Green Bay Packers 26, Chicago Bears 10
Eddie Lacy was played on IR last week and James Starks is still expected to miss a few more weeks leaving the Packers backfield a big question mark for fantasy owners. I think we see a similar rotation like we did Thursday night until Starks returns; Ty Montgomery, Randall Cobb, Knile Davis and Don Jackson (if healthy) rotate in the backfield. There’s a chance Montgomery receives RB eligibility in the near future, he’s the guy I have the most optimism about. With how the Packers offense has struggled the last few weeks, I would probably see what you can get for guys like Rodgers, Cobb and Jordy Nelson. I’m personally unsure if we’ll ever see the Packers offense return to form this season.
Brian Hoyer suffered a broken forearm in Thursday night’s loss, possibly ending his season. Jay Cutler may be returning from his thumb injury soon but if he’s unable to play, Matt Barkley would be the QB. With a matchup against Minnesota next week, I would sit all my Bears skill position players if I can. Kadeem Carey out-touched Jordan Howard 11-7 on Thursday showing we have a full timeshare situation. Howard looked great as the bell cow but if he has to share time, it drastically hurts his value. Carey is worth an add in deeper PPR leagues but it’s a situation to avoid against Minnesota.
New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10
Rashad Jennings received the majority of the work Sunday but wasn’t able to get much going with only 25 yards on 13 carries. However, he did score a TD to salvage his day. He’s a mid-RB3 until we see the run game start to have some success. Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t appear to be limited by his hip injury but the offense wasn’t able to make big plays a whole. The bye week next week should help the offense get healthier and hopefully back on track.
Having Case Keenum throw 53 times is a bit unusual when Todd Gurley is the starting RB, I don’t expect that to continue. Tavon Austin had a big PPR day with 10 receptions for 56 yards and a TD. He still leads the team in targets but his inconsistency in production makes him tough to trust as anything more than a boom-or-bust WR3/flex option.
Detroit Lions 20, Washington Redskins 17
Golden Tate led the team in targets for the second straight game with 12, turning that into six catches for 93 yards. He’s starting to return faith that he can be a useable WR3. Marvin Jones’s targets are down from the first three games but I’m not worried. As we saw on the 52-yard bomb he caught, he’s the unquestioned deep threat and the top target in the red zone. He’s a WR2 with WR1 upside in a high volume passing attack. Zach Zenner scored his first career touchdown Sunday but only had 29 yards on nine carries. Justin Forsett saw more action in his second game with the team with eight carries for 31 yards. Theo Riddick remains the only Lions RB I’d want at the moment.
Kirk Cousins had a solid game with 301 yards passing and two touchdowns (one rushing). Jordan Reed, according to ESPN's Britt McHenry, is expected to miss Week 8 to give him two more weeks (bye Week 9) to recover from his concussion but Cousins has shown he can still be a viable option without his top target. Matt Jones had two fumbles Sunday and saw Chris Thompson receive a lot of work in the second half. There’s reason to question if this backfield becomes a full timeshare with Thompson, Jones and Robert Kelley. I wouldn’t trust Matt Jones in my lineups next weekend. Josh Norman suffered a concussion on Sunday, track his availability this week as his absence would be a boost for A.J. Green next week.
Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 21
Spencer Ware had another big game with 131 total yards and one touchdown. Jamaal Charles dealt with some swelling in his knee this week and it limited his role to only one carry on Sunday. With the way Ware has played this season, it appears he’ll be the lead back the rest of the season, regulating Charles to change of pace duties, even when back to 100%. Ware is a RB1 for me going forward. I’m a frustrated Jeremy Maclin owner as he just isn’t getting the production we’ve come to expect from him. The offense seems content with running the ball and spreading the ball around in the passing game. I view him as a tough to trust, matchup based WR3 going forward.
Michael Thomas took advantage of some garbage time to finish with 10 receptions for 130 yards. While the Saints offense will always be tough to predict due to their spread the ball around nature, Michael Thomas is receiving enough snaps and targets to be a reliable WR3 in most formats. Coby Fleener had one of his down games with two receptions for 44 yards. He appears to be a boom-or-bust option but he’s still at TE1 with how barren the TE position is this year.
