Lou Sherman @loudogsports
If you are still in your fantasy playoffs, and have endured an injury or two last week, I am here to tell you who to pick up and use next week.
Fitzmagic is in the air once again in the fantasy playoffs! With multiple touchdowns in 3 of the past 4 weeks and a matchup against the Bengals, Fitzpatrick is in play for you this week. Devante Parker is back, which only helps the situation.
Minshew mania has returned, and he gets to face the Atlanta Falcons porous defense on Sunday. Minshew has 6 multi TD games on the year, pretty impressive for a guy who only has 10 starts.
After Dalvin Cook left the game on Sunday, we saw Boone become the guy. We’ve seen his explosiveness in the preseason. If Cook and Mattison both miss this game, Boone has a clear path to 15 rushes and the goal line work. Ameer Abdullah will probably be the pass-down back, but Boone’s skill set keeps his floor relatively high against a Packers defense that is vulnerable against the run.
If you are really strapped for a spot start, Thompson is a pass-catching back on a team who is more likely to trail than lead. The Redskins will be facing the Giants next week, who have given up at least 8 receptions to the RB position in 3 of the last 4 contests.
Last week’s explosion for Perriman may make it a little difficult to pick him up this week. But if he is available, you need to add him. 3 straight games of at least 70 receiving yards, Evans and Godwin out, and Jameis Winston at QB provide a great formula to equal fantasy success.
Ward is the only WR on the Eagles to record a catch on Sunday. He’s had 28 targets in his 4 active games this season, so you can definitely do much worse. A matchup against the Cowboys isn’t as juicy as he had with the Redskins, but volume is king in fantasy football, so Ward has enough of a floor to be in play.
Similar to Perriman, the depleted receiving corps for Jameis Winston has opened the door for Brate and Howard to be in play this week. Brate is probably more likely for a TD and Howard more likely to rack up yards, so use your league format to determine between the two. Howard has at least 4 receptions and 40 yards in 3 straight games, so he’s probably the safer add.