We had another exciting Sunday of fantasy action and I for one hate that we are already almost done with Week 7 and are closing in on the halfway point. But we must somehow find the will to move on! But before we do that, let’s take a look at some of this weekend’s winners. I hope some of them were on your teams.
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Andrew Luck: It was Peyton Manning’s homecoming, but Andrew Luck played a great game completing 21-of-38 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns while also running four times for 29 yards and another score. Those running touchdowns are what give him top-flight ability in fantasy, especially with the Colts more run oriented offense. He’ll continue to be a top play, but his stock will rise in games like this where they’re facing strong offenses.
Matt Forte: With Jay Cutler leaving this game with a groin injury Forte really stepped up with 109 total yards on 18 touches and three rushing touchdowns. His 50-yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty, once again showing his fluid movement through traffic. He also ran two touchdowns in from inside the five-yard line, which has been Michael Bush’s job on and off this season. It looks like Marc Trestman doesn’t want to tip his hand too much unless it’s inches to go for a touchdown. This is Forte’s first three-touchdown performance of his career and doubles his touchdown output for the season.
Calvin Johnson: It looks like Megatron is back. He caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns including a 50-yard reception in the end zone with three defenders around him. He out jumped them for the catch in his usual manner of greatness. He remains the best wide receiver in the league.
Matthew Stafford: The guy smart enough to throw the ball to Calvin Johnson also had a big day by completing 28-of-51 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns. He needs Johnson more than Johnson needs him, but his big arm and “throw it into triple coverage because you know Megatron is unreal” mentality is also a good fit for Johnson and fantasy football.
Andy Dalton: Dalton doesn’t have the arm of Stafford, but he does have one of the best receivers in the game to throw to. In the shootout with the Lions we got to see two of the best go head to head as Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green both totaled 155 yards while Green couldn’t match him touchdown for touchdown with one instead of two. Dalton now has back-to-back big games with three touchdowns in each and 372 yards passing in this one. He’s had stretches like this before, but also stretches like his zero touchdowns the two weeks before. The emergence of Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert as go to guys is promising though.
Peyton Manning: Manning couldn’t pull out the win in Indianapolis, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. It wasn’t his best real game of the season as he was pressured and hit more than usual, but had to throw the ball 49 times, which led to 29 completions for 386 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 366 yards passing per game and leads the league in touchdowns with 25. That’s ten more than anyone else in the league,
Vincent Jackson: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon targeted Jackson a whopping 22 times in their loss to the Falcons Sunday. That’s exactly half of all of Glennon’s attempts! And Jackson’s fantasy owners and agent would like to thank him. He caught less than 50% of his targets, but that’s still 10 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He now has four touchdown receptions in his two games with Glennon at quarterback whereas he had zero with Josh Freeman.
Frank Gore: He didn’t have a ton of room to run against the Titans this weekend, but he made the best of it with 24 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Those two touchdowns are big since he’s been losing some to Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter this season.
Roy Helu: Talk about losing touchdowns to someone and you’ll hear Alfred Morris’ fantasy owners cursing Roy Helu’s name. On just 11 carries Helu scored three touchdowns on 41 yards while Morris had 19 carries for 95 yards and no touchdowns. Helu is the third down/hurry up running back and just was in the game at the right time and took advantage.
Harry Douglas: Matt Ryan had one of his best games of the season and all he needed was to lose his two best receivers! Douglas caught all seven of his targets for 149 yards and a touchdown. He now has played five seasons in the NFL and has a touchdown for each season! Douglas isn’t a top talent, but the Falcons offense is, so he could continue to have value.
Jordan Reed: The rookie out of Florida has quickly become a go to target for Robert Griffin and this week he broke out by catching all nine of his targets for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Mathews: Mathews had his first back to back 100 yard rushing games since 2011 and seems to be making a push again for fantasy relevancy. This week he rushed 21 times for 110 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season. His value will continue to be hurt by Danny Woodhead, but it looks like the coaching staff is gaining more trust in him.