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  1. Falcons play on Thursday next week too, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Freeman is out Week 13 as well. Matchup is tough for Hill and he is a JAG, but he does have some volume-based FLEX appeal this week and potentially next, given he gets around 15+ touches again and Freeman remains out.
  2. Little late posting this, but here are some pickups and bench stashes moving forward. Most players are under 40% owned (Yahoo). QB Ryan Tannehill - Streamer. Tannehill isn't a spectacular pickup, but has put up solid numbers in each of his three starts. He gets a favorable matchup this week vs Chiefs. Titans will need to put up points to stay in game, as Chiefs may have Mahomes at the helm. If you are desperate at QB, Tannehill is serviceable. RB Ronald Jones - 42% owned (Yahoo). Jones looks to have finally taken over as the primary RB in the Bucs' backfield. He got 20 touches last week and is looking like a low-end RB2 moving forward, if the volume remains. He is worth a mid-to-high waiver priority. Ty Johnson/J.D. McKissic - Ty Johnson has not performed since Kerryon went down, but did play on 62% of the snaps this week (22% more than Week 8 and received 12 total touches). He was also outplayed by McKissic, but pickup/hold him one more week to see if he produces before cutting him loose. McKissic is also worth a pickup/hold as he looks to be the preferred passing back in this high-octane offense and has outplayed Johnson. McKissic is more valuable in PPR formats than standard. Kalen Ballage - Look for Ballage to get the first crack as the workhorse RB for the Dolphins with Walton suspended 4 games. He is not a good RB...at all, but opportunity is king in fantasy and Ballage may just get that. Treat him as a low-end, volume dependent RB3. Myles Gaskins/De'Lance Turner - Speculative adds if Ballage doesn't produce as Dolphins' primary RB. Ty Montgomery/Bilal Powell - Jets other RBs if Bell injury is serious. Jay Ajayi - Speculative add if he signs to an RB needy team like the Lions or Dolphins. WR Devante Parker - Clear cut #1 WR in Miami following Preston Williams season-ending injury. Parker has scored a TD in his last 4/5 games and has seen almost 7 targets in that span as well. He is the top WR pickup for this week and can treated as a WR3 moving forward. Zach Pascal - Pascal has made the most of his opportunity with injuries to TY Hilton and Parris Campbell. He has averaged about 4/63/1TD his last three games and looks to be Colts current #1 WR. Even with the uncertainty to Brissett, treat him as an low-end WR3 until TY Hilton gets back. Devin Funchess - Very sneaky add. Funchess has the opportunity to return from IR and practice this week. If that happens, it atleast gives him a slim chance to play Week 10, and shot to play Week 11. Colts are thin at WR and Funchess could provide a nice boost if he is healthy. Josh Reynolds - With the unknown timetable on Brandin Cook's return, Reynolds is locked in as Rams #3 WR. He posted 3/73/1TD on 8 targets in Week 8, and was in on 89% of the snaps. If he can continue to receive around 5+ targets and be in on 75%+ on the snaps, treat him as a WR4 until Cooks comes back. Jordan Matthews - Speculative add. Matthews had a workout with the Eagles and if he signs, it is possible he may have an immediate role post-bye. He doesn't have much (if any) upside, but I could foresee him overtaking Agholor spot in the slot, if signed . TE Noah Fant - Fant finally had his breakout game posting 3/115/1TD on 4 targets. While most of his damage came on a 75 yard TD catch-and-run, Fant has quietly been more involved since Sanders departure. Expect the 1st round TE to continue to be involved as the #2 passing option on this Broncos team. He is worth a mid waiver pickup, and hold through the bye, as he as top 10 TE upside moving forward. Chris Herndon - If Herndon ever plays, he has top 12 TE upside. Jets current TE Ryan Griffin has posted 10 catches for 106 yards and 2 TE, over the past two games. Herndon can easily duplicate those numbers if he plays a full compliment of snaps...if he ever plays. Mike Gesicki - Gesicki posted his best game following William's injury, posting 6/95 on 6 targets. He has some streamer appeal, as the potential #2/3 passing option on this depleted Miami offense.
  3. RB Chase Edmonds - Obvious must-add (if not already added) post DJ injury. Seemingly has carved out role even if DJ plays. Ty Johnson/J.D. McKissic - Both RBs will form committee post Kerryon Johnson injury. I think 60/40 or 50/50 split is likely, as both can catch out of backfield and will be involved rushing, although neither will emerge as true workhorse. Lions may possibly bring in another RB via FA or trade (CJ Anderson or Kenyan Drake maybe?). Mark Walton - Outrushed Drake second straight week, and has low-end RB3 appeal with byes kicking in. Value is limited due to Miami's anemic offense, but can increase if Drake gets traded. Wendall Smallwood - Low-end RB3 streamer if Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson are ruled out on TNF. Derrius Guice - IR stash only. Alexander Mattison/Benny Snell Jr. - Backup RBs that offer immediate worsehorse appeal if starters get hurt. WR Kenny Stills/Keke Coutee - Houston WRs to own post Fuller injury. Stills is the better add, as he is the big play threat like Fuller and should start on the perimeter. While Coutee is the slot WR, whos value has been limited a bit this year due to Houston utilizing more 2 TE sets. Nonetheless, both are adds moving forward. Corey Davis/A.J. Brown - Tennesse WRs whos value have re-emerged with Tannehil at the helm. I think Corey Davis is the better add, but A.J. Brown is still worth a look as well. Devante Parker/Preston Williams - Bye week filler Miami WRs. Parker has scored a TD in 3 straight weeks and is the better add as he has a solid rapport with Fitzpatrick. However, both will always will be playing from behind/garbage time. Zach Pascal - Colts #2 WR who is worth a look, but doesn't have the highest upside in this run heavy, spread-around offense. Olabisi Johnson - Low-end WR4 streamer as Adam Thielen is likely out on TNF. TE Kyle Rudolph - Streamer as Adam Thielen is likely out on TNF. Chris Herndon - Close to return, can offer top 12 TE upside. David Njoku - IR stash. Jonnu Smith - Streamer if Delanie Walker is out.
