Injuries are starting to add up in the NFL and people need help to supplement those players’ production, quickly! I’m here to help you fill those holes and help with your weekly lineups to keep you in the playoff and championship hunt!
Just a reminder, this article presents two different groups. The first five are not about studs that will produce, but rather, players that are expected to exceed their normal level of production. The second five are solid players who won’t live up to the “stud” status or continue the hot steak they are currently on for that particular week. Let’s dive in!
1) Philip Rivers (QB) San Diego Chargers – Rivers has been red hot the past few weeks. In the last four weeks, he has thrown for at least 336 yards and at least 2 touchdowns in each game. Until their bye in Week 10, the Chargers will continue to lean on Rivers due to the lack of a running game. They will look to possibly make changes in their run schemes and personnel before having five division games out of their last seven to end the season. They are looking to ride his arm to get to them to the playoffs. He is playing a Baltimore team that has struggled against the pass so far this season.
2) Stefon Diggs (WR) Minnesota Vikings –If you haven’t jumped on the Diggs train yet, it might be too late. He’s just what the Vikings offense has needed at wide receiver to succeed. Diggs brings the deep threat and big-play potential from the outside to complement Adrian Peterson and the run game. If he is still available in your league, GET HIM. Especially next week when he plays a weak Chicago secondary.
3) Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Minnesota Vikings – Speaking of the Vikings, Bridgewater threw for over 300 yards for the first time this season, and I don’t think it will be his last. The offense showed their potential when having a playmaker on the outside with Diggs to complement their run game. He is a great pickup to have as a weekly play if in need of a quarterback. This includes next week against Chicago and their below average defense.
4) Jeremy Hill (RB) Cincinnati Bengals – Besides scoring the occasional touchdown, Jeremy Hill has been a disappointment in the fantasy realm so far this season. They have had a bye week to work out this struggle and I expect it to be evident next week against the Steelers. The Steelers have been hit or miss against the run this year and struggled against a weak Kansas City offense in Week 7. They allowed Charcandrick West to rack up 20 fantasy points this past week.
5) Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB) New York Jets – Looking for a one week start? Fitzpatrick could be a valuable play against a Raiders defense that has struggled against quarterbacks. Here are the totals so far for the quarterbacks facing the Raiders defense: 18 (Dalton), 21 (Flacco), 19 (McCown), 17 (Cutler), 6 (Manning), and 25 (Rivers). 5 out of those six scored at least 17 points. I’m taking Fitzpatrick with Brandon Marshall and company in Week 8.