With Halloween around the corner, we will look to serve more treats than tricks, though today’s bag is a little thin on substance. The big news is the trick dished out from Cleveland, the season-ending injury to Odell Beckham. Besides a huge Week 4, his numbers have been trending downward so much that most owners had been forced to put him on the bench anyway. Now they can free up the roster spot and grab someone from this week’s wonder column.
Whenever a top selection on draft day has his season cut short, that is sad news for all, but creates opportunity for another player to step up. Several other injuries around the league are opening up some opportunity, especially at the running back position. With so many going down, now is a good time to go shopping for a backup running back.
On to the wonders!
RB Carlos Hyde, Seattle
The injury to Chris Carson has opened the door for Hyde to be the primary ball carrier for Seattle. He carried the ball 18 times for 68 yards and a score this past week against Arizona while also being an active participant in the passing game by hauling in three passes. The window for his fantasy production may be short, but rare is the opportunity to be able to pick up a starting running back off waivers at this point in the season.
WR Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco
Starter Deebo Samuel left this week’s game with an injury, and early reports are that he will miss their next contest against Seattle. Aiyuk had a solid game against New England, catching six passes good for 115 yards. There are many teams that look good passing the ball against New England, but San Francisco and Jimmy Garoppolo have been on an upwards trend of late. Look for that to continue with Aiyuk being the beneficiary next week against Seattle.
RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
The Giants also saw their starting rusher go down this week, as Devonta Freeman left with an ankle injury and did not return. Gallman came in and was somewhat productive, rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are not head turning, but for the Giants, that is something to get excited about. The Giants play Tampa Bay on Monday night, and if Freeman is unable to go then it would be Gallman carrying the load.
On the Radar
We mentioned Higgins in this space two weeks ago as a speculative add, and now with Odell Beckham gone for the season, he gets a return mention in this week’s story. This week against Cincinnati he caught six passes for 110 yards, and we see continued action coming in his direction. Peoples-Jones also gets a mention here, as he will take over as the third wideout in Cleveland. He saw some action this week, catching three passes (one for a touchdown). Look for both to see action as Jarvis Landry draws the attention of defenses.
RB JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco
San Francisco is being very careful with the usage of Jerick McKinnon, keeping his usage minimal and limited to passing downs. San Francisco primarily went with Jeff Wilson in last week’s game in New England, even with McKinnon healthy and dressed. Wilson did not last the game, so we look for Hasty to become involved in next week’s game against Seattle, perhaps even as the leading rusher.
WR Jakobi Meyers, New England
To say that the New England offense struggled last week against San Francisco is really not saying enough. Cam Newton was benched, the disappointing youngster N’Keal Harry was injured and did not return to the game, and someone page Julian Edelman as he has not been seen since Tom Brady was wearing the flying Elvis. New England is saying that Newton will be the starter this upcoming week, because the team seemingly has no confidence in Jarrett Stidham. Someone has to catch the ball for New England, and in line to do so right now is Jakobi Meyers. Like most rookie wide receivers, he never clicked with Tom Brady so he was sparingly used. Forced onto the field this past week, he hauled in four passes for 60 yards. Look for him to be more involved in the New England offense going forward.
TE Harrison Bryant, Cleveland
With starter Austin Hooper out of the lineup with appendix issues, it was Harrison Bryant who was the lead tight end for Cleveland. He made the most of his four catches this week against Cincinnati, going for 56 yards while scoring two touchdowns. Cleveland plays Las Vegas then is off on a bye. Depending on Hooper’s availability Bryant is a streamer candidate this week before he returns.