- Phillip Dorsett
Dorsett is becoming a trusted playmaker for Tom Brady with an easy schedule coming up after Buffalo this week (at Redskins, vs. Giants, at Jets) that should inspire confidence that he could be effective in PPR even if Edelman is healthy. Dorsett has caught thirteen out of his fourteen targets so far this season which will earn you big trust among the coaching staff and the quarterback, both of which have a lot of say in New England.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Valdes-Scantling has shown that he has big play ability, but the Packers as a whole are suffering as they realize Mike McCarthy was a better Head Coach than they thought. Aaron Rodgers and the other players here are too talented to have this remain this way all season and once the Packers offense does click then Valdes-Scantling could have a big time fantasy impact if the offense opens up for him to get down the field.
- Ronald Jones II
Ronald Jones is way too inconsistent for me to love having him in my starting line-up, but if I was really desperate due to injury, I would feel way more comfortable with him on my bench than a lot of the other risky options on waivers at RB. Carson Palmer mentioned that it takes a few weeks to get the rhythm down of a Bruce Arians offense, but once it hits then it runs well. Jones’ inconsistent performances hopefully prove to be tuned into the good parts of his game as he and the rest of the Buccaneers offense settle into the system.
- Rex Burkhead
If Burkhead is an option right now, get him. His floor is five to eight points a week in PPR meaning he won’t zero out on you if you need to start him in a bye week bind. Burkhead’s best case is he overtakes the Patriots backfield and becomes what James White was last year. That’s worth rostering on your bench. A guy you can start in a pinch with high upside.
- Chris Herndon IV
This is an early pick up, but tight ends are hard to come by and Herndon had great chemistry and performances with Darnold last season. The Jets have a bye, but both Herndon and Darnold will be back soon and I could see the former being a top ten tight end this season due to a lackluster receiving group for the Jets this season. Herndon is one of Darnold’s favorite targets and may be worth stashing in deeper bench leagues.