Let’s start with the Sits shall we:
The Thursday night game has already played and if you’re a Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt owner (I rostered Chubb in one of my main leagues and rostered Hunt in almost all of them) unless you picked up D’Ernest Johnson (I didn’t get him anywhere) then you are likely already out of 2 high profile RB’s. Hopefully, you sat Landry, Beckham, Tim Patrick, Noah Fant, but played Melvin Gordon III, Javonte Williams, and Teddy Bridgewater (2 QB leagues) if you have them but you probably didn’t and now you have to stare at those numbers until Tuesday. You shouldn’t have been playing Baker Mayfield anyway (no not even in 2 QB leagues) and he did you the service of sitting himself this week so you wouldn’t have even been tempted. You’re welcome! I’m speaking on behalf of Baker. One person I can’t apologize for is Donovan Peoples-Jones who was injured in warm-ups and we weren’t notified he would be inactive. That’s just cold Cleveland. So with all those options already played or injured, or playing as if they’re injured, let’s see what options you have left.
The Dallas Cowboys are on bye this week so that means if you own Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Shultz, Amari Cooper, Tony Pollard, or Greg Zuerlein (kickers matter too) then you’re looking for alternative options. Well, don’t look to any Chargers as they’re also on bye this week. That means no Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, and Jared Cook (what? he’s good sometimes).
The Steelers are also on bye so there’s no Ben Roethlisberger (I hope you weren’t using him anyway), no Diontae Johnson, Najee Harris, Chase Claypool, and if you just recently discovered The MUTH (Pat Freiermuth) on your waiver wire you must now decide if he’s worth holding for a week. But wait, there’s more! The Vikings are also on paid vacation which means if you were streaming Kirk Cousins (you weren’t? he’s your regular QB? yikes), Dalvin Cook (and/or Alexander Mattison), Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, or the inconsistent K.J. Osborne then you will also need added depth for Week 7.
Don’t worry about any players from New York teams either. The Bills are on bye so that will leave you without Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, Zack Moss, Dawson Knox (who’s also injured so you may be missing him longer), Devin Singletary (I guess), Tyler Bass, and the number one DST in all of fantasy if you’re into that sort of thing. The Jets and Giants aren’t on bye but you can’t feel great about anyone from either team. Smoke’em if ya got’em I suppose.
And finally, the Jaguars for some reason also got a bye with these stalwarts but before you sniggle (it’s a real word thank you) just know that you’ll also be down Trevor Lawrence in your Dynasty/Keeper/2 QB leagues. He’s slowly making his way to one QB league though. The Jaguars also feature one of the top fantasy RB’s of the past year and a half in James Robinson. You will also be without super flex players Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault as well as the potential TE stream of the recently acquired Dan Arnold and the slow-rising Jamal Agnew.
So far that’s 50 players and a DST that aren’t available going into Sunday. But oh, by the way, Antonio Brown (51), Kadarius Toney (52), Latavius Murray (53), Saquon Barkley (54), Russell Wilson (55), Chris Carson (56), George Kittle (57), Rob Gronkowski (58), Christian McCaffrey (59), Michael Thomas (60), Jerry Jeudy (61, and could have been mentioned in the opening but I’m trying to make a point here), Kenny Golladay (62), Rodrigo Blankenship (63), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (64), Curtis Samuel (65) and Will Fuller V (66) are all injured and out. That doesn’t even include the fact that Julio Jones, Alex Collins, Allen Robinson, Devante Parker, T.J. Hockenson, Tyreek Hill, T.Y. Hilton, Damien Williams (still on the COVID list), and Sterling Shepard are all questionable as of their Friday practice reports.
So what was the point of all of this? To give you an injury report? To show you just how bleak this week is? Yes and yes! It’s a terrible awful week that will likely be filled with illegal lineups in every format imaginable. I say all of that to say this: DON’T SIT ANYONE!!! If they have a pulse then unfortunately you have to give them a shot. Hopefully, it’ll never be this bad again and maybe in Week 13 we can look back and laugh at this but as of now, this is no laughing matter. There are no sits this week. “Not even Zack Wilson?” you ask. (Dramatic pause) Ok, MAYBE Zack Wilson, but that’s it. But I won’t endorse it (at least not publicly, text me on the side). It’s all hands on deck this week. “Well do you have any Starts at least?” Well I suppose I could give you who I think will do better than normal this week to make you feel better if you have some of these players but I won’t call them Starts because lets be honest, what choice do you have?
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. KC – Only 2 QB’s haven’t thrown for at least 315 passing yards against the Chiefs this season. One was Lamar Jackson who passed for 239 yards but ran for 107 and totaled 346 yards combined and the other was the QB of the WTF (I may have misspelled that) which needs no explaining. The Chiefs have given up the second-most fantasy points to QB this season and with their main focus this Sunday having to be on some guy named Derrick Henry (maybe you’ve heard of him), Mr. Tannehill may be in line for his best stat line of the season even with a potentially gimpy Julio Jones and a sick A.J. Brown.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. MIA – Matty Ice has thrown 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in his last 3 games. Even the warm Miami weather won’t be able to thaw him out this Sunday as the Dolphins defense has been exploitable all season. In their past 3 games, the Miami pass defense has allowed 999 passing yards (I wanted to put 1,000 so bad) and 8 passing TD’s, which includes a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and a rookie QB in London. I hope you enjoy him in fantasy as much as I will enjoy him in real life.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers vs. NYG – What ails Sam Darnold (besides Christian McCaffrey’s hamstring)? Pressure. Who has the second-lowest pressure rate in the NFL? The New York Giants. The Giants only disrupt the QB 17.8% of the time and only have 10 sacks on the season. With plenty of time to sit comfortably in the pocket, Darnold should be able to throw to a wide-open D.J. Moore all game long. He’ll also throw to Robbie Anderson all game long but he won’t catch them. Do they give this guy a contract extension? I wish someone would pay me millions of dollars to not do my job well. I’m an amazing writer and William Anthony Spencer doesn’t pay me a dime. I’m going on a strike!
