Returning tight ends ruled the day in this one. Jordan Reed came back from his concussion (9-99-1) and Tyler Eifert played a full snap load for the first time this year (9-102-1). Eifert and Reed are locked in as top-5 options at the position going forward, health willing. This was what we expected from the Bengals offense once Eifert returned, as A.J. Green still got his (9-121), even with Josh Norman on him. Eifert may steal a few red zone looks, but it will help him overall.
DeSean Jackson left the game after taking a hard hit along the sideline. He was spotted later in the game with his arm in a makeshift sling, but if there's any consolation, the Redskins are on Bye next week. Jamison Crowder (9-107-1) is the better fantasy bet, anyway. Like Carson Palmer showed last week, ties are great for a QB. Kirk Cousins racked up 458 passing yards in this one, but he gets the Vikings after the Bye week. It's time to look for a two-week streamer at QB if you're a Cousins owner.
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Alex Smith was a sneaky play this week, but a few hard hits and a concussion spoiled his day. He and Foles combined for 334 yards and three scores against a Colts defense missing Vonta Davis badly. It was nice to see Travis Kelce finally get his breakout game (7-101-1), but he'll be inconsistent with the way the Chiefs are scheming to get multiple receivers involved. At least Jeremy Maclin finally showed up with a touchdown. Spencer Ware suffered a concussion early in this one and may miss next week against the Jags. With Jamaal Charles questionable for next week, Charcandrick West may have a big fantasy day fall in his lap.
Donte Moncrief made his first appearance since Week 2 and delivered (4-41-1) with a decent day. Moncrief had another touchdown called back for holding. He's a high upside WR2 play thanks to his size in the red zone and the offense he's in. T.Y. Hilton (1-20) finally flopped, but don't panic. Next week's tilt with Green Bay should be a real shootout.
I can't remember the last time I've been so impressed with a young quarterback. Carr made great throw after great throw and racked up maybe the best fantasy game from a quarterback we'll see all year: 40-for-59, 513 yards, 4 touchdowns. Carr has a knack for getting the Raiders back in it and making incredible plays in the fourth quarter. Naturally, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were both well fed with the Raiders throwing so much. All Seth Roberts does is catch touchdowns.
Mike Evans (4-50) narrowly missed a handful of close catches, but he received double-digit targets yet again. This wasn't his best effort, but it's a nice reminder of how high his floor is. Jacquizz Rodgers left the game with a foot injury, but it's unclear if he'll miss time moving forward. Antone Smith and Peyton Barber would likely form a committee in his absence, and could make for decent Flex plays next week against Atlanta.
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Drew Brees (265 yards, 2 TD) managed a solid day in a rough matchup, but the big story is Mark Ingram's benching after a first quarter fumble. Ingram hasn't been trusted with a full workload all year, and that's not going to get better anytime soon. Tim Hightower (26-102) is worth adding with Ingram in the doghouse. We saw late last year with Hightower that volume can make up for a lack of talent and explosion.
If I'm a Russell Wilson owner, I'm sweating a bit. 253 yards and a INT isn't what anyone expected in this cake matchup. The problem is, you probably can't bench him next week against Buffalo, as the Bills were just shreded through the air by Tom Brady and company. Give Wilson another week before doing anything drastic, but it's clear he's not healthy. Rookie C.J. Prosise (103 total yards) looks like the clear passing and change of pace back in Seattle now. If he's on your wire, go nab him.
The Texans are going to make the playoffs, aren't they? Brock Osweiler was Trent Dilfer-ish with 186 yards, while Lamar Miller salvaged his fantasy day with a score. Even with this offense sputtering, C.J. Fiedorowicz has vaulted himself into the TE1 discussion over the last few weeks, receiving consistent targets in the red zone. Every skill player is capped by their quarterback here, unfortunately, but Jacksonville, Oakland and San Diego are on tap after the Week 9 break. Stay patient.
Theo Riddick (11-56, 8-77-1) brought some order back to Detroit's backfield. He's such an RB1 in PPR leagues. He wasn't the only Lion popping back up n the fantasy radar, as Eric Ebron (7-79) made his first appearance in four weeks. Riddick, Ebron and Golden Tate combined for 22 catches, with Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones being the odd men out. It will be a dart throw with these receivers every week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (228 yards, 1 TD) was a pretty uninspiring streaming option, as the Jets pounded the ball with Matt Forte 25 times. The Jets could afford to play conservative and not put Fitz in position to turn the ball over, but it won't be that way every week. Quincy Enunwa (4-93-1) received double-digit targets for the first time since Week 3. He's a boom or bust WR3/Flex option for me moving forward. I just don't trust Fitzpatrick to keep this job long.
