AJ Dillon – He’s not available in most leagues, but there’s still about 25% of leagues that have him unrostered. Check, just in case. With Aaron Jones most likely missing the next two weeks, Dillon is a must-start RB1. FAAB: 50%+
Rhamondre Stevenson – There’s a chance Damien Harris doesn’t clear concussion protocol by Thursday night (DNP on Tuesday), in which case Stevenson would get the same role he had this past Sunday. The possibility of 20+ carries while also being very involved in the pass game (5 targets on Sunday) makes him a RB1 play this week if Harris misses. FAAB: 15%
JD McKissic – The WFT was able to give Antonio Gibson a ton of work in a positive game script, but these kinds of games aren’t the norm for this team. Their defense is now without Chase Young, and they’ll likely be down most weeks. McKissic is going to get most of the opportunity in negative game scripts, so he’ll have weeks where he’ll finish as a high-end RB2. It won’t happen every week, but having a volatile depth RB who has the PPR ceiling he has is better than having a depth RB who will give you 7-10 points every week, but that’s me. FAAB: 15%
D’onta Foreman – Foreman was involved in the Titans 3-man backfield as soon as the third drive this past week, and showed ability in the both the run and pass game. Foreman looked the best in Week 9, and that continued this past Sunday. He ended up leading the Titans in carries in Week 10, and has a good shot at creating more distance between him and Adrian Peterson moving forward. FAAB: 10%
Wayne Gallman – Gallman was the guy over Mike Davis for the Falcons on Sunday. Gallman was active for the first time in a while, so it seems like the coaches already a plan to potentially work him regardless of Cordarrelle Patterson’s injury. Gallman out-carried Davis 15-4, and it wasn’t because of the blowout either. Gallman got the first carry on the Falcons’ 2nd drive. With Patterson potentially out a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, Gallman can be the 1a in this backfield; the question is how far will the gap be between him and Davis. I’d be willing to take a shot on him being a RB2, and actually doing something with a potential 12-15 carries and 3-5 targets/game. FAAB: 10-15%
Devonta Freeman – The Ravens had an uncharacteristically bad game against Miami last Thursday night, but Devonta Freeman looks to be their clear primary RB. He played on 58% of snaps, and had 14 opportunities to Le’Veon Bell’s 3. This would usually turn into some decent fantasy outings in games where they’re clicking. FAAB: 10-15%
Alex Collins – The Seahawks are “revisiting” Alex Collins’ neck injury. Like I’ve talked about over the last few weeks, Carson’s neck injury might be something that causes the Seahawks to shut him down for the rest of the year, or at least sit him out for a while. Collins was in a 2-man backfield this past week, which is great considering the 3 and 4-man committees we’ve seen. FAAB: 15%
Ty Johnson – It seems like Ty Johnson is getting it done every week, with a high floor in PPR. He’s not playing a ton of snaps, but he’s very involved in the pass game. Things can change if the Jets move away from Mike White, but Johnson has been doing his things regardless. He’s a deep bench option. FAAB: 5%
Rashod Bateman – Sammy Watkins didn’t eat into Rashod Bateman’s snaps and routes too much, and if Watkins’ role doesn’t continue to grow, Bateman should be able to be Lamar Jackson’s WR2 moving forward. Bateman didn’t get it done until late in the game last week, but the Ravens were completely out of sync for the entire game; they were completely unprepared for the Dolphins’ defensive game plan. Most weeks won’t be like that. Bateman has two 8-target games in a row, and has 80, 52, and 80 yard games over his past three. The reason why he keeps showing up on this waiver list is because he’s a very talented rookie WR, and can break out at any point. I want him on my bench if that happens, even if I don’t plan on starting him. FAAB: 15-20%
Elijah Moore – Moore’s usage is pretty frustrating, because he still isn’t running a full complement of routes. Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder are, while Moore only ran a route on almost 50% of Mike White’s dropbacks against the Bills. He still had 5 targets, and scored in garbage time, but the upside is evident if Moore ends up becoming a full-time player. He’s had double digit PPR fantasy points for four straight weeks since his bye. He’s had at least 6 targets, and has 3 TDs over his last 2 games. Tough matchup this past week against Buffalo, but he gets Miami and Houston over the next two weeks. FAAB: 15-20%
Darnell Mooney – Justin Fields is starting to find his footing in the NFL, and his #1 WR is going to benefit. Through the ups and downs, Mooney is the WR36 on the year. That will likely only go up from here. FAAB: 10-15%
