Welcome to Week 13, also known as David Johnson Week. The clear #1 add of the week, Johnson presents another potential playoff RB1 for those who have missed out on DeAngelo Williams, Charcandrick West/Spencer Ware, Jeremy Langford, Thomas Rawls, etc.
After Chris Johnson resurrected his career this season for the Arizona Cardinals, both David Johnson and Andre Ellington were relegated to secondary roles. However, he fell this weekend to a fractured tibia that will keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.
Given Ellington is nursing a turf toe injury, David Johnson is in a position to steal the starting job for the rest of the regular season, including the fantasy playoffs. St. Louis hasn't had as strong a run defense since injuries to Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree sapped it of elite play in two spots, and is vulnerable to running backs catching passes out of the backfield. Johnson is a potential league-winner.
Well, then. Six receptions, 145 yards, and three touchdowns later, Doug Baldwin is on everybody's radar. I said two weeks ago that I thought his seven-catch, 134-yard, one-touchdown performance against Arizona would be his best of the season, and I was wrong on that front.
With playoff matchups against Baltimore and Cleveland, Baldwin has forced himself into the flex conversation, with possibly even more volume with Jimmy Graham out.
While I'm not a fan of Shaun Draughn as a runner, he has formed a safe floor thanks to carving out a role in the receiving game. With all the carnage at running back this year, he might be a low-end RB2 for some playoff teams.
The Miami passing game has a pretty easy schedule the ret of the way, so if DeVante Parker is going to show up, he could show up in a big way. Considering Parker means monitoring the status of Rishard Matthews, and even if Matthews misses time I will be reluctant to trust Parker at first.
If Rob Gronkowski misses time, Scott Chandler will likely be a TE1, as he could command significant volume in a New England passing offense that is missing Tom Brady's three best receivers in Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Dion Lewis (in no particular order for Edelman and Lewis).
Also consider: Will Tye, Kyle Rudolph, Cameron Brate