Redskins 27 Eagles 20
The Eagles defense got gashed by the Redskins on Sunday. Matt Jones ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries (8.4 YPC). As a team, Washington rushed for 230 yards on 33 carries (7.0 YPC).
Extra Points: Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception…TE Jordan Reed missed the game with a concussion. In his absence Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson caught a combined 10 passes on 20 targets…Reed’s replacement Vernon Davis only caught two passes but one went for a touchdown…Carson Wentz completed just 11-of-22 passes for 179 yards and no touchdowns. The rookie was under pressure all day and missed some open receivers. It was a rough outing but he’ll have better games in his future…Zach Ertz was shut down (1/22) for the second straight game. Ertz only has four catches in two games since returning from a rib injury.
Jaguars 17 Bears 16
Brian Hoyer went over 300 yards (302) for the fourth consecutive game but this time he didn’t throw any touchdowns to help fantasy owners. Hoyer attempted 49 passes in a losing effort. He’s now averaging 44 pass attempts since taking over as the Bears starting quarterback.
Extra Points: Cameron Meredith had his second big game in a row. Meredith caught 11 passes for 113 yards on a team-leading 15 targets. Meredith has been targeted 27 times in the last two games…Alshon Jeffery caught 7-of-13 targets for 93 yards. It was Jeffery’s best fantasy game since the opener…Mike Fox must have thought two strong games were enough for Jordan Howard. Howard carried the ball 15 times for 34 yards and a touchdown, while Ka’Deem Carey saw nine carries for 50 yards…Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns continue to be fantasy disappointments. The two combined for just eight receptions, 123 yards and no touchdowns on 17 targets Sunday.
Patriots 35 Bengals 17
Tom Brady didn’t quite match last week’s numbers. He had to settle for 376 yards and three touchdowns. In his two games since returning from suspension, Brady has thrown for 782 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.
Extra Points: Rob Gronkowski had his best game of the season. Gronk caught seven balls for 162 yards and a touchdown on nine targets…James White has really seen his fantasy value increase with Brady back. White caught eight passes, scored twice and gained 66 total yards Sunday. He’ll continue to be a valuable fantasy asset in PPR leagues with Brady under center…Julian Edelman still hasn’t gotten going yet this season. Edelman was held to 30 yards on four catches…A.J. Green saw 10 targets but he was held in check for the most part. Green finished with six receptions for 88 yards.
Giants 27 Ravens 23
Odell Beckham, Jr. exploded for eight catches, 222 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. OBJ was quiet in the first half but broke out after halftime with two long scores.
Extra Points: Eli Manning threw for 403 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Over half of Manning’s yards and two of his scores went to Beckham. His other touchdown throw was a 24-yard strike to rookie Roger Lewis…The Giants couldn’t run the ball at all. New York ran it 17 times for just 38 yards (2.2 YPC)…Joe Flacco threw for 307 yards but no touchdowns…Terrance West ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries (3.8 YPC)…One of the offensive stars for the Ravens Sunday was kicker Justin Tucker. Tucker connected on 3-of-3 field goals and added two extra points.
Saints 41 Panthers 38
In the wildest game of the day, Drew Brees out-dueled Cam Newton. Brees threw for 465 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Newton countered with 322 yards, three scores and one interception.
Extra Points: Brandin Cooks had a huge game, catching 7-of-9 targets for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Cooks can run hot and cold but he was certainly red hot against the Panthers struggling secondary…Rookie Mike Thomas continues to out-produce Willie Snead. Snead (4/47) saw seven targets to Thomas’ (5/78/1) five but Thomas had the more productive fantasy day…Coby Fleener (6/74/1) had his best game as a Saint…Jonathan Stewart returned from a hamstring injury and ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (4.5 YPC). Stewart will continue to dominate touches as long as he’s healthy.
Dolphins 30 Steelers 15
In the most surprising outcome of the day, the Dolphins shut down the high-powered Steelers offense. Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (8.2 YPC) to help lead Miami to the upset.
Extra Points: Jarvis Landry bounced back from a poor game to catch 7-of-9 targets for 91 yards…DeVante Parker caught five balls but he turned those receptions into only 28 yards…Ben Roethlisberger left the game for a while with a knee injury and he didn’t look right once he returned. Big Ben finished 19-of-34 for 189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions…Antonio Brown was held to four receptions for 39 yards on eight targets. Brown usually follows up a poor game with a strong one. He gets the Patriots next week…Le’Veon Bell was the one Steeler who had a strong fantasy day. Bell gained 108 total yards on 16 touches.
