Man, 2020. You are something else. First, it was the Titans and Steelers, then you set the fantasy world on fire with the Cam Newton COVID-19 news and bam! 4 teams down in Week 4: New England, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee. So now maybe you’re left scrambling trying to put a team together for this week. Let us take a look at some guys flying under the radar before the Sunday slate of games that might be able to help your team this week!
QB// Matthew Stafford// Detroit Lions: The Saints are not going to have Marshon Lattimore or Janoris Jenkins in the defensive backfield and up front they will be missing Marcus Davenport this week, meaning you should fire up all your Lions options. Stafford has thrown for at least 1 TD and 244 yards in all games this season and he has a healthy Kenny Golladay at his disposal for a plus matchup. Stafford is better at home and in domes during his career and guess what; this week he has a game at home in a dome! The Saints have given up fantasy points in bunches to the QB position this season and expect it to continue.
RB// Myles Gaskin // Miami Dolphins: Coming off a 27 touch game against Jacksonville, Gaskin has taken more than 65% of the RB snaps and was the only Miami RB targeted in the passing game last week; 5 targets. Gaskin offers true workhorse value in this offense and should be effective in the passing game this week as that is the Seattle soft spot.
RB// Gus Edwards// Baltimore Ravens: He was referred to as “the closer” this week by OC Greg Roman. In a game where Baltimore should have a commanding lead against the Washington Football Team, this is a week where Edwards could shine. Edwards averaged almost 10 YPC on Monday night and has been good for an average of 7 YPC on the season. He has looked like the best back for the Ravens and this could be the week fantasy football finds out about Gus Edwards.
WR// Hunter Renfrow// Las Vegas Raiders: The Las Vegas Raiders are super hurt at the WR position and because of that Hunter Renfrow finds himself in a nice spot to be the guy for Derek Carr; possibly. Of course, Darren Waller remains the key focus of the Raiders passing attack but Renfrow can find himself looking at double-digit targets this week. The Raiders face a Buffalo Bills defense that has shown the slot is the soft spot so far this season. Jamison Crowder (7 catches/115 yards/1 TD), Mike Gesicki (8/130/1), Isaiah Ford (7/76/0) and Cooper Kupp (9/107/1) did their work from the slot and found success against the Bills. Last week against the Patriots Renfrow posted 6 catches on 9 targets for 1 TD and 84 yards. Going back to last season, Renfrow has 6 games where he has seen between 6-9 targets. Renfrow has 3 career games in which he has seen 9 targets and in every one of those games, he has scored. And in those 3 games, Renfrow has posted: 7/107/1, 6/102/1 and 6/84/1.
WR// Jarvis Landry// Cleveland Browns: It feels like not too long ago Jarvis Landry was a fantasy football darling and now he is someone that finds himself on a sleeper list. Not that it is a bad thing but it just shows you the roller coaster of football. And this week Landry finds himself facing off against a Dallas defense that just got torched in the slot by Tyler Lockett. The Cowboys have also given up an NFL worst 7 TDs to WRs after 3 weeks. This game has all the makings to be high scoring and high flying so look for Landry to have a nice showing against Dallas.
WR// Zach Pascal// Indianapolis Colts: Due to injuries with Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal was heavily involved against the Jets playing 93% of snaps. However, he only saw 4 targets in a game where the Colts were in control from the first snap. Pascal should operate from the slot where he would draw the beatable Buster Skrine. Pascal had 5 games with 70+ yards last season. Pascal could see somewhere around 7+ targets in a matchup with the Bears where the Colts are underdogs.
TE// Robert Tonyan// Green Bay Packers: 2 weeks in a row with Aaron Rodgers to Robert Tonyan for a score. Tonyan’s started 2 weeks in a row with Josiah Deguara out with injury. He’s had 8 Aaron Rodgers targets in the last 2 weeks and Tonyan gets a vulnerable Atlanta defense that gave up 6 catches for 60 yards and 2 TDs to Jimmy Graham in Week 3. This Aaron Rodgers Revenge Tour is real. With injuries at WR Tonyan is gaining the trust of 12 and could see a bump in usage this week.
FLEX// Andy Isabella// Arizona Cardinals: This one is low-volume but nice production. Isabella turned 4 catches into 2 TDs against Detroit and the week before had 67 yards on 2 catches but only 6 targets in those 2 games. A 100% catch rate but a low number which prevents excitement. Larry Fitzgerald is a shell of his former self and Christian Kirk is injured and not growing into the player many thought he would as a dynamic playmaker. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins has identified an undisputed WR1 but Hopkins is a game-time decision with an ankle injury. So another option is needed and Isabella is a burner with an opportunity to shine against the Panthers.
FLEX// Giovani Bernard// Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon was drafted in 2017 and since then Bernard has averaged 4.5 catches, 6.5 targets, 1 TD and 19.4 PPR points in the 4 games without Mixon. In Bernard’s 2 games without Mixon in 2018, he averaged 22.6 PPR points. Mixon was added late to the injury report on Saturday morning with a chest ailment. While it is not expected to be serious being added a day before kickoff is never a good sign.