QB: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
With second-round pick Lamar Jackson looming, Joe Flacco has taken it upon himself to have a massive bounce-back season in 2018. Having an improved wide receiver corps, largely thanks to legitimate star receiver John Brown’s contributions as a game-breaking playmaker, has helped Flacco immensely.
Flacco is averaging nearly 300 passing yards per game this year, and he is coming off of a clean performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7. The Baltimore Ravens came agonizingly close to sending this game into overtime, but fantasy owners were likely more impressed with Flacco’s growing rapport with Brown.
As a whole, Flacco has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league this year, which seems hard to believe after he struggled in 2016 and 2017. But Flacco looks like a solid starting signal-caller again, and fantasy owners should consider adding him as a low-risk backup.
RB: Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders
It’s been three years since Doug Martin was an effective running back in this league, but when he was entrenched as a feature back, he was one of the best all-around backs in the NFL.
Martin averaged under 3.0 yards per carry in 2016 and 2017, and he hasn’t run for 100 total yards this season as a member of the Oakland Raiders. At 29, it’s questionable how much Martin has left in the tank, but it’s not questionable that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden loves his veteran players.
Gruden called Martin the Raiders “feature back” after a groin injury forced the team to place Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve. Jalen Richard will breathe down Martin’s neck, but Martin will get the first crack at the gig and is thus worth picking up in fantasy leagues.