Karlos Dansby LB CLE 10 Hrs
Dansby has six tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Dansby also recorded two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit in the effort, and his three sacks are good enough for the team lead in Cleveland. The 32-year-old remains a quality IDP option moving forward.
Christian Kirksey LB CLE 10 Hrs
Kirksey recorded nine tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Kirksey logged the highest tackle total of his rookie campaign Sunday, and has now recorded 22 combined stops over the last three weeks. He continues to out-produce Craig Robertson -- his main competition for inside linebacker reps.
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 10 Hrs2 Comments
Thomas caught 8-of-9 targets for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 42-17 win over the 49ers.
Thomas did all of his damage during the competitive portion of the game, as his final reception came with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter. He had gains of 49, 40 and 32 yards, plus he was on the receiving end of Peyton Manning's record-setting 509th career passing touchdown. Thomas has been the top producer in nearly any format over the last three weeks, with a ridiculous 26 receptions for 521 yards and five touchdowns. Despite starting the season with three middling games and a bye week, he ranks among the league leaders in receptions (39), receiving yards (662) and receiving touchdowns (six). Thomas will face a tough Chargers secondary on Thursday, but he should be able to stay hot, as the San Diego defense has slipped a bit while dealing with a slew of injuries the past couple weeks.
Billy Cundiff K CLE 10 Hrs
Cundiff converted field goal attempts of 40 and 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Cundiff was the only player who managed to put points on the board for the Browns on Sunday, but the ineffectiveness of the offensive unit as a whole limited his overall production. Cundiff is now a perfect 3-for-3 on the season on field goal attempts between 40 and 49 yards.
Taylor Gabriel WR CLE 10 Hrs
Gabriel caught three passes on seven targets for 39 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Gabriel was the third highest targeted receiver Sunday afternoon, but struggled to perform in an offense that was unproductive as a whole. The 5-foot-8 wideout actually saw a season-best target total, but it didn't necessarily translate to a quality fantasy performance. He remains too low on the pecking order for targets to warrant much fantasy consideration, and could be in line for a further reduced role when Josh Gordon returns from suspension in a few weeks.
Miles Austin WR CLE 10 Hrs
Austin caught three passes on eight targets for 53 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Austin recorded his second highest target total of the season, but was unable to turn that into significant fantasy production. He's now been held out of the endzone for three straight weeks, and has yet to even come close to a 100-yard receiving performance this season. Although the 30-year-old wideout is No. 1 on the team's depth chart, he has yet to truly produce like a top target, and risks seeing reduced looks once Josh Gordon returns from suspension in a few weeks.
Peyton Manning QB DEN 10 Hrs1 Comment
Manning completed 22-of-26 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 42-17 win over the 49ers.
Manning needed just three passing touchdowns to break Brett Favre's all-time mark of 508, and the 38-year-old had his record before halftime in one of the most efficient outings of his career. He led the Broncos to six touchdowns in eight drives against an injury-depleted San Francisco defense, then gave way to backup Brock Osweiler for the entire fourth quarter. Now six games into the season, Manning is on pace for similar numbers to those he recorded in his record-smashing 2013 campaign. He won't have to wait long to add to his record total of 510 career touchdowns, as the Broncos will face a slumping Chargers defense in San Diego on Thursday.
Travis Benjamin WR CLE 11 Hrs
Benjamin was held without a catch on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Benjamin matched a season-high in targets, but still turned in his least productive effort of the season. The Browns offense as a whole stalled on Sunday afternoon, failing to record a single touchdown in the loss to the previously winless Jaguars. Benjamin received a lot of hype on the waiver wire after his two touchdown performance in Week 5, but has been unable to muster anything close to that performance since then.
Terrance West RB CLE 11 Hrs
West logged just eight rushing yards on five attempts in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
West's performance was reflective of the Browns entire lack of a rushing attack, which managed just 69 yards on the ground all game He was the first running back off the bench after being a healthy scratch in Week 6, but the offense stalled in the only drive where the rookie was featured. Those hoping for a bounce back performance from West didn't get their wish, as the entire offensive unit failed to get into the endzone Sunday afternoon. Backs Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell managed just 36 and 18 rushing yards respectively, so it's not like any back was able to get anything going. Nonetheless, West was really unable to prove he deserves more touches moving forward, and will likely remain in a complementary role as long as Tate remains healthy.
Michael Floyd WR ARI 11 Hrs
Floyd hauled in all three passes for 47 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, during Sunday's victory at Oakland.
The target count was Floyd's lowest of the season, but the second-quarter score salvaged what could have been yet another mundane day. His receiving yards have ranged from seven to 119 yards in 2014, but with QB Carson Palmer under center, Floyd has recorded 12 catches (on 17 targets) for 213 yards and two touchdowns across three games in the current campaign. With the above holding steady going forward, Floyd remains a must-start from week-to-week.