The game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennesse Titans has been postponed until a later date this season, per Adam Schefter. This comes after the news that another Titans player and staff member tested positive for COVID-19. After the initial positives yesterday, the league slated the game for Monday or Tuesday.
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Today’s decision obviously has a significant impact on most fantasy leagues. Not only will it affect play this week, it throws a massive wrench into later matchups. As of this writing, the league has not given an exact date for the game. Fantasy owners must figure out a way to replace the likes of Derrick Henry, rostered in 99.9% of ESPN leagues, Ben Roethlisberger, and James Conner. And that’s just this week.
The Titans and Steelers were scheduled to be on bye in weeks 7 and 8 respectively. This makes it impossible to just have them play during their bye week. The league should have strongly considered placing all teams on the same bye week in the event this happened.
Replacements to Target
Several key players must be replaced across fantasy leagues. Here are three players to target this week.
Rex Burkhead: No one, and I mean no one, trusts New England running backs. However, after a career day from Burkhead, and a probable high-scoring affair against the Chiefs, he may just be enough to get you through the loss of Henry this week. He’s only rostered in 45% of ESPN leagues and I expect the Patriots to play from behind for most of this game, giving him many pass-catching opportunities.
Mo Alie-Cox: Rostered in just 18.1% of ESPN leagues, Alie-Cox is averaging 11.4 points in PPR format. Racking up 111 yards in week two against the Vikings and scoring a touchdown in week three against the Jets, he’ll look to continue his double-digit point streak against the Bears. Even if you didn’t need to replace Jonnu Smith, Alie-Cox would be a worthy pickup.
Cole Beasley: Another desperation pickup in deeper leagues, Cole had 6 receptions for 100 yards in week 3 against the Rams. John Brown did not practice Wednesday and Beasley will look to capitalize on his absence should he miss the game against the Raiders. I know, the Raiders allow the 5th fewest points to WRs through three games. You’re just not going to find a replacement for JuJu Smith-Schuster at this point in the season without taking a chance.