Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Over Tannehill’s last four games, his yardage totals haven’t been great (241 yards per game) but he has managed to throw for nine touchdowns during that stretch. It looks like he is on a hot streak and the schedule is decent with three middling passing defenses up next for Miami.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks
With the current state of the Seahawks offensive line, I have some serious doubts that Wilson will finish the season upright, even considering his superior running skills and pocket presence. He just doesn’t have enough time to make the passing game go especially given the Seahawks lack of talent at the receiving positions.
Alfred Morris, Redskins
Since RGIII returned to the lineup in Week 9, Morris has racked up 371 total yards while finding the end zone three times. It certainly seems that having RGIII under center buys Morris some extra time to find his running lanes. Consider him a solid RB1 the rest of the way.
Ryan Mathews, Chargers
In his second game since returning to the lineup, Mathews looked impressive in the Chargers win over the Rams gaining 105 yards and a score on just 12 carries. Of course, he went out with a shoulder injury, although did return later. We’ve all been down this road before with Mathews but if he stays healthy, he could be fantasy gold to finish the season.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns
Meet the new lead dog in the Browns backfield. With Ben Tate released and Crowell outperforming fellow rookie Terrance West, Crowell should lead this committee in touches between now and the end of the season. He ran hard and effectively this week, picking up 88 yards and a pair of scores on 12 touches. If there is one issue with Crowell, it’s that he is a zero in the passing game with just five receptions on the season.
Latavius Murray, Raiders
The 2013 6th round pick looked like a beast against the Chiefs on Thursday night before leaving with a concussion, gaining 112 yards and scoring twice on just four carries. With the Raiders out of the playoff hunt and featuring a pair of aging running backs in Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, Murray should see plenty of touches in the coming weeks. Of course, this is the Raiders so maybe we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.
C.J. Anderson, Broncos
Consider Anderson the Broncos starting running back even when Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman return to the lineup. He has run well enough to keep the job unless his performance declines and I don’t see that happening.
Jeremy Hill, Bengals
Even with Giovani Bernard back, Hill still managed to record 96 total yards and a score this week on 19 touches. While Hill will likely see fewer touches than Bernard going forward, he may have more fantasy appeal given his ability to find the end zone.
Jonas Gray, Patriots
Gray picked the wrong week to show up late for work. With LeGarrette Blount claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gray failed to see the field this week after being tardy for practice. Let’s face it. He was outstanding in Week 11 but it’s not like we can clearly state that he has more talent than Blount and we know the Patriots ride the hot hand at running back.
Charles Sims, Bucs
So much for the theory that Sims would revive the Bucs running game. Since his debut in Week 10, Sims has managed just 81 yards on 27 carries to go along with 36 yards on seven receptions over three games. There is nothing to suggest that he is startable between now and the end of the season.
Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
You’ve seen the catch, right? Nuff said.
Mike Evans, Bucs
Touchdowns in four straight games. Seven touchdowns in his last six games. 505 receiving yards in his last four games. While Sammy Watkins may have more pure receiving ability, Evans has been a more consistent fantasy threat due to his ability in the red zone. You can’t teach 6’5”, 231 pounds and solid leaping ability. This guy figures to be a fantasy stud for years to come.
Josh Gordon, Browns
While we all expected that Gordon would produce as a WR1 over the remainder of the season once his suspension ended, I’m not sure we were all prepared for him to catch eight passes for 120 yards in his season debut. With 16 targets this week, it is clear the Browns will force feed Gordon the ball on a weekly basis.
Charles Johnson, Vikings
For deeper leagues only. After his six reception, 87 yard performance in Week 11, Johnson caught three passes this week against the Packers for 52 yards and a touchdown. The former Packer 7th round draft pick has solid size and blazing speed and it’s not like Cordarelle Patterson has been lighting the world on fire.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals
Floyd put up a big fat zero this week, failing to catch a pass for the second time this season. With just 23 targets in his last six games, Floyd simply isn’t an integral part of the Cardinals offense. If there is a mystery to this season, Floyd’s lack of use is it.
Wes Welker, Broncos
Even with Julius Thomas out, Welker saw only four targets this week, although it was nice to see him find the end zone for the first time in five games. However, with just one game with more than six targets in his last seven games and averaging a lowly 8.3 yards per reception, Welker is a 5’9”, 185 touchdown reliant fantasy option.
Nada. Nothing exciting at tight end this week.
Antonio Gates, Chargers
After catching 32 passes for 417 yards and nine touchdowns over the first eight weeks of the season, Gates has gone stone cold over the Chargers last three weeks, catching just eight passes for 74 yards and failing to find the end zone. It certainly appears that his 34 year old legs have begun to fail him at this stage of the season.
In the NOT CONVINCED JUST YET category, we present:
Delanie Walker, Titans – it was nice to see Walker rip off a five reception, 155 yard performance but that marked just his second game with more than six points in six weeks.