I’d like to dedicate this week’s Beyond the Numbers to Week 6’s fantasy darling: Jay Ajayi. His 204 yard explosion versus Pittsburgh goes against every data point you could have on the guy, and gives a little bit of credit to a “beyond the numbers” mentality. Everyone seems to be flip flopping more than Ajayi’s mascot about whether he or Arian Foster will be the main man (myself included), and hopefully now we’ve found our answer. That joke would’ve probably landed better if Miami’s mascot was a fish, but hey, you got to work with what you got. This week, I’m on the lookout for the next monster performance, so let’s get to it…
Jay Ajayi – Look at the Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware situation to shed light on this backfield. You have a proven back in Charles (Arian Foster) whose only problem is with health, not productivity. Andy Reid and Co. seem happy to take what Ware (Ajayi) has given them and sprinkle in Charles (Foster) when necessary, as Ware (Ajayi) is actually producing. It’s been working for Kansas and it worked for Miami last week, so I don’t see either moving on from a good thing.
Mike Gillislee – LeSean McCoy has just been diagnosed with a mild to moderate hamstring strain, and I don’t see any way the Bills can justify starting him. Soft tissue injuries are ones to linger, and they’d run the huge risk of a setback sidelining him for weeks. If you’re a McCoy owner, or honestly anyone, Gillislee should be trusted as a top 12 running back this week if McCoy doesn’t play.
Lamar Miller – Biggest fantasy day coincides with his lone touchdown on the year. Will the touchdowns continue? Not Likely. Should I still start him and get RB1 value every week from volume? Yup. Even against Denver? Yup. Any more questions? Nope.
Martellus Bennett – If you think Rob Gronkowski is a behemoth, check out Martellus Bennett’s player card, as he’s even bigger than Gronk. Both wreak havoc in the redzone, and we all saw the three touchdown game versus Cleveland where Gronk was double teamed and Martellus was wide open. Sure, two tight end sets came crashing down in New England before, but assuming Bennett can stay on the right side of the law, he’s got weekly TE1 written all over him.
Terrelle Pryor – Sometimes I wish fantasy football had similar rules to fantasy baseball; wouldn’t it be nice if Pryor had QB, RB, and WR eligibility? Sadly, he’s just going to be a WR this year, but a WR that should be in your lineup every single week. Only eight guys in the league have targets than him, and his versatility at other positions just add value to his stock. The Browns may not win a game all year, but that doesn’t really matter to your weekly point total. He’s locked in as a weekly borderline WR1.
Kenny Britt – Boy do I hate talking about scrub players on scrub teams, but like I said above about the Browns applies here… you’re weekly point total doesn’t really care what the situation is. He’s only been under 75 yards in game twice this season, and once Jeff Fischer realizes 50% isn’t all that great in the win column or completion percentage, Britt may steal some looks from the team leader in targets, Tavon Austin. The touchdowns were fluky so don’t expect those to continue, but with bye weeks looming, he’s a decent FLEX play.
Torrey Smith – He still hasn’t had more than 3 receptions in a game this year and is sitting pretty ranked 63rd at his position, so why am I even talking about him? He caught a 53 yard touchdown last week, and that’s after Colin Kaepernick missed him on 59 yard touchdown on the opening drive. Smith still has the ability to get past defenses and Kaepernick has the arm to bomb him the ball. He’s probably one of the more boom or bust options out there, but I see plenty boom days ahead. He’s a sneaky FLEX play this week and most likely for all the weeks Kaep starts.
Todd Gurley – It’s about time to check back in on him after week 3’s Todd Gurley’s Looking Squirrelly. He looks pretty ordinary to me nowadays, and with Benny Cunningham healthy again, he’ll be losing some of the receptions. If you drafted him and haven’t traded him yet, you’re still starting him, but you can’t be happy about his touchdown dependency. Still look to trade, but there are worse things than holding on to a guy guaranteed to get 17+ touches a game.
Hunter Henry – First things first, I know there’s always trust issues when it comes to a guy with two first names, but let me make a case for Henry. Although he’s only started four games this year, he’s currently ranked fifth in receiving yards among tight ends. Even without the touchdowns, he still has a very respectable floor as the Charger’s new No. 1 tight end, as they throw the ball quite a bit. If he’s on the waiver wire, go grab him and start him; he’s a weekly TE1.