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Onto this week’s Trending Topics…
@FantasyGuruSite Start sit question, jacquizz Rodgers or Jordan Howard this week?— Derek Davis (@derekcdavis) October 20, 2016
Our subscribers are obviously very interested in Jacquizz Rodgers’ situation this week. Quite simply, unless you have elite options in front of him, Rodgers needs to be in your lineup going against this 49ers defense that’s been torched by the run this season. The 49ers rush defense has been the worst in the league so far this season, and their last four opponents have had a rusher go for 100+ yards against them. The Bucs won’t be afraid to use Rodgers like they did against the Panthers in their last game in Week 5, giving him the rock 30 times for 101 yards. Rodgers also has some short-term appeal since Doug Martin suffered a setback in his recovery from his hamstring injury that’s kept him out of the lineup since Week 2. Martin is likely week-to-week with his injury, so Rodgers could be a big factor in great matchups against the Raiders and Falcons in Weeks 8-9. Just as everyone expected before the season, Rodgers could be a fantasy difference-maker in the middle of the season.
@FantasyGuruSite Gillislee or Gore?— Allen Eguia (@9_eguia) October 21, 2016
I just touched on one elite RB fantasy option who appeared out of thin air this week, and we could have another in Mike Gillislee. Starting RB LeSean McCoy scared the hell out of everybody in Week 6 when he went down in a heap of pain and grabbed his knee after getting rolled up on by a 49ers tackler. However, he came back into the game and looked just fine, continuing his huge fantasy performance against the 49ers. Gillislee has clearly established himself as the top backup here, and he ran well yet again in Week 6 with 6/60/1 rushing against the 49ers. He’s been on the field a fair amount (23% of the snaps) lately, since they can’t expect McCoy to handle every touch in this backfield. However, Gillisleee could be on the field a ton this week after McCoy suffered a hamstring in practice on Wednesday and could miss this week. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that McCoy won’t play and that he has a multi-week injury, but the Associated Press’ John Wawrow reported that a person with direct knowledge of the situation said that McCoy will be a game-time decision. I’d lean more toward McCoy sitting this Sunday since they don’t want to jeopardize him for later in the year by rushing him back. The Dolphins have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, allowing the second-most yards per game (147.0), so Gillislee could step into a golden situation to come through in a big way for anyone who uses him.
COULD THIS FINALLY BE THE WEEK! Everyone’s favorite preseason IR stash might finally join the lineup for the Bengals, and boy, does this offense ever need a shot in the arm from Tyler Eifert. He’s been back to limited practices early in the week, although Bengals beat reporters said it looked like he was a full-go at practice. The Bengals clearly need him in the middle of the field in this very average set of receivers after A.J. Green, especially with their issues scoring TDs down in the red zone. HC Marvin Lewis did say earlier this year that they’ll ease Eifert into the lineup once he gets back, so he’s unlikely to play a full complement of snaps in his first game back, if he does in fact play this weekend. However, he picked a great week to potentially return against a Browns defense that’s giving up a ton of production to TEs. He’s slowly working his way back onto the field, but check his status this weekend to see if he’s going to play and to see if he’ll be on some sort of a snap count. He’s more of a desperation play or for deeper leagues, but as we saw last year when he averaged 1 TD per game, Eifert can come through in the blink of an eye with his prowess in the red zone.
@FantasyGuruSite: RBs: Dwayne Washington, Hill, Crowell, Deandre Washington & Sproles. Pick 2, non ppr— blake lancaster (@blakealot) October 16, 2016
This Lions backfield has been a pain in the butt the last two weeks, and it looks like it won’t get much better this weekend in a great matchup against a Redskins defense that’s giving up 27 FPG to RBs the last five weeks. It looks like Dwayne Washington might finally return to the lineup in Week 7 after missing the last two weeks with an ankle injury. He’s trending in the right direction the last week by getting limited practices in since last Friday. The Lions had to play the underwhleming Zach Zenner on 77% of the Lions’ Week 6 snaps without Washington or Theo Riddick (ankle), and free-agent signee Justin Forsett played 19% of the snaps. Beat writer Tim Twentyman of the team’s website believes that Washington will see a “nice workload” if Riddick is unable to play again. Still, this backfield could be a little bit of a headache this week even if Riddick is out, as we’d expect Washington, Zenner, and Forsett to split up work. Washington is their best runner and this Redskins defense has given up 5.2 YPC to RBs the last five weeks, so he has an outside shot to come through. Still, this isn’t an ideal backfield to look for fantasy help from this weekend. Washington is looking like a flex option at best with some major boom-or-bust potential because of his ankle issue.