The NFL season rolls on and as we get into mid-October, the cream is starting to rise while the pretenders (aka “fraudulent” teams), begin to fall back to earth. A fantasy season can turn on a dime and winning streaks can begin at any time so don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.
A small helping of some hors d’oeuvres this week in the wonders column. Nothing that stands way out, but no reason for owners to stand pat and shuffle players into and out of that last roster spot. Our top category this week is “On the Radar,” guys who we like but are not sure they are ready for prime time. A few near the top of the list are about ready to pop, but we’d like to see a bit more from them before they earn our trust. From there, we dig deep for some dynasty nuggets. Something for everyone in this week’s story!
On the Radar
QB Sam Darnold, New York Jets
We are always on the lookout to spotlight a quarterback, as many fantasy owners are in need of a backup and bye week fill in. Many quarterbacks around the league are faltering (see Tannehill, Ryan), so this week we talk about a rookie who is on the rise. A week after throwing three touchdown passes against Denver, Darnold lit up Indianap0lis to the tune of 280 yards and two touchdowns (against only one interception). The Jets offense is on a roll, making Darnold an attractive fantasy backup.
WR Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets
Often when a quarterback gets a mention in the weekly story, he brings along a wide receiver with him into the weekly print. Now that we have talked about Darnold, one of the beneficiaries of his good play is Jermaine Kearse. This week against Indianapolis, Kearse caught nine passes for 94 yards, making him a strong add candidate off the waiver wire. Fellow wideout Quincy Enunwa left last week’s game with injury, so any extended absence will continue to translate into more looks for Kearse. Regardless of the status of Enunwa, Kearse is worth an add off waivers in all formats.
WR Danny Amendola, Miami
With Brock Osweiler filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill, the Miami offense showed some life as Osweiler passed for more than 250 yards and picked up a win over Chicago. They caught a break as Miami could have won the game much earlier in overtime, but more playing time meant more plays to rack up some yards. Getting a heavy dose of looks this week was Amendola, as he caught eight passes for 59 yards. This is the type of game that can get a player on track. We will keep an eye to see if Amendola can keep things going against Detroit this upcoming week.
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay
The lone ball carrier to make this week’s listing, Barber has been given up on by many, so he is available in many leagues out there. He was involved in all facets of the game, rushing for 82 yards while catching four passes good for 24 yards and a touchdown. Ronald Jones is still in the mix, but at least for now, Tamapa Bay is sticking with Barber.