Must Add Running Backs
Perine is an absolute must-add this week in any scoring format. He was in this section last week, so I hope you scooped him up, but he’s still only 36% owned on Yahoo. With Chris Thompson’s leg injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season, Perine is in line for a ton of touches, including targets in the passing game as well. At least we know that Perine is a capable pass-catcher, which makes his floor very high going forward. I expect the Redskins to add a RB this week that could share some of the load (maybe Andre Ellington for pass work? He just got cut from the Cardinals), but anytime we can grab a RB on waivers who is in line for 15-20 touches a game, we have to be all in. Like I mentioned in the Week 11 review, I think Perine looks a lot better than he did earlier in the season, and the offensive line is also fully healthy. I would empty all my FAAB on Perine, even if you don’t need a RB.
Other Running Back Adds
Danny Woodhead (must pick-up in PPR)
With the Ravens up the entire game this past week, there was no reason for the them to have Woodhead play a huge role in his first game back. He played on only 13 snaps, but saw SIX targets on those snaps. That’s some very encouraging usage, and it suggests that the Flacco is looking for him more often than not when he’s on the field. I prefer waiting to start him until he sees more than 50% of snaps, but if you’re desperate and need a solid floor he should provide that in full PPR leagues only next week against Houston. As the games become more competitive after Houston, expect Woodhead to be a big part of Baltimore’s game plan. And if you have Buck Allen, you can drop him now, as he only played on 17% of snaps last week. I think Woodhead is a must pick up in PPR leagues, as he can provide RB2 value once his snaps come up.
Here’s what happened on Monday night. Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch, leaving Eddie Lacy, McKissic, and recently promoted Mike Davis as the three RBs who suited up for the game. Eddie Lacy came back from his groin injury after being removed from the injury report, and was given three carries the entire game. The Seahawks chose to start Davis and give him early down work, while McKissic came in for passing plays. Davis looked great before hurting his groin, and once that happened, it was McKissic, not Lacy, who was given the final snaps; he ended up playing 67% of snaps. It seems like the coaches do not want to ride Lacy, they definitely don’t want to ride Rawls, so McKissic seems to be the guy to own in Seattle. You might want to avoid this backfield completely, but McKissic does have some PPR appeal and showed flashes of big plays in the past. I would pick him up with the hopes that he continues to see a similar amount of snaps. This is all assuming Davis will miss time, and with a groin injury, I will assume that he will. After this week’s 49ers matchup, the Seahawks go up against the Eagles and Jaguars, two games I’m not interested in starting a Seahawks’ between the tackles RB anyway. Update: Mike Davis is unlikely to play in Week 12.
The offensive coordinator change in Denver can mean changes to this backfield, but currently, Booker has PPR appeal and is seeing the field a ton. He out-snapped CJ Anderson 48-29, and since Booker is the more talented pass-catcher between the two, I would expect him to continue to get at least 50% of snaps. We’ve seen newly promoted OC Bill Musgrave operate with a timeshare in the backfield in the past, so we don’t have much reason to think he’ll change much. I rather own Booker than CJA in a PPR league, but I would still hold onto CJA in non-PPR leagues for possible, but unlikely, goal line opportunities.
Burkhead fumbled in this last game, which kept him out of the game for a while, but he still ended up out-snapping James White 19-17. If Rex didn’t fumble, we could be talking about him out-snapping Dion Lewis, who played on 26 snaps. Rex might be dropped by other players in your league this week, so I would keep a lookout for that, but he’s only owned in a little more than 50% of leagues right now. I would add him in a PPR league and hope his usage goes up next week; we can’t deny that the Patriots like his versatility.
Matt Forte might be out this week again, and the injury could linger even longer. If that’s the case, it’ll be a two-man show for the Jets with McGuire and Bilal Powell. The Jets will eventually want to know what they have in McGuire, so we could see the split continue to favor McGuire like it barely did last week (out-snapped Powell 36-33). This isn’t the worst offense in the world, and if McGuire can see at least 15 touches a game, he can produce.
