Jeremy Langford shines against the Rams.
The rookie out of Michigan State put up a performance similar to another former Spartan, Le’Veon Bell, in his first career start. Langford is filling in for the injured Matt Forte right now and had a huge game last week. He put up 142 total yards on 21 touches with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. I know he has a tough matchup in Week 10 against St. Louis, but he has the skills to put up over 100 total yards and another touchdown. Jay Cutler shouldn’t have too many issues throwing the ball so that will open things up for Langford. Many people are calling him a low-end RB2 or even a FLEX this week, but I think he’s a high-end RB2. Start him with confidence.
Mark Ingram totals over 130 yards with a score.
Ingram has sneakily had a great year thus far and has exceeded his average draft position by a long shot. Still, many people aren’t convinced in his second half potential. If you own Ingram, you keep him and you ride him. His value has only increased since Khiry Robinson went down for the season with a broken leg. Even though Ingram had a tough Week 9 game against the Titans, he is poised to shred the Redskins this weekend. Washington has allowed 100-plus rushing yards to a running back in four straight games and Ingram will make it five.
Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
The Giants backfield is a mess and Vereen doesn’t get anymore than a handful of carries per game, but he is the clear passing down back and should get targeted a good amount this weekend against the Patriots. New England is allowing over five receptions per game to opposing running backs and there’s a good chance the Giants are playing from behind because who hasn’t played from behind against the Pats yet in 2015? Vereen also finds himself in a revenge game since he used to play with New England. I think he’s involved in the offense more than usual and the game flow will allow Vereen to get a lot of work and possibly find pay dirt for the third straight game.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee
Green-Beckham hasn’t quite exploded on the scene yet, but it’s just a matter of time. With a new coach taking over for the Titans, it is evident that they want him more involved in the offense. DGB is coming off a solid Week 9 where he had five catches for 77 yards on 10 targets, so get him on your team if he’s still available. Chances are he’s out there, but you’ll have a tough time picking him up next week. His volume is going to increase week-by-week and he’s going to develop into a top-10 red zone target down the stretch. He has a tough match up against Carolina this week, but still has FLEX appeal.
Lock of the Week
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville
Bortles has had a solid sophomore year in the NFL. He’s had his fair share of turnovers, but the yards and touchdowns are there. He has an awesome set of offensive weapons and is a more effective runner than people give him credit for. Bortles has a tasty match up in Week 10 against the Ravens. Baltimore has given up the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so if you need a QB grab Bortles. He’s a lock for multiple touchdown passes and over 300 yards.
The Jets have a big rivalry game against the Bills at Met Life Stadium. I know Sammy Watkins had a big game last week and Revis gave up some yards to Allen Robinson, but in my eyes, Watkins cannot be trusted in this matchup. He’s been banged up all year and I think Revis locks him down for no more than three receptions. Find another option.