Mark Walton (RB, Miami Dolphins)
ESPN ownership: 11.6%
Week 8 stats: N/A
Technically, Mark Walton has not even played his Week 8 matchup yet, as the Miami Dolphins are set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. Nevertheless, his value greatly increased due to Kenyan Drake's likely departure. Drake did not travel with the team. In addition, it has been reported that he is expected to be dealt before the deadline.
The Dolphins expect to trade Kenyan Drake by deadline, per source.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) October 27, 2019
Walton led the Dolphins in carries last week with 14. He should be the clear number one back moving forward. Miami's other options are Kalen Ballage and Patrick Laird. Ballage is averaging a mere 1.7 yards per carry and has not topped 3 carries since Week 3. Laird still has not received his first NFL carry.
Alex Erickson (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)
ESPN ownership: 1.9%
Week 8 stats: 6 receptions, 97 yards
With A.J. Green and John Ross sidelined, Auden Tate and Tyler Boyd were expected to step into larger roles and lead the team's wide receiving corps. Surprisingly, Alex Erickson led the Bengals in receiving yards during the past two weeks with 137 and 97-yard performances. Green could possibly be back after Cincinnati's Week 9 bye, but Erickson is still worth a look in deeper leagues with his ownership only at 1.9%.
Chris Conley (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars)
ESPN ownership: 9.7%
Week 8 stats: 4 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD
Like Erickson, Chris Conley had two breakout weeks. He recorded 83 receiving yards last week and then topped it with an even better statline this week. D.J. Chark is still the obvious number one receiver on the depth chart, but Conley could be well on his way to cementing himself as the number two option. Dede Westbrook exited Sunday's game with an injury and never returned. The combination of Conley's recent performance and Westbrook's health should only lead to more targets for Conley. Averaging 20.4 yards per reception, he is a high-risk, high-reward option due to his reliance on big plays.