Matt Forte is the back to own on the Jets, especially in PPR.
Forte has got it done in the passing game this year, and provides a solid floor in PPR leagues. The 2 TDs are nice, but can’t rely on that. What we can rely on is the 6 targets and 14 touches he’s been averaging over the last 4 games. Out of the 24 targets he’s had, he caught 23 of them. Forte also out-snapped Powell 32-15 on Thursday night. I feel confident rolling him out as a flex in PPR going forward, and not because of the touchdowns… although I like touchdowns.
You might be able to trade Buck Allen, and if you can, do it.
Buck Allen had a good game this week, and continues to be the Ravens’ passing back. However, Danny Woodhead is going to be back soon, and Allen could see the bench once that happens. Allen will have virtually no value at that point, and I understand that his bye is this week, so trading him will be tough. I’ll try to trade him to guys who need RB help in my league, but if not, I don’t mind cutting him towards the end of the week to free up a roster spot.
Doug Martin was benched after getting 7 yards on 8 carries.
Against the Saints. It’s probably inexcusable, but the Bucs offense has been pretty bad lately. The Saints didn’t respect the pass, and with Winston’s shoulder being an issue, this offense doesn’t look like it’s going to get on track. They need to figure out who’s playing QB early in the week so that Ryan Fitzpatrick can get the reps he needs if he’s the one who is going to play. The offense shouldn’t be terrible, so I’m not benching Martin going forward. He should still be the anchor of the offense if they want to be successful.
Alvin Kamara continues to be a force in growing role.
Kamara only had 1 less touch than Mark Ingram against the Bucs. He was out-snapped by Ingram 36-26, but his snap percentage is going up. He was very efficient when he got the ball, and is a low-end RB1 going forward.
Orleans Darkwa is still the guy for the Giants coming out of their bye.
The Giants suck, but Darkwa was the leader in their backfield. He had 18 touches, and the next highest was Wayne Gallman with 9. For context, Gallman only played on 16 snaps to Darkwa’s 32. Good matchup against the 49ers next week, where Darkwa can get some volume in a game that the Giants shouldn’t fall behind in too much.
Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are the #1 and #2 receivers for the Giants moving forward.
Engram had 10 targets, catching 4 for 70 and a TD. Shepard had 9 targets, catching 5 for 70. Expect these two to see close to 10 targets every week; they just don’t have anyone else to throw the ball to.
Robert Woods continues to be solid in PPR.
Follow the volume and it shall come. Coming into Sunday’s game against the Giants, Woods had at least 5 catches in 4 of his last 5 games. He caught 4 on Sunday, but had 70 yards and 2 TDs. He’s the most reliable WR for the Rams right now, with Cooper Kupp being a close second. He’s been a solid flex option in PPR all season.
Demaryius Thomas continues to get volume from Brock Osweiler.
In 2015, Osweiler target DT on 28.7% of his attempts, and DT had a 31.5% share this past Sunday. Sanders was only in for 45% of plays, so that might come down a bit as Sanders makes his way back to 100%. As bad as Osweiler is, he finds Thomas. Siemian had been doing a good job finding him as well last season, but that fell off quick this season. If you’re a DT owner, hope that Osweiler stays in there.
There will be an odd man out in the Eagles backfield.
Four backs got worked in the rotation on Sunday, and that’s just not going to be the case as Jay Ajayi becomes the leader in the backfield. Clement saw the most snaps at 26, following by Ajayi with 17, Blount at 16, and Smallwood at 6. My assumption would be Blount to be the odd man out because of the similar skillset, less versatility, and no future value, but it can be Smallwood as well. Ajayi looked great in his debut, and this offensive line will open up holes that he’s yet to see in Miami.
Alshon Jeffery benefitted with no Zach Ertz, even in tough matchup.
Jeffery saw 11 targets – an almost 40% target share from Carson Wentz. Jeffery caught 2 TDs, one on an excellent play design that tricked Aqib Talib, and the other on a broken play where Wentz scrambled out to catch him in the back of the end zone. I’m still trying to trade Jeffery on the back of two great performances. I don’t like his matchups coming up, and I don’t trust his target share when Ertz comes back. I was not on Jeffery this week, and he proved me wrong, but I think Ertz being out played a big role in that.. although admittedly I would’ve bet on Nelson Agholor instead, who didn’t do much this week.
Devin Funchess had decent day as the new #1 WR in Carolina.