Huh? But Jay Ajayi? Corey Clement has seen 10 touches in the red zone this year, and 7 of them have been TDs. He’s the Eagles red zone specialist, and if you want a red zone specialist on any team, it would be the Eagles. Clement is obviously a deep and desperate play, but the Eagles will probably see the red zone a ton, and if this guy will be featured in the red zone for them, I probably want a part of it as someone who has a good shot of scoring in any given week. Clement also sees the field in passing situations. He was 2nd in snaps to LeGarrette Blount this past week, and there’s no doubt this backfield will shake up in the next few weeks, but he’s a sneaky pickup right now. This offense has a ton to go around.
Groin injuries usually don’t have a one week turnaround, but you never know, and we might not know the status of Mike Davis before we have to put in our waiver claims. If Davis is healthy, he’s probably going to be the guy in Seattle. He looked good on Monday night, ripping off some good gains and delivering punishment. If he wasn’t hurt, he would be in the must-pick up section or close to it. If you’re sitting pretty in the standings, maybe you add him once waivers clear for free to wait and see if he gets healthy soon… might be worth it. Update: Mike Davis is unlikely to play in Week 12.
Must-Add Wide Receivers
Corey Coleman is back doing what he was doing before he got hurt. He’s the #1 WR on the Browns, and it’s not even close. We saw the rapport he had with Deshone Kizer in the preseason and going into the regular season, and it’s still evident. He caught 6 of 11 targets for 80 yards, and remember, this is a great stat line when you consider he went up against Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye. With the Browns usually catching up from behind, Coleman will constantly be in game scripts that will support fantasy production. He’s a talented WR and could help you in the final stretch of your fantasy season.
Doctson has seen his target share move up from 16% the past couple of weeks to 22% against the Saints. This is what we’ve been waiting for, and it’s only a matter of time before Doctson explodes. We’ve already seen some great catches from him and Kirk Cousins is starting to trust him with 50/50 balls. Doctson needed to be owned weeks ago, but he’s still available in a ton of leagues. He’s a guy that can be matchup proof given his talent and hoping that the opportunity continues, however just keep in mind that he has tough CBs that could shadow him in upcoming weeks.
With Robert Woods out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury, expect Cooper Kupp to take on more passing work. Kupp was inconsistent all year long, and was always on the cusp of becoming a reliable fantasy asset, but he should now cross that threshold with some opportunity opening up. He was already one of Goff’s favorite targets and is close to the league leaders in red zone targets. He’s a must-add in PPR leagues, and a decent add in standard leagues if you’re in need of a WR. Keep in mind that his value will likely drop back down once Woods returns.
Kenny Stills (assuming Matt Moore is starting this week)
We don’t know if Cutler will be out this week, but he is in the concussion protocol. If Matt Moore steps into his shoes, we know that he has affinity for Kenny Stills. Stills almost becomes a must-start when Moore is the QB because those targets become huge plays and touchdowns. He’s pretty much a WR1 when Moore is the QB. If you need help at WR this week, I would be aiming for Stills, hoping that Cutler sits this one out. Just keep in mind that this is probably a one-week rental, if that.
His production hasn’t come yet, but he’s transitioning into being the #1 WR on this team. Him not blowing up yet is a blessing in disguise if you can manage to scoop him up off of waivers. This dude is talented as hell, and if he continues to get the targets, he will go off. He had three very tough matchups after his bye in Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. Now, his schedule is cake with Indy, Houston, Arizona, and San Francisco. Pick his ass up before he blows up.
Other Wide Receiver Adds
We haven’t seen Jimmy Garropolo take a snap for the 49ers yet, so we don’t know what his preferred passing options would be, but we know that CJ Beathard likes to throw the ball deep to Marquise Goodwin. Either way, Goodwin is the #1 WR on the 49ers and can win you a week on one play. His volume has been all over the place, but I’ll be looking forward to his matchups against the Texans and Titans as possible plays.
Assuming Hurns comes back this week, he has a couple of good matchups lined up in Arizona and Indianapolis. Marqise Lee is the clear #1, but Hurns should see a fair share of targets and can exploit these secondaries. If you’re hurting at WR in a deep league, Hurns should be someone you consider.
Ellington was very involved with Will Fuller out this past week, seeing 90%+ of snaps and and catching 6 of 7 targets for 63 yards. If Fuller is out this week, he’s another spot start, but I’m only comfortable starting him in PPR leagues against the Ravens; he should provide a solid floor.
