Running Back Pickups
With Mack back in Week 6, it was him, Nyheim Hines, and Robert Turbin (before he got hurt) in the rotation, while Jordan Wilkins didn’t get a snap. Even with Mack leading the Colts with attempts, he still only played on 35% of snaps with Hines getting more time on the field. With that said, Mack did look good on the work he was given, going over 6+ yards on 6 of his 12 carries, and had 3 of those carries go over 10 yards. With Turbin hurt and potentially missing time, it might just mean Wilkins getting more work, but keep in mind you’ll probably need some efficiency from Mack if he continues to not get a ton of work and time on the field. He’s worth a pickup for RB depth, and to see if his role grows as he gets healthier and if he pushes for more work with good play as the starter.
Update: Devonta Freeman will be placed on IR. Smith is a must-pickup.
Smith has had a TD in each of the last three games, and has seen 46% of snaps in each of the last two games with Devonta Freeman out. Well, Freeman is out again, and with Smith seeing half of the snaps and with him being used in the red zone and as a goal line back, he’s a decent start this upcoming week against the Giants. This season, he’s had 14 touches in the red zone, 5 rushes inside the 10. Depth add, but moreso if you need a viable start for Week 7.
Jalen Richard/Doug Martin
On Tuesday, Jon Gruden said the team has concern about a groin strain for Marshawn Lynch, and that it can be a long term injury. We probably won’t get more news before waivers clear, so we need to act. Jalen Richard is probably the pickup in this backfield, especially in PPR leagues. Richard had at least 6 receptions in 4 of 6 games, and is on pace to catch 83 this year. If he can get some more opportunity in the run game, maybe 5-7 more carries, that would boost his touch total to a place where we should feel confident in starting him. He won’t be game script dependent if he’s involved in both aspects of the game. Doug Martin can take over Lynch’s role as the early down back, and while he’ll be game script dependent, he’ll probably take over goal line duties; Martin has more appeal in standard leagues than he does in PPR. Keep in mind that the Raiders are on bye this week.
I didn’t see this coming at all, but Mostert took Alfred Morris’ job. Mostert was a glorified special teams player until Monday night, but he played well and found holes. Morris wasn’t as efficient, and there was a reason we were starting Matt Breida on limited work, and that was because he was efficient. If you know how to run the outside zone, you can do well in this system, and it’s possible Mostert gets it, and can do some damage with his potential 10-15 carries per game. Keep in mind that Breida toughed it out and played with what we thought was a high ankle sprain, so maybe Mostert saw more work than he would’ve if Breida wasn’t hurt? These are questions we have to ask, but with Mostert looking good, he probably will continue to get opportunity behind Breida. Mostert is simply a depth add to see what’s to come, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting him.
Many thought Ronald Jones would come out of the bye at least splitting work with Barber, but it wasn’t the case. Barber continued his role as the starter, but there simply isn’t enough volume for this backfield. The Bucs defense isn’t good, and they’re going to have to sling it in almost every game. His Week 6 stat line was an anomaly, so I wouldn’t overreact, but his 4 targets could’ve either been a product of Jameis Winston, or it could’ve been a product of them trying to attack one of Atlanta’s vulnerabilities. If you do pick him up, you’re hoping Barber continues to get 3-4 targets a week, which would keep his floor steady in PPR leagues. Depth add.
Gore led the Dolphins in carries with 15 to Kenyan Drake’s 13. Gore only saw the field 38% of the time, but went over 100 yards on his limited time on the field. I wouldn’t expect Gore to see more than 50% of snaps, since Drake is the more versatile back, but he’s worth a depth add if you need a back who’s carries have increased in each of the last two games. Keep in mind that Drake will still likely be the goal line back, regardless of his goal line fumble last week. Depth add.
Murray is back on the map as the clear handcuff to Dalvin Cook. If you have Cook and Murray is available, he should be rostered. Tough start for the Vikings backfield this year, and this was a great matchup for them this past week to get right, but at least we know that the Vikings have a clear opinion that Murray can handle the load with Cook out.
If Clement is still available on your waiver wire after last week, he should be picked up as the priority pickup. Clement was hurt last week, but still saw some work, including goal line work. Clement should be the primary back once he’s healthy, and since the Eagles had a mini bye, he should be good to go in Week 7. He’s a viable starter going forward.
Smallwood saw more work last Thursday night than he probably would have got if Corey Clement was healthy. He’ll be a part of this rotation, and will be involved enough to be start-worthy, especially in PPR leagues. He’s more a depth add, but is startable if you’re desperate.
