Mason Crosby is rostered in 62% of ESPN leagues, which means that there is a manager in 62% of leagues looking for a new kicker. I’m here to help! This week’s bye teams are the Lions and Saints.
Ka’imi Fairbairn, Hou K
The Texans rank 31st in red zone scoring and Fairbairn has scored 13 points in each of the last two weeks. He’s not a flashy name and should be available on a team that can’t score TDs. As of this writing, he is only owned in 14% of ESPN leagues. After making 4 of 5 field goals against Dallas, Fairbairn looks like a decent pickup if you have a disappointing kicker on your team.
Alfred Blue, Hou RB
Lamar Miller has been ineffective this year, leading the Texans to hand the ball off to Blue 20 times on Sunday night. Blue only netted 46 yards on the ground but also had 8 receptions for 73 yards. The committee approach in Houston makes Blue hard to trust as a starter, but he is worth picking up across all formats.
Geoff Swaim, Dal TE
We haven’t featured a Dallas player on “Trending Up” since 2016! We’ve covered Dak’s struggles to get things going in the passing game, but it seems like Swaim is gaining trust as Dak’s security blankets. Dak checks down more than anybody, so Swaim (6 receptions for 94 yards and a TD in the last two weeks) is a decent pickup in 12-team leagues, especially with the tight end landscape looking so barren.
Chris Hogan, NE WR
Hogan has been disappointing all season and those who thought Edelman’s return would help Hogan get back to where he was last season are probably in line for more disappointment. Gordon will eat into Hogan’s targets and it’s just not realistic to trust Hogan as anything more than a couple receptions and sub-50 yards per game.
Latavius Murray, Min RB
Owners who were worried about Dalvin Cook quickly picked up Murray as a handcuff. Murray then went ahead and took 11 carries for 42 yards. The Vikings’ o-line is just too weak for a mediocre back like Murray to take advantage of his touches. Even if Cook misses more time next week, don’t expect much from Murray.