More major injuries impacted the landscape of the NFL in week 7. Cleveland Brown’s star Odell Beckham Jr. was the biggest name to end their season early. With more players going down always mean more will step in.
If your team is dealing with more injuries, there are some interesting options to help you finish the season strong.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
5.0 percent rostered
Season Stats: 37 touches; 159 yards; 2 touchdowns
Chris Carson left Sunday’s game with another injury. Hyde has been the consistent backup all season for Seattle, meaning he will step in again with Carson being out. If Carson continues to get hurt, Hyde is perfect to have because of how dependent the Seahawks are on running the ball
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
0.7 percent rostered
Season Stats: 35 touches; 151 yards; 1 touchdown
An injury to Devonta Freeman allowed Wayne Gallman to up his production in Week 7. With it, he rushed for a touchdown and tallied 34 yards. While the Giants have struggled to run the ball, they are very willing to hand the ball off in the red zone.
Jaymycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers
3.5 percent rostered
Season Stats: 22 touches; 128 yards
The 49ers running back situation is an absolute mess right now. Each week it feels like just as a running back is getting into a groove, they go down with a multi-week injury. Hasty might have limited touches, but it’s pretty good evidence that whoever is getting the rock will have big games.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
36.2 percent rostered
Season Stats: 14 receptions; 18 targets; 135 yards; 1 touchdown
Sterling Shepard was out for multiple games this year, and the Giants passing attack was limp. When Shepard returned he popped off for 59 yards and a touchdown. With limited options for Daniel Jones, Shepard is going to see a lot of targets.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland. Browns
0.2 percent rostered
Season Stats: 11 receptions; 12 targets; 163 yards; 2 touchdowns
Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a season ending ACL injury, meaning someone else in the Browns receiver group needs to step up. That next man up appears to be Higgins, who has seen a decent share of targets despite having primarily a backup role.
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
3.4 percent rostered
Season Stats: 4 receptions; 7 targets; 42 yards
Denzel Mims made his NFL debut in Week 7 and produced an okay performance of 4 receptions for 42 yards. The value Mims brings comes from how terrible the Jets offense is. With literally no one else to give the ball to, Mims can shine in the remainder of the year.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
4.0 percent rostered
Season Stats: 15 receptions; 18 targets; 184 yards
Another position group that is a total mess is the Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end group. With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert dealing with injuries, Rodgers stepped up to the plate as their next tight end. Considering Carson Wentz’s affinity for tight ends, Rodgers will see a fair amount of targets.