Take’em or Leave’em
Alexander Mattison – Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
Mattison might not be available in your league but if he is, go and get him. Mattison has been long thought of as one of the best handcuff options and after Dalvin Cook’s injury, he is a must-own in every league. If Cook misses anytime, Mattison is an instant plug-in-play, especially with Minnesota’s matchup next week against Atlanta’s lackluster defense.
Verdict: Take’em – Even if Cook isn’t expected to miss much time, you should go get him. Cook has dealt with injuries his entire career and when Cook is out, Mattison is a must-start in a run-heavy Vikings offense. He is worth 30%-35% of FAAB
Chase Claypool – Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
Wow, what a rookie receiver class. The highly touted rookie receiving class has been living up to the hype. Claypool is just another one of those guys who has broken out. In week 4, Claypool was WR1 and had 4 TDS!!
Verdict: Take’em, but don’t expect performances like this every week. There are a lot of good players on the Steelers offense and, although I do think Claypool is very talented, I don’t think he will be consistent enough to start week to week unless Diontae Johnson or Juju miss multiple weeks. Worth about 10% of FAAB
Travis Fulgham – Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
Fulgham has looked pretty good two weeks in a row now. A week after hauling in a late long touchdown, Fulgham broke out for 10 catches, 152 yards, and a TD. The Eagles offense has been depleted with injuries and Fulgham has taken full advantage of his opportunity.
Verdict: Leave’em - Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert are all expected back from injury soon.
Other pickup options:
Alshon Jeffery – Mentioned here last week, but is still owned in just 16% of leagues. Jeffery, when healthy, has always performed and Wentz is desperate to get one of his favorite targets back.
Justin Jackson – Also mentioned here last week, but again, just owned in 49% of leagues. In week 5, Jackson out-touched and outgained Joshua Kelly. As long as Ekeler is out Jackson can be a weekly flex play.
J.D. McKissic – Only an option in PPR leagues, but Mckissic has now received 8 targets in each of the last two weeks. Although his ceiling isn’t very high, he has a solid floor with the amount of receiving work he is getting.
Tim Patrick – Patrick has quietly had a pretty solid year, producing double-digit points in his last two weeks played. With Sutton out for the year and KJ Hamler dealing with a hamstring injury, Patrick can be a solid flex option in plus matchups.
Christian Kirk – A talented player who for the most part hasn’t lived up to expectations to this point of his career. Kirk has double-digit PPR points in two straight weeks and with a good matchup in week 6 against Dallas, Kirk can be started.