Doug Martin is the talk of the league after his Week 9 performance, and for good reason. The rookie running back ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns and also had four receptions for 21 yards. In standard scoring fantasy leagues, this was good for 51 points. It’s been a while since anyone has had a game like this, and although it won’t be duplicated anytime soon, it does cement Martin as one of the top backs in the league going forward. He’s had two incredible games in a row and should make it three this week against the San Diego Chargers.
If Adrian Peterson is eligible for Comeback Player of the Year, he may already have it locked up. It’s only been a little more than 10 months since he tore his ACL and he’s back to his old dominant self. Last week Peterson put up 182 yards on just 17 carries and found the end zone twice. He’s leading the NFL in rushing with 957 yards, he also has six touchdowns and 150 receiving yards. Not bad for a player whose average draft position was the early third round. If you took a chance on Peterson, you are certainly reaping the benefits now. Keep in mind he does have to go against the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers defenses two times each still, but it definitely a must start every week.
Vick Ballard has been a very nice surprise for the Indianapolis Colts this season. He hasn’t put up incredible numbers, but he’s been steady to say the least. He once again got the majority of the carries last week with Donald Brown out with a knee injury and put up 60 yards on 16 carries. Ballard also caught three passes for 38 yards and has proven that he’s a dependable pass catcher. Indianapolis has a quick turnaround as the Colts are playing Thursday night, and it looks like Brown will be out for the match up against Jacksonville. Ballard should be starting if you own him in Week 10 because the Jaguars run defense is non-existent.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland
The Raiders backfield took a big hit last Sunday as both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suffered high ankle sprains. It doesn’t look like either will play in Week 10, so Reece should see a huge increase in reps. He’s a solid runner, but where he will really be used is catching the ball. Reece is coming off an eight-catch day where he had 95 yards and a touchdown, so imagine what he could do as the feature back. Though it will be tough to match these receiving numbers, he’s definitely going to get more carries. Plug him in if you’re in need of a running back.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh
With Antonio Brown unlikely to play in Week 10, this opens the door for Sanders to get the start and see a good amount of targets. Sanders is a solid receiver, he’s just been the odd man out in Pittsburgh as there are so many options for Ben Roethlisberger. This will change for at least one week as Sanders is expected to be out there alongside Mike Wallace. The Steelers have a very favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, so take a look here. Sanders could be a very serviceable WR3 or flex player for you in Week 10.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville
Jennings has been less-than-impressive in his two starts since filling in for the injured Maurice Jones-Drew. He’s totaled just 104 yards on 29 carries and has lost a fumble, but he has shown that he can catch the ball, posting nine receptions. Jones-Drew will be out for Thursday night’s game, so Jennings will get another crack as the starter. He’s certainly not a must-start, but I do think he’s going to have his best game of the season against the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis is giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs on the year, and Jennings will surely see double-digit carries. Throw in his pass catching skills and he could have a sneaky good game for owners.
Lock of the Week
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee
Britt has had a tough season since coming back from a bad knee injury and is still getting up to speed, but he’s almost fully healthy and his targets are starting to rise. Last week he caught five balls for 67 yards against a very tough Chicago defense. Although he did lose a fumble in this contest, he made some solid plays and is getting his chemistry back with Matt Hasselbeck. Britt hasn’t put up many good games this season, but Week 10 is going to be a good one. Look for him to have a very nice day against Miami. The Dolphins just let rookie Andrew Luck throw for more than 400 yards against them and they are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2012.