Jerick McKinnon – RB MIN
With the tragic injury to rookie sensation Dalvin Cook, it was thought that former Oakland running back Latavius Murray would pick up most of the slack. But it was Jerick McKinnon who got the most touches and was by far the more productive back with the touches he got. Murray carried the ball 12 times for just 31 yards while McKinnon got 16 carries for 95 yards. Add on top of that the 51 receiving yards for McKinnon versus Murray’s 12 and it is clear who the top back in Minnesota is. If this trend keeps up, McKinnon will be a solid WR2 in most leagues and definitely a flex option for all leagues.
Alvin Kamara – RB NO
Alvin Kamara was already a borderline flex option last week with all the targets he gets out of the backfield, but Kamara’s value went up immensely this week with the abrupt trade of Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals. He should now get even more carries for the Saints, becoming more of a 1B to Ingram’s 1A as opposed to a true #2 guy. He could easily get 15 touches per game going forward, and in PPR leagues he is even more valuable.
Roger Lewis – WR NYG
Roger Lewis was not on many people’s draft boards coming into 2017, and he was owned by 0.2% of ESPN leagues going into Week 5. But going into Week 6 he is the only healthy receiver on the Giants roster. He has had pretty decent numbers, averaging over 12 yards per catch and catching 8 of 11 targets, but the volume just hasn’t been there. Well, with 2 of the 3 receivers joining the team this week having never played in an NFL game, the volume will certainly be there in Week 6.
Taylor Gabriel – WR ATL
With Julio Jones gimpy and Mohamed Sanu still questionable for this week, the Falcons offense will be looking to spread the ball around even more than they typically do. This usually means more targets for Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel is a 4th-year wide receiver that plays a very dynamic role in the Falcons’ offense, going for passes, end-arounds, and sometimes traditional rushes as well. He has incredible straight-line speed that helps him make explosive plays if he can get into open space. Gabriel could be a great high-risk, high-reward flex option, but owners may want to stash him until he can show a little more consistency in his numbers.
Ed Dickson – TE CAR
With elite tight end Greg Olsen out for a while with a broken foot, Ed Dickson has taken over the #1 role for the Panthers. His first couple of weeks were pretty solid for the 4th year tight end, but it was last week when he really broke out. He caught 5 catches for 175 yards in the Carolina victory in Detroit. This could be a very valuable pick up at a very shallow position, especially since he will have the #1 role going forward for at least the next several weeks. And with Cam Newton really starting to heat up as well, Dickson could be a boom-or-bust type guy capable of those 100-yard games.
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