Fantasy football Week 8 recap and waiver wire suggestions

Week 8 was a week of returns in a lot of ways.

First you had the return of Dez Bryant, who had his best game of the season after missing three contests, catching four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (22) defend as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reaches up to catch a touchdown pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (22) defend as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reaches up to catch a touchdown pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Then you had the return of Tyler Eifert to full strength. The Bengals tight end played in the London game a week after playing limited snaps and caught nine passes for 102 yards and scored.

Another returning tight end, Jordan Reed, caught 9 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown after recovering from a concussion.

There was also the return of Josh McCown to the Browns lineup, and if you’re needing to stream your quarterback, he may be a decent option. He threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

Donte Moncrief, who was gone for five games, came back from injury to gain 41 yards and score a touchdown. His preseason ranking was pretty high and it’s possible he’ll produce like he was expected to before the injury.

Indianapolis Colts' Donte Moncrief (10) makes a three-yard touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs' Steven Nelson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Indianapolis Colts’ Donte Moncrief (10) makes a three-yard touchdown catch against Kansas City Chiefs’ Steven Nelson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Finally, you had the mutiple interception returns, including one 49-yarder for a touchdown, by the Broncos who topped all defenses in scoring this week. They also had four sacks.

Other top scorers were the triplets of Oakland. Derek Carr passed for a franchise record 513 yards and four scores. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree benefited mightily from Carr’s performance. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree had 8 catches for 108 yards.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) pulls in a 34-yard touchdown pass after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Chris Conte (23) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) pulls in a 34-yard touchdown pass after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Chris Conte (23) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

As far as running backs, the Jets backfield was pretty impressive. Matt Forte had 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Bilal Powell rushed for 76 yards and scored. Don’t expect both to be good every week. They were facing the Browns.

On Thursday, DeMarco Murray continued to show last season was a fluke as he rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Melvin Gordon is also proving that his scoreless rookie season was an anomaly. He rushed for 111 yards and caught four passes for an additional 44 yards. Despite not scoring, he has 10 touchdowns this year.

Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers fights off cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers fights off cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Theo Riddick seems to be in a perfect role for the Lions as he totaled 133 yards and caught a touchdown pass.

Devontae Booker had a nice start for the Broncos as he totaled 84 yards and scored.

Marcus Mariota stayed hot while Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers did what you’re used to them doing. Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski as usual while Rodgers even led the Packers in rushing with 60 yards.

Speaking of the Packers, they were hit with some surprise inactives as Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb were unable to play. Jordy Nelson benefited, catching four passes for 94 yards and a TD.

Other receivers with top performances were A.J. Green, Quincy Enunwa, J.J. Nelson, Allen Hurns and Jamison Crowder.

Some receiving duds were Mike Evans and Brandon Marshall. Both had great matchups but neither scored a TD or gained more than 68 yards.

Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden defends New York Jets' Brandon Marshall during the third quarter on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns lost the game 31-28. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden defends New York Jets’ Brandon Marshall during the third quarter on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns lost the game 31-28. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Sadly, it’s time to realize Russell Wilson is not a good fantasy quarterback when he’s got limited mobility. Don’t start him again until he proves he can be productive.

Mark Ingram ended the day with a negative score after being benched for fumbling. You’ll notice his backup on the waiver wire suggestions.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Quarterbacks

Josh McCown, Cleveland (341 yards, 2TDs)
Nick Foles, Kansas City (223, 2)

Running backs

Tim Hightower, New Orleans (27-102)
Rob Kelley, Washington (21-87, TD)
Charcandrick West, Kansas City (16-60)
Dion Lewis, New England

Wide receivers

J.J. Nelson, Arizona (8-79, 2TDs)
Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland (5-31, 2TDs)
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City (5-98, TD)

Fantasy football Week 8 preview

Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.

Each week this space will be dedicated to whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.

Starts

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals — He obviously has a great weapon in A.J. Green, and Tyler Eifert is expected to be more productive after coming back from injury last week. Dalton should be good to go against a Washington pass defense that’s middle of the pack.

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — Feel free to let him loose on an Oakland defense that is 29th in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks — He’s been terrible since the bye, and he’s had only one really good game this season. If he can’t do well against the Saints this week, leave him on the bench.

Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos — Booker was already making an impact, but now that C.J. Anderson will miss significant time, he should be the lead back in Denver.

Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) runs against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) runs against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers — Rodgers is coming off two straight 100-yard games and faces an Oakland defense that is 23rd in points allowed to running backs.

Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Packers — Sure, he’s getting touches at running back, but he’s been targeted a total of 25 times in the passing game in the past two weeks. That volume leads to big results.

Randall Cobb, WR, Packers — Facing the Falcons, a team that gives up nearly 300 yards passing per game, there’s room for more than two Packers receivers to be successful. Cobb has been on a tear the past three weeks. Heck, even Jordy Nelson, who has struggled recently, might have a good game.

Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Will Fuller, WR, Texans — Brock Osweiler doesn’t instill confidence in you, but Fuller is due a good game. He faces a Lions defense that is 26th in points allowed to wideouts, and the speedy rookie has been targeted no less than six times in each game he’s played.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks — The Saints are middle of the road in points allowed to tight ends, but Graham plays like a wide receiver. He should get his this week.

Sits

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears — The only people happy about him starting are Alshon Jeffery owners. Cutler will target Jeffery at will, but that doesn’t mean he’ll produce well himself.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — The last time he faced the Broncos he started the game on fire, but after San Diego took the lead, the game script left him with a bad game. This time he faces Denver on the road with DeMarcus Ware possibly back in the lineup.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) sacks San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jordan Howard, RB, Bears — He’s gained just 62 total yards in his last two games and faces a tough Vikings defense on Monday night.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles — He’s rushed for more than 77 yards only one time this season, and the Cowboys are actually really good at limiting running backs’ fantasy points.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins — His hamstring and shoulder are bothering him and he hasn’t played like a WR1 since Week 3. Sit him against a good Bengals pass defense.

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) waits on a pass defended by Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) waits on a pass defended by Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Travis Benjamin, WR, Chargers — Benjamin had just 17 yards receiving the last time he faced the Broncos. He’s dealing with a knee injury as well, so it makes sense to sit him even if he plays.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Patriots — Play a starter who is the No. 1 tight end option on his team instead of Bennett. He hasn’t been good for two games in a row, and the Bills are fourth best at limiting points by the position.

Week 7 recap and waiver wire suggestions

Last year it was Tim Hightower.

Two years ago it was Odell Beckham Jr.

There’s always that midseason revelation that smart owners either stowed away early or picked up as a free agent to take their team from a contender to a champion. Will it be Jay Ajayi this year?

Ajayi, a second-year running back, turned in just the fifth back-to-back 200-yard rushing performance in NFL history on Sunday. He joined Earl Campbell, O.J. Simpson, who did it twice, and Ricky Williams as the only other backs to accomplish that feat. You’ve got to believe he’s solidified himself as the lead running back in Miami now that Arian Foster has announced his retirement. Ajayi’s had two straight weeks with at least 25 carries, including 28 for 214 yards on Sunday. If for some reason he’s not owned in your league, snatch him up ASAP.

Among the many running backs that had big weeks Melvin Gordon cashed in the most, scoring three times while amassing 121 yards of offense.

Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers rushes away from Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 23, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers rushes away from Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 23, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Matt Forte, who I admit to giving up on, turned in a great game as he rushed for more yards than he had in the three previous weeks combined. He also scored twice.

Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson continue to be the best dual threats around. Bell totaled 149 yards, including 10 receptions while Johnson amassed 171 total yards to go with 8 receptions.

Another great performance came from Jeremy Hill who rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries. But does it really count when it’s done against the Browns? I suppose it does.

One semi-surprise performance came from LeGarrette Blount, who rushed 24 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers. It was thought he’d make a smaller impact once Tom Brady made his return, but the big back has been used to protect, and even expand, leads for the Pats.

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) is upended by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) is upended by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

DeMarco Murray, Spencer Ware, Latavius Murray and Jacquizz Rodgers also had big weeks. Jordan Howard, Ryan Mathews and Christine Michael all disappointed. LeSean McCoy teased owners when it was determined he was healthy enough to play, only to reaggravate his hamstring early in the game.

At wide receiver, your usual suspects had great weeks. A.J. Green, Mike Evans and Julio Jones all performed as you’d expect. T.Y. Hilton bounced back from a subpar week and scored his fourth touchdown in his last five games. Davante Adams was outstanding on Thursday night for Green Bay, catching 13 passes for 132 yards and two scores.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a 37-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a 37-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Kenny Stills surprised with a 5-catch, 100-yard performance to go along with a touchdown. Michael Thomas, Tyrell Williams and Mike Wallace all had 100-yard games as well.

