Running Around the League
Brandon Jacobs has been one of the few bright spots in the New York Giants offense this season. He has claimed the starting running back position due to injury and should have it for at least another week. He’s coming off a two-touchdown game in Week 6 against a tough defense and doesn’t play till Monday night, so he will be well rested for Minnesota. Keep in mind that the Giants did sign Peyton Hillis as a backup this week, but he shouldn’t get too many carries. Expect Jacobs to see close to 20 touches in what may be his last week as the starting back. David Wilson and Andre Brown could be back after the bye week, which would hurt Jacobs’ value.
With DeMarco Murray set to miss a few weeks due to a sprained knee, Joseph Randle will step in as the lead tailback for Dallas in Week 7. Randle played the second half last week against Washington and didn’t do much, but he’s had a full week of practice and is expected to start on Sunday. Randle has some flex appeal this weekend, especially since he gets to run against a very weak Philadelphia run defense. The Cowboys will throw a lot in this one so expect a shootout on both sides. That being said, Randle still should see at least 12 carries and a few targets in the passing game, so if you are in need of an extra RB3/flex, take a shot. Dallas does move the ball and Randle will likely be the goal line runner as well.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego
Allen has exploded onto the scene over the last few weeks and should be on most rosters by this point, but in the rare case he’s available in your league, you need to pick him up, now. He’s become the favorite target of Philip Rivers, seeing more than 20 balls thrown his way over the last two games. Allen should continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Chargers and has a dream matchup against Jacksonville in Week 7. It’ll be a huge shock is he doesn’t make it three straight games with more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Start him with confidence.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota
Last year Rudolph was one of the best tight ends in the game, snagging nine touchdown passes, but this year has been a different story. He just hasn’t found a groove with Christian Ponder, but with Matt Cassel starting last week, Rudolph showed some life, catching nine balls for 97 yards and a touchdown. A lot of the damage was done in garbage time, but Rudolph will only get better as the season progresses. Minnesota has announced that Josh Freeman will be starting against the New York Giants in Week 7, which could mean another big game for Rudolph. He should see a good amount of checkdown targets as Josh Freeman is still learning the offense. Take a look if you need a tight end as there aren’t many good ones out there.
Lock of the Week
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis
Hilton has had an up-and-down season thus far, but has big play ability on every snap. He’s coming off a disappointing effort in Week 6 where he caught five passes for only 43 yards. Hilton has been solid at home though and he will be there this weekend in a huge game against Denver. Chances are this game is going to be a high-scoring affair so expect Hilton to be busy early and often. The Broncos may have the best offense in the league, but the defense has allowed a lot of passing yards over the last few weeks and that won’t change Sunday night. He will eclipse 100 yards and find the end zone.