Devin Singletary – He’s rostered in 73% of Yahoo leagues, so check if he’s available. He’s the top priority if available as the guy in Buffalo.
Ronald Jones – Jones made his first start of the season, which is significant, and ended up with 18 carries on 53% of snaps. Peyton Barber was on the field for only 14% of snaps and touched the ball 4 times. If the Bucs weren’t losing late in their game, it’s possible Jones sees even more snaps over pass-catcher Dare Ogunbowale. Jones also got a carry inside the 10 yard line for his TD.
We’ve seen this backfield flip flop between Jones and Barber all year, but this is the first time Jones actually got the start intentionally. We’ve seen Jones have better games and get more playing time in a few games this year, but it’s been a product of the “hot hand” during a game, which would end up reverting back to neutral timeshare with Barber.
Bruce Arians confirmed that this was intentional, and that he deserved more touches because he had shown consistency and more explosiveness. Jones has a chance to keep a stranglehold on that job on an explosive offense, and if he does, he’ll be a weekly RB2. He’s a must pickup if available.
Damien Williams – Williams is rostered in 71% of Yahoo leagues, so it’s possible he’s floating out there in yours after people frustratingly (and probably rightfull so) dropped him.
The see-saw continues in the Chiefs backfield. This could’ve been LeSean McCoy’s backfield, but he literally fumbled that away in Week 8. Damien Williams led the backfield with 12 carries (14 touches) to McCoy’s 3 (4 touches). Williams dominated playing time with 72% of snaps, followed by Darren Williams with 18%, and McCoy surprisingly rounded out the backfield share with only 10%.
Since his fumble, Damien Williams out-touched McCoy 21-4. When Mahomes is back, possibly next week, you probably have to view Williams as a risky RB2, and assume that he’s the guy. The assumption is the risky part. Andy Reid can easily revert to more of a timeshare, but there’s a lot of upside if Damien is getting more than 65% of snaps with Mahomes.
Jamaal Williams – He’s 72% rostered in Yahoo leagues. I don’t know how this guy’s doing it, but he’s staying efficient as hell. Dude scored 4 TDs over the past three weeks on only averaging 8 touches per game. It’s working, and Rodgers is looking for him in the end zone; he scored a receiving TD each of the last four weeks, and has five total receiving TDs for the season. If you want to attempt to ride the wave, I don’t blame you… but there’s a regression coming if his touches don’t go up.
Kenyan Drake – 73% rostered in Yahoo leagues. The Cardinals backfield is a fluid one at the moment. Drake did an amazing job last Thursday night with only three days with the team against a great defense after totaling 162 yards on 19 touches. Chase Edmonds likely won’t play this week with his hamstring injury, while David Johnson has a chance to suit up. Still, DJ’s injury is a little mysterious, so there’s a bit of intrigue with Drake in case it’s more serious than they’re letting on.
Ty Montgomery – Le’Veon Bell was scheduled to get a MRI on his knee. It didn’t seem like he hurt it in the game, but this is the second time this year he’s having a MRI without us noticing an injury. This could be a case of potentially shutting down Bell for the year because of the terrible year to save him for next year. It’s absolutely not what you want to hear if you have Bell, but Montgomery would be a potential workhorse if that were to happen. The Jets have a great remaining schedule, and even on a bad team, Montgomery’s versatility can keep him viable as a RB2 if we get bad Bell news on Tuesday/Wednesday.
Kareem Hunt – Hunt is only 59% rostered on Yahoo, but he’s playing this week. Nick Chubb is already foregoing 40% of his snaps (inexplicably, in my opinion) to Dontrell Hilliard, so there’s no way Hunt comes in without being part of that rotation with Chubb. My guess is that Hunt starts out as the pass-catcher and replaces Hilliard. Hunt can do a lot on 40% of snaps, and this offense can use any playmaking it can get. I would grab him as a high-upside, potentially efficient option alongside Chubb. He’s not necessarily a start this week unless you’re desparate and okay with blind upside.
Kalen Ballage – It’s not exciting, but it’s very possible that Ballage is going to be the only guy touching the ball in that backfield after Mark Walton got suspended for violating the substance abuse policy. Ballage hasn’t been good with his opportunities this year, but he’s a body at RB who will touch the ball if you’re desperate for a RB. I would only pick up Ballage if I desperately need a play this week; I wouldn’t hold him as depth. I would rather use that bench spot to hold a high upside handcuff RB.
Darrell Henderson – Just a reminder after the Rams bye that Darrell Henderson out-touched Gurley in Week 8. If Gurley’s knee is acting up, it could be Henderson time. This would be more of a pre-emptive move just in case we end up seeing Gurley’s role continue to be reduced. It’s probably better to be on it now and watch out for it than react after we get concrete evidence. Henderson has shown enough to potentially to be the 1a on the offense if Gurley needs to be limited, even if Malcolm Brown is back.
