It’s a tough bye week for everyone with big offenses like the Steelers, Patriots and Chargers all taking Sunday off, not to mention the Vikings that have surprisingly done well offensively some weeks. If you need some guys that usually don’t start that may contribute more, might I recommend the following:
WR Paul Richardson, Seahawks
The last two weeks, he’s totaled eight catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns. He’s become one of Russell Wilson’s trusted targets, and he could have another good day against Washington. Assuming Josh Norman’s matched up with Doug Baldwin, I like Richardson’s projection, especially in PPR leagues.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
To the dismay of many fantasy owners, Julio Jones hasn’t been a highlight of the 2017 Atlanta offense. Sanu, however, has been a reliable PPR contributor. Since returning from injury two weeks ago, he’s totaled 12 catches for more than 130 yards and a touchdown. They’re not awesome numbers, but they’re pretty consistent when you look at his year as a whole. I like his chances against the Panthers today, who will certainly throw extra coverage at Julio.
QB Kirk Cousins, Washington
The turnovers worry me, but the upside remains with Kirk Cousins. He’s found the endzone every game this year, something Drew Brees can’t even say, and the hope is that their offense can take advantage of Seattle, just like the Texans did last week. That said, Cousins is no Deshaun Watson, but with Watson out for the year, Cousins might be your best bet (note: I'd also start the Seahawks defense, just in case Cousins does get turnover happy).
TE Evan Engram, Giants
OK, so this one’s not exactly a sleeper or deep league pick, but it’s a reminder or wake-up call that Engram is the man in New York’s offense and should be starting every week. Even if you have another tight end, start Engram at the flex. In all but one game against the Chargers, Engram’s had at least four catches. At home against the Rams today, I like Eli’s chances to find him in the endzone, where he’s made a living the last two games with two touchdowns.
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