Congrats to those that scooped up, or held onto, Adrian Peterson entering Week 6. And, nice work to anyone that started him. He could be well on his way to strong RB2 numbers moving forward (with upside for much more if he remains healthy and active moving forward.
Before we begin, it’s important to note that last week’s list of names supercedes this week’s list, so make sure Adrian Peterson, Marlon Mack and Jerick McKinnon are not available in your league. If they are, run to grab them.
Orleans Darkwa was a recommended add from last week, but he wasn’t grabbed in a ton of leagues last week, so he is still available in enough leagues to mention him as a top 1-2 overall add this week. He rushed 21 times for 117 yards in Week 6 against the Broncos, so he clearly has a big role in that Giants’ offense moving forward – for now.
After Darkwa, one of the top running back adds this week has to be Dion Lewis, who got the start in New England in Week 6, and he even out-snapped Gillislee29-13. This could be a wasted pick-up, as New England historically rotates their rushers so often; however, this could also be a sneaky-good move that looks genius come this time next week. New England is just as capable of leaning on a player and making them into a fantasy force as they are rotating rushers… Lewis has always had shifty talent, and he is versatile in a way that makes him a huge 100 total yard threat on a weekly basis. Is he there yet? Is he that player already? No. James White is still the PPR runner to own, but fantasy football is about being ahead of the curve and taking 2-3 chances with bench spots in order to land just one of those chances. Lewis has the appeal and situation be worth taking that chance. Grab him and wait.
CJ Prosise is likely back in Week 7, and with no one playing well in Seattle, and given Prosise is the most talented rusher on the roster, I think he is an awesome stash and wait.
Undrafted rookie Matt Breida was limited to 17 snaps in Week 6, but he still has nice ‘later’ appeal,
as Carlos Hyde always has trouble staying healthy. If starting, and he is NOT starting right now (know that), I think Breida could be a great fantasy football flex play.
Marvin Jones may not be available in even half of the leagues out there, but he is available in enough of them to make sure he’s talked about. Golden Tate (shoulder) is expected to miss a couple games,
which means that Jones will be the top receiving target for the Lions for a bit. It also means Kenny Golladay could reemerge and show us more flashes of brilliance. Golladay hype has declined over the last few weeks, so he is a great buy-low in dynasty.
Don’t forget about how talented D’Onta Foreman is, and that if starting, he might easily have RB2-type value. Also,
keep in mind how good, by default, Mike Tolbert would be if forced to start for the Bills.
Lastly, my favorite sleeping giant is still James Conner. He won’t do a single thing as long as Bell stays healthy (and I hope he does, I own Bell in several leagues)… that said, if ever forced to start, Conner would fill in nicely and likely have high-end RB2-type value. He is versatile and well-liked by the Steelers’ coaching staff. Again, his value will only emerge if injury strikes Bell,
but he is one of those rare talents/situations where he would thrived if forced to play. He is a MUST for all Bell owners out there.
Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden should obviously both be owned, per last week’s pickup list. So, I thought it was important to toss that out here at the end. Rod Smith is also a player that ‘could’ climb up the ranks in Dallas as Ezekiel Elliott begins his six-game suspension.