Tue Sep 22 9:58am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Davis gets a chance to start
Last week was a rough one, seeing several players get injured. This is going to make the waiver wire a busy place in many leagues. You can never count on a backup to produce like a starter but you can hold out hope they can at least get close. Hopefully, all the injuries didn’t ravage your lineup too badly. But if it did, here are some players to consider adding to your roster.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. Minshew topped 22 fantasy points for the second straight week. He hit the 300-yard mark last week and threw the ball 45 times in the game. He has three touchdown passes in each of his first two games. Minshew has the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans and Lions his next four games. He is worth using in all matchups. Minshew remains available in 46 percent of leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans. Tannehill is proving his finish to last season wasn’t a fluke. He is off to a great start, having six touchdowns without an interception. He had a four-touchdown performance his last time out and did that without his top receiver, A.J. Brown, in the lineup. He should be owned in all formats but remains available in 30 percent of leagues.
Darrell Henderson, Rams. Henderson was a not a factor in the opener but led the Rams in rushing last week. He had 121 total yards and a touchdown in the game. With Cam Akers injured, this could open the door for Henderson to lead the way at running back for the Rams. Some owners dropped Henderson after Week 1, so go grab him if he is available.
Mike Davis, Panthers. Davis likely is the next man up for the Panthers, getting a chance to start while Christian McCaffrey is out of the lineup. Davis made some plays with his chances last week, catching eight passes for 74 yards. He has some potential as a flex player going forward.
Dion Lewis, Giants. Lewis carried the load for the Giants last week after Saquon Barkley was hurt, but ran just 10 times for 20 yards. He did score a touchdown, though, and caught four passes for 36 yards. It isn’t certain he will start for the Giants but should get some more weekly touches and maybe some more targets in the passing game.
Wayne Gallman, Giants. Gallman was not active last week but should be back in the lineup for the Giants this week. He has a chance to start, especially since he might be best suited for the job out of the backs currently on the Giants roster. Gallman has some past success as a starter for the team.
Jerick McKinnon, 49ers. McKinnon hasn’t gotten a ton of touches this year but just keep making plays with his work. He has touchdowns each of his first two weeks. He ran three times for 77 yards and a score last week. The 49ers are going to be without Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman this week, leaving McKinnon as the lead back for the 49ers. He could post big numbers in this role.
Devonta Freeman. Freeman is not currently on a team but trying out for the Giants. It makes sense for the Giants to add Freeman, having a huge void to fill at running back. Freeman could have a big role in the Giants offense the rest of the year if the team happens to sign him. He will be worth adding for fantasy teams.
Chris Hogan, Jets. Hogan was the top receiver for the Jets last week, getting a chance for increased playing time because of injury. He made some plays with his chances, catching six passes for 75 yards on eight targets. He could have a bigger role in the offense the next few weeks. Someone has to catch passes for the Jets, right?
Chase Claypool, Steelers. Claypool isn’t getting a ton of weekly chances but making the most of his work. He had three receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown last week. The rookie receiver has been very impressive and deserves more targets in the offense, which could be coming for Claypool.
Cole Beasley, Bills. Beasley is kind of the forgotten man in the Bills offense but he gets his weekly work. He isn’t an exciting fantasy play but consistent. He has four receptions each of his first two games and has been targeted 13 times on the season.
Isaiah Ford, Dolphins. Ford had seven receptions for 76 yards last week and was targeted nine times. He has 14 targets in two games, so he is getting some weekly chances. He’ll be hit or miss in his current role but might be worth using in the right matchup on occasion.
KJ Hamler, Broncos. With Courtland Sutton out, Hamler has a chance to play a big role in the Broncos offense the rest of this season. He had three receptions for 48 yards last week and was targeted seven times in the game. He has some upside as a spot play for fantasy teams going forward.
Jordan Akins, Texans. Akins found the end zone Week 1 and followed that with a seven-catch, 55-yard performance last week. He is emerging as a top option in the Texans passing attack. He is making plays and seeing his targets increase. Akins is a good speculative add if you need some tight end help.
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts. Alie-Cox had a career day last week, catching five passes for 111 yards. The former basketball star is getting more accustomed to playing tight end and has some value as long as Jack Doyle is out of the lineup. He can make some big plays in the passing game.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys. Schutlz did a great job in a starting role for the Cowboys last week. He had nine receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. He made several big plays and was targeted 10 times in the game. Many thought this was going to be a breakout season for Blake Jarwin, so maybe Schultz can be that guy now as a starter for Dallas.
