Assuming Aaron Jones is owned. He’s been dropped in some leagues. He’s a must pick-up.
In the first two games with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Barber got some volume with 19 and 16 carries. In this past game, Barber got another 19 carries and actually did something with it, while Ronald Jones suffered a hamstring injury. Jones will likely be out for some time, so this is Barber’s backfield. With bye weeks looming, he’s someone who you can plug in, hope for some volume and even a goal line look or two. The matchups aren’t great over the next couple of weeks, so you can do better.
Royce Freeman can be out once again with his high ankle sprain, and this is going to remain a two man backfield while he’s out. Booker got 44% of snaps, was very efficient against a bad Chiefs run defense – 78 yards on 9 carries and caught all four of his targets for 23 yards. He’s not a great back, but it looks like he can get close to 15 touches with Freeman out, and in PPR leagues, he’s a bye week fill-in because of the volume.
Montgomery has been traded to the Ravens… boy, that fumble was pretty costly. He offers some flexibility in the backfield for the Ravens who have a pure runner in Collins and a pure pass catcher in Buck Allen. This can turn into a messy backfield, but Montgomery is worth a speculative add in PPR leagues.
Over the last three games in which Devonta Freeman was out, Smith has averaged 10.7 touches per game… is that enough for you to feel okay about starting him? If they give more touches to the backfield as a whole, maybe, but we haven’t seen it. He should probably be picked up, but the confidence is not high with him.
Martin surprised a lot of people, including me; he wasn’t spectacular, but what he did with his touches was sufficient. He took his 13 carries for 72 yards against Indy, caught 2 balls for 17 yards, and plays the 49ers this Thursday night. If you need someone for this week, he might be your best option in a game where he should get volume on early downs.
With the HC and OC change, maybe Dukie will start to get some touches. He deserves more touches, because he’s a pretty good running back. Hopefully the new OC sees that, and gives him more targets in the passing game. Because we can project for an overcorrection, he might be worth a speculation add this week in case he becomes an every week floor play in PPR.
He’s eligible to return from IR this week, but hasn’t been activated yet. He’s a good talent, but it’s possible that he’s in a 3-man backfield with Crowell and Trenton Cannon. It’s also possible it’s just McGuire and Crowell in that backfield, in which case he’ll have more value. You probably won’t start him this week in his first week back, and then he has Buffalo, a bye, New England; not sure his schedule is too appealing. Worth a speculation add.
On a short week, it’s possible that Matt Breida misses. Don’t count on it though, because we’re talking about a superhuman in Breida.
Update: DT was traded to the Texans, so it’s a slight hit to Keke.. he should be picked up regardless.
Coutee isn’t a lock to play in Week 9, but his workload is more guaranteed with Will Fuller out for the rest of the season. With Deshaun Watson getting healthier, Coutee can see 7-9 targets on a weekly basis. He’s a must pick-up with Fuller out. The only reason why we wouldn’t spend a huge amount of FAAB on him or a #1 waiver priority is because of the fact that he already re-aggravated his hamstring injury, and it can very well happen again if he plays this week.
With Moore playing on 71% of snaps after the Panthers’ bye, it shows that they made a concerted effort to have him play more. Keep in mind that Torrey Smith was out, so it’s not a guarantee his snaps stay at this level. His upside is pretty high if he continues getting this type of playing time. The fact that he was able to catch 5 balls for 90 yards against a great Baltimore defense says a lot. His schedule from Weeks 13-16 are TB, Cleveland, NO, and Atlanta. Sweet.
The good thing is that the NFL trade deadline will be gone before you have to make a decision on Parker. Kenny Stills can come back soon, but his catch volume went down as the season went along, including with Brock Osweiler. We’ve seen this before from Parker, but where else is Osweiler going to throw the ball? He likes Amendola, and he gave Parker 9 targets last Thursday night. As soon as Parker gets a start, he catches 6 of 8 (one wasn’t a target for him) for 134 yards. If you take away that fluky bounce-off-the-helmet catch, his yardage total was still 88 yards.
Chargers are coming off their bye, so if you need some upside in your lineup this week, pick Williams up. 118 yards in each of the last two games, 3 TDs in 2 games, he’s doing his best 2017 Will Fuller impression. He has the ability, Rivers is looking for him, and it’s possible he continues what he’s been doing against the Seahawks. Williams is the definition of boom/bust.
Amendola’s volume has gone down in the three games with Brock, but he’s still getting a decent amount. He goes up against the Jets this week, who have been struggling against slot WRs. He’ll be a good pickup and start in PPR leagues this week.