  4. Looking like a dry week for waivers. Not exciting, but here are Week 7 pickups/stash. Everyone will be 35% owned or less (Yahoo). *If you have bench spots to burn, it wouldn't hurt to pickup players like Jamaal Williams, J.D. McKissic, Geronimo Allison before tomorrow's MNF matchup. QB Sam Darnold - Darnold had a solid game back, orchestrating an upset win against Cowboys at home. His next 2 games are tough as he gets New England and Jacksonville, but has a fantasy heaven schedule setup from Week 9-14. He gets MIA, NYG, WAS, OAK, CIN, and MIA in that span! He is a solid early stash and is streamer worthy during those weeks, as plenty of teams will be on bye. Daniel Jones - Outside of his monster debut, Jones has been bad. However, he has chance to bounce back against an awful Cardinals defense in Week 7. Jones has some streamer appeal if Giants can get back both Engram and Shepherd. RB Alexander Mattison - Elite handcuff. Mattison out-rushed Cook this week, rushing for 14/63. He has some standalone value as a desperate RB3/4 in non-PPR leagues. Chase Edmonds - Elite handcuff. Dual threat backup who has scored in 2 straight games and obvious RB1 in all formats if DJ gets hurt. Mark Walton - Bench stash. Walton got fewer touches than Drake, but outplayed him by posting 75 yards on 11 touches. He has supplanted Ballage as the #1/2 RB on the worst team in football. Look for Miami to continue to keep him involved. Darrell Henderson Jr. - Value dependent on Gurley's status. Rams offensive line is a mess, but Henderson outplayed Malcolm Brown and has more value than him as a pass catcher. If Gurley is out again, Henderson has some fringe appeal. Benny Snell Jr. - Rookie posted 17/75 rushing and 1/14 receiving on SNF. Conner was hurt for a portion of the game, but seems to be fine. If he misses time, Snell is a locked-in workhorse RB2. WR Duke Williams - Sneaky stash. Prior to Buffalo's bye, Williams caught 4/4 targets for 29 yards and a game-winning TD vs. Titans. Furthermore, the former CFL star is now locked-in as an outside WR now that Zay Jones has been traded. He also has size (6'2") that John Brown and Cole Beasley don't possess. He is an intriguing pickup. Auden Tate - Streamer. Tate posted 5/91 on 12 targets against Ravens. As long as A.J. Green is out, he is Bengals #2 passing option and has some WR4/low-end flex appeal. Jacobi Meyers - If Josh Gordon and/or Dorsett are out this week, Meyers has some WR4 appeal in a matchups against the Jets. Dante Pettis - Bench stash. Pettis had his best game on the season posting 3/45 on 6 targets. While that isn't great, I think he is the WR to own on this run-heavy team. N'Keal Harry - If your league has an IR spot or if your current IR spot isn't occupied, Harry is worth a speculative IR stash. He is eligible to return Week 9 and Patriots WRs are a bit banged up. TE Chris Herndon - Herndon had a setback that will likely keep him out another 1-2 weeks. When healthy, he does have top 10 TE upside, although his floor maybe lower than I originally thought due to the presence of Crowder and DT and this spread-around Jets offense. Rhett Ellison - Streamer if Evan Engram (and to some extent, Shepherd) are out. Ellison posted 3/30 on 7 targets against the Patriots and gets a favorable matchup vs. Cardinals, who are the worst team against opposing TEs.
  5. List of pickups/streamers for this week and moving forward. Most players listed have an ownership of less than 35% on Yahoo. QB Gardner Minshew - Gardner had his best game as a pro, throwing for 374 yards and 2 TDs against the Panthers. He looks like the early favorite for Rookie of the Year. Although he doesn't have the highest upside for a QB, he has been steady, throwing for 2 TDs in 4/5 games. He has a very favorable upcoming schedule, as he gets the Saints, Bengals, Jets, and Texans respectively before heading into a bye in Week 10. He is a solid pickup and streamer option if you need a QB. Kirk Cousins - Easily coming off his best game with 306 passing and 2 TDs. Vikings are still a run-first team, but if Kirk can build from last week, he has streamer potential. He gets a somewhat favorable schedule the next few weeks, as he plays Eagles, Lions, Redskins, and Chiefs respectively. RB Chase Edmonds - Edmonds posted 8/68/1TD rushing and 3/18 receiving last week. David Johnson is uncertain to play this week, and maybe his back injury linger a bit longer. If Johnson sits, expect Edmonds to become the workhorse RB. However, even if Johnson plays, I can see Edmonds still getting around 7-12 touches. He is a good add for this week. Jon Hilliman - Hilliman is likely the starting RB for the Giants on TNF this week, as Barkley and Gallman are dealing with injuries. He has a tough matchup against the Patriots, but should be in line to get the bulk of the carries. Opportunity is king in fantasy and Hilliman has some RB3/FLEX appeal this week. J.D. McKissic - A speculation/dart throw add. Lions had a bye in Week 5, but in Week 3, McKissic got 1 touches for 44 yards, and in Week 4 he got 5 touches for 44 yards. He won't supplant Kerryon Johnson as the starter, but if he can have a Theo Reddick-esque role, there is some standalone value in deep PPR leagues. A speculative add, but with 4 teams on bye this week, someone may need to insert a desperation RB, and McKissic might just be that. WR Diontae Johnson - Johnson doesn't have a high ceiling and might be playing with his 3rd string QB this week, but he still has enough appeal to be rostered. Johnson is looking like Steeler's #2 WR, as he has gotten atleast 6+ targets in 3 straight games. Injuries to Samuels (multi-week injury) and Washington (questionable this week) should help Johnson receive a slight bump in targets. Byron Pringle - Pringle emerged out of nowhere, posting 6/103/1TD on 9 targets on SNF. If Watkins and/or Hill is out this upcoming week, add Pringle to the crowded list of Chiefs' pass catchers that are stash/stream worthy. Keesean Johnson - His value is dependent on whether Christian Kirk plays or not. He didn't do much this past week, but did receive 7 targets and had the most snaps at WR, even more than Fitzgerald. If