Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday morning observations - Week 7

Good morning, Fools. It's another beautiful day in DFW, and in Fantasyland.

The Giants and Rams are already going at it in London, and we have a full slate of games kicking off soon. Let's see what we need to know to dominate our opponents today...

LeSean McCoy is active after all. Which really ticks me off since I moved Tevin Coleman from my flex spot to starting RB in Shady's place and put Alshon Jeffery and his crappy 3 for 33 on Thursday night in my flex spot. Reports suggest Shady will be used sparingly (20-25 snaps, due to his tender hammy), with Mike Gillislee getting the bulk of the workload in the favorable start in Miami. McCoy's a risky start, but I would've taken my chances over Jeffery in my flex if I could do it over again.

Terrelle Pryor poses similar risk, as he's active but could exit at any time if his hamstring flares up.

Jamaal Charles is also active, despite worries all week that he would sit out due to swelling in his knee following his return to the field in Week 6. Given how well Spencer Ware has been playing, you have to figure Charles' touches will be limited today. Ware is a great start.

Latavius Murray will be back in the Raiders lineup, but he'll likely be lost in a three-headed rotation with the two rookie RBs. All bets are off on this backfield today.

Joe Flacco will play today, which is a positive sign for Mike Wallace's prospects. With Steve Smith out again, only Wallace is worth starting consideration despite the favorable matchup with the Jets. And since Geno Smith will be under center in New York, you've got to figure the Ravens will get the ball in good field position on a regular basis.

The following are out, or almost certainly out, this weekend: Ben Roethlisberger, Josh McCown, Carlos Hyde, Doug Martin, Thomas Rawls, Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington, Robert Woods, John Brown, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Corey Coleman, Jordan Reed, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Eric Ebron, Dwayne Allen and Jordan Cameron.

Stefon Diggs is active.

Those of us who've been waiting (im)patiently for the return of Tyler Eifert will get our first glimpse of the tight end today. That said, I'm keeping him safely on my bench for at least one more game, since he could very well be eased back in. Wouldn't be surprised if he gets involved in the red zone and forces his way back into a starting fantasy job in Week 8.

That's it for now. Inactives and other late-breaking news coming via Twitter next. Good luck today, Fools!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Week 7 Starters & Benchwarmers

Wondering whether or not to start David Johnson and Julio Jones, or to bench DeAngelo Williams and Dorial Green-Beckham? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7 of the 2016 season.

Watch ‘em roll

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals vs. Browns. Dalton has yet to have a breakout game this season, though he has notched a pair of TDs in each of his last two games. With Tyler Eifert likely making his 2016 debut, and the generous Browns pass defense coming to town, Dalton’s arrow will be pointing up on Sunday.

James White, RB, Patriots at Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense has tightened up a bit after a rough start, but really, who cares when Tom Brady is the QB? As expected, White has become one of his go-to receivers, and the fun should continue on Sunday. Don’t expect another two-TD outing, but don’t be surprised if White does it again, either.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons vs. Chargers. Both he and Devonta Freeman were stuffed in Seattle last weekend, but the running lanes will be wide open at home when the Chargers’ sorry rush defense comes to town. Coleman should soar both on the ground and through the air against this sieve-like unit.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars vs. Raiders. Jacksonville’s passing attack has yet to return to its high-octane ways of 2015. That’s in part because Blake Bortles hasn’t been getting the ball to Hurns very often, though that tide seems to be turning. He targeted Hurns 11 times against the Bears, and the love should continue Sunday against the vulnerable Raiders secondary traveling cross-country.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders at Jaguars. He’s coming off his worst game of the season, by far; but don’t let that dissuade you from keeping him in your lineup. This game could very easily turn into a shoot-out (both teams struggle in the rushing department), and this smells like another week when Crabtree may go en fuego.

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Matt Ryan, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Kirk Cousins, Matt Stafford, Marcus Mariota, Tyrod Taylor, Sam Bradford; RBs Terrance West, Mark Ingram, Melvin Gordon, Giovani Bernard, Spencer Ware, Mike Gillislee, Jacquizz Rodgers, C.J. Anderson, LeGarrette Blount; WRs Marvin Jones, Jeremy Maclin, Julian Edelman, Kenny Britt, Brandin Cooks, Mike Evans, Tyrell Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, Doug Baldwin, Jarvis Landry.

