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As we reach the midway point in our fantasy seasons you should have a good idea as to how your team is positioned. If you are struggling, maybe now is the time to start thinking about 2021. Remember – these are players that your keeper/dynasty teams should absolutely be prioritizing for immediate use and future production in the coming years. Let’s get going.

  1. Chase Claypool – At this point are we in agreement that Claypool is the best receiver in the Steel City? I think we should be. JuJu Smith-Schuster looks to be a shell of himself or simply an overpriced Cole Beasley and despite the occasional incredible game by James Washington or Diontae Johnson, Claypool looks to have caught Ben’s eye the most. 
  2. Brandin Cooks – You bought him super cheap in the draft or simply picked him up off waivers but Cooks suddenly looks like…a possession guy?? Perhaps the coaching change lit a fire underneath Cooks and the Texans but it’s getting harder and harder to keep him out of your lineup or your future plans. 
  3. Justin Jefferson – I have spent weeks now singing his praises, so not much more to say other than, believe it. Jefferson is an absolute monster to try and stop on short routes and the open field and the only thing keeping Claypool and Cooks slightly ahead of him at this point is his original ADP price and the up and down nature of the Vikings offense. 
  4. James Robinson – I’m starting to get a little worried. The fear all along was that Robinson was “just a guy” and while he has absolutely saved his fantasy value the last two weeks with his receiving, the rushing totals just aren’t what they were at the beginning of the season. This week should be telling. 
  5. Antonio Gibson – Hey, J.D. McKissic. Stop it. Sincerely, all of us who have shares of Antonio Gibson
  6. Laviska Shenault – The Jaguars have one of the youngest teams in the NFL and there is a ton to be excited about between the aforementioned Robinson, D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole and Gardner Mustache. Does this mean there are just too many mouths to feed in an offense that finds itself suddenly struggling? It very well may…
  7. Tee Higgins – Believe it or not, as much as I have poo-pooed (official fantasy terminology) A.J. Green’s performance this year, I think his week 6 breakout is a good thing for Higgins moving forward. There is no doubt that Joe Burrow has a connection with Higgins and the more defenses can move away from Higgins, the better. Speaking of the Bengals, John Ross just demanded a trade…a name to keep an eye on should he find himself in an advantageous position. 
  8. Travis Fulgham – This week is the test. We have possibly two to three Eagles pass-catchers in Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert, and DeSean Jackson returning. Will it change the Fulgham train? Stay tuned. 
  9. Darius Slayton – The most volatile player on my weekly list, Slayton reverted back to being a home-run or bust threat in week 6, catching a touchdown pass but doing little else. The return of Sterling Shepard also poses a potential threat to the target share so be wary of what you get each week from Slayton.
  10. CeeDee Lamb – Listen, Andy Dalton is not good. He is a serviceable veteran, but it doesn’t take much fantasy analysis to see that he doesn’t bring anything close to the same skillset as Dak Prescott for this offense. At this point, only Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are worth starting as pass-catches (sorry Michael Gallup owners) and even then you may have to wince a lot while watching Jerry Jones’ team. 
  11. N’Keal Harry – A new edition to the list! I am going to go out on a limb with this one. The second year receiver has struggled this year to show command of the offense or anything close to rapport with Cam Newton. Coming off an embarrassing goose egg, I expect Harry to storm back this week against the Niners and show us why he was a first round pick. 
  12. Myles Gaskin – Whew, no Le’Veon means that Gaskin remains the starter in South Beach. The strange and sudden move to Tua brings some pause though…will it open up the offense even more or shut it down? Unclear. 
  13. Justin Herbert/Joshua Kelley – Lumping the Chargers together here in case we forgot about them over the bye week. 
  14. JaMycal Hasty – Want a dart throw? Here’s a dart throw. The Niners thirty-seventh running back this year may just have a chance to surprise all of us this week with Raheem Mostert and company out. Kyle Shananhan has a way with guys like this. You’ve been warned.  
  15. Zack Moss Devin Singletary just isn’t the answer. Doesn’t even matter what the question was. 

Falling off the list: Brandon Aiyuk, Damien Harris 

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About MJ Brown

MJ Brown has been an avid fantasy football keeper league enthusiast and player for over a decade. A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, MJ delivers weekly content on multiple platforms, bringing a combination of advice, humor, and tips to keep your team at the top of your league.