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.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 12
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson had a strong bounce-back performance in a loss to the Vikings. Anderson caught four of seven targets for 94 yards and a touchdown, including a route over the middle of the field where there was somehow a lineman covering him- he proceeded to burn him for the score. Unfortunately, teammate D.J. Moore (leg) suffered a non-contact injury late in the game and could potentially miss time. That would certainly afford Anderson, who has already been a target hog- more looks in the passing game. The former Jet will get a Week 13 bye before taking on a suspect Broncos' secondary.
Despite exiting Sunday's game against Tennessee with a knee injury, it appears Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo only suffered an MCL sprain, not a serious knee injury. Even if Castonzo misses a little time, he'll be back this season to provide some key pass blocking for quarterback Philip Rivers. If he misses some time, the Colts offense will likely take a temporary step back.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught five of his seven targets for 55 yards in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. He led the team in receptions, targets and receiving yards. It was a rough game overall for the Cardinals passing game as Kyler Murray managed just 170 passing yards. Hopkins has now failed to top 60 yards in back-to-back weeks. It's a surprising development given how dominant Hopkins has been through the majority of the season. Look for him to bounce back in a key divisional matchup against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella was active in the passing game in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. He saw six targets, which was tied for second on the team with Christian Kirk, trailing only DeAndre Hopkins. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to make much happen with his opportunities. Isabella gained just 33 yards on four catches in the game. Isabella's extra opportunities came with Larry Fitzgerald (COVID) sidelined. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray struggled significantly in the game, throwing for just 170 yards. Isabella will likely see his target share reduced next week, assuming Fitzgerald is back in action.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk couldn't break out of his cold streak in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. Kirk caught just three of his six targets for 19 yards this week. It was a game in which the Cardinals passing game struggled as a whole. Quarterback Kyler Murray threw for just 170 yards and failed to throw a touchdown pass. Kirk tied with Andy Isabella for second on the team in targets, trailing only DeAndre Hopkins, who had seven targets. Kirk was in the midst of a mid-season breakout, but he's now failed to top 50 receiving yards or score a touchdown in three straight games.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry put together a strong performance in Week 12 versus the Buffalo Bills. Henry was targeted 10times and caught seven balls for 67 yards. It was the first time that Henry has topped 50 since Week 3. Henry has been healthy this season and has been a consistent option for managers searching for a TE1. Henry will look to keep it going against the New England Patriots in a Week 13 battle.
Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake was the team's offensive focal point in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. Drake carried the ball 22 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns while adding three catches for 15 yards on four targets. It was a rough day for quarterback Kyler Murray and the passing game so Drake was heavily relied upon. Drake has underwhelmed at times this year, but his overall output on the season and the team's reliance on him make him a solid RB2 going forward.
Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds saw 10 total touches in Week 12 against the New England Patriots, but wasn't able to do much damage with them. Edmonds carried the ball six times for 29 yards and added four catches for 14 yards on five targets. Kenyan Drake dominated carries in the game, with 22 for 78 yards and two scores. Edmonds, as usual, outworked Drake in the passing game. Going forward, Edmonds is a low-end flex option in PPR leagues, but his upside is limited for as long as Drake is healthy.
Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis handled 18 total touches, producing 79 scrimmage yards in a narrow loss to the Vikings. This was likely Davis' last game as the Panthers lead back- and it was a disappointing one. The veteran back averaged just 3.7 yards per carry as he failed to find much running room against a beatable Vikings Defense, though the day was at least somewhat respectable in PPR formats. It might be worth holding onto Davis, particularly for fantasy managers who have Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) rostered, just in case the latter is more injured than the team is letting on. Still, McCaffrey should be back in the lineup following the team's Week 13 bye, returning Davis to his role as the second back.
