Last week. The Stats Machine had a chance to rest its algorithms and recharge its data structures. This week, it’s ready to pinpoint last week’s top performances. Looking back is always easier than looking ahead, but it’s important that when looking back, to ensure we are examining the right stats. The Stats Machine does that for us. Let’s see what it saw last week.

Quarterback

Matthew Stafford (Score: 117.8) – With 27 completions for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns, this performance was the best among quarterbacks so far this season according to The Stats Machine. Coming into this game the Bears were only giving up 197.2 passing yards per game. I see Stafford as more of a matchup kind of player who should be started about 60 percent of the time. Currently with 9 interceptions on the season, only Peyton Manning has more (10).

Philip Rivers (Score: 105.4) – King Philip was at it again. Last week he threw for 503 yards and 2 touchdowns. Yes, 503 yards! Wowzers! On the season he is averaging 352 yards, 2 touchdowns and just over 20 points per game. I’ve always been a fan of Rivers in fantasy. He’s a guy you get at a discount after the big names and he can easily put up top five stats. Currently only four other quarterbacks have scored more fantasy points.

Blake Bortles (Score: 87) – One of those four players that have more points than Rivers is Blake Bortles. Talk about a nice surprise. At this point I’m sure he’s been snatched up in most leagues, especially with the bye weeks underway. In last week’s loss he threw for 331 yards and 3 touchdowns. This, however, also came with 3 interceptions. Bortles has opened up a lot of eyes so far.

Running Back (PPR)

Devonta Freeman (Score: 37.48) – Freeman seems to be a staple in this series. When you’re playing as good as he is there’s no hiding from The Stats Machine. One hundred yards rushing, 1 rushing touchdown, 8 receptions and a receiving score. Yes, yes and yes. Why don’t I own this guy anywhere? While this effort did come against the weak Saints rushing defense, it shouldn’t blur the fact that Freeman is the real deal. With 505 yards rushing, only Matt Forte has more (507). However Freeman has 9 rushing TDs compared to Forte’s 2.

Mark Ingram (Score: 35.03) – Ingram’s two rushing touchdowns against a the Falcon’s defense which is allowing 1.6 rushing touchdowns per game is exactly why I love stats. Coming into this game the Falcons were only allowing 73.6 rushing yards per game. That was the fourth lowest in the league. They held Ingram to just 46 yards, but as the numbers projected, he was able to find the end zone (twice).

Honorable Mention: Chris Ivory (34.85), Arian Foster (34.81) and Jonathan Stewart (33.85)

Running Back

Jonathan Stewart (Score: 37.82) – Going up against one of the strongest defenses against the rush (Seattle), Stewart was able to run for 78 yards and 2 scores. He’s averaging only 59.6 yards per game and these were his first two touchdowns of the season. I’m likely only starting him when the matchup is tempting and/or I have a regular starter on a bye.

Mark Ingram (Score: 35.61) – See above

Honorable Mention: Chris Ivory (33.01) and DeMarco Murray (30.53)

Wide Receiver (PPR)

Martavis Bryant (Score: 59.4) – Coming into this game the Cardinals were giving up 145 receiving yards per game. Once Vick was out of the game Bryant put up 137 yards on 6 receptions, scoring 2 six-pointers. Everyone that bet on Antonio Brown, had to watch Martavis go wild. This was his first game back from suspension, and it was a great one. Maybe he should smoke some weed and sit out four games more often!

DeAndre Hopkins (Score: 56.92) – DeAndre, which I believe means “The Andre”, has been the top wide receiver in football. This week he had 10 catches on 15 targets for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the season he is averaging 8.6 receptions, 121 yards in the air and almost a touchdown per game. Over six games those are mighty impressive statistics. If he had a son, I wonder if he’d name him John.

Honorable Mention: Keenan Allen (51.58)

Wide Receiver

Martavis Bryant (Score: 41.75) – See above

DeAndre Hopkins (Score: 34.36) – See above

Tight End (PPR)

Jimmy Graham (Score: 38.64) – Finally Jimmy Graham decided to show up to the party. Other than week 3, he’s been relatively quiet for what we’re used to expecting from him. With 8 receptions on 140 yards he made it clear that he’s still a top tight end. I’m not so certain he has the value he’s had in years past, but I’d still be more than happy to have him in my lineup. Coming into this game the Panthers defense was averaging just 23.3 yards to opposing tight ends. That was the lowest in the league.

Benjamin Watson (Score: 38.05) – Last week’s Saints passing game seem to be all about the Benjamin. After five mediocre games in which he averaged 3 catches for 27.8 yards, Watson exploded with 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. Even though this was a great game, I’m still not looking to add him any leagues.

Honorable Mention: Greg Olsen (34.8) and Julius Thomas (34.01)

Tight End

Greg Olsen (Score: 28.70) – Olsen is a top five tight end. This week he showed us why, catching 7 passes for 131 yards and touchdown. This was a short description. Sorry Greg.

Jimmy Graham (Score: 28.32) – See above

Benjamin Watson (Score: 28.18) – See above

Honorable Mention: Julius Thomas (26.61) and Gary Barnidge (25.9)

For a full account of the stats, the Excel Spreadsheet can be downloaded here.

 

 

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  1. Scooter G says:
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    Duke Johnson was just dropped in my 10 team standard league which is great because I have a whole slew of RBs who haven’t done much yet!

    Would you drop any of these guys for him?

