Jonathan Williams/Jordan Wilkins/Nyheim Hines – We should expect Marlon Mack to be out at least a few weeks with a broken hand that just had surgery on. Jordan Wilkins was inactive this past week because of an ankle injury, and he says he’s miraculously healed now… he doesn’t want Jonathan Williams to take his job as the #2. Frank Reich said that Hines will remain in his hybrid role in Mack’s absence, and that Williams and Wilkins will share the workload on early downs… that’s assuming Wilkins is truly ready to go. If both are active, they both become flex plays without knowing who gets the majority of opportunities or goal line touches. With Wilkins coming off the ankle injury, Williams might be the better play between the two, especially after the good game he just had once Mack left the game last week. Hines actually might actually be the safest play in PPR leagues; in 4 games Mack has missed since last year, Hines has averaged 16.45 PPR fantasy points. Also, Houston is giving up the most receptions to RBs this year along with the 2nd most receiving yards to RBs.
Bo Scarbrough – Scarbrough seems to be the early down back in Detroit now. He got the start out of nowhere this past week, and carried the ball 14 times for 55 yards and a TD. He’ll be TD dependent without a role in the passing game, but he’ll be a flex play most weeks if he continues in this role. He has a matchup this week against Washington in which he can potentially rack up some volume.
Jaylen Samuels/Trey Edmunds/Benny Snell* – James Conner apparently might be out for two more games according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Samuels and Edmunds will likely share the load next week against Cincinnati in a great matchup. Samuels is the better overall play, especially in PPR, but there’s a good chance Edmunds out-carries him. Edmunds led the backfield in snaps last Thursday after Conner left the game, but Samuels led the backfield the week prior with Conner already ruled out before the game. It will likely be a committee, but there should be points to go around against the Bengals. I would treat Samuels as a RB2 and Edmunds as a flex play. Update: Benny Snell can potentially return this week, and he would be the play over Edmunds.
LeSean McCoy/Darrel Williams – They have a bye this week, so I would assume LeSean McCoy will be out of the concussion protocol in time for their next game in Week 13. Depending on how badly Damien Williams is hurt (ribs), we might see a committee between these two. I would assume McCoy gets the first crack at being the guy, but it’s also possible it’s a split. McCoy got a carry at the 6 yard line after a Rivers interception on Monday night, and that was before Damien even got hurt. When Damien got hurt a few plays later on their next possession, McCoy got the majority of touches between him and Darrel. Darrel did get an attempt from the 6 after McCoy fumbles and recovers himself, and scores. After that point, it was a timeshare, but McCoy didn’t seem to be punished for the fumble (which wasn’t lost). If you want to grab McCoy if he’s available, get ready for a roller coaster.
Deebo Samuel – Samuel is looking like a beast aftere his second straight 8-catch 100 yard game. Emmanuel Sanders was in and out of the game this past weeek, and he seemed to re-aggravate his ribs. We knew the 49ers were already out George Kittle, so there were vacated targets that funneled in Deebo’s direction. Pick him up and start him next week if Kittle is out again, because Sanders can easily re-aggravate once again even if he plays. By the way, the last rookie to have 2 back to back 8-catch 100 yard games was OBJ in 2014.
DeVante Parker – It’s becoming hilarious that Parker is still available. Everyone wants to stay away from the Dolphins. A floor of 12 PPR points every single week? The upside of 10+ targets every week? I don’t know what else to say. By the way, Parker caught 5 of 5 for 80 yards in Tre’Davious White’s shadow coverage last week out of his 7 catches for 135.
James Washington – The Bengals have actually been stout against perimeter WRs this year, but Washington might get the benefit of a ton of targets because of Juju’s knee injury/concussion along with Diontae Johnson’s concussion. Washington is a big play waiting to happen, and Mason Rudolph isn’t afraid to sling it his way deep down the field.
Sterling Shepard – Sterling Shepard practiced in full, so it’s possible he clears the concussion protocol this week. He actually has the best matchup of any Giants WR this week against Kyle Fuller if he plays, so if you really need a WR play, he’s not the worst option as a WR3.
