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RB Pickups

If Chase Edmonds is available, he’s a must-add. 100% of FAAB. Leonard Fournette isn’t universally rostered either, and he has to be as well. 100% of FAAB for Fournette if Edmonds isn’t available.

JaMycal Hasty/Tevin Coleman – Jeff Wilson was the workhorse back for the 49ers in Week 7, but he was placed on IR. Hasty took over as the lead back, albeit in a blowout, once Wilson left the game. Mostert is also on IR, which leaves Hasty and Jerick McKinnon as the two RBs for the 49ers. Kyle Shanahan said he planned to rest McKinnon this past week because of all the work he got earlier in the year. Sounds to me like Hasty will be the lead dog on early downs – right into the Mostert role. Hasty has looked great with his opportunities, and can succeed in this scheme. It’s anyone’s guess who the guy will be this week, or whether it’s a true share, but Hasty is an upside flex option against the Seahawks. Hasty should be picked up regardless of whether you are going to start him this week, because with two backs on IR, Hasty has a real opportunity to win a job in the main RB rotation moving forward, even with Tevin Coleman coming back soon, who is the real risk for Hasty this week. FAAB recommendation: Hasty – 15%, Coleman – 10%

Carlos Hyde/DeeJay Dallas – Chris Carson has a mid-foot sprain, and is most likely out for at least a week, maybe two. Carlos Hyde has hamstring tightness, so his Week 8 status is in jeopardy. Travis Homer has a knee bruise. That leaves DeeJay Dallas as the only healthy back for the Seahawks, and can potentially get a lot of run against the 49ers. Because of DeeJay’s potential in the pass game, he can overcome a tough run defense if he’s on the field for a majority of snaps on a Russell Wilson-led offense. If he’s the only guy left standing, he’s a solid RB2 for this week. FAAB recommendation: Dallas: 10-15%, Hyde: 5%

La’Mical Parine – Perine saw 70% of the snaps for the Jets this past week, and any RB playing that many snaps should not be on the wire. I would spend up to 20% of my FAAB on him if I really need a back, and if it’s just for depth, maybe around 15%. He’s playing the passing down role, but he also saw the majority of early down work as well. So with him having a very solid role on all three downs, he’s a PPR flex play at the very least moving forward, even on a bad offense. FAAB recommendation: 15-20% for a season-long add.

Gus Edwards/JK Dobbins – It’s possible that Mark Ingram has true high ankle sprain, so both Edwards and Dobbins should be rostered. These RBs have two tough matchups ahead against Pittsburgh and Indy, but their offense is still potent, and it’s possible we see one of these guys (namely Dobbins) breaking out at some point. Edwards is the one who is preferred in the run game right now. FAAB recommendation: Edwards – 5%, Dobbins – 5-10%

Jamaal Williams – If someone drops Williams this week, scoop him up in case Aaron Jones misses another game. He likely won’t, but Williams’ usage was too good for you to skip out on another potential opportunity to start him. FAAB recommendation: 1-3%

Gio Bernard – Joe Mixon can potentially miss another week after being labeled week-to-week with his foot injury. Bernard had 18 opportunities this past Sunday, caught all 5 of his targets for 59 yards and that go-ahead TD late in the game. He played on 76% of snaps, which is a higher share than Mixon has had in 4 of his 5 full games. He might be the guy against Tennessee next week once again. He’ll be a high-end RB2 in that matchup if Mixon misses. FAAB recommendation: 15-20%, but realize that it’s possible Mixon turns Bernard into a pumpkin if he suits up this week.

Zack Moss – Bills RBs usage in Week 7: Singletary: 56% of snaps, 8 carries, 5 targets. 47 total yards, 19 routes. Moss: 46% of snaps, 7 carries, 3 targets, 72 total yards, 17 routes. Pretty even, right? Moss is over his injury, and we should view him as a flex candidate, and if he’s the main guy inside the 5, then he might be even more valuable. FAAB recommendation: 10%

Joshua Kelley – Kelley has been dropped after Week 7, but he’s a solid depth piece if you need a RB in a pinch. He sees enough work in positive game scripts, and will see some goal looks for an improving offense. He led the Chargers in snaps this week, and while that will fluctuate, the delta between him and Justin Jackson isn’t huge. I still prefer Jackson because of his usage as the long-down and distance/hurry-up back, but Kelley can be played as a flex most weeks. FAAB recommendation: 7%

Wayne Gallman – No word on Devonta Freeman and his ankle injury, but Gallman looked good after Freeman left the game on Thursday night. Gallman has the Bucs this week, so even if Freeman misses, it’s not a matchup I want to use Gallman in, even if he catches some passes. However, if we hear that Freeman has a high ankle sprain, Gallman will get usage over the next few weeks, in which case he’s definitely worth picking up. FAAB recommendation: No word on Freeman’s ankle injury being serious, 3%. We hear that Freeman is out for a couple of weeks: 15%

WR Pickups

Rashard Higgins – Rashard Higgins is basically going to play that OBJ role, and it’s the important role on this offense. That outside, more intermediate to deep routes off play action. He ran 28 routes to Landry’s 26 in Week 7. You know your league, but I’m not sure he will be a hot commodity, so you might be able to get away spending around 5% on him, but I’d spend up to 10%+ if OBJ is out for the rest of the year. FAAB recommendation: 5-15%

