Let’s jump right into looking at last week’s stats.
Theo Riddick: 14 carries, 70 rushing yards, seven fantasy points
Michael Crabtree: Two catches, 27 receiving yards, two fantasy points
Josh Lambo: 3/3 Field Goals, 4/4 Extra Points, 14 fantasy points
Rashad Jennings: 11 carries, 26 rushing yards, three fantasy points
Anquan Boldin: Two catches, 10 receiving yards, one touchdown, seven fantasy points
Cincinnati Bengals Defense: On Bye
Where I Was Wrong: Crabtree had a down week, even against a Denver secondary that wasn’t truly at full strength, but an early lead meant Oakland didn’t need to utilize Crabtree in the passing attack as much.
Where I Was Right: Jennings was a waste of roster space once more. Lambo had a return to form in a high scoring, close game against the Titans. Also, the Bengals Defense didn’t show up this week.
That was a bad. I’ll stop trying to be funny now.
Where I Was Both: This week was weird for a few of my picks. Riddick had a solid week, yet wasn’t as good as it could have been, as Riddick logged only one reception, where he averages 5.6 per game. Meanwhile, Boldin had seven fantasy points
Winner: Tim Hightower, RB New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 23 carries, 87 rushing yards, one touchdown, 15 fantasy points
Percentages: 56% ownership, 27% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Mark Ingram has been sliding in recent weeks, giving Tim Hightower a slight resurgence of sorts. Denver’s pass defense will likely lock down Brees and company in air, so Hightower shows potential as a flex or weak RB2 in the event New Orleans finds themselves ahead.
Waiver: C.J. Prosise, RB Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: Three carries, nine rushing yards, zero fantasy points
Percentages: 23% ownership, 8.3% starting
Why You Waive Him: Seattle’s rushing attack isn’t what it used to be, with the absence of Thomas Rawls and the shaky nature of Russell Wilson’s health. Prosise has this week to prove he is worth a spot in the rotation since Rawls is expected back next week, but it will be an uphill battle this week against a solid New England rushing defense.
Winner: Cole Beasley, WR Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: Six receptions, 56 receiving yards, one touchdown, 11 fantasy points
Percentages: 59% ownership, 31% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Beasley put up solid numbers again this season, this time against the Browns. Beasley has shown himself to be a consistent option for Dak Prescott, with Dez Bryant’s presence or not. He’ll be limited against a solid Steelers passing defense this week, but is still worthy of a flex spot.
Waiver: Julian Edelman, WR New England Patriots
Last Week: Four receptions, 37 receiving yards, one touchdown, nine fantasy points
Percentages: 95% ownership, 52% starting
Why You Waive Him: This isn’t so much a call to waive him, but more of a statement on his fantasy ceiling this season. The Pats offense is just too stacked with the two-tight end set and the emergence of Chris Hogan and James White as weapons. Edelman is now a possible WR3 but is not moving off your bench if he’s there.
Winner: Jamison Crowder, WR Washington Redskins
Last Week: Nine receptions, 107 receiving yards, one touchdown, 16 fantasy points
Percentages: 57% ownership, 18% starting
Why He’s A Winner: With Jackson exiting the London game with a concussion, Crowder exceeded expectations and logged his third straight fantasy outing of over 10 points. Crowder has become a quiet weapon in this Redskins offense. Use him as a flex, but a matchup against a tough Vikings secondary may set the bar low for expectations.
Waiver: Jets Defense/Special Teams
Last Week: 27 points allowed, three fantasy points
Percentages: 59% ownership, 50% starting
Why You Waive Him: The Jets defense has severely underperformed thus far. The Rams offense isn’t the best either, so don’t be fooled if the Jets defense puts up solid numbers. That being said, they still don’t deserve a spot on your team.