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RB Pickups

Duke Johnson

I hope you picked him up off of waivers last week! If he’s available, he’s definitely worth picking up in a PPR league. The Browns finally started using their most underutilized talent on offense. The Browns were down most of the game, and Dukie produced with a team-high 9 targets. The OC change made a difference, and against teams like Atlanta, Cincinnati twice, Houston, and Carolina in the Browns upcoming schedule, Johnson will have a shot at performing again in potential negative game scripts. I mentioned a potential overcorrection in the waiver wire article last week, and we saw something to that effect. I don’t know if I would expect 9 targets on a weekly basis, but 6-8 would be enough to be started as a PPR flex or even RB2 if he’s continued to be used like this. The targets and red zone usage was the best he’s seen since Hue Jackson took over.

Mike Davis

Chris Carson left the game on Sunday due to a thigh injury, which left Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny to handle the load for the rest of the game. While Carson was out, it was primarily Mike Davis on the field, even while the Seahawks were down. In fact, Davis caught 7 of 8 targets for 45 yards in addition to his 15 carries for 62. If Carson were to miss time, Davis can be in for another serious workload. Penny can be randomly thrusted into a bigger role, as we know this backfield is always in complete flux, but Davis would be the pickup. We’ll wait to hear more on Carson’s injury.

Jalen Richard (PPR)

The Raiders are terrible, and will be in negative game scripts for the rest of the year. In PPR leagues, Richard is good for 5-10 catches per game. Hopefully they’re not so bad that they pull all of their starters out like they did in the 4th quarter against the 49ers last week.

Theo Riddick (PPR)

There were three guys who were candidates to fill in for Golden Tate… and the result was Theo Riddick being a bigger factor after catching 7 of 8 targets. The Lions were in a negative game script all game, so we saw a lot of Riddick on the field. If you’re in need of a RB in PPR, he’s a good pickup if you need someone to get you through the byes weeks. 27% of target share was gone with Tate’s departure, and it needs to go somewhere. Riddick lined up as a WR on only 13 snaps, but it was a step up from the 5 that he was averaging earlier in the season. He doesn’t have a huge ceiling, or even a really high floor, but his floor is high enough for a fill-in in full PPR leagues. He played on 46% of snaps, the same amount as Kerryon Johnson.

Frank Gore

Frank Gore received 20 carries to Drake’s 3, while Drake saw 7 targets to Gore’s 1. That seems like a clear role differential to me. Gore was the Dolphins’ main ball carrier, while Drake was their passing back. You would think Gore’s 2.7 yards per carry in this game and his 5 total games under 3 yards per carry would open up some touches for Drake in the run game. Gore didn’t get much on his 20 carries, but we can’t ignore the workload. He’s a desperate add if you need RB help.

Elijah McGuire

Elijah McGuire led the Jets backfield in snaps, but only had 10 touches to Crowell’s 14. McGuire is the more versatile back, and caught 3 of his 5 targets in addition to his 7 carries. Because of the versatility and involvement in the passing game, he’s a deeper league pickup if you need some RB depth in PPR leagues. With the offense potentially behind in most games, McGuire should see his touch total rise against better teams. Keep in mind that the Jets see Buffalo next week, then they’re on a bye, so he might not be a priority pickup for you this week. When the Jets see the Patriots in Week 12, he can be useful in that game while the Jets attempt to make a comeback. His usage is worth noting as someone who was just activated off the PUP and has been entrenched as the back leading in snap share in his first week.

Ito Smith

The Redskins rush defense has been stout, but then you have Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith rushing for a combined 148 yards. Coleman looked like someone we haven’t seen all season, and he was even involved in the passing game – caught 5 of 7 targets. He had a total of 18 touches, which is the type of number we like to see, but Ito Smith only saw 11 touches, not really that great going forward even though he scored a TD and was somewhat efficient on the ground. Smith is someone who’ll be TD dependent, but on an offense that is in the red zone pretty often.

Wendell Smallwood/Darren Sproles/Josh Adams

This backfield can remain frustrating for the rest of the year. We can also take shots on guys we think can gain a bigger role after the Eagles come out of their bye. Darren Sproles is expected back, so in PPR leagues, he can be somewhat useful, and has a shot of playing the most snaps on a per game basis. Josh Adams has a shot at being the early down back, similar to the role Jay Ajayi had. Whether this will happen remains unclear, but it’s a hypothesis that can be proven true or not this week. It’s also possible Smallwood keeps his role as the versatile back getting around 50% of the snaps, but to me, that seems unlikely if Sproles is active and relatively healthy. In standard leagues, I’d take a shot on Adams, and in PPR, Sproles.

