After a terrible Week Five for my picks, let’s see if there was a rebound this week:
Jordan Howard: 15 carries, 34 rushing yards, one touchdown, nine fantasy points
DeVante Parker: Five receptions, 28 receiving yards, two fantasy points
Zach Ertz: One reception, 22 receiving yards, two fantasy points
Giovani Bernard: 15 carries, 49 rushing yards, eight fantasy points
Victor Cruz: Three receptions, 31 receiving yards, three fantasy points
Alfred Morris: Three carries, two rushing yards, zero fantasy points
Where I Was Wrong: Ertz was quiet for most of his game with Washington, as Philadelphia’s offense was unable to get much going through much of the game. DeVante Parker also under-performed in their contest with Pittsburgh.
Where I Was Right: Jordan Howard had a solid performance as an RB2, scoring just shy of double-digit fantasy numbers. Morris also proved once more why he is just a waste of fantasy roster space, even as Elliot blew up what was a stellar Green Bay run defense.
With the Cowboys and Panthers on bye this week, let’s look at the Winners and Waivers for the new NFL week:
Winner: Frank Gore, RB Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 22 carries, 106 rushing yards, 10 fantasy points
Percentages: 96% ownership, 74% starting
Why He’s A Winner: While Indianapolis had a rough game Sunday, Gore did not, rushing for over 100 yards on 22 carries. The Titans have given up double digit numbers to running backs in 5 of 6 weeks. Gore is a solid RB2 this week and a flex at a minimum.
Waiver: DeAndre Washington, RB Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 10 carries, 49 rushing yards, four fantasy points
Percentages: 47% ownership, 16% starting
Why You Waive Him: Washington had a chance to shine with teammate Latavius Murray out. Instead, he recorded less than 50 yards on the ground and none in the passing game, limiting his possible dual threat use. Tampa Bay has given up big points to backs, but don’t expect much from Washington if Oakland goes to full running back by committee.
Winner: DeSean Jackson, WR Washington Redskins
Last Week: Four reception, 55 receiving yards, five fantasy points,
Percentages: 89% ownership, 37% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Jackson had been making noise about targets early last week, and had his wishes answered this week against Philadelphia. While he didn’t net a touchdown, Jackson is definitely worthy of flex consideration against a Lions team that has given up a score in the air at least once a week.
Waiver: Tyler Lockett, WR Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: Three receptions, 23 receiving yards, two fantasy points
Percentages: 53% ownership, 8.7% starting
Why You Waive Him: Lockett has seen poor numbers all season, with things not looking up for him next week as Seattle faces off with a stifling Cardinals secondary. Lockett only sees value at this point as a bench option, even in deep leagues.
Winner: Sam Bradford, QB Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: Bye, Week Five Stats: 271 passing yards, two touchdowns, 18 fantasy points
Percentages: 13.4% ownership, 0.3% starting
Why He’s A Winner: With news of the injury to Ben Roethlisberger most likely throwing someone in your league into a fantasy panic – possibly you – Bradford is the hidden gem in the QB rough. Bradford has yet to score below double digits, has already passed his bye week, and is most likely available in your league.
Waiver: Carson Wentz, QB Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 179 passing yards, seven fantasy points
Percentages: 76% ownership, 29% starting
Why You Waive Him: Wentz looked superhuman against Big Ben’s Steelers, but looked very much like a rookie at Washington this Sunday, no thanks to the absence of tackle Lane Johnson. Philly faces the formidable Minnesota defense this week, basically taking Wentz out of any rotation this week, and look elsewhere if you’re looking for a Big Ben replacement.