By MIKE HERNDON
It’s Return from IR week, with both Miles Sanders and Clyde Edwards-Helaire designated to return to action this week. Adjust your lineups accordingly. Some other considerations:
Justin Herbert, Chargers: I’m not sure why I even bother picking quarterback starts anymore with my recent track record, but the stars seem to be aligning for a bounce-back week for Justin Herbert. Pittsburgh will be without its best pass rusher (TJ Watt), its best cornerback (Joe Haden) and its best ballhawk (Minkah Fitzpatrick).
Kirk Cousins, Vikings: In their last three games, the Packers have held Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson under 12 fantasy points. Mahomes and Wilson had fewer than 200 yards. Punt.
Jeff Wilson, Jr., 49ers: I could be obvious here and tell you to start Nick Chubb against the Lions, but what help would that be? Elijah Mitchell is expected to miss this week’s game with Jacksonville after breaking a finger, leaving Wilson in a smash spot that should feature positive game script. He’s delivered when given opportunities in the past; no reason to think he won’t here.
Devonta Freeman/Latavius Murray, Baltimore: It’s not the best matchup with Chicago, there’s a chance Lamar Jackson won’t play and with Murray coming back from injury, there’s no clarity on how the snap count will go with this week. Leave them both on the bench until we can see how Greg Roman plans to use them. .
Michael Gallup, Cowboys: It’ll be his second game back from an injury hiatus of his own, but Amari Cooper is out on the COVID list and the Cowboys are looking at a potential shootout with Kansas City. The conditions won’t be more favorable for a Gallup breakout than they are now.
Chase Claypool, Steelers: Ben Roethlsberger will be in his first game back from an injury hiatus, the Steelers are facing a Chargers defense that is best attacked on the ground, and Pittsburgh is notoriously not great on West Coast road trips. I’m looking elsewhere.
Mark Andrews, Ravens: Marquise Brown is out and Lamar Jackson is questionable. Andrews will serve as a welcome safety net for whoever’s behind center. He’s already had 18 targets in the last two weeks.
T.J. Hockenson, Lions: I recommended him last week and he caught exactly zero passes from Jared Goff. Now Goff is out and someone named Tim Boyle will be getting his first start as Detroit’s quarterback. No thanks.
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