A recap of last week’s selections before I get into this week’s players
Bilal Powell: Four rushes, 30 yards, six fantasy points
John Brown: Six receptions, 70 yards, seven fantasy points
Eli Manning: 350 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 16 fantasy points
Tevin Coleman: 12 carries, 42 yards, three touchdowns, 26 fantasy points
Stefon Diggs: Four receptions, 40 yards, four fantasy points
Matt Ryan: 240 yards, two touchdowns, 19 fantasy points
Where I Was Wrong: Stefon Diggs had a heat check against the Carolina defense last week. Matt Ryan, while his numbers were solid, weren’t jaw dropping against the Saints, but that could be accounted for in by strong production from one of my Winners from last week.
Where I Was Right: Tevin Coleman blew up the Saints with 26 points, and anyone who had him as a flex option was definitely happy. Against a below-average Washington defense, Eli underperformed, which plants him in firmly in my waiver column until further notice.
Now, on to this weeks picks.
Winner: Matt Jones, RB Washington Redskins
Last Week: 17 carries, 65 yards, seven fantasy points
Percentages: 84% ownership, 31% starter
Why He’s A Winner: Not gonna lie to y’all, this pick may be a bit of a stretch based on the numbers, but hear me out. Cleveland has given up enough points to backs that you won’t fear the matchup. Jones’ usage numbers have been slowly increasing thus far. New York played the run well against Washington last week. If Jones sees as many carries against the Browns as he did in New York, expect him to cash in.
Waiver: Jay Ajayi, RB Miami Dolphins
Last Week: Seven carries, 28 rushing yards, one touchdown, seven fantasy points
Percentages: 63% ownership, 25% starter
Why You Waive Him: While he may have the same number of fantasy points as Matt Jones, Ajayi is trending downwards, along with the rest of the Dolphins running backs. With a yards per carry average of 3.5, Ajayi is facing a near top-10 rushing defense in Cincinnati this week. Avoid using him if at all possible.
Winner: Marvin Jones, WR Detroit Lions
Last Week: Six receptions, 205 yards, two touchdowns, 30 fantasy points
Percentages: 93% ownership, 72% starter
Why He’s A Winner: Jones’ numbers last week speak for themselves. What’s not being shown is the fact that Jones hovered around 100 receiving yards the previous two weeks before blowing the lid off the Packers. The Lions play a Chicago team that has consistently allowed good points to opposing wide-outs. Do the math. Start ’em if you got ’em.
Waiver: Torrey Smith, WR San Fransisco 49ers
Last Week: Three receptions, 35 yards, three fantasy points
Percentages: 63% ownership, 6.4%
Why You Waive Him: This is the first week of byes for NFL teams, meaning you might need to make room on your roster cause you didn’t draft a backup for Mason Crosby. May I suggest dropping Torrey Smith, or any other Niners receiver? He’s only pulled in eight of 20 targets his way – less than half if you didn’t math already – so his head should have been on the block for a while.
Winner: Kyle Rudolph, TE Minnesota Vikings
Last week: Seven receptions, 70 yards, one touchdown, 11 points
Percentages: 57% ownership, 29% starter
Why He’s A Winner: Rudolph has seen an increase in looks under Sam Bradford, having seen as many targets as a winner of last week, Stefon Diggs. While Rudolph is catching fewer of those targets and netting less yards than Diggs, Rudolph is seeing more redzone looks than others. While the Giants haven’t allowed a touchdown to a tight end this season, Rudolph can break that streak this week when the G-Men come to Minnesota.
Waiver: Marcus Mariota, QB Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 214 yards, one interception and two fumbles, seven points
Percentages: 45% ownership, 11% starter
Why You Waive Him: Mariota’s numbers have been slowly declining over the past three weeks, while at the same time he has registered two multiple turnover games in three weeks. Tennessee plays a Texans defense that is legit, but with Watt’s recent movement to IR, there is potential for Mariota to capitalize. However, it is also just as likely that Mariota has hit a sophomore wall. Watch and see how this one develops, but I don’t like Mariota at Houston this week.
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Spark Sports Editor