Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Sure, Kenny Golladay gets a big boost with Golden Tate traded to the Eagles, but don't forget about Jones. Tate had 27.1 percent of the target share and was averaging 9.9 targets per game and Jones will benefit, too. Even with Tate playing, Jones has at least eight points in PPR formats in five of seven games. Jones hasn't piled up the catches, but he has scored five touchdowns and Matthew Stafford consistently looks for Jones in the red zone. Jones is coming off a game in which he had a season-high ten targets with seven catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
It has been a frustrating season for Drake owners. They watch Frank Gore cut into Drake's touches and Drake has six carries or fewer in four of eight games. Drake is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, but has only 70 carries in eight games. Even with the limited touches at times, Drake is 15th at RB in PPR formats. He's been getting more involved in the passing game the last few weeks. In the last four games, Drake has 17 receptions and has scored four times. Drake has at least 11 points in PPR formats in four straight games. Gore has looked good and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has 14 more carries than Drake, but Drake is the more valuable player and will only get better the rest of the way.
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are making it clear they want to run the football. In his last four games, Carson has at least 20 touches in three games. The one game he didn't, Carson received 14 touches and was rested down the stretch with the Seahawks ahead big on Oakland. Carson has at least 13 points in PPR formats in three of the last four games. Carson is getting the touches and the Seahawks offense is playing well. He's a solid RB2 the rest of the way.
Other risers to target: Courtland Sutton, Kenny Golladay, Aaron Jones, Nick Chubb, D.J. Moore, Keenan Allen, Marlon Mack,
Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
Ebron scored another touchdown in Week 8, even with Jack Doyle back. Ebron has scored seven touchdowns in eight games, but he's not playing enough snaps with Doyle on the field. In the three games Doyle has played, Ebron has 12 targets. Ebron played 17 snaps in Week 8, which was 21.8 percent of the snaps and caught all three targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. Three tight ends on the team played more snaps than Ebron last week. Ebron saw a season-low three targets in Week 8.
Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
We have heard numerous times that Johnson needs the ball more and it never happens. It's possible things change now with Hue Jackson and Todd Haley out, but it's difficult to have any confidence starting Johnson until things change. They clearly can use him with the lack of production at wide receiver so you hope the change in coaches increases the usage of Johnson. Running backs coach Freddie Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator and he was under the tutelage of Bruce Arians. Johnson has reached double-digit points in PPR formats in two of eight games. He had two catches for 16 yards last week.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
Thompson owners were basking in glory after the first two games of the season when he had 21 targets and had 24 and 22 points in PPR formats. Both those games were losses. Thompson has two, 12 and three points since, all wins, and missed two games with injuries. He also injured his ribs last week. Over his last three games, Thompson has seven, 14 and five touches. The Redskins have played well and often been ahead and Adrian Peterson is getting big workloads. Peterson has at least 17 touches in five of seven games. The Redskins should have more competitive games ahead and it should mean more touches for Thompson if he can stay healthy. Game flow has altered his touches, but he has a good matchup this week against a Falcons defense that allows 8.9 receptions per game to running backs.
Other fallers to sell/avoid: Jordan Reed, Matt Breida, Nelson Agholor, Martavis Bryant, Carlos Hyde