More key fantasy players have been injured this season than the last three seasons combined. This week was particularly devastating for running backs. Freeman goes down with a concussion, Forsett is out for the season with a broken arm, and West went down as well. So when we get to the Running Back portion you will want to pay attention.
The Ravens have been decimated this season adding the loss of Joe Flacco. However, that won’t affect most fantasy teams. Now that the bye weeks are over there will be very few people looking at Quarterbacks, but I will throw one out there just in case you want a playoff stash.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 25% Owned
Sunday Winston tied a rookie record, passing for five touchdowns on his way to almost 30 fantasy points. Winston is up and down each week but his ceiling is really high. If you are looking for a gamble going forward Winton has a pretty “easy” schedule over the next couple of weeks. Games against the Colts, Falcons, and Saints provide a rich passing environment. All three teams are able to score so we are looking at shoot outs. Also, Winston is a great grab if you are in a dynasty league. He has a running game and good receives to throw to. He also knows when he needs to tuck it in a take it to the house on his own. I almost forgot to mention that he is a top 15 QB, and could easily end the season in the top 10.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks- 37.8% Owned
Rawls is the RB to own in Seattle, right now. Lynch is banged up and less than a shell of his former self. Rawls has been excellent every time he steps on the field. 30 carries for over 200 yards, that isn’t a fluke. Look, Wilson is not a passing QB no matter what moves they made in the off season. Seattle is better when they run the ball, which is why you saw Rawls dominate touches on Sunday. They are going to need to win most of the games they have left to even sniff the wild card. The playoffs are going to go through the running game and right now that is Rawls.
Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs- .5% Owned
This might be pipe dream but Ware was able to rack up 96 yards on 11 carries after West left the game. How many running backs does Kansas City have? West is considered day-to-day so don’t put all your eggs in this basket. However, if West can’t go, Ware showed Sunday that he worthy of consideration.
Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens- 7% Owned
Like Ware, Allen is a pretty big question mark. The only real difference is that Allen is not just a fill in. Forsett is done and Allen is the next man up. Allen got 22 carries after Forsett went down and he also caught 5 passes for close to 50 yards. They have no one to pass the ball and no one to pass the ball to. Allen could be the lone bright spot. You have to have the ball to score, and Allen is going to have the ball.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers- 11% Owned
There were high hopes for Funchess this season to fill the void left by Steve Smith. He was slowed by hamstring injury to start the season and he fell onto the “bust” list. The last couple of weeks we have seen Funchess start to make a little noise. No one predicted that Ginn was going to be Newton’s best receiver. Just knowing that Ginn has been number one should be reason enough to grab Funchess. He was targeted 8 times last week and ended up with 64 yards and touchdown. With Newton playing outside of his mind and defenses focusing on Olsen, Funchess is going to get chances to be open. Panthers are rolling right now, I would grab this rookie while you still can.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys- 33% Owned
I had Williams on this list last week. Most of his value is going to be in PPR leagues but the return of Romo gives him value. Bryant and Witten can’t catch them all and the running game never really took off this season. Romo is going to power this team towards the playoffs and it’s going to happen behind the passing game. In Romo’s first game back Williams had 4 catches for 70 yards and a score.
Vernon Davis, TE, Denver Broncos-38.7% Owned
Manning is going to be out a couple of weeks which means we are going to get to see a whole lot of Brock Osweiler. Davis easily had his best game a season catching passes from Denver’s new field general. Broncos are going to focus on defense and the run game to power this team going forward. Osweiler has one job, don’t turn it over. That means short passes to the TE. New England is good against the run which means Broncos are going to have to throw to win the game. Expect Davis to have a big game this week.
This week is a bit of a short list. As I said earlier, the bye weeks are over and there are fewer meaningful options. If you are not going to make the playoffs start getting ready for next season. If you are in a keeper league start stashing your sleepers. If you are going to the playoffs your season is better than mine. Man I love this game!