Finders Sleepers Week 10
By: Dan Turner
The fantasy playoffs are fast approaching, and teams are jockeying to secure that coveted bye or top 2 seed. Those that made some smart draft choices in Patrick Mahomes and James Conner will probably be headed to the playoffs, while those that took Le’veon Bell, Dalvin Cook and David Johnson could be having some trouble. All hope is not lost, however, and today we shall be looking at some players that can help you make that last strong push for a playoff berth, or strengthen your already dominant team. Welcome to Finders Sleepers.
QB Nick Mullens- 49ers
Nick Mullens wasn’t even on the 49er’s roster to start the year, as he was put on the practice squad following final cuts in camp. He was not expected to even make it to the roster this year, much less start. Jimmy Garoppolo then tore his ACL, and CJ Beathard proved to be ineffective with mounting injuries as the teams starter. Mullens came in as relief and proceeded to light up the scoreboard to the tune of 262 yards and 3 TDs. He faces a Giants team that has nothing to play for already, so he should be given a shot if you need a streaming option at QB.
RB Duke Johnson- Browns
Johnson was the forgotten man in the rotation after the Browns selected Nick Chubb and signed Carlos Hyde in the offseason. Once Hyde was traded to the Dolphins, it was expected that Duke’s production and opportunities would increase, but that didn’t really happen either. He was left for dead even among Rb starved teams. This past week was something of a resurrection for him, as he caught all nine of his targets for a team-high 78 yards and two touchdowns. The firing of Hue Jackson may signal a change in offensive philosophy for the Browns, and Johnson stands to benefit. Pick him up where available.
RB Elijah McGuire- Jets
Mcguire has finally returned to health after being out for several weeks, and waiting for him is a glorious opportunity. Bilal Powell has been sidelined indefinitely with injury, which makes McGuire the primary change of pace back behinds starter isaiah Crowell. This bodes well for McGuires PPR value, as Sam Darnold will be looking to check down if things go south. Pick McGuire up if no one has noticed he’s still on the waiver wire.
RB Theo Riddick- Lions
The Lions have undergone some drastic changes in the past couple weeks, first trading WR Golden Tate the releasing former second round pick RB Ameer Abdullah. The development of rookie RB Kerryon Johnson along with the signing of LeGarrette Blount had pushed Riddick into the background. An injury in week 5 caused him to become an afterthought for most fantasy players, but he broke back onto the PPR map this past week with 7 catches for 36 yards. Going forward, he should see enough work to be a decent PPR flex option, especially with the void left by the trade of Tate.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling- Packers
MVS was not expected to be the rookie that made an impact in the Packers’ WR corps, but here we are. He has developed a strong rapport with QB Aaron Rodgers, and with the injury to Geronimo Allison, should have ample opportunity in three receiver sets going forward. He is coming off a great game against NE in which he caught three passes for 101 yards. His production should only increase moving forward, and his combination of size and speed and Rodgers’ trust in him would be a boon to your squad.
WR Maurice Harris- Redskins
The Redskins would be a good candidate for the next season of the The Walking Dead, as they have been destroyed by injuries, with three more players lost to season-enders in their past game. They are down most of their line, some recieners, and Jordan reed is always hurt. Into this mix steps Maurice Harris, who actually has been playing more in the wake of the injury to Jamison Crowder. Now, with the season ending injury to #1 WR Paul Richardson, Harris looks to have an increased role. He broke out with 10 catches for 124 yards against the Falcons last week, which could be a sign of things to come. Grab him if available.