Must-Add Running Backs
Mike Davis was running really well against the Jaguars this week before he got hurt late in the 3rd quarter. He’s considered day-to-day, so let’s hope he’s good to go for Week 15. Either way, he’s the RB I’m targeting since he gets work and is looking good in both the run and pass game on a good offense. He totaled 101 yards on 20 touches against Philly in Week 14, and totaled 16 touches for 65 yards against the Jaguars in less than three quarters. There was a point in this game in which he had three straight 10-yard runs for first downs, which was quite impressive.
Doug Martin started the game for the Bucs, but carried the ball 10 times for 28 yards. Another horrible game.. he did have a TD though. Dirk Koetter said he wasn’t a fan of guys losing their job due to injury, but then Martin fumbled in the 2nd quarter, and in comes Peyton Barber for the rest of the game. Looks like Martin is now eligible to meet Dirk Koetter’s guidelines of losing a starting job because he actually played in this game. Peyton Barber looked good again, and it seems like Barber now has this job. It seems like they were waiting for Martin to do something like that so that they have something to point to. If he’s available in your league, he is definitely worth a pickup and very startable next week at home against Atlanta. We’ve seen that the Bucs never go away from the run despite game script, so he’s somewhat safe. Keep in mind that the worst case scenario is that this is a timeshare, but we’re picking him up for the upside that Barber becomes the guy on early downs.
No word on whether Adrian Peterson will be ready for Week 15, but we have to assume that his neck isn’t right after missing the last two games. Williams was the early down workhorse with Peterson out, averaging 18 carries for 85 yards, which is not bad. This type of stat line plus a potential goal line carry or two is a decent start if you’re in need of a RB. We’ve seen Washington defense get gashed by RBs lately, so Williams is a decent start this week with the Redskins unlikely to get out to a huge lead, even at home. If you’re picking him up, just understand that it’s possible Adrian Peterson returns to practice this week.
Jim Caldwell was non-committal about Ameer Abdullah’s status as the starting running back this week. There were even rumors about Abdullah being benched before he got hurt. Riddick has come in and done a great job providing Matt Stafford with another target in the passing game, and if Abdullah either continues to miss due to injury or his role has truly diminished, Riddick can be someone who can be a legit RB2 in PPR the rest of the way, regardless of matchup. In the last 2 weeks, Riddick saw 15 targets total, is averaging 15 touches and 5 catches per game. Not only that, but he’s getting the Lions’ goal line carries, of which he converted two of them this past week, upping his rushing TD total to 3 in the last 2 games. We saw how effective Riddick was in this offense last year with Abdullah out for the year, and it can continue that production over the final two weeks of your fantasy playoffs.
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Jonathan Stewart had 100 yards and 3 TDs against the Vikings. I’m sure we all saw this one coming. But check this out: Stewart has at least 1 TD in the last 3 games, so that’s 5, and then before the bye he had 110 yards on 17 carries. I think he’s a guy you should think about if you’re desperate at RB. He’s at home the next 2 weeks against Green Bay and Tampa Bay. He’s definitely going to be TD dependent in most games, because it’s these fluky long TD runs that is giving him yardage, but his stat line is usually like 13 for 44, and if you don’t get that TD, you’re hurting. He’s a desperate play, but he’s getting the ball near the goal line as well, so if you need a boom/bust play, Stewart would be your guy; just keep in mind that his floor is very low.
This is more of a speculative add and play, but 34 year old Frank Gore carried the ball 36 times this past Sunday, and with the Colts playing this Thursday, I can’t imagine Frank Gore getting as big of a workload as he normally gets. I expect Mack to play a majority of the snaps on TNF at home against the Broncos, so if you’re really hurting and need a desperation play, throw Mack in your lineup for some upside.
Must-Add Wide Receivers
Note: Robert Woods might be available in your league. If he is, he would be my #1 pickup at WR. He’s risky to play in his first week back, but I’m taking that risk in this offense with the type of volume and playmaking ability we’ve seen before his injury.