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs vs. TEN – Clyde Edwards-“Who?laire” (had to try it). That’s what fantasy managers of Williams are saying. 62 yards rushing and 2 TD’s on the ground last week along with 3 receptions for 27 yards, the main players like an RB1 last week and took on a greater workload than even Clyde is accustomed to getting (24 total touches). That was against a bad Washington defense. I’m here to tell you that the Titans D is even worse. The only teams that didn’t run all over them were teams that really don’t run the ball all that much, to begin with (Jets, Bills). They allow an average of 21.3 points per game to the RB position and this Sunday Darrel will be getting all 21.3 of those points.
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders vs. PHI – Jacobs is averaging 3.2 yards per carry and has yet to rush for more than 53 yards in any game this season. Well, that all ends this week! The Eagles’ run defense is non-existent. They’ve allowed 100+ rushing yards to every team they’ve faced this season except 1 (49ers, 89 yards) and those include the Falcons, Chiefs, and the Panthers without Christian McCaffrey. No team has less than 24 carries against the Eagles (Falcons had 24 in Week 1) and this should be a great spot for Jacobs and possibly even Kenyan Drake. Derrick Henry shouldn’t be the only former Alabama RB in your lineups this week!
Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons vs. MIA -I told you, this Dolphins defense is baaaadddd. The pass defense would probably be worse if not for how awful that run defense is (29th in RB fantasy points allowed). Last week against the Jaguars was the first time the Dolphins hadn’t allowed at least 100 yards rushing on the ground (maybe they should stay in London permanently) and have allowed a rushing TD every week but in Week 1. The human Swiss Army Knife, expects Patterson to touch the ball as a returner, receiver, and most importantly in the backfield.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers vs. IND – Have you ever seen a target monster? I have. It lives under my bed and comes out to terrify me on Sundays as part of my opponent’s starting lineup. It goes by many names but I simply call it DEEBO!!! Already with 52 targets on the season and has yet to receive less than 8 in any game, these aren’t just empty stats as Samuel already has games of 9 catches for 189 yards and 1 TD as well as 8 catches for 156 yards and 2 TDs. Look for the trend to continue against a Colts pass defense that’s surrendered passing TDs to WR’s of every team they’ve faced but the lowly Houston Texans. Hide ya chains come 8:20 p.m.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants vs. CAR -What happens when you’re the last healthy skill player remaining for an underwhelming Daniel Jones? You get all the targets. In the games he’s played, Shepard has received targets of 9, 10, 3, and 14. The 3 came against the Falcons in a game where he left in the second quarter after injuring his hamstring. Matchups don’t matter as Shepard has scored at least 17.5 fantasy points in every full game he’s played in this season. You don’t have to watch it to enjoy it.
Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams vs. DET -You say he’s been disappointing, I say he’s averaging 14.4 fantasy points per game. A solid WR2 who showed just a couple of games ago that he can explode at any given time he’s more than a safe play in his new QB’s “revenge game” against his former team that wasted more than a decade of his NFL career (and now rosters Woods’ former QB). Woods hasn’t received less than 5 targets since Week 1 and this will be a game where his QB is out to make a statement. Sometimes you just have to toss the stats out and look at the reality of the situation. The reality is, Stafford has this game circled and he’s inviting all of his new friends to the party.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles vs. LVR – FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK THE CARDINALS GM HE’S FREE AT LAST!!! After years of sharing the limelight with Ertz, Goedert is now free to roam the Philadelphia TE landscape by his lonesome. And it doesn’t come a moment too soon as the Raiders rank 27th in fantasy points against the TE position. They’ve allowed at least 9 receptions or a TD the past 4 games to TE’s and Dallas is plenty talented enough to take advantage of the matchup. Now if only he could do something about these pesky young WR’s.
Hunter Henry, New England Patriots vs. NYJ – A touchdown in 3 straight games that’s about all you can ask for in a normal week from a TE and this ain’t even a normal week. He’s clearly supplanted Jonnu Smith as the top TE option in Boston and with the inconsistency of free-agent acquisitions like Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, he’s become a more reliable target for rookie QB Mack Jones, especially in the red zone. Talent has never been his issue, just availability. As long as he’s available in real life he should be available for your fantasy team as the Jets are unlikely to halt his momentum (or anything for that matter).
That’s all I have for you, good people. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @DevekkioCarter and please feel free to subscribe to the website, thefantasysphinest.com, and check out more content. It’s going to be a rough one for most of us. Don’t sacrifice a good player for a cheap attempt at a win (unless maybe you need a win). Play everyone at your disposal, except Zack Wilson. What? I changed my mind. I don’t care how many teams are on bye there’s no way you can be that desperate.