This week’s player on the rise has a backstory all fans of the underdog should appreciate. The sixth-round draft pick still drives a 1991 Mazda when he could be cruising around in a Ferrari. He doesn’t offer inflammatory comments or badmouth opponents or teammates. He simply produces at a rate much higher than where he came off the board in most fantasy drafts.
Over the last four games, Morris has four touchdowns and is averaging nearly 97 yards per contest. He’s also averaging 4.9 yards per carry, which undoubtedly has owners wondering why Redskins Coach Jay Gruden doesn’t run Morris more. In any case, the franchise’s single-season leader in rushing yards continues to be a rock-solid RB1 despite an offense that has 20 points combined in the last two games.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants: The No. 12 overall selection in April’s NFL draft finished with 146 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions, including a ridiculous one-handed catch while falling back into the end zone in a 31-28 loss to Dallas. The second-tier WR1 has at least 108 yards in three of his last four games with upside comparable to fellow rookies Kelvin Benjamin and Sammy Watkins.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots: Maybe the best decision Blount made this season was to walk off the field before the end of the of Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over Tennessee in Week 11. The Steelers released Blount the next day, and New England Coach Bill Belichick quickly claimed one of his former players. In his first game with the Patriots, the RB2 with upside had 78 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns: In his past three games, Crowell has rushed for three touchdowns, and although his yardage totals are mediocre, the return of Josh Gordon may provide a bump in that regard. In these final five games, defenses are going to focus on limiting the league’s reigning receiving champion, meaning fewer eight-man fronts and more room for Crowell to run.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: In his second game back from a knee injury, Mathews rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. The Chargers have to travel across country to face Baltimore in Week 13, but in two games against the Ravens, Mathews has averaged 81 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. That kind of production makes Mathews a high-end RB2 play.