After a first quarter fumble, Ingram was benched for the rest of the game for Hightower. Hightower ended up getting nearly 30 touches for over 100 yards. The Saints are saying he has now earned a bigger role and even though Ingram should play this week, I think Hightower gets the lion’s share of carries. He did have some trouble punching it in on the goal line, but has a dream matchup against San Francisco. Ingram should still be in the mix, but Hightower is the play this week. Expect close to 20 touches and a touchdown.
Derek Carr throws for less than 200 yards.
Carr exploded last week and had a career day, throwing for 513 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 40 passes and looked every bit an elite quarterback. Owners should keep their expectations in check for Week 9 though. Carr and the Raiders have a Sunday night matchup with Denver and their ferocious defense. They are holding opposing quarterbacks to less than 190 passing yards per game and I don’t think Carr will be able to break the barrier. If you have another option I’d think about using him as it very well could be a long night for Carr.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia
Sproles appears to have taken over Ryan Mathews as the starting running back for the Eagles. Last week he had 15 carries for 86 yards. He added another 17 yards on five receptions. The receiving yardage was low, but the seven targets he got out of the backfield were great. I think Sproles is a lock for 20 touches this weekend against the Giants and should be started in all formats. He’s somehow only owned in just under 70% of fantasy leagues so if he’s available go grab him and treat him as a solid RB2.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City
The backfield is a mess in Kansas City right now and it appears that West is the next man up. Jamaal Charles was placed on IR and Spencer Ware is very questionable with a concussion so West should be picked up across the board. Remember it was West and not Ware who replaced Charles when he went down with a knee injury last season and West was very productive. If he gets the start on Sunday then he should have a huge day at home against Jacksonville.
Lock of the Week
Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles
The Rams offense has had their problems this season, but Austin has been effective as of late. Over the last three games, he’s gotten 29 targets including 15 two weeks ago. Even though he only had 57 receiving yards in that game, Austin did have 10 catches and a score. Coming off the bye week, he should again see double digit targets and even a few carries. The Rams get Carolina this week who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so look for Austin to have another productive day.