We’re back with another edition of the DFF Fantasy 5 Spot. Week 3 certainly was exciting with some players going off. We have you covered if you missed any of the action this week.
Los Angeles Rams 41 San Francisco 49ers 39 – Dan Cook (@seahawksdan8)
Los Angeles Rams
- Jared Goff for the 2nd time in his career looked like a capable NFL quarterback. He threw for 292 yards, 3 touchdowns, and only had 6 incompletions all night. He is a waiver add candidate or buy for the future looks bright for the former #1 draft pick.
- Todd Gurley made a lot of fantasy owners very happy, as some people won their week on Thursday Night. Gurley was very highly coveted and was the #1 overall rookie pick in many drafts in 2015. He finished the nights with a filled up stat line of 28 rushes, 113 yards, 5 catches and 36 yards for 3 total touchdowns. Those owners that bought low last season are smiling today.
- When the Rams pulled off the stunner of a trade for Sammy Watkins, we knew it would take some time for him to get into the fold. Thursday Night Sammy announced that he has arrived with 6 catches 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. He made a few nice catch and runs and stretched over the goal line to secure his 2nd touchdown of the night, which ended up being the difference in the game. His stock had been the lowest it’s been since entering the league. This should give that stock a boost.
- The Rams’ big offseason acquisition was Robert Woods, and while he has been overshadowed by Watkins and Cooper Kupp. Woods had a solid game making some spectacular catches on the sideline helping his QB out and moving the team down the field. He finished with 6 catches and 108 yards. Kupp didn’t manage much, but the rest of the team feasted.
- IDP wise, Alec Ogletree led the team in tackles (7 solos 2 assists) and had a pass defended. Aaron Donald is still getting back into game shape but sacked Brian Hoyer late in the game to seal any comeback attempt from the 49ers.
San Francisco 49ers
- The 49ers couldn’t have started this game any worse. Brian Hoyer threw an ugly interception that set up the 1st of Gurley’s touchdowns. Then Hoyer led the team to 39 points and looked much better than he has all season. He finished with 332 yards, 2 touchdowns, and that ugly INT. He’s still only superflex fodder.
- Pierre Garcon finally got the targets most owners were expecting with 10. He caught 7 of these for 142 yards. Many owners had him sitting out since he had done little this season, but should be a WR2-3 the rest of the way. Collect a couple more big weeks, and he may be a high sell candidate.
- The narrative with the 49ers not liking Carlos Hyde and that he would lose his job was beaten to death all offseason. Well, that turned out to be fiction. Hyde not only came back into the game after a minor hip injury, but Shanahan gave him 2 4th and Goal from the 1 carries, and he converted both. Hyde looked sharp and would have gotten more love if not for Gurley’s huge game. Hyde had 25 carries, 84 yards, 3 catches, and 2 touchdowns.
- Should something happen to Carlos Hyde, Matt Breida is the clear backup to own in fantasy. When came out for about a series Breida was the first guy out. Raheem Mostert came in the game as well but fumbled. Breida ended the day with 3 carries and 9 yards, but his 3 catches for 20 yards were promising. Worth a stash in case Hyde does leave.
- DeForest Buckner is a huge man in the middle of the 49ers defensive line and had 5 solo tackles. This young defensive line has 3 1st round picks, and all three are worth rostering, Buckner delivers the most value being an active DT for those in DT required leagues.
Baltimore Ravens 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 44 – Dan Cook (@seahawksdan8)
- “Elite” Joe Flacco was awful. He should not be a starter for your squad unless it’s superflex and even then………. Uggg. Here are the stats: 8 out of 18 for 28 yards and 2 INTs. Yes, TWENTY-EIGHT passing yards. Move on.
- The entirety of the Ravens offense was terrible. In fact, the only player worth anything this week was Ben Watson and most people probably shut the game off by then. 1 TD on 3 catches and 12 yards.
- Alex Collins surprisingly racked up 82 yards on 9 carries, mostly in garbage time as well. A name to monitor though as Terrance West has not been impressive, and Buck Allen is not a between the tackles runner.
- You know what I can’t even come up with 5 things about this debacle, but Jeremy Maclin got hurt, came back and was still a wasted starting spot for today. Maybe we should credit the Jaguars defense, blame the travel to London, or maybe it was the whole driving on the other side of the road thing that threw them off.
- There was plenty of opportunity for tackles and C.J. Mosley picked up 8 of them. He is looking more like the every week starter he was his rookie season in IDP.
Jacksonville (London) Jaguars
- Maybe the Jaguars should just move to London. Blake Bortles is 3-1 in London games and didn’t look like a QB whose job was in doubt a month ago. He threw for 244 yards and 4 TDs and did it all in 3 quarters of work. Maybe Bortle’s owners should consider selling after this phenomenal week before he comes back to the states and back down to Earth.
