It is a busy and exciting time of year with the baseball playoffs kicking off and the NFL season rounding into mid-season form. This week finds us with enough position players to fill out our middle two categories. This is a good time of year to make sure you have enough depth to cover the bye weeks while also maintaining enough players to absorb the inevitable injury. Let’s get right into this week’s wonders!
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia
Philadelphia has announced that starter Jay Ajayi will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Smallwood has been active in the passing game, snaring three passes in each of the last three games, so he is an active participant in the Philadelphia offense. Look for his carries to also increase in Ajayi’s absence.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay
We listed Valdes-Scantling in our story last week, and this week he gets another mention as a solid pickup. Against Detroit this past week he caught seven passes for 68 yards, with one of those going for a touchdown. Green Bay is having injury issues as wide receiver, so right now Valdes-Scantlingis a player worth riding while he is hot.
WR Keke Coutee, Houston
Building upon a performance that had him in last week’s story, Coutee did not disappoint those that took an early flyer on him. He caught six passes for 51 yards against Dallas, making a statement that he is here to stay. Look for these type of numbers to continue in the near and long term.
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RB LeGarrette Blount, Detroit
Detroit is turning to the veteran at the goal line, and Blount has not been a disappointment. This past week against Green Bay, he found the end zone twice while rushing 12 times for 22 yards. The numbers are obviously not eye-catching, but the touchdowns keep him in the conversation and on the fantasy radar.
WR Trent Taylor, San Francisco
Pierre Garcon has been a big disappointment for San Francisco, as he is yet to break 60 yards in a game and he has not scored a touchdown. Trent Taylor got a look in the late stages of the Arizona game this past week, and he has generated a little bit of buzz by way of catching seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. We would like to see more out of him before he can be trusted, but for now, he is a player who is on the radar.
RB Alfred Blue, Houston
Lamar Miller was in uniform this past week against Dallas, but did not play. Reports are that he will be a full participant next week, so that will reduce Blue’s role to that of being his backup. Miller has never been the model of health, so those adding Blue to the bottom of your fantasy roster as a grab and hold player is a good idea for the short term.
WR David Moore, Seattle
Doug Baldwin has been a ghost for Seattle, leaving the team to look for someone to catch the ball from Russell Wilson. Though he only caught three passes this week against the L.A. Rams, Moore made the most of the action as two of those catches went for touchdowns. This is another grab-and-hold type of player who is worth a stash at the back of the roster for those in need at the position.