Another crazy week in the NFL, with a bunch more last minute heroics for the Skins and Jags and another cluster of names for us to take a look at when assembling our rosters for the coming week.
I have to admit that I am not a Dallas fan, though I do have a fair amount of admiration for their late great coach, Tom Landry. But, the Cowboys have been beyond snakebit this year, with Joseph Randle being the latest casualty. Enter ex-Raider RB Darren McFadden, who looks now to be the main man, with 29 touches for 152 yards and a pair of scores. The irony here is while a Raider, McFadden could never stay healthy, but now he turns in his best game ever emerging as a back-up for the injured starters. Oh well, points are points, and no one ever doubted McFadden's skills, just his durability.
Jordan Reed and Kyle Rudolph are among the Tight Ends I like, and both had nice days Sunday, as did a real fave, the returned Eric Ebron. However, keep an eye on Clive Walford, of the Raiders, who grabbed a pair of throws and got a score. Oakland is using all three of their Tight Ends, but Walford seems to have the best skill set in this improving offense.
After a tepid start, Teddy Bridgewater has picked it up with 849 yards over his last three games as compared to 674 his first four games. Bridgewater bagged a couple more TD passes and is stepping up his game along with his mates and is going into the mid-season with a nice stride. Depending upon the opponent, he makes a great DFS pick, and in season-long formats, you could do a lot worse than having him as a starter, let alone back-up at this juncture.
Part of Bridgewater's success of late can be attributed to the emergence of Stefon Diggs. The rookie receiver was Minnesota's fifth-round pick last spring, out of Maryland. Diggs did not catch a pass until Week 4 against Denver, when he grabbed six. Since then, he has 15 receptions, back-to-back 100-yard games and his first score. He looks to be Teddy's go-to guy.
In the wake of the Jamaal Charles injury, Knile Davis was passed by as the handcuff (so clearly stated to me over a week ago by Lord Z) with Charcandrick West getting the calls. Good one, Z. 110 yards on 22 carries clearly point to West as the man while the Chiefs try to put something together as we move towards the second half of the season. West is likely out there on a lot of reserve lists.
Khiry Robinson, of the Saints, reminds me a lot of the old Raider Zack Crockett, who would sit on the bench watching Napoleon Kaufman push to the goal line, then come in and punch it in. Robinson has done this four times over the past two weeks, largely at the expense of Mark Ingram. Ingram is still the starter, but if you have a hole in your RB slot, you could do worse than grab a guy who doesn't touch the ball a lot, but when he does, he scores points. I think that makes a potentially great cheap DFS play.
Finally, it is easy to overlook Jacksonville RB T.J. Yeldon in the shadow of the team's really fine young receivers, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. But, Yeldon had his second 100-yard game Sunday in the London last-minute overthrow of the Bills. Yeldon ran for 115 and a TD, and also caught a pass, adding to the weapons at Blake Bortles' disposal. This team is certainly improving on offense and looks to have a great future in coming years if all the parts stick together and mature.