- As lopsided as this game was, I would have expected more from Leonard Fournette, but most starters did not even play the 4th quarter. He still managed 17 carries 59 yards, 1 rushing touchdown and 3 catches for 21 yards. The catches are promising and add to his value going forward.
- Marcedes Lewis TE1. No, really he’s TE1 this week. Before this week he had 0 fantasy points. This week Bortles found him 3 times and ended with a beastly 4-62-3 line. Best Ball players rejoice if you have him rostered, everybody else don’t pay him any mind. He’s not a factor unless he does it again next week.
- The rest of the team was pretty mediocre. Allen Hurns hauled in the other passing TD and Marqise Lee had 4 catches and 65 yards. Nothing impressive here. I prefer Lee to Hurns, but Hurns seems to have a knack for the end zone.
- Telvin Smith continues to be the top IDP option for the Jaguars. 7 Solo tackles and a fumble recovery that he almost took to the house were very helpful. The Jaguars defensive team was dominant today and maybe a sneaky defense in team defense leagues.
Denver Broncos 16 Buffalo Bills 26 John Orr (@DFF_JohnIDP)
- Jamaal Charles, RB, 9-56, and 1 touchdown. Charles is looking like the same player who brought me a championship not too long ago. Fresh legs that had him looking like a race car on a crash up derby track. He darted and accelerated for his yards and score. I started buying him last week, and he provides an excellent flex appeal.
- C.J. Anderson, RB, 8-36. Nothing flashy if you take out his 32-yard run. I was ready to grab a drink when he was in the game as I didn’t think I would miss anything. Noticed he was in a lot of lineups against me, so I was happy with his game.
- Emmanuel Sanders, WR. 7-75 on 15 targets. He was the most targeted player and holding onto 7 of those targets he made his presence felt in fantasy lineups. Looked like a beast on one reception when he spun the rookie corner (Tre’Davious White) around and made a tough catch on a play that sparked the offense. Great game for him and remains a nice fantasy asset.
- Demaryius Thomas, WR, 6-98 on 9 targets. One of the players that were up and down everyone’s rankings this past offseason stood out positively this week. I wonder if the offensive line held up in the 4th if Thomas would have added a few more catches and a touchdown. Look like he was close to getting open just as the Bills pass rush closed in. Solid game for him though.
- Trevor Siemian, QB, 24-40 for 259 yards. It was a tale of two halves for this young signal caller. I was very impressed in the first half. Quick throws and had a good flow to the game. The game changed in the second half. With hands in his face and big bodies barreling down on him he tried to do a little too much. Tossing a couple of questionable balls up he got intercepted twice, the last one sealing the game. I came away thinking I liked enough of what I saw to hold him in my 2 QB and super flex leagues. We need to remember he is still a young one learning the game.
We had some great LB play. Todd Davis and Brandon Marshall each ended with 10 total tackles. Davis added a nice sack and a QB hit to really dominate the stat sheet.
- Tre’Davious White, DB, 7 total tackles (6 solo) 4 passes defended. He has been fun to watch every week. Sure, he allowed a couple catches, but when he made more plays than he gave up. On some long passes he did gamble wrong, but when locked up one on one he showed his burst and ability to knock the ball down. In the 4th quarter, this rookie stalked a tossed up ball from Siemian and got his first NFL interception of his career. White is a rising star who should be locked into lineups in CB required leagues.
- LeSean McCoy, RB, 14 carries 21 yards 7 catches for 48 yards. His receiving skill was a factor in the game. The team relies on their stud RB to make the plays to sustain drives, and he did not disappoint. Taking some quick throws and turning them from short gains into 4 and 5-yard gains for first downs. Many times in the fourth quarter he was able to extend the drives and make plays to keep the offense on the field.
- Tyrod Taylor, QB, 20-26 213 yards with a QB rating of 126, he was able to use his legs to keep drives alive, and a couple times to give his receivers a chance to get some separation. Sometimes it was frustrating seeing open players in the flats and he was unable to find them and looked to run (he was sacked 4 times). I wish his progression would develop to the point he would make these throws. It was a good game for him in fantasy but if the run game was not working it would have changed this game.
- Mike Tolbert, RB, 11-41 proved to be a nice flex option with some nice yards against a tough defense. Looking like a freight train slamming into a pile and slowly inching that pile as he slowed to a stop. He got the tough yards for his team.
- Charles Clay, TE 6-39 and a touchdown. This was what I expected from the Bills use of the TE. He was open over the middle and provided a nice check-down option for his QB. The Bills sparked in the 4th quarter and when this offense is moving more chances open up for Clay. Risky option weekly for me.
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Preston Brown looked solid and worked for his 10 total tackle game. Showed well and aggressive in the run game.