Roll ‘em back

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals vs. Seahawks. Something’s just not quite right with Palmer, who continued to put up the bare-minimum fantasy points despite leading his team to an easy win over the Jets on Monday night. And while Matt Ryan had a stellar outing in Seattle last weekend, Palmer’s recent history suggests he belongs on your bench for the Sunday nighter. Especially since he has been limited by a bum hammy all week.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets vs. Ravens. No, I don’t think it’s time to give up on Forte. Yet. But it is time to send him to your bench, in large part because he’ll be facing a suddenly stalwart Baltimore run defense. Of course, Bilal Powell’s continued encroachment on Forte’s snaps is a continuing frustration for his owners. In short, bench him and pray for a miracle.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles vs. Vikings. The schedule-makers did the Eagles no favors, as they will face the league’s stingiest defense after back-to-back losses. Though Mathews appears to once again be the leader of Philly’s committee backfield, there just won’t be enough carries to give him a chance against this mean-spirited run defense.

Mike Wallace, WR, Ravens at Jets. As bad at the Jets’ secondary is playing, even the Ravens would typically merit a recommendation. But if Joe Flacco is sidelined with a shoulder injury, as appears likely, Ryan Mallett will take the controls. Then all bets are off on Wallace – who will spend much of his day on Revis Island – and the rest of the Baltimore receiving corps.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles vs. Vikings. Have I mentioned I have concerns about the Eagles in this matchup? Carson Wentz looked like the rookie that he is last week, and when he falters, so does the Eagles’ passing attack. You can bet that Matthews, his favorite target, will be blanketed by Minnesota defenders all day long.

More thumbs down: QBs Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Carson Wentz, Brock Osweiler, Colin Kaepernick, Trevor Siemian, Landry Jones; RBs Frank Gore, Matt Jones, T.J. Yeldon, Bilal Powell, Arian Foster, Zach Zenner, Justin Forsett, Derrick Henry; WRs Willie Snead, Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Kerley, Golden Tate, Sammy Coates, Tyler Lockett, Will Fuller, DeVante Parker.


Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins at Lions. While none (okay, few) of us were looking, Garcon has creeped back onto the fantasy radar. Aided by Jordan Reed’s absence, Garcon was targeted 11 times by Kirk Cousins last week, vaulting to the team lead in that category. Meanwhile, Detroit has surrendered a league-worst 17 passing scores to date. Yahtzee!

DON’T BE THE BONEHEAD WHO…forgets there’s another early-morning game in London on Sunday. The Giants and Rams kickoff at 9:30 a.m. ET, so be sure to wake up early and check the inactives (@ladd_biro) if you have any of their players (e.g. Odell Beckham, Jr.) in your starting lineup, just in case there’s any late-breaking news from across the pond.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 6 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to play...

 Drew Brees, Saints – Torched the Panthers for 465 yards and 4 TDs, with an INT.
Tom Brady, Patriots – Kept up the sharp start with 376 passing yards and 3 TDs, without a turnover.
Matt Stafford, Lions – Passed for 270 yards and 4 TDs, without a turnover.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Got off to a slow start, but finished with 322 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and a 1-yard TD run.
Case Keenum, Rams – Nobody started him, which means nobody benefited from his 321-passing-yard, 3 TD, plus 7-yard, 1-TD performance.
Eli Manning, Giants – Topped 400 yards with 3 TDs, though he threw 2 picks.

David Johnson, Cardinals – Raced and rumbled over the Jets for 111 yards and a TD hat trick, plus 3 catches for 27 yards.
Jay Ajayi, Dolphins – Busted loose for 204 yards and 2 TDs.
Lamar Miller, Texans – Had his breakout night, rushing for 149 yards and a TD and adding 3 catches for 29 yards and another score.
LeSean McCoy, Bills – Had a monster game, rushing for 140 yards and 3 TDs.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers – Returned to run for 85 yards and 2 TDs.
Terrance West, Ravens – Scored twice with 87 rushing yards and 4 receptions for 36 yards.
James White, Patriots – Only 19 rushing yards, but caught 8 passes for 47 yards and 2 TDs.
Christine Michael, Seahawks – Rushed for 64 yards and a pair of TDs, and added 19 yards on 3 catches.