Brandon Aiyuk – Deebo Samuel might miss some time with a hamstring injury, so Brandon Aiyuk’s target share might be a bit more guaranteed while Samuel is out. Aiyuk tied with Kittle for the team lead in targets in Week 7 with 7 – he caught 6 of them for 115 yards. He has Seattle this week, so he’s a great pick up if available. He’ll be a borderline WR2 in that matchup. My guess is that Deebo will be out through his Week 11 bye. FAAB recommendation: 10-15%

Cole Beasley – Beasley has quietly maintained his PPR floor all year long, and has stepped up when John Brown has been out of the lineup. Keep him on your bench as a depth piece if needed, or play him for some points against an inferior opponent. He had 12 targets this past weekout Brown in the lineup. FAAB recommendation: 5-7%

Sterling Shepard – Shepard had a 8-target game, but keep in mind that Darius Slay was on Darius Slayton (not a typo) almost all game long. Ironically, Slay was on Shepard on the red zone TD he scored. Shepard is a good receiver who should be rostered, but it’s up to Daniel Jones to find him. Shepard isn’t guaranteed targets, but he’s worth rostering in case he blossoms into the #1 WR he deserves to be on the Giants offense. FAAB recommendation: 5%

Corey Davis – Davis has got it done with Ryan Tannehill balling out this year. 10 targets in this past game… he couldn’t do much with it, but he did catch a TD. When you consider his early 8-target game in Week 1, it’s possible Davis is Tannehill’s #2 target behind AJ Brown. He has a great matchup against Cincinnati this week if you need a WR3/flex. FAAB recommendation: 10-12%

Christian Kirk – Kirk hasn’t received a ton of volume, but he’s been extremely efficient. He has 5 TDs over the last 4 games, and two games with 7+ targets in that span. He has a bye this week, so he’ll have to sit on your bench for a week. He has a decent matchup against Miami in Week 9, which he’ll be a high-upside flex for. FAAB recommendation: 10%

Scotty Miller – With Chris Godwin out and James Bradberry potentially shadowing Mike Evans, Miller might be the beneficiary. It’s a decent matchup for Miller, so hopefully he doesn’t goose egg again with this type of opportunity. FAAB recommendation: 5%

Jalen Reagor – Carson Wentz can use all the help he can get, and it’s possible Reagor is activated for this week. If he is, then he’s already startable as a flex in a great matchup. It’s also possible he’s held out through their Week 9 bye. Good stash either way. FAAB recommendation: 5%

Denzel Mims – No Jamison Crowder, but Denzel Mims accounted for a 30.4% target share in his first game in the NFL. He actually had all his production and 6 of 7 targets in the first half, and only had 1 target in the second half. The Jets had 4 total yards in the 2nd half… 4. 40% target share in the first half, though. I’m not saying he’ll be Tee Higgins or Justin Jefferson this year, but keep an eye on him, especially in deep league. He out-targeted Perriman 7-2, and I am interested to see how it affects Crowder, and whether Mims still gets looks. The play-calling duties has shifted away from Adam Gase.

He out-targeted Perriman 7-2. Braxton Berrios also got 7 targets in this game, but he doesn’t profile as that alpha WR1 like Mims does. He’s a stash, but not an overly exciting one.

Probably will spend about 5% or less of FAAB on him, his stat line doesn’t scream high target share, so I don’t think you’ll have to shell out too much for him. FAAB recommendation: 5% (stash)

QB Pickups

  1. Carson Wentz vs Dallas (just in case he’s available)
  2. Joe Burrow vs Tennessee.
  3. Teddy Bridgewater vs Atlanta
  4. Derek Carr @ Cleveland.
  5. Tua Tagovailoa – If you’re streaming every week, stash on bench in case he starts using his rushing ability.

TE Pickups

  1. Richard Rodgers – With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert hurt, Rodgers caught 6 of 8 targets this past week… and now he goes up against the Cowboys. He’s a great streamer until those guys get back, but especially this week.
  2. Harrison Bryant – Austin Hooper likely out again this week, so Bryant should see some work – especially with OBJ out for the year as well. The Raiders haven’t been great against TEs over their past two games.
  3. Eric Ebron – Ebron was targeted 8 times this past week, and while he’ll be boom or bust, he has a good chance at being targeted this week with how good the corners are for the Ravens.
  4. Trey Burton – He’s running the most routes among the Colts’ TEs, so he’s a decent streamer this week after getting at least 5 targets in each of his three games this year.

Dallas Goedert – He’s a bench stash for a few weeks until he’s ready to go. He’s worth keeping at the end of your bench if you’re constantly looking for a TE every week.

Austin Hooper – He’s a stash for an extra week until he’s back in Week 9. He does have a chance of playing in Week 8, but I think it’s unlikely, which is why Harrison Bryant is the play. When Hooper is healthy, he’s an integral part of the offense.

DEF Streamers

60% owned or less on Yahoo. Not a great streaming week if you’re picking up a defense for Week 8 now.

  1. Tennessee @ Cincinnati
  2. New Orleans @ Chicago
  3. Green Bay vs Minnesota
  4. Carolina vs Atlanta