“Thursday Night Football” was just awful. Running back James Conner reinjured his shoulder after six touches. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was concussed. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was the fantasy star of the night with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Of course, the one passing touchdown was to tight end Steve Carlson. That was Carlson’s first catch of the year.
Running back Nick Chubb was OK, but Kareem Hunt has taken over as the third down and receiving back, making Hunt PPR flex-worthy. In a PPR league, Hunt outscored Chubb. Receiver Jarvis Landry caught the other touchdown from Mayfield. Odell Beckham Jr. is OK; the targets are there, just not the receptions, yards and touchdowns we need and want. And we won’t even talk about the ending of the game … sheesh.
Here are five players I expect to have solid fantasy days who may be slightly off your radar:
1. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
The Patriots will blanket tight end Zach Ertz, leaving Goedert one-on-one in double-tight-end sets. I predict a short touchdown catch for Goedert.
2. Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets
Chris Herndon is now officially done for the year. Griffin has shown the ability to be a solid red-zone target for Sam Darnold.
3. Kyle Allen, QB, Carolina Panthers
Panthers play Atlanta, which looked incredible against New Orleans Nov. 10. I think that was a mirage. Allen throws for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
4. Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Tight end George Kittle is out, and receiver Emmanuel Sanders might be. Bourne is the next guy in line for targets, as we saw against Seattle Nov. 11. The 49ers are facing an Arizona team that allows more than 300 yards a game through the air, so give Bourne an opportunity.
5. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers
If Matt Breida sits, Mostert becomes a flex option behind Tevin Coleman.
Sleeper defense: Miami Dolphins
Need a kicker? Nick Folk, New England Patriots