Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Mitchell Trubisky had a fairly good game. He completed 29-of-38 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns and was ranked the seventh-ranked quarterback with 24.9 fantasy points. David Montgomery had a disappointing game for the matchup that he had; Montgomery was given 16 carries but had just 87 total yards despite an excellent matchup. He did save his day with a touchdown which brought his fantasy points to 15.7. Anthony Miller was the leading receiver for the team and was actually the 11th-ranked receiver with 18.5 fantasy points. If Taylor Gabriel continues to be out, Miller will be an excellent play weekly. Allen Robinson also had an excellent game despite a difficult matchup with Darius Slay. Robinson ranked 10th this week with 18.6 fantasy points. Robinson has become one of the best and most consistent wide receivers towards the end of this season.
Both of these team defenses have been extremely disappointing compared to what we expected. David Blough had an acceptable day for fantasy. He ranked 14th this week 18.3 fantasy points. Bo Scarbrough was given plenty of opportunities once again with 21 carries but did not receive a single target in the passing game. He acts as a tolerable fill-in at running back as he had eight fantasy points this week, which is about what we can expect. The receiving situation is much different than what we thought. Kenny Golladay saw five targets while Marvin Jones saw six targets and Danny Amendola saw eight targets. Interestingly enough, the yardage is inverse to the number of targets. Kenny Golladay had four catches for 158 yards and one touchdown. Marvin Jones had three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. Danny Amendola had three catches for 32 yards. T.J. Hockenson was actually given 11 targets and caught six passes but for just 18 yards. Kenny Golladay was still able to be the third-ranked receiver with 23.8 fantasy points but his production is very fragile with only five targets.
Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys
Josh Allen has become a solid fantasy option for a few weeks now. Allen ranked 10th this week with 23 points fantasy points as he continues to give us rushing production. Devin Singletary continues to be used on the ground and in the air. He was the ninth-ranked running back this week with 17.6 fantasy points. Cole Beasley became the leading receiver for the Bills in a revenge game against Dallas. He had 20 fantasy points which ranked seventh. He was given the majority of the targets. John Brown massively disappointed with just three catches for 26 yards. This is one of the more difficult matchups for wide receivers.
Dak Prescott may not have had the best game in real life but it is important to note that he will produce regardless of the matchup for fantasy. With all of his throwing attempts he was able to have 23.7 points which ranked ninth. Ezekiel Elliott was able to again be used in the air and we can only hope this production stays. Elliott almost had as many rushing yards as receiving yards. Ezekiel Elliott ranked 12th this week with 17.2 fantasy points. Amari Cooper returned to form despite a terrible matchup. Cooper had 12.5 half-point per reception (PPR) league fantasy points which would obviously be a lot higher in PPR formats. Either way, he could have done a lot worse against a brutal matchup. Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb both returned to be secondary options in the receiving game. Both had three catches and less than 65 yards. We have learned from the past that in the right matchup both of these players can have sensational games.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Drew Brees has been a disappointment this season outside of a handful of games. Brees had just 11 points fantasy points which ranked 27th. Alvin Kamara was also another disappointment overall. Kamara had just 10 points fantasy points which ranked 27th. Believe it or not, but he was tied with Josh Jacobs in points and was behind Nyheim Hines and Patrick Laird in points. Jared Cook continues to be a solid tight end. Cook had three catches for 85 yards but was still given a decent floor with six targets. Michael Thomas finally came back to earth with just six catches for 48 yards. This is highly unlikely to continue.
It seems that the Atlanta defense has figured out New Orleans and has overall been much better than expected the last three weeks. It is not crazy to pick up this defense off waivers. Matt Ryan was given 50 passing attempts to help his fantasy production. Ryan ranked 13th this week with 18.6 fantasy points against a difficult matchup. Devonta Freeman is now back as the lead running back. He was given 17 carries while no other player received more than four. Freeman also had four receptions but scored just 8.4 fantasy points against one of the hardest matchups for running backs. I have seen him dropped in some fantasy leagues and he may even be worth a daily fantasy tournament spot. With Julio Jones out, Calvin Ridley led Atlanta in receiving. Ridley had 13.1 fantasy points in half-PPR as he had eight receptions for 91 yards. Russell Gage had some value this week with five catches for 52 yards and one touchdown. If Jones continues to be out, he is worth an add on your team. No other player had any notable production.
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Aaron Rodgers had a solid day against one of the easier secondaries in the league. Rodgers was actually the No. 1 ranked quarterback this week with 28.1 points. Jamaal Williams continues to lead this backfield in fantasy points over the last few weeks. Aaron Jones saw 11 carries while Jamaal Williams saw 10 carries. Despite a matchup not in his favor, Jamaal Williams still gave us a solid floor with 8.7 points which was as much as Le’Veon Bell. Aaron Jones had just 5.1 points. Allen Lazard was actually the team’s leading receiver with 17.8 points. He continues to be high-risk however as he saw just three targets this game. Davante Adams started receiving some of his touchdown production that has been missing this year. Adams was the most targeted receiver with 10 targets and he caught two touchdowns; he had a total of 21.4 fantasy points which ranked fifth this week. Jamaal Williams continues to be the safe option to start at running back while Aaron Jones is a boom or bust. Aaron Jones has been losing time in the backfield the last few weeks so understand the risk when you start him.
Daniel Jones continues to give us extremely up-and-down performances each week. Jones threw three interceptions which luckily does not affect his fantasy points that much. He did have just 11.2 fantasy points this week. Saquon Barkley had an OK game this week in terms of fantasy production. He had 13 fantasy points but was given a large number of opportunities on the ground and through the air. Any tight end against Green Bay continues to have excellent production and they should be a target every week. Sterling Shepard had his first game back in many weeks but he had just three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. Slayton was given more targets than him (9-7). Slayton still had a decent game with six catches for 44 yards.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Baker Mayfield had a predictably bad day against a defense that is terrible for opposing quarterbacks. Against the running backs, Pittsburgh is even better defensively. As a result, this is one of the worst performances to expect out of this offense that was ascending before this. Baker Mayfield ranked 32nd with nine fantasy points this week. Nick Chubb was given 16 carries despite a bad game script but totaled just 79 total yards. Jarvis Landry continues to be the undisputed No. 1 receiver in Cleveland. It is clear that Mayfield takes a while to blend with his receivers and that now Landry is clearly there. Landry had 11 targets with six catches for 76 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. had just six targets this game and only caught half of his targets again for 29 yards. It may be risky but some have to wonder if he is worth benching if you have a deep receiving group in better matchups.
Devlin Hodges had his first full game as a starter but only had 11.7 fantasy points in that start. It would have been much worse if James Washington did not have a spectacular touchdown catch. Benny Snell Jr. led the backfield with 16 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. James Conner should be back so this can be ignored. If Conner goes down again, keep in mind that Snell receives a large chunk of the carries while Jaylen Samuels does the receiving work. Samuels also has poor production when the team is ahead and the production is given to Snell. James Washington was the only notable receiver for this team with four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was a very low percentage play and no player received over five targets. Start any receivers with extreme caution for this team.