Brandon McManus K DEN (11) 3 hours ago
McManus connected on all three of his PAT attempts and nailed field goals of 22 and 32 yards in Monday's win over the Texans.
It was McManus' fourth consecutive game with at least two field goals - the benefit of playing on an offense good enough to get into opponent's territory but inconsistent in finding the end zone. McManus' 14 total field goals rank seventh in the league near the half-way point, though he has yet to use the Rocky Mountain air to convert a 50-yarder.
Virgil Green TE DEN (11) 4 hours ago
Green was not targeted in Monday's win over the Texans.
The Broncos attempted a season-low 25 passes while they pounded the rock for 190 yards against the Texans' front. It was the kind of ballgame that head coach Gary Kubiak is known for and the head coach said after the game that he liked getting back to more multiple tight end and back sets. That's good for Green's snap count, but not necessarily his fantasy statistics. The Broncos doubled-down on their tight-end appreciation on Tuesday by acquiring A.J. Derby. Expect the youngster to be more of a threat to Jeff Heuerman and John Phillip's playing time than Green's.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL (8) 4 hours ago
Pitta plucked four of 10 passes from the air for 40 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets.
Another game, another so-so performance for Pitta. The problem for Pitta hasn't been targets -he has had at least eight in five of seven games -or catches - at least six in four games. Rather, it's been a lack of big plays or touchdowns. Sunday was Pitta's first game averaging at least 10 yards per catch since Week 2 and the veteran remains scoreless on the season - a product of either lost chemistry with Joe Flacco after an extended time on the shelf or an overall anemic offense. He has been targeted inside the red zone in just one of Baltimore's first seven games.
Reggie Bush RB BUF (10) 4 hours ago
Bush caught one of two targets for 13 yards and had a one-yard run in Sunday's loss to Miami.
In theory, a hobbled LeSean McCoy would be the thing to spark Bush's season. Instead, the veteran back remained mostly on the sideline as Mike Gillislee and quarterback Tyrod Taylor filled in. Any efforts Buffalo makes to conserve McCoy by either having him sit out or play on a snap count could eventually play to Bush's benefit - but if it didn't happen on Sunday, it shouldn't be expected to happen anytime soon.
Danny Amendola WR NE (9) 4 hours ago
Amendola logged just 19 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Steelers.
It was fifth time in seven games in which Amendola was on the field for fewer than 20 offensive snaps. Chris Hogan has taken hold of the No. 2 receiver spot with rookie Malcolm Mitchell even seeing the field more often than Amendola. The Patriots can get pass-happy at any moment and are the best in the league at doing one thing one week and something completely different the next, but with a quality receiving corps, two dominant tight ends and a collection of backs capable of catching the ball - there aren't enough plays to go around for Amendola to make an impact at this point.
Nick Novak K HOU (9) 4 hours ago
Novak converted all three of his field-goal attempts in Monday night's 27-9 loss to Denver.
Novak has benefited greatly from an offense that hasn't been able to finish drives. He leads the NFL with 19 attempts, making 16. With 57 points through seven games, Novak is tied for sixth in scoring among placekickers.
Chris Conley WR KC (5) 4 hours ago
Conley caught both passes thrown in his direction for 29 yards in Sunday's win over New Orleans.
Conley looked like he was heating up in Week 4 with a six-catch effort, but has just five catches in the two games since. The discrepancy is due to an overall drop in passing for the Chiefs, who have had Alex Smith throw nearly half as often, 42 attempts per game before the bye compared to 23 after. Conley was never the typical No. 2 receiver as he plays in a conservative offense featuring quality pass-catching backs and tight ends. Now that the offense has turned even more run-heavy, it'd be foolish to expect an uptick in production.
Travis Kelce TE KC (5) 4 hours ago
Kelce caught two of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.
Kelce snagged at least five passes in each of the four games prior to Kansas City's bye, but has caught just five passes total in the two games since. What gives? It isn't as though he's fallen out of favor with quarterback Alex Smith - rather the Chiefs as a team are throwing the ball a lot less - opting to ride the hot hand in Spencer Ware - who leads a deep stable. Alex Smith has attempted 82 percent fewer passes per game since the bye, 42 to 23. Kelce is still a quality start because he remains a top red-zone threat, but don't be surprised if delivers a few duds as the ball simply aren't flying in Kansas City.
Brandin Cooks WR NO (5) 4 hours ago
Cooks snatched seven of nine targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
There was a point between Cooks' two-touchdown Week 1 and the Week 5 bye where the young speedster cooled off while rookie Michael Thomas and others found their stride. Order seems to have been restored for Cooks, who - drop in yardage total aside - caught seven passes and a touchdown for the second consecutive game. Big-play receivers like Cooks can be streaky and the likes of Thomas and Willie Snead, too, have the ability to take over a game - but Cooks showed on Sunday that he can still deliver a quality outing even when forced to do his damage closer to the line of scrimmage.
Sterling Shepard WR NYG (8) 4 hours ago
Shepard caught five of seven targets for 32 yards in Sunday's win over Los Angeles.
Shepard looked like a revelation and potential steal in the first three weeks of the season, averaging over five catches per game with a pair of touchdowns. He still might be, but his production has certainly come back down to earth. He has failed to reach his Week 2 total of 117 yards in the past four games combined. Part of that is attributable to his failure to make big plays. Shepard caught four passes of 20 or more yards during his first three games, but not since. His yards per catch have, not surprisingly, been cut in half -- from 14.6 in the season's first three games to 6.7 since.