Fantasy Football Mailbag: Friday 10/21/16

With Doug Martin out, how high should we be on Jacquizz Rodgers? And can Jeremy Maclin rebound against the Saints?

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For this week -- and potentially only this week -- it's Jacquizz Rodgers' world. We're all just living in it.

With both Doug Martin and Charles Sims on the sidelines in Week 5 -- as they will be this weekend -- Rodgers played 93.2% of the snaps and turned 35 touches into 129 yards from scrimmage. He's likely not going to see that volume on Sunday, as rookie Peyton Barber could suck up some carries, but Rodgers has an enviable floor in his matchup.

Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers rank in the top five in pace, according to Football Outsiders, meaning there will be plentiful plays for both sides in this game. Vegas has this game being a close one, meaning the Buccaneers should be able to run the ball when they want, making Rodgers a solid play in both season-long and daily leagues.

It's been a rough year to be a Jeremy Maclin owner, and I am right there with you in that strife. Even still, it's hard to go against him in a matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Although the results haven't been there, Maclin still leads the Kansas City Chiefs with a 21.6% target market share. Before playing in remnants of a typhoon last week, Maclin had seen at least seven targets in every game this season, including a 15-target outing in Week 2. That kind of volume would be lethal this week with the Saints' ranking 26th against the pass, according to numberFire's metrics.

The Chiefs have an implied team total of 28 points, meaning they're going to be near the end zone pretty much the whole day. While it's possible they decide to pound on the ground, Maclin's touchdown odds are higher than normal, and he's still worthy of our trust this weekend.

Like mentioned above, Rodgers is in a great spot this weekend. He's not in a time share like Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles, so we'll give him the first spot. The second one -- tentatively -- goes to Ware.

As discussed in this week's Heat Check Fantasy Podcast, Ware and Charles pretty much had an even split of the workload in Week 6 while the game was close for the Chiefs. Once they built a two-score lead, Charles largely remained on the sideline while Ware just went beast mode. This means that were Sunday's game to remain close, it's entirely possible that Charles' usage could spike, giving him additional fantasy viability.

The reason we still prefer Ware, though, is that he has a guaranteed role in the offense. No matter what the score may be, it seems likely that Ware will be on the field, even if he's splitting carries with Charles. This makes him the safer target of the two. They both have upside given the Saints' troubles stopping anything and the Chiefs' implied team total, but Ware's floor appears to be more desirable.

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