Jordan Reed, 49ers. Reed found the end zone twice, filling in for George Kittle last week. He showed his potential in this offense as a starter. As long as Kittle is out, Reed has real value as a starter for fantasy teams. The 49ers like to target the tight end and Reed has plenty of talent to produce with his chances.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 6
Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin (concussion) left the Monday night game against the Cardinals in the first quarter after suffering a concussion. Martin was ruled out to begin the second half with the team trailing 21-3. The Cowboys above-average offensive line has been decimated by injuries this year. Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick retired in the offseason. Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith had season-ending neck surgery last week, while right tackle La'el Collins is on Injured Reserve after having hip surgery. Joe Looney, who replaced Frederick at center, is on Injured Reserve as well. With quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) also out for the year, the offense struggled against Arizona. The injuries to the offensive line have been more bad news for the offense, especially for running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Andy Dalton.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown returned after a one game absence, but it looks like he took this game off as well. Brown failed to haul in all of his four targets during the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Josh Allen had a tough time connecting with his receivers in this one. However, both Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley found the end zone. Brown should have WR4 upside against the New York Jets next week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis was not able to do much damage against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He finished with one reception on his lone target of the game for seven yards in the loss. Quarterback Josh Allen did not have a good game throwing the ball, so that was part of the problem as well. Davis is likely going to get lost in the shuffle with the Bills receivers healthy at the moment. He might have desperation deep league appeal against the awful New York Jets Defense in Week 7.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been reliable all season long and that continued against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in four of his seven targets for 45 yards and one touchdown. The Bills weren't able to get the air attack going well in this game. However, that should change next week against the horrendous New York Jets Defense. Beasley continues to be a reliable PPR option and that should be the case next week as well.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a fairly quiet game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in six of his eight targets for 46 yards and one touchdown in the loss. He led the Bills in all receiving categories, but quarterback Josh Allen finished with a total of 122 passing yards in this game. Diggs salvaged his fantasy value with the touchdown, but he should rebound nicely next week. He'll get a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on him as a WR1 for that game.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman only received one target on Monday and recorded zero yards against the Buffalo Bills. Hardman is a weekly boom or bust candidate and he had some potential in Week 6 with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) sidelined, but it was Demarcus Robinson who took advantage on Monday. Due to inconsistent performances, Hardman is only WR4/WR5 with upside most weeks. Hardman will look to pick up some stats against the Denver Broncos in a Week 7 matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was the lead back once again, but failed to do much damage on the ground. He rushed 10 times for 32 yards on the ground in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Singletary also hauled in one of two targets for 13 yards through the air. Rookie Zack Moss did return in this game, but Singletary still managed to get double digit carries. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on Singletary as a low-end RB2 against the New York Jets next week.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (toe) was able to suit up for the Week 6 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed each of the last three games due to a toe issue, but honestly he could've missed this one too and it wouldn't have changed anything. Moss finished with 10 yards on five carries in the loss to the Chiefs. Devin Singletary remained the lead back and that will probably be the case going forward. Moss should have increased value against the New York Jets next week. He could be worth a stash for that matchup.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had arguably his worst game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He completed 14 of 27 passing attempts for 122 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the loss. He also added 42 yards on the ground with eight rushing attempts. Allen started off red-hot to begin the season, but hasn't looked the same over the last two weeks. He should be a top tier QB1 for the Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Williams also snagged one reception for 15 yards. The Chiefs ran the ball 46 times and part of that could be because of the bad forecast throughout the game. Despite the nice night, Williams is likely to be demoted to the third running back on the roster with the recent addition of LeVeon Bell. Williams should be avoided in all formats and should only have value if Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Bell were to get hurt.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went 20-for-25 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. He also rushed eight times for 38 yards. It wasnt the most impressive game for the former MVP, but with rainy weather, the Chiefs elected to favor the run in this matchup versus the pass. The former MVP still put together a solid performance overall and will look to keep it going against an underrated Denver Broncos Defense in Week 7. Mahomes remains a QB1 every week.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire put together his most dominant performance of the season on Monday versus the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs fed their rookie all night long and CEH responded by rushing for 161 yards on 26 carries. The rookie had his longest run of the season for 31 yards and also chipped in with four catches for eight yards. The rookie has looked strong all season and has become a big threat in the Chiefs powerful offense, but the Chiefs recent signing of LeVeon Bell is expected to put a dent in his workload. Even with Bell in the picture, Edwards-Helaire should be considered a high-end RB2 the rest of the year. The rookie will look to keep the momentum going against the Denver Broncos in Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made fantasy managers proud on Monday by scoring touchdowns on five receptions for 65 yards. Kelce did have a fumble, but that was his only error for the night. Kelce continues to operate as a top option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes as part of a 1a/1b option alongside wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The tight end is the best at his position and managers have to be happy with their early investment in him. Kelce should be started every week and will be a TE1 versus the Denver Broncos heading into Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson put together his best performance of the season on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Robinson has fallen victim to being on a Chiefs offense with plenty of options, but with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) out, Robinson took advantage by hauling in five catches for 69 yards. Robinson is the model for a boom or bust player and shouldnt be considered more than a WR4/WR5 with upside as long as Watkins is sidelined. Robinson will face the Broncos in Week 7.
