Sammie Coates (WR PIT 38%) – I briefly wrote about Coates last week as someone to keep an eye on, and just like we planned, he followed that up with a huge week. On Sunday he finished with 6 catches with 139 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Over the last 2 weeks he has had 12 catches on 19 targets, and I would expect that trend to continue as he has displayed excellent speed with very solid route running. The one drawback is that he has had multiple drops that have definitely cost him some monster weeks.
James White (RB NE .46%) – Last week I also talked about keeping an eye on James White. While he didn’t deliver the type of game that Coates did, he did have a good showing in his first game with Brady this year. He was on the field for more snaps than Blount (38-31), and he finished with 26 yards rushing along with 4 receptions for 63 yards. I would expect that type of game to be the floor for White with the potential for much bigger weeks.
Cameron Artis-Payne (RB CAR 23%) – As long as Stewart remains out CAP should see most of the touches in the Carolina backfield. On Monday night, CAP out touched Fozzy 18-6 as he finished with 85 yards and chipped in 2 touchdowns. He looked better running the football, and could be in your flex position if you need the help next week as he has a favorable matchup against the Saints.
Jay Ajayi (RB MIA 33%) – I’m surprised to see a starting running back whose owned percentage is this low, especially when the coach came out last week and said they would focus on getting Ajayi more touches. He had 45 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and that came against a Tennessee team that completely controlled the game. As long as Foster doesn’t come back and re-establish himself as the starter. Also let’s be honest, if he does come back it’s only a matter of time before he is hurt again. Which is unfortunate because it’s fun to watch Foster play, but with him out, Ajayi is the guy in the Miami backfield.
Jeremy Kerley (WR SF 10%) – It’s difficult for me to put a receiver on here with such a poor quarterback, but it’s tough to ignore what Kerley has done to this point in the season. He is clearly the number #1 option for Gabbert as he has had 14/190/2 over the last 2 weeks. The lowest amount of targets that he’s had in a game is 6 which should help provide a solid floor. Also, the 49ers aren’t a good team, and that will lead to them throwing the ball a lot to get back in the game when they fall behind.
Keep an eye on Cameron Meredith (WR CHI) as he got the start in place of Kevin White. He ended up having a phenomenal day as he finished the game with 9 receptions for 130, and 1 td. Also Keep an eye on Chris Hogan. He had a very good first game with the best quarterback ever, and they should be able to continue to build on that moving forward. The only problem with Hogan is that he most likely won’t end up with too many touchdowns with the plethora of weapons in the Patriot offense.