Kirk is out again, Johnson is a sneaky deep league WR streamer as he plays Falcons and Giants, two horrible passing defenses, the next two weeks. Darius Slayton - Slayton has some streamer potential on TNF, even against the daunted Patriots Defense. He posted 4/62/1TD on 5 targets last week. He figures to see more targets on TNF, as the Giants are likely going to be playing from behind and will likely be without Engram, Shepherd, Barkley, and Gallman. Preston Williams - Williams has seen 5+ targets in every game played. Like Auden Tate, he is an uninspiring option that has some value in deep leagues, as he is the #1/2 passing option on the worst team in football. Auden Tate - Tate has been targeted atleast 6 times in 3 straight games. He isn't an exciting pickup but still has some value in deeper leagues, as the #2 passing option on this bad Bengals team. TE Hunter Henry - 40% owned on Yahoo. Henry's timetable to return is still unknown, but he is a TE1 when healthy. I think he will play again this year, and rather sooner than later too. He is worth a bench/IR hold right now. Chris Herndon - The second year pro is finally back from a suspension and the Jets are in desperate need of a playmaker. Herndon might just be that, as he showed some juice his rookie year. Darnold is likely to play, but Gase is still noncommittal on Herndon's status for this week. I think he should play very soon, this week or next week. Herndon should be rostered if you are hurting at TE, as he has TE1 upside. Gerald Everett - Everett had a monster game on TNF, posting 7/136 receiving on 11 targets. There are alot of mouths to feed on this offense, but McVay may find ways to incorporate Everett more, especially with the concussion to Brandin Cooks. Everett has some streamer potential. DEF San Francisco - 41% owned on Yahoo, that number will undoubtedly increase after their dominant performance against the Browns. Their defensive line may be the best in football and they have some very favorable matchups coming up, as they get Redskins in Week 7 and Cardinals in Week 9 and 11. Carolina/Pittsburgh - Both of these defenses have gotten 10+ points (standard Yahoo settings) in three straight weeks. They both also have a bye in Week 7, but are solid options. Pittsburgh also gets a favorable matchup against the Dolphins in Week 8.
  6. Not a crazy week for waivers, but with a few injuries and bye weeks kicking in, here is a list of people to stream this week or add moving forward. Keep in mind most players are under 40% in Yahoo. QB Jacoby Brissett - Was on the list last week, Brissett makes an appearance once again as he is still only 36% owned in Yahoo. Brissett has thrown for atleast 2+ TD every game this season, and has a chance to post big numbers again in what should be a high scoring against the Chiefs. TY Hilton may be back as well, but look for Brissett to have another solid outing before heading into bye. Andy Dalton - Not the most ideal streamer, as Dalton is coming off a horrible game vs. the Steelers, while losing John Ross to a multi-week injury. However, he has a chance to rebound by going up against the atrocious Cardinal's defense, who have allowed the 2nd most points to QBs this year. If you are thin at QB, Dalton might be able to fill in for a week. RB Ronald Jones II - 45% owned in Yahoo, but Jones is starting to seize this Bucs' backfield with back-to-back solid outings. He is apart of an potent offense and if he can continue to produce the way he has been doing, Bruce Arians should ride with him as the hot-hand and in turn have RB3/Flex appeal in all formats. Jaylen Samuels - Samuels had one of the most unusual, but fantasy friendly statlines on MNF, posting: 10/26/1TD rushing, 8/57 receiving, and even 3/3 passing for 31 yards on wildcat touch passes (lol). Mike Tomlin made a good effort utilizing Samuels in the "jack of all trades" role in this Rudolph led-offense. He can offer some stand-alone value, even with Conner in the fold, if he can continue to see 10+ touches a game. Conner was also hobbled a bit and his situation is something to monitor, because if he is out, Samuels is a workhorse RB for Steelers. Jordan Wilkins/Nyheim Hines - Marlon Mack's ankle injuries re-emerged and forced him out of the game late vs. Falcons. Colts have a bye in Week 6, and I can see a scenario where they rest Mack up leaving Wilkins as the primary rusher and Hines as the 3rd down back Chiefs. Both backs have potential to be one week rentals in what could be a high scoring game against the Chiefs. If Mack is out, I would personally go Wilkins in all formats, but Hines can be a desperation dart throw in PPR leagues. WR Geronimo Allison - Allison hasn't done much other than scoring 2 TDs in the past 3 games, but has a golden opportunity to really be a factor in this offense with the injury Davante Adams. He is really a hit-or-miss option, but Allison has WR4 upside. Keesean Johnson - Keesean Johnson's value is entirely dependent on Christian Kirk's injury. If Kirk is out, look for Johnson to be the #2 WR on this high paced offense. The Cardinals also released Damien Byrd and Michael Crabtree just last week and still don't have a reliable WR on the perimeter. I think he is a sneaky good add, as Kirk was heavily targeted and this team will still have to throw alot given their shortcomings on the offensive line and defense. Diontae Johnson - This rookie has quietly started, scored, and received 6 targets in each of his last two starts. He is looking like the #2-3 option in this Steelers offense. While there is still uncertainty with this offense, I think Johnson is still an intruiging WR to have/hold on the bench. Cole Beasley - As crazy as it sounds, Beasley has outscored Deandre Hopkins in Weeks 2, 3 and 4 in all formats. He is the Frank Gore of WRs, completely uninspiring but is somehow posting fantasy relevant week in and week out. He has averaged 9 targets per game, and while his TD is very limited, he is looking like a serviceable WR3/4 in PPR leagues. Parris Campbell - While he is questionable to play this week, he role in this offense is growing by the week. He still hasn't had a fantasy