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Cody Kessler QB, Cleveland
The Browns’ rookie quarterback should return this week after missing Week 8 with a concussion, as he was cleared to return on Monday. We have Kessler listed as an elevated injury risk with an above average Health Performance Factor, so it seems as if he should be on track to return to the field. The Browns are likely to start Kessler if he’s available over Josh McCown, who started Sunday against the Jets and committed two costly turnovers in the second half. Also, because the Browns are in rebuilding mode, it would be in their best interest to find out what they have in Kessler going forward. If Kessler does indeed start under center, he will should get back fellow rookie Corey Coleman at wideout and will be going against a Dallas defense that has been hit hard in the secondary with injuries. With plenty of top fantasy quarterbacks on bye this week, Kessler is a decent streaming option in most leagues.
Charcandrick West RB, Kansas City
The Chiefs’ backfield is full of uncertainty at this point going into Week 9. Spencer Ware suffered a concussion Sunday against Indianapolis. If Ware is unable to go, West instantly becomes a hot commodity in fantasy this week. West was a monster when he started for the Chiefs last year, averaging over 100 total yards in those games. Going up against a Jacksonville team that is suspect at every level, West’s upside would be very high in the event that he gets the start.
Antone Smith RB, Tampa Bay
The Buccaneers continue to suffer injuries to their backfield, as Jacquizz Rodgers left Sunday’s game with a foot injury. If Rodgers and Doug Martin are both unable to go on Thursday night against Atlanta, look for Smith to get the most work in Tampa Bay’s backfield as he did on Sunday after Rodgers went out. Peyton Barber could be in line for a big uptick in carries as well, but Smith’s ability as a pass receiver make him the less risky option. There still seems to be a chance for Martin and/or Rodgers to play, but in the case they don’t on a short week, Smith is a good fill-in option.
Corey Coleman WR, Cleveland
Coleman seems on track to finally return from the broken hand that he suffered in practice following his breakout Week 2 showing. We have Coleman listed as a low injury risk with a peak Health Performance Factor, so all signs point to him being full go this week. Coleman returns against a Cowboys secondary that just lost top corner Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church for multiple weeks. Coleman is a solid add and is startable this week in most fantasy formats.
Jamison Crowder WR, Washington
Crowder continues to produce when given the opportunity for Washington, and that opportunity could continue to be there moving forward. DeSean Jackson has been banged up all season and suffered another injury Sunday, this time a head contusion. Crowder’s production has gone up when Jackson has played less, but he still has a role carved out in this offense when Jackson is on the field. The Redskins are on bye this week, but Crowder is a solid stash moving forward as he continues to grow in the Redskins offense.
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