The midway point of the NFL season has come and gone, and the games are still being played. Make or break time for fantasy owners, it’s time to rise above the crowd in time for the playoffs. A couple more weeks’ worth of byes to get through, but still a good time to grab some scraps off waivers.
Just a single category of players makes this week’s story as nothing too outstanding to report. A few towards the top of this week have the potential to have a big fantasy impact, while deeper down the list we reach out for some depth pieces. Something for everyone this week! On to the wonders.
WR Jakobi Meyers, New England
We had Meyers listed in this space a couple of weeks ago, where we mentioned that he would be more involved in the offense going forward. The New England offense struggled against Buffalo, but Meyers still got his with six receptions for 58 yards. He continues to be a favorite of Cam Newton, with Newton looking in his direction early and VERY often in the Monday night contest against the New York Jets. New England has Isaiah Ford waiting in the wings to join the team next week, but that will not change the fact that Meyers is the guy to whom Newton likes to turn. Look for Meyers to be a viable fantasy play for New England going forward, and for this to be a last chance to grab him off the waiver wire.
RB Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers
With various Chargers runners missing time due to injury, Ballage has been a bright spot in the Los Angeles backfield. He ran well against Las Vegas this week, carrying the ball 15 times for 69 yards. One of those went for a touchdown, and he also chipped in with a couple of catches out of the backfield. With a date against his former team on the schedule this upcoming week, Ballage may end up being the top back for the Chargers when they travel to Miami.
RB Duke Johnson, Houston
When starter David Johnson left last week’s game entering the concussion protocol, Duke Johnson came in and carried the load for Houston. He carried the ball 16 yards going for 41 yards, including one rush for a score. He was also active in the passing game, hauling in four passes for 32 yards. Duke Johnson has always been the featured back in the passing game and with the injury to David Johnson there could be even more touches coming his way with Cleveland on tap this week.
RB Ryan Nall, Chicago
Starter David Montgomery was hurt last week, and let’s be honest, he has not been very productive. Perhaps this is the sliver of daylight that is needed for Chicago to look for an alternative. Nall caught four passes last week against Tennessee, including one for a touchdown. Chicago lists Cordarrelle Patterson as a running back so he will be in the mix, and another wild card is the possibility of activating Lamar Miller from the practice squad. Nall is in line for some work, at the very least in the passing game. He is worth taking a chance on as a grab and hold candidate this week.
QB Drew Lock, Denver
The youngster is getting better by the week, and by virtue of a huge volume of passes, he is moving into becoming a viable fantasy territory. On 48 attempts this week against Atlanta, he completed 25 passes for 313 yards, including two touchdowns against on interceptions. This was on the heels for 41 pass attempts, where he completed 26 for three touchdowns against one interception against the Los Angeles Chargers. Denver will be passing again this week against Las Vegas, making Lock a nice bye week cover candidate.