relevant game yet, but did receive 8 targets last week. He has some upside as a playmaker and is still worth monitoring/stashing. Auden Tate - Auden Tate has posted 6/88 and 4/50 receiving the last two games. Now with John Ross III multi-week injury, Tate has an opportunity to be the #2 WR on this poor offense. While he isn't a flashy pickup, he should soak up a chunk of John Ross target share and gets a favorable matchup this week going against the Cardinals. He should be somewhat relevant, but uninspiring until AJ Green and/or Ross gets back. Treat him as a WR5. TE Jimmy Graham - Rodgers publicly stated that he needed to get Graham and Adams the ball more, and did just that last week against the Eagles. Graham racked up 6/61/1TD on 9 targets. Adams is also hurt and most likely out for a few weeks, leaving Graham to gobble up some more targets. Best approach him as a low-end/boom-or-bust TE1 for as long as Adams is out. Ricky Seals-Jones Dawson Knox
  7. Week 3 is now in the books, here is my list of pickups for the week and moving forward. Most players listed will have ownership of less than 40% on Yahoo. QB Daniel Jones - Jones is a no brainer add here, after having a monster debut with 336 yards passing and 4 total TDs. With Barkley now expected to miss a good chunk of the season, look for Giants to lean on their 1st round QB. Jones has a good passing supporting cast in Sheperd and Engram, and also gets back Golden Tate in Week 5. Factor in that the Giants pass defense is abysmal, Jones is going to have to air it out if this Giants team wants to stay in/win games. I wouldn't be suprised if he posts low-end QB1 numbers moving forward. He is worth a high priority waiver. Jacoby Brissett - While Brissett isn't a flashy pickup, he has been quietly consistent. Brissett has thrown for atleast 2 TDs in every game so far, and his upcoming matchups is very exploitable, playing the Raiders and Chiefs next two weeks respectively. Although he may be without TY Hilton, he is still streamer worthy due to the favorable matchups. Matthew Stafford - Stafford has been inconsistent to start the year, but he has a chance for blowup potential against the Chiefs this week. He has the upside to post high end QB1 numbers this week before Lions bye. If you are hurting at QB and need a one week rental, Stafford is your guy. RB Wayne Gallman Jr. - Obvious must-add after Barkley's multi-week injury, however whether he is a waiver wire winner or fools gold remains to be seen. Gallman Jr. isn't a special talent, but opportunity is king in fantasy and I think Gallman Jr. should get the lionshare of the workload for the upcoming weeks. The depth behind Gallman Jr. is even worse, but if he doesn't produce I could see Giants bringing in a RB off the streets (CJ Anderson maybe?) or even trading for one. Ultimately, I think he is worth a #1 or top waiver claim, but I don't blame you, if you choose to hold you waiver either. Rex Burkhead - Burkhead is still alive in the fantasy realm, and quietly has posted flex/RB3 numbers past three weeks. However the main selling point with Burkhead is that Sony Michel has been extremely inefficient and dissapointing. Belichick is the type of coach to play his best players or whoever is hot, even if that means giving more touches to Burkhead over his 1st round sophmore RB. I still see all three Patriots RB being utilized, but Burkhead is worth a pickup. Alexander Mattison - Dalvin Cook has been the best RB and arguably the best player overall so far in this early season. Main concern with Cook has never been about talent, but injury. It should be interesting to see how Cook holds up remainder of season, but in turn Mattison is the best handcuff to own right now as well. If you are a Cook owner definitely pick up Mattison or try trading for him for cheap if already picked up, given Cook's injury history. Darrell Williams - Darrell Williams, not Darwin Thompson was the RB that was heavily used this week given Damien Williams injury and McCoy injury (granted McCoy played). He posted over 100+ total yards and is worth a hold even if Damien Williams is back in part of the best offense in football. CJ Anderson - Complete speculative add, but if Giants are not content with their RB depth or if Gallman Jr. underperforms, I can see CJ Anderson being the first RB that Giants come in contact with. Who knows, he might even have a repeat of last year, when another top tier RB in Gurley went down, and Anderson was signed off the streets and proceeded to go bonkers during fantasy playoffs. A speculative add, but keep an eye on him. WR Golden Tate - While Tate is still suspended for Week 4, everything is in line for him to have a solid contribution fantasy wise. With Jones at QB, injury to Barkley, and a defense that can't cover anyone, Giants should be looking to air it out more. Tate is likely to be the 3rd passing option behind Shepherd and Engram, but can still produce WR3/4 numbers moving forward. Dante Pettis - While Pettis is on bye this week, I think he can be a solid early pickup. He is coming off his best game posted 4/20/1TD and I would think Shanahan gets him more involved for the remainder of the season. If you have a bench spot to burn, pick him up and treat him as a WR4 with upside. Philip Dorsett - Posted 6/53/1TD on 7 targets, Dorsett is the #3 wideout in this offfense post AB. With Edelman banged up (although he stated he is fine), Dorsett can continue to produce WR4 numbers with or without Edelman. Parris Campbell - While he didn't do much again this week, Campbell as slowly and steadily been involved every week. The main selling point with him is with the uncertainty with TY Hilton injury. Campbell has the highest upside of any of the other Colts WR, and I would expect this playmaker to emerge at some point as the season progresses. Diontae Johnson - The rookie posted 3/52/1TD on 6 targets in his first start. Johnson should continue to be the #2-3 WR is this suddenly bad Steelers offense. If Rudolph and the Steelers can develop and make progress, Johnson value will go up. But until then he is still a very risky play. Treat him as an upside WR5 for now.
