Mon Oct 26 11:26am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Lockett had game for the ages
The huge games returned in a big way this week. Scores were much higher than in recent weeks because several players had just huge games. There were not just one or two players that had big games but several. And these were difference making games. Two receivers had games with 40-plus fantasy points. There were five quarterbacks that threw for 350-plus yards and all of those quarterbacks had three or more scores. We also had a running back that had a three-touchdown game. So the scores were up this week for many fantasy teams. Here is to hoping you were on the right side of things in Week 7.
Eagles 22, Giants 21
Fantasy Stud: Carson Wentz. Wentz had his second straight game with 30-plus fantasy points. He was 25-of-43 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a score, giving him three total touchdowns. Wentz has multiple touchdowns five straight games and 22-plus fantasy points all five of those games. He has been very consistent for fantasy teams since a slow start to the year.
Fantasy Dud: Devonta Freeman. Freeman left the game early because of an ankle injury. He had three carries for just eight yards before the injury. He was a huge bust for fantasy teams after having three straight games with double-digit carries. This is an injury to watch because Wayne Gallman would move into the starting lineup for the Giants if Freeman has to miss any time.
Game Notes: Richard Rodgers took advantage of a chance to start, catching six passes for 85 yards. He led the Eagles in receptions and receiving yards.
Sterling Shepard returned from his toe injury and had a big first game back, finishing with six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. This was his first game since Week 2, but his second game with six receptions.
Saints 27, Panthers 24
Fantasy Stud: D.J. Moore. Moore had four receptions for 93 years and two touchdowns. Moore has exactly 93 cars three straight games. He also has scores two of three games. Moore has been just fine with Teddy Bridgewater as his starting quarterback this year. He is posting very consistent numbers in a good Panthers offense
Fantasy Dud: Mike Davis. Davis had a really disappointing showing, struggling to do much rushing or receiving. Davis ran seven times for just 12 yards. He caught five passes for 24 yards, giving him just less than nine fantasy points. This was his first game all year with fewer than 10 fantasy points since entering as the starter for the Panthers. He can rebound from this showing but it was a disappointing one for his fantasy owners.
Game Notes: Alvin Kamara didn’t find the end zone but continued his big ways. He ran 14 times for 83 yards and caught eight passes for 65 yards. Kamara topped 20 fantasy points once again. He has done that all but a game.
Marquez Callaway got expanded work in the Saints passing game and led the team in receiving, having eight receptions for 75 yards. He could continue to have a big role as long as the Saints are banged up at the position.
Washington 25, Cowboys 3
Fantasy Stud: Antonio Gibson. Gibson had his best game as a pro rushing the ball, running 20 times 128 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t catch a pass, which was disappointing, but still produced well for fantasy teams. This was his first 100-yard game as a pro and first game with more than 60-rushing yards. Gibson has double-digit fantasy points all but two games this year.
Fantasy Dud: Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was a huge bust, rushing 12 times for 45 yards. He also caught just a pass for six yards. The loss of Dak Prescott and a bunch of injuries along the offensive line are a big concern for Elliott going forward. This game was his first all season with fewer than 16 fantasy points.
Game Notes: Andy Dalton took a scary hit, getting knocked from the game with a possible concussion. Dalton was 9-of-19 for 75 yards with an interception before the injury. Ben DiNucci had to play in relief and was 2-of-3 for 39 yards.
Terry McLaurin played well once again, catching seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. This was his second score of the year. McLaurin has seven receptions three of four games.
Bills 18, Jets 10
Fantasy Stud: Cole Beasley. Beasley was the leading receiver for the Bills, catching 11 passes for 112 yards. This was his first game with double-digit receptions all season. It was his second 100-yard game of the year. Beasley has been very consistent, having at least 11 fantasy points six straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Allen. Allen was terrible but didn’t produce as expected because of the great matchup. He hit the 300-yard mark but didn’t find the end zone the entire game. He was 30-of-43 for 307 yards and ran 11 times for 61 yards. This was his first game all year without multiple touchdowns.
Game Notes: Denzel Mims made his season debut and looked good, leading the Jets in receiving. He had four receptions for 42 yards and could play a big role in this offense the rest of the season.
