Dion Lewis, RB, New England
The running back carousel continues to go round and round in New England. There are four players that get playing time, but Lewis looks to be the lead runner for now. He has had 24 carries over the last two weeks, including a short touchdown run. He has leap-frogged Mike Gillislee for early down work and has been running hard with 128 rushing yards over that same two week span. Lewis should be owned in all leagues at this point and though it’s hard to predict who will receive carries for the Patriots, he makes for a great FLEX play in Week 8 against the Chargers.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami
Nearing the halfway point of the season, Ajayi has been one of the bigger busts in fantasy this year. He still hasn’t found the end zone and is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Sure he has a couple 100-yard rushing games, but he just doesn’t look good doing it. Miami has been playing from behind often too so that effects Ajayi’s workload at times. He’s not someone you can bench, but the arrow is definitely pointing down on Ajayi right now. Don’t expect much out of him on a short week on the road against a feisty Ravens defense.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington
It’s been a terrible year for Washington wide receivers, but it looks like Doctson could be the guy the rest of the year. The coaching staff has said that he’s going to be the Redskins No.1 guy and it sounds like that’s going to happen very soon. Doctson played 54-64 snaps last week and is one of the top red zone options for Washington. It’s just a matter of time before he starts putting up consistent numbers. He’s a very intriguing player this week in what should be a shootout against the Cowboys.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami
Stills has been on a tear the past two weeks for the ‘Fins. He has 10 catches for 134 yards and three trips to pay dirt. He seems to have more chemistry with backup Matt Moore as he scored two second half touchdowns last week with Moore under center. Plus DeVante Parker may not go in tonight’s game (game time decision) so there should be plenty of work for Stills. It is a tough matchup for him, but he’s hot right now and deserves a look in a week where the byes are plentiful.
Lock of the Week
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh
Smith-Schuster is going to play a big role this weekend for the Steelers assuming he clears the concussion protocol, he has practiced in full this week. Martavis Bryant is suspended for Week 8 after making negative comments about the team so JuJu will step right in as the No. 2 receiver. He had been getting targets even when Bryant was playing so look for a big bump in work. Big Ben loves him and he’s already scored three touchdowns this season so he should be in lineups this week. The show still runs through Bell and Brown, but Smith-Schuster should see at least six or eight targets against the Lions this week.