Odell Beckham, Jr., Giants – Had his breakout game of the season, with 222 yards and 2 TDs on 8 receptions. We’ll forgive the fumble.
Kenny Britt, Rams – Too bad nobody enjoyed his 7 reception, 136 yard, 2 TD outing.
Golden Tate, Lions – Not dead yet, Tate caught 8 passes for 165 yards and a TD.
Terrelle Pryor, Browns – Pulled down 9 passes for 75 yards and 2 TDs.
Brandin Cooks, Saints – Reeled in 7 passes for 173 yards and a TD.
Julio Jones, Falcons – Caught 7 passes for 139 yards and a score.

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – Had his best game of the season with 7 receptions for 162 yards and a TD.
Coby Fleener, Saints – Caught 6 passes for 74 yards and a TD, and added a 2-yard rushing score for kicks.

This was a great week to play against…

Carson Wentz, Eagles – Just 179 passing yards without a score or a turnover.

Tevin Coleman, Falcons – Combined for 17 yards rushing and receiving.
T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars – Took a backseat to Chris Ivory, running for 21 yards and catching a 5-yarder.
Justin Forsett, Lions – You really didn’t start him in his first game in Detroit, right? If so, you got the 5 yards you deserved.
Matt Forte, Jets – His stock dropped another notch, with 19 rushing and 3 receiving yards on MNF.
Darren Sproles, Eagles – Ran for 20 yards and caught a 4-yarder.
Jeremy Hill, Bengals – Only 38 rushing yards.
Rashad Jennings, Giants – Combined for just 35 yards.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns – He totaled 36 yards in both phases.
Mark Ingram, Saints – Just 51 rushing and 9 receiving yards in a 41-point offense.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons – Ran for 40 yards and caught 3 for 10.
Carlos Hyde, 49ers – Ran for 52 yards. That’s it.

Sammy Coates, Steelers – He was active, but he didn’t do a thing.
Will Fuller, Texans – No-showed again.
Michael Crabtree, Raiders – Just 10 yards on 2 receptions.
Phillip Dorsett, Colts – Just 2 receptions for 12 yards.
Jeremy Kerley, 49ers – As forecast, he went back to being a disappointment, with 2 receptions for 12 yards.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks – Only 23 yards on 3 balls.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers – Just 28 yards on 3 catches.
Travis Benjamin, Chargers – Managed just 17 yards on 3 receptions, and lost a fumble.
Julian Edelman, Patriots – Only 30 yards on 4 receptions.
Victor Cruz, Giants – Only 31 yards on 3 balls.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks – He got 31 yards on 4 balls.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Caught 5 passes for 35 yards, but lost a fumble.
Antonio Brown, Steelers – Held to 39 yards on 4 catches.
Allen Robinson, Jaguars – Limited to 49 yards on 3 catches.
Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs – Same for him.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts – And him.

Antonio Gates, Chargers – Held to 16 yards on 2 receptions.
Julius Thomas, Jaguars – Returned to catch 2 passes for 28 yards.
Delanie Walker, Titans – Caught a 21-yarder.

A weekend for the record books

The biggest news from Week 6 was Ben Roethlisberger’s knee injury, which will require surgery and sideline him for an undetermined period of time. Landry Jones will take over under center, which should be alarming if you were counting on first-overall-pick production from Antonio Brown the rest of the season.

Actually, the biggest news of the weekend was Shady McCoy’s stellar performance against his former coach, Chip Kelly.

Now that I think of it, wasn’t the biggest news that Dak Prescott broke Tom Brady’s record for most passes to begin a career without an interception? Or that the young Jedi went to Lambeau and beat the cheddar out of the Packers?

No wait, it had to be Zeke Elliott racking up 157 rushing yards against what was allegedly the NFL’s stingiest run defense.

Drew Brees’ 465-yard, four-touchdown bombing of the Panthers broke a tie with Peyton Manning for most 400-yard regular-season performances in a career. So that has to take the prize.

But what could be more surprising than watching Jay Ajayi knife through the Steelers defense for a career-best 204 yards and two scores, nearly topping Ricky Williams’ single-game rushing record for Miami? Wasn’t Arian Foster supposed to reclaim his starting gig, now that he’s (temporarily) healthy again?

Speaking of former Dolphins tailbacks, Lamar Miller finally earned his free-agent paycheck as a Texan. That surely made headlines in Houston.

Other than that, it was a pretty quiet weekend. Right, Odell?


To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.