Goodwin’s still too low owned right now. He’s now without a doubt the #1 receiver for the 49ers, and he had another good game with Jimmy Garropolo this past week. He saw 12 targets in this game and went over 100 yards, and caught 8 of 8 targets for almost 100 yards the week prior from Jimmy G. I’m going to continue to have confidence in him next week against Tennessee, and has becomes a legit low-end WR2 option with upside right now, especially with how consistent he’s actually been lately.
A guy that’s looking really good right now is Dede Westbrook. He’s averaging 9 targets and 6 catches over the last 3 games, so he looks to be getting consistent volume. Houston and San Francisco next week sound like juicy matchups, but just keep in mind that if those teams can’t put up points on the Jags, it’s possible they just run the ball down their throats. Either way, I want to pick up Westbrook this week; he’s talented and has a chance to get close to that 10 target mark if he continues to impress. He’s actually improved his yardage totals in each of the last 2 games from the previous game, and even got into the end zone this past week. He can definitely help you out over the next 2 weeks in great matchups.
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Josh Gordon’s first week back seemed to anoint him as the only show in town, but there was more of a 1a and 1b situation at WR for the Browns this past week. Both Coleman and Gordon saw 6 targets each and a TD, with Coleman grabbing 5 passes to Gordon’s 3. Coleman is risky because of the ambiguity of target share, but he has WR1 talent, and can put up a big game at any point. If you’re desperate at WR, Coleman is a good pickup and play this week against Baltimore.
Like I said last week, Wallace is the #1 WR for the Ravens. Jeremy Maclin left this game with an injury against last week, but regardless of his injury status, Wallace is the only WR play on the Ravens at this point. He’s eclipsed 48 yards in each of his last 4 games, so he has bit of a floor in PPR leagues, but has the upside to get you a 100 yard game or a TD. There’s no doubt that he’s a desperate play with upside.
Richardson has been boom/bust this season when it comes to opportunity and production, but he has seen at least 7 targets in 3 of the last 4 games. He’s a dart throw in any week, regardless of matchup, because of his speed and Russell Wilson’s scrambling and playmaking ability. A prayer after putting him in your lineup won’t hurt either.
Playoff QB Streamers
Upper Tier: Case Keenum
Keenum is still available in about a third of Yahoo leagues, and if you’re trying to replace someone like Carson Wentz, Keenum should be able to get the job done for you. Keenum has thrown multiple TDs in 5 of the last 6 games, is playing great, and has a ton of weapons around him. Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph, Murray, and McKinnon and that offensive line are all key parts of the offense that help Keenum maintain his production. He is very consistent, so you should be able keep your fantasy team afloat to keep you rolling in the playoffs. We saw how banged up Cincinnati’s defense was last week, and Keenum shouldn’t have issues against that team, especially at home. If Aaron Rodgers comes back, he will be in a potential shootout with him in Week 16, and that’s exactly the type of game you want your fantasy QB to play in.
Upper Tier: Blake Bortles
Bortles would be another great choice if you’re trying to replace Carson Wentz off the waiver wire. His matchups the next two weeks against Houston and San Francisco are great, and the development of his weapons in the passing game are another big reason to bet on Bortles. Dede Westbrook has really come into form fairly quickly, Keelan Cole is talented, and Marqise Lee continues to get it done. With teams stacking the box against Jacksonville this year, Bortles has impressed in the passing game lately, throwing for 2 TDs in the last 2 games, and even provides a decent rushing line; he had 6 rushes for 62 yards and 2 TDs a few weeks ago. With the receivers coming on combined with these matchups, Bortles can be someone to put you in position to win over the final two weeks.
Mid Tier: Nick Foles
Nick Foles is a decent backup, and should be fine in this system. He’s more than capable of putting down 250 and 2 against the Giants this week. I see the offense being controlled and calculated under Doug Pederson, so Foles should be able to manage the game. He’s obviously a risky play since it’s his first start, but we’ve seen enough from Foles over the years to know that he can be okay in spots. Against this Giants defense, Foles has a chance to continue the Eagles’ run. Foles has showed his high ceiling in the past, so if you’re shooting for upside, he would be a good play with all the weapons around him. He has the Raiders at home in Week 16, so it’s another good matchup; even Trevor Siemian was able to put up some numbers against them a few weeks ago.
