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Leonard Fournette is one of the best running backs in the league if he is healthy. That is a big “if.” Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and 9 TD’s last year when missing 3 games. Imagine if he was healthy for all 16? That is what many fantasy owners were thinking when they selected him on draft day. He is a high risk, high reward type of guy and unfortunately the risk has been in full effect lately. With Fournette out, T.J. Yeldon is a great play on all formats. With Fournette going down in the first quarter last game, Yeldon went on to receive 18 carries for 52 yards and a TD. He added on 3 catches for 48 yards and a TD as well. With the Jaguars defense being so good, it is unlikely a game is ever too far out of reach for them. This is good news for Yeldon as he should have no problem getting 15-20 touches every week with Fournette out. Add onto that the fact that he has a better efficiency rating than stud running backs Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon, Joe Mixon, Ezekiel Elliot, and Christian McCaffrey and you got yourself a great fantasy play. This may not be a short-term play either. The Jaguars announced that the strain on Fournette was no worse this time than it was when he was initially hurt in week 1. While that’s good news, it still means he is going to be out awhile. Three weeks wasn’t enough time, so he should be looking at a four-plus week absence now. Sorry Fournette owners, but it could be a lost season.
Guess who’s back! Looks like the Cardinals are finally figuring out how to get DJ going in the offense. It is not rocket science, but this is the first time all season that DJ has received 20+ touches. Josh Rosen is an upgrade from Sam Bradford and he spread the ball around as seven different receivers caught passes. Being a rookie QB, he will have to rely on the skill players a lot more, thus, the perfect formula for DJ getting many touches. It is just one game, but it is a great sign for DJ owners. The Cardinals have a matchup vs the 49ers this week in which DJ should be involved early and often. If the Cardinals take the lead early, I wouldn’t be surprised to see DJ finish with 30+ touches. If you held on to him during his early season slump or traded for him prior to week four, give yourself a pat on the back.
Conner had a rough game this past week vs Baltimore. We knew it was going to be a physical game and Conner did not rise to the occasion. He had a total of 12 touches vs Baltimore (averaged 24.5 before week four) with 9 carries for 19 yards on the ground and 3 catches for 25 yards. Conner did not have a single carry go for more than 5 yards. Not only did he have a down game but news broke that Le’Veon Bell plans to return to the Steelers week seven. When Bell returns, it is likely that Conner is not startable in any format in fantasy. As a Conner owner, start him while you have him, solely due to the fact that he is in a high-power offense and generally gets a big workload. He is trending down, but not out just yet.
Drake played fewer snaps than Frank Gore this past Sunday. Yes, 35-year-old Frank Gore. Drake only carried the ball three times for three yards while Gore had 11 carries for 41 yards. Drake has received less and less carries every week so far (17, 15, 7, 4). In the past two weeks, Drake has 11 touches for 26 yards. In an offense without a lot of big time playmakers, his usage is baffling. We cannot trust Gase to use Drake the way that fantasy owners have expected. Until we see him consistently getting 15-20 carries, he is nothing better than an iffy flex play.