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Fantasy Football: Players to Take Seriously

There are a number of prospects and young NFL players who don’t always hit the ground

running. This year, more so than in previous years, we have seen a number of players revitalize their careers and play some of their best football. Whether a product of being in a more stable situation, getting additional opportunities, or simply things starting to connect, here are a few players you should start to trust in fantasy and try to find a spot for on your roster.

Jared Goff, QB, Lions: The Lions are bad, but they’re fun bad. They found a draft gem last season with Amon-Ra St. Brown and even with his absence against Seattle, Goff put up 378 yards and four touchdowns through the air. It speaks not just to his stability as a veteran, but to the fact that the Lions offensive line remains extremely stout, and that the Lions are loaded with veteran depth at skill positions.

As of today, Goff ranks as a top-5 QB in most fantasy formats. Expect him to continue to hover in the top 10 as Detroit will continue to trail often but have the ability to put points on the board in a hurry.

Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks: In the most unexpected revival of all, Smith had a massive game against the Lions and carries a very impressive 77.3% completion percentage on the year. What’s most surprising about his ascension to a top-12 fantasy QB is that he currently ranks third in air yards through four games, trailing only Josh Allen and Justin Herbert. Are we saying he's going to continue this efficiently? Probably not. Does Smith have two star wide receivers, a good running game, and a propensity for big fantasy football scoring weeks because of his aggressiveness? Absolutely. He’s become a good QB-streaming option for a while and a good bye-week QB candidate.

Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles: Yes, it’s been a hellacious couple of years over drafting Sanders only for injuries to creep up early and see him washed away to competition in the Eagles backfield. But because of the Eagles style of play and trust in Jalen Hurts to spread the field, Sanders is getting more opportunities than ever to gash defenses. He’s capitalizing on those opportunities with a very nice 356 yards on the ground for 4.9 YPC. He’s in a high-powered offense, he has received at least 15 touches through his first 4 games, and he’s also been given a good chunk of the goal-line duties. He projects to be an RB1 for the rest of season.

Devin Singletary, RB, Bills: The Bills have spent significant draft capital in the last two seasons to find an RB1 to pair with Allen and their high-powered offense. This is partly because Singletary has been looked at as a third-down back. However, he's going on consecutive weeks with 15-plus touches and 90-plus yards. He’s also commanded 72.8% and 87.5% of the backfield snap over the last two games. Zack Moss and James Cook look to be afterthoughts for now, so if you need a spark or need to solidify one of your RB positions, pull the trigger on a trade while you still can.

Corey Davis, WR, Jets: The former fifth overall pick managed to play his way out of Tennessee after a few inconsistent seasons as A.J. Brown’s running mate. The inconsistent play has remained with the New York Jets, but the fantasy production has been surprisingly consistent for a guy only rostered in 7% of ESPN leagues. You also don’t see many waiver wire guys who are top 10 in yards per reception while getting 6-7 targets per week. Consider the other factors going on with the Jets offense:

  • Garrett Wilson is a rookie WR learning the ropes

  • Elijah Moore is Zach Wilson’s favorite target but gets extra coverage in the slot

  • Despite the 2-2 record they have trailed late in every game

This team needs to throw to win and with five straight games against tough defenses, you

should expect Davis to continue seeing a fair number of targets and deep shots. Put him on the end of your bench as a high ceiling boom or bust option while you still can.

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