CASH: Dennis Johnson, RB, Texans
NFL players need opportunity to perform. All the talent in the world means nothing if a running back is only getting five touches or a receiver is only getting two targets.
Conversely, a less-talented running back who gets 30 carries can provide a fantasy football game-changing performance. Ask any owner who advanced to the championship game last week with Matt Asiata in their flex slot. Asiata finished with just 51 yards on 30 totes, an absurd 1.7 yards per carry. He also scored three TDs and caught a couple passes to finish as the second-highest scoring running back in fantasy football last week.
This week, the Houston Texans' Ben Tate joined Arian Foster on injured reserve, leaving Johnson as the top back in the backfield. Weeks ago there was speculation Johnson might overtake Tate on the depth chart.
While I don't think Johnson is as talented as either of those other backs, he's a better back than Asiata and he should get in the neighborhood of 20-25 touches as the lead back.
He's a value play in daily fantasy and could very well still be available on your waiver wire -- he's available in 78% of Yahoo leagues as I write this.
TRASH: Players, all position, New York Giants
Oh, man, Victor Cruz is out. That means Hakeem Nicks could catch his first touchdown. Rueben Randle is going to be relevant again, Jerrel Jernigan or Louis Murphy could catch a TD as the ... Stop. Just stop.
Eli Manning is having a horrifying season. Everything he touches turns to dust. Manning has 16 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Unless he goes on a Peyton-like tear, he will finish the season with more interceptions than touchdowns for the first time since his rookie year in 2004. If -- more like when -- he throws one more pick, Eli will have more interceptions than he's ever had in one season.