Week 7 Offenders
Ty Johnson / JD McKissic
Kerryon Johnson was ruled out during Sunday’s bout against the Minnesota Vikings with a reported knee injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Kerryon is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Ty Johnson led the backfield in snaps on Sunday and will be this weeks top RB waiver add. JD McKissic, who was slightly more efficient with his touches than Ty, is a speculative add in deeper formats and for RB needy owners in PPR leagues. If Kerryon’s injury is longer than 1-2 weeks, don’t be surprised to see the Lions make an acquisition at the running back position. Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount are names to watch, unless the Lions make a trade with another NFL team. Both Ajayi and Blount have had workouts for other NFL teams in recent weeks. Either would be worth a bench stash if acquired. Kerryon and the Lions running game has underwhelmed this season, tied for the 11th worst in the league in yards per rush attempts (3.8) and 14th worst in yards per game. Unless you own Kerryon or have huge holes at the RB position, I would not waste top waiver priority position OR blow my FAAB $$. We know Ty Johnson is expected to take over the #1 spot, but there is too much uncertainty. The Lions could make an acquisition or decide to treat the backfield like a true RBBC with McKissic, until Kerryon returns.
Duke Johnson continues to lap Carlos Hyde in both rushing and receiving efficiency, but continues to play second fiddle to Hyde in carries. Hyde has over double the rushing attempts than Duke (111 – 44), will we start to see a shift in usage moving forward? Duke has hit the waivers in a number of leagues, but is worth a bench spot in PPR formats. Johnson out-snapped Hyde on Sunday, 39 to 26, continued to be utilized more in the passing game, and was more efficient with his rushing attempts. Hyde averaged an uninspiring 2.9 yards per carry and Duke managed a healthy 4.9 ypc. On the season, Duke is averaging an impressive 6.2 ypc to Hydes 4.2 ypc. This is a situation where you want to get ahead of your league-mates before it’s too late. Many will waste their FAAB budget and waiver priority chasing the Detroit backfield, while Duke will go under the radar following is 7.6 PPR fantasy outing in week 7.
New England Patriots
Sony Michel exited late in Monday Nights game with an apparent lower body injury, but no indications of anything serious. New England is notorious for their lack of clarity around injuries, so don’t expect much to be reported of it. Damien Harris is someone Michel owners should consider rostering for handcuff purposes, if intentions are a long run into the fantasy playoffs. Michel’s fantasy draft stock was depressed entering the season due to concerns around his knee, that he’s had issues with prior to entering the NFL. When Michel exited last night, Damien Harris handled a few early down snaps to milk the clock. Rex Burkhead has struggled to recover from a foot injury, sidelined since week 4. If Michel’s body were to break down by the end of the season, Harris would enter weekly flex consideration in a Patriots offense that is tied for 5th in the NLF in total rushing attempts this season. If Rex Burkhead is able to return from his foot injury, then he needs to be rostered. His usage prior to his foot injury was flex worthy, raking RB27 in PPR scoring through the first 3 weeks of the season.
Handcuffs that need to rostered by teams that own the respective starter…
Deandre Washington – OAK
The Oakland Raiders rank in the top 10 in rush attempts per game, rushing yards, yards per rushing attempt, and rushing yards per game. Deandre Washington is the clear cut handcuff for Josh Jacobs, subbing in for Jacobs when sidelined earlier in the season with an elbow injury. Jacobs has appeared on the injury report multiple times this season, managing through elbow, hip, and groin injuries. None have sidelined him for an extended period of time…yet. Deandre averaged a healthy 4.8 yards per carry on Sunday and will be a top waiver add if Jacobs were to miss a game in the future. If you own Jacobs, don’t get caught with your pants down.
The Baltimore Ravens rank in the top 2 in every major statistical rushing category, and tied for 4th in rushing touchdowns. Albeit a lot of this can be credited to Lamar Jacksons elite rushing abilities, but Mark Ingram still ranks as a top 10 fantasy running back. As noted in previous handcuff reports, Mark Ingram has a history of getting ‘nicked-up’ and missing games. Gus Edwards would immediately jump into RB2 territory in Baltimore’s elite rushing offense, IF Ingram were to miss any games. Edwards is averaging 4.5 ypc and is 2nd on the team in RB snaps.
Derrius Guice – WAS – Interim Head Coach, Bill Callahan, is on record saying Guice “could” find his way back onto the practice field in the coming weeks. If Guice is able to find the field again this season, he would be worth a add as Callahan has continued to establish the run since taking over for Jay Gruden. Adrian Peterson is handling a heavy workload and is ancient for a running back in the NFL (34 years old). A couple of weeks too early, but Guice is a name that needs to monitored as we move closer to the fantasy playoffs.
Darrel Williams – KC – Darrel is not worth a roster spot now that Damien Williams has returned to the lineup. The back and forth usage between LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams makes Darrel irrelevant in the fantasy fantasy football. With Patrick Mahomes sidelined for a couple of weeks, every skill player in KC receives a downgrade in fantasy. Darrel is not worth a roster spot unless an injury to McCoy or Damien occurs.
Any NYG RB not named Saquon Barkley – Wayne Gallman and Elijah Penny have returned to fantasy irrelevancy now that Saquon Barkley appears to be 100%, receiving all of the RB work in week 7. Gallman should receive some consideration for Barkley owners, but is not a priority roster add as fantasy owners manage bench spots through bye weeks.
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