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It’s sad times when you realize that a quarter of the football season is already gone. Sadder yet when you’re a Lions fan and that quarter went down the drain. Hopefully all of our dynasty teams are in better shape than my Leos, though! Here are some gems that might help you out in the future!


Sam Bradford, PHI – Is Bradford really a sleeper at this point? Arguably yeah, since he’s been fairly terrible in the first quarter of the year. About what we’ve come to expect from him, honestly, aside from the lack of injury. So why pick him up this week? The Saints are a particularly weak defense that are allowing the 2nd highest fantasy scores to quarterbacks at 21.7 points.

Jay Cutler, CHI – The only QB with an “easier” matchup than Bradford. Despite his limitations due to his hamstring, Cutler’s a solid play this week. His receiving options may be limited, but Matt Forte should eat this week against a team that has allowed nearly 100 yards to running backs 3 of the first 4 weeks of the season. And that’s without factoring in the work that Forte will have as a receiver.

Running Back

Chris Thompson, WAS – Pass-catching running backs have absolutely dominated Atlanta, pure and simple. Thompson has earned his touches from Alfred Morris and Matt Jones. While he may be a number three option, he very well could be a strong play this week in deeper leagues.

Wide Receiver

Keith Mumphery, HOU – Okay, this one’s a little late, and I’m sorry for that. But with Cecil Shorts out, Mumphery is going to see a lot more snaps outside of his usual return game. Until Shorts returns, Mumphery is a solid value play, even with Jaylen Strong stepping up, particularly in leagues that count return yards.

Seth Roberts, OAK – If you’ve been following Oakland at all, Amari Cooper isn’t the only up and coming receiver on the team. Roberts has looked very good. Excluding week 4 against the Bears, Roberts has seen uptick in targets weekly. While he may not be immediately effective for you, he’s an interesting stash worth taking a look at.

Defensive Back

Will Allen, PIT – I’m personally a fan of good strong safeties on bad defenses. At the moment, Allen exhibits half of that equation. While he may be competing with Ryan Shazier for touches, Allen is getting plenty of tackles (an average of 7 a game). With that rate, Allen is going to produce solid numbers all year. It’s a matter of seeing how much he improves his game to see if I’m truly sold on him over guys like Calvin Pryor.

Defensive Line

Jaye Howard, KC – If you haven’t picked him up yet, it may just be too late, but it never hurts to look. Howard has been dominant against the run, and playing against the run-heavy Chicago should make him an absolute treat this week.


Aaron Lynch, SF – Lynch is one of the budding young centerpieces for San Francisco’s new defense, and it’s a highly productive role for him. He’s been living in the backfield both against the passer and the run. The more time that he sees back there, the more likely he is to make those big point plays for you. Lynch is a guy to hold on to. It may be a bumpy ride, but one that I’m interested in seeing where it goes.

Adam Benovic

Adam Benovic

Adam Benovic is an aspiring writer and die hard Detroit Lions fan living in Chicago. He's active in NFL draft and scouting communities around the internet and looks forward to bringing that knowledge to a draft team near you.
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