Lou Sherman @Loudogsports
Active teams win leagues. You are now tasked with the difficult decision of who to pick-up, and how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider my order of players, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in <33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week’s article.
Nick Foles (2-3%) took over for Mitchell Trubisky Sunday and led the Bears to a comeback victory. I would be a little wary to start Foles until we see if he has a short leash, but we know the upside is there.
Carlos Hyde (5-8%) – Chris Carson’s injury looked dirty and pretty gruesome, but we have not gotten word on how long he will miss. Hyde has been second in line so far for the Seahawks at RB, but with Travis Homer close behind and more likely to be on passing downs, I wouldn’t break the bank for Hyde. Russell is cooking and there may not be enough rushing TD’s to go around for Hyde. Oh yeah, the Seahawks get the Dolphins this week too.
Jeff Wilson (2-3%) is in a committee with Jerick McKinnon, but his usage around the red zone gives him enough upside to be a decent spot start if you need a RB. Wilson gets the Eagles and Dolphins in the next week, so he’s worth considering.
Adrian Peterson (2-3%) has emerged to be the main back for the Lions this season, with 22 rush attempts in the win over the Cardinals.
Greg Ward (5-8%) was the leading receiver for the Eagles this week. If we see Desean Jackson and Dallas Goedart missing significant time, Ward could quickly become an every week starter in your leagues.
Justin Jefferson (5-8%) exploded for 7/175/1 on Sunday, thrusting himself into the WR2 on this Minnesota offense. The Vikings look to be trailing often this season, so I think Jefferson is worth a spot on fantasy rosters, and we could see some more of these stat lines in the future.
Tee Higgins (2-3%) led the Bengals WR corps in snaps with John Ross out. Higgins turned in a 5/40/2 day, and is worth a look, playing on a team who trail often, and have been dropping back to throw over 50 times in each of the past two weeks.
Braxton Berrios (2-3%) – There’s not much to like on the Jets this year, but they have limited options, and Berrios has 10 receptions and 2 TD over the past two weeks. He’s worth a pickup if you need a WR.
Mo Alie-Cox (4-6%) keeps proving me wrong, and is starting to look like a reasonable TE option, even once Jack Doyle returns. He’s only playing about 60% of snaps, so be careful who you drop for MAC.
Jimmy Graham (2-3%) was the big benefactor from Nick Foles replacing Trubisky on Sunday. Graham had 2TD on his 10 targets, and seems to be a part of the Bears game plan this season. We may not get the old Jimmy back, but Foles throws to his TE often enough that Graham should be rostered.
Other guys I would bid on: Andy Isabella, Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Chase Claypool
I am holding on to: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Keelan Cole
I am okay with dropping: Kerryon Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald