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The Gut Check No. 427: Mid Season Now And Later

Matt Waldman profiles three receivers under the collective fantasy radar with the potential to help now and later. 

Is your fantasy team hovering near .500 mark and your competition for a playoff spot is benefiting Aaron Jones' ascension, the Jay Ajayi trade, or another mid season development? Are you in a situation where you know you're one player away from your roster humming like a machine, but any deal you discuss will generate a net loss you can't afford? 

I feel your pain. This is the midseason conundrum that many fantasy owners experience: Good enough to contend, but not good enough to dominate or acquire well-known, impactful talent. 

It means working the waiver wire. However, everyone will be gunning for Damien Williams, Paxton Lynch, Kenyan Drake, and any available replacement starter to a starter who was benched or traded this week.

It means digging deeper. This week, I'm sharing two preemptive picks with breakout potential down the stretch and a third option potentially available as a buy-low even if the owner is thinking he's getting a sell-high. 

Earlier this year, I profiled Alex Collins as one of my prominent early-season Now And Laters. Since Week 4, Colllins has been the No. 21 RB in standard fantasy formats. My other options, Allen Hurns (No. 40 in standard this year), and Kasen Williams have not gained significant traction, but continue to flash in unfavorable situations. 

That said, everyone you're reading is talking about the likes of Williams, Drake, Lynch, and Smith-Schuster. Let's dig deeper for those of you in competitive situations where your peers are already up on game to the new flavors of the week's fantasy news cycle.

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