High Upside Bench Stashes: Alexander Mattison, Tony Pollard, Ryquell Armstead, Latavius Murray, Duke Johnson (usable), Gus Edwards, Darrell Henderson, Jaylen Samuels, Rashaad Penny, Wayne Gallman, Jay Ajayi.
Mohamed Sanu – Rostered in 74% of Yahoo leagues, so chance he’s available. In Sanu’s second game with the Patriots, he led them in targets (14) and air yards (136, 7th overall in Week 9). For context, the next highest on the team was Julian Edelman with 59 air yards, so he wasn’t being targeted downfield the way Sanu was. Sanu should be treated as a WR2 against Philadelphia after the bye after running the same amount of routes as Julian Edelman (48) and playing 100% of snaps.
In Sanu’s debut in Week 8, he was targeted 5 times on only 26 routes; Phillip Dorsett was targeted 6 times on 39 routes, and Edelman was targeted 10 times on 38 routes. With Edelman and Sanu seemingly being the top-two WRs at this point, it’s hard to justify keeping Dorsett on fantasy rosters through their Week 10 bye, especially after not exceeding 6 targets over the last three weeks.
Tom Brady and the passing game has a great matchup coming out of the bye in Week 11, so Sanu can be started as a WR2. Must pick-up if available.
Zach Pascal – In TY Hilton’s absence, the targets were quite spread out; no one had more than 6 targets. Zach Pascal led them in targets and had the best game. He caught 5 of 6 for 76 yards and a TD, so when you consider they have Miami next week, he’s very playable as a WR3/flex option. He’s playable regardless of who’s at QB, but it seems like Jacoby Brissett has a good chance at playing even with the knee sprain.
DeVante Parker – Preston Williams is out for the year with a knee injury, so Parker should get a bump in targets. Parker’s already caught 4 TDs over the past 5 weeks, and can potentially start averaging closer to 10 targets per week. The Dolphins have been bad, but they are going to need to pass the ball a ton. The hope is that Ryan Fitzpatrick stays in at QB for Parker to keep doing his thing.
Marquise Brown – Brown was dropped in a bunch of leagues, and his 4/3/48 line against the Patriots on only 58% of snaps is pretty good considering the Patriots have been stout against WRs. He’ll likely play be healthier one week in and play more snaps against Cincinnati this week. If you need some upside, Brown is your guy in this matchup.
Josh Reynolds – Brandin Cooks had yet another concussion, and it’s at the points where he likely needs at least a few weeks off. He currently has no timetable to return, so Reynolds will take his place. With the Rams primarily running 3 WR sets, Reynolds will see the field on almost every snap. Reynolds has got it done when targeted, and caught 3 last week for 73 yards and a TD. His matchups don’t look great over the next few weeks, but if you need a flex option, he can fill in for you.
Josh Gordon – Gordon stays intriguing, and we can’t help but think of the upside after being paired up with Russell Wilson. Still, it’s tough to envision consistency on a run heavy offense with Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf already soaking up target share. Gordon’s a better route runner than Metcalf, so there’s a possibility he becomes the second option over him since he can do things all over the field as a possession guy. Gordon’s days as a field stretcher are probably over though, so Metcalf will always have the big play ability regardless of Gordon being there. Pick him up for upside, but I wouldn’t play him this week against the 49ers. Keep in mind he has a bye after this week, so his first potentially usable week in Week 12 against Philly.
Jamison Crowder – Crowder was Sam Darnold’s preferred target last week in Miami, and there’s no way to tell if he will regress back to the 5-target games we saw in the two games prior. If you’re in need of a PPR flex play, he has a good matchup this week against the Giants. Coming into Week 9, the Giants gave up the 3rd most fantasy points to slot WRs over the previous four weeks. Randall Cobb was then able to rack up 6 receptions against them on Monday night.
AJ Brown – Brown hasn’t seen consistent targets from Ryan Tannehill, but caught 4 of his 7 targets for 71 yards last week against Carolina, making it the second game in three weeks with 7+ targets. This week, if Patrick Mahomes plays, Tannehill might have to pass it more than the Titans would want. With Brown’s playmaking ability, he offers some upside with more volume.
Hunter Renfrow – Renfrow is worth paying attention to, as he’s come along over the past two weeks. His 4/4/88/1 line from Week 8 turned into more targets against Detroit last week, catching 6 of 7 for 54 yards and his second straight TD. The Chargers are tough against slot WRs, but Renfrow in on the deep flex radar in full PPR leagues.
N’Keal Harry – Harry’s a stash, but we have no idea whether he’ll crack the 3 WR set and play over Phillip Dorsett. He should be back in Week 11 against Philly, so it might be worth having him on your bench to see how it shakes out. I personally wouldn’t want to put him on my bench this week; I’d wait closer to Monday night’s game before I pick him up as a free agent before waivers if possible.
Mike Gesicki – With Preston Williams on IR, there is room for Gesicki to garner more targets. He caught 6 of 6 for 95 yards this past week, and has a great matchup against the Colts, who have given up the 7th most fantasy points to TEs. He’s been given the 7th most air yards since Week 5, so there’s big play production in him. Gesicki is a very athletic TE, was drafted as a potential elite pass-catching guy, and is a possible multi-week option.
