Here we are on another Monday afternoon, scratching our heads after yet another crazy Sunday set of NFL games. Right now there are a host of names that are putting up impressive fantasy stats that have literally come out of nowhere. Yes, literally. Or maybe more figuratively but you get the point. Here are a handful of names that have been hot the past few weeks, with our opinions as to whether or not they will remain hot or if they're simply flashes in the pan.
Marcus Mariota (QB - TEN): Don't look now, but MM is the #5 QB over the past three weeks, even with a week 4 stinker (11.1 points). Two games over 30 points per is nice to see, but unpack their remaining schedule and you see only one remaining "good" matchup (Week 9 @SDC). The remaining games are classified as just neutral or "bad". A couple of tilts against Indy look good on paper, though. So at this point, keep Mariota in your back pocket if you own him. And consider him a nice DFS start when the matchup is right.
James White (RB - NEP): Everyone knew the return of Tom Brady would amplify the value of guys like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, but flying under the radar is the Patriots' "designated pass catching RB", James White. White is averaging almost 17 ppr points per game the past 3 weeks, including a huge 26.6 point effort yesterday. With Dion Lewis set to return from IR, White's value may be in jeopardy. Good news, at least for White owners, is that there really hasn't been any word on how Lewis' comeback is coming along. For now, he's a nifty little PPR play. He's the #8 RB in PPR over the past 3 weeks.
Matt Jones (RB - WAS): There were many that cut bait with Jones after the first week, where he only carried the ball 7 times for 24 yards against the Steelers. Some may have grabbed him after the next week, where he gained a respectable 61 yards on just 13 carries and scored once against the Cowboys. But then the next week, he didn't even get double digits. Then, another nice effort against the Browns. Then a stinker against the Ravens, followed up by a solid outing against the Eagles. Here's a pattern for you: all the bad games were against top rush defenses: PIT #3, NYG #5 and BAL #4. The other defenses, much softer. So with bouts against the Lions (#21) and the Bengals (#19) coming up, he might just be a nice RB2. Careful though, after their Week 9 bye the Skins get the Vikings (#9 and the Pack (#1).
Cameron Meredith (WR - CHI): The past two weeks have been money for Meredith. He's got his owners 28.6 and 22.3 points, respectively. He's out-targeting Alshon Jeffery and obviously has a rapport with QB Brian Hoyer. We're hesitant to recommend Meredith, especially with a tough battle against the Vikings coming up. Before then, though, he can abuse the Packers secondary. The rest of the Bears' schedule, though, is fairly juicy, with 5 games against pass defenses that are #20 or worse.
Jeremy Kerley (WR - SFO): Another "whaaaat?" name, Kerley had great efforts in Weeks 4 and 5, amassing nearly 23 ppg in PPR formats. That said, despite getting 7 targets yesterday, only managed 2 catches for 12 yards with Colin Kaepernick under center. Sign of things to come? Maybe. But with a bye week sandwiched in, the Niners do face the Bucs and Saints, so Kerley may have a chance to build a rapport with Kaepernick.