  8. As usual, it was a crazy Week 1 in the NFL. Lots of overreactions and suprises, but two key takeaway from a fantasy perspective was the monster debut from rookie WRs (and Hockenson) and that QB play is deep and can be very much streamable week in-and-out. Here is my list of pickups for next week and moving forward. Most players will have ownership of less than 40%. For reference, I play in standard 0.5 PPR leagues on Yahoo with flex and 6 bench slots. QB Matthew Stafford - Only 26% owned in Yahoo leagues, Stafford is coming off a monster game with almost 400 yards passing and 3 TDs. Granted OT and playing a weak Cardinals defense help these numbers, Stafford can be a streamable option for next upcoming weeks. He has 3 solid WRs to throw too and a rookie TE with immense talent. Stafford plays a tough Chargers team next week, but has blowup potential in Week 3 and 4, playing Eagles and Chiefs respectively. RB Malcolm Brown - Posted 11/53/2TDs rushing, I think its clear who the direct backup to Gurley is as of now. Gurley will have better days, but Brown is arguably one of the best backup to have right now, given Gurley's usage and injury concern. If Brown can see around 8-12 touches a game moving forward, he definitely has some standalone appeal as a RB3/fringe flex play appeal. Adrian Peterson - With the uncertainty of Guice moving forward, AP could return as the primary rusher for this Redskins team. He won't offer much in the passing game and negative game scripts will hurt him, but if Trent Williams comes back, I would think this team would want to establish the run game more to keep themselves in games. Best viewed as an RB3 in standard leagues. Chris Thompson - PPR gold. Thompson posted 7/68 receiving with another 10 yards rushing. Anytime this Redskins team is down (which will happen alot this year), Thompson will be go-to RB. Main concern with him is injuries, as he is very injury prone. However, with injury to Guice, he can be a decent flex play in PPR leagues going forward. I would take him over AP in 0.5/full PPR leagues. Giovani Bernard - Most of his value is entirely dependent on Mixon's status, but an easy pickup and start if Mixon is out. Raheem Mostert/Jeff Wilson - The mess that is the 49ers backfield continues. Coleman's injury and Breida's minor in-game injuries will force more action to Mostert and potentially Wilson. Mostert posted 9/40 rushing, but I don't think anyone in this backfield will emerge as the workhorse. Still worth an add in deep leagues. Ronald Jones II - If he was dropped in your league, Jones may be worth rostering again. Posted arguably his best game with 11/75 rushing. However, Barber and Ogunbowale were both involved as well. Overall, this is a RBBC moving forward, but I think Jones is best of the three Bucs' RBs to roster. WR Jamison Crowder - 46% owned in Yahoo, Crowder posted oddly, one of the best and worst statelines of Week 1. He had 14 receptions for 99 yards on 17 targets. Its clear he is Darnold's safety blanket and he is an huge asset in PPR leagues. View him as a WR3 in PPR leagues. With that being said, I would be looking to sell high on him, if you own him. He won't be feed that many targets again and Anderson will surely be involved more in future. Factor in Herndon is now 3 games away from playing and Jets have a bye week in week 4, Crowder is a solid Week 1 sell high option. John Ross III - Arguably the fastest person in the NFL, Ross finally broke out in a big way with 7/158/2TDs on 12 targets. While he should still be viewed as a boom-or-bust WR, Bengals offense clearly wanted to get him involved. Consider him a WR3/4 in all formats for as long as AJ Green is out. Rookie WR absolutely crushed it Week 1! Marquise Brown - Antonio Brown's cousin had a monster debut posting 4/147/2TDs on only 12 snaps! He was the first WR drafted this year and should be the most fantasy relevant WR for the Ravens. Definitely should be rostered in most leagues. However, view him more as a speedy, boom-or-bust WR, similar in the mold of Desean Jackson and Will Fuller. He is my favorite rookie WR pickup along with McLaurin and Hardman. Terry McLaurin - Another rookie speedster, McLaurin posted 5/125/1TD on 7 targets in his debut. Keenum also missed him on another potential 40+ yard TD, but nonetheless he made noise. He was hyped up by the coaching staff all training camp and he definitely lived up to those expectations Week 1. I think he is the WR to own for Redskins going forward, and I wouldn't blame you if you take him over Marquise Brown or Hardman. View him as a WR3/4 moving forward in all formats. Mecole Hardman - Didn't do anything in his debut, but Tyreek Hill's injury may force him to play a lot more than expected. Demarcus Robinson is still there as well, but this speedster is most similar to Tyreek Hill and Hardman has more upside. I believe he is a must-add due his upside of being a part in the best offense in football. DK Metcalf - 4/89 on 6 targets is great for a rookie debut. He had a few great contested catches and looks to be the part as Seattle's #2 WR. Seattle is still a run heavy team, but Metcalf definitely has some WR4 appeal in standard leagues. AJ Brown - Yet another rookie who posted 100 yards receiving. AJ Brown was a YAC monster in Week 1. I am still not sold on him not because of the talent, but because of his situation in the run first Titans offense and other passing options on this team. However, he is someone to definitely keep an eye on moving forward. Parris Campbell - Another rookie speedster. He didn't do much in his debut, but with the injury to Funchess he has a chance to be the #2 or #3 WR for that Colts team as season goes on. Keep an eye on him. TE T.J. Hockenson - Stud. Pick up if available.
