Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Adrian Peterson, Josh Doctson Should Provide Upside

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Adrian Peterson, Josh Doctson Should Provide Upside

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Week 7 is here.

The schedule makers smiled on us this week, with only Detroit and Houston on byes.

This week we'll look at a couple of players hailing from teams that are not noted for their offensive prowess in 2017. Oh, and we'll talk about a breakout running back from Week 6. Some guy named Peterson.

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Arizona running back Adrian Peterson (sounds weird) surpassed most expectations in Week 6, thrusting himself into RB1 territory with 26 carries, 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns versus Tampa Bay. Peterson could at least maintain those stats this week, as he'll face a league-worst Rams run defense that allows 26.5 fantasy points per game to running backs. Consider him a strong RB2 this week with plenty of upside.

I hate coach-speak. Oftentimes, coach-speak is less than worthless. Well, this week Washington coach Jay Gruden dropped some coach-speak, stating that the club has to increase targets to wide receiver Josh Doctson.

On the surface, getting Doctson more involved makes perfect sense. While the Redskins rank fourth in the NFL in receiving yards, it's been a collective effort as no one other than running back Chris Thompson is catching many passes. Further, Doctson will face a Philadelphia defense that has allowed the second-most yards to the wide receiver position (197 yards per game). Now, it just comes down to choosing to believe or reject Gruden's statement. For now, I'll go along with the coach-speak to a point. Based on Gruden's comments, call Doctson a WR3 this week. He has caught two touchdowns in his last three games and added emphasis by Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins might help him grab a bigger role in this offense.

When it comes to fantasy prospects, a few NFL clubs can fall under the radar. The New York Giants have been a fantasy wasteland this year and things didn't get any better when wideout Odell Beckham Jr. …

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