Josh McCown (341 yards, 2 TD) is going to be a sneaky good streamer the rest of the way. The Browns have moved the ball surprisingly well this year, and the defense is so bad that garbage time points will be plentiful. Terrelle Pryor (6-101) will be the main beneficiary, but Corey Coleman will be back soon as well. Don't sleep on the Browns in fantasy, as Duke Johnson Jr. owners will tell you how good it can be to always be playing from behind.
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Tom Brady hooking up with former Bills WR Chris Hogan for a score just felt like twisting the knife. The Patriots dominated offensively, and Tom Brady (315 yards, 4 TD) showed why he's the top fantasy QB moving forward. James White was non-existent in this game, which should have Dion Lewis owners licking their chops as he gets closer to a return. Rob Gronkowski has now scored in three straight games and remains the best tight end play every week.
Mike Gillislee looked great (12-85-1) filling in for LeSean McCoy, but was victimized by game flow. He won't be terribly appealing with the Seahawks on deck, but he'll be an RB2 option again if LeSean McCoy is ruled out with his hamstring issue again. Robert Woods is the wide reicever version of "three yards and a cloud of dust." He'll get you around double-digit fantasy points by default, but it will be terribly unimpressive.
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In a must-win game for the Panthers, the defense finally stepped up with pressure and got Carolina an early lead. The Panthers took it from there, with Jonathan Stewart (25-95-2) making it happen around the goalline. The big first half lead hurt fantasy owners invested in Carolina's passing game, as Greg Olsen (1-11) was unusually quiet. Next week's matchup against the Rams could play out in a similar fashion.
David Johnson had just 24 yards on the ground, but salvaged his day 7 catches and 84 yards. He's a lot like Le'Veon Bell in that sense. With Michael Floyd dealing with a hamstring injury, J.J. Nelson (8-79-2) put his stamp on the game once again and led all Cardinals receivers in snaps. It's not hard to see that he's a better option than Floyd, who will become a free agent after this season. Nelson should be a hot fantasy waiver wire pickup this week, but this isn't just chasing points.
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Devontae Booker wasn't good, but fantasy owners will take his touchdown and five receptions and leave the 2.8 YPC behind. He had a touchdown vultured at the goalline, but Booker is a back-end RB1 simply based on his role in a run-heavy offense. It's clear Denver wants him to emerge as the lead guy with C.J. Anderson out. Now if we could just combine Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders into some kind of super receiver, that would be great.
Antonio Gates isn't going away. He had nine targets to Hunter Henry's four, and Gates also got the red zone score. Both are playable, but it's hard to get too excited with each guy sapping some value from the other. Melvin Gordon (23-111, 4-44) is starting to look more confident, even in a tough matchup. The Chargers have nothing behind him, and they know it. He's an RB1, and the Chargers have a very friendly fantasy playoff schedule.
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What do you do when your two receivers who play running back (Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb) are both out? Apparently, you do it yourself. Aaron Rodgers set a new personal career high with 60 yards on the ground, and oh yeah, he had four touchdowns through the air as well. For the second straight week, Davante Adams recorded double-digit receptions, and it was nice to see Jordy Nelson get back in the endzone. The fantasy stock for every member of the Packers is way up after losing Eddie Lacy.
Julio Jones (3-29) busted, even though Matt Ryan was excellent (288 yards, 3 TD). Jones is battling a bad ankle and should be monitored closely this week. If he can suit up against Tampa, you'll have to play if he's active. Devonta Freeman got back to his scoring ways (2 TD) with Tevin Coleman sidelined. Coleman didn't practice at all last week, so Freeman may be in line for another strong performance.
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The rookie QB battle was a good one, with Carson Wentz winning early and Dak Prescott winning late. On that game-winning touchdown throw to Jason Witten, Dak looked very Romo-esque, didn't he? This is his job, and his rushing ability in the red zone makes him worth owning in fantasy. Ezekiel Elliott just barely missed another 100-yard week on the ground, ending up with 96. His floor is ridiculously high. The Cowboys are an offense on the rise with Dez Bryant taking off the top of defenses. Bryant (4-113-1) looked fully healthy and can be locked and loaded as a WR1 the rest of the way.
Jordan Matthews (11-65-1) had a weird line, but he offers a nice combination of being the preferred dink and dunk option while also possessing red zone skills. Ryan Mathews had four carries and a one-yard touchdown score. He continues to have the most deceiving fantasy point totals of any back in football. Darren Sproles was the lead back tonight (15-86, 5 catches) after touching it five times total just last week. No one can be trusted here so long as Doug Pederson keeps sticking it to fantasy owners with this absurd RBBC.