I’m sure no one saw this coming, but the Jags defense has been an absolute force. They are forcing turnovers left and right and already have 20 sacks on the season. Perhaps the most impressive stat is that they have four defensive touchdowns as well. Coming off a five interception day against Big Ben, Jacksonville gets a good draw against the Rams. They need to be started every week in fantasy moving forward.
Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
Gillislee started the season so promising with four rushing touchdowns through the first two weeks and to say he’s fizzled out is an understatement. Over the last three weeks, he’s gotten exactly 12 carries in each game. He’s averaged 44 rushing yards per game and hasn’t found pay dirt once. Gillislee is frustrating because yes he’s had three bad games, but he’s still the goal line back on one of the best offenses in the league. He needs to be owned in all formats but his days as an RB2 are gone until he gets more touches and starts finding the end zone again. Treat him as a FLEX this week in a plus matchup with the Jets.
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
Snead will be making his season debut on Sunday after serving a three game suspension then missing a game with a hamstring issue so expectations need to be held in check. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start him. Snead is one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets and with Brandin Cooks gone and Ted Ginn Jr. failing to impress, Snead should step right in as the No. 2 receiver behind Michael Thomas. It’s unknown how many snaps he’ll play, but coming off the bye, Snead should be ready to roll. Treat him as a high-end WR3 for now but I expect that to change real soon. Especially with the quarterback that he has. Start him!
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
It was looking like a lost season for AP and maybe the end of a brilliant career. He was the odd man out in a passing offense in New Orleans but now with news that he has been traded to Arizona, he gets a chance at redemption. Peterson is already listed as the starting running back and even though the Cardinals offense isn’t as potent as it once was, he should get the volume he needs to be productive. I see Peterson getting at least 15-20 touches. This workload suggests he should be in your lineup this week against Tampa Bay.
Lock of the Week
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
Anderson has been steady so far in 2017. He’s averaging over 18 carries per game and has also been active in the passing game. Anderson now gets a dream matchup on Sunday against a Giants team that doesn’t look like they even want to be on the field. He’s coming off his bye so he should be well rested and ready to handle 20 plus touches. The Giants allow 139 rushing yards per game so look for Anderson to run wild.