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Who benefits from recent injuries?

Palmer, Bryant earn nods

ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: Who will benefit from an expanded role (due to injuries ahead of him)?

MICHAEL NAZAREK

Cleveland's David Njoku is a top-5 tight end for fantasy in 2022, but a high-ankle sprain has him OUT for 2-5 weeks. In steps Harrison Bryant, who took over as the primary tight end the rest of Sunday's game when Njoku got hurt. He was the only tight end remaining, since Pharoah Brown was also injured when Njoku went down, but he most likely would have taken every snap even if Brown didn't get hurt. Bryant showed some promise as a receiver last season, and caught both targets thrown his way after Njoku left, for 15 yards. While I wouldn't expect Bryant to produce as well as Njoku, he is definitely worthy of fantasy consideration for owners desperate due to an injury or bye this week. Bryant should not only start, but also see plenty of snaps and be the priority pass-catching tight end for Cleveland.

Nazarek is the CEO of Fantasy Football Mastermind Inc, celebrating 25 years online! His company offers a preseason draft guide, customizable cheat sheets, a multi-use fantasy drafting program including auction values, weekly in-season newsletters, injury reports and free NFL news (updated daily) at its web site, www.ffmastermind.com. He has been playing fantasy football since 1988 and is a four-peat champion of the SI.com Experts Fantasy League, a nationally published writer in several fantasy magazines and a former columnist for SI.com. He's also won nearly $30K in recent seasons of the FFPC High Stakes Main Event. Nazarek can be reached via email at miken@ffmastermind.com.

PAUL CHARCHIAN

It's obvious now, but the answer is Gus Edwards. Edwards looked much like the battering ram we saw in 2020 when he scored six times. Prior to his 2021 ACL injury, Edwards played three full seasons, averaging over five yards per carry in each. With J.K. Dobbins undergoing another surgery, Edwards will continue to be the team's starting running back, which should give him 15+ touches most weeks.

Charchian is the CEO at GuillotineLeagues.com. Guillotine Leagues are a new way to play in which the lowest-scoring team each week gets chopped from the league, and all the players go to the waiver wire. Charchian was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

DAVID DOREY

DJ Chark was already on injured reserve and then Amon-Ra St. Brown left with a concussion in the loss to the Cowboys. That leaves Kalif Raymond as a starter where Chark played, and he caught five passes for 75 yards on Sunday to lead the Lions. Home games against the Dolphins and Packers up next will continue to make him a focus in the passing game.

Dorey co-founded The Huddle.com in 1997. He's ranked every player and projected every game for the last 23 years and is the author of Fantasy Football: The Next Level. David has appeared on numerous radio, television, newspaper and magazines over the last two decades.

IAN ALLAN

Reports suggest Mike Williams has an ankle injury. I think it’s safe to assume he’s not playing in Week 9 (the Chargers have a bye this week). When they return to action, it will be for a game at Atlanta, and the Falcons have a ridiculously awful pass defense. With that in mind, I think there’s some sense in moving a week early on guys like Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter. Admittedly, these are lesser guys, but with the matchup, I think they’re going to be among the best wide receivers available on the waiver wire next week. And as luck would have it, six teams are on bye next week, so there will be increased demand for fill-in receivers.

Allan co-founded Fantasy Football Index in 1987. He and fellow journalism student Bruce Taylor launched the first newsstand fantasy football magazine as a class project at the University of Washington. For more than three decades, Allan has written and edited most of the content published in the magazines, newsletters and at www.fantasyindex.com. An exhaustive researcher, he may be the only person in the country who has watched at least some of every preseason football game played since the early 1990s. Allan is a member of the FSTA Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.

JASON WOOD

Michael Carter is RB30 through seven weeks in PPR scoring formats, despite ceding the majority of 1st and 2nd downs to Breece Hall. Sadly, Hall's ACL tear ends a brilliant rookie season and re-opens the door for Carter to become the No. 1 tailback on a resurgent Jets team. While Carter doesn't have the vision, balance, or strength to match Hall's stellar accomplishments, the snap share and volume increase will make Carter a starter in most leagues.

Wood is Senior Editor at Footballguys.com and has been with the company since its start in 2000. For more than 20 years, Footballguys has provided rankings, projections, and analysis to help fantasy managers dominate their leagues.

SCOTT PIANOWSKI

I think Harrison Bryant has a chance at fantasy relevance in Cleveland. The Browns employ a narrow target tree and we know Jacoby Brissett likes targeting the tight end.

Pianowski has been with Yahoo Sports since 2008, covering a variety of sports. On the rare occasions when the computer is turned off, he enjoys word games, poker, music, film, game theory, and a variety of condiments. He lives in suburban Detroit. Pianowski was inducted into the FSWA Hall of Fame in 2021.

ANDY RICHARDSON

I'm interested in Marquise Goodwin. Pete Carroll says DK Metcalf suffered a patellar tendon injury and then acts like maybe Metcalf will be able to play this week. Huh? Seems unlikely you slap a bandage on that and call it good, so Goodwin should be the starter across from Tyler Lockett for at least a week or two, in a surprisingly productive Geno Smith-led offense. Goodwin is an older player and hasn't done much in recent years, but the Seahawks don't have another viable wide receiver at the moment.

Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and www.fantasyindex.com since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.

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