, but Schultz had other ideas. His score came on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth quarter, helping the Cowboys to their impressive 40-39 comeback win. If Schultz continues to see this kind of involvement in the offense, he could be the least expected TE1 in many years.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was a tough man to slow down during the Week 2 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Diggs hauled in eight of his 13 targets for 153 receiving yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Josh Allen did miss Diggs a few times, but made up for it. During that game, Diggs caught four passes for 20 yards or more. The Dolphins had no answers for Diggs, but he'll have a more difficult matchup next week. He'll go up against Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. Fantasy owners should be able to count on Diggs as a low-end WR2 for that one.
Tennesse Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 24 passes for 239 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, as the Titans beat the Jaguars 33-30. The Titans have now come up big in the final minute two weeks in a row and are in first place in the AFC South. The Titans will face a young Vikings secondary in week three.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (knee) did not tear his ACL in his team's Week 2 win over the Vikings. Campbell suffered a knee injury on a carry in the first quarter and was carted off the field. The team believes it's not a torn ACL, but Campbell will have an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury. The speedy playmaker had gotten off to a promising start in Week 1 with 71 receiving yards, so at least there's some hope that his season isn't lost. If Campbell is forced to miss time, fellow receivers T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal and Michael Pittman Jr. (toe) would see a boost in targets.
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate caught all five of his targets for 47 yards in a loss to the Bears on Sunday. Unfortunately for Tate, the story of his game will be a costly pass interference penalty in the red zone as time was expiring. Other than that, however, Tate looked good after being questionable with a hamstring injury. With the rash of injuries New York has on offense, Tate should see a higher target-share moving forward, especially on short area passes. He's a solid flex play in fantasy for a Week 3 matchup with San Francisco.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss wasn't able to find much room to run during the Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins. He rushed eight times for 37 yards and did not catch any passes at all. He continues to split up the carries with Devin Singletary. The fact they split the carries will limit their fantasy value going forward. Singletary appears to be getting more done on the ground, so they might lean on him more often going forward. Fantasy owners should consider Moss a touchdown dependent RB3 for his Week 3 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper caught six passes in an impressive Week 2 comeback win, gaining an even 100 yards. Cooper tied with rookie CeeDee Lamb for the lead among wide receivers with nine targets, both falling one behind tight end Dalton Schultz's 10. It was a strong performance from Cooper and the entire Cowboys offense, as they were down 20-0 after the first quarter and managed to come away with a 40-39 victory. Cooper has a tougher matchup against the Seahawks Defense next week but should remain a solid WR1/2 in that one.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. returned to a backup role behind James Conner in a 26-21 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Snell carried the ball just three times for five yards, lost a fumble, and lost four yards on his lone reception. It was a rough outing for the second-year runner who was a surprise 100-yard rusher in Week 1. The Steelers' actions on Sunday told fantasy gamers that they plan on utilizing Conner as their bell-cow running back as long as he's healthy. Don't despair if you spent a waiver claim on Snell, however, as Conner has been one of the most injury-prone players in the league the past two seasons. Pittsburgh faces the Houston Texans at home in Week 3.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard only got three touches in Week 2. It was one touch less than the four he received in Week 1. Pollard continues to work as Ezekiel Elliott's direct backup and has league-winning upside if anything happens to Elliott, but has very little if any stand-alone fantasy value. He should be rostered in every fantasy format, but should not be started as long as Elliott remains on the field.
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball seven times for 41 yards in the team's 42-21 loss to the Packers in Week 2. The future Hall of Famer ripped off a 25-yard run early in the game but the running game was erased after the Packers built a multiple-score lead in the second half. Peterson also shared backfield snaps with Kerryon Johnson, who saw eight carries in the game. Peterson is worth stashing on a fantasy bench but lacks RB2 appeal heading into the team's Week 3 matchup against the Cardinals.
The New York Giants Defense looked like it was in for a long afternoon after giving up 17 points in the first half at Chicago. The unit found it's footing however and allowed nothing in the second half and were able to pick up four sacks and two interceptions to give the team a chance to win late. The Giants defense isn't one of the top unit's for fantasy purposes, but have an intriguing Week 3 matchup vs a 49ers team that suffered several injuries to key players this week. If QB Jimmy Garoppolo can't play the Giants Defense would be an intriguing start in a home matchup.