7. When you’re options are thin…you get creative

The injuries are beginning to mount around the league and we’re headed into the worst bye weeks where more than two teams are off. That will leave some fantasy owners scrambling for solutions to get them through. None of these solutions are perfect, because if they’ve been around this long, there’s something wrong with them. But it’s all a matter of compromise to get you through.

• All you are hoping for from garbage time QBs is to get your 300 yards and two touchdowns. You can live with an interception or two, also. Again, folks, there are imperfections at this stage of the season. Just remember, these are strictly matchup QBs, so ALWAYS consider that when picking them up and when you are starting them: Baker Mayfield, Eli Manning, C.J. Beathard, and Case Keenum. Joe Flacco should be in this group but I’ve never seen a QB who shocks you in games they should have problems with, and falls flat against good matchups. He is tough to figure out and remains a matchup play only.

• Nyheim Hines – This rookie RB has an unimpressive 3.0 YPC average but in PPR leagues, he’s got 29 receptions and two touchdowns.

• WR Sterling Shepard has caught for at least 70 yards in the last three games and has pulled in 20 of 24 targets in that stretch. His 60.8 YPG is good for second on the team and hopefully this Week 5 loss continues to open the playbook for the Giants.

• WR Christian Kirk – finally broke out with a 75-yard touchdown catch, but fellow rookie Josh Rosen is realizing what he has in Kirk, while Larry Fitzgerald attracts the best coverage. Kirk has caught 19-of-24 targets, with 14 of those receptions coming in the last three weeks. Cardinals are tough to depend on, but when you consider the Jets are only allowing Sam Darnold to throw once in a blue moon, there are worse situations to be caught in.

• TE Austin Hooper has caught 21 of 27 targets and took advantage of a prime matchup. Still, he isn’t getting into the end zone, but stock is rising in PPR leagues.

• TE Geoff Swaim is not making us forget about Jason Witten anytime soon but he led the team in receiving yards. He’s caught 14-of-19 targets and is second on the team in receiving yards, and first down catches, third in receptions and targets.