Last week there was an overabundance of players to choose from, with players from every position getting a mention. We are hopeful that you got a piece of that action as the harvest was bountiful. Alas, there is only a little bit to pick from the vines of this week. We are putting aside our top category as we see very little in the way of immediate and heavy impact. Only a pair of players get into our next category, solid players who can contribute for teams that have a need at the position. This might be a week to lay low and save those dollars, but for those of you that have some needs, we will do our best to fill them. On to the wonders!
WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota
We have been waiting for a standout performance from the Minnesota rookie, and we got it in a big way this week against Tennessee. After a few quiet weeks, he lit up Tennessee for seven catches and 175 yards, including one that went for a touchdown. With Adam Thielen on the other side, there will continue to be opportunities for Jefferson to excel. The Minnesota passing game has finally found a groove, and now it will need the rookie to be an active part of the game plan going forward. Look for continued fantasy success from Jefferson.
RB Jeff Wilson, San Francisco
A timetable for the return of Raheem Mostert has not come out, so the placement of Wilson in this list is dependent on that news. We suspect he might be on the sideline for another week, which would create a nice opportunity for Wilson to excel. The yards were tough to come by on the ground this past week, but he made up for it by taking his three catches out of the backfield for 54 yards. He also hit pay dirt twice, one if by land and the other by air. Though Jerick McKinnon is going to be in the mix, Wilson did enough against the New York Giants to get him at least a 50-50 split of touches going forward.
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WR Greg Ward, Philadelphia
Taking advantage of some injuries to other weapons, Ward was impressive this week against Cincinnati. Carson Wentz went to him early and often, with Ward ending up filling the stat sheet with eight catches and 72 yards to go along with a trip into the end zone. Keep an eye on the other key Philadelphia players like Dallas Goedert and DeSean Jackson. If those guys end up missing some time then Ward is worth some fantasy consideration against San Francisco this week.
WR Allen Lazard, Green Bay
The Green Bay passing game continues to impress, as the preseason thoughts regarding the demise of Aaron Rodgers have been greatly exaggerated. Taking advantage of Davante Adams being out of the lineup, Lazard lit up New Orleans for 146 yards on six catches including one that went for a score. The Green Bay passing game is something worth getting involved in, and Lazard is a player worth grabbing to see if he can be consistent week-in and week-out.
QB Nick Foles, Chicago
We have our doubts that Foles is the long-term answer to the quarterback question in Chicago. He has never been able to stick in one place, even after having a decent year or half-year. The good news is Chicago is undefeated so that takes a bit of the pressure off. The bad news is Chicago just lost one of its running backs. After some initial disgruntlement, Allen Robinson has come alive so Foles will have someone motivated to catch the ball. Only a light recommendation here as a backup and bye week fill-in, but the path is clear for Foles to be the starter the rest of the way.
WR Gabriel Davis, Buffalo
The coaching staff was impressed with his work in John Brown’s absence this past week against the Los Angeles Rams. Josh Allen was too, hooking up with Davis four times for 81 yards. If Brown ends up missing some time, then Davis will be next in line and would warrant some mild fantasy consideration.
TE Jimmy Graham, Chicago
The switch at quarterback looks like it will mean a continued positive trend for Graham. He found the end zone twice this past week, as he collected six passes that went for 60 yards. Look for continued success against Indianapolis this upcoming week.
WR Cedrick Wilson, Dallas
Dallas has had to put up a lot of points to stay in games this season, and as a result its passing game is off the charts. After doing nothing all season, Wilson snagged five passes against Seattle, good for 107 yards and two scores. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Dallas, but we will keep our eye on Wilson to see if he can have a repeat performance this week against Cleveland.
New England Running Back Situation
There are some NFL teams where the fantasy owner is best left to completely disregard every player who can carry the ball. New England is one of those teams. Taking aside James White, there is no back on the New England roster who is going to have any sort of consistency on a week-to-week basis. White is taking a leave following the unfortunate incident involving his parents, but when in the lineup, his ball-catching ability makes him a worthy fantasy player. In his absence, it has been a bit of a free-for-all.
Sony Michel should be better than he is, and New England has given him plenty of opportunity, but he is not getting it done. This week, Rex Burkhead lit up Las Vegas for three touchdowns, to go along with just under 100 yards in total offense and seven catches out of the backfield. This on a day where Michel rushed nine times for 117 yards, but no touchdowns. J.J. Taylor is still in the mix, and Damien Harris will be healthy soon as well. Many mouths to feed. Too many. This is a long-winded way of saying we acknowledge the performance of Burkhead this week, but it is fool’s gold. Let someone else grab him off waivers this week.