RB Adds and Stashes
Brian Hill – Hill is probably the add off the week with Devonta Freeman likely missing time. According to Ian Rapoport, that’s set at two weeks right now. Dan Quinn said that he’s confident in Hill to be their lead guy while Freeman is out, and since they don’t much behind him, Hill will play on all three downs. Kenjon Barner will likely sprinkle in, but Hill played 38 snaps to Barner’s 10 after Freeman left the game. He’ll be a solid RB2 in a good matchup against Carolina.
Raheem Mostert – Matt Breida re-injured his ankle on Monday night, so if he can’t go on Sunday, Mostert will take his spot as the 1b to Tevin Coleman. Mostert has big play ability, and he’ll have a good matchup against Arizona to work with.
Duke Johnson – Johnson’s 58% rostered in Yahoo leagues, and if you’re hurting at RB, Johnson has a better chance at putting up a good game even if he’s not getting a ton of touches. He’s on a good offense, and is used in the red zone successfully. He’s reached 13+ PPR points in 3 of his last four games. His upside is sky high if Hyde were to ever go down with an injury; Duke has shown serious efficiency that would translate to a ton of production if he were the every-down RB.
Wayne Gallman – There’s some mystery around Saquon Barkley and whether he has a real injury or not. Since they’re on a bye, they don’t have an obligation to put out a report. If you have Barkley or want a potential stash, pick up Gallman and leave him on your bench through your bye until we hear more.
Derrius Guice – Guice was activated off of IR last Wednesday, and he will play against the Jets this week. We saw how the Jets handled Saquon Barkley, so I’m not sure I have that much confidence in Guice and the Redskins running game this week. Hearing more insight with respect to what the split with Adrian Peterson will look like as the week goes on would be great. The positive is that the Redskins just want to run the ball, and run the clock out on the season. The other thing to consider is that the Redskins can potentially use Guice in passing situations with Chris Thompson out, which would boost his value. He does have a few good matchups after this week: Detroit, Carolina, and Green Bay. He’s a desperate add, but if he’s touching the ball 20 times, his ceiling is RB2 production.
J.D. McKissic – Ty Johnson suffered a concussion, so if Johnson misses, McKissic might have to take on a larger role next week against Dallas. McKissic is going to be involved in the passing game regardless, but adding a few carries will boost his floor. You have to wonder how thing the Detroit backfield needs to get before they stop splitting the backfield touches with three guys. McKissic played on 70% of snaps this past week, so his playing time was significant after Johnson left the game. He’s a flier this week, but one that can give you a decent RB2 game in PPR leagues. Keep in mind that Johnson can also clear the concussion protocol this week, leaving McKissic almost unstartable in anything less than a 14-team PPR league.
Kalen Ballage – Ballage got real volume against Indianapolis this past week; 24 touches… totaling 45 yards. Less than 2 yards per touch? Come on, bruh. If you want to chase the volume, sure, but this dude gets knocked over like a bowling pin on contact. His upside is there when he gets a free lane, where he can take it to the house, but if that doesn’t happen he’ll likely have another mediocre stat line at best. Ballage played on 82% of snaps, so he is playing a workhorse role… just on a pretty bad team.
Potential league-winning RB Stashes: Other than Hill, I rather grab these RB stashes on my bench if they’re available on the wire this week. If one of these starters go down, these talented players will be placed in an well established 3-down role. I would hold Jaylen Samuels for Thursday night’s game even with James Conner expected to be back, just in case Conner gets hurt again. You can always drop him if he makes it out of the game fine, or you can hold as a handcuff.
Who I would stash in order with: Alexander Mattison (Cook), Tony Pollard (Zeke), Latavius Murray (Kamara), Duke Johnson (Carlos Hyde), Ryquell Armstead (Fournette), Rashaad Penny (Carson), Jaylen Samuels (Conner), Wayne Gallman (Saquon), Gus Edwards (early down role, but potential 20+ carry ceiling without Ingram on a great rushing offense), Darrel Henderson (high upside, but will likely share backfield if Gurley goes down), Ty Montgomery (Bell), Dion Lewis (Derrick Henry).
Dede Westbrook – Westbrook was dropped in a bunch of leagues because of his injury and the bye week, but he is back at practice. Nick Foles had Westbrook had a great rapport during the training camp, but DJ Chark has obviously broken out since that time. Westbrook saw at least 8 targets in 4 of the 5 games before his injury, so he’s a WR3 if Nick Foles decides to keep that volume up, especially in PPR leagues.
DeVante Parker – With Preston Williams on IR, Parker saw the volume we thought he’d get with 10 targets. He only caught 5 and didn’t score, but it’s encouraging that he can be used as a solid WR3. He went over double digit PPR points in each of the last 6 games. He’ll have a tough matchup this week against Tre’Davious White, but has a great schedule in the stretch run starting in Week 13 – Eagles, Jets, Giants, Bengals.
