By: Gladys Louise Taylor (Twitter: @neverenoughglt)
We know that now is the time to be proactive with our fantasy football rosters. Making that push to get into the playoffs or just trying to remain on top is going to take due diligence with injuries popping up every week and Covid always a constant. So here are players you want to consider adding for this week and beyond.
QUARTERBACK: JIMMY GAROPPOLO, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 30% ROSTERED:
Garoppolo isn’t going to win you a fantasy championship outright, but chances are he isn’t going to lose you one either. It also helps that his upcoming schedule is pretty tasty: Week 8 it is the Seattle Seahawks who are giving up an average of 26.8 fantasy points to the quarterback position. Week 9 it is the Green Bay Packers who just gave up 309 passing yards and two touchdowns to Deshaun Watson and Week 10 as you make your push to the fantasy playoffs it is the New Orleans Saints who are currently giving up the second-most fantasy points to the quarterback position (28.6)
RUNNING BACK: TEVIN COLEMAN, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 27% ROSTERED:
Coleman is looking to return to the field after being on IR since Week 2. This would be a good time as the Niners have lost running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. In his Week 2 play, Coleman ran the ball 14 times before going out with the injury. Now he looks to be the three-down back with JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon being on the field for a change of pass or in pass-catching situations.
WAYNE GALLMAN, NEW YORK GIANTS, 2% ROSTERED:
There are many reasons to stay away from the Giants in the fantasy landscape, their running game isn’t one of them. Although the Giants rank 30th in rushing attempts (21.9) and only average 98.1 rushing yards per game (27th) they rely on one running back, which is a good thing. Before last week that was Devonta Freeman, but he went down rather early with an injury. Enter Gallman. Gallman carried the ball 10 times, (team lead) for 34 yards and one touchdown. He was also on the receiving end of five targets, which resulted in five receptions for 20 yards. In week 8 the Giants will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are only allowing 66.0 rushing yards a game. This is a hard sale, but if Freeman is still injured Gallman is the man who will get the touches.
WIDE RECEIVERS: NELSON AGHOLOR, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 3% ROSTERED:
The Raiders are averaging 35.2 pass attempts per game. Agholor has gone from being on the field for 19% of the offensive snaps in Week 1 to 78% of the offensive snaps in Week 7. Last week he tied Darren Waller for most targets with nine. In a game that was looking ugly by halftime, Agholor hauled in five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. That makes three consecutive games he has scored a touchdown. The Raiders have been searching for that wide receiver to complement tight end Waller. While Henry Ruggs II is the burner of the group, Agholor is carving out a nice niche as a dependable option.
COLE BEASLEY, BUFFALO BILLS, 40% ROSTERED:
If you have listened to the Monday Night Wrap-Up on GoingFor2Live, you know I love me some Beasley. He is the safety option for Josh Allen. In Week 7 he was on the field for 82% of the offensive snaps while leading the team in targets with 12. In last week’s fiasco against a hapless New York Jets team he led the team in receptions (11) and yards (112). Beasley may have a lower floor than say Brandon Aiyuk (who is only rostered in 48%) but his ceiling is higher. The Bills are reeling and need to get back to Week1-3 form. In Week 8 against the equal reeling New England Patriots but a division game that would include keeping away from the Stefon Gilmore which should necessitate more Beasley.
TIGHT END: TREY BURTON, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 20% ROSTERED:
It appears if the Philip Rivers experiment in Indy is here for the season. That is good for Burton because Rivers has historically liked to rely on his tight ends. Since he has become a starter he has thrown to tight ends 22.9% where 20% is on the high end for the tight end position. Before the bye week Burton was targeted five times with four receptions, 58 yards and a touchdown. They also tried to use him in a run play. Mo Allie Cox is injured, and Jack Doyle does not have Burton’s athleticism. The match-up in Week 8 is less than ideal as Detroit is giving up an average of 3.58 points to the tight end position. But the over/under is a hefty 50.5, and the Colts willingness to utilize Burton in different ways bodes well for his ceiling in this game.