This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Yup, it's about that time of the season. Our lineups are looking far different than we envisioned them in August. A big wave of injuries escorted us into the start of the bye weeks, meaning a ton of talent is suddenly missing as we look to fill out a competitive lineup. Dalvin Cook (knee) and Chris Carson (ankle) were the only notable season-ending injuries, but top end talent like Ty Montgomery (ribs), Davante Adams (head), Marcus Mariota (hamstring) and Derek Carr (back) could also miss time and leave their owners facing some roster shuffling. It's a lot to handle with Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington on bye.
Fortunately, the most beautiful and most basic element of football is starting to emerge. Yes, I said "fortunately." Just hear me out.
Roster turnover in-season is inevitable and it's the never-ending plot twist that makes the sport so intriguing from one week to the next. In Week 1 names like Aaron Jones, Elijah McGuire, Alex Collins, Jaron Brown and Devin Funchess were barely on the minds of many fantasy owners, but now these could be pivotal players in a Week 5 victory, and perhaps lineup regulars in the near future. You see, that's the beauty. The next man up/best man plays nature of the game keeps things tantalizingly unpredictable.
I say this not to set a safety net for myself in case this week's calls or any future calls miss wildly. Of course none of us can predict the