Gerald Everett – Everett’s volume has been up and down, but he has been 4th in tight end air yards since Week 4, only behind Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce. With Brandin Cooks not in the lineup for the next week or two, Everett should see increased opportunity. He has Pittsburgh this week, who has given up the 9th most fantasy points to TEs this season.
Jacob Hollister – His 80% of snaps jumped from 52% and 35% of the last two weeks, respectively. His 34 routes ran this week jumped from just 7 last week. For context, that’s a high number for a TE; Travis Kelce also ran 34 routes. More context: Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf ran 44 routes each. If you’re wondering about their other TE, Luke Willson, he remained in to block most of the day, running only 5 routes for the entire game.
We saw how they liked to use Will Dissly before they lost him to a torn Achilles, and while he won’t be targeted a ton, this passing offense is all about efficiency. It seems as though they are trying to use Hollister in that capacity. Even in a tough matchup against the 49ers next week, he’ll probably be one of the best streaming options. Also, when you look at who the 49ers have played so far this season, there aren’t any TEs of note who were limited.
Keep in mind that that Ed Dickson can be activated at some point, and if he is, he has a chance at being their primary pass-catching TE. Keep a close look out for that if you plan on rolling Hollister out this week.
Jonnu Smith – If Delanie Walker is out again, Smith has a great matchup against a Chiefs defense giving up the 10th most fantasy points to TEs. He didn’t come through last week, but still saw 5 targets. He should be in line up for more volume if the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes back.
Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin – The legend of Chris Herndon. Who knows if he’s going to play this week. He was active last week, but it might have only been because the Jets didn’t have enough healthy players to meet the minimum. Ryan Griffin has actually put in some work over the past two games, so if Herndon isn’t healthy enough, you might be able to throw Griffin out there as a streamer.
Jack Doyle – Doyle has been solid, but he’s really TD dependent. He’s getting more targets than Ebron, but it’s not enough to count on him. Not sure you can count on many TEs, but without TY Hilton on the field again potentially, Doyle is an option.
Jacoby Brissett/Brian Hoyer – Either of these two should be able to play well enough against Miami at home to stream for you. Frank Reich has been putting Brissett in good situations, and he can do the same for Hoyer. Well, he did the same for Hoyer, which resulted in 3 passing TDs in relief of Brissett last week. Sam Darnold was the only QB this year to not throw at least 2 TDs against the Dolphins. Even Robert Griffin threw a TD against Miami this year… what?
Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill has been solid in his three starts this year, even from a fantasy perspective. He’s at home this week against the Chiefs, and he might need to throw the ball to keep up with Patrick Mahomes if he plays. Regardless, he’s a decent streamer this week against a Chiefs team giving up the 10th most fantasy points to QBs.
Daniel Jones – Jones has some upside in this matchup. His floor is pretty low, but if he can combine some passing prodution and run for some yards as well, he has a high ceiling if that’s what you’re chasing this week. Without too many streamers this week, I’d roll with Jones for his upside. Both Gardner Minshew and Ryan Fitzpatrick were able to throw 3 TDs and close to 300 yards against the Jets over the past two weeks.
Derek Carr – It’s a tough matchup, but Carr has been playing well. The Thursday night/national TV game scares me for Carr, but he’s playable.
Sam Darnold – I mean, I don’t want to do it. Darnold’s back at home, and and could have a decent game against a bad Giants secondary. You have to have no options left to play Darnold this week.
New Orleans vs Atlanta – New Orleans has scored at least 8 fantasy points in 5 of their last 6 games. Their pass rush is pretty good, and Atlanta has given up 21 sacks this year. The Falcons offense hasn’t shown much life, so if the Saints are available, they should be able to get it done for you at home, regardless if Matt Ryan is under center.
Pittsburgh vs LA Rams – Over the past 6 games, here are the Steelers defense’s fantasy points: 11, 19, 11, 14, 13, 19. The Rams haven’t shown that elite offense this year, so the Steelers can get it done once again with their top-end pass rush. On the back end, Minkah Fitzpatrick has been a great in-season acquisition for them.
Indianapolis vs Miami – Ryan Fitzpatrick lost one of his primary targets in Preston Williams, and there’s always the upside (or downside in Fitzpatrick’s case) for Fitz to have a high turnover game. Miami has allowed teams to rack up 28 sacks against them, so there’s some upside here for an already-solid Indy defense.
NY Giants @ NY Jets – The Giants have sacked teams 22 times this year, and the Jets have given up 34 sacks, which is tied for most in the league. There’s a good chance the Giants get to Darnold several times, increasing the chance for turnovers. The Jets are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Cleveland vs Buffalo – The Browns are getting to the QB, but they can’t stop giving up points. The Bills have given up 20 sacks this year, so the Browns have a good chance at racking up some sacks against them.