Now that the bye weeks are here, we can see which fantasy managers have enough depth in their rosters to survive with many star players out. and we’re also dealing with several key injuries. this is when the fun begins.
the teams that are goodbye are new orleans, atlanta, the 49ers and the jets. That means you don’t have Alvin Kamara, Cordarrelle Patterson, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts, and Deebo Samuel, among others. and we also just lost guys like russell wilson (finger), saquon barkley (ankle), clyde edwards-helaire (knee), kenny golladay (knee) and juju smith-schuster (shoulder) due to injury, along with many others featured players. deal with ailments.
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You may find yourself starting with players you never expected due to a desperate situation. Some quarterbacks to consider include Taylor Heinicke and Carson Gonz due to positive matchups. darrel williams, devontae booker and brandon bolden are potential running back replacements. At wide receiver, Tim Patrick, Rondale Moore and Amon-Ra St. brown are in good places. And we’ve got tight ends like Dan Arnold and Ricky Seals-Jones who could be trusted.
Your fantasy lists will be tested this week. hopefully the players you have available to use, and the ones you’re forced to start with, will help you to victory.
Editor’s Note: Projections provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. projected points are for ppr leagues.
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start ’em & feel them
darrell williams has been here before for bosses. Just last season in the NFL playoffs, Williams was Kansas City’s leading running back when Clyde Edwards-Helaire was dealing with hip and ankle injuries while Le’veon Bell was struggling.
In the divisional round against cleveland, williams had 13 carries for 78 yards, along with four catches for 16 yards on four targets. Then, in the AFC Championship Game against Buffalo, Williams had 13 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, along with a catch for 9 yards on a target.
scored 12 ppr points in each outing and proved to be a useful option. and that’s what i expect from him in week 6 in washington with edwards-helaire out again.
williams isn’t going to be a superstar fantasy running back this week or during the time that edwards-helaire is out. but he may be a possible top-15 fantasy running back this week in all formats, and he would start it off with confidence.
He was already teaming up with edwards-helaire, and williams has two rushing touchdowns and three games with at least two receptions on the season. He should be looking at around 15 touches total, and should have a chance to score against Washington.
not an easy matchup as washington has allowed just five total touchdowns to running backs, and only zack moss, cordarrelle patterson (if you count him as a running back) and alvin kamara have scored 11+ points ppr against this defense . . But I’m confident Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ offense will put in a strong performance this week after a game against Buffalo, and Kansas City is a 6.5-point favorite on the road.
Washington is likely to challenge the chiefs to run in an attempt to stop patrick mahomes, and that should benefit williams. We might as well see Jerick Mckinnon get a job, but Williams should be the lead running back with Edwards-Helaire out.
“We trust the other two guys,” Reid said Wednesday. “Darrel in particular, he’s been productive since he’s been here.”
this should be another chance for williams to prove his mettle as the bosses’ main rusher. and it is worth trusting as a no. 2 fantasy running backs in all leagues in week 6.