Maybe the full moon had something to do with it, maybe the lunar eclipse was involved. Whatever it was, we have a very heavy dose of running backs in this week’s column, a handful of them can be picked up and dropped right into a starting lineup. A handful of wide receivers also get a mention, and a couple of tight ends round out this week’s wonders. Something for everyone this week!
RB Karlos Williams, Buffalo
With LeSean McCoy well below 100%, the rookie has stepped in and performed at a very high level for Buffalo. Against the Dolphins this past week, he turned 12 rushes into 110 yards and a touchdown. McCoy’s status going forward is unknown, and there has been talk that even when healthy, Williams will be in the mix splitting time. Williams is worth owning in all formats.
RB Chris Johnson, Arizona
Another 100 yard rusher that is owned in only a shade over 50% of online leagues, Johnson has taken control of the running back situation in Arizona. He backed up a 72-yard effort against the Bears with a 110-yard performance against San Francisco this past week. Two of those 22 carries were good for touchdowns, capping off a strong fantasy performance for the veteran who was without a team a little over a month ago.
WR Rishard Matthews, Miami
The quick start by Jarvis Landry has opened up holes in the secondary for Matthews to shine. After back-to-back games with over 110 yards receiving, we have him as one of our top additions this week. Six of his catches against the Bills went for touchdowns, capping off a spectacular fantasy day. Matthews is worth owning in all formats, and even with Landry and others to feed in Miami, we see Tannehill keeping Matthews as an active target every week.
RB Thomas Rawls, Seattle
Under normal circumstances, a running back going for 104 yards would be enough to get a mention in our highest category. Unfortunately, Rawls’ playing time depends on the health of Marshawn Lynch. With the week four status of Lynch up in the air, Rawls is worth owning as he has clearly established himself as the primary backup in Seattle ahead of Fred Jackson.
WR Ty Montgomery, Green Bay
Davante Adams left Monday night’s game with an ankle injury, opening up the spot as the third wideout in the prolific Packers offense. Montgomery went to work right away Monday night, registering a touchdown catch. This is an offense worth getting involved in, even the third wideout has fantasy value, so Montgomery is worth a look with Adams on the shelf.