Vikings 31 Texans 13
The Texans offense is the latest to get shut down by the dominant Vikings defense. Lamar Miller was held to just 20 yards on eight carries, while DeAndre Hopkins (5/56/1) managed to score a late touchdown to save his fantasy day. It was another impressive overall defensive performance from the undefeated Vikings.
Extra Points: The Vikings running game never got going Sunday but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Jerick McKinnon (20/36) and Matt Asiata (14/55/1) combined for 34 carries. Overall the Vikings ran the ball 37 times but averaged just 2.6 yards per carry. Minnesota’s leading receiver, Stefon Diggs (groin), didn’t play against the Texans but Adam Thielen stepped up in his absence. Thielen caught seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown on a team-high eight targets. Rookie Will Fuller (1/4) has been hot early in the season but he got smothered by the Vikings secondary. Fuller will have much better fantasy days in the future.
Steelers 31 Jets 13
The Eagles may have woken a sleeping giant with their 34-3 hammering of the Steelers. One week after throwing for five touchdown passes, Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and four scores against the Jets.
Extra Points: Big Ben targeted three receivers (Sammie Coates, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell) 11 times on Sunday but it was Coates who led the way. He caught six balls for 139 yards and two touchdowns…Bell gained 154 total yards on 29 touches…The Jets offense continues to struggle. Ryan Fitzpatrick (255/1) didn’t throw any interceptions this week but the Jets couldn’t score in the second half…Brandon Marshall was targeted a team-high 15 times with Eric Decker (shoulder) still sidelined. Marshall finished with eight receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Matt Forte has been non-existent since his big Week 2 performance against the Bills. Forte gained just 60 total yards on the day.
Titans 30 Dolphins 17
It’s official: The Dolphins aren’t very good. They don’t throw the ball well and they don’t run the ball well. Miami’s defense isn’t very good. Other than that, the Dolphins are in good shape.
Extra Points: Ryan Tannehill completed 12-of-18 passes for 191 yards on Sunday. He threw no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked six times. There are a lot of things wrong with the Dolphins right now but Tannehill is one of them. His time is running out…Jarvis Landry caught just three passes for 28 yards on three targets. No Miami receiver was targeted more than three times in the game…Jay Ajayi got most of the carries (13) with Arian Foster (hamstring) still out. Ajayi ran for 42 yards and a touchdown…Marcus Mariota had his best game of the season, completing 20-of-29 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Don’t get too excited though. Miami’s defense is a dumpster fire…DeMarco Murray remains one of the few dependable weekly fantasy backs. He rushed for 121 yards on 27 carries. Murray also caught five balls for 16 yards.
Colts 29 Bears 23
Brian Hoyer was a popular streaming option this week. He rewarded owners with a career best 397 yards passing against the Colts. Hoyer threw for two touchdowns as well in a losing effort.
Extra Points: Rookie Jordan Howard had his second-straight 100-yard game. Howard ran for 118 yards on 16 carries (7.4 YPC) against the Colts. He also caught three passes for 45 yards and a score. Jeremy Langford is now a distant memory…With Kevin White on IR, Cameron Meredith exploded on the scene. He caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 12 targets. Meredith should continue to see an increased role with White out and Alshon Jeffery less than 100 percent…Andrew Luck (322/2) had another big fantasy day at home…T.Y. Hilton continue to gobble up targets and stats this season. Hilton caught 10-of-11 targets for 171 yards and a score. He’s now been targeted at least 11 times in every game this season…Phillip Dorsett (2/26) has been a major flop with Donte Moncrief sidelined.
Lions 24 Eagles 23
The Eagles defense has been tough on opposing quarterbacks this year. Matthew Stafford bucked the trend, completing 19-of-25 passes for 180 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to help hand Philadelphia its first loss of the season.
Extra Points: The Lions don’t have many healthy bodies left at running back, so Theo Riddick did most of the work on Sunday. Riddick gained 82 total yards and scored two touchdowns on 17 touches…Marvin Jones (4/37) had a quiet day but he did manage to score, so it wasn’t a complete fantasy disaster…Carson Wentz threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns but he finally tossed his first career interception late when the Eagles were trying to drive for the win…Ryan Mathews piled up 75 yards, five receptions and a score on 17 touches but a crucial fourth quarter fumble helped open the door for the Lions…Zach Ertz (3/37) had a disappointing first-game back from a rib injury against a Lions defense that allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends.
Redskins 16 Ravens 10
The Redskins and Ravens played an ugly game where the biggest play was an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jamison Crowder.
Extra Points: It might be time to stop streaming Joe Flacco when he has a good matchup. Flacco once again let fantasy owners down with only 210 yards and a touchdown against a Redskins defense that struggled to defend quarterbacks…Terrance West had his second strong fantasy week in a row. After a 100-yard performance against the Raiders, West ran for 95 yards on 11 carries (8.6 YPC) Sunday…Kirk Cousins threw the ball 41 times His 260/1/1 stat line let down fantasy owners though…Jordan Reed caught 8-of-11 targets but managed to convert them into just 56 yards…The Redskins couldn’t run the ball at all against the Ravens. Washington gained only 60 yards on 20 carries 93.0 YPC) as a team.