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant (ankle) and wide receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring) could both potentially return to play in Sundays contest versus Kansas City after missing last Sundays outing due to respective injuries, per head coach Vic Fangio. Fant is the more fantasy relevant of the two, having established a considerable rapport with Drew Lock last season. Fant has hauled in five receptions in three of his four appearances this year, combining for 219 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Hamlers first two contests saw him receive 12 targets, which bodes well for his fantasy upside should he ultimately suit up. Check back throughout the week for updates on both players, whose return would knock Jerry Jeudys appeal down a notch.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku is hoping to have a new home prior to the NFL Trade Deadline on Nov. 3 after once again reportedly asking to be traded. Njoku has been lightly used in the passing game this season by the Browns, hauling in five receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown. Back in 2018, Njoku was a staple of the passing game, amassing 639 receiving yards while starting 14 contests; this season, the presence of Austin Hooper has knocked Njokus fantasy outlook out of consideration. What could spark that intrigue again would be a new situation, with teams such as the Eagles and Patriots presumably having openings heading into the second half of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hills five game touchdown streak ended on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Hill had a rough night overall and was pretty much non-existent in Week 6. The star receiver rushed one time for five yards and caught all three of targets for a season low 20 yards. Hill was outshined by tight end Travis Kelce and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in this matchup, but managers should just chalk this matchup up as a bad game. Hill remains a WR1 and should be treated that way going into a Week 7 matchup versus the Broncos.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) is trending toward a third consecutive absence Sunday when his team takes on the Bills, as head coach Adam Gase was not optimistic Monday that his signal caller would clear the necessary stages to get him back on the field. It seems likely that New York will stick with veteran Joe Flacco for the game in the event that Darnold is unavailable, even as the Jets were shut out Sunday by Miami. So long as Flacco is under center, New Yorks offense can be targeted by fantasy managers attempting to nab opposing defenses. Even upon his activation, Darnold will be in a rough spot from a fantasy perspective due to the Jets offensive line woes and general downturn in production from skill position players.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) were both listed as limited practice participants Monday ahead of Thursdays contest versus the Giants. Both receivers were out of the equation Sunday against Baltimore, with Jackson already expected to suit up come Thursday. As for Jeffery, he would be making his season debut after working his way back from a Lisfranc injury. Having either back in the mix would be a boon for Carson Wentz, who will be without Zach Ertz (ankle) for the foreseeable future. Travis Fulgham has become a breakout fantasy sensation over the past three weeks, and while his stock would take a dip with Jeffery or Jackson back, any of the three are season-long options against a shaky Giants secondary.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (foot) was a limited participant in Mondays practice after having sustained a foot injury during Sundays contest versus Washington. Slayton hauled in his first touchdown since Week 1 in the game, but came down awkwardly on his foot after the grab. With little time to recover before Thursdays outing against the Eagles, the fact that he was able to practice in any capacity bodes well for his odds of suiting up. Fantasy managers interested in Slayton will want to keep an eye on Sterling Shepards (toe) status as well, as the latter returning to the mix would zap some of Slaytons intrigue, even if he were fully healthy.