By Grant Ramirez
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys’ offense suffered a big loss with running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension being reinstated this week. Elliott’s absence could mean more involvement for Dez Bryant, however. I’d expect the Cowboys to try to get the ball into the hands of their playmakers. Although he will face cornerback Marcus Peters for some of the game, the Chiefs’ pass defense been poor as a whole. Look for Bryant to step up and have a productive day at home.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr struggled in inclement weather in Buffalo on Sunday, throwing two interceptions in a blowout loss. He should bounce back against a Miami defense that allowed the Ravens, who Ryan Mallett led for most of the game, to put up 40 points in Week 8. The Raiders have struggled at times this season, but they have much more offensive talent than Baltimore. Derek Carr should find success in Miami.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
In two games since injuries decimated New York’s receiving corps in Week 5, Evan Engram has been effective, gaining 60 yards and a touchdown in each contest. The Giants face Los Angeles’ top five pass defense on Sunday, however, Engram put up those numbers in games against great defenses in Denver and Seattle, so I wouldn’t expect a dip in production. Along with Sterling Shepard, Engram is clearly the Giants’ biggest weapon, so the rookie should continue to get plenty of targets as well.
Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys (vs KC)
Elliott’s suspension means that Alfred Morris will get a lot more playing time the next six games. The Cowboys face a bad Kansas City run defense and Morris will start, however, coach Jason Garrett said running backs Darren McFadden and Rod Smith will also get their fair share of opportunities. It’s possible Morris could produce big numbers on Sunday, however, it is unclear how much work he is going to get. I would wait and see how he actually produces in game before putting him into the lineup.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (vs DEN)
LeGarrette Blount has been effective in his first season in Philadelphia. However, there are a few things working against Blount this week. Most notably, the Eagles acquired running back Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins before the trade deadline. Although Blount will remain the starter this week, he should lose considerable snaps to Ajayi. Also, the Eagles host the Broncos’ No. 1 ranked rushing defense on Sunday. Blount will be in for some tough sledding.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers (vs DET)
In the one game Jordy Nelson has played since Aaron Rodgers injury, he caught only one pass. This Sunday, it seems like a favorable matchup for Nelson on paper going up against Detroit’s pass defense, which ranks in the bottom half of the league. However, it’ll be tough for him to produce big numbers with Brett Hundley under center. Plus, although the Lions’ secondary isn’t great, Nelson will have to deal with their best player in star cornerback Darius Slay.