Catch ‘em while you can

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans. Mariota’s season has been a tale of two-game stretches. Weeks 1 and 2 were average, the next two were awful and the last two have been lights out. He has tallied seven TDs in the recent stretch, albeit against sorry defenses, and his upcoming schedule promises similar matchups. He’s available in more than half of all leagues for those scrambling to replace Big Ben or to cover their bye weeks.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins. Despite some serious reservations, I feel compelled to recommend consideration of Ajayi, whose career game very well could have solidified his role as the Dolphins’ workhorse. Dropped in more than half of all leagues, he’s worth another look, but will only be startable in favorable matchups.

Cameron Meredith, WR, Bears. To the dismay of Alshon Jeffery’s owners, Brian Hoyer has made Meredith his go-to receiver. Don’t believe me? He’s targeted Meredith 27 times over the last two weeks, and the second-year wideout has caught 20 of them for 243 yards and a TD. This surprising duo has earned your attention, especially with Eddie Royal struggling with injuries.

Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. I chuckled when I saw Henry in my opponent’s lineup in Week 4. Then the rookie went out and caught 4 passes for 61 yards and his first NFL TD. Hey, flukes happen. But it’s no fluke when he does it in three consecutive games, especially when Antonio Gates is no longer sidelined. Henry is doing what many predicted Ladarius Green would do when the Chargers drafted him four years ago: ushering in the end of Gates’ Hall of Fame career.

Don’t be fooled

Kenny Britt, WR, Rams. Two weeks ago, you may recall, Brian Quick was all the rage after his 69-yard, 2-TD outing against the Cardinals. On Sunday, Britt pulled off the same trick, with 136 yards to his credit. Even Case Keenum had a monster outing against the Lions. The problem is, these scoring outbursts are, and will continue to be, infrequent and unpredictable.

Golden Tate, WR, Lions. He finally had the rebound game we’ve been waiting for (165 yards, one TD). But sadly, it’s too little too late. Tate has been mostly marginalized in Detroit’s offense, and one big outing isn’t likely to change that. Unless your league awards points for awesome scoring celebrations, don’t take the bait.

Torrey Smith, WR, 49ers. As expected, Jeremy Kerley reverted to being a bystander when Blaine Gabbert was benched. Now we are to believe that Smith is the go-to wideout in San Francisco. Sorry, but I’m not buying what this so-called passing “attack” is selling.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday morning observations -- Week 6

Good morning, Fools, from hustling and bustling New York City, where I spent the last four hours on the set of Fox & Friends with a couple of tailgating clients. Flew in yesterday in time for a 9 p.m. dinner, then got up at 4 a.m. (3 a.m. my time) to get to the studio, and now I'm in the terminal at LaGuardia preparing to head home.

It's such a glamorous life I lead! Honestly can't figure out why the wife and daughter are still upset that I didn't bring them...

I've got the DVR set to record the RedZone, so other than what I can watch in-flight (thanks to Virgin's seat-back, live TVs), I'll be catching up on all the action about 3 hours behind the rest of you.

But enough about me... Let's take a swing around the NFL to find out what we need to know to dominate today's matchups.

Cam Newton is back and will be under center in a great matchup with the Saints. That said, as a very happy Greg Olsen owner, I wouldn't mind if Derek Anderson hung around a little longer...

Carson Palmer is also good to go, and he should excel against the sorry Jets secondary.

Arian Foster is expected to make his return, which should be interesting. For now, the Miami backfield is one to avoid. In fact, the only startable Dolphin, IMHO, is Jarvis Landry. And then, more so in PPR leagues than standards.

Already ruled out for today: Josh McCown (shoulder), Latavius Murray (toe), Theo Riddick (ankle), Thomas Rawls (leg), James Starks (knee), Markus Wheaton (shoulder), Jordan Reed (concussion), Tyler Eifert (back), Eric Ebron (ankle, knee), Jordan Cameron (concussion). Others likely to miss: Jay Cutler, Dwayne Washington, Dez Bryant, Will Fuller, Steve Smith.

With Reed out, Kirk Cousins' value plummets, especially in a tough matchup with Philly.

With Riddick out, newly acquired Justin Forsett will have another chance to prove he still has something left in his tank. He's expected to split the workload with Zach Zenner.

We thought all Sammie Coates was dealing with was a lacerated finger. Now, it appears it's broken. It's not expected to keep him off the field (he's a game-time decision), but Coates is not the most sure-handed receiver to begin with. As much as I like his matchup, there are red flags here.

Tyler Lockett is back without limits and is a sneaky start for his rested Seahawks against a possibly road-weary Falcons team. According to the current weather, it doesn't appear that the storms in the Northwest are expected to affect the game. The forecast calls for drizzle at gametime.