Patriots 33 Browns 13
Tom Brady returned from his four-game suspension Sunday and didn’t miss a beat. Brady torched the Browns defense for 406 yards and three touchdowns. If Brady was rusty, the rest of the NFL is in real trouble once he gets his timing back.
Extra Points: There were numerous offensive stars for the Patriots. All three of Brady’s touchdown passes went to Martellus Bennett (6/67)…Then there’s that other Patriots tight end. Rob Gronkowski also returned to fantasy relevance Sunday, catching 5-of-7 targets for 109 yards…Chris Hogan (4/114) went over 100 yards too. Hogan’s fantasy arrow is pointing way up with Brady back under center…The only Brown that made a fantasy blip was Gary Barnidge who caught five balls for 76 yards…Cody Kessler left with a shoulder injury. He’s the third Browns quarterback to get injured this season. Fourth-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst finished out the game, going 12-of-24 for 182 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Falcons 23 Broncos 16
The Falcons showed on Sunday that their offense is diverse enough to give any defense fits. With the Broncos corners taking Julio Jones (2/29) out of the game, it was Atlanta’s running backs that did the damage. Devonta Freeman ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while Tevin Coleman caught four passes for 132 yards and a score.
Extra Points: Matt Ryan has been a fantasy monster early in the year but as expected, the Broncos defense held him in check. Ryan threw for 267 yards and a touchdown. He’ll have much bigger days ahead leading the Falcons offense…Atlanta’s defense has been getting lit up by quarterbacks but Paxton Lynch had an inconsistent first career start. Lynch completed 23-of-35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Trevor Siemian should be back next week…The Broncos got behind early and didn’t rely much on C.J. Anderson. Anderson carried the ball only 11 times on the day for 41 yards (3.7 YPC).
Cowboys 28 Bengals 14
It’s starting to become a broken record but rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott continue to lead the Cowboys to victory. Prescott threw for 227 yards and accounted for two scores. Elliott gashed the Bengals defense for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Cowboys improved to 4-1.
Extra Points: Prescott still doesn’t have Dez Bryant (knee). He’s making up for it by spreading the ball around. Four Dallas receivers saw at least four targets Sunday (Elliott, Jason Witten, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley). Those receivers all caught at least three passes against the Bengals…Andy Dalton (269/2) had a good fantasy day but he racked up most of his stats once the game was out of hand…Brandon LaFell was the Bengals leading receiver Sunday. LaFell caught eight passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns on a team-leading 11 targets…The Cowboys defense did a good job against A.J. Green. Green was limited to four receptions and 50 yards on eight targets.
Bills 30 Rams 19
In a battle of surprisingly hot teams, it was LeSean McCoy and the Bills defense that made the difference. McCoy rushed for 150 yards on 18 carries (8.3 YPC). The Bills defense sacked Case Keenum four times, picked him off twice and scored a touchdown.
Extra Points: Tyrod Taylor only threw for 124 yards on the day but he added two touchdown passes to help his fantasy owners. Taylor also added 28 rushing yards…Keenum threw for 271 yards but no touchdowns and the two interceptions…Todd Gurley still isn’t finding much running room. Gurley managed to churn out 72 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (3.1 YPC)…Kenny Britt (5/75) led the Rams in receiving but no Rams pass catcher can be counted on as a consistent fantasy option at this point.
Raiders 34 Chargers 31
It was another wild game between the Raiders and Chargers Sunday. Amari Cooper caught six passes for 138 yards and his first touchdown of the season to help the Raiders improve their record to 4-1.
Extra Points: Latavius Murray missed Sunday’s game with a toe injury. Rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington were used evenly in his absence. Richard gained 97 yards on 14 touches, while Washington recorded 52 yards on 14 touches. Expect a similar split in workload if Murray misses more time…Philip Rivers had another big game against the Raiders, throwing for 359 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions…The Chargers had two 100-yard receivers on Sunday in Tyrell Williams (5/117/1) and Travis Benjamin (7/117)…Antonio Gates (4/30) was active and scored but Hunter Henry still made an impact with three receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Henry should continue to be a factor in two-tight end sets even with Gates healthy again.
Packers 23 Giants 16
Randall Cobb has taken a backseat to Jordy Nelson through the first month of the season but that changed Sunday night. While Nelson (4/38/1) led the team with 13 targets, Cobb caught nine passes for 108 yards.
Extra Points: Eddie Lacy was on his way to a big game with 81 yards on 11 carries but he was forced to leave the game early in the third quarter with an ankle injury. James Starks too over and was held to just 33 yards on 12 carries (2.8 YPC)…Odell Beckham caught a late touchdown to save his fantasy week but it was another quiet game for him overall. OBJ caught five passes for 56 yards on 12 targets…Bobby Rainey is starting to become fantasy relevant with Shane Vereen injured. Rainey gained 74 total yards on 11 touches.