Another week, another set of man crushes. This week might have been crazier than last.
The Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, Bucs, and Redskins all put together wins. That means Blake Bortles beat Ryan Tannehill, Derek Carr beat Joe Flacco, Johnny Manziel beat last week's darling, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston beat Drew Brees, and Kirk Cousins beat...well, Nick Foles. I guess that one isn't that big of a shocker.
Fantasy numbers were also a little weird. Someone needs to put out an APB for Jeremy Hill, Mike Evans, Lamar Miller, and DeMarco Murray. There were some big games from guys we all know. Antonio Brown was Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson showed why everyone loved him this offseason. Big Ben and #Tommy were what we thought they were.
However, here are a few under the radar guys that I found myself crushin' on.
Derek Carr (QB, Oak) - 30/46, 351 yds. passing, 3 tds.
Carr was the 5th highest scoring fantasy QB (before the Sunday and Monday night games). That's impressive in its own right, and he did that against a formidable Ravens defense. Carr wasn't even a guarantee to play this game due to a sprained thumb. It doesn't sound like much, but thumbs are somewhat important for QBs. His toughness was what really caught my eye. It didn't hurt that he had a great game, and to top it off he threw the game winning TD. He's still only a 2-QB league or a bye-week option, but I do have a soft spot for Fresno State players.
Matt Jones (RB, Was) - 123 yds. rushing, 2 TDs.
Jones was the 2nd highest scoring RB in week 2. The most impressive thing is that he didn't start the game. Alfred Morris had 18 carries to Jones' 19. That's a very impressive haul for a guy that had split carries. Jones is a player I have targeted a lot in leagues. Jones has been compared to the bigger backs that have quicks (Marshawn Lynch, Eddie Lacy, etc). Jones was already the 3rd down back in the Washington offense. I would think this performance should give him a few more carries. Morris is still a viable option for Washington, but Jones is as well. He should be owned in all formats. He'll likely be the top option off waivers if he's not already owned. Of course, I would crush on a rookie.
Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Arz) - 8 receptions, 112 yds., 3 TDs.
Fitz was the top scoring WR. The beginning of the end of Fitz was greatly exaggerated. Palmer likes to throw to Fitz, which is evident with the target distribution. Fitz had almost double the number of targets of any other player on Arizona. He's good, even at his age. He should already be owned and can be started as a WR2 or flex from here on out.
Crockett Gilmore (TE, Bal) - 5 receptions, 88 yds., 2 TDs.
Gilmore was the top scoring TE this week, even over Gronk. Every up and coming TE is compared to Gronk. Gilmore is no different. He is big and is a load to bring down. Flacco has a history throwing to his TE, and that's good news for Gilmore. Gilmore was targeted at the end of the Bronco game in week one. That's some trust. I would like to see more than 6 targets, but he did well with those targets. If Jones isn't the top waiver add, Gilmore might be. He should be owned if you need TE help. He's legit
I'm watching the Packer/Seahawks game right now, and I don't have a specific man crush on James Jones, but Aaron Rodgers seems to when they're in the red zone. He was a hot pick up last week, if he's still available, add him.
DeAngelo Williams had another great week, but he's losing fantasy relevance now that Bell is back in Pittsburgh. Eric Ebron had another good week, so keep him on your radar. Tyrod Taylor is still relevant. Travis Benjamin had himself a day as well. Maybe he has something going when Manziel is under center.
If these man-crushes are available in your league, pick them up.