Indianapolis Colts 34, Tennessee Titans 26
Jack Doyle took advantage of another missed game by Dwayne Allen finishing with nine receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. With Donte Moncrief and Dwayne Allen out, Andrew Luck has targeted Doyle as a possession receiver to move the chains and has consistently been a red zone threat. Even when Allen returns, I believe Doyle is a useful TE streamer going forward. T.Y. Hilton had a touchdown called back due to penalty but still had a big game with seven receptions for 133 yards and a score. Hilton is on pace for career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns this year.
Marcus Mariota didn’t have as big of a game as he did the last two weeks but he was still solid with 232 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, while not a great matchup (12th most fantasy points given up to QBs), Mariota is certainly a viable steaming option. Delanie Walker bounced back from last week’s disappointment with seven receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. He remains the Titans top receiving option and a top-5 TE.
Philadelphia Eagles 21, Minnesota Vikings 10
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST came through again with a big game with their second consecutive game with a kickoff return for a touchdown. They also sacked Sam Bradford six times and forced four turnovers. The Eagles defense has been a great fantasy find and are a top-5 option for me going forward, regardless of matchup. Carson Wentz struggled for the second consecutive week. Ups-and-downs are expected of rookies leaving Wentz as a matchup based QB2, but not someone you can trust in your lineup every week. Zach Ertz had another poor game with one catch for 14 yards. He can be dropped in most leagues.
Jerick McKinnon left the game with an ankle injury in the first half but was able to return. It appeared to be bothering him a bit later in the game but the fact he finished the game gives me some confidence he’ll be able to play next week against the Bears. They don’t play until Monday night giving him an extra day but it’s something to monitor this week. Stefon Diggs returned from his hamstring injury but wasn’t that productive finishing with two receptions for 18 yards. Diggs hasn’t found much success since that explosion in Week 2. He has a better matchup with the Bears on deck but he’s more of a boom-or-bust WR3 right now.
Cincinnati Bengals 31, Cleveland Browns 17
Jeremy Hill had a big game with nine carries for 168 yards and a touchdown. However, he worked behind Gio Bernard again, who had 17 carries for 80 yards a touchdown. Both running backs have a good matchup against the Washington Redskins next week but both are low-end RB2 options as both will take touches and scores away from each other. Andy Dalton recorded his third straight 20+ fantasy point day. He’s currently QB9 in standard leagues and a borderline QB1 next week in London against Washington.
Terrelle Pryor played despite not practicing all week with a hamstring injury and was limited to only 31 snaps and two catches for 18 yards. He’ll be someone to monitor again this week in hopes his hamstring feels better for next weekend. Cody Kessler suffered a concussion on Sunday and it’s unknown if he’ll be ready for next weekend. If Kessler were to miss the game, it would hurt Pryor’s value, even in a good matchup against the Jets.
Oakland Raiders 33, Jacksonville Jaguars 16
Latavius Murray returned from his turf toe injury and had a solid fantasy day with 18 carries, 59 yards and two touchdowns. It appears the Raiders went away from the three-man committee for a week, something to monitor going forward. If the committee were to dissipate, it would be a nice boost to Murray’s value.
I’m officially hitting the panic button on Allen Robinson. After another prime matchup, Robinson turned two catches for nine yards. He tied for the team lead in targets but for whatever reason, Blake Bortles and Robinson haven’t been able to produce like they were a season ago. While he has another good matchup with Tennessee, Robinson is more of a low-end WR2 right now and not a must-start until we see him start to produce. I'm not sure I would actively sell him unless I received a great offer, I still think he'll be a productive fantasy player this season, just tough to trust in your lineup.
Miami Dolphins 28, Buffalo Bills 25
Looks like I missed on Jay Ajayi this season as he had his second consecutive 200-yard rushing game on Sunday as they head into their bye week. Obviously he won’t run for 200 yards every game but it appears that he’s someone fantasy owners can rely upon to receive the majority of the carries going forward. I view him more as a RB2, rather than a RB1, at the moment. Arian Foster was active for the second straight week but only had three carries for five yards. With how Ajayi has produced recently, I doubt Foster returns to the lead back role. He can be dropped in 10-12 team leagues.
