Gerald Everett, TE, L.A. Rams
After three rather non-descript games to start the season, Everett has seen a significant uptick in his opportunities in the past two weeks, including seven catches (on 11 targets) for 136 yards Thursday at Seattle. The only drawback was that he never reached the end zone. The only consistent wide receiver for the Rams has been Cooper Kupp, with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks leaving their fantasy owners and Rams fans disappointed. This has led to quarterback Jared Goff looking for Everett more in recent weeks. With bye weeks now underway, Everett could make for a sneaky by week fill in, or maybe even a replacement for an under-performing tight end.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans
When New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees went out with a thumb injury four weeks ago against the Los Angeles Rams, you could hear a pin drop in the French Quarter. Who would have thought that when New Orleans turned to Minnesota castoff Teddy Bridgewater that the team would not miss a beat? However, New Orleans remains surprisingly undefeated since Bridgewater assumed control. Brees is not expected to return until after the team’s bye in Week 9, so Bridgewater should get at least three more starts (at Jacksonville, at Chicago, vs. Arizona) before he’s back on the bench.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland
The first running back drafted back in April, Jacobs burst onto the scene in Week 1 with a pair of touchdowns against Denver. Then he went into a bit of a slump, failing to reach 12 fantasy points for the next three weeks. With a Week 5 game in London against the vaunted Chicago defense, not much was expected of Jacobs on Sunday. The Alabama rookie surprised everyone with the best game of his brief career, rushing for 123 yards and two scores on 26 carries, and adding three catches for another 20 yards, and helping Oakland upset Chicago. Jacobs goes on a bye this week before hitting the road for two games, one against an underachieving Green Bay run defense.
Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota
Thielen had been experiencing a bit of a yo-yo season, up one week and down the next, before finally looking like the Thielen his owners expected when they drafted him back in August. The former undrafted free agent from Minnesota State torched a porous New York Giants defense on Sunday, to the tune of 7-of-8 for 130 yards and two scores. Minnesota returns home to face Philadelphia next week, the same Philadelphia defense that Green Bay’s Davante Adams racked up 180 yards against just over a week ago. That could spell more success for Thielen.
D.J. Chark, WR, Jacksonville
Much like Thielen, Chark has also been up-and-down a bit this year, albeit with better overall numbers. Chark has emerged as rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew’s favorite target, and after a home game against New Orleans, he enjoys what should be regarded as a couple of very favorable matchups – a road tilt at Cincinnati and a home game against the New York Jets. Look for Chark’s success to continue for at least the next several weeks.