Welcome to the big time! Another week has come and gone in the NFL, as we approach the get into the meat of the regular season. Here’s another edition of Big Time Producers, reflecting upon the guys that likely won you your week.
Kirk Cousins – The beleaguered Vikings quarterback had his best game of the season against a woeful Eagles secondary. Kirk Cousins found Stefon Diggs three times for a monster day and also found Adam Thielen, throwing 4 total touchdowns. Now is the time to scoop Kirk Cousins up as his schedule for the next three weeks is cake.
Matt Ryan – For the second straight week, Matty Ice has finished second in fantasy football scoring. The fact that Matt Ryan’s defense is as bad as it is makes him a more compelling asset for fantasy football, as he’s going to have to throw a ton just to keep Atlanta in games.
Kyler Murray – The rookie first overall pick had a stellar game against the aforementioned Atlanta Falcons and he did it mostly through the air. Kyler Murray has been very impressive through the first games of the season and is a startable asset for fantasy football.
Russell Wilson – It was a rocky start for the Seahawks in Cleveland, but they ultimately pulled the game out from the jaws of defeat. Russell Wilson continues to be an elite fantasy quarterback through the air and on the ground and his schedule is about to open up to three of his best matchups of the year; Baltimore, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
Deshaun Watson – In the battle of top quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson came out on top this Sunday as he and the Texans toppled Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. If you listen to the Expert-less Fantasy Podcast, you know our nickname for Mahomes is Charizard. Well this week, that makes Deshaun Watson a Blastoise.
Lamar Jackson – Action Jackson became only the second player to both run for 150 yards and throw for 250 yards. Lamar Jackson’s floor is extremely high because of the running volume, but he hasn’t been a bad passer this year either. This makes Jackson nearly matchup proof except against the NFL’s most elite defenses.
James Conner – It was expected that James Conner would receive a lion’s share of the running back touches with Jaylen Samuels out, and he did not disappoint. Conner collected 23 touches on the ground and through the air, peeling off his best fantasy game of the season. Conner will now enter a much needed bye week in which he will be able to rest his many lingering injuries.
Nick Chubb – At this rate, Kareem Hunt isn’t going to have a job to come back to, as Nick Chubb is absolutely dominating opposing defenses. The Browns offense would be a complete clown show this year if not for the hard-nosed running of Nick Chubb and I expect him to maintain the work even after Hunt returns.
David Johnson – The sixth-overall running back in fantasy points through the first 6 weeks of the season, David Johnson has done it mostly through the air. This is what we had hoped for last season, where the Cardinals are using their star running back in space as opposed to running him up the middle. He hasn’t quite exploded yet, so you might be able to trade for DJ.
Chris Carson – Seemingly past his fumble issues, Chris Carson just put in his best game of the season against a respectable Browns defense. Carson finished with 24 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown, but also threw in 4 catches for 35 yards. If this volume continues, Carson will finish as a top 10 running back in fantasy football (he is currently 11th).
Devonta Freeman – For the third straight week, Devonta Freeman has been more heavily involved in the passing game. This is giving a boost to his fantasy productions, as he’s been struggling in the running game and Atlanta won’t be playing from ahead too often this year.
Carlos Hyde – Kerryon Johnson, Sony Michel, James White, Joe Mixon, David Montgomery, Damien Williams, Tevin Coleman, Tarik Cohen, Latavius Murray. Those are all names of running backs with fewer fantasy points than Carlos Hyde this year. Sell high on Hyde.
Stefon Diggs – For the second week in a row, the Vikings had a squeaky wheel game, only this time it was Stefon Diggs. Using my hometown league scoring, Stefon Diggs had accumulate 36.3 fantasy points through the first five weeks of the season. He posted 48.0 points on Sunday. Talk about an over
Terry McLaurin – This is the time to sell high on Terry McLaurin in redraft leagues. I would hold on to him in dynasty, but for redraft leagues, he will now face the 49ers, Vikings, Bills before entering the bye week. You should try to package McLaurin for a legitimate WR1 who is struggling, like Keenan Allen or Robert Woods for example.
Tyreek Hill – In his first return to game action since injuring his shoulder, Tyreek Hill found the endzone twice. It’s clear that Tyreek Hill is far and away Mahomes’ favorite target, even over Travis Kelce. Hopefully, you were able to trade for Tyreek when he was still injured, as his value has now risen back to the norm.
Curtis Samuel – Though his value right now is high, I would consider Curtis Samuel a buy-low candidate. Despite a monster week in which he scored twice, once receiving and once rushing, he will enter the bye week and then a tough road matchup against the 49ers top-rated defense. After that though, he will face Atlanta twice and the Redskins over the next six weeks.
Alshon Jeffery – Xavier Rhodes is not the corner he used to be and this was clear as Alshon Jeffery was heavily targeted in Sunday’s matchup. Now’s the time to trade Alshon, as he has a murderer’s row of matchups, including a four-game stretch against the Bills, Bears and the Patriots, with a bye week in between. Gross.
Chris Godwin – The number one receiver in all of fantasy football had another monster game across the pond in London. Chris Godwin is making an argument for Fantasy MVP alongside the likes of Run CMC and Patriots defense. Godwin is an every week must start at this point in time.
Hunter Henry – He wasn’t started by a lot of fantasy football owners, but Hunter Henry finished as the highest scoring tight end this week. My problem with Henry has never been his talent, it’s been his draft price and injury history. If Henry is healthy, he’s a solid option, but we’ll see how long that lasts.
Austin Hooper – He was facing the Cardinals. That is all.
George Kittle – It was nice to see a premiere tight end make the list as a top performer this week and that’s exactly what George Kittle did. It wasn’t a dominant performance, but it was good enough to finish third on the week. His blocking is getting better and that’s impressive given how good he already is as a receiver.
Ricky Seals-Jones – After a big ol’ goose last week, RSJ quickly turned things around and found the endzone for the second time in three weeks. That may not sound like a lot, but given how the Browns have looked, that’s not bad. RSJ is getting snaps and red zone looks, making him a consideration for waiver priority if you’re desperate at tight end.
Cameron Brate – Stealing all of OJ Howard’s touchdowns makes you a desperation, vulture type flier for when you have no alternatives.
Denver Broncos – It took six weeks, but the Denver Broncos suddenly have a defense. The Broncos shut down and embarrassed the Tennessee Titans, forcing them to put in Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately, if you didn’t start Denver this week, you likely missed your window, as their next two matchups are against the Colts and the Chiefs.
Carolina Panthers – 7 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The Panthers harassed Jameis Winston continually in London and have catapulted themselves into discussion as a top-five fantasy football defense. Keep an eye out on your waiver wire to see if the Panthers get dropped as they will be entering their bye week.
San Francisco 49ers – The second highest scoring fantasy football defense on the year, the 49ers ravaged their division rivals by shutting down the Rams offense. The 49ers have played extremely well all season, are past their bye week and have some tasty matchups coming up in the back half of the season. Make sure they’re owned and if they are, field low level trade offers like Adrian Peterson for the 49ers defense to see if you can catch an owner not paying attention.
New Orleans Saints – Even on the road, the Saints defense has been consistent, playing extremely well all year. They should be an excellent play against a Chicago Bears team that even coming off a bye has a terrible looking offense that Nawlins should be able to take advantage of. They are still available in far too many leagues, so grab them if you need a defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Not only is the Steelers defense playing great, having forced 10 turnovers in the last 3 weeks, but they have the ultimate matchup after their bye week against the Miami Dolphins. Plus, it’s a home game. If the Steelers are available and you already have a defense for this week, pick them up and stash them on your bench as the ultimate play for next week.