I never understood why the Bills wanted LeSean McCoy to play through a hamstring injury so badly and I hope it doesn’t end up costing McCoy significant amount of time. McCoy left the game early Sunday after re-aggravating the injury, finishing with eight carries for 11 yards. I expect McCoy to be limited if he does practice this week. If McCoy were to miss next week, Mike Gillislee would be the starter and on RB2 radar.
New York Jets 24, Baltimore Ravens 16
Matt Forte returned to his early season form with 34 touches for 154 total yards and two touchdowns. With a matchup with the Browns on deck, he’ll be a high-end RB2 option. Quincy Enunwa made some noise with a 69-yard touchdown reception, unfortunately, he only had two receptions on the day. Enunwa is more of a low-end WR3, even with Decker out, but has a nice matchup against Cleveland next week where he’s a useable flex/WR3 option.
Terrance West had a quiet game with eight carries for 10 yards, however, did have a 49-yard run called back due to holding. It was a tough matchup and West should remain as the bell cow after their bye next week. Kenneth Dixon can be dropped in 10-12 team leagues as he’s not a must hold through the bye. He’s a handcuff only at the moment.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34, San Francisco 49ers 17
Jacquizz Rodgers had another big game filling in for Doug Martin, finishing with 26 carries for 154 yards. As long as Martin is out, he’s reliable RB2 based on the volume he’s receiving and has another great matchup with Oakland on deck. Speaking of Martin, he’s a guy I’d like to grab if his owner has run out of patience waiting for him to return. The Bucs have a great fantasy schedule for RBs coming up, including two games with the Saints during the fantasy playoffs Weeks 14 and 16.
Carlos Hyde missed Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. With the bye coming up next week, he’s expected to return to action Week 9. Mike Davis, Shaun Draughn and DuJuan Harris combined 19 carries for 76 yards. They can be safely lefts on waiver wires.
San Diego Chargers 33, Atlanta Falcons 30
Melvin Gordon had another big game with 28 touches for a total of 121 yards and three touchdowns. His YPC Sunday was still low at 3.1 but his touchdowns have been steady all season. His volume keeps him in the RB1 discussion as he doesn’t come off the field often. Antonio Gates appears to have returned to the top of the TE depth chart as he received 10 targets to Hunter Henry’s three. I expect both to play quite a bit but the situation will be tough to predict from week-to-week. Both are useable each week in a tough TE market.
Tevin Coleman left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return. If he can’t play next weekend, Devonta Freeman would become a must-play RB1 as the bell cow in this high-powered offense. Julio Jones is currently the top scoring fantasy WR in standard leagues by 11 points. This includes games against New Orleans and Denver where he had a combined three fantasy points. He’s my #1 fantasy WR the rest of the season.
New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 16
Martellus Bennett only played 30 snaps on Sunday and finished with one catch for five yards on two targets. This offense is always tough to predict because it’s so gameplan specific but I do still believe Bennett will have better days ahead. He’s a hold for me and if you’re desperate for a TE, he may be a guy to target as his value has taken a hit the last two weeks. Julian Edelman had a season-high nine receptions but only had 60 yards and no touchdowns. He’s always been more of a PPR asset and I expect him to get his first touchdown sooner than later, but he’s not someone I’d rely upon if you have better options.
Le’Veon Bell (31 touches 149 yards) and Antonio Brown (8 touches for 117 yards) both had solid fantasy games despite Ben Roethlisberger’s absence. Neither are guys you need to worry about going forward. Sammie Coates only had one catch for four yards and appears to still be struggling with the hand injuries he suffered a couple weeks ago. He’s someone you can cut until he gets healthier and Big Ben returns.
Seattle Seahawks 6, Arizona Cardinals 6 (Tie)
Russell Wilson had his second consecutive game without a touchdown and is currently on pace for 82 rushing yards on the season (has never had less than 489). While the leg injuries have something to do with it, it’s concerning for fantasy owners that he’s unable to give the production we’ve come to expect from him on the ground. Fortunately, the Seahawks are playing the Saints in the Superdome next week and will be one of the top plays of the week.
Carson Palmer was able to play through the hamstring injury he suffered last week and was fairly productive with 342 passing yards. He, obviously, didn’t have any touchdowns but it was good to see him not turn the ball over and throw for big yardage. While he’s not the QB1 he was a year ago, he’s still a solid option depending on the matchup and is a good play next week against a struggling Panthers defense.