Houston Texans 33 New England Patriots 36 John Orr (@DFF_JohnIDP)
- Deshaun Watson, QB, 22-33 301 yards, 2 TDs and 2 interceptions. I came away from this game as a win for the youngster. Looks like he belongs in the NFL and will get better the more he plays.
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, 7-76. Good chemistry today with Watson. Fantasy owners I’m sure you are happy with some a good stat line. Brighter days ahead with a forecast of clear skies. Keep him!
- Zach Cunningham, LB, 7 total tackles. I’m very happy to see my top rookie LB playing well. If I didn’t own him everywhere, I would be buying. This was a small sample of what to expect.
- Jadeveon Clowney, LB, 6 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 3 QB hits and a TD. The Houston defense came up with a couple big plays, which makes it a hard loss for them. If you’re playing IDP against him, you are in a big hole. Great showing and continues to be a favorite of mine.
- Lamar Miller, RB 14-56. With his longest run of 12 yards, he averaged a healthy 4 yards per carry. Lackluster numbers, but D’Onta Foreman didn’t fair any better on his 8 carries. I’d be looking to make a move this coming week.
New England Patriots
- Tom Brady, THE QB! 25-35 378 and FIVE TDs Franchise QB1 has this man’s name next to the definition. I had the honor of watching this last drive with all 4 of my kids. Every. Single. One. They thought this game was over. “Oh, no kids,” I told them. “This is Tom Brady!” My kids were wide-eyed in amazement as they marched down the field and won the game. This was a great lesson for my kids, never give up. Enough said…
- Brandin Cooks, WR, 5-131 and 2 TDs. Big time players who play with an elite QB can have some great games. Catching the game-winning score was his exclamation mark. He looked undefendable at times. When Brady has the time he will always find an open Cooks. This was the game I wanted to see! Catches and yards and points in my lineups.
- Rob Gronkowski, TE, 8-89 and 1 TD. The greatness continues. When healthy and playing The GRONK delivers. Better make sure your gang tackling or he will piggyback defenders into the end zone. He is cemented as the elite TE for the remainder of this season (again).
- Chris Hogan, WR, 4-68 and 2 TDs. Man, this was a start. I was back and forth on him heading into the game. If you passed on him, you’re probably kicking yourself. Pats put the ball up today and Hogan benefited.
- Kyle Van Noy, LB, 11 total tackles, 9 solos. The stats on your fantasy team will leave you all happy and giddy. There were times he went for a play or was just out of position and allowed some big plays. I’d take advantage of this game and try and move him this week.
New York Giants 24 Philadelphia Eagles 27 Shane Manila (@DFF_Shane)
- Zach Ertz continues to be the number one receiving option for the Eagles. Including Sunday’s, 8 receptions on 10 targets, Ertz now has 21 receptions on 28 targets for the season. Showing his trust in Ertz, Carson Wentz threw his only touchdown of the day to Ertz immediately after Ertz dropped a certain touchdown on the play prior. I’ve preached before that you need to go out and acquire Ertz, and I will do so again. Try to acquire Ertz, the targets are there, the production is there. Wentz to Ertz is a sure-fire dynasty connection for the next 5-7 seasons.
- Stay away from the Eagles backfield if at all possible. With or without Darren Sproles(depending on the severity of his wrist injury), it’s a RBBC nightmare. Forget game to game knowing who to start, it’s hard to tell play to play. Sproles, Blount, Smallwood and Corey Clement all had carries on Sunday. Besides being a crowded backfield Doug Pederson does some interesting things with his personnel packages. 4th and inches and Pederson had Smallwood in, 4th and 8 it was Blount. Blount is the TD upside play. Sproles and maybe Smallwood would seem to be the change of pace/receiving backs. With 4 running backs all getting carries it’s hard to define roles outside of Blount being the goal line and early-down back.
- Carson Wentz has no accuracy at all when throwing deep. Every pass is either over or under thrown. Sunday he had Alshon Jeffery open deep but under threw him. The play resulted in a pass interference penalty so it worked out well enough. Unless Wentz improves in this area I’d stay away from any receivers that are primarily field stretchers on the Eagles for fantasy purposes.
- Alshon Jeffery is quietly having a good season so far. Though he’s scored under 10 ten points in 2 out of 3 games (8.80, 22.20 and 9.60) the targets are coming his way. Through 3 games Jeffery has seen 28 targets or 9.33 per game. His catch rate is sitting at a career-tying worst 50%. If Jeffery can see any positive regression to his career average 56% career catch rate obviously his fantasy scoring would increase. Keep in mind that Jeffery missed a lot of practice time in the preseason due to injury(shocking I know). With additional familiarity I wouldn’t be shocked to see Wentz and Jeffery improve their on-field rapport. I might be sending out some offers this week for Jeffery.