Amari Cooper, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery all stunk up the field. Even Odell Beckham had a bad week. And it’s time to realize that Jeremy Maclin and Allen Robinson are just not going to get it done this year. Some blame goes to their quarterbacks.

Blake Bortles couldn’t even be successful against a bad Oakland defense. Russell Wilson, Eli Manning and Carson Wentz all had forgettable games as well.

Outside of those signal callers, the ones you expected to do well did. Special recognition goes out to Tyrod Taylor, Alex Smith and Marcus Mariota for exceeding expectations.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Running backs

Payton Barber, Tampa Bay (12 touches-84 yards, TD)
Chris Thompson, Washington (19-113)

Wide receivers

Ty Montgomery, Green Bay (19-126)
Russell Shepard, Tampa Bay (5-77, TD)

Tight ends

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis (9-78, TD)

Fantasy football Week 7 preview

Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.

Each week this space will be dedicated to whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.

Starts

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals — When looking for a quarterback to stream in any given week, first ask yourself, “Is he playing the Browns?” Dalton is playing the Browns this week. He’s performing well this season, but lacks the number of touchdown passes you want out of a starter.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins — Cousins hasn’t been bad this year for fantasy, and he gets to face Detroit, a team that gives up the most points to quarterbacks.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans — He’s coming off two monster games so he should be able to produce against the Colts defense, which is 26th in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers — Doug Martin suffered a setback and is out for this week, and Rodgers gets to face the 49ers rushing defense that allows more than 170 yards per game.

Jacquizz Rodgers #32 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball against Robert McClain #27 of the Carolina Panthers in the 1st quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Jacquizz Rodgers #32 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball against Robert McClain #27 of the Carolina Panthers in the 1st quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs — Not to say Jamaal Charles will have a bad game, but Ware will have ample opportunity to put up big numbers against the Saints defense as well. They are last in points allowed to running backs.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Bills — This comes with a major caveat. If LeSean McCoy is healthy enough to go, you won’t want Gillislee starting. If McCoy’s hamstring keeps him out, however, Gillislee is coming off his most productive performance.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars — You were hoping he would be at least a top-10 performing receiver when you drafted him, but he’s been disappointing so far. Start him against the Raiders since they allow the second-most points to wideouts.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs — Consider him a decent start, but he really should do well against the Saints defense. If he doesn’t get it done against them, only use him as a bye week replacement afterward.

Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs after a catch against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 16, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs after a catch against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 16, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals — Again, you have to make sure he’s playing, but if he gets the nod, he should be a solid play against the Browns, who are last in points allowed to tight ends.

Sits

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals — He was a start last week but performed poorly. The Cardinals are in the midst of changing identities, possibly riding the success of running back David Johnson for the rest of the season. Not to mention they face the Seahawks.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets — In Week 2 he had 30 carries and 3 touchdowns. It’s the last time he scored and his numbers have gotten steadily worse. The Ravens are second-best at limiting running backs in scoring.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles — He’s had no more than 11 carries in each of his past four games and he faces a great Minnesota defense that has had two weeks to prepare.

Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by defensive end Trent Murphy #93 of the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by defensive end Trent Murphy #93 of the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at FedExField on October 16, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals — Three touchdowns in his past five games have inflated his production a bit. He probably won’t fare well against the Seahawks.

Will Fuller, WR, Texans — He didn’t play against the Colts last week and he faces the Broncos this week. This matchup is too tough for you to expect positive results.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots — The targets and opportunities are there, but the production hasn’t been. Facing the Steelers, who are ninth best in points allowed to receivers, won’t help. His past four games have been stinkers.

Fantasy football Week 6 recap and waiver wire suggestions

Week 6 has come and gone and while you think you know what will happen with your team, you need to remain diligent in your efforts.

I’ve seen teams go on five-game winning streaks to make the playoffs and win championships and I’ve seen seemingly strong teams lose four in a row to miss the playoffs. You have to stay on top of your team, especially at this point in the season.

This week there were a lot of big performances by running backs, including some surprises. First and foremost was the 25-carry, 204-yard effort by Jay Ajayi. Though Arian Foster made his return, Ajayi shined as he scored twice and might have established himself as the best back in Miami.

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) breaks free for a big gain in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)
Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) breaks free for a big gain in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Another surprise came from Spencer Ware who, despite the return of Jamaal Charles, rushed for 131 yards and scored.

James White and Matt Jones also outperformed expectations. The former scored twice through the air and the latter rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown.

New England Patriots running back James White (28) scores a touchdown past Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots running back James White (28) scores a touchdown past Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The second-best rushing performance, based on yards, came from Ezekiel Elliott. He ran for 157 yards and became the first rookie ever to rush for at least 130 yards in four straight games.

LeSean McCoy, Chistine Michael, Jonathan Stewart and Lamar Miller also had big weeks.

Lamar Miller #26 of the Houston Texans rushes past Rashaan Melvin #30 of the Indianapolis Colts and Darryl Morris #35 in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Lamar Miller #26 of the Houston Texans rushes past Rashaan Melvin #30 of the Indianapolis Colts and Darryl Morris #35 in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

My apologies for suggesting you sit Matt Ryan against the Seahawks. The Falcons quarterback threw three touchdowns, though he turned the ball over twice.

One reason Ryan is still performing well is Julio Jones, who is a must-start since he can produce seven catches for 139 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks’ secondary.

The best wide receiver this week was Odell Beckham Jr., however. His second half this week reminded us of the second half of his rookie season. He finished with 222 yards and two scores.

Another receiver who came up big, despite his stature, was Dallas’ Cole Beasley. He had just 58 yards, but two of his six receptions were touchdowns.

Cole Beasley #11 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 30-16. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Cole Beasley #11 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers 30-16. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Dak Prescott has had solid numbers in three of his last four games and his efficient play is starting to establish a high floor that might be reliable for fantasy owners. If he gets the nod to start after Romo is healthy, consider throwing him into your lineup.

Tom Brady and Drew Brees continued to be the fantasy stars that they are. Brees led the league, along with Matthew Stafford, with four TD passes this week. Brady and Rob Gronkowski continued to dominate.

Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quater at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quater at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Amari Cooper had his second straight 100-yard game as he reestablished himself as the no. 1 receiver in Oakland. He had 10 catches for 129 yards.

Unbelievably, Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin both had bad performances. Wilson had 270 yards passing but failed to produce a touchdown against a Falcons defense he should do better against. Baldwin had just four catches for 41 yards.

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Other underperformers were Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, T.Y. Hilton and Jeremy Maclin.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Quarterbacks

Case Keenum, Rams (321 yards, 3 TDs, not to mention a good second-half schedule)

Running backs

Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
Mike Gillislee, Bills (6 touches-60 yards, TD)
Devontae Booker, Broncos (7-53)
Rob Kelley, Redskins (5-59)
Justin Forsett, Lions (5-5, call it a hunch)
Jacquizz Rodgers, Buccaneers (Doug Martin still not practicing)

Wide receivers

Kenny Britt, Rams (7 catches-136 yards, 2 TDs)
Kendall Wright, Titans (8-133, TD)

Tight ends

C.J. Diedorowicz, Texans (6-85, TD)

Fantasy football Week 6 preview

Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.

Each week this space will be dedicated to whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.

Starts

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals — This game will be telling. If he produces against a poor Jets pass defense, then he can be trusted after enduring a concussion and a couple of poor outings. If not, this top-tier QB could slip down a tier.

Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a pass during the second half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a pass during the second half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks — It appears as if he’d be a must-start every week, but he started the season terribly. He righted the ship in Week 4 and has had a bye week to prepare for a bad Falcons defense.

Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars — He’s had two weeks to prepare for a Bears defense that is ranked in the middle of the road against quarterbacks.

Lamar Miller, RB, Texans — Don’t hold his poor performance against the Vikings against him. They’re shutting everyone down. He should bounce back against the Colts, who are 29th in points allowed to running backs.

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (26) runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (26) runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks — Michael is even proving to be effective in the passing game as he caught a TD pass in his last game. His matchup is great, and it should be apparent in his point total.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers — He’ll be back in the lineup for the Panthers and gets to face the team ranked last in points allowed to running backs, the Saints.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles — Despite getting just 16 touches last week, Mathews produced a touchdown, and he has a great matchup against Washington. If he’s productive in the passing game, he could have a big week.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks — He’s been alternating between good and bad weeks, and he’s due for another big week.

