In a week that relied on players like Josh Johnson or Adrian Peterson, Week 9 was certainly one to remember (or forget). The Derrick Henry injury is just an unfriendly reminder that your team is not bulletproof. The fantasy gods care not for how much time and effort you put into your fantasy team. Instead, you will be rewarded by reading as much content from the Fantasy’s Phinest team.
With that, let’s take a look at the upcoming players this week you should be looking to add to your roster. The bye weeks are still in effect or you may have injured players and need a player with a pulse to plug into your lineup. The question is, what player with a pulse will lead you to victory.
I’m double-checking as I write this article and yes, it’s 2021. Devonta Freeman doesn’t feel like he’s been fantasy relevant in several years, however, when you’re looking for a fill-in running back you may not have many options. Freeman has not had a huge game but he has also had a solid floor while scoring three touchdowns over the last three weeks.
In an offense with a lack of playmakers on the ground, outside of lamar Jackson’s legs, Freeman has an opportunity to lead the rushing that has many opportunities to score. While touchdowns are difficult to predict and may be hard to come by, as long as Latavius Murray remains out, Freeman is flex worthy and can be started in your lineup.
Depending on your league’s bench setup, someone may not have had a chance to hold onto Logan Thomas. If he is available, he is about as good of a waiver wire to find at the position you could hope to scoop up. Thomas had a modest 16% target share, but this Washington football team is still very much in need of another passing threat outside of Terry McLaurin. He also gets Tampa Bay’s defense this week which has been very generous to the tight end.
It’s not very often you can pick up a potential top 5 player at their position and plug him directly into your line-up. Going forward it would be hard not to predict him as a top 10 option moving forward. Even if he is not available on your waiver wire, potentially make a low-end offer for him if you need a tight end.
With the departure of another wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., Donovan People’s Jones is in line for an uptick in targets. How many targets is yet to be decided. The offense is not predicated on their ability to pass first. There is an embarrassment of riches at the running back position that far supersedes the ability to move the ball through the air.
People’s-Jones has the biggest big-play ability on the offense and that showed in their recent game against Cincinnati. He caught two passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. While you would like to see more volume than this, especially in PPR leagues, he may see more overall volume if he and Baker can build some chemistry together.
Many people thought Elijah Moore would be performing at this level sooner rather than later. The truth is that rookies tend to struggle in this league. While there isn’t much analysis to that statement, it did not reflect in the unrealistic expectations for Moore at the start of the season. What will be difficult for Moore is when Zach Wilson returns, he and Moore have not been on the same page for much of the season.
Moore caught 7 of his 8 targets against the Colts and 2 touchdowns. This type of production should not be expected every week, and he may struggle against a tough Bill’s secondary. Moore is more of a stash play due to injuries or bye weeks. There is a scenario where he turns into a consistent player down the stretch of the season where rookies tend to improve more often than not.
Head coach Nick Sirianni spoke about getting Jordan Howard more touches and it came to fruition. Howard may only be useful for another week or two, but if a running back is getting 17 touches, that is useful in any format. Howard will still be a touchdown-dependent player, but he has scored three touchdowns in the last two weeks.
The opportunity will be there for Howard to be a fine flex play or replace an injured player or fill in for a bye week. There was also talk about getting more work even when Sanders comes back, which will be a mess of a workload between 4 running backs. I would like to be a fantasy manager who can capitalize for a week or two, especially if it leads my team to a victory.