So, that was not the offensive show we planned on seeing last night, as the Minnesota Vikings turned in a relaxing 19-9 win against the Washington Redskins. As for the Vikings, running back Dalvin Cook and wide receiver Stefon Diggs made their owners happy with solid performances, but quarterback Kirk Cousins did not throw a touchdown. Redskins quarterback Case Keenum left at halftime with a concussion, ruining what seemed to be a promising night for receiver Terry McLaurin. Running back Adrian Peterson was actually impressive on a bad wheel but in the end very pedestrian in the fantasy world.
Here are five players I expect to have solid fantasy days who may be slightly off your radar:
1. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
Quarterbacks are hurt, and Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson are on bye, so why not? Tannehill has actually been serviceable and has a nice matchup against a Tampa Bay team that gives up more than 350 yards a game through the air.
2. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
If not now, when? If not Carr, who? OK, maybe I got carried away there, but Oakland faces the Houston Texans (25th-rated pass defense) Oct. 27, and rumors are they could be without running back Josh Jacobs and with receiver Tyrell Williams. If that's true, Carr may throw 40-plus times.
3. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
In a tough matchup against the Buffalo Bills Oct. 27, the Eagles may have to find Plans B, C and Dallas. See what I did there?
4. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill brought receiver Corey Davis back from the fantasy dead, and now it's time to do the same with the rookie Brown. With Davis drawing the top corners, Brown is due for some love from Tannehill.
5. Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans
With receiver Will Fuller out Oct. 27 and for the foreseeable future, Stills gets the Raiders, who are just awful against the deep pass especially. Facing single coverage all day will help Stills as well. After Fuller left in Week 7, Stills saw five targets and had more than 100 yards, ICYMI.
Sleeper defenses: Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers