Through the season’s first five weeks, Giants WR Odell Beckham had taken a lot of criticism, not only for his relatively disappointing play on the field, but also his attitude as well. Some national media members were even calling for the Giants to bench OBJ. In last week’s game against the Packers, Beckham finally broke his month-long scoreless streak, though he only managed five receptions for 56 yards despite a dozen targets. It was a good sign, but fantasy owners weren’t quite satisfied.
Any talk of Beckham being a disappointment should officially be put to rest after he torched the Ravens defense Sunday, totaling 222 yards on eight receptions and two touchdowns. Things didn’t start so well though. The game was a low scoring affair in the first half and Beckham was held to just two catches. He also was sent to the locker room with an injury and there was some concern if he’d return to the field at all. When the Giants needed him though, he produced.
Beckham closed out the third quarter with a 75-yard touchdown catch to put the Giants back in the lead and then did it again late in the fourth quarter after Baltimore had completed their comeback. With just over one minute remaining, Beckham went 66 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and it held up. After that slow start, Beckham is now the WR4 in all of fantasy, behind only Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and AJ Green. He’s also fourth in receiving yardage, trailing Jones, Green and Amari Cooper. Beckham is even on pace to set a new career high in yardage. It is safe to say, Beckham’s back!
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Beckham was not the only player forced to leave his game with an injury on Sunday. For the Steelers, QB Ben Roethlisberger once again suffered a leg injury and missed the end of the first half before returning for the second half. This has become an all too familiar sight for Pittsburgh fans and while it was a positive sign that Big Ben returned to the game, but he still required an MRI following the game. The test revealed a torn meniscus, which will keep Big Ben out of action for at least Week Seven. How much time he ultimately misses is to be determined, but the injury will require surgery. While he recovers, it will be QB Landry Jones who takes over for the future Hall of Famer. Following the surprise loss, the Steelers are now 4-2 and face the Patriots next week.
QB Colin Kaepernick made his season debut in Week Six as the new starter for the 49ers, taking over for the benched Blaine Gabbert. The results were no different than they have been in recent weeks as San Francisco went down in defeat to the Buffalo Bills, but the team actually started strong before getting waxed by the red hot Bills. Unless something drastic happens, neither Kaepernick nor Gabbert are their future of this team, who is expected to draft a rookie QB in 2017, so Kap is simply playing for his next contract with a new team. He finished with 187 passing yards and a lone touchdown pass to WR Torrey Smith, who looked to be his go-to target. Kaepernick also added 66 yards on the ground, which was enough to lead the team.
Earlier last week, we heard from Jaguars OC Greg Olsen that RB T.J. Yeldon had taken control of the backfield and that it was now his job, with RB Chris Ivory expected to play a complementary role. That made sense considering what we’d seen in recent weeks, but that is not how Week Six played out. Yeldon touched the ball just seven times, totaling 26 yards, while Ivory had 11 carries for 32 yards, including the goal line work, which resulted in the former Jet scoring from one yard out. This matchup against the Bears defense was one of the juicier ones of the day for any RB, so this was a huge disappointment. This is clearly a backfield to avoid going forward.
The Miami Dolphins finally welcomed veteran RB Arian Foster back to the field Sunday after missing three games, but the story of the day was his teammate, RB Jay Ajayi. The former Boise State star entered the game with 117 rushing yards on the season and then racked up a whopping 204 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the surprising win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Foster saw just three carries for three yards and it will be a situation to watch moving forward.
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We saw the return of the Gronk Sunday as Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski scored his first touchdown of the season. Gronk also set a new career high with 162 receiving yards while mixing things up with the Cincy defense…I mentioned the 49ers WR Torrey Smith earlier. He finished the day with three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown…The Eagles offense struggled in a disappointing loss to the Redskins. Rookie QB Carson Wentz threw for just 179 yards and no scores. RB Ryan Mathews carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and WR Jordan Matthews caught three passes for 75 yards…Although the Browns lost yet another game, rookie QB Cody Kessler played his best game of his brief career, throwing for 336 yards and two scores, both going to WR Terrelle Pryor in the close loss…The assumption was that the Ravens would be moving to rookie RB Kenneth Dixon, but veteran RB Terrance West is simply playing too well to bench. He ran for 87 yards on 23 carries, scoring a pair of touchdowns, though the Ravens still lost to NYG…The defending NFC champions are now 1-5 after Carolina lost a high-scoring game to New Orleans. QB Cam Newton threw for 322 yards and two scores, but that didn’t come close to matching Drew Brees game of 465 yards and four scores…Bears QB Brian Hoyer’s streak of 300 yards/two touchdown games ended Sunday after he failed to throw for any scores. He did once again notch over 300 passing yards though…The Rams nearly pulled out the win and QB Case Keenum played the best game of his career, throwing for 321 yards and accounting for four total touchdowns…Steelers WR Antonio Brown put up another dud with a 4/39 line. It’s the second game of the season under 40 yards for Brown and he has hit the 100-yard mark just twice through six weeks…The Chiefs had RB Jamaal Charles back in a close to full strength role and he scored his first touchdown of the year. It was RB Spencer Ware who still ruled the backfield though, totaling 163 yards and a score of his own…Falcons QB Matt Ryan kept his hot streak going, throwing for 333 yards and three scores as Atlanta lost to Seattle…The Cowboys went into Green Bay and got a huge win, thanks in large part to QB Dak Prescott, who threw for 247 yards and three scores, two of them going to slot WR Cole Beasley …Patriots QB Tom Brady got off to a slow start against Cincy, but finished strong, throwing for 376 yards and three touchdowns. A pair of those went to RB James White, who also totaled 66 yards…RB LeSean McCoy got a chance to play against his former HC Chip Kelly and he took full advantage, rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns. The best news for Shady came when he returned to the field in the third quarter after a vicious hit looked like it could have ended his season…Redskins RB Matt Jones continued his impressive play, rushing for 135 yards and a touchdown in the Washington win…Browns RB Isaiah Crowell once again put up a stinker, rushing for just 16 yards on nine carries. Crowell’s status as a sure fire fantasy starter are already over…The Panthers had RB Jonathan Stewart back in action and he helped keep the team in the game. Stewart rushed for 85 yards on 19 carries, twice finding the end zone…After a few disappointing weeks, WR Alshon Jeffery looked like his old self, posting a 7/93 line. The bad news is Jeffery still has yet to score a touchdown this year. His teammate WR Cameron Meredith continued his solid play after last week’s breakout, catching 11 passes for 113 yards. He looks like a weekly fantasy starter based on volume alone…While the Rams stayed in the game against Detroit, the poor play for RB Todd Gurley continued as he totaled just 58 rushing yards on 14 carries. He did add four catches for 39 yards, helping his PPR game, but still not living up to our expectations…Steelers WR Sammie Coates was a surprise active Sunday, but he failed to record a catch on four targets…The Raiders made a point to focus on WR Amari Cooper, feeding him with 13 targets as he caught 1- passes for 129 yards, still failing to find the paint…Falcons WR Julio Jones started slow against the stout Seattle defense, but hit on a long ball for a 36-yard score, finishing with 7/139/1…Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott opened up his league lead with 157 rushing yards, looking dominant against the Packers defense…Rookie WR Will Fuller was active for the Texans on Sunday Night Football, but he failed to record a catch after missing practice much of the week…Bengals rookie WR Tyler Boyd finally made a little bit of an impact for QB Andy Dalton, catching four balls for 79 yards…With TE Jordan Reed out with yet another concussion, veteran Vernon Davis stepped in with a pair of catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Reed could be in for multiple missed games…The Titans QB Marcus Mariota stayed hot, throwing for 284 yards and three touchdowns, adding 64 rushing yards…It appears that a pair of Mariota’s WRs are headed in different directions. Rookie WR Tajae Sharpe failed to record a catch on four targets, while veteran Kendall Wright played his best game in over a year, catching eight balls for 133 yards and a score…Saints RB Mark Ingram continued his subpar play, totaling 62 yards on 21 touches. He’s no longer a weekly fantasy starter…Jags WR Allen Robinson disappointed, as did much of the Jacksonville offense, catching three passes for 49 yards…One of the stories of the weekend was Rams veteran WR Kenny Britt, who caught seven passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Britt is on pace for over 1,300 yards on the year…WR Michael Crabtree put up a dud for the Raiders, catching two passes for 10 yards…The Seahawks leaned on RB Christine Michael, who scored twice, and TE Jimmy Graham, who is essentially acting as the top receiver for QB Russell Wilson in recent weeks…The Cowboys were again without WR Dez Bryant, who is expected to return following the team’s Week Seven bye…Packers WR Davante Adams suffered a head injury and was forced to leave the game. The opened up some looks for WR Ty Montgomery, who led the Pack with 10 catches for 98 yards on the day…Colts TE Dwayne Allen suffered an ankle injury early in the game, leading to Jack Doyle playing a near full-time role… A pair of struggling Saints got back on track on Sunday as WR Brandin Cooks led the team with 7/173/1 and TE Coby Fleener ran for a touchdown and caught another one, totaling 76 yards…Lions WR Golden Tate has been one of the biggest fantasy busts of the season, but enjoyed a breakout game against the Rams, pulling in eight passes for 165 yards and a score…The Lions were without their top two RBs, Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington, not to mentioned the IRed Ameer Abdullah. That left them with Zach Zenner, who totaled 77 yards on the day…After veteran RB James Starks underwent knee surgery, the Packers were down to starter Eddie Lacy and not much else. Lacy rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries. Look for the Pack to sign a backup before Week Seven…The Colts lost WR Phillip Dorsett to a hamstring injury as he missed most of the second half and the overtime period...RB Frank Gore broke the 100 yard barrier, the first time a Colts RB has accomplished this since 2012...