QB Ben Roethlisberger
In one of the most dominant performances of the year, the Steelers manhandled Carolina 52-21 on Thursday Night Football. One of the main reasons why was the performance of their 36-year-old quarterback nicknamed “Big Ben”. Throwing for 328 yards and five touchdowns, Roethlisberger made the Panthers secondary look dazed and confused in yet another example that the Steelers are in no need of a Le’veon Bell return. Roethlisberger has the Steelers right back where they need to be at 6-2-1 and the leader in the AFC North division.
RB Aaron Jones
In a must-win situation, Jones dominated the Dolphins on Sunday, leading the Packers to a 4-4-1 record and keeping their playoff hopes somewhat alive. With 15 touches, Jones ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, taking a lot of pressure off of Aaron Rodgers and allowing him to throw only 28 times. The mix of a good run game along with a dynamic quarterback is what the Packers will need if they have any hope of making it to the playoffs this season.
WR Allen Robinson
Coming off of a groin injury that sidelined him for two weeks, Robinson had a breakout week and one of the best of his young career. With six receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns, Robinson helped propel the Bears to a 34-22 win over the Lions on Sunday. They currently lead the NFC North with a 6-3 record, but both the Vikings and Packers are not far behind and are deep, talented and experienced. With Robinson healthy and producing, the Bears offense has been dynamic and they will need him to stay on the field and consistent moving forward for a playoff push.
TE Zach Ertz
Despite a crucial loss to the Cowboys, Ertz shined once again under the lights on Sunday Night Football. An outrageous stat line of 14 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns left fantasy owners speechless. Ertz has been consistently great all year and will need to continue this if the 2018 Super Bowl Champion Eagles even want a shot at defending their title. After the loss, the Eagles hold a 4-5 record and sit in third place in the NFC East. They will need to have a dominant stretch to end the season to make the playoffs, and Ertz staying hot will be a vital piece as the season goes on.
QB Andy Dalton
The Bengals were the latest team to bow down to the Saints after a blowout loss on Sunday. With 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions Dalton did not have the worst week of his career, however, he did virtually nothing exceptional and was tied for the league lead in interceptions. Dalton will need to be better as the Bengals fell a game behind the Steelers in the AFC North and have lost three of their last four games.
RB Sony Michel
In his return from injury, Michel did not do much to help a Patriots offense that struggled against the Titans. The explosiveness that we had witnessed out of the Patriots traditional first down back was not there. With 11 touches, Michel recorded only 31 yards rushing with no touchdowns and added to what was already an offensive disappointment for New England. With the status of Rob Gronkowski unknown, it would certainly be beneficial to the Patriots to have a player like Michel step up and have big games moving forward.
WR Jarvis Landry
The Browns convincingly beat the Falcons this week, even without production from Jarvis Landry. With just two receptions for 22 yards, Landry was virtually invisible and has now put together a stretch of three straight weeks with 50 yards receiving or less. While the Browns offense looked fine on Sunday, it’d be great to a young quarterback like Baker Mayfield to have Landry as a consistent producer moving forward.
TE Jimmy Graham
Graham is another player whose team won in convincing fashion this week but was not really a part of this win. Graham recorded just one reception for 14 yards and no touchdown in his teams 31-12 victory over the Dolphins. The emergence of Aaron Jones definitely had an effect on this. Still, the Packers will need Graham to be more productive in games in which the passing game is the main focus and he hasn’t even done that this season.