The bye weeks are getting easier but the injuries are piling up as we head into Week 10. As always, Know It All Football is here to offer you some free advice to help fill those gaping holes in your lineup as we head into the homestretch of the fantasy season.
This week, we’ve highlighted three wide receivers, one running back and a Defense/Special team unit to consider plugging into your lineup to either minimize the damage or get unexpected production.
Chris Givens, WR, Rams – The Colts beat the Texans, but at what cost? Houston exposed Indy’s secondary on deep passes most of the night. With the numbers Zac Stacy has put up recently, the Colts will need to focus on stopping him, giving Chris Givens – St. Louis’ most dependable deep threat – a real chance to do some fantasy damage.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Raiders – Oh look, McFadden is hurt again. Weird. It looks like the stars have finally aligned for a healthy Rashad Jennings to get his chance as a feature back. He put up 176 total yards and a score against the Eagles. Look for the veteran back to attack the Giants in the run and pass game for another respectable outing.
Pittsburgh D/ST – Yes, they got obliterated by New England last weekend, but I believe Mike Tomlin when he says he will fix it. The Steelers are too good to turn in two straight defensive duds. They face a Buffalo team who will be fighting off a letdown after nearly handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season. I like the Steelers as a safe play.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans – Don’t look now, but the Arizona Cardinals are on the verge of being right in the thick of the NFC playoff race. They’ll put Patrick Peterson on Andre Johnson in an effort to take Case Keenum’s favorite target away from his. No matter, as Keenum is a gamer and will respond by making Hopkins his most targeted receiver.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars – The loss of Justin Blackmon for the year leaves Shorts as Jacksonville’s only viable receiving threat. I don’t believe Tennessee has a corner that can cover him. As a result, he’ll get plenty of looks while the Jags are surely firing the ball all over the field to play catch-up.
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