Sam Darnold returned from his shoulder injury and struggled, going 12-of-24 for 120 yards with two interceptions. He did not score a touchdown in the game.
Steelers 27, Titans 24
Fantasy Stud: Diontae Johnson. Johnson returned from injury and was banged up once again but still had a huge game. He caught nine passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson has at least six receptions three of four games. As long as Johnson can stay on the field, he is a huge factor in this Steelers passing game.
Fantasy Dud: Chase Claypool. The return of Johnson led to fewer targets for Claypool. Claypool had just a catch, which was for a negative gain. It broke a streak of at least 18 fantasy points two straight games. He could be up and down like this the rest of the year as long as the Steelers have a healthy group of receivers to play.
Game Notes: A.J. Brown had six receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown. Brown has touchdowns three straight games and at least five receptions all of those games.
JuJu Smith-Schuster had a much better showing than in recent weeks, finishing with nine receptions for 85 yards. Both totals were season highs for Smith-Schuster.
Lions 23, Falcons 22
Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley. Gurley didn’t have a ton of yards but found the end zone twice, finishing with very good fantasy numbers. He ran 23 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two catches for 19 yards, giving him 82 total yards. Gurley has touchdowns all but two games this year. He also has at least 15 fantasy points four of five games.
Fantasy Dud: Matt Ryan. Ryan wasn’t bad by any means but not a huge asset for fantasy teams in a favorable matchup. He was 31-of-42 for 338 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble. You expected more after his huge four-touchdown game the previous week. Ryan has been a lot more erratic this year compared to the past few seasons.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift about spilt the work at running back. Peterson ran 11 times for 29 yards compared to nine carries for 27 yards and a touchdown for Swift. Siwft did add four receptions for 21 yards, giving him 50 total yards.
Kenny Golladay had his second straight 100-yard game of the season. He had six receptions for 114 yards. Golladay has been great since returning from injury, having at least 14.5 fantasy points all four games.
Browns 37, Bengals 34
Fantasy Stud: Baker Mayfield. Mayfield might have enjoyed his best career game in this one. He was magnificent, finishing 22-of-28 for 297 yards and five touchdowns without a turnover. This was quite the rebound game for Mayfield after playing terrible last week in a huge division game against the Steelers. This was the first game all year for Mayfield to have more than 21 fantasy points
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. There really weren’t any disappointing fantasy performances in this game except for Beckham, who was injured very early and unable to return. He did not have a reception before leaving the game. Beckham is done for the season, tearing his ACL. It is a shame because he was playing a little better of late, starting to play like the Beckham of old.
Game Notes: Joe Burrow had a great game. He was 35-of-47 for 406 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran six times for 34 yards and a touchdown, giving him four total scores.
Tyler Boyd continues to led the way for the Bengals at receiver. He had 11 receptions for 101 yards. This was his second game with double-digit receptions.
Packers 35, Texans 20
Fantasy Stud: Davante Adams. Adams had one of the best games for a receiver this season, catching 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Adams was nearly unstoppable, getting 16 targets in the game. He has two games this season with 13-plus receptions and 150-plus yards. Adams has missed two games because of injury but is still having one of the best seasons for a receiver.
Fantasy Dud: Darren Fells. Fells had scores two straight and 55-plus yards each of those games, but was a nonfactor in Week 7. He didn’t catch a single pass. He wasn’t even targeted in the game. It was a really disappointing showing for Fells, who was making plays the last few weeks. He is not a player fantasy teams can trust right now despite a few big games.
Game Notes: Aaron Rodgers was dreadful last week but quickly put that behind him, going 23-of-34 for 283 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Rodgers had three four-touchdown games this season.
Jamaal Williams ran well as the starter for the Packers, rushing 19 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 37 yards, giving him 114 total yards.
49ers 33, Patriots 6
Fantasy Stud: Jeff Wilson. Wilson was the surprise leader in rushing for the 49ers. He had a career day, rushing 17 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two receptions for eight yards, giving him 120 total yards. Wilson had to leave the game with a high-ankle sprain, getting hurt at a bad time. He might miss some action with this injury.
