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.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (4-6%) deserves to be rostered. Fitzpatrick has 4 consecutive games of over 20 fantasy points, and faces the woesome Jets this week.
Andy Dalton (2-3%) will start on Monday night after Dak’s gruesome injury. Dalton is one of the best backups in the NFL, so he should be fine moving forward if you had Dak.
Tony Pollard (5-8%) – We have seen many top RB go down with injury so far this season. Alexander Mattison (41% owned) deserves to be added if he is available in your league. Pollard is only owned in 22%, and it might be time to get ahead of other owners if you have Zeke or space on your roster. Might be worth the stash.
JD McKissic (2-3%) gets enough passing down work on a team that will be trailing in most games, so he’s worth a roster spot if you need an emergency start due to COVID postponements.
Chase Claypool (10-12%) exploded for 4TD last week after Diontae Johnson went down with injury. The Steelers wrote up multiple types of plays to get Claypool the ball, so I don’t expect him to go away even when Diontae returns. He will be expensive this week after that game.
Laviska Shenault Jr. (6-8%) has built up a role in the Jacksonville offense. Shenault has yet to score a TD, but after leading the Jaguars in targets last week, that trend should change soon.
Travis Fulgham (3-5%) had 10 receptions for 152 yards and a TD on Sunday. That is two straight games with a TD with many of Wentz’s normal options out due to injury. Desean and Jeffery may return soon, so I would spend less on Fulgham than Claypool.
Trey Burton (2-3%) has 11 targets while running 38 pass routes over the two weeks since returning from injury.
Cameron Brate (2-3%) might be worth a look, seeing 6 targets in the first game without OJ Howard. Gronk continues to block for the Bucs, so Brate isn’t the worst spot start in a pinch.