Will Fuller, WR, Texans — You were right to sit him last week against the Vikings as he was shut out. This week’s matchup is much more favorable. The Colts are 19th in points allowed to wideouts.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks — This could be a record for the number of players suggested as starts from one team, but when the Falcons are 31st in points allowed to tight ends, it’s justified.

Sits

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons — Didn’t like him starting last week, and I suggest he not start again as he faces the Seahawks in Seattle. They’re the best at limiting quarterbacks’ fantasy points.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers — You might be interested to see what he’ll be able to do after not starting for quite a while, but that’s no reason to start him until you see some positive signs.

Terrance West, RB, Ravens — He has a tough matchup against the Giants. They allow 96 yards rushing per game and have surrendered just three rushing touchdowns. Expect low-end flex numbers if you have to start him.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals — With his pass-catching ability, Giovani Bernard has a better chance to contribute since the Pats are stout against running backs.

Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals is injured after a hit during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals is injured after a hit during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins — Even if he’s 100 percent, I’d sit him until he has a really good game as a Dolphin. That backfield is ridiculously crowded right now.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, 49ers — With the quarterback change, I’d wait until we see how that affects the suddenly relevant receiver.

Victor Cruz, WR, Giants — Sterling Shepard is getting targeted heavily, and Cruz was held without a catch last week. No need to start someone who appears to be the third-best option on a struggling offense.

Fantasy football Week 5 recap and waiver wire suggestions

In a way Week 5 was just the beginning for some fantasy owners. It marked the return of Tom Brady and was the second week Le’Veon Bell was allowed to run at full throttle.

And both performed as expected with Bell amassing 154 total yards while Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns.

It was like Brady never missed a game and if you had trouble deciding which tight end would be the most useful on the Patriots, either one was a good call. Martellus Bennett scored three touchdowns while Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 105 yards.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady looks to throw against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
New England Patriots’ Tom Brady looks to throw against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Brady even raised the value of Chris Hogan, the wide receiver who caught four passes for 114 yards. He had just one catch for three yards in his two previous games.

Other quarterbacks who had big weeks were Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Derek Carr, who were all suggested as great starts in my column on Saturday. Roethlisberger, who continues to play better at home than on the road, had the best fantasy week as he threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Rivers threw for 359 yards and four TDs to go along with two interceptions. Carr is now a must-start quarterback after throwing for 317 yards and two scores against one pick.

Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

A couple of signal callers who had surprisingly good weeks were Marcus Mariota and Brian Hoyer. Though I did suggest Hoyer as a pickup last week, it was a bit surprising that he had 397 yards and two touchdown passes. Mariota had his best fantasy performance of the year, accounting for four touchdowns, throwing three and rushing for one.

I’ll admit I missed on Eli Manning this week, who really disappointed against a Packers defense that usually lets quarterbacks score big in fantasy. He connected with Odell Beckham Jr. in the end zone for the first time this season, however.

This week’s top receiver was a surprise. Sammie Coates looks like he may turn into a nice replacement for the suspended Martavis Bryant as a deep threat. Roethlisberger connected with Coates six times for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard score.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (14) takes a pass from from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a touchdown with New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams (20) defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates (14) takes a pass from from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a touchdown with New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams (20) defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

Speaking of long scores, Ezekiel Elliott had a 60-yard run as he improved on his fantasy scoring once again, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Two other rookies had big days as Jordan Howard rushed for 118 yards and caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown for the Bears. Tight end Hunter Henry had three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown, outscoring veteran Antonio Gates.

There was great play from T.Y. Hilton (10-171, TD) and Brandon Marshall (8 catches, 114 yards, TD) while Amari Cooper finally caught his first touchdown of the year to go along with 138 yards.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a pass against Chicago Bears cornerback Jacoby Glenn (39) on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The Colts won the game 29-23. (Sam Riche/TNS)
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a pass against Chicago Bears cornerback Jacoby Glenn (39) on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The Colts won the game 29-23. (Sam Riche/TNS)

Other great games were had by Cameron Meredith of the Bears and the Vikings’ Adam Thielen. Meredith’s targets continue to increase with Hoyer starting for Chicago. Thielen broke out after being targeted at least three times in every game this year. You could probably pick him up with the Vikings set to have a bye.

Julio Jones, Julian Edelman and Jarvis Landry all had terrible weeks from the wideout position. Jeremy Hill (4 rushes, 12 yards), Lamar Miller (8-20) and Isaiah Crowell (13-22) were the worst fantasy starters running the ball.

Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks tackles Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller during the first quarter on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks tackles Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller during the first quarter on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

In a surprising turn, both Falcons backs had big games against a tough Broncos defense. Tevin Coleman caught 4 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Devonta Freeman rushed for 88 yards and a score.

Finally I’ve got to give credit to the Bills and Vikings defenses for big weeks in which they both had four sacks and scored a touchdown. Vikings are a must-start defense.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Running backs

Matt Asiata, Vikings (17 touches-101 yards, TD)

Wide receivers

Sammie Coates, Steelers
Cameron Meredith, Bears (9-130, TD)
Adam Thielen, Vikings (7-127, TD)
Chris Hogan, Patriots

Fantasy football Week 5 preview

Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.

Each week this space will be dedicated to whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.

Starts

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders — He’s nearing must-start territory, and if he does well in this matchup against the Chargers’ defense, I’d put him in that category from here on out.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws to a receiver in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws to a receiver in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers — It might seem like a no-brainer, but some have been scared off by his bad games. They regretted it last week when he threw for five TDs. This week, he faces a Jets defense that is 28th in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Eli Manning, QB, Giants — Manning has only one TD in his past three games. That trend should end Sunday when he faces the Packers’ defense, which is 29th in points given up to quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — You can almost start any quarterback who faces the Raiders’ defense, especially one like Rivers.

Jordan Howard, RB, Bears — He’s looked great and gets to face the Colts’ defense, which allows 105 rushing yards per game and is near the bottom in points allowed to running backs.

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots — The Patriots should build a big lead against the Browns in the return of Tom Brady. Once they get ahead, look for a heavy dose of Blount.

Terrance West, RB, Ravens — Coming off a 113-yard performance after getting promoted, West should keep it going against the Redskins. They have given up the most rushing touchdowns in the league (eight) and allow 133 yards rushing per game.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers — Even if Cam Newton doesn’t start, Benjamin is facing a Bucs defense that is 31st in points allowed to wideouts. He has just 39 yards receiving in the past two games, but he should be solid Monday.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins — He’s been targeted at least 10 times every week and has had decent to great games so far this season.

Miami Dolphins' Jarvis Landry runs for a thrid quarter touchdown as they play the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins beat the Browns 30-24 in overtime. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)
Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry runs for a thrid quarter touchdown as they play the Cleveland Browns at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins beat the Browns 30-24 in overtime. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)

Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles — Carson Wentz, who also is a good start this week, has a nice rapport with Ertz, who’s coming off a rib injury. Detroit is second to last in points allowed to tight ends.

Sits

Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons — What’s that? He threw for more than 500 yards last week. Well, he’s at Denver this week, and if history is any indication, he’s due for a stinker.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets — He’s had two bad games in a row and is getting outgained by Bilal Powell. Sit Forte until he gets back on track.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and Bobby Wagner (54) tackle New York Jets' Matt Forte (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and Bobby Wagner (54) tackle New York Jets’ Matt Forte (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Theo Riddick, RB, Lions — Don’t start him against the team that is second-best in points allowed to running backs. The Eagles allow just 71 yards rushing per game and have given up only two rushing TDs.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Browns — Pryor’s had a nice run the past couple of weeks, but he’s got a tough test against the Patriots. If he comes out the other end of it having contributed well, you can start him nearly every week.

Will Fuller, WR, Texans — The Vikings are great at shutting down good receivers. They shut out Benjamin two weeks ago and then held Odell Beckham Jr. to a career low. If any receiver on the Texans is going to perform well, it’s more likely that it will be DeAndre Hopkins instead of the rookie.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Falcons — If you start any pass-catcher for Atlanta, it should be Julio Jones.

Thursday night fantasy football preview: Cardinals at 49ers

It doesn’t look like Thursday night’s game will be one of the best games of the week given injuries and the fact that both teams are 1-3.

The only guys worth starting in Thursday’s game are David Johnson, who’s a consistent must-start, and Carlos Hyde. Johnson leads the league in yards from scrimmage while Hyde is second in the league in scoring.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The opposing running backs should do fine, but I’ve a lot less faith in the passing attacks of both teams.

Carson Palmer is out so Drew Stanton will be at the helm for Arizona and he doesn’t inspire confidence. Blaine Gabbert isn’t a world-beater either. At least Stanton gave us this.

