Mike Davis – If someone in your league dropped, Mike Davis, he’s the priority add. I would consider spending the rest of my FAAB on him in case McCaffrey’s injury is more serious than we know of right now, especially if that’s the only way you think you can get him. His matchup against the Bucs isn’t amazing this week (he’ll still be ranked as a RB1), but if McCaffrey is out the two weeks after that before his bye, Davis will get two sweet matchups against the Lions and Vikings. FAAB recommendation: 50%+
Duke Johnson – David Johnson suffered a concussion this week, and there are some medical experts (here and here) who would be surprised if he was able to clear for Week 10. If he misses, Duke Johnson should play a near every-down role for the Texans in a revenge game against his former team. The matchup isn’t amazing, but being on the field so much on this offense should yield borderline RB1 numbers. This would likely be a one-week rental, and of course comes with the risk of David Johnson clearing the protocol in time for Week 10. FAAB recommendation: 15-20%
JD McKissic – This happens every year. The RB who has the relatively high floor, but not high enough with no ceiling becomes a PPR want later in the year when no RBs are left. In this case, there’s that and the Alex Smith effect.
Ron Rivera has already stated that Alex Smith will be the team’s starter with Dwayne Haskins backing him up. As long as Smith is the guy, know that he will be looking for his RBs as much as possible.
McKissic got his in Week 9, getting targeted 13 times on 84% of snaps. McKissic has a total of 18 targets from Smith this year on 49 attempts – that’s a 36.7% target share, which is absurd. He ran 32 routes this week, 18 of which was out of the slot, which is why Antonio Gibson was still able to be on the field for 44% of snaps himself. FAAB recommendation: 15%-25% (full PPR only)
Troymaine Pope/Kalen Ballage – Pope was the 1b to Justin Jackson in Week 8 before leaving the game with a concussion. He missed Week 9, leaving that role for Kalen Ballage, and not Josh Kelley (at least in terms of touches). Pope would be the pickup, especially in PPR leagues, followed by Ballage later in the week if Pope can’t go. They would be upside flex plays for Week 10 against Miami. There’s also a possibility Jackson can’t go in Week 10, which would open the door for both, which would mean one of these two will likely end up as a PPR RB2 in Week 10. FAAB recommendation: Free if you can, but 5% otherwise
Matt Breida – Breida had a hamstring injury last week, and we should monitor his practice status this week, but he should rostered. With the Dolphins going full committee in their backfield last week without Myles Gaskin, Breida can step in as the clear 1a if he’s healthy enough to play. A full practice would be great, but I would like to have him on my roster when that happens. He has upside in a great matchup against the Chargers this week if he can go. FAAB recommendation: 10%
Devonta Freeman/Wayne Gallman – Freeman got in a limited practice last week, so he could be ready to go this week. Freeman should probably play close to 60-65% of snaps, so he’ll be a low-end RB2. Gallman scored each of the last three weeks, so if you really need a RB badly, you can look at these two against Philly. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Gus Edwards – Edwards is the clear goal line guy for the Ravens, especially when Mark Ingram is out. He’s going to get nearly the same amount of touches as JK Dobbins, except he’s the goal line guy, so you tell me who the better play is. He’s TD dependent of course, so he’s a flex play if Ingram is out. Good matchup against the Patriots. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Gio Bernard – We haven’t heard a thing about the Joe Mixon injury, so keep Bernard on your bench if you need to until you hear that Mixon is practicing in full. There’s always a possibility that Mixon misses against the Steelers this week, leaving Bernard as the every down guy once again. It would be a tough matchup for him, but he’ll still likely be a RB2 given his roles in the passing game and red zone. FAAB recommendation: Free, or 2-3%
Malcolm Brown/Cam Akers – Darrel Henderson is expected to resume his duties as the lead back this week after a thigh injury in Week 8. Still, keep an eye on Brown especially if Henderson can’t go or is limited in practice this week. He would be the preferred play over Akers, but Akers will have a flex-worthy role if Henderson sits out. FAAB recommendation: Free, or 2-3%
Boston Scott – Miles Sanders is expected to play in Week 10, but we don’t know that for sure. Again, he’s someone you might want to keep on your bench until we’re clear that Sanders will go this week. The Giants would be a nice matchup for Scott in case Sanders can’t go. FAAB recommendation: Free, or 2-3%
Ryan Nall – Nall is David Montgomery’s direct backup. I don’t want to go near this backfield if Montgomery misses time, but Nall can potentially get some work in the passing game to be flex-worthy in a deep leagues. FAAB recommendation: Free if desperate
