By the time I finish writing this article, Sammie Coates will have found a way to drop a few more passes. It’s just what he does, but we all have our own flaws.
As for Coates, it looks like the Steelers are going to look past his deficiencies, for now, considering he posted 19 targets, 12 catches, and two touchdowns in his last two games. In the past two weeks, he’s really been the Martavis Bryant replacement fantasy owners have been hoping for.
Right now, I’d be willing to bet that Coates is, at worst, a top-35 fantasy receiver the rest of the way. The Steelers throw the ball a lot, so don’t get caught up on the touches that Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown get, there’s room for Coates in this offense.
If he’s still on the waiver wire, he’d be my number one pickup.
Yep, still not done touting Washington. If this week was any indication, the Lions still don’t have a running game. Theo Riddick was actually pretty good, 49 rushes on 11 carries, but we know he’s not someone the Lions intend to use as their featured back. Also, Zach Zenner’s nine yards on seven carries certainly didn’t inspire any confidence.
So, here we are, once again, riding the Dwayne Washington train. Reports say that he’ll be back next week, and I think he’ll once again be the Lions number one option running the ball.
I would assume that plenty of people, myself included, dropped Washington in their league the past week, but now would be the time to scoop him back up. Also, the Lions are reportedly interested in Justin Forsett, but Washington is still worth grabbing just in case the breakout happens.
Booker is the type of handcuff that could win you your league, and right now, it looks like he’s cutting more and more into C.J. Anderson’s workload.
Since his week one breakout, Anderson has looked pretty flaccid. He hasn’t managed over 3.7 yards per carry and hasn’t topped 50 rushing yards since week two. He’s beginning to revert back to his 2015 form, which isn’t good.
As Anderson’s value begins to crumble, Booker’s outlook grows and he’s certainly worth the bench spot if you have the room.
After the first two weeks of the season, I was feeling pretty dumb for not drafting Matt Forte anywhere. Now, I feel pretty good about. Save his horrible week three against the Seahawks, Forte has really been that bad, but it isn’t looking like the Jets are going to let him touch the ball 25 to 30 times per game.
With Forte’s workload lightening up a bit, Powell has reaffirmed himself as the Jets premiere pass-catching running back. In the past three weeks, he’s caught exactly six passes in every game and has racked up 24 targets. With Eric Decker out, and Ryan Fitzpatrick looking horrendous, Powell is going to keep catching passes for the Jets.
It’s hard to recommend Meredith when I feel like the Bears are going to spend the week convincing Brian Hoyer to throw the ball to Alshon Jeffery. Somehow, Jeffery hasn’t been targeted more than seven times in a single game this season and that has to change.
So, while Meredith’s nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown was nice, I don’t think this will hold up. However, he’s worth grabbing simply for the fact that Jeffery is always an injury concern, and he’d be a great option if anything were to happen.
Britt has actually had almost the same exact season as Alshon Jeffery, but it’s okay because he’s just Kenny Britt. While the Rams offense has been anything but a well-oiled machine, Britt has been a steady performer with at least four catches in every game.
With Case Keenum under center, he probably won’t have huge performances, but he has a clearly defined role in the Rams offense. With a week six matchup against Detroit, Britt has an opportunity to catch a few more passes in what could be a pretty high scoring affair.
Rainey is a PPR only option but has looked a lot like Bilal Powell in the past two weeks. He’s caught 13 passes and piled up over 65 total yards over his past two games. One would assume Rashad Jennings will be returning in week six, but Rainey has looked good enough to retain the pass-catching running back role vacated by Shane Vereen.
If things keep going the way their going for the Giants, just watch for Paul Perkins in case they think he can provide more of a spark to the offense.
Starks is a really boring, extremely low-ceiling option if Eddie Lacy misses time with an ankle injury. Starks has been really bad this year on limited touches, but he could see around 15 touches if he has the backfield all to himself. The issue with Green Bay running backs is that they don’t score touchdowns, so he’s going to have to pile up the yards if he is going to be remotely useful.