Another week, another injury! Now, Andrew Luck will miss two to six weeks with a kidney injury. To add to that, James Starks has surpassed Eddie Lacy on the Packers depth chart. Also, Dion Lewis has torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season for New England. Ben Roethlisberger has a sprain and will miss a few weeks as well. Clearly, the injuries continue. Clearly, many fantasy teams still need some help. Are you looking for some streaming help? Well here are some suggestions.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. Flacco is probably unowned in your fantasy league. However, he plays a Jacksonville Jaguars unit that has given up a decent number of points to quarterbacks....in Baltimore. Flacco has been decent in Baltimore, and has consistently put up decent numbers at home so far this season. I expect him to continue that streak. If you need a one week option at QB, Flacco could be your man.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars. If Bortles is available, then Flacco shouldn't be your man. Bortles should. He faces one tough defense for the remainder of the season, and should put up decent numbers against Baltimore. Heck, he could put up decent numbers for your team for the rest of the year. If you've got an injured QB and you need help now, pick up Blake Bortles!
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. HOW IS FITZPATRICK NOT OWNED IN MORE LEAGUES? The guy is having a solid season, yet he's available in far too many leagues. He's not a guy that will put up elite numbers, but he will consistently get you just enough points to hold down a starting role at QB and not cost you matchups if the rest of your team is good. He won't win you games on his own, but he won't lose matchups for you either. He's a good bet if help is needed.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. Romo could be just a week away from returning to Dallas' starting lineup. If you've got an open roster spot, add him now and beat the rush.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots/Patriots Running backs. If Blount is available thanks to Belichick's record with running backs, now is the time to grab him. He should benefit most from the injury to Dion Lewis. That being said, James White is a good option as well. Some might take Bolden over White, but I think White will be a better option than Bolden personally. But if you need help, this is one backfield to look at.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers. You've seen the news about Starks supplanting Lacy as the #1 back in Green Bay. This will still be a time share, and I still expect Lacy to put up decent numbers at times, but Starks should be a solid asset for any fantasy team at the moment. If he's there, grab him.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. If Williams is available in your league still, you have a good chance of winning your league. Answer the following questions. What professional sport recently faced major publicity over deflated balls (answer: football)? Who is the coach of the New England Patriots (answer: Bill Belichick)? What team does Todd Gurley play for (answer St. Louis Rams)? If DeAngelo Williams is available in your league, and you answered these questions correctly, congratulations. You're probably already leading your league. Go get Williams if he is available. Now.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills. Williams is putting up RB1 numbers in some games even with limited carries. With LeSean McCoy consistently on the injury report, it's time for Williams to be rostered in far more leagues. If he's available in yours, give him a spot on your roster.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions. Bell is a bit more of a desperation play at RB, but he's showing some signs of life finally. More importantly, last year, he ended the season on a hot streak. Will he do the same thing this year? If you're grasping at straws, Bell is worth a gamble.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders. Crabtree is actually putting up a pretty solid stretch of late. He's seeing a similar number of targets to Amari Cooper, and he's got a chance to put up a solid start every week. If you need a streaming guy, he's a good option.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Matthews finally had a big game, and he's available in a lot of leagues. He's not going to be a good option every week, but I like him against the Dolphins this week. He has the potential to put up a solid game this week.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers. I'm trading away James Jones wherever I can this week. Why? Davante Aams. Adams is beginning to emerge as the #2 option in the Green Bay backfield, and should put up similar numbers to those put up by Jones at the beginning of the year. Jones will still shine in some games, but Adams is your best bet down the stretch. As a possible waiver claim, he could help win your league.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Green-Beckham is finally starting to break out. He was one of the best WRs in this year's class, and finally he's adjusting to the NFL game. Going into the season, most scouts/analysts realized that he would take time to develop into an NFL WR. However, once he fully breaks out, the guy has Randy Moss-type upside. Is that breakout starting? It could be. Buy in now.
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills. The Jets regularly give up good numbers to #2 WRs this season. Will this week be the same? Woods is a gamble, but one that could pay off against the Jets. If you're in a gambling mood, give Woods a shot.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. To begin the season, I relied heavily on tight ends who faced the Raiders. Lately, the Packers have played an Oakland role against TEs, giving up big numbers to the position over the past three weeks. Ebron has tons of upside, and could have a breakout game against the Packers this week. If you need an option, give him a shot.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. Speaking of the Raiders, Kyle Rudolph faces the Raiders this week! If your fantasy TE plays Oakland, you're likely expecting a good week. If you're in dire need of a TE, give Ruldoph a starting gig on your roster for this week and enjoy the show.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ASJ has the upside to be a special, special player. How special? The guy should be a top ten tight end...if he can ever get healthy. He's close to returning from a week 2 injury, and could help your team as soon as he returns. If you have room, give the guy a spot.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. The Steelers are playing the Cleveland Browns. Enough said. The Steelers may have some major injuries on offense, but the Cleveland Browns do not have an offense. All lineups incomplete. I expecct Pittsburgh's defense to put up solid numbers this week.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. Another good streaming option, the Ravens could put up some decent numbers against Jacksonville. I think Pittsburgh is the better option from a purely defensive perspective, but Pittsburgh's offense could also give up some costly turnovers that may lead to points, and Baltimore could turn out to be the better start in this case.
Hope this helps, and good luck this week!
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