Fantasy Football


I do not think I could have experienced a worse Sunday than this past week. Coming off of a fantastic week that finished with Hobo Day, I went into Sunday with high spirits. Then the Vikings got embarrassed by the Eagles, and I went 1-3 in my leagues with the only win coming in my least important league. Let’s just say I am looking forward to moving on and forgetting about what happened. 

Players who exceeded expectations:

Tyrod Taylor


Buffalo Bills

Taylor has strung together a handful of great games this year, and if it wasn’t for that abysmal week one, he would be a top 10 fantasy quarterback. This past week he put up 221 yards passing, 35 rushing yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown, making him the fourth highest scoring fantasy quarterback this week. 

In all honesty, the real reason Taylor gets this spot in the column is his amazing play-action touchdown run. If you haven’t seen it yet, look it up and be amazed.

Jay Ajayi

Running Back

Miami Dolphins

Oh my golly, Jay Ajayi cannot be human. Back to back 200-plus yard games and averaging 30.15 fantasy points per game his past two games. 

After hearing the sad news that Arian Foster is officially retiring, I am glad to see his replacement in Miami is excelling. If you are lucky enough to have Ajayi on your team, congratulations on the couple of easy victories, and sorry he is on a bye this upcoming week.

Davante Adams

Wide Receiver

Green Bay Packers

I will single Adams out for a moment, but we really need to give props to a few other Green Bay receivers. Adams caught 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. By any standard, that is an impressive day. 

The more impressive feat is the fact that three Packers receivers caught 10 or more passes — Adams, Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery (who was also their starting running back). All those catches and their “best” receiver, Jordy Nelson, caught only one for nine yards.

New York Giants

Defense/Special Teams

Maybe the $200 million the Giants spent on revamping their defense is finally paying off. 

The Giants scored an astounding 18.5 fantasy points this week, outscoring all tight-ends and kickers in the league. 

Then again, they might have just been fortunate to be playing an awful Case Keenum, who I recently praised. The Giants intercepted Keenum four times, and scored one defensive touchdown. I guess sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. 

Who to watch for next week:

Kirk Cousins


Washington Redskins

Cousins had a lot of hype coming into this year. I personally had him somewhere between my fifth and eighth best quarterback. He struggled early in the season, but things seem to be looking up for him as of late. 

He is owned in 72 percent of leagues but only being started in 40 percent. The Redskins are playing the Bengals this week, who have given up the sixth most points to opposing quarterbacks, so I expect all Cousins owners to play him this week.

Zach Zenner

Running Back

Detroit Lions

Bear with me for just a minute. This is a little bit of a long shot, but he is 100 percent worth mentioning here. Obviously he is enticing mainly because he is both an SDSU Alumnus and immortal, but he is also being a productive and legitimate running back for the depleted Lions backfield. 

Zenner is averaging 8.3 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks and playing the Texans this week, who have given up the tenth most points to opposing running backs. There are better options out there, but I can honestly say that he is a legitimate add this week in deeper leagues.

Brandon LaFell

Wide Receiver

Cincinnati Bengals

LaFell is the number two receiver in Cincinnati behind the astonishing A.J. Green. However, over the past three weeks, LaFell has scored four touchdowns while A.J. Green has only scored three touchdowns all season. What’s more, the Bengals are playing the Redskins this week with their number one cornerback, Josh Norman, questionable to play with a concussion. This means LaFell could be matched up with their number three cornerback. Oh, and by the way, he is owned in 12 percent of leagues; you can’t make this stuff up people — go claim him now!

Jack Doyle

Tight End

Indianapolis Colts

This has been the weirdest year ever for tight ends. Most people would assume Dwayne Allen would be a top-five tight end playing for the Colts, but injuries have made him replaceable this year. Jack Doyle is the third best tight end through seven weeks, and all signs are pointing to him staying there. Week one he was great; weeks two through five he was worthless; and weeks six and seven he was great again. 

The hope is he gains some consistency in coming weeks so people can confidently play him. He is only owned in 15 percent of leagues, so I suggest you pick him up.

That’s it for this week. I am tired, stressed and ready for the semester to be over. Thankfully, I get to watch the Vikings pound the Bears on Monday night live from Cubby’s. If you need me for fantasy advice, you can find me on Twitter @GoodFntsyAdvice.