I won’t be giving FAAB recommendations anymore, as FAAB balance is likely at the point in most leagues, where a 20% bid on your $25 remaining won’t get you the RB you want this week, for example. Spend what you need to get your guys, and try and figure out what others might need to help you with your FAAB bids.
Also, it has been the time to pick up handcuffs, but if some are still available, pick them up. Yours, and everyone else’s. Focus on guys who will be the main back once the current main back gets hurt. Better offenses, the better.
Gus Edwards – Both Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins are on the COVID-19 list and will not be playing on Thursday night, leaving Edwards as the primary back. Justice Hill will likely be his main complement. Tough matchup for Edwards, but didn’t seem to be an issue for him a couple of weeks ago when the Steelers were down a couple of key defensive players, going 16 for 87 yards and a TD. He can do damage with volume, he’ll be their goal line guy, so he’s a solid RB2 start. Dobbins and Ingram both have tested positive, so it’s possible they’re out next week as well. Edwards can be a multi-week rental.
Wayne Gallman – Gallman saw 18 carries in his game before the bye, and apparently can’t stop scoring TDs. He’s been averaging 3.69 yards/attempt over the last 4 games, but he had the Eagles, Bucs, Washington, and Philly again. This week, he has Cincinnati, so some volume can lead to solid RB2 production. Devonta Freeman is on IR, and there’s no word on when he’ll be back. It’s possible you’ll have Gallman for several weeks, and maybe even for the rest of the fantasy season.
James White – With Rex Burkhead’s season-ending injury, it’ll likely become a two-man backfield between Damien Harris and James White. Burkhead’s role leaves more opportunity for both, but White will be the primary beneficiary, as Harris’ role likely doesn’t change too much aside from more red zone work. He’s very interesting in full PPR leagues, and will start out as a PPR flex and potentially work his way up to a RB2.
Frank Gore – This is when Gore actually makes the list, when there are no RBs left. La’Mical Perine has a high ankle sprain, so he’ll be out a while. Gore doesn’t have the most amazing matchups coming up, but if you’re in a deep league and need a RB, do what you have to do. He’ll be a RB3/flex option.
Malcolm Perry – Perry is listed as a RB on some platforms, but plays slot WR for the Dolphins. If you’re in a deep PPR league, and you have a guy getting 5+ catches/week as a WR, that might be something you’d be interested in. He caught 3 receptions last week on 5 targets for 23 yards… not startable just yet.
Phillip Lindsay – Melvin Gordon is going to continue to get the goal line looks for Denver, but Lindsay’s volume finally went up this week to 16 carries. He ran for 82 yards, and simply looked better than Gordon. He has upside as a RB3/flex, and is a stash in case Gordon ever gets hurt.
Cordarrelle Patterson – If David Montgomery isn’t back, Patterson would be the guy to start if he’s RB-eligible in your fantasy platform. He’ll be a desperate PPR flex option if Montgomery misses.
Nelson Agholor – Agholor’s production and volume has been all over the place, but the boom is definitely there.. he’s been doing it all season. He caught a long TD in Week 1, 4, 5, (Week6 bye), 7, 9, and 11. He’s no fluke, he’s a game changer, and he has a rapport with Carr. If you need a boom/bust option, he sees Atlanta and the Jets the next two weeks – two great matchups.
Deebo Samuel – Samuel can possibly be back this week as the #1 option for the 49ers in the passing game. Brandon Aiyuk has been doing his thing, but Kyle Shanahan has manufactured touches for Samuel since his rookie year. I won’t be surprised if we’re looking at Samuel as a borderline WR2 in a couple of weeks.
Sterling Shepard – Shepard has had at least 6 receptions in each of his last 4 games, and he sees Cincinnati, Seattle, Arizona, and Cleveland over the next 4 weeks. He’ll be a PPR WR3 moving forward.
Michael Pittman – Pittman found a way to get it done in a tough matchup this past week, and now he has a pretty good rest of season schedule, continuing with Tennessee and Houston over the next two weeks.