In two of the three games with Baker, the Browns were down and Duke Johnson was finally used in the passing game. 6/4/45 in Week 4 and 5/4/73 in Week 6 – his receptions are more valuable than most pass catching RBs because he’s just a good player and is efficient with his touches. It seems like they’re trying to get him involved, but we would have to correctly predict game script in order for us to feel good about starting him in PPR leagues. PPR depth add.
If you have Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb is the high-upside handcuff that would take over that early down role. If I have Hyde, I’d probably have Chubb on my roster as well. Remember, Hyde wasn’t the most durable back before last season.
In Week 1, Darren Sproles started the game, and played ahead of Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood. Sproles got hurt, and that was history. Sproles is probably getting back soon, and in PPR leagues, he might be the back with the highest floor. We know that Doug Pederson likes Sproles, and if past usage of Sproles is any indication, he might end up playing more snaps than any other Eagles back. He’s a flier, and he’s very low owned, but I’ll take a shot in a PPR league. Just keep in mind that he’s obviously very injury prone, so keep your expectations low.
Foreman should be activated this week, and has a legit shot at taking the starting job from Lamar Miller. Miller hasn’t looked good since he got to Houston, and Foreman has looked explosive before his injury. The only problem is, is that injury was an Achilles rupture, which is very tough to come back from. He’s a young back, so there is a chance. If you need a high upside RB, pick Foreman up now.
This Seahawks backfield is a terror to try and figure out. But let’s play the game, and consider the possibility, albeit very low, that Penny comes out of the bye with an expanded role. You don’t necessarily have to pick him up now, but keep him in mind before the games start this week if you need a high upside pickup.
Wide Receiver Pickups
Goodwin looked back to form after coming back from his injury with 100+ yards and 2 TDs on 5 targets. We know that CJ Beathard likes to sling it deep with Goodwin compared to the possession role with Garoppolo, but we did not see this performance coming, especially coming off of injury. Goodwin was dropped by a ton of people after re-injuring his quad and Beathard being his QB. Because of the upside he can provide, he’s worth a pickup, but teams will game plan for him. He’ll definitely get behind defenses on occasion, but it’s a good sign that his injuries are behind him. I just wouldn’t expect a high floor, so put him in your lineup if you need a high ceiling or if your other WRs are on bye.
Gabriel will provide a high ceiling and will likely be boom/bust, but we’ve seen the boom lately with his 2nd straight 100 yard game. While I classify him as boom/bust, his target volume is the best type of boom/bust. He saw saw 5 targets in this past game, but saw 7, 10, and then 7 targets the three weeks prior. They’re clearly trying to get him involved, so he’s a player who doesn’t have much of a floor but does have a high ceiling in this offense. He did clear at least 4 catches in every game so far this season though, so in PPR, it’s not so bad as long as he’s not putting up the 25, 30, and 34 yard games he did in the first three. He’s a clear cog in an improving offense, and should be picked up.
I think I’ve been talking about Snead for weeks now. He saw a 10 target game, but he’s been the most consistent Ravens WR, although his ceiling isn’t quite there. Hell give you 50-60 yards per game on 5-7 catches. He had a PPR floor of 10, meaning he’s a viable start. Good depth to have.
Wilson has seen 6 targets in Weeks 4 and 5, and then saw 9 targets from Brock Osweiler in Week 6. Wilson doesn’t need a ton of touches to take one to the house, so he’s a boom/bust player on a team that has zero continuity in any one spot on offense. He’s highly volatile, but it is possible that he starts to see some consistent volume with DeVante Parker slowly phased out of the offense. Is Parker really still hurt? Wilson should be picked up in a deeper league if you need some high ceiling depth.
Beasley’s game was game plan specific, and I wouldn’t take this game as a sign for more to come. We’ve seen this before from Beasley, and it didn’t lead to anything. He hasn’t had more than 5 targets since Week 1, so I’m leaving Beasley on the wire.
Kirk has surpassed 75 yards in 3 of his last 4 games, and has caught more than 75% of balls going towards his way. The rapport seems real, and Kirk has seemed to surpass Larry Fitzgerald as the #1 WR at this point. Averaging 5 catches for 70 yards over the last 4 games are numbers that is very startable, and he should be picked up for depth and even potential starts.
Sanu has been on this waiver wire article for a few weeks now, and he has only been producing. He even got you a TD before he left the game this past week. 4 straight weeks of good fantasy outputs, so he needs to be rostered and started in good matchups. He’s hurt, but it doesn’t seem serious, and he’ll have an extra day to rest since their game in Week 7 is on Monday night. If Calvin Ridley is out with that bone bruise, Sanu is an even better play.
