EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)   T.J. Yeldon #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action against Alec Ogletree #52 of the New York Giants on September 9, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jaguars defeated the Giants 20-15.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

4 Fantasy Pickups Who Will Benefit From Injuries on Their Team

Cover Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images


Injuries create opportunities for other guys on the team to step up and make an impact. Sometimes it's a backup, and other times it's another starter who will benefit from additional looks. 


Here are four guys that could be a great pickup due to injuries on their respective teams:

4. TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images


T.J. Yeldon could end up being one of the most serviceable backup running backs in the league when it's all said and done. Jacksonville Jaguars starting back Leonard Fournette went down against the Giants in Week 1 with a hamstring injury, and Yeldon stepped in nicely by rushing for 51 yards on 14 attempts. Look for Yeldon to assume the full starting role this weekend with Fournette expected to be out. 


The Patriots defense surrendered 167 yards on the ground in Week 1. 

3. Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images


Not many people have heard of Jonnu Smith outside of Tennessee, but he will have a ton of opportunities to make an impact this week after the season-ending injury to starting tight end Delanie Walker. 


The Titans' tight ends typically run more routes than staying in to block, so this shouldn't change whether Marcus Mariotta plays or not. In fact, if the starting quarterback doesn't play it might be better since tight ends are thrown to often by below-average quarterbacks. 

2. Brandon Marshall, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images


Brandon Marshall is now the No. 1 wide receiver in Seattle with Doug Baldwin out. Marshall, who had a nice touchdown grab in Week 1, assumes most of the red zone and down-field targets. The Bears do have a solid defense, but Russell Wilson doesn't have too many other options. Expect Marshall to get plenty of looks regardless. 

1. Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers

Grant Halverson/Getty Images


Much like Jonnu Smith, not too many people know about Ian Thomas outside of the city he plays in. It might be time, though, as the athletic tight end is in for an uptick in production after the Greg Olsen injury. Cam Newton loves to incorporate the tight end as well, so look for Thomas to be integrated into the Panthers offense quickly. 


The Panthers have a division rival matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who have done well historically against the tight end position, but the losses of safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones, further hurts their defense going into Week 2.


Get $20 with your first deposit on FanDuel. Join Now.



David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.