An easy way to write this type of post is to pick out the top and bottom scorers from this past week and write some crap about how disappointing or shocking their performance was. Because we here at RIYW like to feed you content that actually matters, we take a different approach to further help your fantasy team succeed. The Studs in this post are players who overcame terrible matchups, and the Duds are guys that should’ve torn it up due to gameflow or a favorable matchup but ended up sucking hard.
WEEK 6 STUDS
Alright, so this one is pretty obvious. You have to take into account how low the odds were that Bryant would put up such a good game. Against an above average secondary and playing in his first game this year, Bryant put up 137 yards and two touchdowns. Not to mention he had Michael Vick throwing just terrible passes everywhere and then former Oklahoma Sooner disappointment Landry Jones entering the game in relief. Though his targets will probably go down a bit when Big Ben gets back, I don’t expect his performance to suffer. This offense will rival the Patriots when they have the whole crew on the field.
Stewart needed this game to stay fantasy relevant. Though he averaged under four yards per carry, he still managed to score two touchdowns against the top ranked run defense in the league. He also collected a season high amount of carries (20) which suggests that the Panthers are happy enough with his performance that he’ll continue to get the rock on a weekly basis. You’d like to see Stewart not rely so heavily on touchdowns, but he’s a nice flex play going forward after a good showing in Seattle.
Steve Smith Sr.
Toughness personified. Yes, the 49ers tend to get scored on a lot, but that gets washed away when you remember that Smith played this game with microfractures in his back. Flacco also missed him a couple of times in the endzone which suggests that Smith won’t go away this year like he did last year. Benching Smith wasn’t the wrong move this week, but if you were ballsy enough to play him, good on ya, kid.
WEEK 6 DUDS
Sure, he had almost 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but I can’t say I’m not disappointed in Ryan’s performance. Considering he was playing the Saints defense it should’ve been like seven-on-seven for Matty Ice throughout the entire game. Instead he averaged under 10 yards per completion and couldn’t boost himself past the status of streaming option going forward. If you drafted Ryan, you drafted him to tear up defenses like the Saints. Instead, you’re probably left wondering why you didn’t play your backup Blake Bortles.
The formula against the Pack is always to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field as long as possible. The best way to do that is to run the ball effectively, which Gordon could not do. Though he was averaging over four yards per carry, he coughed up a fumble and was promptly benched for Branden Oliver. That’s not supposed to happen to such a highly drafted running back. His absence resulted in Philip Rivers throwing the ball about 1,403 times…and yes, that led to the demise of yours truly, so I’m a little bitter.
We were led to believe that Lacy was healthy going into an extremely favorable matchup against the Chargers. That was clearly not the case considering he only carried the rock four times. Though Lacy owners might be quick to pull the plug, I urge you to stay with him. He did something similar last year and ended up being a top back down the stretch, and I expect him to do the same this year.