Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington
Peterson has seemingly found the fountain of youth so far in 2018, breaking tackles and running hard. He still has the occasional off game due to game flow with the less-than-spectacular Redskins, but overall he’s been a steady RB2. Peterson is coming off a huge day against the Giants where he ran for 149 yards and scored a touchdown both on the ground and through the air. He has an appetizing matchup in Week 9 against a decimated Atlanta defense and as long as he gets his normal volume, he should be in the RB1 conversation.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England
I never thought Gronk would ever be trending down, but this season has been a nightmare for his fantasy owners. Aside from his huge Week 1 performance where he went over 100 yards and found the end zone, Gronkowski hasn’t been non-existent. He hasn’t scored a touchdown in six weeks, which is the longest of his career, and seems to be forgotten on the offense. There have always been lots of mouths to feed in New England, but Tom Brady would always find ways to give Gronk a steady workload. That has changed in 2018. I’m not telling you to bench him, but it looks like his days of being the top TE every week are behind him.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver
Sutton is the hot name this week in fantasy after the Broncos traded Demaryius Thomas to the Texans. He now steps in as a starter in all sets and should see his target volume jump up considerably. It’s no secret that Denver has been wanting to get Sutton more involved in the offense and now they can do so. He should be owned in all formats and is at worst a FLEX play this week against those same Texans. He has the speed and size to make a fantasy difference in the second half of the season so watch out.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami
Parker has always had tons of talent, but between injuries and work ethic, he hasn’t quite panned out. He did showcase his talent last week when he had six catches for 134 scoreless yards against Houston. When he’s on the field, he’s a play-maker who makes tough catches and moves the chains so hopefully Week 8 was the start to a nice second half for Parker. He gets to pick on the struggling Jets secondary this weekend so take a look his way if you need some receiver help.
Lock of the Week
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver
Lindsay has seemingly taken over the lead role in the backfield for the Broncos. Royce Freeman was out last week due to injury so Lindsay shined with 21 touches, over 100 total yards and a touchdown. Freeman looks like he’s on the wrong side of questionable again this week so Lindsay should see another 20 plus touches against Houston. In this day in age 20 touches out of your running back is sacred, so throw him out there as a high-end RB2 in Week 9, expecting 100-yards and a score again.