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Chicago is finally seeing what many of us have seen for, well, most of the season. Which is to say that Mitchell Trubisky is not getting the job done. This has been a strange season for quarterbacks. Outside of Cam Newton there have not been a lot of injuries at the position, but there have been a lot of starters who have lost the job. Fantasy owners need to stock up at the position before free agency is locked down. 

No quarterbacks to speak of this week, and though this week’s list is shorter than usual, it is top-heavy with players who will have an immediate fantasy impact. On to the wonders!

Solid Pickups

RB Bo Scarbrough, Detroit

Detroit has not had much success in finding a fill-in for injured starter Kerryon Johnson. That is until this past week. Promoted from the practice squad late in the week, Detroit gave Scarbrough the start and he did not disappoint. He carried the ball 14 times for 55 yards against Dallas, with one of those carries ending up in the end zone. The numbers are not eye popping, but more importantly he held off Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic for playing time. He will get another chance to start against a soft Washington defense next week and is worth picking up in all formats.

RB Jonathan Williams, Indianapolis

Marlon Mack’s injury troubles opened the door for Williams to start this week against Jacksonville and he excelled. He carried the ball 13 times and lit up Jacksonville for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also had a catch for 31 yards for good measure. Indianapolis is in the Thursday game this week, and Williams may be the only and best healthy option, putting him in line for another big fantasy day against Houston.

WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco

Emmanuel Sanders continues to have trouble keeping himself on the field, which has allowed Deebo Samuel to showcase his talents in each of the last two weeks. This week against Arizona he was good for eight catches and 134 yards, which comes on the heels of catching eight passes for 112 yards against Seattle the previous week. Jimmy Garoppolo clearly likes to look in his direction, and with two solid weeks under his belt we see Samuel as being a player who will continue to have a fantasy impact. 

TE Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota

Minnesota is off this upcoming week, but we still have Rudolph as a solid pickup. With a five-catch effort this past week that netted him 67 yards and a touchdown, he now has four touchdowns in his last three games. Tight ends who find the end zone on a regular basis are gold, making Rudolph a low end starter/high end backup. 

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.