This week, our dive to the depths of the Fantasy Football player universe includes a look at the running back situation in San Francisco, a breakout tight end who may have more on the way, and a far fetched backup quarterback option for the deepest of leagues. Read on to find out more!
Matt Breida | RB | San Francisco 49ers
Week 5 was a huge disappointment for Carlos Hyde owners after the 49ers lead back picked up just 11 rushing and 7 receiving yards on the day. The culprit responsible for stealing Hyde’s touches against the lowly Colts defense? Rookie Matt Breida, who carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards and added 22 yards receiving. Many think that Hyde’s limited action was due to his continued nursing of a hip injury, and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s explanation was that he was simply riding the hot hand in Breida. While Hyde will be the starter for Week 6’s tilt with the Redskins, Breida benefits from two things. First, he is the backup to an injury-prone starter and second, the 49ers are clearly focused on the long term future of the team, and Hyde’s contract expires after this season. San Francisco will likely look to keep getting Breida reps week to week making him a potential bye week cover for now, but should Hyde need to miss time to an injury, his role will skyrocket.
Adam Humphries | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Adam Humphries has quietly settled into the third receiver role in Tampa Bay, working out of the slot position. While he is yet to have a touchdown catch, he has certainly been a factor in the offense, catching 17 of his 25 targets on the season. His only yardage output below 50 came against the Panthers in Week 2. While QB Jameis Winston has plenty of quality targets in fellow receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, as well as tight ends Cameron Brate and O. J. Howard, Humphries will continue to get looks working the middle of the field. This week presents a matchup with the Cardinals who are ranked just 23rd in overall passing defense. With Evans facing off against elite cover corner Patrick Peterson on the outside, the Bucs could be looking to the middle of the field often to find success in the passing game. Adding to Humphries’ appeal is that Tampa Bay is without a bye week after not playing in Week 1, making him a solid cover for other receivers’ weeks off.
Ed Dickson | TE | Carolina Panthers
With Greg Olsen out with a broken foot for at least the next 4-5 weeks, Ed Dickson has assumed starting tight end duties in Carolina. He has been impressive the past two weeks and really made waves last week against the Lions with 5 catches going for 175 yards and a touchdown. That performance gave him consecutive weeks with over 60 yards receiving. While he is working in an offense that includes receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, as well as running back Christian McCaffrey among its pass catchers, Cam Newton has shown in the past that he likes to get the ball to his tight end, evidenced by Greg Olsen’s strong numbers. Until Olsen gets back, Dickson is worth a roster spot, who can at least cover a bye week. The Panthers matchup against the battered and bruised Eagles secondary on Thursday Night Football adds to Dickson’s intrigue this week. Philly is ranked 30th in passing defense coming in, making Dickson a playable tight end option for the contest.
Kevin Hogan | QB | Cleveland Browns
After taking over for the struggling Deshone Kizer to start the second half of Week 5’s loss to the Jets, Kevin Hogan was impressive, throwing for 194 yards and a pair of scores. He appears to be on the verge of taking over the starting quarterback job in Cleveland. While he remains off the radar in most leagues, he does provide a bye week streaming option and potential backup potential if needed for fantasy owners in deep or 2-QB leagues. Given that he has been the backup up until this point, he is sure to be on the waiver wire in those leagues heading into this week.