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?
FREE AGENT PICKS AND PANS
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.