Well ladies and gentlemen, this is about all there is to it. Everything that needs to be said has been aired out. Go out there and kick some butt this week and take home your trophy. Don’t overthink it, trust your guys, but look to the waiver wire if you need some last minute fixes.
Rashard Higgins, CLE
Higgins’ continued his mini hot streak, extending it to three solid performances and sits at WR11 over the time frame. He has come into his own with the Odell Beckham Jr. injury and has established significant rapport with Baker Mayfield. As stated earlier, Mayfield has thrown for almost 300 yards apiece in his last three games, with 8 touchdowns. Against the Jets, there’s little reason to believe that trend can’t continue with Higgins being a focal point of the attack.
Keke Coutee, HOU
Coming in at WR19 over the past three weeks, Coutee has seen a notable uptick since Will Fuller’s suspension. Many pegged him as a sneaky flyer that may produce WR1 numbers, but few are upset at WR2 value over the past few weeks. Last week’s effort against the Bears was puzzling as he was outsnapped by both Chad Hansen and Steven Mitchell, but his usage didn’t decline when Brandin Cooks returned this week. A juicy matchup against the Bengals may buoy Coutee to at least flex value.
Russell Gage, ATL
Another weekly participant in my column, Gage has been the serviceable wideout that has filled in admirably when Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley has gone down. My apologies for listing Olamide Zaccheaus a few weeks back when he had a moment, Gage is the clear number three in this offense, and with the persistent ailments, he’s a number two. The Chiefs are stingy against the position, but the Falcons will either remain in this game because of the pass or feast on a softened defense when Patrick Mahomes takes a 24-point lead to halftime. Either way, I like Gage to catch at least 4 passes.
Jalen Reagor, PHI
Although limited in practice, there is little indication to believe that Reagor won’t play in a smash spot matchup against the Cowboys. The other Jalen in this offense, Hurts, has energized the entire Eagles’ roster and put them in positions to score far more often than Carson Wentz. There should be multiple redzone opportunities for Reagor to put up a solid performance this week.
Allen Lazard, GB
Despite having played every game since week 11, there has been visible limits to Lazard’s game that have translated to diminished production. Lazard saw his most post-injury usage against the Panthers and gets a very soft matchup against a Titans defense that looked shaky against a battered Matthew Stafford. If Lazard practices this week, expect him to match his snap count last week and hopefully find the endzone.