Surprise Performances from Week 6: Fantasy Perspective
In this week’s My Mind on Sports fantasy column, we will be analyzing the surprise performances from this past Sunday’s games. Utilize the information when setting your lineups, get ahead of the curve, and may the best team win.
Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers, QB): We begin in Lambeau field, one of the NFL’s most iconic stadiums. The stage was set, Rivers vs. Rodgers. Although, only one quart back would prove to the fantasy star in this down to wire match. One of the NFL’s most prolific gunslingers turned in one of the most historic performances ever by a quarterback. From a statistical standpoint, Rivers held a passing clinic and Lambeau field was his operating table. Rivers completed the second most passes in NFL history. He was only two completions shy of tying Drew Bledsoe’s record of 45 completions set back in 1994. River also set Chargers records with 43 completions, 65 attempts, and 503 passing yards. Many may ponder why Rivers would be considered a surprise performer, as he is considered a weekly starter in all fantasy football formats. Although according to NFL.com, Rivers was on their weekly “sit’em” list which projects which players to start or bench based on match-ups and other statistical factors. Despite the unappealing match-up on paper, Rivers finished the day with a historical performance and further established himself as a weekly top 10-fantasy quarterback. If by some enigmatic reason, Rivers is sitting in your league’s waiver wire as a free agent, do yourself a favor and pick him. Seriously, pick him up.
Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars, TE): Following a disappointing outing in his Jaguars debut, Julius Thomas appears to be returning to his old playmaker persona. During his debut it appeared as though Thomas was still returning to game form and needed to knock off some of the rust. For those who stashed him on their bench and waited patiently, you were rewarded. During Sunday’s matchup with the Texans, it appears as though Thomas has shaken the rust off. Thomas hauled in seven receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. Thomas displayed his athletic ability on his touchdown and play and further cemented his place atop the tight end totem pole for the remainder of the season. Now that Thomas appears to have his sea legs under him, his impact on the Jaguars offense will continue to pay dividends. Thomas was brought into Jacksonville to be a red zone target/safety net for their second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. He will be a viable option in the red zone for the remainder of the season. Thomas is still available in a majority of fantasy leagues; he would be a valuable addition to your fantasy roster.
Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks TE): The so-called “Jimmy Graham Experiment” in Seattle has been a malfunction thus far this season. Going into week 6, Graham has only two touchdowns on the season with the last one coming in Week 3. Many had begun to question whether Graham will be a viable option moving forward or if owners should begin to part ways the once highly coveted tight end. To say that Graham has been underutilized in the Seahawks offense this season would be an understatement. His underutilization was undone this past Sunday as he finished the day with 8 receptions and 140 yards. That is the kind of performance fantasy owners have been craving from Graham all season long. With the tight end market a desolate wasteland in the fantasy realm, it would advantageous to hold on Graham for the remainder of the season. Some owners may have given up hope prior to this game and dropped Graham, if he is available in your league he is a must add. If you are one of those owners who gave up on Graham, I suggest you pick him up and hope someone does not beat you to it.
Source: ESPN Fantasy Football & NFL Fantasy Live