RB Andre Ellington (Arizona)
Percent owned (ESPN): 16.3%
Andre Ellington was great in small bursts early in the season, but with Rashard Mendenhall hurt this week, Ellington was the lead back, rushing for 154 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and catching another 2 passes for 8 yards. He is now averaging 7.7 yards per carry on 43 carries on the season and also has 22 catches for 198 yards and 3 total touchdowns. It’s concerning that he was still splitting carries with Stepfan Taylor even with Mendenhall out and Head Coach Bruce Arians did not guarantee Ellington would see a bigger role out of the bye, but if Arians is smart (which remains to be seen) he’ll give Ellington the ball more often.
WR Marvin Jones (Cincinnati)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.5%
Marvin Jones exploded for an 8 catch, 122 yard, 4 touchdown performance against the Jets this week and now has 15 catches for 250 yards and 6 touchdowns in his last 3 games. He probably won’t continue scoring at this rate and it is concerning that he only played 19 snaps against the Jets, but he’ll almost definitely get more snaps going forward after that performance, especially with Mohamed Sanu expected to miss at least a week with injury. Jones is definitely a legitimate starting receiver and has the potential to dominate single coverage opposite AJ Green for the rest of the season.
RB Andre Brown (NY Giants)
Percent owned (ESPN): 18.1%
The Giants’ backfield is in such shambles that they’ve given Peyton Hillis 38 carries in the last 2 weeks combined after Brandon Jacobs, signed off the streets, got hurt. However, Andre Brown is expected to return from injury after the bye and could see significant snaps and carries in his season debut. He’s by far the Giants’ best passing down back and short yardage back even if everyone was healthy, but he could be a 20 touch a week back until David Wilson (out indefinitely) returns. The Giants have a bye this week so people will be ignoring Brown and then probably picking him up next week. Beat them to it and do it now.
RB Mike James (Tampa Bay)
Percent owned (ESPN): 7.2%
Mike James isn’t very good and his blocking might be even worse, but he is the lead back in Tampa Bay until Doug Martin (out indefinitely) returns. He has 84 yards on 24 carries in the past 2 weeks, along with 7 catches for 33 yards and is worth owning in deep leagues solely because he’s a starting running back. The Buccaneers’ coaching staff did speak this week on their need to get back to the running game so James could see more carries.
TE Timothy Wright (Tampa Bay)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%
There are worse tight ends in deep leagues than Wright, a 6-3 220 pounder who isn’t a blocker at all, but can present mismatches in the passing game. Wright has 19 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown in the last 4 weeks and now Mike Williams is out for the season with a torn hamstring, meaning Wright could be the Buccaneers’ #2 option on a team that is constantly in catch up mode. If you need a few points from a bye week filler at tight end, take a look at Wright.