Anything can happen on any given Sunday, especially in fantasy football. Sometimes your so-called studs turn into duds, and every now and then, your dud, who you’re only starting because it’s a bye week or as an injury fill in, turns out to be a stud (that’s the best when that happens).
Check out this week’s Studs & Duds and see how many of these guys your had in your starting lineup or your bench (hopefully more duds than studs there).
Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. CHI) – 34.9 fantasy points
Did Stafford have himself a game or what? He played with a chip on his shoulder and there was no way the Bears were going to stop him. After throwing three picks the week before against the Arizona Cardinals, Stafford threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns (with one pick) leading the Lions to their first victory of the season. Hopefully you didn’t have him on your bench, right?
Chris Ivory, NYJ (vs. WAS) – 35.6 FP
So much for the Washington Redskins and their defense that before this game had given up the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs. Ivory had a monster game, carrying the ball 20 times for 146 yards and a TD, plus he caught all three of his targets for 50 yards. Ivory is a beast and is definitely a RB1 moving forward in a Jets offense that is looking pretty good.
James Starks, GB (vs. SD) – 23.7 FP
Many people thought that this would finally be the game that Eddie Lacy broke out since he was playing against a San Diego Chargers defense that was giving up the third-most fantasy points to running backs. Well it was Starks who had the huge day with 112 yards on 10 carries and a TD plus he also caught a pass for a score too. Apparently Lacy might have an ankle injury so if you stashed Starks earlier in the season, it’s time to dust him off.
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (at JAC) – 26.8 FP
There is no better wide receiver in football today than Hopkins. He crushed the Jaguars for 148 yards and two touchdowns and once again was a target monster, catching 10 of 15 passes. At this point, Hopkins is simply uncoverable and is about as must- start as must-start gets.
Martavis Bryant, PIT (vs. ARI) - 25.7 FP
Bryant was finally active for his first game of the season and picked up exactly where he left off last season, scoring touchdowns. He had a huge day, catching six balls for 137 yards and two touchdowns, with Landry Jones throwing him the ball. Imagine what he will do once Big Ben is back.
Greg Olsen, CAR (at SEA) - 19.1 FP
Hopefully you were smart and realized that the Seahawks cannot cover tight ends this year and started Olsen this week. If you did, you bathed in his glory as he had an amazing game with 131 yards and a touchdown.
Marcus Mariota, TEN (vs. MIA) – 6.76 FP
With all fairness Mariota did get hurt in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, but he stayed in the game and only came out near the end because it was a blowout. Many people are starting Mariota as their QB1 hoping that he can relive his Week 1 and Week 3 magic where he scored over 20 fantasy points. It’s time to keep Mariota on the bench.
Eddie Lacy, GB (vs. SD) – 2 FP
This was the game that Lacy was supposed to turn his season (and your fantasy season) around and show that he was really worth a first round pick in your fantasy draft. Instead Lacy ran the ball four times for three yards and watched as James Starks looked like a better fit in the Green Bay offense. Lacy is a “little banged up” according to head coach Mike McCarthy. Not good news for Lacy owners moving forward.
Dion Lewis, NE (at IND) – 3.9 FP
Heading into this week it looked like you could almost start trusting a New England running back, as Lewis in the previous five games had been a key contributor to the Patriots' success. Lewis still played more snaps that LeGarrette Blount, but he only managed seven touches. Hopefully this is only a game flow thing and not something that is going to happen every week.
Antonio Brown, PIT (vs. ARI) – 2.4 FP
No one misses Ben Roethlisberger more than Brown. Without Big Ben, Brown is just your average, run-of-the-mill receiver. Just look at his stats the past three weeks. This week was his worst in a very long time. He caught 3-of-8 targets for only 24 yards. When you’re used to him scoring nearly 20 fantasy points per game (especially in PPR), this really hurts. Here’s to hoping Big Ben comes back soon.
A.J. Green, CIN (at BUF) – 3.6 FP
Other than his monster Week 3 where he scored 34.7 fantasy points, Green is looking like a huge fantasy bust this season. Which seems odd because Andy Dalton is having a surprisingly amazing fantasy season. Green caught 4-of-7 targets for 36 yards against a Bills defense that was giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
Heath Miller, PIT (vs. ARI) – 0.5 FP
Hopefully you didn’t start Miller this week, but since he’s still 35 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues that means that a lot of people probably started him as a bye week fill in. Ouch! Miller was (and has been since Ben Roethlisberger got hurt) a complete afterthought in the Steelers' passing game. He caught the only ball that was thrown his way for five yards. There are better options on the waiver wire.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.