He isn’t much of a threat in the passing game, but the Packers backfield is shaping up as Aaron Jones’ to lose. Ty Montgomery was shipped off to Baltimore and backup Jamaal Williams hasn’t been nearly as efficient as Jones has when handed the ball. Jones averages 6 yards per carry, which is way more than Williams’ 3.8, and is just another reason why Jones looks like the feature back in Green Bay’s backfield. Jones’ opponent this week, the Miami Dolphins, give up the fourth-most points to running backs, which makes Jones an even more enticing play.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos - With Demaryius Thomas now with the Texans, Courtland Sutton is now the Broncos number two receiver behind Emmanuel Sanders. His quarterback, Case Keenum, might not have the biggest arm, and may not take a whole lot of deep shots down the field, but Sutton has made the most of the Broncos average-at-best quarterback play. Sutton can put up fantasy numbers in a hurry, averaging over 19 yards per reception and hauling in ten receptions that went for 20 or more yards. He may only average 7.8 fantasy points per game, but Sutton’s growing role in Denver’s offense make him worthy of a waiver claim.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers - Unfortunately for the Green Bay Packers, they’ve had to deal with injuries to Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison. It looks like Allison could also be headed for IR as he is nursing a core muscle injury that will require surgery. The good news for the Packers is that rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been picking up the slack. The fifth-round pick from South Florida has hit at least 12 fantasy points in each of the last four weeks, scoring two touchdowns in that time span as well. Valdes-Scantling also has a favorable matchup this upcoming week, playing at home against the Miami Dolphins, who give up nearly 400 yards of offense per game.
DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers - Moore has only caught 19 passes this year for the Carolina Panthers, but don’t let that deter you from picking him up off the waiver wire. The speed that Moore possesses has been used by the Panthers in the run game. Moore seems to have surpassed Torrey Smith as the Panthers number two receiver, so more touches should come his way. The sudden rise of Curtis Samuel could maybe take away a carry or two from Moore in the run game, but Moore should still be considered a flex play in some leagues.
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