Case Keenum QB, MINN
Keenum was supposed to just be a stopgap solution for the Vikings while they waited for either Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater to be healthy enough to play. The big news going into Sunday’s game in Washington was that Bridgewater was active for the first time since suffering a career-threatening knee injury before the 2016 season. With all of that going on, all Keenum did was go out and throw 4 touchdowns against a Washington defense that has been pretty good against the pass this season. With the Vikings rolling at 7-2, it seems highly unlikely that they would go to Bridgewater, who still is a massive question mark at this point, without Keenum faltering. The Vikings have a solid core of playmakers including receivers Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Keenum is at least a solid streaming option this week and could hold greater value moving forward.
Jamaal Williams RB, GB
Williams makes this list not because of his performance so far this season, but because of the injury issues ahead of him on the Packers depth chart. Ty Montgomery continues to struggle with rib issues and Aaron Jones is expected to be out 3-6 weeks with an injured MCL. Montgomery could play Week 11, but it seems like a stretch, as he is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries. At the very least he will be limited, meaning there will be plenty of opportunity for Williams. The rookie out of BYU has been underwhelming this season, but the potential workload in a Packers offense that has to run the ball without Aaron Rodgers is enough to make him a fantasy asset.
Samaje Perine RB, WAS
Perine has been a hot waiver pickup in weeks past, but he has fallen flat every time. Now, starter Rob Kelley is expected to be out for multiple weeks with ankle and knee injuries. With Washington having cut Mack Brown, the rookie Perine is really their only early down option. Perine actually had his most impressive game of the season on Sunday against a tough Vikings defense, posting 60 yards on 10 touches. Chris Thompson will likely get more touches and is surely a better fantasy play, but it’s still possible that Perine could be in for a breakout, even if it is later in the season than some had expected.
Marquise Goodwin WR, SF
Goodwin had just one catch this past Sunday, but it went for an 83-yard touchdown. With Pierre Garcon on IR, Goodwin becomes the top receiver in an offense that should see a boost in quarterback play with Jimmy Garoppolo expected to make his 49ers debut in Week 12 after the Niners bye week. Goodwin should see enough targets, combined with his speed, over the back half of the season to make him a decent option in deeper leagues.
Maurice Harris WR, WAS
This is an extremely deep cut, but Harris, in his first game on the active roster for Washington this season, had 2 catches for 50 yards and at touchdown. The touchdown came on an unbelievable one handed catch on the Redskins’ first drive, showing why many in the organization have said he has the best hands on the roster. Harris was expected to make the Washington roster out of training camp, but he was relegated to the practice squad due to some injury issues in the preseason. Harris was moved up to the active roster because veteran Brian Quick was out with a concussion, and it would seem that he should keep his spot there moving forward. With Terrelle Pryor being a dud in D.C. and Josh Doctson still struggling to find consistency, it’s possible that Harris carves out a role in this offense. He should only be an option in the deepest of leagues, but he’s at least worth keeping an eye on.
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