One of the most important keys to victory in fantasy football is constant adjustments to improve your team in any situation. Even those squads ravaged by injury can survive if you get the right replacements.
In the league itself, injuries have created opportunities for players like Thomas Rawls and Charcandrick West. You want to follow its example by adding these lesser-known competitors to your roster to help fill in for Marshawn Lynch or Jamaal Charles.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Many have lost interest in Teddy Bridgewater do to his mediocre fantasy numbers, but the fact is he hasn’t played poorly. ESPN.com’s Chris Sprow took a look at the quarterback’s performance despite facing tons of pressure:
Hopefully the bye week helped fix the pass protection, because as soon as that happens this could be a quality offense. Adrian Peterson will still do his job in the run game while Bridgewater will be able to find more openings in the passing attack.
This week could be a time to shine against a Kansas City defense that is giving up 21.2 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, slightly behind the Baltimore Ravens for worst in the NFL, according to ESPN. Every quarterback has finished with at least 17 points against the Chiefs this year, and Bridgewater can do the same—or more—thanks to his impressive accuracy.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown has had a few good games, but now he faces three of the top five defenses against fantasy quarterbacks in a row. If you are streaming quarterbacks every week, Bridgewater is the better pickup.
Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee Titans
Running backs involved in committees, especially on bad teams, are usually ones to avoid. The fact that Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t care much which player is on the field is another bad sign, as he explained last week via TitansOnline.com:
I’m just happy that we’re more effective running the football. That to me is the first step. All that about if it’s one back or if it’s different guys, I really don’t care, if we can be effective running the football, it helps with a lot of things. It helps time of possession, which we’re doing pretty good. It helps with some of the play action game where we’ve hit some shots down the field. So it’s an important part of it, and hopefully it continues.
Antonio Andrews was also the least effective of the three players on the ground in Week 5 with seven carries for nine yards. So why pick him up? Because he has the best chance to be productive on a weekly basis.
Andrews’ 10 touches were equal with Bishop Sankey and one more than Dexter McCluster, he scored the Titans’ only touchdown and led the team in receiving yards. After going from a defense ranked 10th in the league in yards per carry allowed to 28th in the New England Patriots, Andrews has a chance at a better day.
Dwayne Harris, WR, New York Giants
Although he hasn’t been as hot as New Orleans’ Willie Snead (pick him up as well if available), Dwayne Harris has 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has played well lately, but he has run out of alternative options to throw the ball to due to injuries and the ineffectiveness of other players.
The injuries part has gotten worse this week with both Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle nursing hamstring injuries. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News notes the team is hoping both can at least practice:
Beckham at least returned late in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers, but Randle was declared out quickly. If one or both of them cannot play in Week 6, Harris would see a major uptick in targets.
Even without the injuries, Harris has played well in a pass-heavy attack with an effective quarterback. These are good recipes for success as a fantasy receiver.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons
While Jacob Tamme‘s eight catches for 94 yards in Week 5 was a surprise, it wasn’t necessarily a fluke. The veteran tight end missed most of the last two games with a concussion and had 77 receiving yards in Week 2 before getting hurt.
The Atlanta Falcons have the No. 8 passing attack in the NFL, and every play can’t go to Julio Jones, especially if he is too hurt to play. Tamme represents a safety net for quarterback Matt Ryan and will likely be open quite often in the middle of the field while defenses pay attention to other players.
After posting a couple of big seasons alongside Peyton Manning with both the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, Tamme is somewhat of a proven commodity in the league, but he now has a chance to show what he can do on his own.
Against a New Orleans Saints defense that has struggled defending tight ends, Tamme is a good bet to keep his recent success going.
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