Fantasy Dud: Cam Newton. Newton was dreadful in this game, eventually finding his way to the bench. Newton was 9-of-15 for 98 yards with three interceptions. He is a complete mess after a decent start to his year. But in fairness to Newton, the Patriots lack a lot of weapons in the passing game and the offensive line is struggling. Either way, Newton is not a viable option for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Brandon Aiyuk had a 100-yard performance, catching six passes for 115 yards. This is the first time he had more than 50 yards in a game since Week 3.
JaMycal Hasty continues to get more chances in the 49ers offense. He had nine carries for 57 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. He also had a catch for 16 yards.
Bucs 45, Raiders 20
Fantasy Stud: Tom Brady. Brady looks more comfortable every week in this Bucs offense. HE was 33-of-45 for 369 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Brady has three-touchdown games three of five. He has 20 total scores to four interceptions on the season. This Bucs offense looks awful potent with Brady leading the way.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Jacobs. The Bucs did a great job of holding Jacobs in check. He ran 10 times for just 17 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. It was the first time all season Jacobs failed to reach double-digit fantasy points. The Bucs have the best rush defense in football, so Jacobs can get better going forward. Don’t get too down on him over this performance.
Game Notes: Leonard Fournette got more work this week, running 11 times for 50 yards. He also had six receptions for 47 yards, giving him 97 total yards. Ronald Jones ran 13 times for 34 yards and a touchdown and caught a pass for two yards.
Nelson Agholor continues to produce in the Raiders offense. He had another score, giving him three straight games with a touchdown. Agholor caught five passes for 107 yards on nine targets.
Chiefs 43, Broncos 16
Fantasy Stud: Chiefs defense/special teams. This unit dominated the game. The Chiefs scored a defensive touchdown and also returned a kickoff for a score. Kansas City also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The offense gets a lot of love in Kansas City but this defense is for real, posting good numbers throughout the year.
Fantasy Dud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was pretty quiet for a game that featured 43 points from his team. Mahomes threw for just 200 yards and scored one touchdown. He didn’t have to do much with his defense and special teams finding the end zone for the team. Remember, this game was played in cold and snowy conditions, which likely impacted his production. Mahomes will be just fine.
Game Notes: Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell had similar chances running the ball. Edwards-Helaire ran eight times for 46 yards and a touchdown. Bell had six carries for 39 yards in his first game as a Chief.
Phillip Lindsay had eight fewer carries but still led the Broncos in rushing. He ran nine times for 79 yards while Melvin Gordon had 17 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. Lindsay likely got less work, though, because he suffered a concussion and had to leave the game early.
Chargers 39, Jaguars 29
Fantasy Stud: Justin Herbert. Herbert had another big game, going 27-of-43 for 347 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran seven times for 67 yards and a touchdown, giving him four total scores. He had a monster performance for all of his fantasy owners. Herbert topped 40 fantasy points in the game. He has 26-plus fantasy points four of five games. He has been tremendous as the starter much of the season.
Fantasy Dud: D.J. Chark. Chark got his looks but couldn’t connect with Gardner Minshew throughout the game. Chark caught just a pass for 26 yards on seven targets. He has been targeted 21 times his last two games but has just eight catches for 71 yards. It is clear that Chark and Minshew aren’t on the same page right now.
Game Notes: After a few down performances, James Robinson got back to his big ways. He had 22 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown. This was his second 100-yard game of the season.
Keenan Allen didn’t score but got a ton of looks once again as the top receiver for the Chargers. He had 10 receptions for 125 yards. Allen has double-digit receptions two of four games.
Cardinals 37, Seahawks 34
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Lockett. Lockett had maybe the best game of the season for a fantasy receiver. He posted monster numbers, finishing with 15 receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Lockett had an amazing 53 fantasy points. This was his second three-touchdown game of the season. So he has two games with 37 or more fantasy points. His fantasy numbers have been a little up and down but the huge games more than make up for that.
