Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver – After two consecutive weeks of very average play, Lindsay finally had a breakout game against a much-improved Green Bay defense. Lindsay finished with 21 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He also tallied four catches for another 49 yards, albeit in a losing effort. The Denver offense still appears to be very much a running back by committee situation, as Royce Freeman was also heavily involved. It looks as though you can continue to start Lindsay with confidence; but do so knowing that Freeman will more than likely steal a few touches along the way.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta – Like Lindsay, Hooper also began the season with a rather average stat line. Through two weeks Hooper had 13 catches for 111 yards and failed to reach the end zone. That all changed this week. Hooper led Atlanta with six catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns. While opposing defenses continue to focus their attention on Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Hooper has often been overlooked. Next week Atlanta returns home to face Tennessee, who has surrendered 12 catches for 109 and three touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, so look for Hooper to be active once again.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay – Through two weeks, owners of Mike Evans had to wonder if they would ever be rewarded for drafting him. That finally happened on Sunday when Evans blew up, with seven catches for a whopping 146 yards and three touchdowns. It remains to be seen if Evans can build on that success, as Tampa Bay travels to Los Angeles for a road tilt next Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have been rather stingy versus opposing wide receivers so far, giving up 12.5 catches for 126.5 yards … but zero touchdowns.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants – The Giants shocked draft watchers back in April when they selected Jones with the sixth pick of the first round, and immediately rumors regarding the end of the Eli Manning era began to surface. Those rumors came to fruition this week when the struggling Giants handed the reins to Jones for their game against Tampa Bay. Jones rewarded the Giants brass by lighting up the scoreboard, throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns … and rushing for two more, including the game-winner with just over one minute remaining. Jones will undoubtedly be the hot free agent quarterback this week, so if you’ve been considering a change at that position for your fantasy team, you could do worse than Jones, because it looks like he’s here to stay.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle – Not to be outdone by the rookie Jones, Seattle’s Russell Wilson had his own amazing game on Sunday in a shootout with New Orleans. Wilson torched the Saints defense by going 32-of-50 for 406 yards and two touchdowns. He added seven rushes for 51 yards and two more scores. Wilson leads Seattle into Arizona next Sunday in a division game against Arizona, who has not been very challenging to opposing quarterbacks.