Might still be available in your league: John Brown, Christian Kirk, Deebo Samuel, Mike Williams
Jakobi Meyers – With Julian Edelman out, Jakobi Meyers has got it done. He caught 12 of 14 targets for 169 yards on Monday night, and caught 6 of 10 targets for 58 yards in Week 8. He’s a WR3 moving forward. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Curtis Samuel – Curtis Samuel had 9 targets in this past game, caught all 9 of them, and out-targeted DJ Moore 9-3. Yes, Moore only saw 3 targets on 57 routes. Samuel has been the WR6 over the last 3 weeks; it’s been through running the ball, through the air, any way the Panthers can get him more involved. We’re kind of chasing points here, because he doesn’t have a large target share through these weeks, but he does see high value touches – he’s had 7 carries in the red zone over the last 7 games… 2 of them inside the 10. And he also caught a pass within the 10 yard line in Week 9. FAAB recommendation: 5-10%
Allen Lazard – Lazard had a shot to play last week, but they decided to give him 10 more days of rest before Week 10 against Jacksonville. If Lazard is out there, he can be a chance to be an every-week WR3. Aaron Rodgers is desperately looking for a #2 WR, and Lazard can be that guy. FAAB recommendation: $15
Nelson Agholor – Agholor is a TD machine. Yeah, I said it. Not counting the windy-ass game in Cleveland two weeks ago, he’s caught 4 TDs over the last 4 non-windy-ass games. He’s a boom/bust shot against Denver if you need it. FAAB recommendation: 5-10%
Tim Patrick/KJ Hamler – Jerry Jeudy operated as the #1 in Week 9, but Patrick wasn’t too far behind him with 9 targets. His right side where he runs most of his routes from is the tougher matchup against the Raiders, so he’s not a priority add. Might still want to stash him on your bench in case you want to see if his targets stay up. Hamler is the preferred add for me, because he’ll get the matchup plus of playing out of the slot. He saw 10 targets himself this past week. FAAB recommendation: Patrick 2-3%, Hamler 2-4%. Try to get them for free.
Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders has been dropped in a lot of leagues, and I don’t think he turns into a pumpkin with Michael Thomas back… it can be a good thing for Sanders. Sanders is a great WR who can win against any coverage as long as he’s healthy, so with defenses keying in on Thomas, Sanders can be left in a lot of one on one situations. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Sterling Shepard – His targets over the last 3 games: 8, 10, 8. He’s a WR3. Pick him up, but keep in mind that it’s possible Slay is on him this week, and then he’s on a bye in Week 11. Dependent on your needs, but he’s a good long term add – after bye he has Cincy, Seattle, Arizona, Cleveland. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Jalen Reagor – Reagor has a lot of potential, and while he only saw 6 targets in his first game back, it was his first game back and he still caught a TD. He didn’t run a full complement of routes in his first game back, so the expectation is that he does now that he’s fully healthy. A lot of upside here. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Richie James – I wouldn’t bother going after Richie James right now with Brandon Aiyuk back this week, and a bye in Week 11 to get Deebo Samuel right for Week 12. I’ll leave him on the wire. FAAB recommendation: 1-2%
Josh Reynolds – Reynolds saw 8 and 9 targets over the past two weeks, respectively, but know that his 9-target game came on running a whopping 58 routes, where the usual Rams WR route rate has been in the 30s. Either way, he has a chance of having a good game against a Seahawks pass defense giving up the most fantasy points to the position coming into last week… and then you saw what the Bills were able to do against them, too. FAAB recommendation: 5% for one week rental
Darnell Mooney – Mooney only ran 5 less routes than Allen Robinson, per PFF. He led the Bears in targets last week. Minnesota allows a ton of big pass plays on a per-play basis, so he’s lining up for a good Week 10 stream. FAAB recommendation: 5% for one week rental before his bye
Michael Pittman/Zach Pascal – Pittman had a relatively good game against Baltimore in the absence of TY Hilton – he caught 4 of 7 targets for 56 yards. Pascal saw 6 targets himself, which makes him pretty consistent over the last 3 weeks: 7, 6, 6 targets with 44+ yards. They see Tennessee this week, who has given up a the 2nd most fantasy points to WRs coming into last week. I prefer Pittman because he’s running 50% of his routes from the slot. I’m only interested in playing these guys if TY Hilton is out. FAAB recommendation: 2-4%