Josh Gordon – Tyler Lockett should play this week, but Josh Gordon is a potential stash just in case him and Russell Wilson gain a rapport. He’s not a priority stash since the road to opportunity isn’t huge, but he’s not the worst end-of-bench option.
Hunter Renfrow – Renfrow has a couple of matchups that started last week where the slot is a huge vulnerability. The Jets have that problem this week, and the Chiefs have that issue as well, and he’s their opponent in Week 13. If you need a guy with a solid floor in PPR over the next couple of weeks, he’s a good pickup.
Baker Mayfield – Mayfield finally put a string of games together, so he gives you a bit of confidence going into his Miami matchup.
Jeff Driskel – Jeff Driskel is running the ball, so he actually provides a little bit of a floor. 2 TDs through the air and 50 yards rushing last weekl? I’ll take it. He also ran one in for a TD. He plays Washington next week, and if Stafford can’t go, he’s very streamable.
Jacoby Brissett – It’s possible TY Hilton is back this week, but this matchup against the Texans is a good one when it comes to attacking their secondary. Brissett is a decent streamer this week… he did very well the last time these two played a few weeks ago.
Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill’s provided a solid floor in every start he made this year, and the Jacksonville matchup is nothing to be afraid of.
Nick Foles – Foles has a neutral matchup this week, and he has the weapons to take advantage of weaknesses. Both DJ Chark and Chris Conley have good matchups on the outside, so he can get it done.
Sam Darnold – Darnold put two games together, and he has a good matchup this week against Oakland at home. The secondary has been giving up a ton of points to QBs this year.
Dallas Goedert – If Alshon Jeffery is out, you can be somewhat confident in Dallas Goedert. He was just fine and on the field enough to stream before Jeffery’s injury, but he was on the field for 81% of snaps this past week without Jeffery. The Seahawks have also allowed the 8th most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Jacob Hollister – Hollister has been a big part of the Seahawks offense in the two weeks before their bye, and it’s not bad thing to be a target for Russell Wilson and that offense. The 49ers matchup was a tough one for tight ends, and he was fine, so I’m not worried about this matchup against Philly. There’s a good chance TE Ed Dickson gets activated from IR this week (deadline is Wednesday), so keep that in mind when putting Hollister in your lineups.
Noah Fant – Fant had 11 targets in this past game, and had a 20% target share the week before the Broncos’ bye week. The target distribution has shifted away from the RBs and towards Fant after their QB change, so it seems like he’s a big part of their offense at this point.
Ross Dwelley – If George Kittle misses again, Dwelley has another good matchup. He’s got it done last week, got 7 targets the week before, and might have another opportunity.
Ryan Griffin – Griffin has a great matchup this week against Oakland, and has a high ceiling, but we’ve seen them go away from him in a split second. Still, he’s worth chasing in this matchup, but know what you’re getting yourself into.
Vance McDonald – If both Juju and Diontae Johnson miss this week, there will be a void for targets, and McDonald can soak some up against Cincinnati.
Oakland @ NYJ – You can like specific Jets players fantasy-wise, but also like a defense against that offense. It’s understandably a point of confusion, but it’s not necessary for a defense to do terribly fantasy-wise for players on the opposing offense to have great games. Oakland has got it done over the last couple of weeks, and Sam Darnold can be turnover prone… and that’s what leads to points for fantasy DSTs. The Jets are one of the worst teams at protecting their QB, and the Raiders have a better than average pass rush, so that can add up and lead to turnovers, defensive TDs, etc.
Cleveland vs Miami – The Dolphins have no running game, and they’re forced to move the ball through the air. Any team that is one dimensional like that is already bound to fail. Cleveland also has one of the best pass rushes, but they obviously lost a big part of that in Myles Garrett.
Detroit vs Washington – Dwayne Haskins is making baby steps, but he’s not there yet. I’d take Detroit’s defense at home against him. The last four teams are averaging 11 fantasy points against the Redskins (standard DST fantasy points).
Atlanta vs Tampa Bay – This is obviously a risky one, but Atlanta’s defense has been stellar over the past two games after their bye (and after they switched defensive play callers). Jameis Winston can either lay it on them, have a terrible game, or a mix of both. Two out of those three would work, so I’m fine taking my chances.