Fantasy Dud: D.K. Metcalf. There was a ton of offense in this game, but Metcalf was not part of the fun. He was shadowed by Patrick Peterson, who did a great job of shutting him down. Metcalf had two receptions for 23 yards. This was his first game all season finishing with fewer than 90 yard.
Game Notes: Chris Carson suffered a foot injury and left the game. He could miss some time with this one. Carson had five rushes 34 yards. Carlos Hyde played pretty well in relief, running 15 times for 68 yard and a touchdown. He will start if Carson has to miss any time.
Kenyan Drake left the game with an ankle injury late and looked visible upset. Drake had 14 rushes for 34 yards. Chase Edmonds played great in his place. He ran five times for 58 yards and caught seven passes for 87 yards. His value would be very high if Drake misses any time going forward.
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.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 13
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay's (hip) recovery from a hip injury has gone slower than expected, but interim Lions coach Darrell Bevell said the fourth-year wide receiver is making "progress" towards a return. "I think he's pushing himself," Bevell said. "It's a day-in, day-out thing where we monitor it. We push him to a certain level, next day, see (how) the body reacts to it, and then we come back the next day and go from that plan, that day forward." Golladay has not played since November 1 and Detroit's offense has missed his dynamic ability to make plays. Teammate Marvin Jones Jr. and Marvin Hall will have to pick up the slack in the passing game if Golladay is sidelined once again in Week 13.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson will have a favorable matchup in Week 13 against a tough Bears Defense that has been vulnerable to surrendering production to opposing tight ends. Chicago has allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and have allowed seven touchdowns to the position this season. Hockenson heads into Week 13 with five touchdowns on the season and caught five passes for 56 yards with one touchdown against the Bears in Week 1. Fantasy teams can expect an active game from Hockenson in Week 13.
Detroit Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell told reporters that rookie running backD'Andre Swift (concussion) is close to returning heading into the team's matchup against the Bears in Week 13. Swift still needs to be cleared by an independent doctor before he can return to the field. The rookie was just beginning to hit his stride before suffering his head injury, racking up 246 all-purpose yards with one touchdown in Weeks 9 and 10. If Swift plays, consider him an RB3 selection against a Bears run defense that has struggled with tackling issues the past few weeks. But expect Swift to be a game-time call based on the doctors evaluations of him over the coming days. If he misses another game, it'll be a tag-team effort between veteran Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson yet again.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller will go up against a Lions Defense that is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to receivers this season. After a tough start to the season the Lions secondary has allowed only three touchdowns to receivers since Week 7. Miller came up huge in the fourth quarter of the Bears comeback win against the Lions in Week 1 but has largely disappeared from games most of the season. Despite a strong fantasy line against the Lions earlier in the season, Miller cannot be trusted to deliver in Week 13.
Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham will go up against a Lions Defense that is allowing the sixth fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. Graham caught the first of his five touchdowns this season against the Lions in Week 1 but Detroit has been tough on the tight end position this season. Graham, in turn, has only been effective in the red zone but little else in the Bears offense. The veteran will be a touchdown-dependent dart throw in fantasy in Week 13.
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery will go up against a Lions Defense in Week 13 that is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Montgomery busted out against the Packers last week, ripping off a career-high 57-yard run and racking up a season-high 103 rushing yards. Now he will go up against a Lions defense that has surrendered some monster performances on the ground and have allowed 21 total touchdowns to the running back position this season. 13 different players have posted at least 10+ fantasy points against the Lions this season and Montgomery will head into Week 13 with a solid floor as a starting point in fantasy.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II should continue to see plenty of targets in Week 13 against the Lions. The return of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to the lineup last week meant plenty of looks for Robinson, who caught two touchdowns and racked up 13 targets. The veteran receiver will take on a Lions Defense that is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. 11 different receivers have posted 12 or more fantasy points against them and Robinson caught five passes for 74 yards in Week 1 against Detroit. The Bears are in must-win mode and Robinson should factor heavily in their offensive game plan for Week 13.