Funchess finally had a good day with the volume he’s been getting. He saw 7 targets this week, which is actually less than he’s been averaging with Benjamin since Week 3, but this time he caught 5 of them for 85 yards. Curtis Samuel saw 5 targets, catching 3 of them for 23 yards, but it’s worth taking note that he played 76% of snaps, most by any Panthers WR.
Jaguars rush defense might not be one to target after trading for Marcell Dareus.
According to Matt Harmon, Marcell Dareus had a 40% run stuff rate on Sunday, so it seems like the Jaguars were able to plug up a huge vulnerability in that defense. The Jaguars were last in the league in rush defense, and Dareus should help them moving forward.
It’s time to trade TY Hilton before your deadline.
Yes, I said that for Alshon Jeffery, but did you really feel comfortable starting him against Denver? Hilton had 5 catches combined in the last 3 weeks. Houston’s D was beatable, but he has Pit next week, a bye, then Tennessee, who is the best in the league in not giving up big passing plays, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Denver, Baltimore. I’m good. Trade him!
Jack Doyle continues to be Jacoby Brissett’s favorite target.
Doyle saw 9 targets, catching 8 for 63. After Week 1, he’s averaging 7 catching on 9 targets for 57 yards. Since Week 6, he’s averaging 8 catches on 10 targets for 70 yards. He’s a high-end TE1, and he’s even a flex in PPR leagues at this point. Continue to ride Doyle.
Frank Gore still big part of Colts offense.
Not that it’s a huge role or that he’s doing a ton with his work, but he’s still solid. He out-snapped Marlon Mack 40-27 and out-touched him 20-9. Because of position scarcity, Gore should be on benches as solid depth.
Deandre Hopkins target share is ridiculous with Tom Savage.
Hopkins had a whopping 16 targets this week, and had 16 targets in his first game with Savage in Week 1. Hopkins still managed to produce a good game, so we can’t forget that he’s one of those elite guys who we can’t bench right now, even with less than ideal QB play.
Carlos Hyde is playing a huge role with CJ Beathard at QB.
Carlos Hyde would’ve been a great buy low a few weeks ago when he had job insecurity, trade rumors swirling around him, and a new, unproven QB. Now, he’s a guy who is getting a ton of work with Beathard at QB. Pierre Garcon’s injury probably had something to do with this week’s role, but he’s actually had target totals of 6, 8, 9, and 11 the past 4 games. This is the first time since Week 3 that he has surpassed 20 touches, and we have to believe that he will be the 49ers most dependable player on offense moving forward. Since he doesn’t get taken off the field in negative game scripts, he’s a guy I’m targeting before the fantasy trade deadline. With Matt Breida able to pop up any week with an increased role, owners are still feeling him looking over Hyde’s shoulder. I’m not worried about it, since the best player usually wins out. If you have Hyde, he’s been healthy so far, so take this week as an opportunity to pick up Breida as an every-down handcuff for the home stretch in case you lose Hyde to injury. Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson had 8 targets each, but each only caught 2 passes. Trent Taylor only saw 3 targets, so no WR stepped up in Garcon’s absence.
Larry still seeing targets in Arizona.
If Fitzgerald continues to get a target share like the 31% he saw on Sunday, you have to start him. The targets aren’t as high quality, but he should continue to have value. He caught 7 for 73, even with San Francisco being normally tough against slot WRs.
Dez Bryant hurt his ankle on Sunday.
If Dez is hurt and can’t play next week, we have to look at Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Bryce Butler as possible waiver additions this week. Beasley is the most appealing, as he has shown a rapport with Prescott early last year.
Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams can both be valuable going forward.
Both Dolphin RBs look like they will have value, as Miami all of a sudden looks like they will get some production out of their backfield. Jay Cutler checked it down a ton to both guys, with Damien Williams (2.0 YPC) getting most of the passing work early, while Kenyan Drake (7.67 YPC) saw work between the tackles as well. Drake was the guy in on all downs during Miami’s hurry up offense at the end of the game and even converted on a goal line 2-PT conversion in the 4th quarter. Drake looks like the more explosive back who can generate plays on his own, and the last drive was a sign that they want him on the field when they need to make a play. Drake can be valuable in all formats, while Williams seems like more of a PPR asset at this point. If either are on your waiver wire, they are must pick-ups.
Eddie Lacy exited his game with a groin injury.
These injuries linger, so Thomas Rawls becomes a real waiver wire pickup this week. The Seahawks attempted to shore up their offensive line after trading for Duane Brown, and Rawls was able to find some room on his runs on Sunday. If he is the only guy on early downs, he should have value moving forward. He played on 41 snaps compared to McKissic’s 30.