Waiver wire pickups are bolded.
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
- When Allen Robinson (12/8/86/1) is an every-week WR2 start unless he has a really tough shadow matchup, and that’s more to do with Mitch Trubisky than Robinson. Darius Slay is tough, but Robinson figured to avoid Slay enough because of how much he plays in the slot. Trubisky can always mess things up for you, but Robinson has had 9+ targets in 3 of his last 4 games. Robinson sees Dallas next, but he has run 65% of his routes away from Byron Jones’ side. Keep him in your lineup.
- Anthony Miller (13/9/140/0) is back into fantasy relevance. He’s gotten off to a slow start this year due to injuries and him getting up to speed, but he’s here now. After this 13-target game, he now has 9+ targets in each of the last three games, and is playing almost exclusively from the slot. He sees Dallas next week, and Cole Beasley was able to take advantage in his revenge game, racking up 6 of 7 for 110 yards and a TD from the slot. Miller is a high-upside WR3 next week, although he’s a preferred start in PPR leagues.
- Bo Scarbrough is the guy in the Lions backfield. He saw 21 carries against the Bears after an 18-carry game the week prior. He’s a TD dependent RB2 moving forward, and has a tough matchup against Minnesota next week.
- Whoever is at QB in Detroit seems to be able to keep Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones afloat. TJ Hockenson led the team in targets from David Blough. With some extra time to rest his hamstring, it’s possible Jeff Driskel is back next week.
Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
- Devin Singletary finally ended his scoring draught. He played on a season-high 78% of snaps – those are workhorse numbers, he’s just not seeing workhorse touches. He’s hovering between 16 and 20 touches, and that’s enough to be an every-week RB2, especially because he’s usually involved in the pass game. Hopefully those two games with only one catch before Thanksgiving stays behind him. Unfortunately, he has tough matchups in each of the next three weeks: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England. He should still provide a solid floor in PPR leagues in each of those matchups.
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons
- Devonta Freeman was on the field for 67% of snaps in his return from injury. He didn’t have a great result in a tough matchup, and he’s also not that good – dude has averaged more than 3 yards per carry in only 3 of his 10 games played. His volume in the pass game is the only thing saving him as a safe-floor PPR RB2. That being said, he has a great matchup next week against Carolina.
- Calvin Ridley has been getting it done over the last three games with Austin Hooper out. He killed it against Carolina a few weeks ago, and sees them again. If Hooper is out again, Ridley should have guaranteed target share once again. If James Bradberry chooses to shadow Julio Jones again, Ridley should be looked at a ton.
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
- Tevin Coleman might have lost his job. Raheem Mostert was out playing Coleman in the game, and Coleman ended with only 6 touches. Mostert out-snapped Coleman 40-10, and he took 19 carries for 146 yards and a TD against the Ravens on Sunday. He’s the guy right now, and one would assume Matt Breida would step ahead of Coleman as well when he’s back. Coleman should not be in lineups in Week 14. As far as who will get goal line looks, we need a larger sample size. For now, Mostert is a must-pickup. He has a tough matchup next week, but should suffice as a RB2 in what is usually a successful running offense.
- It seems like Emmanuel Sanders is back to relative full health. He had a tough matchup, but he played on 98% of snaps. Deebo Samuel played on 96%. If Marshon Lattimore stays on Sanders next week, Samuel can be a beneficiary. They are both WR3s next week, and I would prefer to play Samuel because of his matchup.
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
- Derrius Guice (10/129/2) and Adrian Peterson (13/99/1) ran wild in Carolina. I wouldn’t overreact to these performances; we’re talking only 10 carries for Guice. He looked good, but he’s still sharing early down work with Peterson. Despite the success, this is still a 3-man backfield. It was nice seeing Guice getting his goal line TD, but he’s still TD dependent on not enough volume – he’s a flex play next week against the Packers. For the future though, I would be excited if I’m a Redskins fan… when it comes to Guice.
- DJ Moore is a WR1.
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
- Jordan Wilkins significantly cut into what many thought was Jonathan Williams’ backfield with Marlon Mack sidelined. It’s possible Wilkins was still hobbled when he was made active for that Thursday night game in Week 12. With him healthy, this was a split all the way; Wilkins led the team with 44% of snaps and 14 opportunities, Nyheim Hines saw more usage with the team down in the second half with 43% of snaps and 6 opportunities, while Jonathan Williams didn’t touch the ball in the second half and ended up with 22% of snaps and 9 opportunities. Avoiding this backfield until Mack is back, but Wilkins looks like the guy to play as a flex if you have to.
Tampa Bay Bucs @ Jacksonville Jaguars
- The Bucs backfield has been pretty annoying this year when it comes to figuring out who the guy will be. We thought Ronald Jones will emerge, but his touches never consistently got to the point where we can trust him. Peyton Barber gets 17 carries and 2 TDs out of nowhere; don’t put your trust in either of these RBs next week against Indy.
- Gardner Minshew is back after Nick Foles struggled against a terrible Bucs secondary. I would continue to start DJ Chark as a high-end WR2 and Dede Westbrook as a WR3. Keep him in mind that both of these guys have extremely tough matchups next week against the Chargers.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins
- Alshon Jeffery caught 9 of 16 targets for 137 yards and a TD. Jeffery is tied for 4th in target share among all WRs with 26%. He has the Giants next, so you can start him as a WR2.
- While Jordan Howard has been out, Miles Sanders has played a ridiculous 86% of snaps. He’s being used as a workhorse… if Howard is out again next week, Sanders is in as a high-end RB2 against the Giants.
- Kalen Ballage left the game with an injury, so Patrick Laird took on most of the RB work. Laird is pretty good in the pass game, and if he is the lead back next week, he’s in play as a PPR RB2 next week against the Jets.