Golladay has been making plays without much opportunity, as he’s only seen 3 targets in each of the last 2 games, but he ended each game with 2 catches for 64 and 52 yards, respectively. There’s no doubt that he’s hard to trust right now, and I wouldn’t start him, but he’s explosive, and his role can grow. He’s more of a stash.
Inman had a tough matchup last week, seeing a lot of Darius Slay. Mitch Trubisky is starting to be a bit more comfortable, and Inman should continue to be his top option. He’s a decent add in PPR leagues for a solid floor most weeks.
He’s a stash right now with the small chance that he’s fantasy relevant in a couple of weeks. The upside is HUGE, but the likelihood isn’t. It’s tough to recommend having him on benches when a lot of you guys are trying to make your way into the playoffs. If you’re sitting pretty in the standings, I’m definitely more than okay throwing Gordon at the end of my bench to see if he’s the same guy. You never know, he might start for you in the fantasy playoffs.
QB Streaming Options
This is obviously assuming that Taylor gets the job back, at least for this week. The Chiefs have given up a ton of fantasy points to QBs, and Taylor can get the job done for fantasy, like he’s been doing all year. Not only that, but his schedule really opens up the rest of the way.
Dalton has thrown at least 2 TDs in 6 of his last 8 games. The only thing that is concerning is him throwing for less than 155 yards in 3 of his last 5 games. Last week was one of those games, but he ended up throwing 3 TDs in Denver. With the Browns coming to town, Dalton should be able to get it done in this matchup at home.
Keenum’s on a bit of a roll right now, and we should stay in it with him. The offense is moving, and he’s going to have a ton of opportunity with all the playmakers on the Vikings’ offense. He’s thrown for nearly 300 yards in each of his last 3 games, and Detroit’s passing defense hasn’t been as opportunistic lately.
Brissett has a good matchup at home against the Titans, who just carved up by Big Ben. Brissett has offered a solid floor in his last 3 games, throwing 2 TDs in each of them. Assuming he gets cleared from the concussion protocol, I’m fine rolling him out this week.
Assuming Jay Cutler is out this week with a concussion, Moore will likely have to throw a ton trying to catch up to the Patriots, so I’m fine playing him this week based on volume and a defense that is still beatable. He has the weapons, and he can put up some numbers. Remember, the last debacle he had was against the Ravens… not the same defense this week.
TE Streaming Options
Not the ideal matchup, but we’ve seen Carolina be a little careless with tight ends in the red zone, and that’s exactly where McCown looks for ASJ. He’s a matchup problem for most linebackers and is too big for corners, so you’re hoping for a nice PPR day and a TD.
Play your tight ends against Cleveland.
If Tyrod Taylor is back this week, I would feel comfortable putting Charles Clay out into my lineup. If not, I’m leaving him on the waiver wire and trying to find another option. Clay was Tyrod’s #1 option before he got hurt, so in a game where Tyrod needs to prove himself to the coaching staff, expect Clay to be heavily involved.
Watson was hardly used in the passing game last week, but the Ravens just ran all over Green Bay. Houston has been pretty bad against tight ends, so if you’re desperate, feel free to roll Watson out there in the hopes of a TD.
DEF Streaming Options
Tip: There are a few games where we see the home team being favored by a huge amount. These are the teams we want to target. Why? Because if that home team gets out to a huge lead, the other team becomes one dimensional. That leads to the home team’s rushing the passer on every play, which leads to a higher chance of getting to the QB, which leads to more interceptions, fumbles, which can then lead to possible touchdowns. Not as concerned about the score total.
New England vs Miami
The Patriots are favored by more than 2 touchdowns at home, and whenever we see a scenario like that, we have to consider them as an option. They’ve been playing better as of late, and they’re still beatable, but with all the throwing Miami will be doing in this game, they’re bound to create some turnovers.
Cincinnati vs Cleveland
The Bengals are at home against the Browns, who’ve been allowing the most fantasy points to defenses. The total for this game is only 38, and the Bengals are favored by more than a TD. A low score for the Browns plus possible turnovers while the Bengals are in a negative game script seems like a recipe for success.
Atlanta vs Tampa Bay
Atlanta has looked good as a team lately, and is favored by 10 points. Fitzpatrick can get reckless sometimes, and should be in a negative game script in a game where Atlanta should be able to put up some points.