Overall, this past week was of haves and have-nots with a giant split between the top players and everyone else. In terms of quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Ryan Tannehill absolutely lit up the NFL statistically. Lamar Jackson had 36.3 fantasy points while Ryan Tannehill continues to impress with 32.4 fantasy points. Sam Darnold even had good action with 28.2 fantasy points.
At the running back position, Leonard Fournette had 32.4 fantasy points which led the NFL by a large amount. There were concerns about his ability to function out of the shotgun with Nick Foles back but it is clear that those concerns were unfounded. Christian McCaffrey had another typical game with 29.8 fantasy points. Derrick Henry had 28 fantasy points also against the Jaguars who he normally beats up against. The surprise of the week is Jonathan Williams and Rashaad Penny ranking 6th and 7th and fantasy points with over 18 each.
Tight end was again a top-heavy disaster. George Kittle and Zach Ertz each had over 21 fantasy points while Jared Cook was able to put up 18.9 fantasy points. Mike Gesicke and Kaden Smith surprised everyone as they round out the top five at the position. No other tight ends had more than 10 fantasy points.
I normally do not talk about defenses but this week we actually had multiple defenses score over 10 points. New York, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Washington, Baltimore, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and San Francisco each head over 10 fantasy points.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Jacoby Brissett overall had a very disappointing game with just 129 yards and no touchdowns against an easier matchup. Jonathan Williams was given 26 carries for 104 yards in a touchdown while also adding three catches for 17 yards. No receivers were notable on this team as even T.Y. Hilton only had three catches for 18 yards but this is likely due to his injury. Eric Ebron was the leading receiver with four catches for 44 yards. We can hope in the future that this offense will rebound back to what we saw before.
Deshaun Watson had a pretty typical game by this year’s standards. He had 298 yards passing with two touchdowns against a more difficult opponent in the Colts. Carlos Hyde was again the workhorse with 16 carries while Duke Johnson had just five. Neither running back had significant receiving volume. Will Fuller was the star of the game despite a difficult matchup. The Colts normally allow few targets to wide receivers but Fuller had seven receptions for 140 yards. DeAndre Hopkins had six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. It is clear that this Houston passing game is still very potent and they will feast on an easier opponent.
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns
With all the suspensions from Cleveland’s defense, it is clear that they are no longer much of a threat. Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to be a top fantasy quarterback with 25.1 fantasy points. Miami did not have any notable running back production this week as no one had more than 20 yards. Miami running backs could all be dropped in most leagues due to the timeshare. DeVante Parker continues to be impressive since Preston Williams has been out. Parker had six catches for 91 yards on 11 targets. Allen Hurns was the next best receiver with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Mike Gesicki had another good performance with 3 catches for 28 yards and a touchdown and was targeted a massive 7 times.
As predicted in one of the easiest matchups, Baker Mayfield had a sensational day with 24.6 fantasy points. Baker Mayfield has been improving significantly from the earlier part of the year and is worth a start most weeks in DFS and especially season-long. Nick Chubb had a redeeming game against one of the easiest matchups you can have. Nick Chubb had 21 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also had three catches for 58 yards. Kareem hunt also had some stand-alone value as he was given a carries for 37 yards and a touchdown while also adding two short catches. The story of the week is Jarvis Landry having a monster game. It is clear he can be started with confidence every week in tournaments and season-long leagues. Landry had 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets. Odell Beckham had 6 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Browns receivers are clearly fantasy-relevant every week and are worth a tournament play in daily fantasy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Jameis Winston had another multi-interception game that was also excellent for fantasy. Winston was fourth among quarterbacks with 26.3 fantasy points. Ronald Jones continues to be the lead running back for this team. Ronald Jones ranked 10th among running backs with 14.2 fantasy points. Peyton Barber is still seeing almost half of the carries to steal away from Jones. Chris Godwin was the fantasy star of this week. Chris Godwin head seven catches 184 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Evans disappointed slightly with 4 catches for 50 yards. Both receivers had eight targets.
Matt Ryan had a disappointing day by his standards against one of the easiest matchups he can have. Ryan threw for no touchdowns and had 271 yards. No running back had 10 or more rushing attempts and no one had notable production. Calvin Ridley was the leading receiver for Atlanta with six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown with 14 targets. Russell Gage was the next leading receiver with eight catches for 76 yards on 10 targets. Julio Jones had a disappointing game due to injury and had just five catches for 68 yards. Both Falcons receivers have shown to be boom or bust options but Ridley has been the top receiver when the Falcons are down.
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills
There is not much to talk about for this whole Denver offense. Brandon Allen is almost not worth a super-flex start at this point. Phillip Lindsay is the only notable fantasy option on this team. He only received 13 carries this week for 57 yards and caught one pass. Courtland Sutton had a very difficult matchup so it is understandable why he did not produce. He was still targeted a massive eight times but had just one catch for 27 yards. It is surprising that even Sutton is not a safe start and that the Broncos offense can still be a disaster on any given Sunday.
Josh Allen is going back to his old ways of last year. His rushing production gives him a solid floor and he had 20 fantasy points this week again. The Bills were able to have 47 total carries on the ground. Devin Singletary had 21 carries for 106 yards. Frank Gore had 15 carries for 65 yards. Devin Singletary is the clear leading rusher but Frank Gore has always been taking a large share of production away. Cole Beasley was actually the leading receiver this week with six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown as John Brown was shadowed by Chris Harris which resulted in just two catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. As usual, no other receiver had notable production.