Potential League-Winners A Quarter of the Way Through the 2020 NFL Season
As I sit here and write this mere hours after the Jets were sent home from practice, I debated writing:
and leaving it at that. But we have to push through any doubts we have regarding the rest of the season and bring you content to help you win your leagues. This is my version of a deep-dive; guys that have absolutely no (or very little) relevance right now, but could circumstantially win you your leagues. Let's do it.
1. Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
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This is a guy I've been raving about for weeks now, and he has proven me right in 100% of his games played thus far. This is an example of a guy who didn't test great at the NFL Scouting Combine, but his film was just... good. People forget that Damien Harris once started over Josh Jacobs at Alabama. Now, Damien Harris should take hold of this RB room more and more as the season progresses. He should end up a weekly start, and you can still pick him up in an absurd amount of leagues. If you've dealt with running back injuries thus far, you know that more are coming. Harris could very well make his way onto a ton of championship-winning rosters this season.
2. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
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Boy, oh, boy, if DJ Moore or Robby Anderson were to go down with injury, the Curtis Samuel production would skyrocket. This is an offense that has functioned incredibly well, with Robby as the short-route receiver and DJ Moore the field-stretching-to-intermediate guy. Curtis Samuel has been utilized in a variety of ways this season, including getting some carries. But if Robby Anderson were to go down with injury and he took over the short-route receiving role, Curtis Samuel would immediately become a top-24 play every single week. He's probably not worth a stash, but the ROI of spending a shit ton of FAAB on him would be outstanding.
3. Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
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This one is the easiest one. The Eagles offense is getting Desean Jackson back this weekend, but the guy they really need back is Jalen Reagor. He didn't have a great start to his season, ranking as one of the worst rookie wide receivers (21st out of 23 qualifying rookies in the first two weeks of the season). But the Eagles have had problems with their offense since the season began. Getting Reagor back as a deep threat will open things up for the Zach Ertz/Miles Sanders/Greg Ward grouping of players, and then the overcorrection will come and Reagor will pop off for 20+ point games. A late-season surge is what I'd bank on here.
4. Donald Parham, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
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This is the deepest of dives, but Donald Parham caught a touchdown in Week 4 and dominated the XFL just a few months ago. We know about Hunter Henry's injury history. We know that this offense can now be considered explosive with Justin Herbert starting the rest of the season. Sure, Parham had one catch on one target for one touchdown, but it was a pretty one. If Parham gets an opportunity, he may very well provide your lineup with a solid-floor tight end; can't say that about many lineups these days.
5. Harrison Bryant, TE, Cleveland Browns
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I've firmly been in the camp that Harrison Bryant looks like the best pass-catching tight end that the Browns deploy. Of course, David Njoku is off of IR and Bryant's usage may come down. But let's not forget that the rookie tight end was the TE2 on the depth chart in August, before David Njoku's injury. Add in the fact that Bryant has the 10th-best pass blocking grade in the NFL at the tight end position, and you have to assume Bryant stays on the field. We could very well see the tide turn and Bryant become the primary pass-catching tight end. If that happens, he's everything we had hoped Hooper would be.
Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (too obvious, to be honest)
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos // KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos
Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans