Check if available: JD McKissic (full PPR only),
Kalen Ballage – It seems as though any RB who is the true lead for the Chargers has value. The Chargers are choosing to run their offense through their RBs despite the playmakers they have in their passing game, so yes, Kalen Ballage has RB2 value while Justin Jackson (IR) and Austin Ekeler (potential Week 13 return) remain out.
Troymaine Pope was nowhere to be found even after the team chose to use him ahead of Ballage when they were both healthy in Week 8, but it seems as though the coaches liked what they saw out of Ballage enough to keep riding with him. That led to Ballage staying on the field for 73% of snaps and getting 23 total touches on 24 opportunities (18 carries + 6 targets).
The lead back in this offense is going to get opportunity, and a lot of it will come in the pass game as well, so Ballage will be ranked as a RB2 next week against the Jets.
The upside of Ballage will likely not be limited by Josh Kelley, who the Chargers coaching staff have zero trust in. Both Ballage and Kelley saw 1 carry inside the 5 yard line last week. Kelley only had 7 carries in Week 10. If you need someone over the next two weeks with 15-20 touches/game, grab Ballage. FAAB recommendation: 15-20%
Salvon Ahmed/Matt Breida – This is a tricky situation, but Ahmed looked good in Week 10 with his opportunity. He was only targeted once on his 15 routes ran last week, but he received 21 carries on 76% of snaps, including a goal line TD.
Here’s the problem. Matt Breida is likely coming back this week after practicing in a limited fashion all last week. Will Ahmed continue to get all the work? It’s a toss-up. Will he play 76% of snaps again? Probably not.
Because of the ambiguity of this backfield, it’ll be tough for me to start Ahmed or Breida next week. I do want to roster both, though, because it’s possible Myles Gaskin (who is eligible to come off IR in Week 12) is out even longer with his MCL sprain. The matchups are great the rest of the way. I wouldn’t spend too much, but roster these guys. If I had to choose one, it’ll be Ahmed because of his performance this past week, but I would love for him to be more involved in the pass game. FAAB recommendation: 10% for Ahmed, 5% for Breida
Damien Harris – Harris’ volume isn’t guaranteed, but he looked good with his opportunity. The fact that he’s not involved in the pass game makes him TD dependent. This week, however, the gamble can be worth it because he plays Houston if you need a one week play and some RB depth. He’ll be a RB2 for this matchup, but know that if Houston goes up in this game, he’ll be game scripted out. It’s possible Sony Michel returns, but there isn’t much of a reason to bring Michel into this rotation. FAAB recommendation: 10%
Nyheim Hines – The answer to the Jonathan Taylor/Jordan Wilkins dilemma might be Nyheim Hines. We know the volatility with Hines, who’s had two big games over the last 3 weeks. Outside of 3 games this season, he killed you. Expect this if you put him in your lineup, but if you need a ceiling play, plug in Hines. At least the matchups are good the rest of the way outside of Week 16. FAAB recommendation: 10%
Carlos Hyde – Hyde might be back this week. If he’s active and Chris Carson isn’t, he’ll be a RB2 in my rankings. The Arizona matchup isn’t one we need to stay away from, and the chances he sees most of the work when active is good. I don’t want to spend too much in case he doesn’t make it for this game. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Rex Burkhead – He’s not someone you want to depend on, especially with the other two RBs healthy. He only played on 34% of snaps on Sunday night, less than his previous three games. I would leave him on the waiver wire, unless you’re in a 14-teamer or deeper.
La’Mical Perine – Starting Perine in Week 11 would be simply based on Rich Cimini’s report of the Jets using Perine as the workhorse for the rest of the season. We don’t know that will happen, so that combined with the Jets offense makes Perine a pretty risky start this week. He’s still worth a pickup if you want a stash for a potential workhorse for the rest of the year, but he’s a tough start this year. FAAB recommendation: 1-3%
Wayne Gallman – With Devonta Freeman on IR again, Gallman will likely be the main guy moving forward. He’s scored 5 TDs in the last 4 games, which is where al his value has come from. He sees Cincinnati in Week 12, so there’s a good chance that streak continues. He’ll be someone you can start potentially for the rest of the year. FAAB recommendation: 10%
Jordan Wilkins – Wilkins out-touched Jonathan Taylor last week in rush attempts, and they have a great matchup against the Packers this week. If you need an upside flex play, who can very well bust, Wilkins can be your guy. FAAB recommendation: 1%
Malcolm Brown – If you need someone who will get 10+ touches and you hope that he gets in the end zone, Brown has a better chance than a lot of this fringe-waiver wire RBs have. FAAB recommendation: 2-4%
Check if available: Mike Williams, Marquise Brown (stash – better matchups on the horizon for Brown), Jamison Crowder
Michael Pittman – With all of the Colts current WRs relatively healthy, it’s good to see one of these guys stand out. When the talented Michael Pittman does it, you should take notice. He’s been banged up all year, so hopefully he can end the season strong. He’s running routes from the outside and the slot (38% of his routes from slot in Week 10), and he led the Colts in targets and production: 8/7/101. Hilton and Pascal both saw 5 targets each. He can be a potential WR3 with upside going forward, and I want to take a shot on that. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Allen Lazard/ Marquez Valdes-Scantling – MVS is a boom/bust player, but he has two tough matchups over the next two weeks, so I’ll likely be leaving him on the waiver wire for a pickup later in a couple of weeks. Allen Lazard, on the other hand, is someone I want on my roster, as there’s a better chance he’s a more consistent player. He’s a tough start this week if active, but he’s a potential WR3 moving forward.
