D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit
The plan was to slowly work Swift into a prominent role in the offense. Well the Lions unleashed him in Week 6. The rookie had 14 carries for 116 yards and two trips to pay-dirt while catching three balls for even more gains. Swift has been catching the ball all year, but now throw in 15 carries a game with goal-line work and you have the recipe for a fantasy star in the second half of the season. Swift needs to be started in all formats.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh
JuJu has always been a number two type of receiver and even though people drafted him as a number one this year, he hasn’t been playing like it. The rookie Chase Claypool has burst onto the scene the last few weeks and leap-frogged Smith-Schuster as the main guy in the Steelers offense. Over the last two weeks, Smith-Schuster has just six catches for 34 yards. He’s almost not start-able right now until his production increases.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington
Antonio Gibson was supposed to be the guy in Washington, but it has been the journeymen McKissic whose had the biggest fantasy impact as of late. He’s been the main receiving back all season, but now he’s starting to see a decent amount of carries as well. Last week McKissic had eight carries for 41 yards and six catches for another 43 yards. He didn’t find the end-zone so overall he didn’t help his owners that much, but the fact that he got 14 touches is something you need to keep an eye on. His schedule is very favorable moving forward and he gets the awful Dallas defense this weekend.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia
Miles Sanders hurt his knee last week and is probably out for two weeks so Scott gets lead-dog duties in the Eagles backfield. He has run well in the past so the experience should help. It remains to be seen just how many touches he’ll get however with Corey Clement also expected to see carries. He has a dream matchup tonight against the Giants and even though I’m not a fan of playing guys on Thursday night games, he probably needs to be in your lineup.
Lock of the Week
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington
“Scary Terry” has been a target monster this year, but he just hasn’t had a good quarterback throwing him the ball which has been hurting his numbers overall. McLaurin amazingly only has one touchdown through six weeks, but that’s going to change in Week 7 against the Cowboys. The Dallas pass defense is so bad that even Kyle Allen will find holes. Look for McLaurin to post over 90 yards receiving and a score.