Frank Gore (RB, New York Jets)
ESPN ownership: 18.8%
Week 12 stats: 18 carries, 74 rushing yards; 3 receptions, 12 receiving yards
With La’Mical Perine now on the IR, Gore rushed for a season-high 74 yards against the Dolphins. Gore’s upside in limited in New York’s offense. The Jets are averaging a league-low 14.9 points per game on offense. Still, Gore is a featured back with less than 20% ownership in fantasy leagues. He is worth a look in standard leagues.
Devontae Booker (RB, Las Vegas Raiders)
ESPN ownership: 5.5%
Week 12 stats: 5 carries, 6 rushing yards; 1 reception, -1 receiving yard
Josh Jacobs is currently dealing with an ankle injury. Head coach Jon Gruden reportedly expressed some concern about Jacobs’ injury, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN:
Asked if concern about Josh Jacobs' injured ankle and Damon Arnette, Gruden says, "Obviously there is." Also said #Raiders hoped to get Cle Ferrell, Lamarcus Joyner and Trent Brown back soon. Also noted that LG Denzelle Good injured an ankle but came back to play.— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) November 29, 2020
If Jacobs misses next Sunday’s game against the Jets, Booker will become a strong option. In Jacobs’ absence, Booker would likely receive the lion’s share of the Raiders’ carries. Jalen Richard missed Sunday’s game with an illness, and Theo Riddick is on the COVID-19 list. Additionally, the Jets are a great matchup for Booker. This season, the Jets defense is allowing the second-most points per game in the NFL.
Deebo Samuel (WR, San Francisco 49ers)
ESPN ownership: 60.3%
Week 12 stats: 11 receptions, 133 receiving yards
Samuel finally returned from a hamstring injury, and he had his best game of the season. He has only played in five games this season. However, he has produced, when he has been on the field. He is currently averaging 13.24 fantasy points per game. I would not be concerned with the 49ers’ quarterback situation either, as Samuel produced this 133-yard game with Nick Mullens starting.