Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina
Olsen has put the early season foot problem behind him and has scored in two straight games. He’s always been one of Cam Newton’s trusted weapons and is seeing his workload climb each week. He has combined for 10 catches, 132 yards and two scores over his last two games and has a terrific matchup on deck tonight against a Pittsburgh defense that is very generous to opposing tight ends. He’s a lock for TE1 status as long as he’s not injured.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis
Hilton is struggling to see targets the last two weeks which is very strange since he’s usually the go-to option for the Colts. Even though he scored two touchdowns in Week 7, he only had four receptions and 25 yards. The week after he only grabbed one ball for 34 yards. Something might not be right with Hilton and coming off the bye to play a tough Jags defense isn’t exactly ideal. If you have other options, I’d put Hilton on the bench this week and hope that his targets go up.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle
Davis filled in for the injured Chris Carson and put up solid numbers once again. This has been the trend all year. Whenever Carson is injured, which is quite often, Davis comes in and contributes across the board. Last week he put up 107 total yards on 22 touches. He has a nice mix of 15 carries and seven catches. Davis didn’t find pay dirt, but gives Seattle a very good option off the bench. If Carson can’t go this weekend then Davis needs to be in all lineups as he’ll be a sure thing for 20 touches. Keep an eye on this situation because Carson didn’t practice on Wednesday, which is never a good sign.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, New England
Patterson has made himself fantasy relevant with his running ability. He can’t catch a ball to save his life, but he sure knows what to do when the ball is in his hands. He filled in admirably for the injured Sony Michel, running 11 times for 61 yards and a score. He actually looked like a natural in the backfield and would most likely see a similar workload if Michel is out again this week. It’s up in the air right now, but he’s trending more towards playing than not. If Michel returns then Patterson can’t be used so keep an eye on this.
Lock of the Week
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati
Boyd is in line for a huge day with A.J. Green on the shelf for a few weeks. He is the clear cut number one option in Week 10 for the Bengals and couldn’t have a better matchup. He gets a Saints defense that allows the second-most receiving yards per game. His last game before the bye, Boyd had a stat line of 9-138-1. He certainly has a real chance to duplicate this in Week 10. Treat him as a high-end WR2.