This week we’re simply going to ask some frank and up front questions about some of the hardest hitters in fantasy. Were these guys worth the wait? Is there more missed time coming up ahead? Can these options pull themselves up by the bootstraps and get us back into playoff contention? Get ready for a lot of short and sweet Q and A.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay
As much as we want to sit back and poo-poo all over the effort that JuJu Smith-Schuster has given us to this point, Adams holds the trump card. Adams has missed virtually the entire season as JuJu has at least popped up every once in a while. Can Adams get back after things and remind us why he was taken as the top wide receiver off the board or will his injuries continue to ravage his 2019 season?
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans
Speaking of first round picks who have had injuries derail their seasons, enter Kamara. We would have gone after AK as the first overall pick in the draft this season and we would be among the rest of the disappointed. The question is can Kamara now bounce back? Can he and a fully healthy Drew Brees get this offensive ship back on course? A big game against Atlanta would have Kamara back inside the weekly top five overall options.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
You can’t mention a Saint returning from injury and not mention Brees. Yes, the week before the bye, Brees returned and reminded the world why he should always be considered a QB1. But it was also against a Cardinals’ defense that may in fact be the worst of 2019. While Atlanta doesn’t offer up much more defense, at least they would lead to repeated success. Can Brees put up back-to-back QB1 totals and re-enter the weekly top 3 MUST START territory?
David Johnson, RB, Arizona
Is it his knee? Is it his hamstring? Or is it his ankle? The world may never know. But no one has more value to gain or lose this week than the Cardinals’ David Johnson. In three straight weeks, he’s looked like the odd man out at his position as other “lesser” talents look to excel within the same role. Is David Johnson a top 5 overall fantasy player or is he the third best running back on his own roster?
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco
As always, knee and ankle injuries that lead up to MRIs are always troublesome. Is Kittle getting cold just as the 49ers’ offense is getting hot? By that, we mean could he be playing through a serious injury or even missing time just as Jimmy G is figuring himself out under center? At one point Kittle was the only option on the team and suddenly the running game, defense, and Emmanuel Sanders are all ahead in the pecking order. How far of a backseat is Kittle about to take on this stacked San Fran team?
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis
When Jacoby got rolled up on, it looked like it could have been the knee or ankle or both as he went down awkward and hard. That could have been a season ending injury for most players in the league but Brissett is rumored to only be dealing with a MCL sprain. If he plays against the lowly Dolphins, how much can he pad his stats? Or, will he miss one of the easiest games of the year?
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City
We don’t want to over-word this sentiment but how much time can Mahomes miss and still hold onto the mantle as the top quarterback in the league? Since his knee injury, Russell Wilson has gone on an absolute tear and Lamar Jackson has kept the gas pedal to the floor. Mahomes may return this week with all of his options back in the fold for the first time all season. Can Mahomes get back on the field and out play the pace that backup Matt Moore has been able to establish?
Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami
The first four were former fantasy goldmines that the Dolphins harvested and then let go out what seems like spite at this point. The last, was a relatively productive option before being handed a four game suspension. Can Ballage step up and provide some fantasy life for needy fantasy managers? Running well against a stout Colts’ defense in a game that figures to get out of hand early would bode well for Ballage’s next three weeks.