Tyler Boyd (WR CIN 6%) – An injury to one of the best receivers in the league, AJ Green, opens up a huge opportunity for Boyd to cash in. After Green went out with an injury early in the first quarter Boyd stepped up with 6 catches on 8 targets, for 54 yards and a TD. He and Eifert will step in as Dalton’s go to guys in the passing game. Also with a season ending injury to Bernard, look for Cincinnati to rely more on the passing game which should create even more opportunity for Boyd.
Wendell Smallwood (RB PHI 6%) – The mess that is known as the Philadelphia backfield will have some clarity over the next couple of weeks. With Sproles and Mathews each out due to injury, that will give Smallwood a chance to take the reigns. He had a total of 79 yards last week, and he should have an opportunity to well surpass that total against a very shaky Green Bay front seven.
Chris Ivory (RB JAX 46%) – Once Yeldon went down with an injury, Ivory stepped up and had the best receiving day of his career. He ended the game as the team’s leading rusher and receiver as he had 114 total yards. Ivory is a very solid back that’s on a very mediocre team. It is difficult to trust Ivory, but he will have enough touches to provide a high floor. If he can manage a touchdown or 2 he could be in line for a double digit point total against Buffalo.
Sammy Watkins (WR BUF 40%) – Speaking of Buffalo, they might finally get their game breaking receiver back this week. Watkins has been out almost all year, but he is expected to be healthy enough to ease back into action this week. He won’t provide an immediate spark at either of your WR spots, but in the coming weeks he very well could be back to the explosive receiver we have all come accustomed to watching. If he is healthy, he could be a key to a deep playoff run for your fantasy team.
James Starks (RB GB 27%) – My good lord does Green Bay suck running the ball. They look anemic as the offensive line is consistently getting pushed back as Packer running backs have no room to maneuver. With that said, someone has to run the ball, and their most consistent runner is Starks. The one area that Starks excels in is catching the ball out of the backfield. He has played in each of the last two games, and he has taken two screen passes to the house. He shouldn’t be relied on in your RB spots, but he should slide in nicely as your flex.
Keep an eye on the Patriots receiving backs. We all know Blount will get the brunt of the carries, but will it be White or Lewis that steps up and takes control of the change of pace back. A lot of people cut White once Lewis came back, and all White did this week was have a very solid game which included a touchdown. Also keep an eye on the status of Mark Ingram. If he doesn’t play then Tim Hightower immediately become a solid RB2, but if Ingram does Hightower still has value on his own even though his ceiling will be severely limited.