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Must Pickups

Check if Michael Carter is available in your league. He’s available in about 30% of Yahoo leagues. He takes top priority if available.

Taysom Hill – With Jameis Winston out for the season with a torn ACL, Hill has the upside to be a Top-6 QB. In Hill’s 4 starts last season, he scored 2 rushing TDs twice, and averaged 52.3 rushing yards. Even if you have a solid QB, you might want to consider picking him up in case he’s improved his passing. FAAB: 5-15%

Adrian Peterson – For fantasy purposes, Derrick Henry is most likely done for the year. It is possible he makes it back for the fantasy playoffs, but it’s not likely. The Titans signed Peterson, but it’s possible they make another move. He’s a must pickup in case the Titans don’t make any other moves at RB, but because of the possibility that they do, I wouldn’t overspend on Peterson. Also, don’t expect Peterson to all of a sudden inherit 20+ carries/game. That was Derrick Henry’s game. If no other RBs are added, expect Jeremy McNichols to be the passing down back, while spelling Peterson on early downs as well. FAAB: 10-25%, depending on how you badly you need a RB2

Carlos Hyde – James Robinson avoided a serious injury, and he’s listed as day to day. It’s possible he’s not able to play this week, and if that’s the case, Hyde becomes a solid RB2. He ran a route on 66% of drop backs and was the primary rusher as well. If he’s going to get a similar workload as Robinson, he’s worth an add. It’s also worth adding Hyde in case Robinson’s injury is actually more serious than the team is letting on right now. FAAB: 5-10%

RB Pickups

Boston Scott – Scott was the primary RB for the Eagles. We would’ve gotten a better idea of the true split if their game was competitive, but it wasn’t competitive the entire time. Scott ended up getting all 12 of his touches (1 negated by penalty) all by the end of the first drive of the 3rd quarter. He was pretty much done after that. Kenneth Gainwell was nowhere to be found except in the 4th quarter, where he was put in with the backups to ice the game. Not a good look for him Gainwell going forward, but I’d expect him to be a lot more involved in a competitive game. Scott should be viewed as a low-end RB2 for Week 9. FAAB: 10%

Ty Johnson – Jets QB Mike White has been giving RBs a 42% target share over his two games so far. Ty Johnson has been efficient on his targets over the last two games – 7/6/65 and 6/5/71/1 in the receiving game, so he’s a desperate PPR flex if you need it on Thursday night. Michael Carter seems to be the guy there, but Johnson is being targeted when he’s on the field. FAAB: 10%

Jeremy McNichols – McNichols probably lost hope of being the primary early down ball carrier with the Adrian Peterson signing, but he will likely continue to be their passing down back with a slight uptick of early down snaps. Sometimes it’s worth taking a shot on the cheap guy in an ambigious backfield. FAAB: 3%

Jaret Patterson – Patterson led the WFT in carries, and Antonio Gibson was available after practicing in full on Friday. It truly seems like they are limiting Gibson’s workload as long as the shin injury is an issue, and I don’t see how it gets better without rest. If Gibson’s injury gets worse, it’s very possible Patterson takes his role. FAAB: 5%

Derrick Gore – Gore got some opportunity out of nowhere on Monday night, and it’s probably because the Giants were playing them pretty deep. They weren’t going to allow Tyreek Hill or anyone else to get over the top. They chose to stop Travis Kelce and tried to limit Hill the best they could, and didn’t really care if the Chiefs ran the ball. They weren’t going to give Darrel Williams another 25-30 carries. Darrel out-carried Gore 13-11, and was still the primary passing down back. Still, Gore had some impressive runs, so he’s worth a pickup in deeper leagues in case his role grows while CEH is out. You also have the 1% chance that he’s really good and dethrones CEH.

WR Pickups

DeVante Parker – Parker has been productive when healthy. He came back this week to catch 8 balls on 11 targets for 85 yards in a tough matchup against the Bills. He has Houston this week, and has a chance to be a solid WR3 for you all year… as long as he stays healthy.

Jamison Crowder – When Mike White wasn’t targeting RBs, he was targeting Crowder. He caught 8 of 9 targets for 84 yards, and plays a beatable Indy secondary. He’ll likely be a WR3 this week, especially given that all the other Jets WRs are being rotated, including Corey Davis.

Brandon Aiyuk – Aiyuk might be back as a full-time player. He ran more routes than Deebo Samuel, and received only 2 less targets than him. We’ll see if it sticks, because it didn’t stick the last time Aiyuk took a jump in playing time. Aiyuk’s talent is worth the stash to see if it does stick this time around.

Rashod Bateman – Bateman had some high route participation for his second start before the bye, and had some legit production as well. It’s not a given that he beats Sammy Watkins out completely for that WR2 job, but if he does, he’ll have some upside. Solid stash.

Michael Gallup – Gallup should be back this week. He can be a boom/bust WR3 with the upside of a high-end WR3 on a great offense.

Van Jefferson – Jefferson plays two roles on your bench. He can fill in for you when you’re in a pinch as a boom/bust play on a good offense, and can be great for you if Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods were to ever miss games due to injury.

Rondale Moore – If DeAndre Hopkins misses time with his hamstring injury, Moore should see the field more with Christian Kirk bouncing to the outside in 11 personnel.

Jamal Agnew – Agnew passed Laviska Shenault in routes run. Marvin Jones ran the most among WRs, Agnew was 2nd, and Viska was a distant 3rd. 5/78 two weeks ago, 12 targets this week.

Quez Watkins – Jalen Reagor has an ankle injury. He was carted off, but no word on severity just yet. Sounds like a multi-week injury if he had to be carted off. Watkins’ snaps should jump; he’s a playmaker, and he might be the deep threat Jalen Hurts’ needs to be on the field more. Watkins did end up running more routes than any other receiver this past week.

Marquez Callaway – Despite running the most routes of any Saints receiver all season long, Callaway hasn’t found any consistency. With a QB change, however, something might click. He’s worth stashing just in case.

TE Streams/Pickups

Dan Arnold – Dan Arnold ran a route on 77% of dropbacks last week, and came through his second good stat line in three games. He caught 8 of his 10 targets for 68 yards in Week 8, and caught 6 of 8 for 64 two games ago. He can potentially continue as a TE1 as long as the Jaguars need to pass the ball to stay in games.

Pat Freiermuth – Freiermuth’s had 7 targets in each of the last two games. Juju’s injury, but also Eric Ebron’s, is helping Freiermuth get some looks. He’s not running enough routes for him to be reliable, but Ben seems to be looking his way.

Tommy Sweeney – The Bills have gone heavy 11 and 10 personnel without Dawson Knox. When a TE does end up running a route, it’s Sweeney. No other TE ran more than 1 route this past week. As long as Knox is out, Sweeney is a streamer.

Hayden Hurst – In deeper leagues, Hurst might be an option. He ran a route on 65% of dropbacks this past week with Calvin Ridley out, as a result of the Falcons moving to more 12 personnel. This doesn’t affect Pitts, by the way; he’s running the most routes on any receiver on the team.

QB Streams/Pickups

In case you missed the Taysom Hill pickup, I list it up top in the Must Pickups section.

  1. Daniel Jones vs Las Vegas
  2. Tua Tagovailoa vs Houston
  3. Mike White @ Indy
  4. Justin Fields @ Pittsburgh – More of a stash than a player but is a desperate start if you need some upside.

DEF Streams

New England @ Carolina

Dallas vs Denver

New Orleans vs Atlanta

Carolina vs New England