Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans
RED HOT: DeVante Parker, Kenyan Drake, Deshaun Watson, Lamar Miller, Will Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Thomas
ICE COLD: Brock Osweiler
Deshaun Watson is back, baby! What was starting to look like a sophomore slump seems more like a QB who is finally fully healthy. You know it’s a damn good day when a QB throws more touchdowns than incompletions–in this case 5 to 4. To no one’s surprise, DeAndre Hopkins caught two of those. He also made one of the best catches of the year, but it didn’t count, due to a bogus offensive pass interference penalty.
Lamar Miller owners are tiptoeing through the woods because they are waiting to step on a bear trap. This can’t be the new norm, right? Miller is best known for underwhelming in the fantasy world, but this makes back-to-back 100+ yard rushing performances. My advice to fantasy owners would be to trade him now because his value will not be higher than it is right now. The Texans will go back to giving him 12 carries, and you’ll remember why he’s on your bench most of the time.
If you were starting any Dolphin in this game, it was most likely Kenyan Drake, and he didn’t let you down–almost 100 total yards and two touchdowns. DeVante Parker reminded everyone that he exists with a 134-yard game, so congratulations to the 7 people in the world who had him in their lineups!
Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars
RED HOT: Carson Wentz, TJ Yeldon
ICE COLD: Alshon Jeffery, Corey Clement, Carlos Hyde, Jags’ receivers
Gotta love these super-early kickoffs. Hopefully you were able to get your lineups set before the game got underway in London.
Blake Bortles was definitely a little less terrible on Sunday. He didn’t even throw an interception! Jacksonville couldn’t get enough offense going, though, to make anyone besides TJ Yeldon fantasy-relevant. Yeldon got 15 PPR points, thanks to his 7 receptions. Carlos Hyde isn’t getting much work yet in that backfield–only 6 carries for him. Dede Westbrook caught a TD to salvage an otherwise meh performance.
Carson Wentz has been about as consistent as they come lately. Close to 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles’ backfield is a crowded mess, so if you decided to spin the wheel of doom and it landed on Corey Clement (like one of my opponents HAHA), then you were screwed over pretty hard. Wendell Smallwood did find the end zone. Zach Ertz got a TD; Alshon Jeffery did not (Jalen Ramsey effect), but he will still be a great option moving forward.
Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
RED HOT: Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen
ICE COLD: Devin Funchess, most Ravens
Cam Newton has the Panthers cookin’ right now. He had three total touchdowns (2 through the air and 1 with his legs). McCaffrey caught a TD and ran one in. Greg Olsen is back to being a top target for Cam, so hopefully someone was dumb enough to drop him and you were lucky enough to grab him. He may not catch a ton of passes, but he’ll always be a red zone option.
Not a whole lot to say about Baltimore. Alex Collins glided into the end zone, and the rookie Hayden Hurst got a touchdown as well. Turnovers were an issue for the Ravens, as Collins coughed one up and Flacco threw 2 picks. John Brown is frustrating to own in fantasy football. Start him and he’ll catch 2 passes. Leave him on your bench and he’ll catch 23 and score 8 touchdowns. Grr.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
RED HOT: Hue Jackson’s seat (he’s now fired), James Conner, Antonio Brown
ICE COLD: Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield, Juju Smith-Schuster
Welcome to the James Conner and AB84 show, ladies and gentlemen. Two touchdowns for each of those studs. I’m just going to say it… if the Steelers don’t trade Le’Veon Bell and keep Conner, they are silly at this point. Over 200 total yards for Conner yesterday. Like a moron, I traded Conner for Gronk in one of my leagues. I guess I might not look so stupid if Bell comes back or Gronk takes off, but right now…. Ouch.
