Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore
Here’s your last chance to stash Woodhead as he’s on a bye this week, but eligible to return in Week 11. The Ravens backfield has been unspectacular all season and Woodhead will slide right back into his third down role. He will provide a lot of value in PPR leagues and should receive more carries than most receiving backs. Baltimore trusts him in high pressure situations and he seems to always deliver a big play every week. Woodhead is available in more than 50% of all leagues so if you have some space on your bench then pick him up immediately.
Quarterback play has been a big problem for the Broncos this season. Trevor Siemian started the year with a couple solid efforts, but has since been terrible, throwing three touchdowns with eight interceptions over his last five games. Enter Brock Osweiler last week and the results were much of the same, with one touchdown and two picks of his own. The receivers simply can’t be trusted with this kind of fantasy play out of the quarterback position. I know Demaryius Thomas had a good game last week, but a lot of his production came in garbage time. Even in a good matchup against a bad Patriots defense I’d still bench all Denver receivers.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England
Don’t look now, but it looks like for now Lewis is the preferred early down back in New England. He’s averaging 13 carries a game over his last three and has seen his workload increase in each game over that span. Lewis only has three receptions in three games though which is strange because he’s probably the best pass catching back on the team, but the bottom line is, he’s getting volume in a potent offense. He’s a great FLEX play this week even against a solid Denver defense.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Woods has been steady all season but last week was clearly his best game of the year. He had four receptions for 70 yards and two scores. Even though those were his first two touchdowns of the season, Woods has been valuable. He’s a lock for at least five catches a game and if the touchdowns keep coming then he’s a must start every week. He’s got a great matchup this week against the Texans and could offer sneaky WR2 value in fantasy this week.
Lock of the Week
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants
Darkwa has established himself as the lead back for the Giants. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but he gets a good amount of volume, which is rare for running backs these days. He’s gotten a healthy 46 carries over the last three weeks and has caught all six of his targets. Darkwa hasn’t found the end zone during this span, but that will change this week against a 49ers defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. The Giants as a whole are a mess, but I think Darkwa has a big performance in Week 10.