The year 2020 continues to make its presence felt, with several NFL games being moved and postponed. A whole slew of future changes were announced, as a domino effect of COVID testing results these last few weeks. All we can do is continue to be happy that we have some football and take it as it comes.
We have several to talk about in this week’s story, but before we get to the meat, there are a couple of players worth mentioning off the top. Generally, we try to mention only players that are owned in less than half the online leagues, which can at times, leave some desirable players off the wonders list. There are several this week that are owned in 70 percent plus, but in case you are a lucky owner in that other 30 percent, then players like Alexander Mattison in Minnesota, Justin Jackson of the Los Angeles Chargers, and Tee Higgins in Cincinnati would be top free agent selections this week. They’re likely on rosters but three out of ten of you have at least one of them sitting on your wire.
Beyond those, we do have a nice grouping of players from which to choose. A few are lighting things up right now and are likely to continue to do so, so get on those guys right away. The rest are guys who are poised to make a move in a week or two. There is one team in particular that has been performing well, and we see that team continuing their offensive prowess. As a result, we have a four-pack of Miami Dolphins players mentioned in this space.
Something for everyone this week … on to the wonders!
WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh
To say that he has become the top target for Pittsburgh is really not saying enough. Against Philadelphia he caught 11 passes for 110 yards and was by far the top ball catcher for Pittsburgh. As if that was not enough, three of those catches ended up with him in the end zone AND he also rushed for another score. The rookie had himself quite a day with four touchdowns; it’s the kind of performance that can cement a player as the top-option on his team. Look for Claypool to continue to have a big fantasy impact; he should be one of the top options to add from the waiver wire this week.
WR Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia
Coming out of that same game, we highlight another wideout who will continue to have fantasy success. Fulgham was trying to keep up with Claypool on the other sideline, as he enjoyed a highly successful fantasy week. The second-year man caught 10 passes for 152 yards, with one of those going for a touchdown. The Philadelphia pass-catching options have been ravaged by injury, so look for Fulgham to continue to have fantasy success.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami
We have mentioned Fitzpatrick in this space before, and for the second week in a row he has thrown for over 300 yards. The talk of Tua Tagovailoa has died down, as Fitzpatrick is in full-effect right now after Miami beat up on San Francisco this past weekend. He went for 350 yards in this one, three touchdowns to no interceptions, which was on the heels of a 315-yard effort against Seattle that also saw him rush for a score. Miami has the New York Jets on tap, where the magic will continue. This may be the last opportunity to get him on your roster.
WR Preston Williams, Miami
Miami does have some talent at wide receiver, which is the leading reason for their offensive surge. This week taking top honors was Preston Williams. He has always been in the mix as one of the top targets of Fitzpatrick, and this past week he made it work against San Francisco. He caught four passes for 106 and a touchdown, a performance that is likely to keep him in a prominent role going forward. Miami has the hapless New York Jets this week, where its offensive prowess will continue.
QB Andy Dalton, Dallas
By now most have either seen the clip and/or heard the news about Dak Prescott. Sadly, on a weekend where Alex Smith made his return to the NFL after his unfortunate injury, Prescott suffered an injury that was equally as difficult to watch. The former Cincinnati quarterback will step in behind center, and he is more than capable of leading an NFL offense. He will have plenty of weapons at his disposal, and, with the struggles of the defense, Dalton will have plenty of opportunity to throw the ball. He will not rack up the yards on the ground like Prescott, but look for him to be a strong performer and a viable fantasy option.
K Jason Sanders, Miami
They say a rising tide carries all ships, which in fantasy terms means that when an offense is scoring a ton of points, its kicker is bound to be enjoying a personal hot streak of his own. Miami has been hot, and its kicker has been white hot. Sanders has connected from three-point range five times in each of the last two games, which includes four from 40-plus yards and one from 50-plus. Do not be afraid to pull the trigger and upgrade your kicker by picking up Sanders.
RB Matt Breida, Miami
We mentioned Breida in this space last week, and based on his performance and availability, he gets a second showing again this week. The numbers have not been standing out, but he is the clear backup to Myles Gaskin for Miami. This past week he carried the ball nine times, so Miami does feel like he is trustworthy. Should anything happen to Gaskin, Breida is poised to continue in his role. Those looking for a good backup NFL running back can pick up Brieda and stash him on their roster.
TE Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay
With O.J. Howard out for the season, Tampa Bay will be relying more and more on Brate to catch the ball from Tom Brady. Rob Gronkowski may get a toss or two, but his best years are well behind him, so it will be Brate carrying the load. This week against Chicago he caught five passes for 44 yards, and we see him continuing on the path of 5-7 passes per game.
On the Radar
TE Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
He has been slicing away at Tyler Higbee’s production little by little, to the point where this week against Washington, it was Everett who was the more productive tight end. He ended the day with four catches and 90 yards, as compared with two catches and 12 yards for Higbee. This is a speculative add, but one worth considering for the fantasy owner in need of a backup tight end to cover a bye week down the road.
WR Rashard Higgins, Cleveland
Another speculative add at the end of this week’s story, we give the third receiver for Cleveland a mention. Cleveland is all about Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but the team does run a lot of three receiver sets with Higgins performing in that role. This week against Indianapolis he snagged three passes for 31 yards, one of which went for a touchdown. He is not a player who is going to be spectacular, but this week’s performance might be the start of some consistent throws in his direction. He is worth a look for those that have space at the bottom of their roster.