October Fantasy Football Recap

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Kyle Hoeppner and Logan Winser

The fantasy playoffs are almost among us in Fantasy Football leagues. Most people only have a few weeks remaining to either prepare for the playoffs or even try to get in. AHS students are frantically changing their line-ups and adding players to help them win their leagues.

As we do for every month, we will take a look at star players, players who disappointed, and player who surprised us.

Players of the Month

New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees

At the top of the quarterback position for October is Super Bowl XLIV MVP, Drew Brees, and scored a total of 89.86 with respect of a week 5 bye. Brees earned an average of 22.47 points per week with his worst week during week 4 and best week during week 6. Coming off a bye at week 6, Brees performed amazingly well, throwing for over 460 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns against a struggling Carolina Panthers defense. He ended up scoring 32.60 points, the most he has gotten in a week last month and thus far this season.

Tennessee Titans Running back Demarco Murray

Tennessee Titan, DeMarco Murray showed his power in the running back position by scoring 87.6 points over the course of five October games. Murray scored an average of 17.52 per week and scored at least 12.50 points per week. His best week in October and the whole season was against the Houston Texans in week 4. Murray had 95 yards in that game and scored two touchdowns, earning 23.90 fantasy points.

Arrowhead senior Chris Marmes claims he has loved Murray since the beginning.

“I’ve been a fan of DeMarco since his early years with the Cowboys.” ,said Marmes, “He is an amazing player and one of my favorites.”

Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Julio Jones, showed his dominance in his position early on in October, scoring a whopping 36.00 fantasy points against Carolina. Jones had 300 receiving yards and a touchdown for week 4. Despite having two games with 2.90 points, Jones scored 79.10 points in October with great week 4, 6, and 7 performances.

Busts of the Month

Philadelphia Quarterback Carson Wentz

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, was an exceptional QB in September, scoring an average of 17.62 fantasy points per week. As for October, Wentz has been a bust. Wentz scored just over 10 fantasy points per week and had his worst week during week 7 with 6.12. During this catastrophe, Wentz threw two interceptions against the Minnesota Viking defense.

New Orleans Running Back Mark Ingram

As for the worst in the running back position, Mark Ingram fit perfectly for October. The starting New Orleans Saints RB earned an average 8.30 fantasy points. Ingram was not only terrible during October overall, he also lost fantasy teams points with a -1.50 points during week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Detroit Wide Receiver Marvin Jones   

For worst October wide receivers, Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr. is the clear choice for this title. After having the title of best receiver in September, Jones Jr. has flipped completely around, earning an average of 7.42 points per week, versus his stellar 17.6 points per week in September.

Arrowhead junior and fantasy owner of Jones Jr., Hayden Henning, was stunned.

“How can one of the top receivers from early on become one of the worst this month?” says Henning.

The Lions receiver has not been getting as many yards as he did in his first month and is losing more targets to teammate Golden Tate, who is starting to look like his former self.

Surprises of the Month

New England Quarterback Tom Brady

After being suspended the first four games of the NFL season, fans thought New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady would get off to a slow start. That was not the case.  His first game back was a 30 point outing against the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the month of October in just four games, he has thrown for 1319 yards and 12 touchdowns, and was the number one quarterback in fantasy.

Miami Dolphins Running Back Jay Ajayi

When the Miami Dolphins signed running back Arian Foster in the preseason, fantasy analyst Mike Wright thought he was the starting running back for the Dolphins rest of the season. But once an ankle injury took him out for the rest of October, backup running back Jay Ajayi stepped up by producing one of the greatest two game stretches in NFL History. On October 16th, he ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start. He then followed that up with 214 yards and a touchdown on October 23rd. He joing Hall of Fame running backs OJ Simpson, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams as the only running backs in NFL history to run for back to back 200 yard games according to ProfootballFocus. Now with Foster retired, Ajayi will  most likely be the starter for the rest of the season.

San Diego Running Back Melvin Gordon

After scoring zero touchdown in 2015, many analyst like Matthew Perry were considering San Diego Running Back Melvin Gordon a bust. Well, in just eight games, he has scored ten touchdowns, in which he leads the league. In all eight games, he has scored at least 9.6 fantasy points in every game. He has proved to be one of the most consistent running backs in the entire league. His month was highlighted by a 130 yard with three touchdown game against the Atlanta Falcons.

All stats used in this article are according to Yahoo! sports.