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Read on for Waz’s ranks heading into Sunday, along with his thoughts on the current injury landscape and how things could potentially change depending on inactives.
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🥇WAZ'S .5 PPR RANKS
* I’m not confident about Jalen Hurts’ (QB9) availability for tomorrow’s game against the Jets. The ankle injury he suffered last week has limited his mobility and he is considered a GTD. The Eagles will also be without Jordan Howard and maybe Boston Scott (RB26). If Scott sits due to his illness, Miles Sanders (RB28) should carry the ground game with some Kenneth Gainwell (RB44) mixed in. Whether it’s Hurts or Gardner Minshew II (QB26) behind center, I think this could be a good game for Dallas Goedert (TE11).
* As we’ve become quite accustomed to, Kyler Murray (QB7) and DeAndre Hopkins (WR19) are considered GTD for tomorrow’s road game against the Bears. If Murray sits, Colt McCoy (QB25) will get another start. If Hopkins sits, Christian Kirk (WR31) and Zach Ertz (TE12) should see an uptick in passing game looks with some A.J. Green (WR37) and Rondale Moore (WR47) sprinkled in.
* While Alexander Mattison (RB5) is an excellent play against the Lions with Dalvin Cook out, Kene Nwangwu (RB36) could flirt with top-24 numbers if he can get into a rhythm and make use of his early opportunities.
* It’s challenging to project Darrel Henderson’s (RB18) availability for tomorrow. His thigh injury kept him a DNP on Monday and Tuesday, but he did practice a little bit yesterday. There is still considerable risk here considering the type of injury and the Rams’ depth at the position with Sony Michel (RB25). Because it’s a late afternoon game, make sure you have a backup plan for Henderson.
*Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s (RB19) status is suddenly up in the air after he logged a DNP yesterday with an illness. If he were to miss additional time, it’d be the Darrel Williams (RB31) show again. The Broncos defense ranks 26th in DVOA against the rush.
* With Melvin Gordon III doubtful to play tomorrow with shoulder and hip injuries, look for Javonte Williams (RB9) to make his case as the team’s RB1 against a Chiefs rush defense that ranks 28th in the league. On just a 45.8% snap share and 46.9% opportunity share this season, Williams ranks 16th in the league in rush yards (568), 9th in yards created (530), and 8th in yards created per touch (3.68).
* Darren Waller is doubtful to play tomorrow, which leaves Foster Moreau (TE10) in an excellent position to have himself a day. Desean Jackson (WR44) may be out with his calf injury. Washington ranks 30th in DVOA against the pass, so it all comes down to what kind of performance we’ll see out of Derek Carr (QB10) and what kind of damage Josh Jacobs (RB17) and Kenyan Drake (RB35) can do on the ground.
* Curtis Samuel (WR58) has been nursing a lingering groin injury, but he put in a week’s worth of limited practices and I expect him to play.
* After logging a limited practice yesterday after two early-week DNPs, I expect Brandin Cooks (WR21) to suit up for tomorrow’s home game against the Colts. I wouldn’t count on David Johnson (RB40) to be available, though. Rex Burkhead (RB29) should benefit from his absence, while Cooks and Nico Collins (WR60) will look to cash in on shots down the field against the Colts’ 20th ranked pass defense.
* The Giants will be without Daniel Jones this week and Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney are doubtful. Mike Glennon (QB27) will start at quarterback and will likely lean heavily on Saquon Barkley (RB10). Kenny Golladay (WR42) is the safest pass-catching option, but Evan Engram (TE22) and Darius Slayton (WR69) could benefit from increased opportunities if the Dolphins 12th ranked rush defense limits Barkley’s success on the ground.
Rob Waziak aka "Waz" is a fantasy football analyst who competes in draft and season-long expert rankings competitions. He's consistently been at or near the top of all industry-wide leaderboards since 2017.
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