An irresistible force is meeting a very movable object this week when David Johnson takes on the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are allowing a whopping 193 rushing yards per game this season, and there's no reason to think they'll toughen up anytime soon. The Cardinals are sure to feed Johnson the ball a ton, as per usual, and it would almost be an upset if he didn't hit the 200-yard mark in this one given his ability out of the backfield and how game flow should lead to plenty of carries. There hasn't been a safer DFS play all year.
How will Dion Lewis look in his return?
After missing the first nine weeks of the season due to knee surgery, Dion Lewis looks ready to make his debut against the Seahawks on Sunday night. Lewis was a fantasy juggernaut last year, racking up tons of receptions and scores as the preferred passing down back in New England. It will be interesting to see if James White stays involved along with LeGarrette Blount, or if Lewis replace him altogether. While it likely won't happen right away, Lewis should be a fantasy factor down the stretch run this year.
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Is Jay Cutler a viable QB option again?
You may not love the idea of playing Jay Cutler as your starting quarterback, but he's a viable streaming option moving forward, especially in deeper leagues. Cutler's next five opponents are all pretty favorable against the pass (TB, NYG, TEN, SF, DET) and we know that the Bears have playmakers with Alshon Jeffery on the outside and Jordan Howard out of the backfield. Cutler's old pal Eddie Royal is set to make his return as well, which all could add up to a surprising stretch run for the lightning rod QB.
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Is there a new RB leader in Washington?
It's looking like there's a new RB to own in Washington. This has been Matt Jones's job most of the year, but Robert Kelley took over the week before the bye, and now it seems plausible that Jones will be a healthy scratch this week. Chris Thompson should retain his role as the passing down back, but if you're in a touchdown heavy league, Kelley should see a big workload around the goalline and between the tackles. His 21 carries in Week 8 are a good indicator of what's to come.
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Is Jimmy Graham back as a top-5 tight end?
Lost in the mix of Richard Sherman blasting a kicker was the re-emergence of Jimmy Graham as a dynamic playmaker. No one stands to benefit more from a healthy Russell Wilson than Graham, and it seems like now might be the last opportunity to buy low on the Seahawks offense as a whole. Before last Monday night, Graham had quietly been a very productive and consistent tight end, but there's big upside moving forward with Wilson looking healthier. No one expected this after his injury last year, but Graham has made it all the way back to top-5 tight end status.
Are there enough touches to go around in Green Bay?
The Packers have a ton of weapons all of the sudden, with Ty Montgomery emerging as a legitimate playmaker out of the backfield. There's an issue here, though. With James Starks making his way back, will Montgomery and the other receivers get the same amount of targets they were when Green Bay was without a traditional running back? Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams seemingly all can't have great games every week if the Packers aim for more balance. Montgomery's usage this week will be something to monitor very closely.
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Can Todd Gurley turn it around?
A matchup against the Jets isn't exactly a great spot for opposing running backs, despite Jay Ajayi having success last week. The Jets have allowed the 5th least rushing yards of any team this season, giving runners just 3.5 yards per carry. Gurley has struggled to get anything going on the ground, regularly being tackled behind the line of scrimmage. While he has gotten more involved in the pass game, his owners are still waiting for that big breakout performance. A good showing on Sunday would at least inspire some confidence that Gurley's season isn't going down the drain.