Week 7: October 24th, 2020
As we move into week 7, more and more players are starting to have their bye weeks, which in turn means that fantasy rosters will need to be filled. The teams on bye this week include the Vikings, Ravens, Dolphins, and the Colts. Players such as Lamar Jackson and Dalvin Cook will not be playing this week, and fantasy teams could see setbacks. However, there are players out there that you can pick up if your bench is not sufficient. Just because a star player is on bye does not mean that you are guaranteed to lose. In the end, it all comes down to how you manage your team, and whether you make the right decisions regarding replacements.
Waiver Wire Week 7:
WR Duncan Robinson
The Chiefs are set to play the Denver Broncos this weekend, and barring any other COVID restrictions, all wide receivers should see an increase in receptions this week. Patrick Mahomes cannot limit his options to just Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, he needs to branch out, and Robinson is definitely a receiver that could receive more looks. The Broncos secondary is not the best, and the Kansas City receivers could certainly exploit that on Sunday. When Mahomes takes the field this weekend, he is going to be anxious to throw the ball after last week’s running domination from Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Therefore, receivers will have their fair share of targets.
Any Bills Running Back
When a team is playing the Jets, they are bound to put up hundreds of yards. This means that players such as Josh Allen, Devin Singletary, and Stephon Diggs could see twenty five plus point performances on Sunday. However, the Bills could be winning by so much after the third quarter due to those guy’s performances that they probably will have to run down the clock. Therefore, secondary running backs such as Zack Moss and T.J. Yeldon will have a decent amount of touches as well. In general, stats have shown that if a team plays the Jets, their players have great fantasy weeks. This week is no exception, and every offensive threat for the Bills may just have an impressive week.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling @ Houston
MVS has not had the sort of season that everyone had expected, but his numbers are not awful. Rodgers is looking for other weapons, and MVS could just as well be a threat this weekend. Although he only had 32 receiving yards last week, the Houston defense is having one of its worst seasons in a while, and most of the Packers receivers should be able to take advantage. Along with MVS are Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, who will also be getting the bonus of playing against Houston’s secondary. Also, Aaron Rodgers is also due for a big fantasy week, so make sure to start him.
RB Todd Gurley vs. Detroit
The Falcons had their first really solid game last week against the Vikings, and playing the Lions they are sure to continue their streak. The ground game should be a dominant factor in Sunday’s matchup, and Atlanta’s number one running back Todd Gurley is sure to have a breakout performance. He has had some other decent games this season, but this week could be his week to put up over one hundred yards and multiple touchdowns. Matt Ryan will be throwing to people, but Gurley should receive a good amount of the workload.
All in all, if you have a Bills player or a wide receiver that has been due for a breakout performance, start them. In terms of the wide receiver, this could be their week, and you do not want to miss out on their stellar game. This week could provide major fantasy opportunities even with the four teams on bye, and managers should be happy with how their players perform.
Week 6: October 17th, 2020
As more and more COVID positive tests come back from teams like the Patriots and the Titans, there are worries regarding fantasy. The patriots last week had to force a postponement of their game against the Broncos, and it is certainly possible that the same thing will happen this week. Even the Bills, who were COVID free since the start of the season, had to shut down their facility after playing at Tennessee on Tuesday night. Also, more free agent signings happened over the last few days, and they could majorly impact how your lineup performs.
COVID Positive Tests
There is growing concern that the NFL will have to completely shut down after this week’s rise in positive tests. Multiple teams have contracted the virus, and it seems as if there is no slowing down. This is not a great sign for fantasy, as multiple players may have to sit simply because their teams are not playing. Last week, players such as Cam Newton and Melvin Gordon had to sit because their teams were not playing, and other players could experience the same dilemma. Do not worry too much though, the NFL has started to take more precautions, and infected teams are closing their facilities to prevent further transmission. This should lead to a decrease in cases if infected teams stay away from everyone else.
You probably already heard about the whole Le’veon madness that has occurred over the past week, and it could help him or hurt him. Odds are it is going to help him, as he is moving to arguably the best team in the NFL, and he will have many more opportunities to use his versatility. However, the major question isn’t for Le’veon’s success, but more for Clyde Edwards Helaire’s success. The rookie phenom out of LSU had a very impressive week one with 138 yards and a touchdown. Ever since that point, he has not played up to his potential, only rushing for a high of 64 yards in weeks 3 and 4. In terms of Le’veon, he will not take over Edwards Helaire’s number one slot, or at least not yet. Edwards Helaire will be able to prove himself over the next few weeks, but if he continues to put up the rather lackluster numbers that he is currently maintaining, then Le’veon could see an increased role in the backfield. After all, just a few years ago he was the number one running back in football, and he could still have that talent that he showed everyone back in 2017.
Power Players for Week 6
RB Alexander Mattison vs. Atlanta
The Vikings are playing at home against the struggling Falcons, and Star running back Dalvin Cook was just ruled out with a groin injury. Mattison should receive a full workload this week, with only Mike Boone playing behind him. The Falcons are a bad team, and they have let up a ton of yards throughout the season, so any running back that plays them will most likely see success. Last week against the 5-0 Seahawks, Mattison had 20 carries for 112 yards, which is impressive for any back, and it was against an undefeated team as well. If Mattison can put up 112 yards against the best team in the NFC, then what can he do against arguably the worst?
All in all, if you have any Vikings on your team, make sure to start them this week. With Dan Quinn fired and the interim coach still getting used to his squad, things could get ugly for Atlanta. Other than that, be sure to look at the waiver wire and add any players you might need given the uncertainty of the week ahead.
WR Cooper Kupp @ San Francisco
The 49ers have a very beat-up secondary, and therefore covering talented wide receivers is going to be a tough task. Cooper Kupp has proven himself in the past, and this year he has had a relatively decent season. This week could be his week to shine, if he breaks out against San Francisco he could see a 20+ point fantasy week. Robert Woods, the other main receiver in Los Angeles, should also see production. However, Kupp has proven that he is the number one receiver, so if all goes right, he should see more targets.
Week 5: October 9th, 2020
Over the last couple of weeks, the Tennessee Titans have caused several problems for the NFL. Games have been postponed, and players have been getting sick. These issues have led to a great deal of concern among NFL fans, especially fantasy owners. The team that is playing the Titans on a given week will be uncertain about whether or not they will play. This weekend is no exception, the Buffalo Bills who are currently 4-0 on the season are set to play in Nashville now on Tuesday, and the uncertainty is immense.
What to do about Bills and Titans stars
One of the leading candidates for the most valuable player award so far is Bill’s quarterback Josh Allen. Through week four, he has led his team to a 4-0 record beating teams such as the Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders. He has averaged around thirty fantasy points per week, and has accumulated a total of twelve passing touchdowns. Losing him for a week would be crucial, especially given the amount of injuries and other issues with players that could be potential replacements. However, there is a solution. If the Bills do have to miss this week’s game in Tennessee, then certain other quarterbacks will have to fill in for fantasy rosters. First off is Daniel Jones, who has struggled for most of the season but will see a lackluster Dallas defense this weekend. The Cowboy’s defense has allowed a whopping total of 126 points over the last three weeks. If Jones can just find an open receiver down field, he will have the opportunity of the season.
For wide receivers and running backs, Stephon Diggs, Devin Singletary, and Derrick Henry will all be affected this weekend. Therefore, trades or pickups will need to be made. For Henry and Singletary, there are always a good deal of running backs available each week. Most of the top tier adds this week most likely have already been taken, so the best option is going to be Gus Edwards from Baltimore. Although he is competing with three other guys in the backfield, they all generally tend to share carries throughout the game. Dobbins and Ingram both tend to not dominate the backfield, giving Edwards the opportunity to step in.
Stephon Diggs is a big loss, as he is ranked in the top ten for wide receivers at the end of week 4. He has also put up some pretty big numbers, with 317 receiving yards over the last three games. In terms of additions for wide receivers, the best two options are going to be either Tee Higgins from Cincinnati, or Olamide Zaccheaus from Atlanta. Both have shown that they have potential, and over the past couple of weeks they have received attention from their respective quarterbacks. For Zaccheaus, with Julio Jones most likely out this week and Calvin Ridley also slightly injured, he could see more targets from Matt Ryan. Higgins is starting to get hot in Cincinnati, and Joe Burrow seems to like him as a primary receiver.
Power Players for Week 5
RB Darrell Henderson Jr. @ Washington
Henderson has really stepped up this year for the Rams, with 222 rushing yards since taking over for Cam Akers. Playing against Washington, Henderson should see a lot of carries out of the backfield, and his offensive lines will be able to open up solid holes for him. Last week, Baltimore running backs (who were all sharing carries) combined for 88 yards and a touchdown. Henderson could have a major week in Washington if he can break some tackles at the line of scrimmage.
WR Christian Kirk @ New York Jets
Last week against the Panthers, Kirk managed to haul in a touchdown in Arizona’s loss. That was however, with a more healthy Deandre Hopkins who had seven catches. With Fitzgerald as old as he is, and Hopkins somewhat injured, Kirk could see more targets this weekend from second year standout quarterback Kyler Murray. A big fantasy day could be in store for Kirk, he could be a sneaky target as a second tier receiver in Arizona.
