Jay Ajayi, running back, Miami Dolphins
After totaling 24 fantasy points in his first four games, Ajayi steamrolled the Steelers defense on his way to a 32-point day. Ajayi totaled 204 yards and two scores on 25 rushes. Ajayi is a perfect sell-high candidate going forward, as he likely just registered his best game of the season.
Case Keenum, quarterback, St. Louis Rams
Keenum’s name doesn’t appear on the positive side of this list often but there’s good reason for it this time. Despite falling to the Lions, Keenum dazzled, posting a career-high 28 fantasy points. The fourth-year signal-caller out of Houston compiled 321 yards through the air and three touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, New York Giants
Beckham Jr. is back and better than ever, according to statistics. Beckham totaled a career-high 222 yards and had two scores of over 60 yards. The sideline antics continue, but fantasy owners don’t care as long as Beckham produces on the field.
Antonio Brown, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
When quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a partially torn meniscus, so did Brown’s production. After registering three consecutive games with at least 13 fantasy points, Brown failed to reach 40 receiving yards against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Michael Crabtree, wide receiver, Oakland Raiders
Andy Reid-coached teams improved to 16-2 coming off a bye last week, and the Raiders struggled in the process. Quarterback Derek Carr posted a season-low nine fantasy points Sunday. Crabtree accounted for only two of Carr’s completions and totaled a mere 10 yards. Things are looking up for Crabtree next week, as the Raiders face the Jaguars, who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
As usual, Thursday Night Football was a sloppy showing that included four turnovers. Denver’s passing attack never got off the ground, amassing only 220 yards over the course of the game. Thomas received 10 targets but had only 35 yards to show for it.