Week 6: Player Upgrades
Pryor looked the part Sunday night, throwing for 221 yards and tossing a pair of touchdowns in the most efficient start of his young career. He has yet to rush for a touchdown, but has 229 yards on the ground and 6.2 yards per carry. After a tough matchup with Kansas City this week, Pryor gets a bye week and then a string of NFC East opponents, making him a solid play through the middle of the Raiders' schedule.
Smith has taken plenty of heat this year, primarily due to his affiliation with the franchise everyone loves to hate, but much like the Jets, Smith is starting to gain some traction. Smith had his first interception-free game Monday night and threw for three touchdowns in the process. Like Pryor, he gets bonus points for his scrambling ability and despite a tough upcoming schedule, Smith's rising star took a big turn as he engineered a solid fantasy performance on national television Monday.
The Green Bay backfield isn't an ideal one to invest in. The outlook changes weekly. One week James Starks runs for 100-yards – the next Jonathan Franklin appears to have some upside. Then, Eddie Lacy comes back from injury and sets us straight. The Packers' first-round pick re-established himself as the lead dog in a field chock full of Pomeranians. In all seriousness, Lacy ground out 99 yards on 23 carries and appears to be the Packers' workhorse with Franklin fumbling for the second time in two games and Starks sidelined with an injury.
The Packers are a pass-first team, but on Sunday they made it a point to pound the rock with Lacy. Fantasy owners should take note and ride Lacy, who might finally be bringing some stability behind Aaron Rodgers.
It took McGahee a couple of weeks to find his feet after sitting on the shelf for the first few months of the football season, but he found pay dirt last Thursday and received 26 of 32 rushing attempts in the process. That's ample evidence McGahee is the new feature back in Cleveland. Though the 72 yards rushing aren't all that compelling, McGahee has looked more comfortable since returning and the Browns appear to have confidence in him going forward. This week's matchup against the Lions' 26th ranked run defense makes him a good RB2 or flex option in most leagues.
Jeffery's Sunday performance wasn't an eye-opener, but this is the second consecutive week he's found the back of the end zone while also topping 100 yards receiving. In fact, Brandon Marshall has played second fiddle to the second-year wideout as Jeffery has been targeted 24 times the past two games to Marshall's 19. With most teams still keying in on Marshall as the number one threat in the Bears air attack, Jeffery should continue to be a viable option for both Jay Cutler and your fantasy lineup.