  9. Congrats to everyone who made playoffs in their respective leagues, as final week of regular season in most formats ended. A lot of major transaction transpired in Week 13 that could potentially reshape fantasy playoffs. Here is a list of RBs with relatively low ownership (Yahoo) that could help you to fantasy glory. RB Jaylen Samuel (RB/TE) - Entirely correlated to the extent of James Conner's injury. Leg contusion (bruise) can be tricky, as the swelling may force him to sit out one week, multiple weeks, or no weeks at all. As of right now the update is that Conner's injury is not serious and he is "okay". However, I am a bit more on the skeptical side and think Conner will at least miss next week's game (if not more). If he misses a game or more, I would assume Samuel is the next man up (not Stevan Ridley), in an offense that has no problem giving one RB the lion-share of touches. Another selling point why I would use a high priority waiver on Samuel (barring Conner is out) over Wilson Jr. is that he gets the TE designation as well. This is a total game changer, as you have the ability to put a potential workhorse RB at the TE position. If Conner does play, Samuel really has no value, but is still worth an add due to a possibility of Conner re-injury. Jeff Wilson Jr. - Due to Breida aggravating his ankle pregame and during game, undrafted rookie Wilson Jr. got an opportunity to shine and did not disappoint. Posting 15/61 rushing and 8/73 receiving, Wilson Jr. made his case of having a role moving forward. I am suprised Breida is still being active week in and week out, as he has been gutting through multiple injuries all year. If Breida were to miss time moving forward, Wilson Jr. is an obvious must-add, as he should immediately become a workhorse RB2. However, I believe Wilson Jr. value is NOT entirely (unlike Samuel) correlated to Breida, because Wilson Jr. showed enough to make this a 50/50 or 60/40 split in terms of touches for this 49ers' backfield moving forward. Justin Jackson - Jackson was severely out-touched (Ekeler's 18 touches to Jackson's 8), but showed much more burst then Ekeler. His value is entirely tied for however long Gordon is out, as he still week-to-week with a MCL injury and may play as early as next week. However, if Gordon remains out, Jackson should log in more work (mainly from rushes) than he saw vs. Steelers. More valuable in non-PPR than PPR, as Ekeler should still see majority of receiving downs. Rashad Penny - Posted 7/65/1TD rushing vs. 49ers. Penny should be in line for a few more touches moving forward. If Chris Carson misses next week game (not very likely) due to an injured finger, Penny should see bulk of the carries in a rush-first offense. Kenneth Dixon/Ty Montgomery - Baltimore has gone ultra run-heavy and conservative since inserting Jackson at QB, leading to every RB being potentially viable. Dixon played his first game since Week 1, and logged in a respectable 9 touches. Gus Edwards still got the bulk of carries, but was limping late game due to an ankle injury. Something to monitor as Edwards has seen a heavy rushing load (61 total carries past 3 games). Dixon would see bulk of rushes if something was to happen to Edwards moving forward. On the other hand, Ty Montgomery posted only 3/13 rushing, but a solid 5/42 receiving on 7 targets. He has clearly leapfrogged Buck Allen as the primary pass-catching RB. For PPR purposes only, Ty-Mont should be a fringe FLEX play, due to Jackson's tendency to throw conservative check-down passes a lot. *Elite Workhorse RBs are the most valuable commodity in fantasy, so rostering backup RBs who would inevitably be in line for bulk of touches is a must at this point in season. These RBs include as Rod Smith, Malcolm Brown, Giovani Bernard, Chase Edmonds, etc.*
  10. Haven't had a Waiver Wire writeup in a few weeks so here is a list of pickups to help solidify your roster and depth to make a run for playoffs. Keep in mind most players under 35% owned (Yahoo) and tailored more towards standard PPR settings. QB Jameis Winston - Already named starter for Week 12, Winston gets another chance to really prove he can still be Bucs' franchise QB moving forward...or a viable starting QB in this league. Tampa Bay QBs has been absolute monsters this year in fantasy due to Bucs horrible defense and plethora of quality passing options. The picks will still be there with Winston, but fire him up as a QB1 as his next three matchups are against 49er, Panthers, and Saints. Lamar Jackson - Posting an astounding 27/117 yards rushing and 150 yards passing in his first start, Jackson main appeal comes from his rushing potential. Im not sold on his ability as a passer yet, but he arguably has the highest ceiling as a rusher for any QB right now even if he is due for some regression in carries. Great schedule ahead as he gets OAK, ATL, KC, and TB next four weeks. If you are hurting at QB, I personally prefer Jameis>Jackson. However, at this point in the season would take risk with these two aforementioned QBs than the likes of: Manning, Prescott, Dalton, Stafford, Carr, Mayfield, and Mariota, due to their upside. RB Josh Adams - Adams seemingly seized the Eagles backfield with an exceptional Week 11 performance with 7/53/1 TD rushing and 3/19 receiving. Even though Clement and Smallwood will still steal some touches, Eagles should continue to ride Adams as the lead back moving forward. I view him as a mid-to-low end RB2 moving forward, who should see 10-15 touches a game. Gus Edwards - Literally bursting out of nowhere, Edwards rumbled for 115 rushing and 1 TD on 17 carries. I am not completely sold that he is Ravens' lead back moving forward, but he certainly should be rostered in non-PPR leagues, as he carved out a role in suddenly the most run happy team in football. Theo Riddick - 32% owned, Riddick has seen an increase in the passing game past few weeks. Now with Kerryon Johnson likely multi-week injury, look for Riddick to dominate all the passing down snaps, while chipping in around 3-7 carries. WR D.J. Moore - 39% owned in Yahoo, his ownership is inevitably going to skyrocket after posting a monster 7/157/1 TD line on 8 targets. The first WR drafted this year, Moore is starting to look and play like Panther's best passing option. Treat him as an upside WR3 going forward, regardless of format. Tre 'Quan Smith - Smith went absolutely berserk this past week in tune of 10/157/1 TD on 13 targets. Only took 11 weeks, but I think Saints finally found their #2 WR. In one of the most potent offense in the game right now with lots of mouths to feed...I would view Smith as a WR3 moving forward, regardless of format. Bruce Ellington - Sneaky PPR play. Ellington hauled 6/52 on 9 targets past week. With Jones and K. Johnson unlikely to play. I expect Ellington to see 7+ targets again on Thanksgiving. Tre Quinn - In his first game ever, Mr. Irrelevant caught all four of his targets for 49 yards. If Crowder remains out, he can be Mccoy's safety blanket. Even if it was just one game, I personally would rather own Quinn than Maurice Harris and Josh Doctson. Keke Coutee - Back from injury, Coutee posted 5/77 receiving on 9 targets. Still has some WR4 appeal, as he has a rapport with Watson, even with DT in tow. Willie Snead Jr. - Snead has now seen 7+ targets in seven straight games. Although he doesn't have much upside, he can continue to be a serviceable WR4/FLEX in PPR. TE Jonnu Smith - Streamer. Smith now has three straight 10+ points in standard PPR settings. If Mariota is healthy, Smith can be a serviceable TE if you are hurting at that position. Lance Kendricks - Although Jimmy Graham intends to play through injury, he may have a setback. Kendricks can become a deep streamer option if Graham gets ruled out.