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (COVID Protocol) was forced to sit out this week's game due to being in contact with fellow quarterback Jeff Driskel (COVID), who tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, Lock issued a public apology, stating that he and his fellow teammates Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were not cautious enough, taking off their masks for a short period of time while in contact with Driskel. In the statement, Lock said that "Doing the right thing for a majority of the time is not good enough." He added that he looks forward to being back on the field next week.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams was only targeted five times in Week 12 versus the Buffalo Bills. The big receiver seemed to be the offensive member that suffered the most with the return of running back Austin Ekeler in Week 12. Williams was overlooked on the afternoon by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and was only able to catch three balls for 26 yards. Williams has been the definition of a boom or bust player and the return of Ekeler will have an impact on him. Even with Ekeler in the picture, the Chargers have been a pass first offense and Williams should still have enough opportunities to contribute as a WR3 or flex option. Williams will look to put up better numbers versus the New England Patriots in Week 13.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray failed to score a touchdown for the first time this year in Week 12 against the New England Patriots. Murray completed 23 of his 34 passes for 170 yards and an interception and added 31 rushing yards in the game. Murray had been dealing with a right shoulder injury over the past week, so that could have contributed to his struggles. He'll look to bounce back in the Cardinals' Week 13 matchup against their division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore (leg) hauled in four of a team-high nine targets for 61 yards in a 28-27 loss to Minnesota. Moore had himself a solid day, but it ended horribly when he injured his leg on a non-contact play. He had to be helped off with trainers and was clearly in pain. The good news is, Moore has a bye in Week 13 to rest up if the injury is not too serious. If he is forced to miss time, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel would see more targets.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the team's Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was relieved in the game by Colt McCoy, who helped close out a 19-17 victory. Jones is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, which will help inform the team on the extent of the injury. However, at this point, the team appears optimistic that he'll be able to play in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cleveland Browns Defense turned in a quiet performance in a 27-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. Despite Jacksonville starting Mike Glennon at quarterback, the Browns were unable to force a turnover or pick up a sack in the game. Cleveland's defense will face a much tougher challenge in Week 13 in a road game against an explosive Tennessee Titans offense.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen secured four of his 10 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown versus the Buffalo Bills in Week 12. Allen has been a target machine for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and he remained one on Sunday with the return of Austin Ekeler from IR. Allen has been putting up WR1 numbers on a weekly basis and managers should feel comfortable treating him as such versus the New England Patriots in Week 13.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler returned to action after being sidelined since Week 5 with a hamstring injury. Ekeler looked healthy and received 73% of the backfield snaps versus the Buffalo Bills in Week 12. Ekeler had 14 carries for 44 yards and cleaned up in the pass game by catching 11 of his 16 targets for 85 yards. Managers couldn't of asked for more out of Ekeler in his return. Ekeler should remain a focal point of the Chargers offense and is especially valuable in PPR leagues. Ekeler should be safely deployed as a RB1 in Week 13 versus the New England Patriots.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (undisclosed) had zero catches on two targets in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, Giants head coach Joe Judge said that Slayton has "some bumps and bruises," which likely explains his lack of activity and production in the game. The team leaned heavily on Evan Engram, Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard in the passing game in Week 12. Slayton is tough to trust for fantasy purposes for now.
Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper caught both of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in a 27-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. Hooper hooked up with Baker Mayfield for a nine-yard score in the second quarter, his second touchdown of the season. The veteran tight end has not been a big part of the Cleveland offense this season but his ability to find the end zone in Week 12 rewarded the fantasy managers who opted to start him. Hooper will look to score again in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson caught seven passes for 70 yards with two touchdowns in the Vikings 28-27 comeback win over the Panthers in Week 12. Jefferson was not able to create his usual 'splash plays' but was a consistent presence as the Vikings erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit. The rookie receiver got involved in the red zone immediately, catching a 12-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to get the Vikings on the board. Jefferson would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter and now has six touchdowns on the season. Teammate Adam Thielen is expected to return to the lineup next week but that should not prevent fantasy teams from starting Jefferson in all fantasy formats for Week 13.