Corey Clement/Wendell Smallwood/Darren Sproles
Wendell Smallwood has been more efficient than Corey Clement in both the run and pass game, and has one more TD than Clement so far this season. Smallwood would be the pick if I need to play a RB this week, and someone who can give me points every week with a solid floor in PPR. Clement has also seen a goal line carry while Jay Ajayi has been out. However, I do believe that Clement is the long term add as someone who has the higher upside and will eventually out-touch Smallwood on a per game basis. In Week 3 without Ajayi, it was Clement who got close to 20 touches, with Smallwood playing the 1b role. Remember, no matter who is in this backfield it will remain a committee. If there are only two backs, Doug Pederson will sign a third off the street just to give them 20% of snaps. Graham Barfield reminds us that Doug Pederson had a RB play over 60% of snaps only three times since he became the Eagles’ coach. Darren Sproles is the only back to see 44 or more snaps in a game for him, and he did it four times; unfortunately, Sproles still isn’t practicing, so he might not be available for another week or two. I wouldn’t break the bank on any of these guys, because part of what you’re paying for is reliability and guaranteed touches.
With Matt Breida out at least one week, Morris will lead the 49ers backfield, and should see at least 15 touches per game while Breida is out. Morris will be the preferred goal line option if they get there, and will likely see a few dumpoffs from CJ Beathard. With the 49ers going into Lambeau Field this week, however, the game script might not be in Morris’ favor. It’s possible he still gets some late down work, but Kyle Juszczyk should see some of that as well. Raheem Mostert will be in the mix, but I don’t think he’s worth an add. Game script probably won’t be favorable against the Rams either the week after, so keep that in mind when spending on Morris this week.
Nyheim Hines (PPR preferred)
Hines has quietly dominated Colts RB snaps over the last three weeks, starting in Week 3: 73%, 69%, and 67%. While he’s not the best interior runner the Colts have, he got the opportunity last week for the first time with 15 carries; add that to his 7 catches and you’re at 22 touches for the week, which ranked top-10 in Week 5. I personally don’t expect him to continue to run the ball because of how ineffective he’s been, while Jordan Wilkins looked a lot more capable in that role, but the Colts probably want him on the field a ton because he’s Andrew Luck’s short-route safety blanket at this point. They brought Hines in on a critical 4th down play in the 4th quarter to try and convert, and he’s the one they went to on that play. In PPR, he’s a must pick-up and should have a solid floor most weeks with upside. Even when Mack returns, he doesn’t play the role Hines does.
Jones really hasn’t shown much of his talent in preseason or in the limited work he’s had since he became active; but now that he’s active, he will probably get a shot, and if you’re looking for a stash, you can add him to your roster in case the explosiveness he has finally shows up. Peyton Barber had an opportunity, didn’t flash, so Jones should get some work going forward after the bye.
Blue led the league with 28 touches in Week 5 with Lamar Miller active but not playing on Sunday night. In case Miller can’t go again next week, even though they’re saying he’ll play, Blue will be someone who has to be started if he’s getting those type of touches.
This backfield is devoid of talent, and they can use a spark. Foreman is coming off the PUP and should be available in Week 7, so he’s a stash right now that you hope will turn into the starting RB for the Texans. Foreman looked great before he ruptured his Achilles, and while that’s a really tough injury to come back from, it’s worth taking a shot with the opportunity window open in this backfield and Foreman being a young back who possibly still has the juice.
Buck (Javorius) Allen
The argument can be made for standard as well, but Buck Allen is the preferred back to have on your team in PPR leagues. Alex Collins is the superior runner, but because of fumbling issues, less than 50% snap share in each game so far this year, including only 31%(!) this past week in a neutral game script, and lack of usage in red zone and goal line situations, the floor and upside is completely lost. Buck Allen has been very TD dependent, but he’s had 5+ receptions in 3 of 5 games, so his floor exists in PPR, even in non-negative game scripts. His touches have gone up over the last two games after Alex Collins fumbled on the goal line in Week 4, to 14 in Week 5.
Kyle Juszczyk (PPR preferred)
Can I call you Kyle? With the injury to Matt Breida, there’s a void in the offense, and with the upcoming negative game scripts in line for the 49ers (Packers, Rams), I don’t see why the 49ers wouldn’t use their best pass-catching back. He happens to be a fullback, but he has been on the field 78%, 62%, and 69% over the last three games. He caught 6 of 7 passes for 75 yards last week, and can see similar usage while Breida is out. The best part is, he’s free. PPR preferred, not interested in non-PPR.
