You have to love when two guys have career days and the starting percentages are probably pretty low on them. I say pretty low because I’m sure there were people in bad bye week spots or in deeper leagues that had to start Chase Edmonds or Marvin Jones Jr. Marvin Jones is a solid WR3 for fantasy but I don’t think that many were elated about slotting him in against the Vikings. For those that were savvy enough to start Jones Jr., he rewarded them with 10 catches, 93 yards and 4 touchdowns. That is a best ball format wet dream. In the leagues that I own Jones Jr., I can’t see myself leaving him on the bench again against the Giants next week.
Chase Edmonds was a different type of situation. David Johnson was named active going into the game and he took one carry for 2 yards and didn’t touch the ball again for the rest of the game. I’m guessing that the majority of people that heard Johnson was active took Edmonds out of their lineup. Well, Edmonds carried the ball 27 times for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. Incredible. Let’s get to some other performances from the early slate on Sunday.
- I put Jared Goff into my start/sit column as a “start” this week and he lived up to the billing. Goff threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdown passes and he also ran one in. It was a pretty nice bounce back day for Goff.
- I also put Gerald Everett in there as a start and he caught 4 balls for 50 yards and a touchdown. He will finish as a TE1 this week.
- Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Brandin Cooks combined for 22 targets but none of them were able to find the endzone. Robert Woods led the group with 80 receiving yards.
- Matt Ryan was truly awful on Sunday. 159 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Matt Ryan left in a walking boot and will have an MRI today.
- Jalen Ramsey might be the spark that the Rams’ defense needs. He was in Julio Jones’ grill all day and held him to under 100 yards and out of the endzone.
- Austin Hooper found the endzone during garbage time via a Matt Schaub pass to somewhat save his day.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick provided hope for Preston Williams and DeVante Parker. Besides the fumble, Williams had a pretty good day catching 6 passes for 82 yards. Parker caught 5 balls for 55 yards and a touchdown. Also, there were more Mike Gesicki sightings! 4 catches for 41 yards for the MVP of my heart.
- Mark Walton out-touched Kenyan Drake 14-6 on the ground and averaged 4.7 ypc on the day.
- The long-awaited return of Devin Singletary was a disappointment. He wasn’t at all involved in the passing game and only carried the ball 7 times for 26 yards.
- Cole Beasley and John Brown both caught Josh Allen touchdown passes.
- I mentioned Gardner Minshew this week as a deep league started and he threw for 255 yards and a touchdown. Minshew also ran for 48 yards.
- Not without fault, I also said to start Joe Mixon and he had a combined 4 yards on the day. He did at least catch a touchdown pass.
- Alex Erickson and Auden Tate combined for over 200 receiving yards. I bet you thought you would never read that before the season.
- D.J. Chark has slowed down a little bit, but he did end up with 73 yards and a double digit day in PPR leagues.
- There wasn’t a single touchdown in the 49ers and Redskins game. Adrian Peterson led all position players outside of QB in yards with 81 and he also had a fumble. Kittle had 3 catches for 38 yards. Damn that weather.
- Matthew Stafford had a huge game and became the youngest player ever to cross 40,000 career passing yards. Of course, you already know who caught all of the touchdown passes.
- Kerryon Johnson and Adam Thielen both left this game with injuries that do not look very promising for next week, but no need to speculate any further without proper diagnosis.
- Dalvin Cook ripped through the Detroit front 7 for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. What a great draft value for those that took a leap of faith.
- Stefon Diggs had another nice day with 7 catches for 142 yards. He caught a long game clincher in the 4th quarter. One would think that he has to feel a little better about being in Minnesota.
- Kenny Golladay didn’t do much, but Danny Amendola caught 8 passes for 105 yards. Probably on somebody’s bench.
- Saquon Barkley made his much anticipated return and carried the ball 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.
- Kyler Murray was disappointing, but he simply didn’t have to do much with Chase Edmonds looking like Emmett Smith.
- Golden Tate saw 11 targets and caught 6 of them for 80 yards. He’s comfortably a great PPR option.
- Sorry about Darius Slayton guys, I thought this was the perfect smash spot for him. I started him in a couple spots too.
- Aaron Rodgers had a career day without his best wide receiver because of course he did. He played so well even Jimmy Graham scored again.
- Darren Waller The BALLER got his first and second touchdown as a Raider. Waller caught 7 out of his 8 targets for 126 yards.
- Josh Jacobs continues to show that he is a complete 3 down back averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He did get stuffed at the goal line, but give the rookie a break!
- It only took Marquez Valdes-Scantling 2 catches to have a great fantasy day. Scantling ran in a 74 yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter.
- Allen Lazard did a little bit with 3 catches for 43 yards, but with Allison and MVS active, his value was zapped.
- Aaron Jones redeemed his touchdown drop from last week with a first quarter touchdown catch in this one. He also added 50 yards on the ground.
- Keelan Doss might be worth a waiver wire look if Tyrell Williams continues to miss time. Doss caught 3 balls for 54 yards. He was targeted 5 times.
- Deshaun Watson threw a couple of picks against the Colts, but he did add 300 yards and a touchdown. It actually wasn’t a bad day for him considering how well Frank Reich historically is at containing him.
- Marlon Mack and Carlos Hyde combined for under 80 yards on the ground. This was a pretty boring game for running backs.
- Jacoby Brissett ripped apart this secondary with 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. I’m sure he was glad to get T.Y. Hilton back.
- Zach Pascal caught 6 balls for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s an interesting waiver wire name, but I’m not incredibly enthused that this continues for him.
- DeAndre Hopkins finally had another WR1 afternoon. This isn’t too surprising considering that the Colts aren’t that great against opposing team’s stud receivers. 9 catches 106 yards and a touchdown has to put some of the concern about him to rest.
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