Uh, oh. Did we just witness the beginning of another epic run by Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin that will tilt the fantasy landscape over the last half of the season?
Last year, that dynamic duo caught fire in Week 10 and took its shocked and grateful owners on a ride that, in many cases, didn’t stop until they were lifting cheesy trophies over their heads. One of my 2015 opponents had both Wilson and Baldwin on his team, and the rest of us never had a chance.
Right on cue, in Week 10, they were at it again. In Foxborough, no less.
On a weekend when Zeke Elliott raced to the front of the MVP chase, the Broncos’ special teams stuck a dagger in the Saints’ fleur-de-lis and the Dolphins’ secondary picked off Philip Rivers four times, all I can see is Baldwin reeling in his third touchdown catch and my fantasy life flashing before my eyes.
Say it ain’t so!
Catch ’em while you can
Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots: Lewis was activated off the physically unable-to-perform list over the weekend but was inactive Sunday night. He almost certainly will make his 2016 debut in Week 11, signaling the end to James White’s initially promising — but lately fizzling — role in the Patriots’ passing game. Lewis is a dynamic playmaker who can pay huge dividends down the stretch.
Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins: Matt Jones had his chance at the starting gig, but he blew it. Now it’s Kelley’s turn, and after his 97-rushing-yard outing against the Vikings, the job appears to be his for the foreseeable future. Kelley is a strong, explosive runner who should produce consistent, if not spectacular, results on a steady basis. He’ll be a solid flex play in favorable matchups.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks: I told you to grab him last week, but he’s still available in more than half of all leagues. With Christine Michael essentially kaput and C.J. Prosise settling in as the change-of-pace back, Rawls should step right back into his workhorse role this week.
Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers: With a touchdown catch in his third consecutive game, it’s time to give Brate his due. He has become a favorite red-zone target of Jameis Winston, and somebody other than Mike Evans has to catch passes. Brate can help tight-end-challenged fantasy squads.
Don’t be fooled
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs: The rookie was targeted a whopping 13 times Sunday, reeling in 10 of those passes for 89 yards. The high volume was a byproduct of the Chiefs playing from behind coupled with Jeremy Maclin’s absence. While Hill has notched four touchdown catches to date, his role in the team’s run-first offense is likely to produce far more busts than booms moving forward.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals: After entering the season full of promise, Floyd has been dropped in more than half of all fantasy leagues. That’s partly because the Cardinals’ passing attack has struggled, but also because of his drops and injury issues. His bounce-back performance Sunday is likely more of an aberration than a portent of things to come. Not only did Floyd suffer a stinger at the end of the game, but the Cardinals’ receiving corps is more crowded than ever.
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