BY MITCHELL WESTALL, STAFF WRITER
What we Learned:
- David Johnson is officially the best running back in football. Through six weeks, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson leads all running backs in total yards, touchdowns and consequently fantasy points. He has shown the ability to do it all. He has home run speed as well as the power to run through would-be tacklers. He leads all running backs in points and is the only non-quarterback in the top five among all NFL players. He’s second only to quarterback Matt Ryan. At the beginning of the season, people questioned his first-round value since he hadn’t played a full season. Consequently, the two players who were somewhat unproven coming into this season, are two of the top players in all of fantasy land (running back Ezekiel Elliott).
- OBJ is Back. Odell Beckham Jr. had a career day Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. He scored 32.1 points from his 222 yard and two touchdown performance, which were countered with a fumble. This season, Beckham has had consistent results posting a lot of yards, but failed to get into the end zone until week five. A lot of owners who drafted him in the top three were worried that they picked him too high. If you waited on Beckham to have a huge game, you should be satisfied after his 32.1-point performance last Sunday. Look for him to continue to be a top fantasy wide receiver for the remainder of the season.
- Matt Forte (running back, New York Jets) – after starting the season as the best running back in fantasy football through two weeks, he’s scored a total of 18.9 points over the previous four weeks. The Jets offense is plain crashing, so much so that they’ve turned to quarterback Geno Smith to be their savior. Running back Bilal Powell has also continued to eat up some of Forte’s targets. Furthermore, Forte’s fantasy value has always been due to his ability to be a big target in the passing game, and that just hasn’t been the case this year since he had 59 receiving yards in week one.
- Demaryius Thomas (wide receiver, Denver Broncos) – after four straight 10-plus point games, Thomas had a 1.5-yard performance after a 35 yard and one fumble day. This was against the San Diego Chargers, who aren’t known to have a top pass defense. Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 230 yards and a touchdown, so there wasn’t much to go around for his targets. Next week’s matchup against the Houston Texas may be another tough week for Thomas, considering the Texans are the third best team against opposing wideouts.
- Julian Edelman (wide receiver, New England) – through six games, Edelman has 30 total points. Granted, the first four games were played without quarterback Tom Brady, but he figured to score more points once Brady returned. That hasn’t been the case. Edelman has scored 7.3 total points in the two weeks Brady has played. Edelman has failed to reach the end zone this season, which is definitely not helping his cause. Next week he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, which has been very stingy against the pass this season. Now might be the time to consider your other options on your roster if you own Edelman.
- Jay Ajayi (running back, Miami Dolphins) – who would have thought that the day that running back Arian Foster came back would also be the day that Jay Ajayi scores 32.7 points? Those 32.7 points came off a stellar game in which he rushed for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns. Before the Dolphins signed Foster, Ajayi was destined to be the starter in Miami in his second NFL season. Miami announced that, following his huge game, Jay Ajayi would remain the starting running back in Miami. He’s definitely worth a stash on your roster, especially for a flex start.
- Case Keenum (quarterback, Los Angeles Rams) – even though he’s the placeholder until quarterback Jared Goff is ready to be the starter, Keenum threw for over 300 yards against the Lions last week en route to a 29.54-point performance. Six of those points came from a rushing touchdown, but his passing day was no slouch either. He had three touchdowns through the air (although he did throw an interception). We can likely chalk this one up as a fluke, but if he keeps hooking up with wide receiver Kenny Britt like he did on Sunday, then maybe Britt will be worth an add to your team in deeper leagues.
- Kendall Wright (wide receiver, Tennessee Titans) – this is the game that people have been waiting for out of the Baylor product since he was drafted in 2012. Wright has had a career full of solid performances spaced widely apart by mediocre ones and injuries. He finally has a solid quarterback throwing him the ball in Marcus Mariota who will only continue to develop. He had 133 receiving yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Browns. Be cautious going into this week’s matchup against the Colts, though, as their pass defense is one of their few strengths.
Picks to Click:
Last Week: Lamar Miller and Rob Gronkowski had career days, Amari Cooper had a strong day and Russell Wilson failed to take advantage of a favorable matchup against Atlanta.
Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver: Desean Jackson, Washington Redskins
Tight End: Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
Picks to Sit:
Last Week: Carson Wentz and Zach Miller had terrible days, while Deandre Hopkins had a mediocre, but serviceable, outing. Todd Gurley continues to impress nobody but his high yardage total was encouraging.
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Running Back: Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver: Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Tight End: Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints