There weren’t a lot of QBs who rose to prominence this week, but if you are streaming Carson Palmer is a good option going up against the Philadelphia defense. The Tuesday morning trade for Adrian Peterson should help the Cardinals offense too after losing David Johnson for the season.
I mentioned McKinnon last week, he was a converted college Quarterback with off the chart measurables. Although I am a much bigger fan of McKinnon than Murray, I expected Murray to get most of the work as McKinnon struggled to seize the lions share of the workload when splitting the backfield with Matt Asiata a few years ago. McKinnon’s 20 pt game is certainly encouraging. He’s not a bruising interior runner, but he is a better inside runner than you’d expect. If he can continue to lead the Vikings backfield he could have an amazing season.
Marlon Mack was out snapped by Frank Gore and Robert Turbin, but Mack looked good with his touches Sunday totaling 91 yards rushing with a TD and a couple of receiving yards. Chuck Pagano came out after that game and said Mack demonstrated that he deserved a bigger workload. I don't expect him to overtake Gore in the next couple weeks, but he should become more involved and is an injury away from being the lead back.
Aaron Jones got his opportunity this week with Ty Montgomery sidelined and showed well racking up 134 combined yards and a TD. The Packers offense is one of the best in the NFL and after Jones’ impressive performance look for him to get a shot at more work going down the stretch. When Ty Montgomery comes back it will likely be a RBBC, but the offense is so good that both could be viable starters.
With the surprise trade of Adrian Peterson this morning the Saints backfield just got a lot more intriguing. Mark Ingram has led the Saints backs in snaps so far this season, but Kamara is a dynamic player that can maximize his touches. He is also a great receiver out of the backfield. Despite being out snapped by Ingram, Kamara has the 2nd most targets on the Saints through their first 4 games with 28 (7 per game) trailing only Michael Thomas. In PPR especially Kamara is a must add if he’s available.
Its still unclear how much time Bilal Powell will miss, but if he does miss time McGuire will get a lot of volume.
Will Fuller is coming off of back to back two touchdown games in his 2017 debut. Will Fuller could be somewhat boom-bust week to week despite his strong start. He has yet to eclipse 40 receiving yards in either game and his 4 TDs have come on only 9 targets. He may not yet garnered a big volume role in the Texans offense, but he is definitely a go-to red zone target for Watson. On his TD upside alone he can be a solid flex option to help out through bye weeks.
Funchess is also come off an impressive 2 game stretch totaling 3 TDs. With Olsen injured Funchess has been tossed into a bigger role and has made the most of it so far. He has had more targets each of the last 3 weeks than Kelvin Benjamin and looks like he could be the 1A option in the passing offense instead of the 1B. Funchess should have a decent floor and good upside going forward.
Football is a war of attrition and Roger Lewis is the last man standing for the Giants after Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard all suffered ankle injuries. Beckham and Marshall are out for the year and the time table for Shepard is less clear, but Lewis has become the de facto top wide receiver option for the Giants. Just on volume Lewis could emerge as a low-end WR2 or flex player.
After catching all 5 of his targets for 175 yards on Sunday I am sure a lot of people are running to pick up the former 3rd round pick from Oregon. He is a top 3 target on the Carolina offense that loves using TEs. If you’re late round TE didn't pan out Dickson will be a safe replacement.
The 5th round rookie was one of my favorite rookie TE sleepers coming into this season. Since TE is a position that typically takes a while to develop in the NFL I didn’t expect to see a ton from Kittle this year, but he has emerged as a focal point in the 49ers offense. He was targeted 9 times in week 5 hauling in 7 for 83 yards and a TD. He has dramatically out targeted San Francisco’s other TE’s and only trails Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin for targets on the season.
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