As the saying goes, “when it rains, it pours”, which is the state of things for the New York Giants. Looking for their first win in five tries, not only did they once again come up short on the scoreboard, but they lost their prized player in Odell Beckham. Even beyond that, the Giants lost three more wide receivers in the game, most of which will also be out an extended period of time.
If that is the story of how your fantasy season has gone so far, then this is exactly what we are here for. Don’t give up, never give up. There is still time to turn your season around. Plenty of fodder to pick through this week as we scan the positions to give you some hope of getting things turned around if you are down. For those that are riding high, we are also here for you as you continue to dominate.
Before we get to this week’s wonders, a quick recap of our trio of Solid Pickups from last week. All three are owned in a shade more than half of the online leagues, but if available, they are your top pickups for this week. Aaron Jones was the big story, as he rushed for 125 yards while scoring a touchdown for the Packers. Green Bay will surely be using him as their workhorse back this week and beyond. In New York, Wayne Gallman split carries with Orleans Darkwa, with Gallman getting more carries as the game wore on. Darkwa was battling a calf injury, opening the door for Gallman to tally up over 80 yards in total offense. Look for Gallman to continue to see the edge in carries. Alex Collins in Baltimore had a good week, rushing for 55 yards, but his lack of involvement in the passing game hurts his fantasy appeal
RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets
We had McGuire on last week’s radar, and though he disappointed in his overall numbers last week against the Browns, a favorable matchup on tap with the Patriots vaults him into this week’s top category as a solid pickup. With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell both looking unlikely to play this week, as the lone runner against a soft Patriots defense is a recipe for an outstanding fantasy day for McGuire.
RB Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota
Another player we had on last week’s radar comes highly recommended this week, and that is Jerick McKinnon. We looked into the future and thought he had a great chance to surpass Latavius Murray as the primary carrier for the Vikings, and apparently the future was this past Monday night. Against the Bears he was dynamite, rushing 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. As if that was not enough, he also caught six passes for 51 yards in the air. Look for McKinnon to continue as the top option out of the Minnesota backfield.
TE Ed Dickson, Carolina
The numbers this past week are going to be eye opening to teams that play the Panthers. Without Greg Olson, defenses figured they would not need to worry about a Carolina tight end, but 175 yards on five catches against the Lions is going to force teams to reconsider. The previous week against New England, Dickson went for 62 yards, so this is not a fluke. Cam Newton has put the early season rust behind him, throwing for over 300 yards in each of the last two games. Dickson is and will continue to be a big part of the passing game.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
After sitting out the first few weeks, the numbers continue to rise from week-to-week for Seferian-Jenkins. Last week against the Browns, on a day where he tallied six catches for 29 yards, we saw him visit the endzone for the first time this season. Look for him to continue to be involved in the Jets passing game this week against New England.
On the Radar
RB Matt Breida, San Francisco
The 49ers are saying that the reduction in touches for Carlos Hyde was not injury related, but any time a coach talks about riding a “hot hand”, fantasy owners have to take notice. This could have been something to light a fire under Hyde, with the end result this week against the Colts being that Breida notched ten carries for 49 yards to go along with three catches and 22 yards by air. This is a situation worth keeping an eye on, for now, we will put Breida on the radar.
TE Nick O’Leary, Buffalo
The Bills have been heavily using their tight end, and with starter Charles Clay out for the next few weeks, Nick O’Leary will step in and be the pass catching tight end for Buffalo. Last week after Clay went out, O’Leary caught five passes for 54 yards, look for those numbers (and possibly more) to go in the direction of the cousin of Mr. Wonderful.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh
Taking advantage of some playing time due to injuries elsewhere, JuJu has quietly put together back-to-back games where he has shown the potential for some high fantasy production. This week against the Jaguars he was good for four catches and 58 yards, this a week after hauling in three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. If Ben Roethlisberger can straighten out his throws, we expect the stats to continue to build for JuJu.
TE George Kittle, San Francisco
The rookie came alive for the 49ers this week, tallying seven catches for 83 yards. He also made his first trip into the endzone. This comes on the heels of three consecutive quiet weeks, so we will drop him on the radar for now to see if he can be a more consistent part of the San Francisco offense.