It's been a few weeks since I've been able to get to this marvelous column. I apologize for that, but sometimes life takes you to a whole new level!
Since the last #MCM column, the world has basically flipped on its axis. The Cubs won a World Series, Donald Trump won the presidential election, and, more importantly, the Detroit Lions are in first place in the NFC North.
There has been a lot of performances that I haven't been able to talk about. Isaiah Crowell looked like a legit RB1, and is no longer startable. Sammie Coates was a thing, now he's playing two snaps a game. Kenny Britt went bananas against Detroit, and, of course, Jay Ajayi looked like the best running back since, well, Ezekiel Elliott.
For this week, these are the gentlemen who have caught my eye:
Marcus Mariota (QB, Ten) - 27 points.
Mariota has been awesome of late and Sunday was no different. The Titans crushed the Packers, and Mariota threw for 295 yards with 4 touchdowns in the process. He didn't even use his rushing acumen to incur any points. We talked about Mariota v. Cam Newton on Thursday's show. Mariota was the second leading scoring quarterback in standard leagues, and Cam was...not. Mariota is a high-end streamer and low-end QB1. He's been great for the last few games, so he should be added everywhere.
Ryan Mathews (RB, Phi) - 27 Points.
Mathews is a roller coaster ride. He played 8 snaps in each of the last two games until he rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 30 yards on 2 catches to end the week as the second-best running back in standard scoring. He still didn't play the majority of the snaps for Philly, but did lead the team in touches. Trying to forecast Mathews forward is pretty much impossible. He's a live-or-die RB2. Good luck going forward.
Tyrell Williams (WR, SD) - 18 Points.
Williams is the best wide receiver you've never heard of. He's had double-digit fantasy points in 3 or the last 4 weeks and 4 of the last 6 games. Rivers has to throw it to someone, and that someone is named Tyrell Williams. Williams is 6'5, 205 with speed. Williams had 5 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown yesterday, and that's not an anomaly. He has a bye this week, so he might be a sneaky add, but after the bye, Williams has a prime schedule. Buy Williams as a WR2.
Cameron Brate (TE, TB) - 14 Points.
"Make America Brate Again" was a popular team name this season. Luckily. for all the teams with this name, Brate has been great, at least recently. He had 7 catches, 84 yards, and a score, which is a great line for a tight end these days. His next two weeks are brutal (vs. Kansas City and Seattle), but after that, his schedule is gravy. Add Brate and stash if you need a TE. If you have to play him, he should be fine because he does score TDs.
I hope to be writing to all of you much more in the future.