We bring back our top category for this week, as we have two players that will have an immediate fantasy impact. Several others are worth taking a look at in all positions, even at quarterback where we have been very stingy on recommendations at that position. Something for everyone this week!
RB Rashad Jennings, Oakland
Darren McFadden did not waste any time returning to the sideline, re-injuring his hamstring in the second quarter this week. Jennings stepped into the starting position and posted 176 yards of total offense, including a rushing touchdown. There is no telling how long McFadden will be out, and even if he comes back, it is only a matter of time before he is out again. Jennings is worth owning in all formats, and worth starting if McFadden is out as the Raiders take on a weak New York Giants defense this week.
WR Aaron Dobson, New England
Though we had set aside our top category last week, we listed Dobson at the top of our list and he did not disappoint. The Patriots offense exploded against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dobson went for more than 100 yards and two touchdows. He has gained the confidence of the New England coaching staff, so much so that previous fantasy darling Kenbrell Thompkins was a healthy scratch. Going forward, it will be Dobson getting nearly all the snaps opposite Danny Amendola, and with Tom Brady coming back into form, there will be plenty of passes heading Dobson’s direction.
WR Mario Manningham, San Francisco
The 49ers have activated Manningham from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he will immediately step on to the field and start opposite Anquan Boldin. This will be a shot in the arm for the San Francisco offense, as the 49ers have struggled in their attempts to get production from a second wideout. Grab him before he is on the field and becomes a hot commodity.
WR Riley Cooper, Philadelphia
We mentioned Cooper in this space a few weeks back, and his recent performances get him back in our good graces. More than 100 yards and three touchdowns against Oakland last week secures his space here, and the good play of Nick Foles is enough to warrant him being owned in all formats.
QB Case Keenum, Houston
We rarely talk about quarterbacks in this space, but in this case we are making an exception. With Keenum at the controls, the Texans went for broke against Indianapolis, and for the offense that meant the shackles were off and the ball was thrown downfield early and often. Even though Houston lost the game, Keenum ended up with 350 yards and three touchdown passes. The Texans have good passing matchups on the horizon; Keenum is worth owning as a fantasy backup, and can even be started to cover a bye week.