Chris Carson, RB, Seattle
Even though Mike Davis is getting work, Carson is the guy in Seattle. He has had two straight 100-yard rushing days and is getting a lot of volume with 51 carries over that stretch. Carson doesn’t offer a lot in the passing game, but it’s very rare to see a running back get 32 carries nowadays so he’s locked in as a strong RB2. He has a great matchup at Oakland this week and should see another 20-plus touches for an offense that is struggling to throw the ball.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore
Crabtree isn’t having the season many expected with a change of scenery in Baltimore. He is on the verge of being a drop-able player as his season high for yards in a game is 66 and he’s only scored once. The only thing keeping him on fantasy teams is that he’s still getting targeted by Joe Flacco (46 in five games). You have to assume better days are ahead, but for now, keep Crabtree on your bench.
Jay Ajayi is out for the year so now the Eagles are going with a committee approach. While neither Smallwood nor Clement is a standout, both are solid backs that could help fantasy teams moving forward. Right now it looks as if Smallwood will get more carries, but Clement will get a lot of work on passing downs and the goal line. Both are good FLEX options for tonight’s game against the Giants. It’s hard to say which one has the better chance of scoring tonight, but I prefer Smallwood to Clement. He’s been dynamic with the ball and has a nose for the end zone.
Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis
Rogers is sneakily becoming a favorite target of Andrew Luck with 11 targets in each of the last two games. This trend should continue in Week 6 with T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle both expected not to play. Rogers hasn’t found the end zone yet, but he’ll have a good chance to do so on Sunday against the Jets, who’ve allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing receivers on the season. Based on his volume, Rogers could be seen as a strong WR3 and even a WR2 if he can score. If you’re in need of a receiver this week take a look because he’s only owned in about 10% of fantasy leagues.
Lock of the Week
Sony Michel, RB, New England
Michel seems to be the guy for the Patriots, at least for the time being. James White gets all the passing work, but Michel has seen 43 carries over the last two weeks which is very high for a New England running back. He’s found pay dirt in both games as well and is looking like a high-end RB2 for fantasy owners. He has a mouth watering matchup this week at home against Kansas City. Though this game projects to be a shootout, the Chiefs defense has allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Expect a third straight big effort from Michel in Week 6.