October 2nd, 2020
Believe it or not the one hundredth and one season of the NFL is at week four, and there is a lot to discuss regarding fantasy football. Injuries have been the main storyline so far, and week two was most likely the most injury riddled week the NFL has ever seen. Players such as Saquan Barkley and Christian McCaffrey went down with major leg injuries, and fantasy owners were left with a crucial open RB1 slot. Going forward, there are going to be more injuries and setbacks, maybe due to torn ACLs or maybe even just due to COVID-19. However, as seen in the past, a crucial injury does not mean that a season forfeit is needed.
Waiver Wire: Wide Receivers
As week 4 approaches, there are a lot of players up for grabs that could put up huge numbers. In terms of wide receivers, it is important to look at touchdown production. If you have not picked up or looked at former LSU star Justin Jefferson, then do it now. The Vikings stud rookie receiver brought in 175 receiving yards last week and a touchdown to basically carry the entire Vikings offense. Not only did he have a stellar week, but when he was playing at LSU in the semi final national championship game against Ohio State, he put up a whopping 227 yards and 4 touchdowns. When it comes to fantasy football, yards matter, but touchdowns are king. A receiver that loves to find the endzone will always be a winner for fantasy owners, and Justin Jefferson exemplifies that to the fullest extent.
Two more wide receivers to look at are Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley from the Bills. Beasley has had some success for Dallas in the past, but in general both of them are smaller names. However, the two of them see a lot of targets from Josh Allen each week as they only play behind Stephon Diggs and John Brown. Davis is available in 93% of ESPN fantasy leagues, and last week he had 81 yards. Beasley is available in 84% of ESPN leagues, and during week 3 he had 100 receiving yards. They are both solid flex players that could work out if receivers are a necessity. The Bills are also a primary passing offense so their receivers get a ton of looks. Stephon Diggs, their number one target, does not get the majority of attempts. Allen likes to throw the ball to all of his receivers. Therefore Davis and Beasley will see a good amount of playing time as a potential number 2 and 3 receiver on a 3-0 squad.
Waiver Wire: Running Backs
Week 4 is a lot different than week 3 in the sense that there were not that many injuries this week, so there are not that many replacements to be found. The highly anticipated debut of Mike Davis this past week did not disappoint, with 91 total scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Also this past week the 49ers had to play without their star running back Raheem Mostert, and they did not have a definite starter. Jerrick Mckinnon, who is generally not available in most leagues, played well but did not receive all of the carries. One other guy who is available is Jeff Wilson Jr who is available in 75% of all ESPN leagues. Wilson had 69 total scrimmage yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday, and looked very promising for the weeks to come.
Waiver Wire: Tight Ends
Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox is a top target for week 4 after his intriguing performance last week. Alie Cox is widely available in most leagues, and Philip Rivers does not have the best options at the receiver level. If Alie Cox gets open in the endzone, odds are Rivers will find him and we will be able to produce some quality scores to help boost fantasy scores.
Power Players for Week 4:
RB Alvin Kamara @ Detroit
Kamara is coming off a stellar week 3 performance after putting up 2 total touchdowns and 139 receiving yards. In addition, anyone who plays Detroit, whether they are on the road or at home will always see success. Aaron Jones, the primary running back for the Green Bay Packers had over 40 fantasy points a few weeks ago against the Lions. Detroit has a rather weak defensive line, so many skilled running backs will not have a problem scoring.
WRs Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd vs. Jacksonville
As rookie quarterback Joe Burrow starts to heat up in Cincinnati, his wide receivers should start to see some production. Higgins is a very quick and powerful rookie receiver who shined at Clemson, and had two receiving touchdowns in the redzone last weekend against the Eagles. Boyd, the Bengals number 1 target will be receiving a good amount of looks this weekend as he faces a lackluster Jaguars defense. Both of them should be able to get open downfield, and they should be able to shine for fantasy owners.
QB Cam Newton @ Kansas City
Although playing the Chiefs is always a tough task, the offense does make up most of the talent. The Kansas City defense has gotten much better over the past few years, yet stopping speedy quarterbacks has not been their strong suit. Last week, even though the Ravens got obliterated by Mahomes and the Chiefs, when Lamar Jackson was able to get out of the pocket and scramble he was able to find more open field. Newton is very similar to Jackson in that sense, he loves to scramble and when he can find openings he is off to the races. Newton can expect to see many opportunities for rushing this weekend, and that always makes for good fantasy opportunities.