Diontae Johnson – Johnson had another 6 targets this week, which is really all it’s been taking him to get it done with Mason Rudolph. He lines up on the left side of the perimeter almost 50% of the time, and he’ll have an advantage against Cleveland on Thursday night, as they’ve given up the 10th most fantasy points to WRs who run routes from that side over the last 8 weeks. His floor is 10 PPR points, with upside if he can grab the TD with Rudolph; he’s caught one in every game Rudolph has finished except this one. He took a backseat to James Washington, but Washington will have a slightly tougher matchup most of his game against Denzel Ward this week.
Josh Gordon – No word on severity of Tyler Lockett’s lower leg contusion suffered on Monday night, but he had to go to the hospital because of a “compartment element” to it. I have no idea what that means, but it seems like there was some serious elements to the injury that needed to be checked out at the hospital. If Lockett’s injury is indeed serious, Gordon will likely be elevated to an every-down WR sooner than later. If that’s the case, he would be playable in Philly after this week.
Darius Slayton – Slayton has a bye this week, so might need to look elsewhere if you need a WR this week. Still, he should be rostered with us not knowing if and when Sterling Shepard will be back. It’s possible he gets shut down for the season because of his multiple concussions. Evan Engram’s injury is also up in the air right now, as we don’t know if he’s going to be out for an extended period. If both are out for a while, Slayton ends up being a potential WR3 for the rest of the season after the rapport him and Daniel Jones have shown, which culminated in his breakout game last week. You don’t get 14 targets (many downfield) out of nowhere – there’s usually substance behind it, especially when you can turn it into 10 catches for 121 yards and 2 TDs. He has a great schedule in the fantasy playoffs – Philly, Miami, Washington.
Deebo Samuel – Emmanuel Sanders left Monday night’s game early because of a rib injury, and Samuel stepped up big – he caught 8 of 11 for 112 yards. If given opportunity, Deebo has the upside of being a WR1 in the future. He’s fast, physical, and runs good routes. If Sanders misses time, Sanders becomes a flex play. Keep in mind a lot of his production was forced due to both Sanders and Kittle being off the field. If both of these guys miss more time, Samuel can be upgraded to a high-upside WR3.
Will Fuller – He has returned to practice, but no word on whether he will play this week. Either way, he needs to be rostered where available. He had a 16-target and 9-target game in the two games prior to his injury.
Terry McLaurin – If McLaurin was dropped in your league and you need a WR, you can likely get by with McLaurin this week against the Jets. We just saw what Golden Tate and Darius Slayton did to them, and McLaurin has proved to be a great separator and overall WR in this league. Dwayne Haskins and McLaurin had the bye week to potentially re-gain the rapport they had at Ohio State, so I wouldn’t count out McLaurin in this particular matchup.
Mecole Hardman – Hardman is hardly playing any snaps, but all he needs is one play with Patrick Mahomes. We’ve seen this happen multiple times this year, so if you’re going to take a random shot on a WR, Hardman would be your guy.
Hunter Renfrow – Renfrow isn’t getting a ton of volume, but it’s solid enough to the point where he can take advantage of Cincinnati this week, who have given up the 5th most fantasy points to slot WRs and the most over the last four weeks.
Jared Cook – There’s a possibility Jared Cook is on your waiver wire after his injuries and the Saints’ bye week. He’s shown rapport with Drew Brees for the first time, and it seems like he’s entered the circle of trust as part of their top-heavy target distribution. Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Cook were the only players to receive more than 2 targets. He could be your every-week TE if you’re search for one… and he has a great matchup against Tampa Bay this week.
OJ Howard – Howard has been dropped in a ton of leagues, but there might be a reason to pick him up outside of the fact that he’s coming off the best game of his season against the worst team against tight ends in Arizona. Before Howard got hurt, he ran a season-high 40 routes in Week 6 agianst Carolina, which jumped up from a previous high of 28. Carolina isn’t necessarily a team giving up a ton of production to tight ends, either. Then he got hurt, and didn’t play until this past week, but he resumed the amount of snaps he was running at 41. Because of his upside and rest of season schedule, he should be picked up whether you want to play him this week or not.
Noah Fant – Fant received a 20% target share from Brandon Allen (only 20 attempts, so 4 targets), and turned it in 3 catches for 115 yards and a TD. The week before with Emmanuel Sanders gone, he caught 5 of 8 targets. Fant was only 2nd to Courtland Sutton’s 8 targets last week, so it’s possible he retains a big role moving forward. This week’s matchup against Minnesota is a neutral one, although good TEs have had good games against them.
Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph has now scored 4 TDs in the last four weeks, plus a 2-pt conversion which is essentially an extra end zone target. Kirk Cousins is looking for him in the red zone, especially with Adam Thielen banged up. Assuming the Vikings hold Thielen out through the bye, Rudolph should be under consideration for a streamer this week in a neutral matchup at home against Denver.
Darren Fells – Fells has caught 3 TDs over the last two weeks, so Deshaun Watson has his eye on him in the red zone. Because of it, he’s a streamer this week despite the tough matchup. Looking ahead, Fells has a pretty good playoff schedule, ending the fantasy season with a great matchup in Tampa.
Ross Dwelley – If George Kittle can’t go, Dwelley sees Arizona. He had 7 targets on Monday night without Kittle, so against Arizona, you know the deal.
Dallas Goedert – It’s not the best matchup for him, but Goedert has as much of a chance of scoring as any other streaming TE. With DeSean Jackson on IR, the Eagles should continue using their 2-TE set at the highest rate in the league. He scored in 2 of the last three weeks, and has scored at least 8 PPR fantasy points in 5 of the last 6 games. That’s where we’re at in the tight end landscape. After New England, he does have two good matchups against Seattle and Miami. Also has good Week 15 and 16 matchups.
Tyler Eifert – Eifert is a pretty desperate stream this week, but he did catch a TD against the Ravens from Ryan Finley. He has a good matchup this week, so he’s on the low-end of streamers.
Jack Doyle – He has a neutral matchup this week, but Doyle caught TDs two weeks in a row. He’s caught 3-4 balls pretty much every week, and that’s kind of where we’re at with TEs this year. His floor is low, but it’s not zero. Keep in mind that both of these TDs were thrown by Brian Hoyer. Eric Ebron’s snap count and targets made a huge jump this last game because of him complaining about his lack of use, but he wasn’t more efficient than Doyle. It might have been an experiment they scratch, but Ebron is a potential streamer as well in case they continue to keep him on the field; he did lead all tight ends in air yards in Week 10.
T.J. Hockenson – Hockenson has had at least 5 targets in each of the last 4 of the past 5 games, and he has a plus matchup against Dallas this week, who is giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to TEs. Whether it’s Matt Stafford or Jeff Driskel, both are targeting him.
Jacob Hollister – Hollister is on bye this week, but he’s someone I’d stash on my bench. Tyler Lockett’s potential injury can have a bigger impact on Hollister’s role as well. On Monday night, Hollister racked up 8 catches on 10 targets for 62 yards and a TD, and that’s a very significant stat line. It came a week after catching 2 TDs. It doesn’t seem like Ed Dickson is in the plans just yet, but keep that in mind. I’m not sure they’d want to go away from Hollister with the production he’s having. If you don’t necessarily need a streamer this week, he’s the pickup outside of Jared Cook.
Nick Foles – Foles is willing to throw it downfield to create big plays, and he has a couple of weapons in DJ Chark and Chris Conley to help him do that, not to mention Dede Westbrook running underneath. With John DeFilippo’s strength in the passing game, this could be a good match. The cieling is actually high for Foles, who has a good rest of season schedule, especially Weeks 15 and 16 against Oakland and Atlanta. Pick him up if you’re streaming every week.
Derek Carr – There’s a possibility that it’s all Josh Jacobs against Cincinnati this week, but it’s still a good matchup for Carr and he should be considered a streamer against a defense who hasn’t given up less than 17 fantasy points to any QB this year (4-pt passing TDs).
Kyle Allen – Atlanta has given up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs this year, and since Allen has the weapons, he makes a fine streamer this week.
Jacoby Brissett – Brissett has been more than serviceable in most games this year, and if he’s healthy enough to play this week, he’s streamable against Jacksonville.
DEF Streamers and Stashes
Carolina vs Atlanta (and stash) – Atlanta has already been prone to allowing opposing defenses to rack up fantasy points against them, and Carolina’s pass rush is going to be a problem. They also have a pretty good playoff schedule – Atlanta, Seattle, Indianapolis.
New York Jets @ Washington – The Jets racked up 10 sacks over the past two games, and they’re going up against a Washington team who just allowed 8 sacks over their last two games. With Dwayne Haskins at QB, Gregg Williams will send everything at him.
Oakland vs Cincinnati – The passing offense didn’t look good for the Bengals last week, and the Raiders know how to stop the run. This could be a week where you stream a mediocre defense against offense and win.
Washington vs New York Jets – Sam Darnold wasn’t bad last week, and is making strides, but we’ve seen him make some bad decisions this year. The Redskins have stepped it up on defense lately, only allowing 2 passing TDs over their last four games.
Stream and Stash: Just in case Pittsburgh is available, they have been getting it done on a high level every single week, and they have a great playoff schedule against Arizona, Buffalo, and the Jets.
Streaming defenses in Week 14: Cleveland vs Cincinnati, Carolina @ Atlanta, Green Bay vs Washington, Houston vs Denver, NYJ vs Miami, Miami vs NYJ
Streaming defenses in Week 15: Pittsburgh vs Buffalo, Carolina vs Seattle, Kansas City vs Denver, Green Bay vs Chicago
Streaming defenses in Week 16: Pittsburgh vs NYJ, Jacksonville @ Atlanta, Kansas City @ Chicago, Detroit @ Denver, Miami vs Cincinnati