No preamble this week. Let’s get right to the wonders!
RB DeAndre Washington, Oakland
In the absence of Josh Jacobs, it was DeAndre Washington and not Jalen Richard who got the majority of the work last week against Tennessee. He ran the ball 14 times for 53 yards and a score, while also tallying six catches for 43 yards. He got more than double the touches of Richard, and with the status of Jacobs again in doubt for next week, Washington is a player who can be picked up and started right away.
QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago
We have been very cautious about listing quarterbacks in this space this season. For most positions, a player having a couple of good games would be enough to get a mention in the weekly story, but for quarterbacks too many would then flame out and find their way back on the bench. In Chicago, when it seemed like the season would be lost and the team made a mistake in hitching its wagon to Trubisky, he has played his bet football. He was gold on Turkey Day, tossing three touchdowns against Detroit while tallying 338 yards in the air. This past week against Dallas he was equally as good, throwing another trifecta of touchdowns to go along with 244 passing yards. He also ran for 63 yards and a score, his second in the last three games. He is white hot right now, and though he’s up against Green Bay this week, he is carrying the offense and is in line for another strong fantasy day.
WR Zach Pascal, Indianapolis
Another player who has been hot of late is Pascal. Two weeks ago he went for 109 yards against Tennessee, and this week he was good for 74 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay. With 12 catches in the last two games, Pascal is worth a look at the wide receiver position.
RB Patrick Laird, Miami
We had Laird on last week’s radar, and based on his performance this past week he earns himself another mention in this week’s story. He continues to be active in the passing game, posting back-to-back weeks with four catches and around 40 yards. This week he was also the work horseback, carrying the rock 15 times for 48 yards worth of offense on the ground. The numbers so not jump off the page, but for those in need at the position down the stretch, Laird looks to be the back of choice for Miami.
TE Ian Thomas, Carolina
Keep an eye on the status of starter Greg Olsen. If he cannot go then you can plug in his activity into Ian Thomas. Two weeks ago Thomas caught four passes for 24 yards and he backed that up this week with a five-catch, 57-yard effort where he found himself in the endzone. The Carolina offense makes use of the tight end, regardless of who it is, and without Olsen right now it is Thomas who is getting the targets.
WR Isaiah Ford, Miami
Miami has been decimated by injuries at the wide receiver position, which has forced the youngster Ford to get onto the field. Prior to this past week against the New York Jets, he saw little playing time, but without DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson, he caught six passes for 92 yards against the Jets this week. The playing time and opportunity will continue to be there for Ford, making him a solid pickup this week.