Raheem Mostert – It seems like Kyle Shanahan finally can’t ignore what’s in front of him, and that’s whenever Mostert is given opportunity, he is efficient. It seems like he fits the offense perfectly, and is not just a special teamer. He took the work away from Tevin Coleman in Week 13, but for whatever reason he’s still available in almost 50% of Yahoo leagues.
On Sunday, Mostert led the backfield with 10 carries for 69 yards and a score, in addition to his 2 catches for 40 yards and another score through the air. Matt Breida was 2nd in line with 6 carries for 54 yards, and Tevin Coleman brought up the rear with only 6 yards on 3 carries. Mostert seems to be the 1a to Breida’s role as the 1b. Being this efficient on the ground against the Saints tough run defense is very encouraging moving forward. If Mostert hasn’t been picked up in your league, he’s a must pick up this week. He has Atlanta and the Rams over the next two weeks; two matchups we shouldn’t stay away from. He’ll be a RB2 at the minimum because of his expanded workload. Tevin Coleman is droppable at this point.
DeAndre Washington – Josh Jacobs was a late scratch on Sunday after not practicing for the week, so DeAndre Washington carried the load for the Raiders with 14 carries and a TD. His 6 receptions gave him a total of 20 touches for the day. Washington is worth a pickup this week, as Jacobs is scheduled to get another MRI to determine his future this season. We may or may not get some concrete news based on that MRI, but either way, Washington has a chance of going up against a Jacksonville rush defense that has given up big games to seven RBs over their last five games.
Patrick Laird – Patrick Laird led the Dolphins backfield in attempts with 15, and caught 4 of 5 targets for 38 yards. He’s in PPR consideration as a RB2 the rest of the way after playing on 81% of snaps and running 32 routes. He might not get it done in the run game, but the passing volume should keep his PPR floor afloat. We should be reminded that Laird took his 15 carries for 48 yards against a great Jets rush defense, so it’s very possible he can do better in that category against the Giants and Cincinnati over the next two weeks.
Boston Scott – It’s possible Jordan Howard is back, but it’s hard to downplay the impact Boston Scott had on the Eagles offense once Miles Sanders had to leave the field. Sanders returned, but Scott remained in the mix, and rightfully so given the plays he was making. It’s possible this becomes a committee if Howard isn’t cleared by next week. We know Doug Pederson was doing his best to believe Darren Sproles was still capable over the past two years, despite Sproles’ inability to stay on the field for more than 5 snaps without getting hurt. Scott might be that guy for him. Because of the ambiguity in a role moving forward, he is a speculative add and a very tough start next week. Still, many fantasy players might be desperate for PPR upside in a deeper league, and given the lack of playmakers the Eagles have, it’s possible his role sticks if Howard continues to miss time.
Adrian Peterson – With Guice likely on the shelf the rest of the way with a MCL injury, Peterson can become a play due to volume. Peterson has played well this year, and the Redskins offense is improving slightly. We know they want to run the ball in Washington, but know that Philly this week is a matchup you might want to stay away from. However, it might be worth keeping Peterson on your roster for Week 16’s game against the Giants if you think you’ll need help at RB.
Matt Breida – The 1b still has value in the 49ers offense, and Matt Breida will be one week removed from his ankle injury. Also, he won’t be playing a tough Saints run defense moving forward. He had Atlanta and the Rams over the next two weeks, and the 49ers can potentially offer some volume for their backfield in both matchups. He’s a boom/bust flex option next week while in one of the best rushing systems in the NFL. Tevin Coleman is droppable at this point.
Kerryon Johnson – Johnson can be activated for Week 16 against Denver. Bo Scarbrough sustained an injury to his ribs, which can potentially keep him out through the next couple of games, but there’s no word yet on the severity. Kerryon would be a desperation flier if he’s active for that game, but it’s worth knowing that he can be back in case you want to roster him. Just know that there will be ambiguity with his workload based on a) first game back from injury b) nothing to play for.
Gus Edwards – He’s a good back to have on your roster through Thursday night with the Ravens playing the Jets. If Mark Ingram were to go down with an injury, Edwards would be the next man up on an elite offense. If Ingram leaves Thursday night’s game unscathed, you can drop Edwards for whoever.
AJ Brown – Brown’s production is scattered, and it’s tough to predict when he’ll go off. If we could, he would’ve been on every fantasy team at this point. There’s no doubt dude is going to have a good career if he stays healthy, but I would only play him if you need that ceiling, because he’s the definition of boom/bust. It also might be worth just rostering to avoid your WR or flex-needy opponent to play him against you to avoid playing against his ceiling. The Texans perimeter defense has gotten significantly better over the last several weeks, so Brown isn’t a lock to do his thing. Still, he has the ceiling to go off in any given week if you need the upside.
