My sympathies to a) anyone who had to go up against Christian McCaffrey or Aaron Jones this week or b) those who left Will Fuller on their bench. Actually, double sympathies to those who didn’t start Fuller. His performance was the ninth best fantasy outing by a wide receiver ever. EVER, I SAY! Missing out on a showing like that would make me quit fantasy football. How do you recover from that?
Tired answer: you don’t.
Wired answer: you move on, attack the waiver wire, land the guy who goes for 60 fantasy points next week and return to the pinnacle of your league like the true champion you are! HUZZAH!
Here are 9 players you should be targeting and working hard to get onto your fantasy team this week (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
QB Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints (8% owned)
If you’ve been streaming your quarterbacks or play in a super flex league (which you all should be because it’s great) and you’ve been looking for a stable pick at the position, Teddy B might just be your guy. Bridgewater torched the Buccaneers for 314 yards and four touchdowns. Despite Drew Brees throwing the ball around in practice, he’s still set to return in Week 8, meaning Bridgewater has two more games ahead of him to keep getting you solid fantasy production.
RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (7% owned)
Edwards hasn’t had a breakout game yet this season but he has had at least six touches in the last three games and been fairly productive with them. The reason he’s on this list however is the Ravens next opponent: the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are currently giving up the most fantasy points to running backs and have allowed at least two running backs to score double digit fantasy points in all but two of their games this season. Edwards may still only get six to eight touches next week, but against the Bengals, that could easily lead to a lot of yards or a touchdown.
WR Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (67% owned)
Ok, this is well above my 50% owned rule (and even above my “one guy just over 50% owned” rule) but if Gallup is available in your league, you need to get him right now. After missing two games with a knee injury, Gallup came back into the offense and picked up right where he left off. He caught seven balls on 14 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. He is the deep threat this offense needs to work and he worth spending all your FAAB or waiver priority to get.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (41% owned)
I told you last week to add Sanu after he had seven catches on 12 targets for 91 yards against the Titans. He followed that game up with a five for five performance for 42 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Texans. That makes it three games in a row that he’s either gone over 75 yards receiving or caught a touchdown. With a game against the Cardinals on the horizon, Sanu should be on your fantasy team.
WR Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals (22% owned)
Tate was a very popular add this week when news broke that John Ross was headed to IR. He didn’t have the most stellar game, catching three balls on six targets for 26 yards but saved those who bet on him in DFS with a late game touchdown. What’s encouraging to see is Tate finishing second on the team in targets behind Tyler Boyd. Hopefully he and Andy Dalton will start building trust and rapport. Picking him up isn’t a bad idea, even though it means putting some modicum of faith in the Bengals offense.
WR Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (17% owned)
His performance Sunday will likely go overlooked since Fuller decided to drink his Michael’s Special Stuff and suddenly become unguardable, but Coutee is certainly worth getting off waivers. With Kenny Stills out, Coutee came in and caught three balls on four targets for 72 yards. Nothing spectacular, but that’s solid production from the second year receiver. With a likely shootout against the Chiefs looming, I’d stock up on Deshaun Watson’s weapons.
WR Darius Slayton, New York Giants (0% owned)
This is for those of you who play in a deep, 30 team league. Since Daniel Jones has taken over the Giants offense, Slayton has shown flashes of what he can do in the passing game. He’s seen five targets and gone over 60 yards receiving in two of the last three games, and got into the end zone Sunday against the Vikings. He won’t be threatening Sterling Shepard or Golden Tate’s starting jobs anytime soon, but he’s worth stashing as the bye weeks start coming in full force.
TE Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (7% owned)
After the Buccaneers went into LA and beat the Rams, many were wondering what changes Sean McVay would make to his offense. What we saw Thursday night was an emphasis on the tight end position with Everett finishing with seven catches on a staggering 11 targets for 136 yards. The Rams face the 49ers, Falcons and Bengals in their next three games. Expect the Rams offense not only to get back on track, but Everett to be a large part of the game plan going forward.
TE Hayden Hurst, Baltimore Ravens (3% owned)
Mark Andrews left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and while he did return in overtime, it’ll be something worth monitoring during the week. If he does miss time, Hurst will see an increased role in the offense. We all know the Ravens love to target their tight ends. Even with Andrews in the game, Hurst had four catches on four targets for 32 yards Sunday.