The COVID scheduling strikes again in fantasy. Some games got postponed and moved around quite a few others. It is even more important this season to make sure your bench is filled with guys you can stick in the lineup at a moments notice and not guys who have struggled the past few weeks. Here is where this weeks adds and drops can help set you up for success.
Chase Claypool, wide receiver, Steelers: Claypool had one of the greatest games that helped absolutely no one in fantasy. He is on less than 20 percent of Yahoo Sports fantasy rosters, and he just had a four touchdown game. 11 targets, seven catches, 110 receiving yards and a few carries led to the big game. Claypool has had two good games and two not so good, but if he can pop off for multiple touchdowns in a game then he deserves to be on rosters.
Travis Fulgham, wide receiver, Eagles: In the same game that Claypool broke out, Fulgham came out of nowhere with a huge game of his own. He had 13 targets that led to 10 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He is only on three percent of rosters currently, which means he is probably the most widely available of any name this week. He is benefiting from the receiving group not being healthy in Philadelphia right now, but it is hard to think he won’t stay in the fold after that kind of a game.
Chase Edmonds, running back, Cardinals: It is becoming fairly clear that Edmonds is going to be the most fantasy relevant running back in Arizona. Kenyan Drake’s value is seriously capped right now with Kyler Murray taking so many rushing attempts. Edmonds role as a pass catcher also just seems to fit what this offense is trying to do. He now has had at least 15 points in the past two games, and he is becoming a reliable flex option.
Andy Dalton, quarterback, Cowboys: Those who lost Dak Prescott to injury may not be disappointed with Dalton the next couple of weeks. He should also be a decent streaming option the next two weeks with games against the Cardinals and then Washington. Dalton was always able to put up big numbers when surrounded by a great supporting cast, and there is no doubt that the Cowboys have that surrounding him. His struggles this week can be concerning, but he also just stepped in unexpectedly after Prescott’s injury. Actually having a week to prepare and practice may yield better results.
A.J. Green, wide receiver, Bengals: The injury many speculated was finally announced. Green left the game with a hamstring injury that Zac Taylor said was a soft tissue injury. He hasn’t looked like himself all season, and he just hasn’t been hitting that gear that we’ve all become accustomed to. What would be good for him is being shutdown for a few weeks and actually recover rather than practice through it. You may want to roster Green still, but even if he continues to try to play you should keep him on the bench.
Russell Gage, wide receiver, Falcons: Gage started off the season hot with two quality games. Since then he has been practically nonexistent. He hasn’t eclipsed five fantasy points in the past three games, and he hasn’t even been competing with Julio Jones for targets in two of those games either. Gage is probably better off not being rostered in leagues at this point.
Jerick McKinnon, running back, 49ers: McKinnon’s time in the sun was fun while it lasted, but Raheem Mostert returned this week, and it was clear that he is the lead back in this backfield. McKinnon only had three touches on the day, and he barely recorded a blip on the fantasy radar this week. Unless you have him tucked away as a handcuff for Mostert, there isn’t much of a reason to hold onto him at this point.
Rob Gronkowski, tight end, Bucs: Yeah this really hasn’t been the magical reunion many probably expected with Gronkowski and Tom Brady. He is coming off one of his better games, but Chris Goodwin should be returning to regain some of the targets. Gronkowski just really hasn’t looked like himself so far this season, and until he does he won’t be doing much of anything for you in fantasy either. He only has 12 catches for 140 yards in five games. That used to just be a good game for him.