The Detroit Lions are without running back Jahvid Best, who is again out with concussion issues. That means veteran Maurice Morris will take over in the backfield, and it makes him one of three players you definitely need to add before this weekend's games.
While Morris didn't put up huge numbers in Week 10—he finished with 50 yards on 11 touches—I expect him to be much more involved in the offense this weekend. The Lions are 6-3 and face a 2-7 Panthers team that ranks 28th in the NFL in rushing defense (allowing 137.6 yards per game). That means there should be plenty of opportunities for Morris to pound out some yards.
While the 32-year-old isn't an ideal fantasy option, this weekend could be a good one for him. He's a savvy vet who can rack up yards both running the ball and receiving it out of the backfield.
After a bad showing from Matthew Stafford in Week 10, I expect the Lions to lean on the running game more this week against the Panthers. Morris could be a great pickup this weekend but he's probably not destined for long-term success toting the rock. That shouldn't matter; pick him up and use him this weekend.
Another player who has emerged as a starter is San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown, who had a breakout game last Thursday against the Oakland Raiders. Brown hauled in five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown and also had another touchdown catch called back on a questionable replay decision.
In his two weeks acting as San Diego's No. 2 receiver, Brown has nine grabs for 176 yards and a score. With Quarterback Philip Rivers struggling this year he has tried to spread the wealth. That should mean more targets for Brown down the stretch this season. The San Diego State product has shown that he can handle the load and I wouldn't be surprised if he turned into a big-time fantasy points machine over the season's final few weeks.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Harry Douglas should also get your attention as a possible fantasy pickup this week. Rookie wideout Julio Jones has been out of practice all week with a hamstring injury and that means he's likely out for this weekend's matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
Douglas will step in for Jones and the 27-year-old has the ability to be a big-time play-maker. Douglas racked up eight catches for 133 yards against the Saints in Week 10 and almost all of that damage came in the second half.
After his big game last week, expect quarterback Matt Ryan to look for him early and often to help take some pressure off of No. 1 receiver Roddy White.
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