Rashard Higgins – Can’t judge him off the windy Week 8 before their bye, but he is the favorite to take over the OBJ role – the field stretcher who is targeted on big plays on play action. He might not get a ton of targets, but efficiency can be how his production happens, and that’s fine. The added rapport we’ve seen over the last couple of years between these two is worth noting as well. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Auden Tate – Tate ate into AJ Green’s routes a bit before his bye, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens coming out of the bye. Tate caught 7 for 7 balls for 65 yards that week, and only ran 18 routes. FAAB recommendation: 1-2%, if that
Austin Hooper – Hooper saw 7, 10, and 6 targets in his last 3 weeks, but now that he’s coming off his injury, he should be in line for TE1 usage with OBJ out now. He has a great role in the offense, and it’s possible he leads the team in targets the rest of the way. FAAB recommendation: 25% if you need a TE for long term
Dallas Goedert – Goedert was back in Week 8, and did run 29 routes, but was only targeted once. It’s possible that Goedert wasn’t 100% in his first week back, but without Zack Ertz a bye later, I’m fine throwing Goedert into my lineup as a TE1 this week. A lot of upside moving forward. FAAB recommendation: 25% if you need a TE for long term
Eric Ebron – He still might be available in your league, but he’s scored over 11 PPR fantasy points over the last three weeks. His late go-ahead TD saved his fantasy day last week, but he has a great matchup against Cincy this week (allowed 2nd most fantasy points to TEs). Let’s hope Ben can get off the COVID list by Sunday. FAAB recommendation: 15% if you need a TE for long term
Jordan Reed – Reed only ran 10 routes last week to Ross Dwelley’s 26. I would expect that to shrink moving forward as Reed gets healthier. It’s a crap shoot as far as who to start this week, but I would lean in Reed’s direction in his second game back. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Jimmy Graham – Graham has seen 6+ targets in each of the last 4 games, but he’s still a boom/bust option. He has a neutral matchup. FAAB recommendation: Free if possible, 1-2% if not
Irv Smith – Smith scored 2 TDs last week, and he should get a lot more targets when Kirk Cousins actually throws the ball, which he hasn’t over the last 2 weeks. Good matchup this week. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Under 70% rostered on Yahoo
- Jared Goff vs Seattle
- Tua Tagovailoa vs LA Chargers
- Philip Rivers @ Tennessee
- Drew Lock @ Las Vegas
- Nick Foles vs Minnesota
Under 60% rostered on Yahoo
- Eagles @ Giants
- Saints vs 49ers
- Packers vs Jaguars
- Giants vs Eagles
Mike Davis – In case McCaffrey misses multiple games, and you desperately need to make a playoff push. He has great matchups in Weeks 11 and 12.
Aaron Jones – Short term memory says you haven’t seen Aaron Jones go off since Week 4. Trade for him if you need a high end RB1.
Miles Sanders – Buy him now before he returns. He’s a high end RB1.
Derrick Henry – Here’s what I’m telling the Henry manager: “Three tough matchups coming up for Henry: Indy, Baltimore, then Indy.” What I’m not going to bring up, his playoff schedule: Jacksonville, Detroit, Green Bay. If they need to make the playoffs, this might be a player they consider trading.
Darrel Henderson (RB2) – Henderson hasn’t reached his upside in a few weeks, yet he’s the lead back of a run heavy offense. Henderson looked great this year before he got hurt, so there’s some upside for him to end the year. His last three games are against the Patriots, Jets, and Seahawks. He is expected back this week.
Kareem Hunt – With Nick Chubb back, Hunt is not going to turn into a pumpkin. He’ll still be very involved, and this offense as a whole will operate better with Chubb there. The Browns have one of the best rest of season schedules for their RBs. View Hunt as an upside RB2 rest of season.
Justin Jackson – There is a possibility that Austin Ekeler doesn’t return for a couple of weeks, so Jackson managers would like to move him before that happens. If you are depending on the return of Ekeler, grabbing Jackson is a good insurance policy. Let’s hope his knee injury isn’t serious.
Michael Thomas – hasn’t hit ceiling yet, had pedestrian game last week and was first game back. People forget what he was doing last season, so if you need a high end WR, aim for him in PPR leagues.
Tyler Lockett – One good game over the last several weeks, and that isn’t going to last forever. Pick him up now before he starts going off again.
Travis Fulgham – Anyone who isn’t sold that Fulgham is legit can think they’re trading him high. Fulgham is legit.
Robby Anderson – TDs are coming for Robby Anderson. His volume has been too high, and his TDs have been too low (scored in Week 1). A positive regression is coming, and it can definitely happen against Detroit and Minnesota in Weeks 11 and 12.
Chris Godwin – He’s not going to turn into a pumpkin with AB. After their terrible game from Tampa, trade for Godwin and view him as a WR2. He’ll still see the best matchups every week.
Sells: Christian McCaffrey (if you need to make a playoff push), Ezekiel Elliott (bye this week, offense is not good, not as involved in passing game)