Michael Bush should again give fantasy owners a boost for the second straight week as Darren McFadden will not play on Sunday against the Vikings. This has to hurt owners expecting Run DMC to only miss one week, especially if they didn’t handcuff him with Bush. Nonetheless, those who own Bush should enjoy another fine day. He has been averaging well over 100 yards rushing in the two plus games that he has replaced McFadden. Minnesota doesn’t have the strong run defense they’ve had in previous years so Bush should put up solid numbers and is a must start for at least Week 11. Seeing that he has received no less than 17 carries in any of the last three weeks and 30 last week, I can see Oakland giving Bush at least 20 hand offs in this matchup and a few passes as well. He should be fantasy gold for the fourth straight week so enjoy.
Felix Jones will play this week after missing the last four games with a high ankle sprain. There is no doubt that he will return as the backup to DeMarco Murray, but he does have some value for fantasy. It’s unclear just how many carries he will receive on Sunday so be careful, but you have to like the matchup with Washington. Jones is still a solid running back; he just has a problem staying healthy. Obviously Murray is the back to own and start for Dallas and I don’t see Jones getting more than 10 carries this weekend and that’s being generous. Remember though, Jones is one of the better pass catching running backs in the league though and it only takes one screen pass for him to have a solid fantasy day. I don’t recommend starting him in Week 11 until you see how healthy he is and how the Cowboys plan on using him in a backup role.
Daniel Thomas has been nursing a hamstring injury for much of the season, but did come back last week. He is still the backup to Reggie Bush, who has made quite a fantasy impact over the last month, but Thomas still gets a decent amount of work. Last week he did get 17 carries, which is very encouraging considering he was coming back from injury and Bush’s hot streak. Thomas only managed to gain 42 yards, but the good news is that Miami still has trust in him and actually gave him more work than Bush, who did score two touchdowns, but only had 14 carries. Keep a close eye on Thomas in Week 11 against Buffalo. This is a very enticing matchup and I don’t see anything wrong with using him as a flex spot option. The Bills have given up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs on the season and he sure seems like a lock for double digit carries. If Thomas can find the end zone it will be a very useful day for him and his owners.
Damian Williams, WR Tennessee Titans
Williams is on a nice little three game spurt with some solid production. In this span he has 13 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He has slowly been gaining the trust of Matt Hasselbeck and is starting to fill the void of Kenny Britt. Williams, who has been playing alongside Nate Washington, got his first 100-yard receiving game of his career last week against Carolina and should build on that this week against Atlanta. He is developing into a long threat for the Titans and had two 43-yard catches alone in Week 10, one going for a score. He could be a sneaky good play on Sunday for those needing to fill a bye week slot. The targets have been going up week-by-week for Williams and there’s a good chance he will find the end zone for a third straight game so strongly keep him in mind this weekend.
Vincent Brown, WR San Diego Chargers
Brown is another young wide out who is starting to turn the corner as a viable fantasy option. He hasn’t played much this season, but has shown promise the last two weeks for the Chargers. He has nine catches for an impressive 176 yards and one touchdown. More importantly, he has a lot of speed and has averaged over 19 yards per catch in each game. He has at least one reception of 30 yards or more in each contest and is becoming that deep threat that Philip Rivers has been looking for all season. Brown could see an increased role in Week 11 against the Bears if Malcom Floyd can’t go so keep him on your radar until Sunday morning to see just how much playing time he should receive. Floyd didn’t practice on Thursday and if he doesn’t play then I would recommend Brown as a very strong start this week.
Harry Douglas, WR Atlanta Falcons
Going with all wide receivers as sleepers this week and Douglas is perhaps the best of the bunch. He is in the best situation to have a huge fantasy day and chances are he’s available in your league. Douglas had a huge game last week against the Saints, catching eight balls for 133 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, but he was targeted 14 times! He filled in after Julio Jones hurt his hamstring and chopped apart the New Orleans’ secondary for three quarters. It’s almost a certainty that the Falcons will keep Jones out of the lineup this week which means Douglas will get the start against Tennessee. He is the fastest receiver on the team and should benefit from the fact that the Titans will zero in on Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Douglas has had a 45+ yard catch in each of the last two games and will get a good amount of targets again on Sunday. Out of the three receivers listed in the ‘Sleepers’ section, Douglas should put up the most fantasy points.
Lock of the Week
Marshawn Lynch, RB Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn is having a mid-season fantasy resurgence similar to that of Reggie Bush. He is getting a ton of carries the last few weeks and has scored a touchdown in each of the last five games. He has 55 carries and 244 yards in the last two weeks and has found pay dirt each week. Lynch also had five receptions for 58 yards last week which is a bonus for his owners because he usually doesn’t offer much in that department. Since Lynch has dismantled two of the better run defenses the last two weeks (Dallas and Baltimore), there’s no reason to think that he won’t have a huge day on Sunday against the Rams. St. Louis is very weak against the run and Lynch will get plenty of work and all goal line opportunities. He is a no brainer this weekend and should make it six straight games with a rushing touchdown.
The Jets had the Thursday night game this week and we all saw what happened. Revis did his part against that young and unimpressive group of wide outs for Denver, but the Jets offense struggled. Maybe New York should have just put Revis on Tim Tebow.