Curtis Samuel – P.J. Walker gave his WRs their targets; 11 to Moore, 10 to Samuel, and 9 to Anderson. Great matchup next week against Minnesota, so if you need a WR3, Samuel has upside. No word on whether Teddy Bridgewater will be back next week, but Samuel has upside regardless, scoring 5 TDs over his last 5 games.
Tim Patrick – Patrick is being overlooked by everyone, including me. Patrick has seen 8+ targets in 3 of the last 5 games, and probably would’ve seen 8 if he didn’t leave the game early in Week 10. He faces a leaky Saints secondary next week. He’ll be ranked as a low-end WR3.
Corey Davis – Again, if Davis didn’t goose egg two weeks ago, we’d be having a totally different opinion of him. He’s getting it done, and he’s a WR3 moving forward. Indy’s not a great matchup, but neither was Baltimore this past week.
Breshad Perriman – Perriman scored once again with Joe Flacco under center. Sam Darnold can be back, and it also can mean the rapport won’t be there. He’s a flex play in deep leagues if you’re shooting for upside.
Allen Lazard – Lazard came back this past week, and while he hasn’t quite emerged in his first game back, I wouldn’t let that affect how I view his rest of season status. While it’s not guaranteed that he’s the #2 at some point, he’s someone I would want on my bench as a stash for after the Chicago matchup… if you’re short on WRs.
Denzel Mims – Mims has seen 7+ targets in 3 of his last 4 games. It’s just a matter of time before he pops off, because he’s looked great with his opportunities. Mostly for deeper leagues, but also for deep benches.
KJ Hamler – Hamler’s targets went down from his 2 10-target games, but they were able to be run-heavy against Miami last week. In most games, they’re going to have to throw the ball a ton.
Rashard Higgins – Higgins saw a lot of Darius Slay on Sunday, and was still able to put up 65 yards on 3 receptions. He put up 48 yards on 3 receptions in Week 10 in terrible conditions. He’s under the radar right now, but he has a great matchup in Week 12 against Jacksonville. He’s an upside flex option.
Jordan Reed – Reed had 6 targets last week on 25 routes, and Ross Dwelley ended up with only 2 targets on 18 routes. Reed is back as the guy at TE for the 49ers until he’s out again, but for now, he’s a TE1.
Will Dissly/Jacob Hollister – There is immediate opportunity available with the season-ending Greg Olsen injury. Dissly ran 9 routes to Jacob Hollister’s 7. If I had to take a stab on one, it’s Dissly.
Dalton Schultz – Schultz saw 6 targets and caught a TD, and he has a good matchup next week against Washington.
Logan Thomas – Washington couldn’t get anything going last week. Thomas saw his expected 5 targets, but the production wasn’t there this time. He has Dallas this week – neutral matchup.
Jimmy Graham – Graham’s goose egg in Week 10 doesn’t leave a good taste in anyone’s mouth, but he’s had a decent target volume in previous games. Not a great matchup this week.
Taysom Hill – Keep in mind that if Hill didn’t run for 50 yards and 2 TDs last week, we wouldn’t be too excited about him this week. Will that happen every week? Not too likely, but I’d bet he scores one. Denver’s not great, so he can potentially creep into the QB1 category for a second week.
Teddy Bridgewater – If Teddy is back, he’s streamable against Minnesota.
Daniel Jones – Jones has started to put up some numbers lately, and he’s not afraid to run with it. Cincinnati is on deck, so there’s some upside here.
Phillip Rivers – Rivers threw for 300 yards the last time these two met a few weeks ago, and with Michael Pittman emerging, Rivers has some more upside in a good matchup.
Alex Smith – He’s playing Dallas, and surprisingly threw for 325 and 390 yards in Weeks 9 and 10.
- LA vs SF
- Cleveland @ Jacksonville
- NYG @ Cincinnati
- Green Bay @ Chicago
- Washington @ Dallas