- After his 150+ yard and 2 TD Sunday, DeVante Parker has now seen 10+ targets in each of the last four games, and is averaging 113 receiving yards over that span. Killing it. He’s a WR2 next week against the Jets.
- Mike Gesicki is seeing consistent volume, and the word consistent is hardly used next to any tight end’s name. He’s seen at least 6 targets in each of the last 5 games, and 7 in each of the last two. His 2 TDs in each of the last two games is a great sign, and he sees the Jets next week, who aren’t particularly giving when it comes to the tight end position… neither were the Eagles though. Still, he should provide a decent floor in PPR leagues. It’s worth noting that Jamal Adams was in a walking boot after his game, and there’s no word whether he’ll be able to play next week.
- The Dolphins beat the Eagles.
New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals
- Come on Jets, really?
- Robby Anderson actually had a tough matchup on the perimeter, but he came through with 7 receptions on 10 targets… where the hell did that come from? He went over 101 yards after a 86 yard day the week before. It’s really hard to trust him, but he has a good matchup against Miami next week. He’s a boom/bust flex option if you need some upside next week.
- Jamison Crowder’s day is perplexing to say the least. Robby Anderson was the one with the tough matchup, and Crowder’s matchup in the slot was supposed to be the funnel. The Bengals were allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to slot WRs over the last 8 weeks and the 6th least to perimeter WRs… that was flipped on Sunday. He was the right play, but sometimes the result doesn’t work out; the good news is that he saw 9 targets, but the bad news was that he only catch 2 of them for 8 yards.
- With Andy Dalton back, Tyler Boyd led the team with 10 targets. I guess you can continue to play him as a WR3? Just so you know, Cleveland has been relatively good at defending slot WRs this year. He’s a risky WR3 next week.
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
- With Davante Adams back, Aaron Jones isn’t seeing the same type of volume in the pass game as he was while Adams was hurt. Jones is averaging 29.78 PPR points per game without Adams, and 13.14 PPR points with him in the lineup this season. The split with Jamaal Williams doesn’t help either. Jones is a boom/bust RB2, but the boom is so good that he has to be in my lineup, especially in these types of matchups, including next week against the Redskins. Here’s the split:
- With Golden Tate sidelined, Darius Slayton out-targeted Sterling Shepard 9-7, but he wasn’t the only one to out-target Shepard. Kaden Smith ended up leading the Giants in receiving yards on 8 targets. These guy are all in play against Philly next week.
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jarvis Landry out-targeted OBJ once again, and this time 11-6. Landry is actually tied for 4th in target share among all WRs with 26% and OBJ is almost there at 25%. Landry has more receptions, targets, and touchdowns, but OBJ is the one being targeted downfield – he’s 5th in the league in air yards. Both should obviously be started next week against Cincinnati at home as WR2s.
- We should have expected what we saw in the backfield splits in what was a negative game script for the Browns against the Steelers. Kareem Hunt ended up out-snapping Nick Chubb 65% to 59%. This isn’t because of Kareem hunt though, Chubb was being taken off the field for random pass catching RBs in negative game scripts before Hunt was eligible to return. Hunt is moving from a PPR flex to a PPR RB2 because of his consistency. Chubb should get back on track next week against Cincinnati.
- With James Conner out again, Benny Snell led the backfield with 16 carries. He’ll continue to be a TD dependent RB2 while Conner is out.
- James Washington had a big game, but he only saw 4 targets. Diontae Johnson saw a team-high 5 targets. It’ll be tough to trust any WR on this offense right now outside of Juju when he’s back, and even he’s tough to trust himself.
LA Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
- Robert Woods saw 19 fucking targets in this game, and caught 13 of them for 172 yards. In his last three games played, he had 9+ targets and 95+ yards. Keep starting him as a WR3, but hope for WR2 production.
- Tyler Higbee got it done against the league’s worst defense against tight ends with Gerald Everett out of the lineup. He Everett is out again, you might want to start Higbee next week against Seattle; the Seahawks are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to tight ends. Let’s see how they defend Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. on Monday night.
- With all three of the Cardinals RBs active, Kenyan Drake was in on 80% of snaps. He didn’t have a great performance, but the usage is there. Tough matchup against Pittsburgh next week, so he’ll have to depend on his usage in the pass game to get results. Still, he’s a very tough sit now that we know he’s the guy in this offense, so he’ll be in my lineups as a PPR RB2.
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
- Darwin Thompson should be picked up in all leagues. With LeSean McCoy active, Thompson led the backfield in carries and even got a goal line look and score. Darrell Williams got hurt, which is what led to Thompson getting more looks. Thompson ended up playing the same amount of snaps as McCoy. Damien Williams didn’t practice at all last week, so Thompson can potentially be picked up and started next week as a flex play with RB1 upside if Darrell Williams is out too. He looked good with his touches, and has the upside of being a league winner if he’s the guy getting most of the looks in this backfield.
LA Chargers @ Denver Broncos
- It doesn’t matter who is the QB for Courtland Sutton… he’s going to get it done. Drew Lock is his 3rd QB this year, and he ended with 74 yards and 2 TDs. He’s a legit WR1 whether you’re talking fantasy or not.
- Phillip Lindsay is the guy in the Broncos backfield. He out-carried Royce Freeman 17-5. Still, Freeman ended up out-snapping Lindsay as he has a bigger role in the pass game.
New England Patriots @ Houston Texans
- After his big debut with the Patriots in Week 9, Mohamed Sanu hasn’t done shit, even in good matchups against Philly and Houston. That debut was a mirage. He has a relatively tough matchup next week against Kansas City, and is not playable right now in season long leagues.