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Must Pickups

Darrel Williams – Clyde Edwards-Helaire has a MCL injury, and he’s gonna be out probably at least 3 weeks or so. I think Darrel will be a serviceable RB2 with upside. Really depends on how much they choose to use him in the pass game, but he was already preferred in those situations. Jerick McKinnon will be used some, but Williams will also be the unquestioned goal line back too. I’m spending 20% of FAAB max, but I understand spending more if you really need a RB2 badly.

Devontae Booker – another RB you can use over the next few weeks as a RB2 while Saquon Barkley deals with his low ankle sprain. The Giants are being extra cautious here, but the injury doesn’t seem serious. I wouldn’t be surprised if Barkley is back after one missed game even though the timeline from Rapaport is 2-4 weeks. I’d spend about 15-20% of FAAB.

Kadarius Toney – It’s possible that Sterling Shepard is back next week. Maybe Darius Slayton too. Kenny Golladay does have a hyperextended knee injury that we don’t know the extent of just yet. This is really a bet on what we saw from Toney over the last two weeks, especially what he did in this game on Sunday. 189 receiving yards on 10 catches. 13 targets. I mean, that’s a breakout game right there. That’s nothing to scoff at, and there were plenty of highlight reel type of catches over the last two weeks. Caught 6 balls for 78 yards in Week 4 as well, so with opportunity it’s looking like he’s cashing in. The bet you’re making here is that he will play over Slayton, for example, if all of these WRs are back healthy. And it’s a bet that he gets the target share because of what he’s shown. We have to be aware of the path where he doesn’t get the targets and that’s why you have to hedge a little bit because there were guys ahead of him on the depth chart, and you’d be betting on a move if you’re spending to get him this week. I wasn’t high on Toney at all coming out, but it looks as though he has improved, and I liked what I saw… I don’t know how you can’t. I’d be willing to spend 15-20% of FAAB to take that shot on a breakout rookie WR.

Rondale Moore – Moore didn’t run a full complement of routes, but he finally ran more routes than Christian Kirk. Chase Edmonds was a bit limited in this game because of his injury, so we need to take that into account, and I did mention before this week that Moore can potentially have a larger role because of it… but his increase in playing time is significant, and their tight end, Maxx Williams, seems to be out for the year with a knee injury. That’s going to open up more opportunity for Moore, and possibly have the Cardinals run a lot more 4 WR sets. They were already the leading the league in 10 personnel, but we could see even more of that now. He’ll probably be on the field more going forward. I’d spend about 15% of FAAB on him if he’s available.

Running Backs

Rhamondre Stevenson – Damien Harris has some sort of chest or ribs injury, it’s not too clear, and it probably won’t be until late in the week, unless we see Harris get some full practices in, but I would pick him up in case Harris can’t go next week at home against the Cowboys. This game might not be a great game script for Stevenson, but he could still see 15 carries, 20 carries if the game somehow stays close, and goal line work. This very well can be a Brandon Bolden game, but Stevenson would still be a low-end, TD dependent RB2 if Harris were to go. He’d be startable for sure. He did out-carry Bolden 11-2 while Harris was banged up, so the roles were pretty isolated.

Alex Collins – Chris Carson is listed as day to day with the neck injury that caused him to miss Thursday night’s game. There’s a possibility Carson can’t go this week, so Collins will have the role he had last week, as the early down starter. He was on the field for 71% of snaps, got a total of 17 opportunities, and that can increase with Russell Wilson out. Knowing Pete Carroll, they might simply depend on their running game more. Tough matchup this week against the Steelers, but I’d downgrade him to a low-end RB2 play when he’d normally be a solid RB2 without Carson.

Khalil Herbert – Herbert was a lot more involved in the Bears backfield than I thought he would be. Herbert ended up getting more carries than Damien Williams, had only 1 less opportunity than him, and was on the field for some of the goal line opportunities. He’s a flex play with David Montgomery out through his bye in a few weeks, and there’s always the possibility that Herbert plays well enough to handle the majority of rushing attempts ahead of Damien Williams as another week goes by. Herbert did look pretty good with his opportunities… as a prospect, he’s someone I had as a back who had underrated workhorse potential. He’s not a must-add, but if you want some RB depth over the next couple of weeks, he’s a solid pickup. I’d spend maybe 10% of my FAAB max unless you’re desperate at the position where you need to spend more.

Marlon Mack – The Chiefs are apparently looking at Marlon Mack as a trade target considering the Edwards-Helaire injury, so pick him up and stash him in case it happens. Mack can easily be the primary RB for the Chiefs, and has a shot at dethroning CEH as the primary runner when he’s back, although this backfield will be relatively messy for fantasy.

Jeff Wilson – It doesn’t seem like Jeff Wilson will be available to come off the PUP list in Week 7, but he’ll eligible to. Elijah Mitchell is the clear back right now between him and Trey Sermon after Sermon only played on 2 snaps. Wilson had a couple of big games at the end of last year, and Shanahan does like him… so it’s possible Wilson is the guy that he prefers over everyone in this backfield. Who knows how likely it is, but with all of the usual ambiguity over this backfield, who knows? I’d put Wilson in my IR spot right now if I have one and if he’s available. It seems as though he can be back around Week 8 or Week 9.

Samaje Perine – Perine is on the COVID list, so he’s eligible to go in your IR spot after you pick him up. If he’s off the list, and Joe Mixon doesn’t play for whatever reason, he should be rostered and played as a RB2. He played well last week as the primary back ahead of Mixon. If I had to put my money on it though, I’d bet that Mixon plays this week. He looked good in his limited opportunity on Sunday. If Mixon can’t play, and Perine is still on the COVID list, Chris Evans would be the next man up.

Michael Carter – Carter is the Jets lead back, and he’s getting goal line opportunities as well. He should be added in deep leagues, but all he needs is the Jets offense to get a little bit better, and he’ll start to have some fantasy value. He’s a decent stash.

Sony Michel – Michel is still less than 50% rostered, and he should be. He would be near an every down back if Darrell Henderson were to get hurt, and we haven’t seen Henderson show that he is a durable back.

Brandon Bolden – Bolden’s entering a game script that can potentially favor him, and if Damien Harris is limited or can’t play in Week 6, Bolden will likely take some early down pass play work away as well. If the Cowboys go up early, Bolden can potentially finish with 5-6 catches. He can be a deep PPR RB if you need one.

Wide Receivers

Darnell Mooney – Mooney didn’t come through last week, but he should still be stashed for when him and Justin Fields start producing consistently. I understand not wanting to wait and rostering some high-upside handcuffs instead, but Mooney still had a 25% target share, despite only 5 targets. Keep in mind that the Bears went very run heavy while up all game.

Michael Gallup – Gallup will be returning soon. Maybe not this week, but potentially after the bye. Gallup should be prioritized with your IR spot if you have one. If not, he’s still worth a stash on the bench for his impending return. The Cowboys will likely go back to being a bit more pass heavy once Gallup returns, and there can be room for him to do his thing as an upside WR3 once he’s back.

Amon-Ra St Brown – Quintez Cephus broke his collarbone, and it can be season-ending. St Brown saw 8 targets two weeks in a row after running the most routes of any WR. Led the team in targets on Sunday, and it’s possible it continues. I’d say he’s more valuable in PPR since he’s not running a ton of deeper routes, although he did run a higher percentage of perimeter routes this past week than he’s had over the first four games. Tyrell Williams is also coming back, so keep an eye out for him as well.

Tim Patrick – Patrick is a good WR, but and his target share is up there with Courtland Sutton, so he can be started as an upside flex most weeks. Keep in mind that Jerry Jeudy is on track to come back soon.

Hunter Renfrow – Renfrow has a solid floor in PPR leagues, and has got it done as a top-36 WR so far through five weeks. I wouldn’t pick him if you’re good at WR; I’d only pick him up if you need a PPR flex or at least a PPR flex option moving forward. I rather stash a high-upside handcuff than keep Renfrow on my bench if you don’t have a real need a WR.

Rashod Bateman – You still have some time to pick Bateman up and throw him in your IR. He is one of my favorite WR prospects in this class, and the Ravens are throwing the ball more. There’s room for him on this offense if he does his thing to start his career.

Marquez Callaway – Deonte Harris has a hamstring injury, so Callaway’s target share con potentially start being more consistent with Harris out. Harris was the guy for the first 4 weeks of the season, and it took only one of his 2 snaps to score a long TD in Week 5. Callaway is the definition of boom/bust.

Christian Kirk – Even though Rondale Moore ran more routes than Kirk for the first time this past week, it’s not a death blow to Kirk. Maxx Williams’ potential season-long injury will open the door for even more 4 WR sets, and Kirk will have his games as a result. You want pieces of this offense, and when you need to throw someone in your lineup, Kirk’s upside is always intriguing, regardless of matchup.

Tight Ends

Ricky Seals-Jones – Seals-Jones ran a route on 88% of dropbacks and was targeted at a 24% rate. Few targets in the end zone as well. He should be a TE1 play while Logan Thomas is out.

Hunter Henry – Henry is creating some separation between him and Jonnu Smith in terms of who the primary pass catcher is. Henry ran a route on 81% of Mac Jones’ dropbacks on Sunday – that’s a great number. 29% target share on Sunday – that’s a good number too. Let’s see if this becomes a trend.

Zach Ertz – Dallas Goedert has been placed on the COVID list, so he probably is out for Thursday night. Ertz is a very solid streamer this week.

Dan Arnold – Arnold ran a route on 79% of routes and received a 26% of target share this past Sunday after being with the team for just a couple of weeks.

Gerald Everett – I know Russell Wilson is out for a while, but Everett was really separating himself between him and Will Dissly in terms of routes run, so if that continues, he’s still a TE that’s running a ton of routes, and that itself is something worth paying attention to, regardless of your QB.

QB Streamers

Daniel Jones might be out this week because of a concussion, but he almost might not be. Keep an eye on him this week. If he’s good to go and able to pass through teh concussion protocol, Jones might have a shot at a shootout against the Rams this week.

Taylor Heinicke  had a tough matchup on Sunday, didn’t do well for fantasy, but he gets the Chiefs this week. He’s going to have to throw, and he’s a gunslinger, he’s got it done before this past Sunday. Good matchup for his weapons.

Sam Darnold played like shit on Sunday against the Eagles, but Minnesota might be a better matchup for him. Willing to stream him if he’s the best available.

Carson Wentz at home against Houston this week. We saw what was was capable of on Monday night, threw for 400 yards, he might not go crazy, but he can be solid.

DEF Streamers

Indy vs Houston

Dallas @ New England

Miami @ Jacksonville

Droppabes

Elijah Moore – Got two targets in his return. How long are we going to wait for the breakout? He’s playing well, he’s separating, but he didn’t get the targest. Still keeping a close eye on him.

Ronald Jones – If you need the room, Rojo is dead weight on your roster unless Fournette gets hurt.

Jonnu Smith – Hunter Henry is separating himself from Jonnu, and is the main route runner on this team currently. Jonnu shouldn’t be on rosters.

Kenyan Drake – Jaylen Richard split some of the receiving role with Kenyan Drake last week, so what’s the upside of keeping Drake on your roster? Jon Gruden’s firing can open the door for more work for him because he is a talented back. But if you need the room, I get it.

Robert Tonyan – He had less than 10 yards receiving in 4 of 5 games. Cut bait.