Sometimes the fantasy football gods take care of things themselves. Pierre Garcon had horrendously underperformed with C.J. Beathard, and was becoming a drop candidate. The Niners put him on IR. Will Fuller was at an unsustainable pace, and fantasy owners had no idea what to do with him. Deshaun Watson tore his ACL and it was rest in peace, Will Fuller with Tom Savage under center. Here are some guys who won’t have you cursing the fantasy gods this weekend for the hell they hath wrought. To make this list, you have to be out there in 50% or more of Yahoo! leagues (with one available in 90% or more). And as a special bonus to help clean up your roster for the home stretch, there are two guys out there in 50% or more of Yahoo! leagues that need to be owned, but not started this week.
Cooper Kupp at Giants (49% owned)
The Giants are out of decent cornerbacks who aren’t suspended or recently suspended, which means the Rams pass catchers could be in for a big day. With Sammy Watkins on milk cartons everywhere and Robert Woods being Mr. Reliable, the only real value to mine from this matchup this week comes from Kupp.
Tyler Lockett versus Washington (46% owned)
The fantasy football community flocked to Paul Richardson and his two touchdowns last week, but Tyler Lockett did Tyler Lockett things and garnered zero respect for it. The third-year receiver caught six-of-eight targets for 121 yards. He didn’t score, but chasing touchdowns is stupid. Washington is middle-of-the-road against wide receivers, but Breeland and Norman will be occupied with Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson, leaving little Tyler as the guy most likely to be open on any given play.
Marquise Goodwin versus Arizona (7% owned)
The 49ers suddenly have a new WR1, with Pierre Garcon headed to the IR this week with a neck injury that will cost him the rest of the year. Goodwin was a target monster when the 49ers were a barely functional offense under Brian Hoyer. Now he’s all they have a completely non-functional offense. In PPR, the play here is likely to be Trent Taylor, but Goodwin has the best chance of any 49ers pass catcher to score a touchdown Sunday, especially given that George Kittle stopped being a thing. The Niners defense is officially a sieve, which means they’ll be in catch-up mode all game.
GET HIM AND SIT HIM:
Corey Davis versus Baltimore (39% owned)
Corey Davis was the #5 pick in the draft. Corey Davis is incredibly talented. Corey Davis had ten targets week one. Corey Davis has been on the shelf since week two. Corey Davis should be owned everywhere at this point. This week is an awful matchup, so don’t start him, just get him and sit him.
Dede Westbrook vs Cincinnati (26% owned)
Worth a shot, the Twitter hype is off the charts and through the stratosphere. He was college football’s best wide receiver last year but is in a questionable offense. I’d rather have Davis, since Westbrook feels like a mystery box. His hype ignores who his QB is, but with Marqise Lee banged up, he could be in for a big role down the stretch. This week he gets a tough pass defense, so I wouldn’t be ballsy enough to start him in his first NFL game as he returns from IR-boomerang.