By: Justin Lynch
Arian Foster + Alfred Blue
Foster went down with a torn achilles after putting up big numbers. Needless to say he’s out for the season. This is not an invitation for you to cry about Foster, nor is it me telling you to go pick up Alfred Blue. In fact, I’m telling you the opposite. Blue, who I hoped was dropped by now, is going to be the talk of the town on the waiver wire this week. Here are your options: 1. Pick up Blue and immediately trade him. 2. Go after someone else because everyone will put a claim in for Blue and maybe someone like Darren McFadden slips through the cracks. Those are the only two things you can do. Under no circumstances can you start Blue. Your welcome in advance.
Todd Gurley is Really Good
Well, the headline pretty much says it all. If you throw out Gurley’s first game action in which he only saw six carries against a tough Pitt defense (and it was his first NFL game, not to mention his first after a torn ACL), Gurley has not dipped below 128 yards rushing. He’s also averaging a solid yards/carry and even added two TD’s to the stat line this week. He’s a keeper, for sure, and could even be a RB1 for the rest of the year.
I Hope You Didn’t Drop Him
Reed was back after missing two games with a concussion. His return saw him go 11-72-2. A huge day for the tight end who many thought was too injury prone to make an impact this season. Yes, injuries will always be a concern with him, but when he’s out there, you are going to want him in your lineup. If you happened to let him go after you saw his name atop the injury report, you better try and get him back.
Matthews has been a semi-monster in PPR this year. However, he was dropped in tons of leagues during his bye week due to his week 4 dud against the Jets. The Jets’ secondary is among the best in the league, and is a player not allowed to have a bad game anymore? Matthews responded with 6-85 last week and 3-75-1 this week. He’s the number two option with DeVante Parker still fighting to get on the field. With all the attention on Landry and Dolphins resurgence, Matthews could be gold.
West struggled in his first game as Jamaal Charles’ replacement, but Sunday treated him kindly as he rushed 22 times for 110-1 against a tough Steelers defense. He is the guy going forward, and, like Gurley, it may have just taken him a game to get going. I wouldn’t expect 100-1 every week, but he should be a flex or maybe even a RB2 in certain matchups going forward.
Is it Time to Give up on...
Rookie running backs are always hard to predict. Gordon was going first among rookie backs in most drafts, and many spent early round picks on the youngster. Gordon has been wildly disappointing, only showing flashes of potential that have yet to translate to the box score. His carries dipped below 10 for the first time last week and they stayed in single-digits this week. With the Chargers struggling, and Woodhead as the primary receiving back, it’s tough to see Gordon turning this around.