The Stats Machine and I are still riding our Halloween highs. Pro tip: Don’t get low. Also, TSM would like to point out the following:
Based on average score per game, here are some lesser owned running backs in the top-25 TSM rankings. With an average score of 19.86 Jerick McKinnon is someone that should definitely own.I have him in both of my leagues. He is ranked ahead of the likes of Jamaal Charles (19.61), Eddie Lacy (18.41) and Lamar Miller (18.76). Ronnie Hillman comes in at number 18 with a score of 18.09 and is another guy TSM sees as a potential must own. The way he’s been running the ball and the way Montee “wasn’t running the” Ball makes me think Denver would be crazy to give the job back to Montee Ball-less. Other backs of note include Darren McFadden (17.26), Joique Bell (16.47), Shane Vereen (16.09) and Mark Ingram (15.33).
TSM would like you to keep Anquan Boldin (18.59) in mind when considering trades as a great player to try and get added into a deal. I doubt he’s available in your league, although it looks like he’s owned in only 76% of Yahoo! leagues. Right now he’s ranked ahead of Brandon Marshall (18.11), Roddy White (17.98) and Kelvin Benjamin (16.61). And as usual I’d like to give a shout out to my boy Andrew Hawkins (18.15).
Hidden Rupees Category 1: Best of the Rest (Weekly)
These are the players that are owned in less than approximately 85% of most leagues that were top performers based on last week’s stats.
Running Back: Theo Riddick (25.7 SAV)
Vin Diesel starring as Theo Riddick had only 3 carries for 5 yards. So why on earth is he here? That would be his 8 catches on 12 targets for 74 yards and a score. In his previous game he had another 5 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. While Riddick doesn’t appear to be much of a threat on the ground, he has been quite the PPR back while Reggie Bush has been out. Honorable Mention: (Ronnie Hillman and Lorenzo Taliaferro)
Wide Receiver: Martavis Bryant (34.35 SAV)
No relation to Dez, but with 5 catches on 7 targets for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns Martavis put up Dez-like numbers. In the 2 games he has played for the Steelers Bryant has 7 receptions for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns. Move over Dez. Well not quite, but he has certainly caught the attention of The Stats Machine. Honorable Mention: (Brandon LaFell)
Tight End: Heath Miller (29.4 SAV)
Anyone get any Heath bars this year while trick or treating? Me neither. But if you were one of the few that started Heath Miller last week you racked up a cool 7 receptions, 112 yards and a touchdown. Miller’s had one other good game this year. The rest are the reason he is lightly owned and rarely started. Honorable Mention: (Mychal Rivera, Tim Wright)
Hidden Rupees Category 2: Best of the Best (Weekly)
These are the best performing players based on last week’s stats regardless of percentage owned.
Running Back: Arian Foster (38.4 SAV)
Now this is the Arian everyone has been so hoping to see for the last 2 years. With 20 rushes for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, Foster was a beast. But he wasn’t done there. Foster also had 4 catches for 22 more yards and another TD. Arian truly is a running back supremacist. Grab yourself a can of Foster’s and enjoy. Honorable Mention: (Eddie Lacy)
Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin (43.6 SAV)
Twelve receptions on 16 targets for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns! Holy Mac(lin)kerel. If you went up against Jeremy last week it must have felt like you had been hit by a Mac(lin) truck when you saw how many points he scored. Honorable Mention: (Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald)
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (37.95 SAV)
Guess who’s back. Back again. Gronk is back. Tell a friend. Nine targets, nine catches. Gronkowski had 149 receiving yards and 3 touchdown catches. He looked practically unstoppable. He’s been getting healthier all season and at this point I think that only thing that can derail him from being the top tight end for the rest of the season is an injury. Honorable Mention: (Heath Miller)
Hidden Rupees Category 2A: Best of the Best (Year To Date)
“Keep Them Hidden” Rupees: Duds of the Studs (Weekly)
These are the worst performing studs of the week.
Running Back: Marshawn Lynch
Sounds like an ugly situation in Seattle. Wonder where he’ll end up next season.
Wide Receiver: Julian Edelman
Dear Rob Gronkowski. Stop interfering with Edelman’s production.
Tight End: Greg Olsen
After several weeks at the top I’m giving Olsen a pass on this one.
Examine the stats yourself… (Downloadable Excel)