Sammy Watkins – Watkins might be back this week, so pick him up. He saw 7+ targets in 3 of his 4 full games this year. When those 7 targets are tied to Patrick Mahomes, you want to roster that. FAAB recommendation: 5-10%
Jakobi Meyers – Meyers keeps seeing a ridiculous target share. He saw 7 targets on Cam’s 17 targets on Sunday night, which is a 41% target share. That’s three straight games with 40%+ target share. Keep starting him as a WR3. FAAB recommendation: 20%
David Moore – Tyler Lockett is dealing with a knee sprain going into Thursday night, so Moore would go into that game as a WR3 if Lockett misses. There’s a potential Lockett would be out for longer, so prioritize Moore if you’re looking for upside. FAAB recommendation: 10-15%
Curtis Samuel – Samuel didn’t do much in Week 10 in terms of production, but the entire Carolina offense couldn’t get the ball moving much against the Bucs this week. He can bounce back as a WR3 in a great matchup against Detroit. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Jakeem Grant – Grant only saw 5 targets, but Tua only threw the ball 25 times – 20% target sharethHe scored a TD, looked good, so he’s a prospective add as a potential every-week WR3 with Preston Williams out. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Jalen Reagor – Reagor saw 7 targets in Week 10, and I would consider the Giants a bad matchup, as they have improved over the season on defense. This week he has Cleveland, so if you need a boom play, Reagor can be your guy. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Breshad Perriman/Denzel Mims – Joe Flacco led Breshad Perriman to a 7/5/101/2 line in Week 9 before their bye, and he’s starting over Sam Darnold once again in Week 11. He’s a boom/bust play if you need one. Mims is more of a stash, awaiting a potential breakout after the bye from an extremely talented player. He has shown great signs so far in his limited work. FAAB recommendation: 2-3%
Josh Reynolds – Reynolds saw 8, 9, and 10 targets over his last 3 weeks. He’s a WR3/flex start in Week 11. FAAB recommendation: 5-8%
Emmanuel Sanders – I would assume Jameis Winston will be the QB for the Saints this week with Drew Brees out, and we know he’s a gunslinger. That would benefit Emmanuel Sanders, and even though he only caught 1 pass this past week, he has an amazing matchup against Atlanta in Week 11. He’ll be a WR3 with upside.
Tim Patrick – Patrick has been solid over his last 2 games, and he’ll be a flex option if you need one against Miami this week. FAAB recommendation: 2-3%
Deebo Samuel – Pick up Samuel and put him on your bench if he’s available. The 49ers have a bye this week, but Deebo can potentially play in Week 12. He has a lot of upside, and can potentially be an every-week WR2/WR3 once he’s healthy, regardless of QB.
Corey Davis – Davis will be fine most weeks. If it wasn’t for that goose egg against the Bears, we would be looking at him a lot different going into Week 11. He’ll be a WR3 most weeks.
Rashard Higgins – Higgins is someone you can probably get for cheap who can have season long value for you. The conditions were terrible this past week for the Browns, but Higgins is in the OBJ role. He had only one less target than target-leader Jarvis Landry, but was targeted more downfield, leading to more yards. FAAB recommendation: 10-15%
Check if dropped: Dallas Goedert
Logan Thomas – 6 targets from Alex Smith, and his best game of the season. Going into a great matchup against Cincinnati.
Austin Hooper – Great season long add. Didn’t work out last week, but the conditions in that game were terrible. Great matchup this week against Philly.
Dalton Schultz – Schultz is running as many routes now as he was when Dak was healthy. He’s a tough start knowing the unknown at the QB position, but Andy Dalton has shown to target TEs in the end zone in the past. He’s a desperate play if you need one, but the usage is extremely high in terms of routes run.
Tysom Hill – Hill is eligible as a TE on some platforms. If he’s available, he’s a streaming option, because he’s used in a versatile manner… and you’re almost guaranteed some sort of extra usage with Brees out.
Jordan Reed – He doesn’t play this week, but he’s a season long add. He caught 5 of 6 balls for 62 yards this past week. He ran a healthy 25 routes, compared to 18 for Ross Dwelley.
Jameis Winston – Yup, I’m starting him if I need to this week. He’s a gunslinger, he has weapons (that Drew Brees refuses to use). Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith, Jared Cook, Alvin Kamara… in case you needed a reminder of the totality of this situation. Is it risky? Sure, but he has upside in this matchup against Atlanta.
Kirk Cousins – Can the Dallas game be a Dalvin Cook game? Yes, so Cousins is a very risky start despite the great matchup on paper.
Cam Newton – Cam has had solid games in 4 of his 5 games. The one game he didn’t probably lost you your matchup. This week, he has a good matchup against Houston.
Alex Smith – Dude threw for 390 yards last week on 55 attempts, but didn’t throw a TD. He’s a potential streamer, but he’s risky.
Tua Tagovailoa – He isn’t throwing it a ton, but he’s been efficient.
Miami @ Denver
Minnesota vs Dallas
LA Rams @ Tampa
LA Chargers vs NYJ
Washington vs Cincinnati
Cleveland vs Philadelphia