By: Cooper Weiss @CATCHINGTAPICK6
Redraft Risers and Fallers
AP turned back the clock big time on Sunday. In his first game as a Cardinal, he had 26 rushing attempts, 134 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Before being traded to the Cardinals, he had a total of 85 yards on the season for the Saints. Peterson showed elusiveness the whole game. On the first drive, he broke off for a 27 yard rushing touchdown. Adrian might not be as fast as he once was, but he still runs like a bull and has great vision. For week 7 he gets a great match up against the Rams in London. The Rams are allowing 139.5 rushing yards per game. Adrian Peterson’s stock is definitely gaining some momentum.
Orleans Darkwa dropped a HAMMER on the great broncos defense in Mile High. His first run of the second quarter Orleans ran up the middle for 47 yards. He was running good the whole night, he had 21 rushing attempts for 117 yards. If you add Zeke, Shady McCoy, Melvin Gordon and Marshawn Lynch’s rushing yards against the broncos their total is 95 yards. Denver also stacked the box 80.9% of the time. He’s owned in 13% of yahoo leagues, Orleans Darkwa stock is rising.
John Brown is finally getting healthy and producing. In week 6, he only had 4 targets, but he made the most of it. he had 3 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown was nice. Brown had caught it right near the sideline but was able to stay in bounds and walk in for the touchdown. That play went for 17 yards. In 2015 when he was fully healthy, he had a 1,000 yard season. If John brown can stay healthy he’s going to be good. His stock is rising fast.
George Kittle has been putting numbers recently for a tight end position on the down-side this year. Kittle, over his past 2 games, has 17 targets and 11 catches for 129 yards. Pretty good for a rookie tight end. In week 6 Kittle got off to a slow start. When Brian Hoyer was in the game George only had just 1 target for 5 yards. When C.J. Beathard came into the game, he looked his way. With under 2 minutes left in the second quarter Beathard threw a dot to Kittle for 31 yards. He ended up having 8 targets, 4 catches, and 46 yards. For week 7, Kittle gets a leaky Cowboys secondary, which hasn’t been that great against opposing tight ends. He is only owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues, his stock is gaining.
Mike Gillislee got off to a hot start this season with 4 touchdowns in 2 games. Since then he’s hasn’t been very good. In the the past week against the Jets he had 10 carries for 44 yards and a fumble. That fumble made him get benched for the next 34 snaps. He also has lost carries in the red zone, which was supposed to be his bread and butter. Mike Gillislee only saw 13 snaps while James White and Dion Lewis both had 29 snaps each. Mike has averaged 44 rushing yards in 4 weeks. He is definitely trending down.
Jordan Reed hasn’t been the tight end we’d expect him to be this be so far this season. He has just 18 catches for 142 receiving yards. Jordan Reed has been disappointing for the Redskins and fantasy owners alike. His struggles continued this week, he had 4 catches for 37 yards. This is not the normal for Jordan Reed. He usually produces even when injured, but not this season. Maybe the injuries have finally taken a toll on Jordan, or maybe this new offense just doesn’t use him as the focal point. Regardless of the reason, his stock has continued to tumble.
What happened to Tyrell? The promising receiver last season has struggled this season. In the past two games he has had 5 targets, 4 catches for 49 yards, and a fumble. With Keenan Allen coming back from injury and 1st round rookie Mike Williams coming back soon too, his snaps and targets are plummeting and could get even worse. So is his stock. Maybe the big play games were a sign last year, and he isn’t much different from Travis Benjamin.
Arizona Cardinals Defense
The “No Fly Zone” has turned into an airport, the way they’ve been playing. Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu can’t do it all for this defense. Cracks have been left at every position for this Cardinals defense. They’ve allowed over 700 yards in the past three games. They get another tough matchup against the Rams who like to score A LOT (Oddly enough). This defense just isn’t the same and doesn’t look like it will be making a comeback anytime soon.