Duke Johnson Jr, RB, Cleveland Browns – It’s been two weeks since Hue Jackson was fired by the Browns, and since then, Duke Johnson has put up two of his highest fantasy point totals of the year. Coincidence? I think not. Johnson has handled the pass catching duties at running back since Carlos Hyde was traded, and things look like they will stay that way, as the Browns lead back Nick Chubb has only recorded six catches on the year. Johnson has seen a bigger workload in the backfield since Freddie Kitchens took over at Offensive Coordinator, and I expect Johnson’s numbers to keep growing. Johnson’s schedule is also pretty favorable, as the Browns play the Bengals twice over their last six games.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks may have a bit of a logjam at running back. Second year player Chris Carson has received the most carries of any Seahawks back, but veteran Mike Davis and rookie Rashaad Penny have seen their fair share of touches as well. Carson didn’t play in the Seahawks last game against the Rams, and although Penny had more carries, Mike Davis is a better option especially in a PPR league. Mike Davis is third on the Seahawks in receptions and has received at least ten carries in the run game. Davis even scored on a three yard pass from Russell Wilson. Look for Davis to continue to see carries against a Packers team that travels to Seattle on a short week, and gives up 120 rushing yards per game.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New Orleans Saints – Had Dez Bryant stayed healthy, I’d put his name here. I know the Saints have a ton of threats on offense, but in deep leagues, or if you’re just looking for receiver depth, it might be worth kicking the tires on Brandon Marshall. He gives Drew Brees a red zone threat in the end zone and could benefit from the amount of attention that Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will garner. Marshall only has 11 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in seven games with the Seahawks. Now that he’s in an offense with Drew Brees, he could put up solid numbers as a flex play. Marshall is still available in 96% of leagues.
Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams – With Cooper Kupp lost for the season, the Rams seemed to turn to their two tight ends, Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, for some help on offense. Gerald Everett is the tight end to own as opposed to Higbee, even though both players have similar stat lines. Everett has been able to do more damage after the catch than Higbee, which is the big difference between the two tight ends. He also has been targeted more than Higbee plus more receptions. Everett could not only emerge as the top tight end for the Rams, but could also step up and fill the third receiver spot vacated by Cooper Kupp.
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