In Jameis Winston’s season debut as a starter, Godwin caught 6 of 9 targets for 56 yards and a TD. That’s a very healthy target number, and with all of the attention on Mike Evans, Winston might feel more comfortable giving Godwin opportunities when he’s 1 on 1. Godwin is a very talented WR, and when given opportunity he will produce. He should be rostered.
If TY Hilton is out again, Rogers is a viable start. He saw 11, 11, and 10 targets over the last three weeks, and is a viable start in PPR leagues. He’ll avoid Tre’Davious White out of the slot, so if you need a spot start, you can do worse than a WR who has a QB throwing it 50 times a game.
Williams had a huge game on two long TD receptions, and we’ve seen this in the past as well, but we can’t depend on Williams going forward with him seeing only 3 targets in most games this year. There are a lot of weapons for Phillip Rivers, but I would leave Williams on the wire so I’m not attempted to start him.
Kearse saw 83% of snaps this past week, and has played in the slot on most of his snaps so far this season, including the past two weeks. If Quincy Enunwa won’t have that role primarily, it would Kearse I’ll be more interested in than Enunwa, who did get hurt in this past game. Either way, I’ll be picking Kearse up in PPR leagues after his 9-catch on 10-target performance; it’s possible he can give you a high floor going forward if he keeps that role. Update: Quincy Enunwa has a high ankle sprain and will likely be out a couple of weeks, so Kearse should be picked up in PPR.
Quincy Enunwa suffered a high ankle sprain this past week, so there are more targets to go around. Jermaine Kearse will get his, but Anderson will likely get more shots downfield because of it. We saw that Sam Darnold is willing to give it to Robby deep in Week 5, so now that we know it’s possible, Anderson should be rostered while Enunwa’s out at the very least.
Pryor also saw more work and playing time with Quincy Enunwa leaving with the ankle injury early. Pryor would be the second Jets WR add for me behind Robby Anderson in standard leagues. I’m more interested in Kearse in PPR.
Coutee needs to be rostered ROS. He’s been at worst the #2 option in the passing game since he made his debut. Will Fuller can re-emerge once he’s healthier, but if you take a look at the matchup coming up against Jacksonville, it’s the slot WR that has the best shot at doing damage. In PPR leagues, Keke can be played this week against Jax and should be rostered as depth and a WR3.
Over the last three games, Meredith’s work has increased, and he’s the primarily slot WR now for the Saints. He only played on 45% of snaps, but that should go up after the bye. Tre’Quan Smith had the huge game, but his opportunity came with Ted Ginn missing that game last Monday night. With Ginn probably re-manning the outside, it’ll be Meredith actually seeing snaps. If his role grows, you might have a legit WR3 with upside on your hands.
This is a deep one, but he was the most productive Browns WR this past week catching 6 of 8 targets for 82 yards. Antonio Callaway isn’t ready for the spotlight, Rishard Higgins will be out for a bit, and Derrick Willies was placed on IR. That leaves Ratley starting on the outside. They play the Bucs this week, so if you want to throw a dart, go for it. I’ll look the other way.
Tight End Pickups
There was a concern Cameron Brate would be the preferred tight end for Jameis, and while he did catch a TD, it was on his only target. Howard caught a TD as well, but caught all 4 of his targets for 62 yards. He’s a high upside TE that should be started every week. Just know that Brate will catch those TDs more often than not.
Over the last two weeks, Hooper caught 9 of 12 and 10 targets respectively. Just keep in mind that these were the two worst defenses against the tight end, so it can totally be a game plan thing with Hooper going back to what he was doing before these two games, which wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t 10+ targets. He sees the Giants next, who held Ertz to low yardage but did allow a TD. The Giants haven’t played against any good TEs, so it might be deceiving to call them good against TEs just because they didn’t allow much this year to the position. Also keep in mind that the Falcons lost both Sanu and Ridley to injury in this game, so there were less guys to distribute the ball to. If either Sanu and Ridley miss on Monday night, Hooper is a decent play, but keep in mind that his target total can drop back to earth. The upside is that he continues his streak, but I wouldn’t bet on it with how they’ve used him this year and last.
Both Tyler Eifert out for the season, and Tyler Kroft out for the foreseeable future, CJ Uzomah will see close to 100% of snaps. He saw 92% of snaps this past week, and lined up off the line of scrimmage as a receiver on 61% of snaps. He caught 6 of 7 targets for 54 yards this past week. With the Bengals offense rolling, Uzomah should continue to produce with this type of usage.
The Steelers are on a bye this week, but McDonald bounced back this past week. He’s a freak at TE, and is a good bet to produce on most weeks in this offense. He’s simply not a priority this week only because he isn’t playing.
Jameis Winston vs Cleveland
Winston is more of a ROS quality starter, and less of the best stream of the week.