Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson’s stats through two weeks have been about what’s expected of him. Jackson has thrown three interceptions to only one touchdown, but has been electric when running with the ball. Jackson has 37 rushing attempts in his two starts, including a 26 carry, 119 yard performance against the Bengals. The rookie is also coming off a 20 point fantasy performance against the Raiders.
John Harbaugh seems to have full confidence in Jackson to start the rest of the year and the Ravens schedule is favorable. Their next three opponents, the Falcons, Chiefs, and Buccaneers, rank at the bottom of the NFL in total defense. Jackson is still available in roughly 50% of leagues.
Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – With the Eagles being banged up in the backfield, Head Coach Doug Pederson handed the keys to undrafted rookie Josh Adams to be the Eagles main running back. Adams has scored 16 fantasy points in each of the last two weeks, and has also scored a touchdown in each of his last two games. The 22 carries that Adams received last week was the most any Eagles running back this season, so there’s a lot to like about his production. Adams is available in over 30 percent of leagues.
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints – The Saints offense can be run by pretty much anyone. Take Drew Brees throwing touchdowns to four different undrafted receivers as your proof. The only problem is that there’s so many players capable of having an impact in fantasy. Smith has had two games where he has had over 100 yards and at least a touchdown, but that has been it for Smith. When Smith is hot, he’s hot. When he’s not being targeted, he’s not much of a factor. There’s a great risk in starting him, but a high reward could come out of it.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brate is the next man up at tight end for the Buccaneers after O.J. Howard was placed on injured reserve. Brate hasn’t seen nearly the amount of work that he’s seen over the past two seasons, but with Howard done for the season, there’s no one behind Brate that’s a threat to take away snaps from him.
On the season, Brate has four touchdown grabs on his 20 receptions so his fantasy value is a bit touchdown dependent. However, with Jameis Winston throwing all over the field, it’s likely that Brate will see some action over the last five weeks of the season. He’s a good pickup if you’re hurting at the tight end position in fantasy.
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