Alright, kids, it’s almost time to set those lineups, but before you do, let’s take a look at who should be on your radar this week in the wide world of fantasy football.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
I feel like this one should be pretty obvious, but obviously with AP needing surgery on that knee yet again, McKinnon will be getting the bulk of the carries out in Minnesota. For good reason, too. McKinnon has some great hands at his position, and has been used in screens often in Mike Zimmer’s offense. Not to mention, he is deceptively strong. This should be a huge pickup in PPR leagues.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns
The Browns are up against a Miami rush defense that cracked under the pressure of LaGarrette Blount and the Patriots last week. Crowell has shown some incredible explosion out of the backfield thus far this season, and now with Cleveland giving the ball to rookie Cody Kessler out of USC, the run game will be the safer option on the offensive end.
Sammie Coates, WR, Steelers
When the Bengals defense gave Antonio Brown a hard time last week, this second year player out of Auburn really turned on the burners. Coates is a deep threat, and against an Eagles secondary that is still unsure of the status of Leodis McKelvin, you may see the ball thrown at Coates quite a bit. I understand Markus Wheaton is probably going to be back in the lineup this weekend, but Ben looked comfortable throwing Coates’s way.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas
PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PICK THIS MAN UP. I would be confused as to why he would still be available in your league. If there’s any week to give this man a shot, it’s up against a bewildered Bears team. Prescott seemed to find himself last week in Washington, as he and Dez Bryant linked up 7 times for 102 yards. People also neglect his mobility, as he set the all-time record at Mississippi State for rushing yards by a quarterback. He also set 36 OTHER RECORDS during his time there. Prescott is the real deal, and behind an incredible offensive line, he will thrive.
Blake Bortles cannot hold onto the ball right now. With this revitalized defense in the Charm City, it’s hard to bet against them in this game. Between Jernigan, Suggs, and Mosley on the attack, a still maturing Jacksonville team may need their mommies this weekend.
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