Jaguars running back James Robinson is real and he is spectacular (Seinfeld reference … Google it). Mr. Robinson scored twice, rushed for 46 yards and added six grabs for 83 yards in his team’s 31-13 loss to the Dolphins Sept. 24. Robinson is a RB2 at a minimum the rest of the year. I had him at 18 this week and that was too low. Everyone else on the Jags disappointed.
On the Fish side of things, Myles Gaskin is the running back to own. He had 27 touches, including five grabs. Ryan Fitzpatrick was great, going 18-for-20 with two passing touchdowns and a rushing score. DeVante Parker had five catches for 69 yards, but he is not 100 percent. Hopefully the extra rest will help. Other than that, it was kind of a boring game, but never fear — next Thursday night the Broncos and Jets will more than make up for it (eye roll inserted here).
There are so, so many injury concerns, so we may need a sleeper or two this week.
Here are five players I expect to have solid fantasy days who may be slightly off your radar:
1. The Chicago Bears
Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen and Anthony (thanks for the donut) Miller all qualify. The Bears face the Falcons. It does not get better matchup wise.
2. Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Gallup has been disappointing, period. That is the bad news. The good news is that Dallas is throwing a ton and the matchup against the leaky Seahawks secondary is perfect for a breakout game.
3. Drew Sample, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Seemed like everyone forgot about Sample after the Sunday Bloody Sunday we had Sept. 20, but Sample had nine targets after C.J. Uzomah left the Bengals’ game against the Browns Sept. 17. A good receiving tight end is a young quarterback’s best friend, so I’d expect Sample to continue to be targeted.
4. Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers
With everyone focused on Jerick McKinnon, you may have forgotten about Wilson. With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out this week and maybe a few more, I expect Wilson, not McKinnon, to do the heavy lifting with 15 or more carries and get in the end zone.
5. Greg Ward, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
This is a total shot in the dark, but Ward was very productive down the stretch last year. With Philly wide receivers still banged up, Ward could surprise again.
Sleeper defense: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Need a kicker? Michael Badgley
Honorable mentions: Anyone healthy … not a joke … it’s tough out there.
Ken Zalis ranked No. 3 in FantasyPros’ 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Accuracy Rankings.