If you thought last week was rough with teams on a bye, this week promises to be absolutely horrific. However, not all is yet lost. Here are four players that you can still find quite easily on the sidewalk in your leagues, and they should all be able to help your team this week.
Dak Prescott (owned in 58.2% of NFL.com leagues)
Despite playing his worst game of the season, apparently, in the Cowboys Sunday night football victory over the Eagles, Prescott fantasy owners enjoyed a night of fruitful production from the rookie, thanks to two passing scores and a rushing touchdown. Assuming they started him of course, after a prominent fantasy writer warned against doing so in his “Fantasy Darlings” section on the U.K.’s leading NFL podcast…The 2016 Browns defense, despite the addition of Jamie Collins following his blockbuster move from the Patriots, is not likely to be as tough as the Eagles unit. They have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, surrendering 2308 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. They’ve only allowed 92 yards on the ground to signal callers, but given his form this season Prescott should be able to add to that number quite easily..
Darren Sproles (33.9%)
The Eagles ground game continues to be one of the more puzzling storylines of 2016, other than why people are seriously going to vote for Donald Trump on Thursday. Ryan Mathews, whether as a result of his inability to be relied upon not to fumble or his frequent failure to hit 100% health, seems to have fallen behind Sproles in the affections of Doug Pederson. An almost constant threat in the receiving game, Sproles has seen 28 targets for 22 receptions this season, and is also on pace for 105 carries, the highest total of his career. The Giants have not been especially welcoming towards opposing running backs in 2016, allowing just the 11th fewest fantasy points per game, but an increase in carries added to the Swiss Army knife nature of Sproles role in the Eagles offense makes him a tantalising prospect this week.
Cole Beasley (48.6%)
Beasley should be owned in all PPR leagues regardless of his weekly matchup, which this week should be a doozy. The Browns, a team to target weekly from here on out, have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to wide receivers so far in 2016, seeing 11 trips to the end zone by opposition wideouts. Dez Bryant’s return to the lineup puts something of a cap on the value of Beasley, but the diminutive slot receiver was a favourite of Dak Prescott earlier in the season when Dez was healthy. I don’t expect him to forsake him now.
Eric Ebron (11.7%)
An underrated piece of Jim Bob Cooter’s offense, Ebron has seen at least five targets in every game he has played this season, including a double digit look day last week against the Texans. The Vikings defense, while not yet surrendering a touchdown to a tight this season, has allowed 419 yards to the position so far in 2016, and is prime for negative regression. If the Lions are going to hang with the Vikings, they may look to Ebron for salvation. You should too.