Zach Pascal – Without TY Hilton and Eric Ebron, Pascal has had a 10-target and 9-target game over his last two. It’s possible he gets shadow treatment from Marshon Lattimore next week as the clear-cut #1 WR if TY Hilton is out. The target share isn’t guaranteed if that’s the case, which makes him a risky play. He went up against Tennessee and Tampa Bay over the last two weeks, and they’ve been two of the most giving defenses when it comes to fantasy points for WRs.
Breshad Perriman – With Mike Evans likely out for the rest of the fantasy playoffs, Perriman should benefit from a high octane passing offense. He went over 70 yards each of the last two weeks, and was able to find the end zone on Sunday as well. He gets a great matchup against Detroit next week, so he’ll be in the low-end WR3 discussion.
Darius Slayton – Slayton had the best matchup of Monday night, and he ended up leading the team with 8 targets. He caught 5 for 154 and 2 TDs, and it’s not the first time he had a huge game like this. He had a 14/10/121/2 game against the Jets several weeks ago, so there might me more to just a good matchup in Slayton. Dude seems talented, and he out-targeted legit WRs in Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard. He’s averaging 9.5 targets over the last 4 games, and he has two good matchups coming up if you’re in need of continued upside. He has the Dolphins next, who’ve been giving up the most fantasy points over the last 4 weeks to Slayton’s side… and the 2nd most over the last 8 weeks coming into last week. Robby Anderson was able to take advantage with his 7/116/1 game.
Cole Beasley – Beasley caught his third TD in three weeks. That makes 6 TDs over the last 8 games. Pittsburgh isn’t the best defender of slot WRs, so he has a chance of getting it done again as a WR3.
Justin Watson – Watson was put into a ton of playing time with Mike Evans leaving the game early with a hamstring injury. He ended up catching 5 of 8 targets for 59 yards and a TD. On a high octane passing offense, he’s worth a look as an intriguing prospect. The matchup against Detroit is a juicy one for WRs, so he’s an upside flier.
Isaiah Ford – With DeVante Parker getting concussed in the 2nd quarter, Ford stepped up as the target leader, catching 6 of 9 for 92 yards. With the Giants on deck, Ford can be a mid-week free agent pickup and flier start if we find out that Parker can’t clear the concussion protocol in time.
Tight End Adds/Streamers
Tyler Higbee – With Gerald Everett out, Higbee caught another 7 balls for his 2nd straight 100-yard game. Higbee ran 26 routes, which was 2nd only to Robert Woods’ 32. He jumps to a mid-TE1 next week against Dallas because of the good matchup and usage if Everett is out once again.
OJ Howard – OJ Howard was on the field for 87% and ran 38 routes to Cameron Brate’s 14, so one would assume he’ll be a much bigger part of the game plan knowing Mike Evans will miss time; he caught 4 of 5 for 73 yards on Sunday after catching 5 of 6 for 61 yards in Week 13.
Jacob Hollister – Hollister is being targeted, and is being looked at in the end zone. He didn’t come down with a TD, but he had one called back on Sunday night. He’s still in play as one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets.
Dallas Goedert – If Goedert is still available in your league, he has a great matchup against the Redskins, who’ve allowed the 9th most fantasy points to the tight end position.
Ian Thomas – If Greg Olsen misses again, Thomas would be a great streamer. He caught 5 of 10 targets for 57 yards and a score on Sunday, and his target count was second only to Christian McCaffrey. Seattle is a pretty good matchup for tight ends, so he should be back on your radar.
David Njoku – Njoku will be going against the Cardinals this week, so if you’re desperate, you can throw him in and hope for a TD. When guys like Foster Moreau, Nick Boyle, and Dawson Knox have good games against the Cardinals, Njoku doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. He’ll be one week removed from returning.
These are QBs who might actually be available today in your league.
Ryan Tannehill – For whatever reason, Tannehill is still available in a majority of Yahoo leagues. Since he took over as the starter in Week 7, Tannehill is the overall QB3 behind Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. He has two streamable matchups at home – one against Houston and the other against the Saints.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Hopefully he’ll have DeVante Parker back, but at least Fitzpatrick didn’t completely shit the bed without him. He’ll have a great matchup against the Giants in Week 15, then another good one against Cincinnati at home in Week 16. Fitzpatrick is the overall QB5 since he took over as the starter in Week 7.
Eli Manning – Oh boy. But he’s playing Miami! I would be nervous, but he’s still an option.
Potential Week 16 Options: Ryan Tannehill vs NO, Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Cincinnati, Phillip Rivers vs Oakland, Mitch Trubisky vs KC, Gardner Minshew @ Atlanta (if DJ Chark goes), Andy Dalton @ Miami, Drew Lock vs Detroit
These are streaming defenses who actually might be available in your league.
Seattle @ Carolina
KC vs Denver
Potential Week 16 Options: Houston @ TB, Seattle vs Arizona, Indianapolis vs Carolina, Denver vs Detroit, KC @ Chicago, Cincinnati @ Miami