By: Zack Patraw @ffdynasty_ztp
Week 10 Breakouts
Week 9 is in the books, in what has been a tremendous NFL season. The rookies of the 2017 draft have made a huge splash, along with the trade deadline being the most intriguing it has ever been, which has allowed other guys to step up and be contributors to their team. These few breakout players from week 9 could be guys you will want to look at going forward into your fantasy playoffs.
Corey Clement, RB PHI-
This Eagles offense has been flying high all year, and with another unbelievable performance by the entire team that completely shut down the Denver Broncos. Carson Wentz has made a huge leap forward this year, while making everyone else better around him. Corey Clement, a guy who has been overlooked most of the year, especially after the trade for Jay Ajayi, came in and stole the show at the RB position. He led the team in carries(12), while also scoring 3 touchdowns, 1 through the air, and 2 on the ground, one of those rushing touchdowns coming from a pitch from Wentz. Clement is showing he belongs in this offense, posting 4 touchdowns in the last 3 games, 2 through the air and 2 on the ground. In week 9, Clement had 28 snaps, that’s 41% of the Eagles snaps, and 11 more than the next closest RB. This trend remains to be seen, considering Ajayi came over at the trade deadline. Nonetheless, Clement had a huge coming out game, and remains to be another option for Carson Wentz and this explosive Eagles team.
Kenyan Drake, RB MIA-
Since the Miami Dolphins decided to trade away their top RB option at the deadline, they will have to turn to the combination of Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams. It appears that Drake will literally be running away with this one. Williams had the first 4 carries of the game, and it looked like he was running into a brick wall on every one of his runs. Drake seemed to find the smallest holes and make the most out of them. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield, and when you get him in open space, he’s very quick and explosive. He looks like he is clearly the better runner, and much more decisive than Williams. I would expect Drake to take over this job completely, sooner than later.
Sterling Shepard, WR NYG-
The New York Giants are going to need someone to step up for them at WR this year, having lost their 2 top threats. Shepard is going to be competing the rest of the year with Evan Engram for targets, but being the most athletic and best route runner on the team, I have no doubt that he will be a high end WR2 going forward. He had 9 targets, 1 behind the team leader. He did lead the team in receptions (5), and tied for the team lead in yards (70). Coming off an injury 2 weeks ago, and the Giants bye week last week, I expect his volume to go up along with his production. I’m all in on Shepard going forward, considering the Giants will be playing from behind most of the time this year and will have no choice but to throw the ball more often than not.
Terrance Williams, WR DAL-
Williams had by far his best game since his final game in 2015 where he caught 8 of his 9 targets for 173 yards. In sundays contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, Williams caught all 9 of his targets for 141 yards. He’s the clear number 2 guy in Dallas, and with Elliott’s suspension status still looming and Dez having an injured ankle and knee coming into week 10, his breakout performance could be the beginning of a couple big weeks coming up. The back end of his schedule is very favorable for WRs, and if any of the aforementioned miss any time, he will be a key contributor for the fantasy playoffs.