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Must Pickups

Damien Williams – Looks like David Montgomery has a knee sprain. Doesn’t look like a ACL, but Montgomery can miss 4-5 weeks . Williams is going to be the primary back, and Khalil Herbert will be his backup. For now, I’d assume Williams will be the every down guy unless his thigh bruise is significant enough to the point where he can’t handle a full workload next week. His PPR value alone makes him appealing because of his pass catching ability, and his speed is game breaking. He’ll be a  solid RB2 as long as Montgomery is out. He’s worth about 30-40% of FAAB, and maybe more if you’re desperate at the RB position.

Latavius Murray – Murray is still available in more than 50% of Yahoo leagues, and he led the Ravens backfield after Ty’Son Williams was declared a healthy scratch before their game on Sunday. He was on the field for 63% of snaps and saw 18 carries. Looks like he’s the guy they’re trusting right now. He can potentially be a RB2 for you all year long. I’d spend 20-30% of FAAB on Murray if he’s available.

Running Backs

Samaje Perine –  Perine should be added with Joe Mixon potentially some time with an ankle injury. It’s supposedly minor, but we’ve seen this coaching staff not get injuries right in the past, at least publicly. Mixon is official listed as day to day, so theoretically he can play this week. If Mixon were to miss time, Perine be a low-end RB2 in Mixon’s absence. Chris Evans played only 2 snaps last week, and didn’t see a touch. Perine did get 16 snaps, ran 8 routes to Evans’ 2… I do expect this to be a committee, but Perine will be the primary back. FAAB: 10-15%

Kenneth Gainwell – Gainwell isn’t getting a ton of opportunity, but he’s someone who can give you a bit of PPR value, plus some red zone chances. The Eagles do like to use him in the red zone, and if Miles Sanders were to ever have an injury, Gainwell would become an instant must-start based on the role he already has in the pass game and the role he already has in the red zone and inside the 10. He’s a desperate PPR flex play as of right now. FAAB: 8%

Brandon Bolden – Bolden took over the James White role just like he did in Week 3… I thought JJ Taylor would see an increase in playing time after a week of practice, but it doesn’t seem to be the case, especially after Taylor lost a fumble on Sunday night. Bolden was the guy on passing downs, and he caught all 6 of his targets for 51 yards. He’ll be a PPR flex most weeks if this role continues. FAAB: 5-10% only in PPR

Michael Carter – Carter led the Jets backfield in snaps, carries (he had 13 carries compared to the 7 split between Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman), and also led the backfield in routes run, which is a change. He’s someone who can be startable soon because he also got a lot of playing time inside the 5 yard line as well in this game. FAAB: 12%

Malcolm Brown – Ew. It’s crazy how Myles Gaskin’s role keeps getting worse and worse. I’m not prioritizing Brown, but I’d add him for RB depth for now to see what happens. He played on 67% of snaps, ran more routes than Gaskin, and saw 9 total opportunities to Gaskin’s 2. FAAB: 0%

Khalil Herbert – he’s the leftover, cheap waiver add that makes sense with the Montgomery injury. I liked Herbert coming out; I thought he was an underrated sleeper workhorse type of RB. I’ll add him because Williams does have a thigh bruise, and also in case Williams himself gets hurt and there’s no one left on that Bears squad. FAAB: 0%

Justin Jackson – Austin Ekeler was a bit gimpy and came out of the game early, but he did come back on the same drive. Add Jackson if you want to have insurance for Ekeler, or if you have an extra bench spot and all the other high upside handcuffs are rostered. FAAB: 3%

Wide Receivers

Darnell Mooney – Mooney leads the team in target share, and this is the second straight game with Justin Fields preferring him… and they connected in a big way in this game. This is kind of what we were waiting for with Mooney, and it came to fruition. If this offense can continue to get better, Mooney can be a big time fantasy asset. FAAB: 15%

Kadarius Toney – He ran only four less routes than Kenny Golladay on Sunday, and he led the Giants in targets with 9. He showed some serious ankle breaking ability, caught 6 balls for 78 yards… it doesn’t look like Sterling Shepard or Darius Slayton will be back this week, so Toney can potentially be in lineups this week as a WR3/flex option against Dallas. FAAB: 3%

Quintez Cephus, Amon-Ra St Brown – Cephus is getting enough production to be a viable flex, and he has a good matchup this week against Minnesota. Over 10 PPR fantasy points in 3 of 4 weeks at this point. Went over 80 yards on 5 targets, and he did run the most routes of all the WRs. Amon-Ra tied with TJ Hockenson for the team lead with 8 targets this week, caught 6 for 70. He might be coming on a bit as a rookie, we know it takes time with them so it’s worth taking a shot on him in PPR leagues… good matchup this week against Minnesota. We know this Lions team is going to be in a lot of negative game scripts, so it’s worth kicking the tires on some of these guys and see what sticks. FAAB: 0%

