There were a lot of scares in Week 4 as quite a few names ended up heading into the locker room but a few did return. Austin Ekeler is looking like the major injury right now, although they are calling int a hamstring injury. Not only have injuries come into play at a heavy rate, we get to deal with the increasing chances of postponed games. For those who are wondering how to handle those situations, it is best to provide yourself with some backup options if they move a game to Monday or Tuesday as most sites will count it. While you might have very limited options, that is where you can decide whether it is best to take the safe points or take the risk and hope the game plays. Tune into our Week 5 fantasy football rankings & projections, to help guide you throughout the week with any decisions that you have.
Joshua Kelley – Los Angeles Chargers
Average % Rostered: 55%, FAAB: 15%
While it is likely Austin Ekeler dodged a season-ending injury, he did suffer a hamstring injury. The extent still needs to be seen for how long he will be out, but if you have not been looking at Joshua Kelley, now is the time. Throw out his game against the Buccaneers, because this is a legitimate run defense that has stopped plenty of backs going back to last season. Kelley gets some very friendly matchups over the next few weeks after New Orleans. The Chargers will face the Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Raiders, which are all bottom half run defenses that will put Kelley in an above-average spot based on matchup alone.
Travis Homer – Seattle Seahawks
Average % Rostered: 2%, FAAB: 4%
If you have a deep roster and are looking to stash some players, we can look at Travis Homer. Carlos Hyde was a surprise inactive this week against Miami, which was a bit odd. Homer moved up to the second spot on the depth chart and ended up with a few touches and a receiving touchdown. If Hyde is going to be booted from having a chance to get touches each this week, Homer is someone to keep an eye on. Now if you are in a more shallow league, I would look at Nyheim Hines, Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray, and Malcolm Brown.
Chase Edmonds. – Arizona Cardinals
Average % Rostered: 25%, FAAB: 5%
Chase Edmonds has certainly looked a lot better than Kenyan Drake through the first four weeks of the season. He has two double-digit PPR point games this season and has 13 receptions through four games. Now Arizona’s offense struggled against two below-average defenses, but the road is still easy with the Jets, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Dolphins over the next four games. There is a chance Edmonds can start to steal some touches away from Drake. Either way, Edmonds is one of the better handcuffs to consider.
Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons
Average % Rostered: 52%, FAAB: 5%
Russell Gage is the guy I want the most right now and is someone to go and get if they are out there. Especially if you have players on the Patriots/Chiefs side where that game is set to play but not 100%. Gage was cleared after a concussion and with Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones dealing with some nagging injuries, Gage always has the potential to be a WR2 in this powerhouse fantasy offense. Ever as the WR3 he has seen a ton of volume and will continue to with the positive game script.
Laviska Shenault Jr. – Jacksonville Jaguars
Average % Rostered: 27%, FAAB: 5%
This was a great game for Laviska Sheanault Jr. because he scored a season-high in fantasy points even with DJ Chark back and crushing. Jacksonville will continue to find themselves in these types of games where they need to air it out. Now the next two matchups are terrific as Jacksonville takes on Houston and Detroit before the bye week. I imagine Shenault continues to get around 6-7 touches per week moving forward.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers
Average % Rostered: 39%, FAAB: 6%
With Allen Lazard set to miss quite some time, Marquez Valdes-Scantling will see a tick up in usage. Aaron Rodgers is playing great this season but a lack of depth and injuries have still arisen. While we should expect Aaron Jones and Davante Adams to be the featured guys as usual, MVS will benefit from being a secondary option in this offense. Green Bay does have the bye week coming up, but Lazard’s injury leaves him out the next 4-8 weeks, making MVS viable during that span.
Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals
Tee Higgins has seen 6, 9, and 7 targets over the last three weeks and has posted 40 PPR points in that span. Higgins could have had a bigger game against the Jaguars with a dropped pass, but overall he has looked as advertised over the last few weeks. While I don’t love the matchup against Baltimore next week, the Bengals will face the Colts, Browns, and Titans after that. These are not secondaries that will make me shy away from them.
Average % Rostered: 25%, FAAB: 5%
Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys
Average % Rostered: 33%, FAAB: 10%
The Dallas defense is one of the main reasons why they will be able to support multiple receiving options each week. Dalton Schultz now has 10, 6, and 8 targets over the last three weeks, and has caught 17 passes in that span as well. He is coming off of another strong week with 17.2 PPR points. Next up on the schedule is the Giants, Cardinals, and Washington Football Team. All three are tremendous matchups for Schultz to keep things rolling.
Mo Alie-Cox – Indianapolis Colts
Average % Rostered: 21%, FAAB: 7%
Mo Alie-Cox continues to produce for the Colts and Philip Rivers has locked him in as a key guy. Now Trey Burton is back and healthy, which gives the Colts three viable tight ends. I expect them to use a lot of two-tight end sets and Alie-Cox has been a player hyped up by many. He is the more athletic of the three tight ends and Rivers has looked his way often in key spots.
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