It doesn’t matter how hard you try, sometimes things just aren’t going to go your way. Maybe you drafted Christian McCaffrey in the first round of your fantasy draft, or Michael Thomas, or Saquon Barkley. For whatever reason, your team has hit roadblocks and struggled through the first half of the NFL season.
Now, as the fantasy season enters its stretch run, you need a major boost. You’re on the outside of the playoff picture, and your roster is littered with uninspiring options and/or your bench is filled with unusable assets — like James White or T.Y. Hilton or Adrian Peterson.
How do you climb back into contention? Well, it likely won’t be easy. The further behind, the deeper the struggles, the more drastic the action needed. You might require some Hail Mary-type roster moves to save your season.
The available options might have just a small chance to succeed, but a small chance isn’t zero chance, and you’ve got to try something. Thus, here are some Hail Mary fantasy calls for the rest of the season, bold predictions to help the desperate make decisions down the stretch:
• Put Leonard Fournette in your starting lineup. We’ve been saying all season he will take over the Buccaneers. We saw what looked like the beginnings of that two weeks ago, when he had 15 carries to Ronald Jones’ seven. Throw out Sunday’s game, considering the Bucs fell behind by so much so early. We think the pivot to Fournette will cement itself this week vs. the Panthers.
• Put Tyler Lockett on your bench. Seattle is a DK Metcalf-driven offense. Lockett has scored in single digits in four of the past five games — with a 50-point outing in the middle. Don’t use him hoping and wishing for the massive game, bench him expecting the dud.
• Jordan Wilkins will outscore Jonathan Taylor over the next several weeks. Taylor’s rookie season has been slowed by disappointing production, a nagging ankle issue and Sunday had a devastating fumble that was returned for a touchdown. As the Colts try to stay in the playoff chase facing a difficult schedule the next three weeks, expect to see more Wilkins.
• Curtis Samuel will outscore D.J. Moore the rest of the way. In the two games prior to Sunday, both had a combined 11 targets. Samuel got a season-high nine Sunday, Moore got a season-low three. Samuel routinely gets multiple rushing carries that Moore doesn’t. Samuel has scored in double digits four straight weeks, including more than 20 the past two. Moore has two straight single-digit games.
• Jalen Reagor will be a usable Flex option the rest of the way. Carson Wentz and the Eagles have struggled to keep healthy receivers on the field, but with the rookie now healthy, he will be a solid No. 2 option behind Travis Fulgham.
• Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool both will outscore JuJu Smith-Schuster the rest of the season. JuJu had the fewest targets among them Sunday, and he is the least explosive.
Mike Davis RB, Panthers
If you have Davis, don’t dump him yet. Christian McCaffrey is now dealing with a shoulder injury, meaning Davis could reassume his role. He was dropped in about a quarter of leagues last week.
Devonta Freeman RB, Giants
We feel like this Giants team is starting to turn a corner. Once Freeman returns from his ankle injury, he likely will get the bulk of the workload.
John Brown WR, Bills
Fully healthy, showed what he can do Sunday (8-99). As significant as his health and rise is, it will dampen Cole Beasley’s production.
Dallas Goedert TE, Eagles
Available in most leagues, he likely will be overlooked during waivers, coming off a bye. Could be a solid back-end tight end option the rest of the way.
Ben Roethlisberger QB, Steelers
Since he lacks a true dud game, his pedestrian No. 16 rank among QBs has gone under the radar. Ahead, we would prefer Joe Burrow, Carson Wentz, Drew Lock or Ryan Tannehill.
Devin Singletary RB, Bills
Steve Slayton is the closest comparison we can find to a RB who had such a promising rookie season then fell so far so fast the next year.
Corey Davis WR, Titans
We have been timid about Davis all season, despite steady production. A donut on Sunday (on just three targets) reinforces those fears. And we don’t like his upcoming schedule (Colts, Ravens, Colts again).
Christian Kirk WR, Cardinals
This might seem weird coming off three straight 20-point games. But his TD trend (five in three games) does not appear sustainable — recall, he had just one over his first four games. Regression is on the way.
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