49ers Raheem Mostert, Browns Damion Ratley Making You Learn Their Names
A look at the players to keep an eye on in deeper leagues, though you don’t have to pick them all up just yet
Welcome to Week Six of The Watch List. This week, we are going to dig deeper than ever. Players who many of us have never heard of are getting in on the action and should not go unnoticed. Let’s take a look at what Week Six had in store:
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts WR
Make that three consecutive weeks with seven or more targets for Zach Pascal. With T.Y. Hilton sidelined for the second week in a row, Pascal continued to stay involved in the Colts’ offense. Pascal’s target share could take a hit with Hilton expected to play this week. It’ll be interesting to see if this target share remains steady. For now, this is a situation to monitor with Hilton tentatively in the lineup.
Damion Ratley, Cleveland Browns WR
In his first real action in an NFL game, rookie Damion Ratley hauled in six receptions on eight targets in Week Six. Though Ratley’s eight targets were just the fourth-most on the team, he did the most with them, leading the Browns in receiving yards. Ratley should see a steady amount of targets over the next few weeks while Rashard Higgins is out with an MCL sprain. Ratley should only be looked at for temporary help in deeper leagues.
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers RB
Nobody expected that it would be Raheem Mostert splitting backfield duties with Matt Breida on Monday Night. With Breida shaken up heading into the game, everyone was under the assumption that it would be Alfred Morris handling a majority of the work, coming off of an 18 carry game in Week 5. That was not the case as, Mostert out-touched him 12-0 while averaging 7.3 yards per carry for a total of 87 rushing yards. Mostert jumped from 0 percent to 7 percent owned in Yahoo leagues after Monday Night’s showing and is a nice stash in any league moving forward. There are a lot of mouths to feed, but this backfield is open for the taking.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens RB
Apparently every team thinks it’s okay to use multiple running backs. There can’t be many people out there who even knew Gus Edwards was on the Ravens’ roster, yet he managed to carry the ball 10 times during Sunday’s win over the Titans. Edwards hadn’t seen any action thus far in the regular season, but the undrafted rookie did have 10+ carries in every preseason game that he played. The Ravens were leading the whole game, which may have resulted in these carries, but they never really pulled away. Alex Collins and Buck Allen will continue to be the feature backs in the Ravens’ offense, but Edwards is worth keeping an eye on if one of the two were to miss some time.
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