Nick Chubb grinded out 65 yards in an underwhelming performance. Baker Mayfield wasn’t great, either. He threw a couple of touchdowns but only mustered 180 yards. Hue Jackson has now been fired, so we’ll have to see how that affects this team in the upcoming weeks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals
RED HOT: Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Barber, Desean Jackson, Mike Evans, Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, AJ Green, OJ Howard
ICE COLD: Cameron Brate, Jameis Winston
Many people expected this to be a shootout, but it didn’t go down quite the way we thought it would. Jameis Winston could not stop turning the ball over. He did throw for 276 yards and a touchdown, but he also had 4 interceptions, and 2 of them were absolutely terrible. The Bucs made the switch back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he made an instant impact. It’s hard to say what Tampa Bay will do next, but Jameis Winston doesn’t look like the future anymore. Mike Evans had a huge game, including a bomb from Fitzmagic. Desean Jackson had a TD, and so did OJ Howard. Peyton Barber had a solid game. Ronald Jones did not.
Joe Mixon was a two-touchdown beast. AJ Green and Tyler Boyd each had a touchdown and nice overall games for their fantasy owners. No turnovers for Andy Dalton, which is always a positive there.
Washington Redskins at New York Giants
RED HOT: Adrian Peterson, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley
ICE COLD: Sterling Shepard, Chris Thompson
To quote Robin Williams’ character in Jumanji: “What year is it?” Adrian Peterson is playing like 2008 Adrian Peterson. He’s always out to prove his doubters wrong, and it’s working so far in 2018. The Redskins controlled this game on the ground, thanks to AD…that’s “All Day” for you youngsters who wanted to correct me right then. Peterson did lose a fumble, but can you really be mad at him for that?
The Giants offense is still a hot mess. This team has two of the most electric players in the whole NFL, and they still can’t score points. Both OBJ and Saquon Barkley had over 100 yards, but neither was able to score a touchdown–Evan Engram got the only one for the G-Men. Eli Manning had over 300 yards, but the red zone woes are real.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
RED HOT: Pat Mahomes…again…of course, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt
ICE COLD: Phillip Lindsay, Demaryius Thomas
Just keep this message on repeat: Start all of your Chiefs. After this game, Patrick Mahomes is on pace for 52 (!) touchdowns, which would be the second best season total ever. This offense has a ton of playmakers, but there are plenty of touches to go around. Watkins had a huge day with 2 TDs. Kelce and Hunt each had one, as well.
Denver was able to run the ball well with Lindsay and Booker, but they just couldn’t keep up with the Chiefs. Emmanuel Sanders cooled off a little, but it was mainly due to a second half injury. Case Keenum turned the ball over twice. Demaryius Thomas only had 30 yards despite 7 targets. It’s hard to start him with a ton of confidence right now.
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
RED HOT: Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, David Moore, Marvin Jones Jr.
ICE COLD: Doug Baldwin, Kenny Golladay
Russell Wilson had his accuracy dialed up to 100 in this one… well, 82% to be exactly. He only threw 3 incompletions to go with his 3 touchdowns–a very efficient game for RW3. His touchdowns went to Ed Dickson, David Moore, and Tyler Lockett, respectively. Chris Carson had over 100 yards and a TD.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Lions couldn’t establish a running game. They rarely fully commit to the run–only 13 carries as a team. Kerryon Johnson was able to make it up to fantasy owners with his 6 receptions. Marvin Jones was the big air target in this one, though. Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay were relatively quiet again.
New York Jets at Chicago Bears
RED HOT: No one really set the world on fire in this one, but Tarik Cohen, Mitch Trubisky, and Jordan Howard had pretty good days
ICE COLD: The Jets lol, Trey Burton
The Jets couldn’t run or pass the ball against the menacing Bears’ defense (which didn’t even have Khalil Mack). There is absolutely nothing appealing about the Jets from a fantasy football perspective.
The Bears, on the other hand, have several weapons. Tarik Cohen caught a screen pass from Trubisky and the two offensive lineman in front of him couldn’t even find anyone to block. It was a perfect play call coupled with really bad defense, and Cohen took that one 70 yards to the house. Jordan Howard had 80+ yards and a touchdown. It’s never pretty with him, but he can put up some decent point totals.
Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders
RED HOT: Andrew Luck, Marlon Mack, Jack Doyle, Derek Carr, Jared Cook
ICE COLD: TY Hilton, Jordy Nelson
Jon Gruden has been dismantling the Raiders since he got to Oakland–he traded their best player and their best receiver. They look like they are in a complete rebuild, and the Colts did a number on them Sunday. There was no Oakland defense to be found. Captain Andrew Luck continued his resurgence with a 3 touchdown performance. This guy friggin loves tight ends. He finally got his buddy Jack Doyle back, so he tossed him a touchdown. He threw one to their other TE weapon, Eric Ebron. Marlon Mack is a fantasy stud?? Marlon Mack is a fantasy stud! 250+ yards rushing and 3 TDs over his last 2 games.
Derek Carr had a good game for Oakland, but he just doesn’t have that many weapons. Amari Cooper is gone… Jordy Nelson is not Jordy Nelson anymore. Jared Cook has been reliable, but there’s not much consistency aside from him. Doug Martin looks like he’ll be getting the goal line work in Marshawn Lynch’s absence.
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
RED HOT: LARRY FITZGERALD, BABAY!… also David Johnson, sorta
ICE COLD: Ricky Seals-Jones, Raheem Mostert, Matt Breida
Well, we definitely found the grossest game on paper.
Is Larry Fitzgerald finally healthy? Is he starting to gain some chemistry with Josh Rosen? I’d say the answer to both questions appears to be “yes.” Fitzgerald got 12 targets from Rosen, catching 8 passes for 102 yards in a touchdown. Please tell me you didn’t drop him. Did you drop him?? David Johnson had a halfway decent game, considering how the season has gone prior to Sunday. It looks like Byron Leftwich might get him more involved.
The 49ers almost won this game, but there weren’t many great fantasy performances on their team. George Kittle had a pretty good PPR game, and Marquise Goodwin let some fantasy owners exhale a little bit because the one catch he had went for a 55-yard touchdown.
Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
RED HOT: Todd Gurley (no way), Jared Goff, Josh Reynolds, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones
ICE COLD: Jimmy Graham
The Rams won….. is something you can say every single week so far. Todd Gurley was dominant yet again. If he’s on your fantasy team, and you’re not in first place, you have to be close…or maybe the rest of your team is just that bad! This guy is a fantasy monster, especially in PPR leagues. He had nearly 200 total yards and a touchdown. Jared Goff had a great game against the Pack and has solidified himself as a top fantasy QB. Cooks and Woods didn’t have any touchdowns, but they also didn’t really disappoint.
The Packers did a decent job of running the ball against this solid Rams’ defense. Aaron Jones had 86 yards and a touchdown. They were also able to move the ball through the air, although Aaron Rodgers only had one touchdown. A couple of fumbles cost Green Bay from being able to put up some more points.
Also… I wonder how many people are going to lose in fantasy because Gurley went down at the 5 yard line instead of scoring that touchdown at the end of the game. Yikes.
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings
RED HOT: Alvin Kamara, Kirk Cousins, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs
ICE COLD: Drew Brees
No Minneapolis Miracle this time for the Vikings. If you just glance at the box score, you’d think there’s no way that the Saints won this game. Kirk Cousins had 359 yards and two touchdowns. Latavius Murray had a touchdown. Thielen and Diggs combined for 17 catches and 220+ yards. On the other side, Drew Brees had 120 yards, one TD, and one INT. In what world does that sound like a Saints victory?
Mark Ingram was decent, Michael Thomas was pretty good, but Alvin Kamara was the one Saint who had a great fantasy showing with his two touchdowns. The Saints are a damn good football team, but this was just a weird game for fantasy stats.
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