Given the below average quarterback play in this game I’m hard pressed to recommend any receivers to start. If you have little choice, go with Larry Fitzgerald while tempering expectations.

Fantasy football Week 4 recap and waiver wire suggestions

We’re through the first quarter of the NFL’s regular season and if your fantasy football record is 4-0 or 3-1, you’ve got a good shot at making the playoffs. If you’re 2-2, you’re still alive but will have to make some good calls the rest of the way. If you’re 1-3 or 0-4 then you might want to start working on some NBA mock drafts.

If you have a winning record then you probably had some great performances on Sunday, and there were plenty of them.

Julio Jones became the sixth receiver to have a 300-yard game in NFL history as he finished the day with 12 catches, 300 yards and a touchdown. If you have him on your team it was nearly impossible to lose this week, especially if you had him linked up with Matt Ryan.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hauls in a pass in front of Carolina Panthers cornerback Bene' Benwikere and strong safety Kurt Coleman during the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones hauls in a pass in front of Carolina Panthers cornerback Bene’ Benwikere and strong safety Kurt Coleman during the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Ryan had the biggest game of the week as a passer, throwing for 503 yards and four touchdowns.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan celebrates after connecting with wide receiver Julio Jones for a 75-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS) .
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan celebrates after connecting with wide receiver Julio Jones for a 75-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Ben Roethlisberger was amazing as well. He had four touchdown passes by halftime and ended the game with 300 yards and five TDs.

Russell Wilson turned in his first good game of the season. He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, which was the first time he threw for at least 300 yards or more than one touchdown in a game this year. The reemergence of Jimmy Graham is helping as he had his second straight 100-yard game.

On the down side of quarterback play was Matthew Stafford. He had two interceptions and no touchdowns against the Bears. He’s been hit-or-miss this season.

Jameis Winston’s poor performance was a little more understandable since he faced the Broncos. A rushing touchdown saved him from having the worst week by a QB.

Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is sacked by Jared Crick #93 of the Denver Broncos late during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)
Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is sacked by Jared Crick #93 of the Denver Broncos late during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s turnover nightmare continued as he threw three more picks to go along with the six he threw last week.

In addition to those busts, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer and Trevor Siemian all went down with injury. Newton and Palmer are in the concussion protocol while Siemian has an AC joint sprain, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Looking on the bright side, owners were happy to see the return of Le’Veon Bell, who’s suspension ended after Week 3. He had the most rushing yards (144) on Sunday, followed by Ezekiel Elliott who had another good week, rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown.

DeMarco Murray had the best week among running backs as he totaled 119 yards and scored twice. Not far behind him was Isaiah Crowell who continues to be a bright spot, along with Terrelle Pryor, on the Browns’ offense. Crowell had 112 yards and a touchdown.

DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans leaps over the Houston Texans defensive line for a touchdown in the second quarter during the NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans leaps over the Houston Texans defensive line for a touchdown in the second quarter during the NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Pryor had a good game (46 yards, TD), as did the Bears’ Jordan Howard and the Bucs’ Cameron Brate, all of which I suggested as waiver claims last week.

Latavius Murray, who was on my sit list, had a terrible game. Chris Ivory and Matt Forte were other starting backs that had bad weeks.

No other receiver came close to Jones’ game, but A.J. Green was great on Thursday night as he made 10 catches for 173 yards and scored. Michael Crabtree continues to impress as he had 88 yards to go along with three TDs.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree makes a touchdown catch in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree makes a touchdown catch in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Among Sunday’s receivers who should’ve done better were DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Alshon Jeffery and Julian Edelman.

At tight end Jordan Reed (73 yards, 2 TDs) and Greg Olsen (76 yards, TD) set the pace while Coby Fleener continued to frustrate owners after seemingly breaking out last week.

Players to claim on the waiver wire:

Quarterbacks

Brian Hoyer, Bears (302 yards, 2TDs)
Paxton Lynch, Broncos (170, TD)

Running backs

Terrance West, Ravens (21 touches-119 yards, TD)
Bilal Powell, Jets (10-80)
James White, Patriots (9-62)

Wide receivers

Dontrelle Inman, Chargers (7 catches-120 yards, TD)
Brian Quick, Rams (2-69, 2TDs)
Jeremy Kerley, 49ers (6-88, TD)
Brice Butler, Cowboys (5-41, TD)

Tight ends

Hunter Henry, Chargers (4-61, TD)