2023-10-07 · 4 min read · NFL/Football
Matthew Stafford and Michael Wilson

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Matthew Stafford (LA Rams)
  • It's no secret Stafford can throw and now that he is looking healthy again in a pass-heavy offence, he's a high-quality option. Stafford currently ranks as QB18 without one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL. Although his fantasy numbers haven't popped off the screen to this point, he has been very consistent and at the very least is a great bench option. The Rams are one of the most pass-heavy teams in the NFL, throwing the ball 66% of the time, which ranked sixth heading into Week 4. Stafford has attempted 30 passes in every game and has two games of 40 or more attempts already. Now Cooper Kupp is set to return, could this team start passing even more?
Joshua Dobbs (Arizona Cardinals)
  • The Arizona Cardinals were written off by many to start the year especially in the absence of Kyler Murray. Yet the Cards have been surprisingly competitive this year and a big part of why is the solid of unspectacular play of Dobbs. Believe or not partially due to him averaging 35 rushing yards per game, Dobbs has ranked as a top-10 quarterback in two of four starts in 2023. He’s looking like a solid middle of the pack option and he goes against a Bengals team that struggled against running Qb’s.
Jordan Mclaughlin (Denver Broncos)
  • Javonte Williams is dealing with a hip injury that might keep him out of the lineup in Week 5. Samaje Perine should be picked up if he's still available in your league, but so should McLaughlin. The undrafted free agent has seen his role grow over the last few weeks, culminating in 104 yards from scrimmage and a receiving score on 10 touches this past weekend. When asked about Williams' injury, head coach Sean Payton instead took the opportunity to praise McLaughlin, acknowledging that the rookie's role should grow moving forward. While he lacks ideal size, McLaughlin isn't vying to be a workhorse in Denver. He's shown he can make an impact on 10-12 touches while sharing the backfield; on just 7 rushing attempts Jaleel forced 6 missed tackles.
Chubba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers)
  • Hubbard is coming off a season-high 16 touches on Sunday, though he didn't convert them into anything that useful (53 yards). His usage could remain high with Miles Sanders playing through a groin injury. Hubbard ranked sixth in yards per touch a year ago, and the Panthers appear to be a slightly improved offence. While the Panthers currently throw the ball 70% of the time, Hubbard has shown his ability in past years to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield. It feels like this backfield at least for now is tilted in Hubbard’s favour, let alone if Sanders misses real time Hubbard moves into must add territory.
Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • At this point, you shouldn't need an expert to tell you that Boyd gets a big bump in fantasy value whenever one of Cincinnati's big-name receivers is sidelined. With Tee Higgins dealing with a rib injury that is likely to keep him off the field for at least a few weeks, Boyd becomes an auto-add. He's seen 24 targets over the past three weeks, so he's been plenty involved in the Bengals' (surprisingly unimpressive) offence. Even with Burrow struggles Boyd should be a solid play, definitely prepare to fire him up in any sort of PPR format.
Michael Wilson (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Wilson was a summer-buzz rookie out of Stanford who's actually been heavily involved in the Cardinals offence since the opener. He entered Week 4 having played 67% of this team's offensive snaps. After scoring his first two touchdowns this week it's unlikely he's going away any time soon. If you're reluctant to invest in Arizona's passing game beyond that might be reasonable. Let's just please recognize that Wilson has topped 50 receiving yards in three straight games. He's at least worth a flier as a bye-week seat-filler ahead of his Week 5 matchup with Cincinnati.
Jake Ferguson (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Following a third game this season with seven targets, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson turned in his best fantasy output of the season. The best news of this game for Ferguson is that he had a season-high route participation, running a route in 89.7% of his pass snaps. Among Cowboys Ferguson trails only Ceedee Lamb in targets. Dallas has been pretty run-heavy this year (45%), leading to some concerning route participation numbers for Ferguson. If he can consistently be used in the passing game, and his increase in routes continues to lead to good targets, he can be a viable streaming option. He's unlikely to continue to average 11 yards per target but staying somewhere in the middle of Sunday and his other games would lead to some nice consistency.
Miami Dolphins
  • Ok I know the Dolphins just gave up 48 to the Bills but this week they are matched up with the NY Giants whose offensive line seems to have a bounty out on their own QB. The Seahawks just tied their franchise record with 11 sacks on the Giants this past week. That is ridiculous, for comparison; the Dolphins have given up five sacks this season! Daniel Jones meanwhile has been sacked 23 times so far this season. On top of this it seems Saquan will miss another game and Brian Daboll seems ready to ready to go full Nate Scarbrough.
Guys worth a Gander
  • Jameson Williams (Detroit Lions)
  • Jonnu Smith (Atlanta Falcons) (Has anybody seen Kyle Pitts?)
  • Samaje Perine (Denver Broncos)
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