The San Francisco 49ers activated wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and defensive linemen D.J. Jones and Jordan Willis from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. They'll all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Bills. The rookie receiver has missed the last two games after testing positive for the virus, but he'll return and be one of quarterback Nick Mullens' top two targets alongside Deebo Samuel. The 22-year-old out of Arizona State has 35 receptions on 56 targets for 446 yards and three touchdowns in his first eight games. Buffalo's defense will be a tough matchup for San Fran's wideouts, though, and there's a chance that Aiyuk will draw All-Pro cornerback Tre'Davious White in coverage. In his first game back, the rookie will be on the WR3/4 borderline for fantasy managers.
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will try and save the Bears season in Week 13 against the Lions. The Bears have lost five in a row but having the Lions on the schedule next may be just the panacea that they need. The Lions are allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing passers this season but were torched by the Texans Deshaun Watson last week and Trubisky has enjoyed immense success against them in his career. In six career games, Trubisky has 14 touchdowns passes, only four interceptions and is averaging 266.83 passing yards a game while completing 67% of his passes. The Lions have allowed 11 passing touchdowns over their last five games and Trubisky tossed three touchdowns against them in Week 1 to lead a furious comeback win. Of all the weeks to consider starting Trubisky in fantasy, a matchup against the Lions is one of those rare times.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will start again in Week 13 against the Lions. Trubisky got the start in the Week 12 loss to the Packers, his first since being benched in Week 3, and he went 26-for-46 for 242 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked three times, fumbled three times and lost one of those fumbles. Trubisky is by no means the answer to Chicago's offensive woes in the long term, but he presents fantasy managers with more upside than Nick Foles because of his ability to use his legs. Against a Detroit defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers, Trubisky will have some streaming appeal as a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues on Sunday.
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check on Smith's status later in the week to see if he will be able to play in the Week 13 game. He has not been a big factor in the passing game over the last several games and can be benched if better options are available.
Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries (concussion) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Humphries appears to have a good chance to play in the Week 13 game, but more will be known later in the week. He probably would see a few targets if he plays his week but can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Tennessee Titans TE Anthony Firkser (non-injury), RB D'Onta Foreman (knee), CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), OG Rodger Saffold (ankle) and DT Jeffery Simmons (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2. OT Dennis Kelly (knee) was limited during practice, while TE MyCole Pruitt (knee) fully participated in practice.
The Denver Broncos claimed defensive back Will Parks off waivers from the Eagles on Wednesday, according to a source. Parks signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in the offseason and was expected to replace Malcolm Jenkins at safety, but he failed to make an impact in six games (three starts), recording just 13 tackles. He'll reunite with the Broncos, who drafted him in the sixth round out of Arizona back in 2016. Parks had four interceptions, 13 passes defensed and 104 solo tackles in his four seasons with the Broncos. He'll provide depth for a young and inexperienced secondary, but the Broncos Defense remains off the fantasy radar for a Week 13 divisional matchup against the high-flying offense of the Chiefs.
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players should have a better idea of Gurley's status later in the week. He can be a No. 2 running back if he is active for the game, but players should have other options available in case he sits out again.
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Hurst was able to play in the last game and should be on track to play again this week. He has been targeted at least seven times in four of the last five games and can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end if he plays.
Atlanta Falcons CB Kendall Sheffield (illness) and OG James Carpenter (groin) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 2. DE Dante Fowler (hamstring) and PK Younghoe Koo (groin) were limited during practice. FB Keith Smith (knee) fully participated in practice.
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said that offensive tackle Trent Brown returned to practice on Wednesday after missing extended time after testing positive for COVID-19. Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and defensive end Clelin Ferrell also practiced Wednesday. Brown has played in just two games this season for the Raiders and hasn't been on the field since Week 5. Along with his COVID-19 scare, the 27-year-old also had to be hospitalized before the Week 8 game against the Browns due to complications from a pre-game IV. The Raiders offensive line and running game will receive a boost if Brown can return for Week 13 against the winless Jets.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle, foot) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Ridley likely will be available for the Week 13 game unless he suffers a setback during the week. He has been a consistent fantasy option this season and should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is active.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Fantasy Spin: Jones was not able to play in the last game, so fantasy players will need to check on his status later in the week. He is a risky option since he has been dealing with hamstring problems for most of the season but should still be a starting option if he is active for the game.