Titans 28 Browns 26
Marcus Mariota has caught fire. On Sunday he threw for 284 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 64 yards. In his last two games, Mariota has thrown for 447 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
Extra Points: Kendall Wright had by far his best game of the season. Wright caught eight passes for 133 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. The Tennessee receiver situation is a volatile one. It’s hard to trust one guy week-to-week right now…DeMarco Murray had a disappointing outing against a Browns defense that’s struggled to stop running backs. Murray ran for 65 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (3.1 YPC)…Cody Kessler has been solid since taking over as the starter. Kessler threw for 336 yard and two touchdowns…Terrelle Pryor continues to be the Browns top fantasy star. Pryor caught 9-of-13 targets for 75 yards and two touchdowns. He remains a WR2/3 even on an inconsistent offense.
Bills 45 49ers 16
Not even an injury can stop LeSean McCoy right now. McCoy left the game against San Francisco in the second quarter with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. He returned after halftime though to finish with 140 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries (7.4 YPC).
Extra Points: Tyrod Taylor threw for 179 yard and two touchdowns. He also ran for 68 yards on eight carries. Taylor isn’t throwing for a ton of yards but his touchdowns and rushing numbers keeps him in the streaming conversation most weeks…Colin Kaepernick got the start at quarterback but the result was the same for the 49ers offense. Kaepernick completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He added 66 yards rushing…Torrey Smith caught three passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. He’s one player who could see a bump in fantasy value with Kaepernick at quarterback.
Rams 31 Lions 28
It was an unexpected shootout between the Lions and Rams Sunday. Matthew Stafford threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Case Keenum played well in a losing effort, throwing for 321 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Keenum also scored a rushing touchdown.
Extra Points: Golden Tate got off to a slow start in 2016 but he broke out in a big way against the Rams. He caught eight balls for 165 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 10 targets. Tate was dropped in a lot of leagues but this game could jump-start him for the rest of the season…The Lions running game is a mess right now. With Theo Riddick out, Zach Zenner led Detroit in rushing with 58 yards on 14 carries (4.1 YPC)…Kenny Britt is establishing himself as a weekly fantasy weapon. Britt caught seven passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets…Todd Gurley once again put up modest fantasy numbers. Gurley tallied 97 total yards on 18 touches.
Chiefs 26 Raiders 10
Jamaal Charles is back. Spencer Ware didn’t care. Ware ran the ball 24 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 22 yards. Charles scored his first touchdown of the year but the day belonged to Ware.
Extra Points: Jeremy Maclin (3/49) had a good matchup against the Raiders but playing in the rain, he only saw three targets on the day…Amari Cooper had his second 100-yard game in a row. Cooper caught 10 passes for 129 yards on a team-high 13 targets…It was a rough game for Michael Crabtree who was shadowed by Marcus Peters. Crabtree was held to just two catches for 10 yards…The good news is DeAndre Washington took command of the Raiders backfield. The bad news is he only ran for 49 yards on 10 carries.
Seahawks 26 Falcons 24
Matt Ryan continues to be a fantasy stud even in a tough matchup. Ryan threw for 335 yards three touchdowns and an interception. The Falcons came up a little short but after strong back-to-back games at Denver and Seattle, Ryan proved he can put up good fantasy numbers against any defense.
Extra Points: Julio Jones gave Richard Sherman fits. Jones hauled in seven balls for 139 yards and a touchdown. Jones is a must-start in any matchup…Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were used as Atlanta’s primary weapons last week against the Broncos. This week the two combined for just 68 total yards on 21 touches…Christine Michael was held to 64 yards on 18 carries (3.6 YPC) but he scored twice to reward fantasy owners…Jimmy Graham remains one of the top weekly tight end plays. Graham caught six passes for 89 yards on a team high nine targets.
Cowboys 30 Packers 16
It’s a new week but the same story for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers. Prescott did show that he’s human by tossing his first career interception. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 157 yards on 28 carries (5.6 YPC). Elliott is the first rookie in NFL history to post 130 yards rushing in four straight games.
Extra Points: Cole Beasley doesn’t rack up a lot of yards but he keeps doing enough to warrant fantasy consideration each week. Beasley caught all six targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns Sunday…Aaron Rodgers just isn’t playing like Aaron Rodgers. He threw for 294 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Rodgers also lost a fumble and missed a number of open receivers on the day…Ty Montgomery had his best game of the year. Montgomery led the team in targets (12), receptions (10) and yards (98)…Eddie Lacy wasn’t 100 percent with a gimpy ankle. He managed to churn out 65 yards on 17 carries (3.8 YPC).
Texans 26 Colts 23
The Texans came back to beat the Colts Sunday night thanks in large part to Lamar Miller. Miller rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries (6.2 YPC). He also caught three passes for 29 yards and a score.
Extra Points: DeAndre Hopkins was targeted a team-high 15 times. He finished with nine receptions for 71 yards…Andrew Luck threw for 252 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He added 53 yards and a touchdown rushing…Frank Gore ran for 106 yards on 22 carries (4.8 YPC)…It’s the Colts first 100-yard rusher since 2012. T.Y. Hilton had a quiet night. Despite being targeted nine times, Hilton caught just three balls for 49 times. It was the first time this season Hilton was targeted less than 11 times in a game.