Lower Tier: Tyrod Taylor
Sean McDermott said that Taylor is still the starting QB if he’s healthy, and it’s possible Tyrod can get back to practice today and suit up against the Dolphins at home. Yes, the Dolphins just shut out the Patriots, but this is a matchup game. Brady has struggled (it’s all relative) in Miami over his career, and with no Gronk, they couldn’t get anything going. I wouldn’t assume the Bills can’t get anything going against a Miami defense who hasn’t been good this year for the most part. If there are any reports that Tyrod has limited mobility, I will stay off of him, as his rushing ability is the sole reason he’s a viable streamer.
Lower Tier: Jameis Winston
You never know what you’re going to get from Winston, but he was somewhat solid despite the turnovers over the past two weeks. The matchup at home against Atlanta this week is okay, and I’m willing to start him if my team otherwise is solid enough. 250 and 2 TDs is what you’re expecting out of Winston, but he needs to keep the turnovers under control to raise his ceiling a bit. I’m not a huge fan of him in Carolina in Week 16, but he’s definitely a viable option. That secondary has been bad lately, and that could be the next time Mike Evans actually shows up.
Lower Tier: Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy G has played well since first starting, but his ceiling is limited right now. He had a good matchup last week against Houston, and played okay. This week, he sees another vulnerable secondary at home against Tennessee, so he is a viable streamer in that positive matchup. He found rapport with Marquise Goodwin, and we know that he can take it to the house at any point. He threw his first TD as a starter last week, so you’re really hoping that he comes through better than he has the last couple of weeks if you play him.
Playoff TE Streamers
Ebron has been fairly consistent over the past 7 games, although the production hasn’t been that high. He broke out last week, catching 10 of 11 targets for 94 yards. That’s what he’s capable of, but not sure it continues. Either way, he shouldn’t give you a zero this week, which is what you’re looking for if you’re searching for a TE this week. He’s caught at least 4 passes in the last 4 weeks, so at least he’s involved in the game plan on a weekly basis, regardless of matchup.
Njoku was hardly a part of the passing attack last week, but the Packers have been pretty good against tight ends all year. This week, he goes up against a Ravens team that has been relatively bad covering tight ends. We saw what Njoku is capable of two weeks ago, so it’s that potential you’re reaching for if you play him this week. I rather play his talent and potential than try to get 5 points from a middle of the road tight end, especially if I need upside.
Tyrod is potentially back this week, and if he is, Clay is a decent option to put out there. We can’t expect a whole lot of production, but I’ll be happy with 4 for 60 from Clay this week in a good matchup.
Watson has shown up when he wants to this year, but the Browns are pretty bad at stopping tight ends. This game would be a good bet for Watson to show up.
The RSJ hype has cooled off a bit, but his upside remains. He’s still not playing a ton of snaps, but if you’re desperate and need some upside, this matchup against the Washington is a good one for tight ends.
Keep an eye on whether Zach Ertz plays this week. If he doesn’t we’ve seen how tight ends are used in this offense, so Burton becomes a good play against the Giants.
Playoff DEF Streamers
High Tier: Saints vs Jets
This is the highest spread of the week, with the Saints favored by more than 2 TDs at home (!). This is the ideal situation you want: a home team favored by a ton. Not only that, but the Saints’ pass rush is 4th best DVOA, while the Jets 3rd worst DVOA in protecting their QB. I would’ve been good starting the Saints against Josh McCown, but now the matchup is even juicier with Bryce Petty behind center.
The three other widely available defenses I would consider are Indy at home vs Denver, Detroit at home vs Chicago, and Buffalo at home vs Miami. I’m not fond of any of these, but you might not have any other options.