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As we enter Week 6 of the 2021 season, I want to share some tips, advice, and thoughts on various players, teams, and situations. With all of the outlets and resources available now, it is becoming more difficult to separate yourself from the rest of the pack when it comes to knowledge and strategy. To gain that extra edge, you have to make proactive moves that cash in, plan ahead, know your players' schedules, read helpful columns, and above all, execute the game plan for success. In no particular order, here are a few items that can help you gain that edge.
1. BE AWARE OF PLAYERS RETURNING FROM INJURY, AS WELL AS PLAYERS BENEFITING FROM AN INJURY
- Michael Thomas WR, NO - Thomas is a big one, but chances are, he is not going to be on the waiver wire. Just because he's a big name doesn't necessarily mean he'll be right back in the saddle again when he returns. We've seen players at all positions struggle with recovery from high-ankle sprains, especially those that require surgery. The Saints will welcome him back and he could see decent volume even in his first game back. The offense has struggled to find an identity outside of Alvin Kamara. Thomas's return should change that.
- Geno Smith QB, SEA - Russell Wilson may be out of the lineup for several weeks while he recovers from his hand/finger injury. Taking his place is Geno Smith who performed better than expected when he took over for Wilson in Thursday's primetime showing. You can be sure your league-mates saw his performance and they may be interested in targeting him on the waiver wire, especially if the league allows multiple quarterbacks in the lineup.
- Andy Dalton QB, CHI - Justin Fields has not had a smooth first two games as the Bears starting quarterback, and now he is dealing with a knee sprain. It would not be that big of a surprise if Matt Nagy and the Bears shift to Andy Dalton in Week 6 vs Green Bay. Dalton is recovering from his own knee injury but he may be healthy enough to play this week while Fields heals. If he does, and he plays well, he could be named the starter in a brewing quarterback controversy in Chicago.
- Darrel Williams RB, KC - The Chiefs are going to lose Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) for a few games, which is much better than what was expected. From an injury stance, Kansas City and Edwards-Helaire got lucky. He'll be back, but in the meantime, Williams will now have a chance to get a piece of the Chiefs offensive production. Before the injury, Williams had the 40 end of a 40-60 carry share in the Chiefs backfield. Now he'll see a greater percentage of those snaps with Jerick McKinnon getting some as well. The Chiefs use their running backs as receivers, so look for Williams to have double-duty as a dual-threat back. He had the 4th-most targets on the team in Sunday night's loss to Buffalo and should continue to see upwards of 4+ targets moving forward while Edwards-Helaire recovers.
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