- Nelson Agholor had 20 yards off of 2 receptions and saw 3 targets. I hope for anyone that owns Agholor you don’t have to start him. If you do I hope you get one decent game out of him so you can sell moderately high.
New York Giants
- Odell Beckham Jr. is simply amazing.
— Snack Time Fantasy (@Snack_TimeFS) September 24, 2017
In case there’s any doubt, there shouldn’t be. Beckham is the number 1 dynasty asset.
2. I thought the Eagles backfield situation was bad. The Giants are putrid. 17 carries for 49 yards, a less than robust 2.9 yards per carry. If you were thinking of stashing Paul Perkins or Orleans Darkwa, just don’t.
3. Looking at Sterling Shepard’s box score it would appear he an impressive day. 133 yards on 7 receptions and a touchdown is a nice box score. 77 of those yards came on a touchdown where the backup safety took what has to be one of the worst angles I’ve ever seen when trying to tackle Shepard. At most Shepard should have picked up 15 yards on the play. Try to sell high on the gaudy stat line.
4. Eli Manning looked washed for the entire day up until the 4th quarter. Just note the Eagles came into the game without one of the starting safeties. During the game, the Eagles also lost All-Pro Fletcher Cox and ascending superstar Middle Linebacker Jordan Hicks. On top of that, Jim Schwartz thought it’d be a good idea to play Beckham with single coverage.
5. Olivier Vernon had a sack and 4 solo tackles. Keenan Robinson led the team with 10 total tackles.
Cleveland Browns 28 Indianapolis Colts 31 – Randy Young (@DFFMemphis)
- There was a TY Hilton sighting today. TY had 7 catches for 153 yards and a TD today, but no so fast my friend. The 61 yard TD catch on a blown Jabrill Peppers’ pursuit angle was nice, but TY won’t see Cleveland again anytime soon. He goes to Seattle and faces the Legion of Boom next week, but sees a San Fran secondary recently torched by Sammy Watkins. TY and the Colts get more good news in point #2.
- Andrew Luck is on track to play as soon as week 5 against San Francisco, but Week 6 against division for Tennessee may be more likely in week 6. This is good news for all he owners who took a gamble on Luck and his teammates.
- You were warned last week and it needs to be said again, don’t expect your fantasy running backs to run all over any. The Colts gave up just 67 yards on 14 carries. They have only faced one premium back this year, Todd Gurley, but have made significant strides in an area that was an absolute liability in recent years.
- Don’t get cute, Jacoby Brissett isn’t a streaming option or worth rostering anywhere outside of two QB leagues. He has Seattle in week 4 and the news that Luck could return as soon as week means that Jacoby’s days are numbered. Just hope he continues to help the value of the Colts skill position players.
- Jack Doyle was a huge disappointment in week 3. He managed just 1.6 PPR points against the most generous defense a fantasy TE could and it comes one week after dropping 15.9 PPR points on Arizona, which happened to be one of the toughest against the TE. Doyle’s past two weeks are an example of the rollercoaster that owners can expect when starting Colts with Brissett under center
- Isaiah Crowell owners, feel free to panic. He had 44 yards on 12 carries and is returning nowhere near is startup ADP of a 3rd round pick. He is getting goal-line work stolen by QB DeShone Kizer. The Browns are continually in negative games scripts, which favor backfield mate Duke Johnson Jr. You can’t sell Crow yet, but you may consider it the minute that Crow has any type a bounce back.
- What happened to this vaunted offense line that was supposed to rival that of those in Dallas and Oakland? This group added Kevin Zeitler and JC Tretter in the offseason and they were ranked as the 2nd best line during the preseason by Pro Football Focus. They are going to have to find that form quickly if Crowell owners are going to recoup any of their draft capital in 2017.
- DeShone Kizer had a 47% completion rate and looked lost at times. He threw three interceptions but bailed his day out with a one-yard TD run. He is certainly worthy of a taxi stash in dynasty and a bench spot in 2QB redraft leagues, but let him ride the pine until he shows a consistent weekly output.
- The Cleveland wide receivers did Kizer no favors on Sunday. These jokers dropped at least 7 passes on Sunday. Say it with me, “There are no streaming options in the Cleveland receiving corps”. Not Hollywood Higgins, not Ricardo Lewis, and most certainly not Kenny Britt. The big money given Britt in free agency has to feel eerily similar to the scenario involving Dwayne Bowe a few years back. They’re wasting a large amount of money on veteran that will never live up to his cap hit.
- David Njoku needs to be on your redraft radar. He has a TD catch two games in a row and looks like the only passing option that can be relied on Cleveland. We know that this team will see a lot of negative games scripts and Njoku could make a great redraft stash at a position riddled with injury and underproduction.