That's it for now. Will do my best to tweet out the inactives and late-breaking news. You're on your own for the late-afternoon games. Good luck, Fools!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Week 6 Starters & Benchwarmers

Wondering whether or not to start Tom Brady and LeVeon Bell, or to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick and Benny Cunningham? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 6 of the 2016 season.

Watch ‘em roll

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals vs. Jets. Palmer is out of the concussion protocol and heading back under center on Monday night. Though he’s been somewhat disappointing thus far this season, he’ll have a chance to rack up the points – fantasy and otherwise – against a putrid Jets pass defense that doesn’t travel well and is coughing up yards and TDs at a shocking clip.

Frank Gore, RB, Colts at Texans. One thing we know: If you want to move the ball against the Houston defense, it has to be on the ground. Gore is the undisputed workhorse of the Colts’ running game, and he will be very busy – and productive – in this contest. Especially in the red zone.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs at Raiders. You’ve been champing at the bit to play him, and now’s the time. Though he will most certainly yield some carries to Spencer Ware, Charles shook off the rust two weeks ago and has had the bye week to get stronger for one of his favorite matchups. Ware has lost a fumble in each of his last three games, so you know the team wants Charles to seize the lead role again ASAP.

Sammy Coates, WR, Steelers at Dolphins. Coates came of age last week, and while he may not score twice again on Sunday, he should continue to shine against the generous Miami secondary. Coates has missed practice time with a lacerated finger, but that shouldn’t keep him off the field. As a bonus, Markus Wheaton might be sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks vs. Falcons. Russell Wilson has had two weeks to rest, recover and prepare for this matchup against a secondary that has allowed a league-worst 14 passing TDs to date. Baldwin remains Wilson’s favorite target, and they should keep the scoring tally whirring on their opponent’s meter.

More thumbs up (excluding the no-brainers): QBs Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, Matt Stafford, Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Alex Smith, Marcus Mariota; RBs LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews, LeGarrette Blount, Carlos Hyde, Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Terrance West, Christine Michael, Mark Ingram, James White; WRs John Brown, Kelvin Benjamin, Will Fuller, Jeremy Maclin, Brandin Cooks, Mike Wallace, Marvin Jones, Tavon Austin, Julian Edelman, Michael Crabtree, Cole Beasley, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews.

Roll ‘em back

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Seahawks. Ryan put up monster stats against poor defenses over the first four games, but he was held mostly in check by the Broncos. Now he’ll have to head further west to face a well-rested Seattle defense that has given up just one passing score to date. It’s tough (and often foolish) to sit your studs; but if you have a safer option, consider it.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers vs. Cowboys. He appears to be shaking off his ankle injury and is on track to play Sunday. But don’t be surprised if James Starks gets a larger share of the carries. Regardless which back carries the load, Dallas’ run defense is improving quickly and should be up to the challenge.

Matt Jones, RB, Redskins vs. Eagles. Jones is getting the lion’s share of the workload in Washington, but he has struggled to produce in three of the first five games. Philly has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher, and they’ve given up just two rushing scores to date. It could be a long day for Jones and, frankly, the entire Washington offense; especially if Jordan Reed (concussion) doesn’t play.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears vs. Jaguars. Those of us who drafted Jeffery this season know all too well how mediocre he has been, especially over the last three games. Despite the stellar play of Brian Hoyer, Jeffery remains a bit player in the passing attack. He has yet to find the end zone, and that’s not likely to change on Sunday with a rested, and improving, Jacksonville secondary focusing their attention on him.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, 49ers at Bills. Those counting on Kerley (ankle) to repeat his Week 5 heroics need to tap the brakes a bit. Colin Kaepernick will be throwing him the ball for the first time in real game action, now that Blaine Gabbert has been benched. Meanwhile, the Bills are playing inspired defense. Kerley has been a terrible fantasy receiver for most of his career, as you’ll be reminded on Sunday.

More thumbs down: QBs Andrew Luck, Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Tannehill; RBs Rashad Jennings, Isaiah Crowell, Jeremy Hill, Theo Riddick, Spencer Ware, Cameron Artis-Payne, Chris Ivory, Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, Latavius Murray; WRs Randall Cobb, Michael Floyd, Robert Woods, Allen Hurns, DeVante Parker, Terrelle Pryor, Phillip Dorsett, DeSean Jackson, Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard, Quincy Enunwa.


Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers at Saints. J-Stew appears to be recovered from his latest hamstring injury, but he’ll have to wrest the workhorse role back from Cameron Artis-Payne after his strong showing against the Bucs. That shouldn’t take long, as the Panthers desperately need to get back on track. The Saints’ run defense is horrendous, giving up a league-worst eight rushing scores and huge chunks of yards. Stewart should get enough work to produce solid dividends, and his ceiling is high.

DON’T BE THE BONEHEAD WHO…sits Zeke Elliott against the NFL’s “best” run defense. Though the Packers have been impressive, they’ve built their resume playing four of the worst rushing teams in the business. Elliott has been money, and that won’t change on the not-yet-frozen tundra.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Week 5 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to play…

Tom Brady, Patriots – Still shaking off the rust, with just 406 yards and 3 TDs, without a turnover. The schlub.
Marcus Mariota, Titans – Passed for 163 yards and 3 TDs and ran for 60 yards and a 4th TD.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – Passed for 380 yards and 4 TDs, but lost a fumble.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Threw 2 INTs, but made up for them with 359 passing yards and 4 TDs.

David Johnson, Cardinals – Slashed and dashed for 157 yards and 2 TDs, plus 28 yards on 3 receptions.
Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys – Raced for 134 yards and 2 TDs, and added 37 more on 3 receptions.
Theo Riddick, Lions – Racked up 49 rushing yards to go with 6 catches for 33 yards and 2 TDs.
Jordan Howard, Bears – Rushed for 118 yards and caught 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD.
Tevin Coleman, Falcons – Ran for 31 yards and took 4 passes for 132 yards and a score.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Panthers – Scored twice while rushing for 85 yards.

Sammy Coates, Steelers – Caught 6 passes for 139 yards and 2 TDs.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – Who needs Carson Palmer? Fitz grabbed 6 balls for 81 yards and 2 TDs.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts – Hauled in 10 passes for 171 yards and a TD.
Brandon LaFell, Bengals – Scored twice on 8 catches for 68 yards.

Martellus Bennett, Patriots – So, he has instant rapport with Brady? His 6 receptions for 67 yards and 3 TDs suggests he does.
Greg Olsen, Panthers – His 9 receptions for 181 yards produced the EXACT 27 points I needed for the comeback win on Monday night (PPR league).

Vikings – Collected an INT, 4 sacks and a punt return TD while holding the Texans to 13 points.
Bills – Amassed 2 INTs, a fumble recovery, 4 sacks and a TD on one of the INTs.

Adam Vinatieri, Colts – Nailed all 5 of his FGs (from 26, 41, 46, 53 and 54 yards) and 2 XPs.

This was a great week to play against…

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – Imploded again with 191 passing yards, no TDs and 2 INTs.

Matt Jones, Redskins – Rushed for 31 yards and took 2 passes 25 yards, but lost a fumble.
Orleans Darkwa, Giants – Ran for a measly 11 yards.
Jeremy Hill, Bengals – Bottled up with just 12 yards rushing.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns – Ran for 22 yards and caught an 18-yarder.
Jerick McKinnon, Vikings – Ran for 36 yards and caught a 10-yard pass.
Matt Forte, Jets – Rushed for 53 yards but added just 7 yards on 2 catches.
C.J. Anderson, Broncos – Limited to 62 combined yards.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals – He needs Carson Palmer, that’s who. Floyd was blanked on Thursday night.
John Brown, Cardinals – He does, too, after a single 11-yard catch.
Torrey Smith, 49ers – He just needs to get out of San Francisco, after posting another goose egg.
Victor Cruz, Giants – He, too, was held catchless.
Sterling Shepard, Giants – Only 14 yards on 2 passes.
Will Fuller, Texans – Followed last week’s coming-out party with a 4-yarder.
Tajae Sharp, Titans – Managed just 17 yards on 2 balls.
Phillip Dorsett, Colts – Caught 2 passes for 26 yards.
Jarvis Landry, Dolphins – Just 28 yards on 3 catches.
Julio Jones, Falcons – Held to 29 yards on 2 receptions.
Steve Smith, Ravens – Only 29 yards on 3 receptions before leaving with an ankle injury.
DeSean Jackson, Redskins – Limited to 35 yards on 3 balls.
Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers – Just 36 yards on 3 catches.

A.J. Green, Bengals – Kept in check with 50 yards on 4 receptions.