Sanu has been getting it done for the most part; the Giants were pretty stout against slot WRs all year, and he didn’t get it done. Before that, he’s been pulling through for you in fantasy. He got hurt in the TB game, but had 46 yards and a TD before he left the game. Washington actually has been pretty good against slot WRs, so it’s not the best matchup in the world this week, but it’s smart to have a part of this clicking Falcons passing offense.
Moore hasn’t had huge target volume, but who’s had any in this Seattle offense? Russell Wilson is just efficient, and Moore and Lockett are catching TDs every week. 4 TDs for Moore in his last three weeks, but added 97 yards to go with his TD last week. He’s a boom/bust guy, but Wilson is looking for him in the end zone, so you can do a lot worse.
Update: DT has been traded to the Texans, so Sutton is THE pick-up for WRs. Highest upside.
If either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders gets traded today, Sutton should be picked up. He’s had a decent floor in PPR leagues while hardly getting any volume. He has a chance to explode if he gets a real opportunity.
Neither Randall Cobb or Geronimo Allison played a full complement of snaps last week, but it could’ve been because both were coming off injuries. MVS is the next man up in case this continues, and he even has a shot to dethrone one of them. He’s a speculative add as a high-end handcuff WR that can produce if given opportunity with Aaron Rodgers.
Grant is a big play waiting to happen, and his 8 targets last week was very encouraging. The 46-yard catch Parker made was meant for Grant, so he would have had a much better stat line if he had those 5 catches instead of 4. Let’s see if he continues to see opportunity.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick back, all WRs get a boost including Godwin, even if he doesn’t get a full complement of snaps. If DeSean Jackson gets traded today, he’ll be a must pick-up and might even go to the top of this list.
If you need a boom/bust WR, Goodwin’s your guy. Oakland and Giants on deck, then TB after the bye.
Smith is a low-key add this week, but the Baltimore and Minnesota games weren’t good game scripts for him to show his talents. At home against the Rams, then Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Atlanta, then TB two weeks after that – sounds like someone who can put a string of very nice games together. He’s the #2 WR for Drew Brees. Don’t sleep.
Allison didn’t get a full practice in last week, and was limited on snaps – he only had 1 catch on 1 target against the Rams. Allison should be picked up, and at least you can get him for cheap. Once he’s fully healthy, there’s still a good chance he’s the guy opposite Adams. Other WRs like MVS are creeping in, but it seems like Allison is still the guy when healthy.
McDonald put up 47 yards on 3 catches, and this week he goes up against a Baltimore defense this week whose focus has not been on stopping tight ends.
Dickson made his Seahawks’ debut, and caught 2 of 2 for 54 yards and a TD. He’s worth a pickup for potential long term success as well as short term in an offense that has seen a lot of big plays for tight ends this year.
Hernon has scored in three straight weeks, so if you’re struggling at the position, throw him in and hope that he continues his streak.
Not a great streaming week for TEs, so you might have to go Brate hoping for a TD in a good matchup against Carolina.
Hurst caught a TD last week, and can be more involved moving forward. Good matchup against Pittsburgh.
Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Carolina
We saw what he was doing to open the season. He killed, he has weapons, and while it’s not the best matchup on paper, his WRs have the advantage against the Panthers’ secondary.
Baker Mayfield vs KC
Might not be such a great idea to start a QB in his first game after an OC change, but KC is probably going to score a shitload of points, and Mayfield will have to throw a ton to claw his way back. He has a shot at serious volume.
Joe Flacco vs Pittsburgh
In their first matchup, Flacco had his best fantasy outing. Now he’s at home, and Flacco should be able to take advantage of the matchup once again. Not the most sexy option, but his weapons have a much better matchup this week than last week.
Derek Carr @ SF
Starting him involves a bit of praying, but it’s a decent matchup.
Carolina vs TB
This is a strict boom/bust play. Carolina can either get torched by Fitzpatrick, or he can throw 4 interceptions with one of them going for a TD.
Dallas vs Tennessee
There’s a good chance Tennessee’s offense struggles in Dallas on Monday night.
Denver vs Houston
Houston’s offensive line is in trouble when you consider Denver’s pass rush.
NYJ @ Miami
The Jets have played good defense all year, and against a non-potent Miami offense, they can do some things.
Kansas City @ Cleveland
Cleveland has been giving up a ton of hits to Baker, and KC will likely be in full pass rush mode once they build a lead. It’s risky because their defense isn’t great, but the Browns’ offense also isn’t.