Gary Dickman’s guest today on a special Thursday addition of the “Rivals Fantasy Football Show” was Jeff Erickson, senior writer at Rotowire.Com and host of “Rotowire Fantasy Sports Today.” Here are a few of Erickson’s helpful info nuggets for Fantasy Football owners:
Arizona RB David Johnson practiced today after sitting out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. Johnson has also been dealing with a back injury. Erickson says the injuries are concerning, especially since Johnson has a great matchup this week against the New York Giants. Because of his uncertain health status, Erickson dropped Johnson down to No. 11 on his top RBs list for the week.
Erickson advises Fantasy players to avoid using Adrian Peterson, as the Redskins RB has a “terrible” matchup with the sturdy San Francisco 49ers defense this week. While Peterson had a solid fantasy performance last week, Erickson thinks the veteran RB will have a much lower output against the Niners. If Washington gets behind early, they may be forced to abandon the run (giving Peterson fewer touches).
Although he’s the top Patriots RB, Sony Michel is not a guarantee to get goal-line carries. Erickson says Michel hasn’t been running great so far this season. Last Sunday, on goal line situations, it was QB Tom Brady who scored twice on keepers.
Erickson lists Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon and Pittsburgh’s Juju Smith-Schuster as the most disappointing high draft picks this year. Gary brought up the fact that Kansas City TE Travis Kelce only has one TD so far this season. Erickson countered that Kelce has a lot of receptions and yards, and that the “touchdowns wil come.”
Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is injured and is trending toward not playing this Sunday against Philadelphia. Cooper himself admitted that he may not be ready to go.
Saints RB Alvin Kamara reportedly has a high ankle sprain, and Erickson speculated that the injury could linger for weeks. The Saints recently added RB Zach Zenner to the roster, further indicating that the team may be looking at resting Kamara for a week.
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