By: Justin Lynch
Another week, another fantasy recap.
A little different format this week as promised, due to the changing climate of fantasy football around this time of year. So let’s get to it.
The Wait Paid Off
Jeffery’s been out since week one, but if the wait was finally worth it. Jeffery looks healthy and was back as the number one option for Jay Cutler. He went 8-147-1 on 11 targets, and should continue to put up big numbers as the Bears show no signs of blowing anyone out. With teams forced to pay attention to Bennett and Forte as well, it will be tougher to stack up against Jeffery. If Cutler and Jeffery can stay healthy, Jeffery could be a top-10 wideout for the rest of the season.
After serving his suspension and sitting out another week due to injury, Bryant was finally in uniform Sunday. The guy who showed flashes of greatness last year burst onto the scene with a 6-137-2 stat line, including one incredible run-after-the-catch for a score. Bryant will always be the number two guy, but with his ability and Roethlisberger’s impending return, he could start putting up weekly WR2/High-end flex numbers. Consistency has always been an issue with him, but if today is any indication, he could be one of the steals of the draft.
Sell High Candidates
Foster sat out the first three weeks due to injury, and since returning has done nothing on the ground. However, he has seen big-time success in the receiving game. Foster looks to be done as a top-tier runner, but has put up solid numbers back-to-back weeks. I don’t see his receiving success continuing, or at least not at this rate. And with a name like Foster, your bound to get a healthy return.
Thomas, in my opinion, has been overrated for several years now, but (again) he’s a big name. And now in Jacksonville he starting to show he can be something with the emerging Blake Bortles. However, Thomas is super-injury prone and he has a deadly history of falling off late in the season. With Allen Robinson and Hurns being steady threats, Thomas should still contribute, but there’s plenty of good TE’s out there. Thomas might just be the one that can net you a solid return.
Starting to Turn the Corner?
Johnson’s been relatively quiet this season, catching only his second touchdown of the year late in Sunday’s game against Chicago. It’s clear that Megatron isn’t himself anymore, but the question as to whether he can be a consistent WR1 in the current NFL with so many good wideouts is unanswered. I do believe Johnson will pick it up and build on this week’s performance. However, his stats depend on whether or not Matt Stafford shows up, and that’s scary after his start to this season. If you can get a good return for him, do it, but also don’t be too quick to bail if you think it’s just one good week. Calvin is still an elite receiver, he’s just not a top-3 guy anymore.
T. Y. Hilton
Luck’s return was big for Hilton, who caught his first TD of the season this week. However, take out that touchdown and it was more of the same for him. 6 catches for 74 yards is nothing to be super excited about, but having Luck back to what we expect out of Luck will be huge going forward. Hilton likely won’t match last year’s totals due to his slow start and Moncrief’s emergence, but I can’t help but expect an uptick in production going forward.
The Dolphins were firing on all cylinders this week after firing Joe Philbin, and Miller got in on the action. Miller was projected to be a RB2 before the season started, but he’s been unplayable so far. Sunday changed that as Miller finally got a healthy dose of carries (19) and made the most out of them (119 yards). He added in a TD as well and looked like the guy we thought was going to build on last season’s semi-breakout. Despite the one-week success, I think Miller is not much more than what we’ve seen from him so far this season. The extra carries was promising, but don’t expect the Dolphins to win that handily every week. Miller might get his average up from sub-10 to the low teens, but don’t start expecting 100-1 every week.