Jamison Crowder –  Elijah Moore was out this week, but Crowder can still make some room for himself as a fantasy asset. He ran only two routes less than Corey Davis, and led the team in targets with 9. Elijah Moore’s return will likely make this receiving corp a little unpredictable, but we should get some clarity after a couple of weeks… either way, Crowder should be rostered because we know he’s talented and he can be one of the main weapons of this offense. FAAB: 7%

Curtis Samuel – Samuel ran only 13 routes in his first game for the WFT, but he was targeted 4 times. Being targeted on 31% of your routes is a great sign, so as he becomes the full-time guy opposite McLaurin, which can happen as soon as next week, he can become very startable. So if he’s available, I’d def pick him up. FAAB: 8%

Laviska Shenault – He might be unlocked with DJ Chark out for the season… Sheneault was running a lot more routes deeper than usual, and that is very welcome for his fantasy value. He can potentially be a every week WR3. He gets Tennessee this week. FAAB: 8%

AJ Green – I was talking shit about AJ Green last week, but he’s becoming a bit of boom/bust flex. Only 6 targets in every game this year, but he’s got it done over the last three weeks, whether it was with a TD or yardage.

Hunter Renfrow – Hunter Renfrow still available in a majority of leagues – he’s a solid PPR add at WR, can potentially be relied on as a PPR WR3 on a weekly basis. By the way, did you see the play Renfrow made on special teams?

Randall Cobb – had a 2 TD day, and he was targeted 6 times on 25 routes… that’s 25% of routes. He’s not running as many routes as Allen Lazard, but it looks like Rodgers clearly favors Cobb… with the MVS injury, Cobb can potentially be a flex option against Cincinnati and Chicago the next two weeks.

Quarterbacks

Trey Lance – Kyle Shanahan isn’t committing, but Jimmy Garoppolo is probably going to be out this week and maybe longer with a calf injury, so Lance can immediately be plugged into lineups as a QB1. He played only one half but scored as many fantasy points as a solid QB would during a whole game…. The rushing ability is real, he’s tucking and running… there’s obvious holes in his game in terms of throwing the football, but with a week of practice, he’ll be put in a good position to succeed next week against the Cardinals.

Trevor Lawrence – The one notable thing about Lawrence in Week 4 was the fact that he finally had some designed runs added to his repertoire. The read-option was a big part of his success, and if that continues, it’s like adding an extra TD to each one of his game logs for fantasy. He plays the Titans this week, so he’s a solid streamer even down DJ Chark.

Taylor Heinicke – Taylor Heinickie is still available in like 90% of Yahoo leagues. New Orleans next week is tough, but I’m actually ok playing him. He’s  thrown 2 TDs in 2 straight games, then threw 3 TDs on Sunday. He’s a gun slinger. Now with Curtis Samuel back, he can be worth starting most weeks.

Sam Darnold – Darnold is doing his thing and is being used a ton near the goal line. He’s turning into a bit of a rushing QB. He’s a QB1 right now. He has Philly at home this week.

Daniel Jones – Daniel Jones is still available in a majority of leagues, and he’s actually playing well… in real life and for fantasy. He gets Dallas this week… this can be a shootout.

Zach Wilson – Don’t be afraid of Zach Wilson against Atlanta – he might have all of his weapons for that one – Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, and Elijah Moore. Great matchup in London.

Tight Ends

Dawson Knox –  I’ve been talking about Knox for a couple of weeks now because of the fact that he’s running a route on a high percentage of Josh Allen’s drop backs, and it’s turning into production, specifically in the TD department. Another 2 TDs this week. He’s a TE1 right now.

Dalton Schultz – Dalton Schultz is producing. He’s a TE1 start going forward. He out-ran Blake Jarwin 18-8 in terms of routes, and it resulted in another 7 targets in a run-heavy game.

Ricky Seals Jones – He’s a little interesting with Logan Thomas now missing a few weeks… he’s not a priority add, but in deep leagues, he can be added. He had 4 targets, and ran 29 routes after Thomas went out. John Bates, the other TE they have, only ran 2. So Seals-Jones is the clear guy behind Thomas.

CJ Uzomah – He ran a route on 76% of routes, but I’d only start him if Tee Higgins misses again. I don’t think there’s enough room for these three WRs and Uzomah on a weekly basis.

DEF Streamers

New England – The Patriots were dropped in a lot of leagues. They have the Texans this week.

Dallas – Their defense has improved, and has some playmakers. They have the Giants this week.

Carolina – The Panthers didn’t get it done this past Sunday, but their defense has definitely improved. They see Philly this week, and we know they’re fully capable of imploding.