    Abdullah, Riddick, cj Anderson, knile Davis, c Michael,

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scooter G: That’s a tough question. I’d have to see what Knile does this week. It would be great if West can just emerge as the guy in KC, but it’s still up in the air. It’s really a crapshoot between every one of those players…

      • Scooter G says:
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        @malamoney:

        I guess if it is that close I will drop Riddick since its a standard league and it doesn’t seem like he could ever become the lead back.

        Thanks for the input!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Scooter G: If standard then that’s a good call…

  2. Jake DuBois says:
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    Things aren’t looking great for me this year, so I’m looking to trade Antonio Brown for future assets. Which side would you prefer (balancing both current year value and next year’s value):

    Steve Smith Jr. + Ronnie Hillman (7th round keeper value) + 6th round pick

    OR

    Vincent Jackson + Duke Johnson (7th round keeper) + 3rd round pick

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jake DuBois: Who is Steve Smith Jr?

      • Jake DuBois says:
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        @malamoney:

        My bad. Steve Smith Sr.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Jake DuBois: He is likely retiring after this season. I kinda like Duke over Hillman and obviously a 3rd round pick over a 4th…

  3. Nick says:
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    Hey Malamoney, would you trade the STL Defense & Tate for AZ Defense & J Matthews? 10-team standard scoring league…I picked up Tate off waivers a few weeks back & also grabbed STL from waivers after their bye for $3 FAAB (had em previously but had to drop due to bye)…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Nick: I’d want Arizona and Matthews in that deal…

  4. Brian says:
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    I have to drop one of these backs to make room for Ledariious Green my choices are.
    Starks
    C. Michael
    Jones from Washington
    J. Randle
    Which one would you dispose of ?
    I don’t think Gates plays this week and I believe Green will go nuts if Gates is out.

    Thanks

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Brian: If forced, I guess it has to be Jones. After this week will have a better idea of what’s going on in Dallas, but as of now, who knows…

  5. Pppphhh says:
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    Trade sammy Watkins for runningback depth? Cj Anderson perhaps?

    Sammy wouldn’t play on my team I’ve got Alshon, the Bryant’s. Antonio, bmarshall..

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Pppphhh: CJ blows…

      • Pppphhh says:
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        @malamoney: haha I know.. Sammy blows too. I don’t think I’d ever start him since I have 4 better receivers on my team. Plus Sammy= mr. Glass..

        What level of a rb would you target with Sammy then?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Pppphhh: No on Starks and no on Hillman because of the $11…

  6. heisenberg says:
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    12 team 1pt PPR – 3WR + a flex

    Was offered Moncrief and J. Graham for Lacy. Have to accept, right?

    Ryan
    Lacy, D. Johnson, Hillman, Sims, Coleman, Bradshaw, Starks
    Alshon, A. Rob, Cooks, Garcon, Hankerson
    Olson
    Tucker
    STL

    Thanks in advance.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @heisenberg: I don’t think so. Graham isn’t a major upgrade over Olsen. And despite Lacy’s slow start, he’s still your top RB…

  7. friar says:
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    My team in a 14-team, non-ppr league needs RB help. Badly. CJ Anderson and Carlos Hyde haven’t been working out so great as my top two RBs, and I only have Ellington and Riddick behind them. I’m working on making a trade, but in the meantime, I’d like to snag someone off the barren waiver wire who has a chance to break out and become an every week starter for me.

    I think the two best options are David Cobb (who can’t play until Week 9) or Branden Oliver (whose path to relevance probably relies on San Diego benching Gordon). Other options include: Helu, Reece, Shoelace, Allen, or Andre Williams. Who would you recommend I stash on my bench?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @friar: They all stink, but maybe you can take a shot on Cobb…

  8. Dom B says:
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    Hey are you worried about John Browns hamstring this week he hurt himself this week and I have him in my flex. Would you still play him over Steve Smith or is Steve Smith a better option,

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: I like Brown over Smith, but it would be ok to start Smith given the current injury concerns…

  9. joe lucchese says:
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    Good morning jay quick question on a trade offer i got in a 12 team ppr league
    i send ither emmanual sanders and chris ivory or randall cobb and ivory
    for Le’Veon bell and golden tate
    my other wr’s
    moncrief
    john brown
    rishard matthews
    and my other running backs are
    ingram
    Lacy
    hillman
    vereen

    Would you pull the trigger to get Le’Veon???

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @joe lucchese: This isn’t Jay, but I would make that deal to get Bell. Ivory has been great, but he’s no Bell…

  10. Frank White says:
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    Sup Man.. For Rb spot and flex – Wallace, Matt Jones and Charcandrick West?? 2 out of 3 but need at least 1 back

    • Frank White says:
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      oh also Antonio Andrews

      • Frank White says:
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        Please help asap please.. How you been by the way?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Frank White: Is it PPR?

          • Frank White says:
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            yes

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Frank White: Wallace and flip a coin… I’d say Andrews but I think with Atlanta scoring a lot of points, Ten might have to throw it more…

      • Frank White says:
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        CauSE Jay rated West before Matt Jones but the people he rates against disagree but i read that west will get a lot of catches but I have Morris n Jones againsT TB.. UGH

        • Frank White says:
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          West or jones?? i have twins telling me both guys.. Lol

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            @Frank White: Honestly, it’s a coin flip. If it helps the Steelers have only given up 1 rushing TD all season. TB has given up 4…

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