Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants
Kirk Cousins has his first passable game of the year against of course the second-worst defense in the NFL only behind the Dolphins. Dalvin Cook predictably had a great game and is now the 2nd ranked running back overall with 22.5 points per game. Adam Thielen resurrected from the dead and began to see more snaps in the slot which was the only place he was productive last year. He had 7 catches for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns as the only wide receiver by default since Stefon Diggs is trying to leave the team. Diggs now has shot down everyone’s rankings while we can hope Thielen continues his work in the slot and becomes the player he was last year. Time will tell if Kirk Cousins continues this production.
Daniel Jones came back down to earth this week against a great defense with a line of 182/1/1 and 12 rushing yards. Jones is now the 21st ranked QB in points per game and was not doing much better outside of his first game. Jon Hilliman took over at running back once Wayne Gallman was injured and had no production with it (9/20/0). Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram kept up their double-digit targets in this game but with much less production. There is still cause for optimism moving forward based on their volume. Engram is still the 2nd ranked tight end overall even ahead of Travis Kelce and Shepard is averaging a respectable 12.9 points per game which is ahead of Calvin Ridley.
New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles
There is not much to say for the Jets’ passing situation as everything should reset once Sam Darnold is back this week. This team looked horrible but the defense did keep the Eagles to modest offense production. For those playing DFS this week, the Jets defense is criminally cheap and allows thousands of dollars in savings compared to others. More information will be available next week on this team. Le’Veon Bell saw 15 carries for minimal yards but at least he has the production of a mediocre wide receiver to add to production (7/45/0). Bell shows he has a safe floor despite a terrible matchup with the Eagles and he ranks a tolerable 16th in fantasy points per game despite a brutal schedule so far that will get easier.
The whole Eagles’ offense looked average this game likely because the game was almost over at halftime and the defense forced many turnovers. Jordan Howard still leads the backfield with 13 carries to Miles Sanders’ 9 carries. Howard is still being trusted to score the touchdowns for this team while Sanders has his receiving production (4/49/0) to create any production each week. Howard is ranked 22nd in points per game and Sanders is ranked in the 40s. Zach Ertz showed he is the main receiver for this team while DeSean Jackson is out with a line of 5/57/1. Alshon Jeffery was second with a line of 6/52/0. The rest of the team had nothing notable at all besides Sanders. Ertz is the 7th ranked tight end so far while Jeffrey is sandwiched in between Allen Robinson and Sterling Shepard for points per game.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Lamar Jackson provided a very nice floor with his rushing production similar to how he did last year on teams he could not pass against. Jackson had a line of 161/1/3 passing against an underrated Steelers defense but had 70 yards rushing on 14 carries. Lamar Jackson is in a smash spot next week against the Bengals who have much slower linebackers and he is still the quarterback with the most fantasy points. Mark Ingram had 19 carries also this game for 44 yards and showed how matchup dependent he was. The Steelers have shut down every rushing attack so far this year so this is not a surprise. Mark Andrews had an average game (5/45/0) and Marquise Brown had a bad game despite a touchdown (3/22/1). Both have been massive disappointments after the first 2 weeks.
The Steelers quarterback situation was a mess with Mason Rudolph and now he is injured. Next week will tell for an analysis on the situation. James Conner had all rushing production for a line of 14/55/1 and no receiving production which was unique. Conner is now ranked 24th in points per game. JuJu Smith-Schuster had a line of 7/75/1 which is a massive improvement from previous weeks but is still ranked 37th in points per game with 11.1. No one else on this team is fantasy relevant and next week will be important to monitor with all the team’s changes.
New England Patriots at Washington Redskins
Tom Brady has been known not to take his foot off the gas on easier opponents and it showed today. Brady is now up to the 8th ranked quarterback overall in points per game. Sony Michel finally started to get some solid production on the ground against a poor run defense with a line of 16/91/1. He is now up to the 25th ranked running back and is still highly matchup dependent. It is good that he is still easily the leading running back on the team. James White had his average game with 72 total yards and 6 catches which is a slight bump with Rex Burkhead out. Julian Edelman showed out against a poor coverage unit with a line of 8/110/1 while Josh Gordon disappoints again with a line of 5/59/0. Edelman is up to 17th overall now and Josh Gordon is at 42nd overall while being ranked worse if you factor in production per game.
There is not much to say for the Redskins and hopefully, no one is rostering too many of their players. Colt McCoy was absolutely terrible this game and Case Keenum is expected to be the quarterback next week. Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson did next to nothing on the ground against the league’s best defense but they get to play the dolphins next week. Neither running back is ranked inside the top-30 for points per game but Thompson is close. Terry McLaurin showed he is the only receiver in town with 51 yards this week. He is actually still the 12th ranked receiver in points per game and was one of the more productive receivers against New England.