  11. A list of WR with relatively low ownerships to keep in mind for deep leagues. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Slightly higher ownership at 39% (Yahoo), but obvious must-add, with Allison is likely out for season. MVS has four straight games with a TD or 100+ receiving yards. He should be clear-cut WR2 in Packers' offense moving forward. MVS has upside to be a top 25 fantasy WR rest of season, regardless of format. My top add of the week and would use a mid-to-high waiver priority if you are hurting at WR. Maurice Harris - Literally bursting out of nowhere, Harris posted 10/124 receiving on 12 targets vs ATL. With Paul Richardson on IR, injuries to Crowder and Thompson, and inefficient play from Doctson and Reed, it's not out of question that Harris can be the #1 pass catcher on an uninspiring Redksins offense. Gets burnable Tampa Bay next. Christian Kirk - Prior to his bye, Kirk had seen 7+ targets in 3 straight games and had 13+ points in his last 3/4 games in standard PPR. The #1/2 passing option on a bad Cardinals team, Kirk is best viewed as a solid floor WR3/4 or a fringe FLEX play. Quincy Enunwa - Posted 3/40 on 4 targets in his first game back from a multi-week injury. Not terrible, but Enunwa has cooled off from his hot start. Jets would be wise designing short throws to Enunwa again, given Darnold's poor play as of late. Best to view Enunwa as a low upside WR4/5. Anthony Miller - Sneaky streamer. Miller has now seen 6+ targets in three straight games. If Allen Robinson remains out, look for Miller to continue to dominate snaps out of slot. John Ross - Speedy boom/bust player who hasn't shown much in short career. Ross (if healthy) should see a slight up-stick in targets, given A.J. Green's multi-week/potential season-ending injury. Ross is the next man up and could play the "Desean Jackson/Tyrell Williams" role in this offense. Adam Humphries - Add Humphries to the offense that seems to feature endless amounts of pass catchers. Humphries has now seen 8+ targets in three straight games and could continue to provide WR4/5 numbers moving forward. Cordarrelle Patterson - Desperation option ONLY if Michel is out again Week 10. This "workhorse back" has seen 10+ carries in back-to-back games and could be in line for another 8-12 touches if Michel remains out for Week 10.
  12. The narrative on Reed was that he was productive (top 5 fantasy TE) when healthy, but is never healthy. Now this year he’s finally healthy but is non-productive. Truly disappointing situation man.
  13. Major Waiver Wire week ahead with six teams on bye and key players being traded, giving opportunities for new players to step up. As always, majority of the listed players are under 35% owned in Yahoo leagues and more tailored to standard PPR settings. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Obvious must re-add after being named starter for Week 9. On average, Tampa Bay QBs are averaging the second most points at the QB position (behind Mahomes) in most league settings. Fantasy heaven in Tampa Bay, boasting a full arsenal of pass catchers and horrible defense should help whoever is starting at QB on this team moving forward. Will also suggest if you have roster spot to burn, add/keep Winston, as he may possibly start again sooner-than-later this season. David Carr - Streamer potential. With six teams on bye, Carr can be a solid fill-in. Posting one of his best games last week (250 passing, 4 total TD), Carr gets burnable 49er defense on TNF, which have been surprisingly high scoring games this year. RB Peyton Barber - Slightly higher ownership than than what I list (47% owned in Yahoo), but Barber is the RB to own in a pass heavy offense. Posted 19/85/1 TD rushing this past week, Barber won't catch much in this offense and is an low-end RB2 in standard formats. Expect him to get around 9-18 touches (mostly carries) weekly. Ito Smith - 37% owned in Yahoo leagues, Smith can be a fringe fill-in play this week at RB/Flex position with byes. He is a good bet to see around 9-13 touches and has better TD upside than other RBs that are on this list. Ty Montgomery - Bench stash. Traded to the Ravens after a game-deciding lost fumble vs Rams, Montgomery now gets another chance to prove his worth. Won't offer much, if anything, as a rusher but has the potential to easily usurp Buck Allen's job/role as the primary pass catching RB on this offense. Elijah McGuire - Eligible to return this week, McGuire is a solid stash who can be the change-of-pace back in a low upside offense. More valuable in PPR if he supersedes Trenton Cannon's fringe pass catching role. WR Courtland Sutton - Been harping about Sutton in the past "Waiver Wire Threads" as an upside stash for a while now, and finally came to fruition. With Thomas being traded, look for Sutton to immediately become the new WR2 in this offense. A talented 6'3 220 lb rookie, Sutton has already shown his ability to make play in limited opportunities. He is an obvious high waiver priority add and has potential to be a top 25 WR rest of season, regardless of format. Devante Parker - Parker finally showed life as a WR, posting a monster 6/134 line receiving on 9 targets this past week. There is still some volatility with Parker from an every week perspective but a game like this can be a big confidence booster for him. Treat him as an upside WR3/4 moving forward. D.J. Moore - Another rookie WR I have been reiterating as a upside bench stash, Moore had a breakout game past week with 5/90 receiving and 2/39 rushing. In a good offense that spreads the ball around, Moore is still best treated as an WR3/4 with upside moving forward, but can be serviceable with bye weeks kicking in. Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Stash. 7% owned, Scantling posted 2/45/1 TD receiving line on 5 targets past week. Main takeaway was that he out-snapped both Cobb and Allison. If this remains the case moving forward, Scantling has potential to remain relevant in a WR friendly offense. Christian Kirk - 29% owned in Yahoo leagues, Kirk has seen atleast 7 targets past three games. Now on bye this week, Kirk has established himself as a solid floor, low upside WR3 in PPR formats. Josh Doctson - Streamer. Posting 5/49 receiving on 5 targets, Doctson had his best game of season. In an offense still looking for #1 passing option, Doctson can lookg to build on his performance, getting favorable matchups in ATL and TB next two weeks. If Jamison Crowder remains out, Doctson can be a WR streamer as a bye week filler. David Moore - TD dependent WR. Moore has 4 TD in 3 games and can be a desperate dart throw at WR if you are looking for someone with TD upside. D.J. Chark Jr. - WR name to keep eye on. Chark posted 4/41 receiving on 5 targets past week and has potential to earn more playing time post Jacksonville bye. TE Jack Doyle - Back from a 5-week hip injury, Doyle posted 6/70/1 TD receiving on 7 targets. More importantly, he outplayed/out-snapped Eric Ebron. That won't always be the case, but at a thin TE position, Doyle is a must pickup. Colts have TE friendly offense that is trending upward, and Luck has shown he can support two TE for fantasy in past (Fleener, Allen). Chris Herndon - Streamer. A TD dependent TE, Herndon has now three straight weeks with a TD. He faces a Dolphins defense this week that gave up 2 TD to TE last week.
