Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (40.2): Despite being a slight violation of the premise of being rostered in fewer than 40 percent of leagues, Murray is worth mentioning as a valuable fantasy prospect, since he can sustain elite scoring benders.
Those trends ran into a highly favorable matchup against New Orleans, as the Saints ranked 30th in YBCT allowed (2.9) and 29th in GBYPA allowed (9.1) in Weeks 6-10.
The combination of those weaknesses ended up working in Washington’s favor, as Jay Gruden’s team posted a 48.3 percent mark in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that gauges how often an offense gives its ball carriers quality run blocking. That was the second-highest GBR Washington has posted this season. The 7.9 GBYPA Washington posted against the Saints was also the second-highest total they have tallied this year in that category.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s deep pass to Johnny Holton bounced off the receiver’s shoulder pad and into the hands of Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon for an interception at New England’s 16-yard line. Holton was hurt on the play but jogged off the field on his own power after some attention from trainers. He entered concussion protocol but later returned to the game.
While Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield shined, running backs like Notre Dame’s Josh Allen and Georgia’s Nick Chubb struggled on Saturday.
With several marquee matchups, NFL teams had numerous scouts in the field to watch the top prospects face elite competition.
Against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense, Mayfield had his way while leading Oklahoma to a 38-20 victory over TCU. Mayfield was 18 of 27 for 333 yards and three touchdowns and has all-but locked up the Heisman Trophy.
Touchdown, Carolina. Christian McCaffrey takes a handoff near the goal line, makes a pair of Dolphins tacklers miss and runs into the end zone to put Carolina ahead 10-0. That Panthers’ drive ate up 6:17 of game time.