Fantasy Football gets tougher and tougher to sub in quality players for players who are injured or on BYE weeks. It can be beneficial to scoop up players who have good match-ups and aren’t on the radar of most. This list could also apply to DFS (FanDuel/Draft Kings) to help offset some pricier players.
- Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets – With Quincy Enunwa out with an injury, Kearse stepped up last week in his stead. Attracting 10 total targets, Kearse reeled in 9 of them for 94 yards. It seems he has earned the trust of Sam Darnold and the team has an attractive matchup against the Minnesota Vikings who are giving up a total of 27.3 points to opposing wideouts thus far.
- Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Another injury related sleeper, as Dalvin Cook is OUT yet again with a hamstring injury. Murray filled in last week in excellent fashion, posting 155 yards on the ground, with 1 touchdown on 24 attempts.
- Nick Chubb/Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns- You’ve probably heard the news that the Cleveland Browns have traded Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars. This bodes well for the other Browns running backs, but it is unclear on which back will benefit the most. My thoughts are that Chubb will be the lead back and Johnson will head the pass catching duties.
- Colts D/ST vs. Buffalo Bills – Derek Anderson is the starting quarterback for the Bills, who don’t have many playmakers on their roster. Josh Allen was the guy who made points happen for Buffalo, but he’s hurt. The Colts don’t have a great defense, but this Bills offense couldn’t be an easier offense to start against. Anderson hasn’t been a starting quarterback in nine years.
- Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns – Mayfield has played better than the box score will portray. He has weapons in Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, pass catching running back Duke Johnson Jr and even Damion Ratley. His matchup against Tampa Bay should make any fantasy owner salivate, as they are dead last in the NFL against fantasy quarterbacks. Expect a break-out game for Mayfield.