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It’s time to start working past the injury carnage from last weekend. We’re here for you. Let’s take a look at the players you should be targeting to maybe help you in Week 9.
QB STREAMER OF THE WEEK
Derek Carr @ LAC
Forget about the Cleveland game. Sleet was coming down sideways. There was no throwing to be done on that day. Focus more on the previous 3 games, when Carr threw for at least 300 yards and/or 2 TD. The Chargers are coming off a walk-off, rip-your-heart-out loss to the Broncos and they just traded former starting DB Desmond King. And he was starting for a defense that’s #30 against the QB in FPPG.
Kirk Cousins vs. DET
Cousins has a thing for playing against the Lions. In Week 7 at Motown last year, he completed 24 of 34 passes for 338 yards and 4 TDs. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are playing at a high level, and the Lions are #21 against QBs in fantasy. And the Lions have amped up their own passing game the past couple weeks, so a shootout game is calling.
Drew Lock @ ATL
John Elway got a good look at what he was going for when Justin Herbert lit the field on fire for 3 quarters before the Denver offense woke up and pulled off an incredible comeback win. Lock made some good throws, including the walk-off winner. And let’s not forget that the Falcons have allowed the 2nd-most passing yards this season at 2491, while the Broncos are #23 against the QB in FPPG. On the fast track in Hotlanta, both offenses will feel like a 7-on-7 drill.
Tyler Ervin @ 49ers
With Aaron Jones expected to sit, and AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams in COVID-19 protocols, it’s next man up. Ervin has 4 rushes for 43 yards, and caught 6 of 9 targets for 33 yards, so it’s not like he hasn’t seen the field. The Packers do try to run, so Ervin should have opportunities. The 49ers are #2 in FPPG allowed to the RB, so the sledding could be rough. But this would be a starting RB in a week when they’re not exactly plentiful.
Damien Harris @ NYJ
The Patriots are going to their old ways of relying on the run as the leaves turn brown and the temps start to drop. Harris running 16 times for 102 yards and 1 score are a testament to that. Sony Michel is still on IR, so Harris should still be the lead ballcarrier for the Patriots. The Jets have not been as good as they have been against the run, as they’re #24 with 785 rushing yards allowed.
JaMycal Hasty vs. GB
Hasty is a high-energy runner who hardly distinguished himself with 29 yards and a score. Tevin Coleman went out with a knee injury, and Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson are on IR. The Packers are coming up on a short week, and look what Dalvin Cook did to them. Plus, the memories of the 49ers trampling the Packers twice last year are still fresh.
La’Mical Perine vs. NE MNF
The Patriots defending the run are a shell of what they’d like to be, as they’ve been gashed for 846 yards through 8 games. The Jets have still been giving the ball to Frank Gore, though that should change as the Jets are playing for 2021 and need to find out if Perine is a player for the future.
Cam Akers BYE
Yes, he’s on a bye this week, but did you see that run where Akers made 3 Dolphins miss tackles? That shows the talent he has. Add to it that Darrell Henderson has a thigh injury, which if it lingers into the next game could mean more carries for Akers.
Gus Edwards @ IND
Keep in mind that Edwards still got 1 more carry than J.K. Dobbins as the pair combined for 200 yards against a top-flight Steeler D. The Colts are still 3rd in FPPG to the RB at 14.3, so this figures to be a tough game. Edwards could still be a good bye-week play.
Deejay Dallas @ BUF
The 58 total yards seem pretty pedestrian, but the 2 TDs show that when Seattle was close, the ball went to the rookie. He started because Carlos Hyde and Chris Carson were out. It’s worth a pickup to grab Dallas just in case the two players above him on the depth chart are out again. The Bills are #28 in rushing yards allowed at 861.
Marvin Jones @ MIN
Those who were quick to bury Jones had to watch him go for 80 yards in Week 7 and a pair of TDs this past Sunday. He’ll be facing a Minnesota D that is #31 in FPPG, and Kenny Golladay has already been ruled out. Marvin Hall is another player to grab for bye weeks or a cheap DFS dart throw.
Corey Davis vs. CHI
In the past 2 weeks Davis has seen 20 total targets, which he turned into 14 catches, 163 yards and a pair of TDs. That’s with a healthy A.J. Brown alongside him. Davis may be turning into this year’s Devante Parker. Though beware, the Bear secondary is legit. Chicago is #3 against WR in FPPG.
Henry Ruggs @ LAC
Throw out the past 2 games. The Tampa Bay secondary may be the best in the game, and we’ve already talked about the weather in Cleveland. Carr is taking more deep shots, and Ruggs is one of the primary beneficiaries. Ruggs could haul in a bomb and make fantasy managers’ days.
Jalen Reagor BYE
He’s FINALLY healthy. OK, the bye is not at a great time if you’re in win-now mode (who isn’t?) and can’t spare the roster spot. Coming out of the bye he has the Giants, Browns and Seahawks. The way rookie WRs have been flourishing this year, Reagor is as good a bet as any to keep it going.
Eric Ebron @ DAL
Seeing Dallas on this week’s schedule will get those rostering George Kittle to stop crying in their beers and look to pick up Ebron, who has at least 5 targets in all but 2 games thus far.
Jordan Reed vs. GB
On Oct. 28, Reed was designated to return from IR, so there is a chance that he gets to play this week against the Packers. If he can, a healthy body will be welcomed in a passing game that has just been decimated by injuries. Reed would probably be the #2 target behind Brandon Aiyuk in the 49er passing game, no matter who is playing QB.
Trey Burton vs. BAL
Hard to look past the 2 rushing scores over his last couple games. He’s gotten at least 4 targets in his 4 games, and the Ravens are 21st in FPPG allowed to the TE. Another dart throw as the leaguewide TE depth takes another big hit.