Kadarius Toney – Toney’s upside is very high, but the target share is a big unknown for the Giants, as their WRs have been banged up all season long. Coming out of the bye, we might see them all playing for once. We might not get to a point where the target share settles this late in the fantasy season, but if Toney gets 20%+ with Golladay and Shepard good to go, he’ll be ranked as a Top-36 WR. Good matchup against Tampa this week, too. FAAB: 5-10%
Donovan Peoples-Jones – The Browns couldn’t get their pass game going against the Patriots, but it was a tough matchup. The Patriots weren’t allowing a ton of big plays, and that’s really what DPJ was going to live on. His next three matchups, Detroit and Baltimore twice, play up his alley, as they’re both in the Top-10 of teams giving up the most 40+ yard passing plays. Boom/bust WR3 moving forward. Baker Mayfield is day-to-day with his knee injury. FAAB: 5-10%
Michael Gallup – Gallup’s back, and he’s being rotated among the Cowboys WRs… He’s going to have some boom weeks as the Cowboys passing offense gets back on track. Their offensive output and efficiency is a good reason to have pass-catchers on this team on your bench, or to throw in your lineup in a pinch, because these guys can boom any given week. FAAB: 5-10%
Marcus Johnson – With AJ Brown double teamed all game, Marcus Johnson was the beneficiary. Julio Jones is on IR, so we might see Johnson as the clear WR2 over the next two weeks. Houston can be a good matchup, and then New England might do a good job taking AJ Brown away as well, as they usually do a decent job at taking away a team’s clear #1 weapon. There’s a chance Johnson is a solid flex for you over the next couple of weeks. FAAB: 5%
Robby Anderson – With Cam Newton in town, maybe Robby Anderson starts seeing some more targets/better throws. Newton isn’t the most accurate, but it will be interesting to see if he at least favors Robby. If he does, I can’t imagine Anderson’s uncatchable rate to be higher than it’s been over the last several weeks with Sam Darnold. Newton was the one who threw Robby his TD pass this past week. FAAB: 5%
QB Pickups and Streamers
Cam Newton – Cam Newton ran for a TD and threw for a TD in only a handful of snaps this past week in his first game back with the Panthers. Matt Rhule said he wants everything that Cam offers, which means a lot of rushing, and a lot of goal line carries. Sign me up. Possible Top-12 option the rest of the way. At home against Washington this week, and then has Miami the week after. Solid matchups. FAAB: 10%
Tua Tagovailoa – Tua will be back this week, and he has a good matchup against the Jets.
Mac Jones – Against Atlanta, Mac Jones is a streamer. Dak Prescott just tore them up this past week.
Justin Fields – Two very solid fantasy performances in a row for Justin Fields, and now he’s coming out of his bye. Baltimore’s defense is good, but it’s not too scary. He’s an option after throwing for 291 yards in Pittsburgh. He’s ran for 38+ yards in 4 straight games.
Daniel Jones – Taylor Heinicke was able to do his thing against Tampa this past week, but their secondary was a big banged up. Jones has a high ceiling, so if you need it, he should be in play. He’s not a solid option.
TE Pickups and Streamers
Dan Arnold – Arnold is the TE pickup of the week. 7+ targets and 60+ yards in 4 of his last 5 games. As solid as they come. FAAB: 20% if you need a long-term TE.
Gerald Everett – Everett was on this list last week, and I hope of you used him as a streamer. Gerald Everett had a high route participation before the bye, and it translated into him catching 8 of 8 targets this past week. He ran a route on 85% of dropbacks on Sunday, so continue to stream him if you need to.
Tyler Conklin – Conklin has been getting it done, as well, and is a regular part of the Minnesota offense.
Cole Kmet – Kmet has had 6+ targets in 3 straight games. He had 8 targets, and caught 6 for 87 in Justin Fields’ best passing game of his career before their bye.
Evan Engram – Engram is most likely TD or bust, but he did score a TD in each of the last two games, and Tampa has been a bit vulnerable to the TE position.
Pat Friermuth – Check if he’s available. He’s only available in about 35% of leagues, but he can be a beneficiary of Juju and Claypool being out. Eric Ebron’s return did stifle Muth’s routes a bit, but he seems like a favorite target of Ben’s.
Logan Thomas – Thomas might be back this week. The appeal behind Thomas is that he was running a route on almost every pass play for WFT, so he would be a low-end TE1 once that starts happening again.
Tennessee vs Houston – great streamer the rest of the way. Potential set it and forget it.
Cleveland vs Detroit
San Francisco @ Jacksonville
Carolina vs Washington
Miami @ NYJ