  14. A bit early with this weeks writeup but here it is. Reminder that majority of players listed have ownership of 35% or below in Yahoo leagues and are generally tailored more towards standard PPR settings. RB Jalen Rishard/Doug Martin - With Lynch going to IR, both Rishard and Martin become viable. Rishard already has a role as the primary receiving back and should see a few more carries, while Martin becomes the primary rushing back. Martin should be treated as a RB3 with little receiving value, while Rishard is the preferred add in PPR; a low-end FLEX option/RB3 who offers more upside than Martin due to his receiving prowess and Raiders' tendency to play from behind. Raheem Mostert - Mostert followed up a surprising 12/87 rushing line in Week 6, with another efficient outing with 7 carries for 59 yards and 4 catches for 19 receiving. He is clearly a better rusher from a fantasy and realistic standpoint than Morris at this point, and with Breida constantly having to deal with injuries, Mostert has put himself in a position to get more carries. Kenjon Barner - Name to monitor. With Michel facing a multi-week/season ending injury, Barner is the next man up in a RB depleted Patriots team. He posted 10/36 rushing as Sony's relief. More valuable in standard, Barner won't offer much, if any, receiving with James White in town. Patriots bringing back Gillislee or another big bodied RB is always in play, but if not then Barner should be line for more carries. Chris Ivory - Potential streamer. Posting 16/81 rushing and 3/25 receiving on 6 targets, Ivory filled in for McCoy who injured his head. Bills play on MNF, and if McCoy is unable to go Ivory will once again will see the lion-share of touches. Ronald Jones - Potential streamer. Peyton Barber quietly sustained an injury last game, and may not play Week 8. Jones will undoubtedly get an up-stick in touches if Barber was to miss the game and once again gets a potential opportunity to seize the RB job or be in line to have more touches moving forward. WR Geronimo Allison - 38% owned in Yahoo, Allison is a WR3 with a solid weekly floor, clearing 60+ yards in every game he played so far. Due to a multi-week injury and bye, Allison was dropped in some leagues, but look for him to rebound as the #2 WR passing option in an Rodgers-led offense. Martavis Bryant - With Amari Cooper traded to Cowboys, "white tiger" as Gruden calls him suddenly has the potential to be the #1 WR on this disastrous Raiders team. Raiders will be playing from behind most games and Bryant should easily eclipse his 4.4 targets through 5 games. Having shown that he can be a playmaking WR in the past, Bryant should best be viewed as a low floor, high ceiling WR4. Christian Kirk - 50+ receiving yards in his last 4/5 games, Kirk is the best passing option in a atrocious Cardinals passing offense. A change to Byron Leftwich as the new OC may slightly help his value. Best viewed as a solid floor, low upside WR4 in PPR. Tre'Quan Smith - Corralled 3/44 yards on 6 targets vs a tough Ravens pass defense, Smith remained involved in Saints offense after his Week 5 explosion. More importantly, he outsnapped/outplayed Meredith by a wide margin. He fits the bill to play the "Ted Ginn Jr" role in this offense; a volatile deep threat #2 WR in a crowded Saints offense. Danny Amendola/Jakeem Grant/Devante Parker - With Dolphins playing on TNF, these WR should be added/monitored for both streaming and long term purposes. Albert Wilson may potentially be out for season, while Kenny Stills may miss multiple weeks. Amendola is the best of the bunch, hauling in 14/143/1 TD on 18 targets in the 2 games Osweiler has started. He is clearly the favorite target and most reliable passing option for Osweiler, and should be treated as a WR3 in PPR for as long as they are out. Grant is the big play WR who is bound to have more opportunities come Thursday, while Parker is just a speculation add based on his 1st round pedigree and hype. My take is to pickup one or two of the three, preferably Amendola, and work the add/drop strategy (if league allows), as they play on TNF. Courtland Sutton - Sutton is a bench stash/WR to monitor. A talented 2nd round WR, Sutton will immediately become a WR3 with WR2 upside if Demaryius Thomas gets traded or if he is ever out with a multi-week injury. D.J. Moore - Talented, but still inconsistent WR, Moore is a stash who may get a few more targets with the injury to Torrey Smith. Tyrell Williams - On bye this week, but Williams posted a 4/118 line in back-to-back weeks to go along with 3 TD in that span. He is your classic boom/bust deep threat WR, who may potentially see an up-stick in targets if he continues to outplay Mike Williams. TE *Outside a select few, TE have been really unpredictable and unproductive as a whole. Will continue to try and find some streamer or start-able worthy TE. Chris Herndon - Streamer potential. Quietly emerging as a security blanket for Darnold, Herndon has now posted back-to-back 40+ yards and TD. Inefficiency of the Jets WR corpse and an injury to Bilal Powell may push Herndon to have more targets. Mike Gesicki - Catching 3 passes for 44 yards on 3 targets this past week, the rookie TE had his best fantasy game this year. A talented, athletic pass catching TE, Gesicki is on the streaming radar this TNF, with Wilson and Stills out for the Dolphins.