Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas
The Ezekiel Elliott saga has finally come to an end and Morris gets his chance to start for the next six games. He should be owned and started in all formats at this point. Obviously you can’t expect the same numbers that Zeke was putting up, but Morris is a solid back and still gets to run behind that great Dallas offensive line. He’s got some good matchups coming up and should see at least 15 touches this weekend against the Chiefs. I don’t think it’s out of the question to expect 80 total-yards and a score out of Morris in Week 9.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit
Abdullah was a big breakout candidate this season, but just hasn’t been able to get anything going. He’ll show flashes of his talents, but can’t keep it together for an entire game. The bottom line is, Detroit is a pass first offense and seem to be playing from behind quite often which limits Abdullah’s workload. He’s a very good pass catching back, but the Lions prefer Theo Riddick for that task so it hurts Abdullah. Only averaging about 12 carries a game over the last three weeks, he’s no better than a FLEX option at this point.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington
Davis has been very serviceable for the Redskins this year as the backup tight end. And he just got a big fantasy bump since Jordan Reed is doubtful to play this week with a hamstring injury. Davis does have a tough draw in Week 9, playing on the road against Seattle, but he should put up decent numbers for a position that owners seem to always be trying to improve. He’s been a good bet for 60-yards a game even with Reed playing, so if Davis is a big part of the game plan on Sunday — look out.
Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit
Jones is close to “must-start” status after his last two games. He’s caught 12 balls for 224 yards and a score during that time and has looked unguardable at times. He’s been making highlight catch after highlight catch and has built great chemistry with Matthew Stafford. He should continue his great play this weekend against the Packers. At this point consider Jones a WR3 at worst, with tons of upside to deliver you 15-20 fantasy points. Get him in your lineup!
Lock of the Week
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
We haven’t seen much of the real Drew Brees the last three weeks. Some of that was due to poor play, while some of it was due to game flow. The Saints have been relying on their run game and defense (yes I said defense) during their five game win streak so Brees has just been steering the ship. He has three touchdowns and four interceptions over his last three games, but look for a big game out of him in Week 9. Brees gets a home game against a struggling Tampa Bay squad and he should get back to his normal 300-yard, three touchdown type of game.