LeSean McCoy did a lot of impressive things (140 yards, 3 TD) in this one, but avoiding what looked like a disastrous lower leg injury and returning to the game was probably the most impressive. It's a nice reminder to handcuff Shady with Mike Gillislee, who scored in garbage time. Robert Woods (5-44-1) remains a low-upside Flex option, but he's a fine bye week fill-in with the Chargers, Packers and Bucs on tap.
Colin Kaepernick is a major upgrade for the 49ers offense, but Blaine Gabbert favorite Jeremy Kerley (2-12) may be left out in the cold. Torrey Smith had a 53-yard score and is worth a look, particularly in standard leagues. Kaep will ocassionally flirt with QB1 numbers thanks to his rushing.
Washington's offensive line created big holes for Matt Jones all game long, and he capitalized with multiple big runs (16-135-1). He's a DFS player to target with the Lions on tap. Vernon Davis (2-50-1) was the only tight end to be targeted with Jordan Reed out. If Reed misses substantial time, he's a streaming candidate.
Ryan Mathews just isn't seeing the snapload necessary (44 total the last three weeks) to have consistent fantasy success. Make no mistake: this is a committee. Things won't look up for Carson Wentz (179 yards, 0 TD) with the Vikings on deck. Plant him on your bench.
The Marcus Mariota resurgence continues. In another cake matchup, Mariota produced (284 yards, 3 TD) for the second straight week and added value with his rushing as well. Buy now while you still can: IND, JAX and SD are up next. Kendall Wright had a monster game (8-133-1) and will be a popular pick-up given his familiar name (94 receptions in 2013). He's capped by his offense, but there isn't much competition out wide for him.
After starting out the year hot, Isaiah Crowell has been shut down the last two weeks. Sell, sell, sell. Cody Kessler (336 yards, 2 TD) being a relatively productive QB speaks to Hue Jackson's ability as a coach. Terrelle Pryor (9-75-2) snatched multiple 50-50 balls in this one and should remain a WR2 moving forward.
Odell Beckham Jr. finally had the breakout game his owners were waiting for. With his targets not dropping off and the touchdowns being the main issue, it was only a matter of time. Hopefully you remained patient and reaped the benefits of his 8-222-2 line. It's still tough to trust Eli (403 yards, 3 TD), as the Giants knew not to test Baltimore on the ground. They'll aim for more balance most weeks.
Terrance West (23-87-2) has a firm grip on the starting job. Kenneth Dixon had just two carries and can be safely released if you need a starter for the bye weeks. Joe Flacco spread the ball around pretty evenly in this one, making it tough to get too excited about any Steve Smith replacement in Baltimore.
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This was billed as a shootout, and it didn't disappoint. The only owners with a legitimate gripe in this one are Mark Ingram's, as tight end Coby Fleener received a goalline rushing score and Travaris Cadet took a lot of the passing game work. He's a good buy-low candidate after this week. Brandin Cooks has become the king of these long scores, connecting with Drew Brees on an 87-yard score. There are a lot of mouths to feed in New Orleans, but they all ate pretty well in this one, with Cooks, Michael Thomas and Fleener all scoring.
Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin narrowly missed on some connections, and if you added pass interference yardage, Cam (322, 2 TD) would have easily passed the 400 yard mark like Brees (465 yards). Jonathan Stewart (19-85-2) returned to take a couple of goalline plunges, which he may receive more of given all the shots Cam has taken this year. His stock is trending up for that reason alone.
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For all the talk of T.J. Yeldon being the main guy in Jacksonville, it didn't look like it this week. Chris Ivory received more carries (11 to 6) and took the goalline work. This is a situation to avoid. Blake Bortles isn't force-feeding Allen Robinson enough, making him a little more touchdown dependent than you want from a true WR1. You're still starting him, obviously. Marqise Lee is the best receiver you hear nothing about. If anything were to happen to Robinson or Hurns, he'd be a hot fantasy commodity.
Speaking of hot fantasy commodities, the Cameron Meredith train kept chugging along. He turned 15 targets into 11 catches and 113 yards. With Eddie Royal leaving the game, more efforts like this could be on the way. Jordan Howard (15-34-1) had a surprisingly rough game, but he's still locked in as an RB1 moving forward. Make it four straight games where Brian Hoyer has thrown over 300 yards and hasn't thrown a pick. Jay Cutler isn't getting his job back -- at least not yet.
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Golden Tate is alive! Congratulations are in order to his owners who stayed patient and started him. His 8-165-1 line will get him snatched right back up in leagues he was cut, but I'm staying far away. Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron's eventual returns will hurt him. Zach Zenner (14-58) was the lead back with Justin Forsett learning the system and Dwayne Washington still sidelined. Leave him on the wire.
Todd Gurley averaged 4.1 yards per carry in this one. Baby steps, I guess. Underrated fantasy asset Kenny Britt (7-136-2) exploded with Case Keenum looking like a real life quarterback. He'll be in the WR3 conversation with the Giants up next.
