Lamar Miller On Track To Return In Week 6
One of the league’s grossest backfields becomes even more unplayable with the return of Lamar Miller. Alfred Blue was already stealing work from Miller before the latter went down, though he is not nearly talented enough to earn a full workload with Miller on the field. This is shaping up to be a full-blown committee with both backs siphoning enough touches to make the other fairly irrelevant. Long-term thinkers should hope D’onta Foreman is ready to rock when he is eligible to be off PUP, as a healthy Foreman could run circles around this duo.
Yeldon to be workhorse
With Leonard Fournette already ruled out for week 6 and Corey Grant sent to IR… the job is Yeldon’s. His opponent this week, Dallas, ranks top 10 against fantasy running backs, but Yeldon should see all the volume making him startable. Recently signed Jamaal Charles doesn’t look to factor much in right away, but he may see limited action.
Clement and Smallwood to share load
With Corey Clement now back to 100% according to Coach Doug Pederson and Jay Ajayi now out for the season, Clement and Wendall Smallwood should share the load. The Eagles average 29.4 running back touches per game, and against a bottom 12 run defense in the Giants, both could see decent fantasy value. Neither will be a bell cow, but they can both get 10-15 touches in a high volume offense.
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Charles signs with Jaguars
Jamaal Charles has signed with the Jaguars. This sounds bad for Leonard Fournette, but as we stated before… we view the Jaguars as trying to get him 100% healthy for a deep playoff run. Just a gentle reminder, Charles did not look himself last year with Denver despite averaging over 4 yards per carry. He barely got on the field and couldn’t beat out Devontae Booker. I mean, do you know how bad you have to be to let Devontae Booker beat you out? Temper those expectations.
Brees breaks passing record
Last night Drew Brees broke the NFL passing yardage record on a 62 yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith topping both Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. It was also Smith’s first and he doesn’t get to keep the ball. Brees is such a class act, he made sure to get Smith another touchdown, though. Brees will spend the next couple years potentially putting this record out of reach. Matthew Stafford is young enough that at his current pace could top him at age 39… but that assumes Brees doesn’t tack on more years of numbers. This record is going to hold for at least the next 9 or 10 years, if not forever. Unless the NFL starts making rules that allow quarterbacks to be basically untouchable and throw at will. I’m not sure the NFL would do something that crazy, right?
Engram possibly to return in Week 6
After missing his second game on Sunday with a sprained MCL Evan Engram was said to have a shot to play on Thursday by coach Pat Shurmur today. Clearly a good sign for Engram fantasy owners but not so much for the Sterling Shepard owners who have seen a nice uptick over the missed time.
Ajayi lands on IR
The Eagles are finding out it’s not easy to stay on top after winning a Super Bowl (unless you make a deal with the devil, looking at you Belichick) It only got more difficult today when the team had to place Jay Ajayi on IR with a torn ACL. A player with a history of knee issues you have to wonder if we’ve seen the best of Ajay’s career. Looks like a committee of Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles (when healthy) will pace the Eagles the rest of the way. Deeper leagues may take a flier on Josh Adams
Ekeler continues to shine
Austin Ekeler just continues to be fantasy relevant making the most of his under 10 touches per game. This week he had just 7, but managed 12.9 fantasy points with 59 total yards and a score. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are on pace for over 3,200 total yards this season.
Thielen breaks record
Adam Thielen chalked up his 5th straight 100 yard game to start the season which is now a new NFL record. Right now, you can make the case he is the best wide receiver in the NFL. You’d be right.
Morris to take lead role
With Matt Breida set to miss some time with a potential high ankle sprain, Alfred Morris looks to take the lead back role in San Francisco. The 49ers are having their running backs touch the ball nearly 26 times per game. There could be a lot of opportunity here for Morris. Kyle Juszczyk had 6 catches on Sunday night, a role he should continue to hold in the coming weeks.
Olsen may return this week
Greg Olsen has seen limited practice recently and the team has hoped for a couple weeks he might be ready for Week 6. That is this upcoming week if you haven’t noticed. He will likely be eased into the fold and there is always risk for re-injury… but he should not be on waivers, go get him. The current TE situation in the league is dismal.