WR Pickups

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has impressed when given opportunity, and it’s possible that the opportunity stays, even with the Packers’ WRs getting healthier. I would pick him up for the chance that he stays in on 3 WR sets. With Geronimo Allison at risk of missing the entire season because of core surgery, MVS is a legit pickup that can turn into an every-week WR3 with upside.

Christian Kirk

Kirk has been producing even with the offense playing terribly, and now that it’s on a little bit of an upward swing, he can be even better. He’s produced in PPR leagues, and didn’t leave you too disappointed most weeks. He can produce this week against KC, where the Cardinals will almost certainly be passing a ton to try and catch up.

Tyrell Williams

His TD this past week wasn’t a long one, but he has been getting it done for 3-4 weeks now. The Raiders defense has given up, and that’s who he’ll see this week. If you need some upside, he’s a good play against Oakland.

Tre’Quan Smith

Smith saved his day with a TD last week, but catching 2 balls on 3 targets isn’t necessarily encouraging moving forward. Either way, Smith should be rostered and offers big play ability. The next three weeks the Saints see the Bengals, Eagles, and Falcons, who all offer offenses that can potentially stay in it with the Saints. If Brees needs to throw the ball more, and with Smith on the field more than any other WR not named Michael Thomas, he’s an high upside asset that should be rostered.

Mohamed Sanu

Sanu had a tough matchup last week, but it gets a bit easier moving forward. On a high octane offense, Sanu is someone that offers some upside every week. He might not be needed a ton this week, and he actually doesn’t have the best matchup out of the slot, but he’s a guy that can be useful in a few weeks against teams like NO, GB, Arizona, and Carolina.

Maurice Harris

In a good matchup for slot WRs, Harris was able to have a breakout game, catching 10 of 12 for 124 yards. The Redskins were down all game long, and while that’s possible once again against Tampa, it’s not as likely. The matchup for Harris is sweet though, so if Crowder sits once again, he’s a good flier in PPR leagues.

Keke Coutee

Keke is on a bye this week, and might still not be 100% healthy. He just came out and said that he won’t play until he’s 100%, and that doesn’t sound like he’s confident in a return this week. Either way, Keke is more of a PPR stash anyway as someone who can help you in the fantasy playoffs.

Danny Amendola (PPR)

He’s been getting it done with Brock. It seems like he has a safe PPR floor after not having less than 5 catches in any of the last four games. Against Green Bay, the Dolphins will have to pass more than they would like, and Amendola should be a recipient of 7+ targets.

Anthony Miller

Allen Robinson has been banged up, but Miller has been improving over the last few weeks. He caught 1, then 2, then 3, now 5 passes, and he gets a couple of decent matchups out of the slot over the next few games. He’s a pickup for a potential breakout. It might not happen, but if you have an extra roster spot for a WR with high upside, Miller isn’t a bad option.

John Ross/Josh Malone

With the AJ Green injury news, there will be some extra targets to go around. John Ross came back to practice on Monday, and while he should see extra opportunity, most of that will likely come in the form of deep shots. If you’re aiming for more of an all-around possession and upside WR, I would rather pick up Josh Malone who will probably be playing AJ Green’s role while he’s out. Green will miss at least two games with the possibility of missing more games or even the rest of the season. This is a huge hit on the Bengals offense as a whole, but both of these guys have a chance to step up.

Dez Bryant

Dez is a preliminary add with the Saints working him out on Tuesday. I wouldn’t be interested in a PPR league, but in a standard league he can provide some red zone TD upside if he were to sign with the Saints. Complete flier.

TE Pickups

Jack Doyle

Doyle is Luck’s guy, and should be picked up and started every week. I would drop Ebron for Doyle, especially in any PPR format.

Chris Herndon

Herndon has been the one consistent piece of the Jets offense over the past 4 weeks, either totaling at least 42 yards and/or a TD in each game. Not the best matchup against Buffalo, but Sam Darnold is looking his way.

Ben Watson

Watson’s hard to trust after he put up a goose egg in Week 8, but he did do great in Weeks 7 and 9. Good matchup this week against Cincy.

CJ Uzomah

The Bengals lost AJ Green for some period of time, and you would have to think Uzomah will step up and produce on some extra targets. He’s sucked, but the upside is there.

Vance McDonald

The upside is always there with Vance McDonald’s ability and the offense he plays in. Decent matchup this week.

Nick Vannett

Vannett had 8 targets last week, but 1 target the week before. If you’re in a deep league and all your options are exhausted, Vannett might be a high upside guy you can plug in.

QB Streamers

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Washington

Andy Dalton vs NO

Baker Mayfield vs Atlanta

Dak Prescott @ Philadelphia

Nick Mullens vs NYG

DEF Streamers

Los Angeles @ Oakland

Kansas City vs Arizona

NYJ vs Buffalo

Green Bay vs Miami

Washington @ TB


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