Justin Fields (26.2% rostered on ESPN)
Since week five, Justin Fields has averaged the sixth most points per game from a quarterback. The Bears are finally throwing the ball, and Fields is making strides as a passer. That passing value, paired with his already valuable rushing ability, has made him one of the more exciting fantasy quarterbacks. Fantasy managers can get excited about Fields as he continues to ascend in weekly rankings. Grab him now because you will not have the chance for much longer.
Marcus Mariota (24% rostered on ESPN)
Let me preface this by saying you will never feel good about starting Marcus Mariota. The inconsistency is a legitimate concern, and no one is mistaking him for a good starting NFL player. However, you should not feel bad about starting Mariota. He is one of the more consistent rushing quarterbacks in fantasy, giving him a solid floor. He will be dependent on touchdowns for a great week, but that is acceptable from a streamer. His next matchup is against a Chargers defense allowing 18 points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Mariota should finish near that total.
Khalil Herbert (47.7% rostered on ESPN)
Khalil Herbert has been at the very least stride for stride with David Montgomery in workload and production this season. He has just one less carry than Montgomery and over 200 more yards on the ground. That workload has been increasing in each of the last four weeks. Not only is Herbert an elite handcuff, but he is providing standalone starting value. How is he still available in this many leagues?
Latavius Murray (32.6% rostered on ESPN)
Latavius Murray has quietly taken over the primary role in Denver’s backfield. He is also getting a good share of the goal-line carries. Mike Boone was put on the injured reserve after week seven, meaning Murray has at least a few more weeks of this workload. He does not have the upside Javonte Williams did, but Murray’s floor makes him roster-worthy and puts him in flex consideration.
D’Ernest Johnson (1.3% rostered on ESPN)
Kareem Hunt feels like a prime trade candidate before the deadline. If he is traded, D’Ernest Johnson vaults to a fantasy-relevant role. If that happens, Johnson is one Nick Chubb injury away from being a top-15 fantasy running back. There is also the possibility of Johnson being dealt to a team like the Los Angeles Rams that could use a running back. That also would make him worthy of a roster spot.
Kadarius Toney (54% rostered on ESPN)
The Kansas City Chiefs made a low-risk, high-reward move by trading for Kadarius Toney. They will no doubt find ways to get him involved. The question is how productive he will be in those opportunities. It is tough to recommend any Kansas City skill players in fantasy not named Travis Kelce, but Toney’s upside is worth an end-of-bench spot.
Rondale Moore (46.3% rostered on ESPN)
DeAndre Hopkins is taking all the headlines, but Rondale Moore has stepped up in a big way in recent weeks. He was Arizona’s second-leading receiver in the past two weeks, including a seven-catch, 92-yard, and one-touchdown performance on Sunday. Moore can be considered a fringe-starter until Marquise Brown returns from injury. His roster percentage is criminally low. Do yourself a favor and add Moore.
Josh Palmer (25% rostered on ESPN)
The Chargers’ week eight bye week allowed Josh Palmer to slip through the cracks following Mike Williams’ injury. Palmer himself has struggled to stay healthy this season but is producing when he is on the field. Palmer had eight, nine, six, and twelve targets in four healthy games without Keenan Allen this season. Now Allen is back, but Williams will miss time. Palmer will serve as Justin Herbert’s third option on the offense between Allen and Austin Ekeler and is worthy of flex consideration.
Greg Dulcich (34% rostered on ESPN)
Receiving tight ends typically struggle to produce early in their careers. That has not been the case for Greg Dulcich, who scored double-digit fantasy points in his first three NFL games. The Broncos’ passing offense is unreliable, but Dulcich has carved out a consistent role. It is also important to remember he has only played three professional football games. Dulcich has sky-high potential for the rest of the season.
Evan Engram (32.2% rostered on ESPN)
Evan Engram is not a sexy option at tight end, but he has become a reliable one in Jacksonville. Trevor Lawrence’s safety blanket has scored at least nine PPR points each of the last four weeks. That floor alone makes him worth the investment. His red zone usage also gives him touchdown upside. You can do a lot worse than Engram as a bye-week fill-in.