The season marches on, though it will march on without several key players that were lost to injury in Week 11. The loss of a star player opens up opportunity for those further down on the depth chart, and we have several of those players listed here this week. And what a week it was for kickers across the league, with a dozen extra points missed in Sunday’s action. Sure, there were some weather and wind issues, but what about those in domes? So many misses and for many of us, the negative points for these misses have been quite frustrating — and yet exciting at the same time! All we can do is try to find and keep a kicker that doesn’t miss. On to this week’s wonders!
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia
When given the opportunity, Smallwood has been ready to answer the call and move the ball for the Eagles. We had Smallwood on the radar last week, and this week he gets a bump into our top category. This past week against the Seahawks, he got the bulk of the work in the second half, ending up with 13 carries for 48 yards while chipping in four catches for 31 yards. Ryan Mathews is battling a knee injury that may keep him out of next week’s game, and reports are the Sproles has a broken rib. One way or another, Smallwood will be involved in a good Monday night matchup against the Packers.
WR Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati
One of the biggest losses of the week was the Bengals losing A.J. Green for what looks to be an extended period of time. Stepping into his void against the Bills was Boyd, who ended up catching six passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Boyd will continue to see plenty of throws from Andy Dalton, look for him to continue to have fantasy relevance and be one of the top adds off the waiver wire this week.
RB Mike Gillislee, Buffalo
The injuries to LeSean McCoy continue to come fast and furious, with reports coming out that he will have surgery to repair a dislocated thumb suffered this past week against the Bengals. Gillislee rushed 14 times for 72 yards filling in last week, and he looks to be in line for some extended playing time against the Jaguars this upcoming week. He’s worth an add in all formats but make sure to check the injury reports to see if McCoy is able to play next week.
WR Pierre Garcon, Washington
The Redskins passing game has been clicking, and one of the beneficiaries of that has been Pierre Garcon. Against the Packers last week, he caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, which is plenty to get him a high mention in this week’s story. This is the third week in a row that he has had six catches, making him a solid fantasy contributor that can be relied upon. The Redskins have a great matchup coming up against Dallas, look for these numbers to continue.
TE Vance McDonald, San Francisco
With tight ends around the league catching the injury bug, McDonald gets a repeat appearance in this week’s top category. Against New England last week, he caught three passes for 46 yards, one of which went for a touchdown. He has close to 200 yards combined in the last three contests, making him a good injury/bye week fill-in.
WR Adam Thielen, Minnesota
Teams are beginning to shift their defense to cover Stefon Diggs, which is opening things up for Thielen to get involved in the offense for the Vikings. Sam Bradford found Thielen five times this week against the Cardinals, good for 65 yards and a score. We expect that these numbers will continue as Bradford is forced to spread the ball around.