Major injuries continue to reek havoc on your roster. The biggest one this week is obviously Odell Beckham Jr. However, there were minor injuries that lead to certain players exiting games prematurely. For example, Bilal Powell who had a favorable match-up with the Cleveland Browns but left due to a strained calf. How about Miami Dolphins DeVante Parker who was salivating over a match-up with a Tennessee Titans secondary that was allowing plenty of big plays. Unfortunately he left early with an ankle sprain...

These things are going to happen, you just hope you're able to avoid too many of them hampering your team all in one week.

For those of you who picked up and deployed Green Bay Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones last week, kudos to you. You were paid off in a big way and hopefully were able to turn that performance into a win. Unless of course you were going up against someone with the Jacksonville defense or San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. Or worst case scenario you were facing both....

Nevertheless, it's Tuesday and that means it's time for a brand new week! So many new opportunities, players to pick up, and oh yeah a new set of players on a bye week.

Teams with a bye this week are as followed: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle

 

Running Backs:

Elijah McGuire (NYJ, 14.6% Owned in ESPN Leagues):

The former Ragin' Cajun has found himself some opportunity in the New York Jets backfield. With starter Matt Forte battling old man knee issues and Bilal Powell having left last weeks game early due to the strained calf as mentioned earlier, this could mean very good things for young McGuire. He wasn't able to do much last week but we'll have to wait and see how this week pans out for Powell. If Powell's unable to go and Forte's still down and out, it'll be all Elijah McGuire baby, jump on the Ragin' Cajun train now!

Matt Breida (SF, 7.1% Owned):

Starting running back for the San Fransisco 49ers, Carlos Hyde has been dealing with a hip injury which has limited his game action. With the uncertainty of Hyde, if you're a Hyde owner I think it's time to jump on the Matt Breida bandwagon. He's touched the ball more and more each week and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan came out and said that as long as Hyde's healthy he'll start but he won't hesitate to play whichever back is more productive.

Jerick McKinnon (MIN, 29.3% Owned):

We were all curious if McKinnon could step his game up in the absence of rookie Dalvin Cook and boy did he on Monday night. Latavius Murray handled the early down work as we expected but McKinnon cleaned up on the passing downs and when it was all said and done even out-carried Murray (16-12). Maybe this was just Murray shaking off some rust but even if that was the case McKinnon led the team in receptions in week 5 as well. I think he's the more complete back right now for this team.

 

Wide Receivers:

Roger Lewis (NYG, .2% Owned)

As partly detailed in the open, the Giants lost their game changing talent at wide receiver in OBJ. However, it's also confirmed that they've lost veteran Brandon Marshall for the season as he'll have ankle surgery and Sterling Shepard is dealing with an ankle problem as well. It's really incredible that the three top targets for the Giants all have weak ankles, I guess it's a microcosm for what their season's turned into. I don't know where else Eli Manning could possibly go with the ball at the wide receiver position right now other than to Lewis. If you have some issues at wide receiver or are in a very deep league, take a shot with Roger Lewis because honestly, what other options do the Giants have in a miserable 0-5 start to the season?

JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT, 3.1% Owned):

What a mess in Pittsburgh, for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. First, Antonio Brown throws a fit on the sidelines in week 4 after Ben Roethlisberger couldn't get him the ball on a route in which he became wide open. Second, after a 5 interception day in week 5 Big Ben openly questions himself to reporters about if he still "has it". However, this team and offense in particular has too much talent on it for me not to like someone who's shown up over the past four weeks. There were times in week 5 it seemed Ben was forcing the ball into AB and I'm sure that led to one or two of the picks but Ju Ju Smith-Schuster has looked pretty good! He's scored a touchdown in two of his last four games and even with Brown and Le'Veon Bell dominating targets he's averaged five a game over the past four games.

John Brown (ARZ, 41.6% Owned):

The Arizona Cardinals offense has been difficult to quantify this season without their main cog in David Johnson. The only thing we can count on is that Carson Palmer is going to sling it and sling it a whole heck of a lot. The Cardinals just added running back Adrian Peterson, we're not sure what he's got left but we know they're still going to throw the ball. This is where John Brown comes in. He's been dealing with his sickle-cell trait and hasn't been on the field as much as he would have hoped. Last week was the first time we saw him make meaningful impact on the field. He was second in the receiving corp in snaps played, saw seven targets, and scored a touchdown. If he's able to stay healthy, he'll be an interesting flex play/bye week plugin.

 

Tight End:

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (NYJ, 36.1% Owned):

The New York Jets are 3-2, holy crap. Who would have thought this was possible!? Even with the winning record there still aren't many receiving options for quarterback Josh McCown to throw to. However, one of those options continues to be Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He's played in three games, he's gotten 15 catches on 18 targets, and snagged his first touchdown catch of the season. This week he's got the New England Patriots defense who continues to be underwhelming, look for him to get consistent opportunities.

 

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