Davis is the 1b of the Seahawks backfield right now with Rashaad Penny out of the rotation (yes, he’s healthy and active). Chris Carson is the back to own in Seattle, but Davis has looked good with his opportunities while the Seahawks have been determined to run the ball. Russell Wilson hasn’t had more than 26 pass attempts over the last three weeks, so Davis can see 12+ touches weekly for the immediate future.
Coutee was able to keep things going after his breakout first week with 6 receptions on 7 targets for 51 yards and a TD. He’s preferred in PPR since he runs those short to intermediate routes. It is nice that he was able to have that stat line even with Will Fuller active and playing, but if targets start going back Fuller’s way (he only had 3 targets), he might not be as interesting. Either way, the talent is there both short and deep on a good offense, and he has to be owned in every PPR league.
Allison was dropped in a lot of leagues after not being active last week, but he’s been great in his opportunities. If you’re starting for Aaron Rodgers, I’m starting you. That’s basically how I view Allison, and he’s come through on that when he’s played. Allison should be cleared from the concussion protocol this week.
There’s no clear answer as to whether Anderson will continue this, but we know that he’s talented enough to continue. Quincy Enunwa was moved to the outside this week, and whether it was to avoid Chris Harris or not, we won’t know until next week. If that continues, I’m more interested in Anderson since Enunwa will likely struggle more on the outside. Anderson should be owned in case he starts getting on a roll like he did last year.
Sanu has out-snapped and out-targeted Calvin Ridley throughout the season, and with three 15-point PPR weeks in a row, he needs to be added. The Falcons defense will be bad, so Matt Ryan will have to continue to throw. Sanu will benefit, especially this week against Tampa Bay.
MVS was the best WR outside of Davante Adams on the field for the Packers last week after catching 7 passes on 10 targets for 68 yards and a TD. He had another TD ruled back. He’s worth a pickup-and-play in case Randall Cobb is out once again.
Both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are in the concussion protocol, and Josh Reynolds is a talented WR who will see opportunity if either of them miss. If both miss, he should definitely be picked up; he can see close to double digit targets the way that this offense is centered around these WRs and Todd Gurley.
It hasn’t quite happened yet, but Callaway can see more opportunity with Rashard Higgins missing some time with a MCL sprain. He’s a tough hold, but Callaway has serious upside if he can find his groove. He’s a stash.
He’s looked amazing during preseason, and looked amazing on MNF. Only 3 targets, so we have to be careful going crazy over picking him up this week. If Ted Ginn returns next week, Smith will likely be relegated behind Ginn. Smith can beat Ginn out as the season moves along, but it might not happen right now. He’s a stash.
Willie Snead (PPR)
Snead has been the most consistent PPR WR for the Ravens. High floor in PPR, not enough upside. Caught 5 balls in 4 of 5 weeks and 49+ yards in those games. He’s a guy you throw in your lineup if you want to nearly guarantee 10 points in PPR.
If TY Hilton is out again, Rogers will likely be the top WR for Andrew Luck once again. He had his second straight 8-catch, 11-target performance, and almost scored this past week. With how much Luck is throwing the ball, Rogers can see some volume once again.
7, 10, 7 targets over the last three weeks including that monster game in Week 4. The Bears are coming off the bye, so let’s see if Gabriel can get some total yardage between the 30 he’s been averaging over Weeks 1 and 3 and the 104 he totaled in Week 4.
Jameis loves Brate. That’s all.
Uzomah is the Bengals tight end to have after Tyler Eifert went down for the season. Uzomah ran a route on 82% of Andy Dalton’s dropbacks, while Tyler Kroft only ran a route on 26%.
He’s more of a stash, but there’s some upside here if most of Joe Flacco’s TE targets can be consolidated to him. Before Week 5, the Ravens were targeting their tight ends on more than 26% of attempts.
Even though Jameis loves Brate, Howard is uber-talented. Pick him up if anyone dropped him and stash.
If you need a TE to play and can’t find one, pick up Swaim. You’ll get squeamish playing him, but he’ll likely give you 50 yards.