Uh oh. A week after looking like a legitimate Super Bowl contender, the Steelers laid an egg in Miami and may be losing Ben Roethlisberger to a multi-week knee injury. Stay tuned, but you would certainly think Big Ben will miss next week against the Patriots. Sammie Coates was listed as active but received just four targets and no catches. Le'Veon Bell's receiving ability makes him completely game proof. He'll be a top-5 option next week, even without Ben.
Arian Foster finally returned to action, which probably sent Jay Ajayi to fantasy benches everywhere. Naturally, he put up an insane 204 yard, 2-TD day. Life isn't fair. If you want to sell on Ajayi as high as he'll ever get, I fully support that decision.
The Brady-to-Gronk connection is back, and it's spectacular. Gronk's 7-162-1 line is the big game his fantasy owners have been craving, and he's recaptured his spot as the top tight end every single week. While Gronk has benefited, LeGarrette Blount has not. Aside from a late game garbage TD gift, Blount (13-50) wasn't the focal point. James White (8 receptions, 47 yards, 2 TD) will continue to receive plenty of playing time when the Pats are in full-blown spread it out mode. Julian Edelman (4-30) can at least give Blount company and wish for the good old days of Jimmy G. The tight ends and backs (23 targets combined) are going to run this show.
Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill split carries almost evenly (15-to-13 for Gio), but neither were effective. As per usual, Bernard's role in the passing game (4-for-41) gave him the edge. A.J. Green owners should be hoping for Tyler Eifert's return almost as much as Eifert owners. The Bengals just don't threaten teams over the middle right now.
Spencer Ware was still the guy (24-131-1) even with Jamaal Charles back in the fold (9-33-1). Not all opponents will make it this easy, but this is a run-first offense all the way. Charles's workload should continue to grow, but Ware will still have RB2/Flex appeal. I won't play the guessing game with Alex Smith as a QB streamer. The defense and run game are too good, and we know how the Chiefs will play with a lead. Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce are worth riding out games like this, but no one else in Kansas City's pass game should be owned.
Derek Carr and the Oakland offense came down to earth a bit, but Amari Cooper (10-129) still got his. The Raiders weren't in a position to run much, but it's worth noting that DeAndre Washington received 10 carries to Jalen Richard's four.
A lot was made of Green Bay's run defense slowing down Ezekiel Elliott. 157 rushing yards later, and Elliott is the first rookie in NFL history to rattle off four straight games with at least 130 yards on the ground. If he dominated in this matchup, he's a matchup proof top-5 RB every week going forward. Dak Prescott finally threw a pick, but 247 yards and 3 TD is plenty serivceable. Dallas can't go back to Romo until they lose or Prescott struggles, right?
Aaron Rodgers dinked and dunked his way to 294 yards, but the Packers couldn't convert in enemy territory. Maybe a matchup with the Bears will help, but Rodgers has a pretty large sample size now of being just an average fantasy quarterback. Don't do anything too crazy, but shopping him to your league might not be a bad idea. He's overvalued at this point. Ty Montgomery (10-98) is just better than Davante Adams, and he's worth a waiver wire flier in hopes that Mike McCarthy has finally figured that out.
This felt like a playoff game, and it was big for fantasy purposes. Matt Ryan (335 yards, 3 TD) has more than proven he's a QB1 the rest of the way. I had my doubts in this matchup, but he's surrounded by a lot of talent. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman struggled, as expected, but you're starting both next week against San Diego.
Christine Michael (18-64-2) still isn't facing any threat to his carries, but C.J. Spiller will take some passing opportunities. Jimmy Graham has 18 catches and 303 receiving yards over his last three games. He took the long road back to being a top-5 fantasy tight end, but he's there. Russell Wilson has been a fantasy flop, but considering the run he went on late last year, and the fact he plays the Saints in two weeks, now isn't the time to sell.
Brock Osweiler was getting roasted on Sunday Night Football...and then engineered a few late scoring drives for the Texans to get the win. It was only a matter of time before Lamar Miller (24-149-2 total TD) found the end zone. Hopefully you didn't give up on someone receiving such a massive workload. Houston utilized their tight ends more than ever in this one, with C.J. Fiedorowicz (6-85-1) doing most of the damage. I wouldn't get too excited, as Bill O'Brien teams haven't utilized tight ends much in the past, and Ryan Griffin will still be involved along with Spell Check. Remember, Will Fuller was out for this one, too.
Frank Gore (22-106) just keeps chugging along. He's one of the safest running backs out there with no threat to his workload. Dwayne Allen left the game with an ankle injury, and Phillip Dorsett ended sidelined with a hamstring issue. It's a nice reminder to go grab Donte Moncrief, who should be back in the next few weeks from a shoulder injury that shouldn't matter moving forward.