Gor­don shows off his game-break­ing skills

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF -

On bye: Bal­ti­more, Hous­ton, Min­nesota Den­ver, These play­ers saw their fan­tasy val­ues in­crease or de­crease most based on their per­for­mances in Week 9:

Siz­zlers

WR Josh Gor­don, New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots: In­juries to Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski have de­pleted the Pa­tri­ots’ play­mak­ers. Gor­don can fill the void, as he showed on his 55-yard touch­down bomb vs. Green Bay.

TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers: A pair of TD catches Sun­day gave Howard three in two games. Over the last three weeks, he has the third-most fan­tasy points at the po­si­tion.

RB Matt Breida, San Fran­cisco 49ers: The Nin­ers offense looked de­cent un­der new QB Nick Mul­lens in a Thurs­day night rout. Ra­heem Mostert’s sea­son-end­ing in­jury puts Breida back atop the depth chart.

TE Jeff Heuer­man, Den­ver Bron­cos: Heuer­man hadn’t to­taled more than nine re­cep­tions in ei­ther of his pre­vi­ous two sea­sons. He eclipsed that to­tal in one game by catch­ing 10 passes for 83 yards and a touch­down.

RB Mike Davis, Seat­tle Sea­hawks: With Chris Car­son ag­gra­vat­ing his in­jured hip, Davis will be in line for more work. Look­ing ahead, he has en­tic­ing matchups against the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in fan­tasy play­off Weeks 15 and 16.

Fiz­zlers

RB Tarik Co­hen, Chicago Bears: Af­ter four ter­rific weeks with touch­downs in ev­ery game, Co­hen dis­ap­peared against Buf­falo. Scat-backs can be difficult to rely on ev­ery week.

WR Jordy Nel­son, Oak­land Raiders: The Raiders fall­ing be­hind early against the 49ers should have been good for Nel­son’s stat line. How­ever, he man­aged only two re­cep­tions for 16 yards, his third con­sec­u­tive game with fewer than 20.

RB Mark In­gram, New Or­leans Saints: His early fum­ble might have put him in the dog­house. In­gram was quiet as Alvin Ka­mara put up huge num­bers against the L.A. Rams.

TE Kyle Ru­dolph, Min­nesota Vik­ings: In such a pro­lific of­fense, Ru­dolph hasn’t scored since Week 3 and had just two tar­gets for 28 yards. He still has value, but his pedes­trian weekly num­bers have been frus­trat­ing.

WR De­Vante Parker, Mi­ami Dol­phins: Com­ing off a 134-yard effort, a home matchup against the New York Jets looked great. In­stead, Parker had one catch.

The Pack­ers stopped the Pa­tri­ots’ Josh Gor­don here, but he had five re­cep­tions for 130 yards and a TD. STEW MILNE/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

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