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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other underperformers were Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, T.Y. Hilton and Jeremy Maclin.
Waiver wire suggestions:
Case Keenum, Rams (321 yards, 3 TDs, not to mention a good second-half schedule)
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)
Kenny Britt, Rams (7 catches-136 yards, 2 TDs)
Kendall Wright, Titans (8-133, TD)
C.J. Diedorowicz, Texans (6-85, TD)