Alexander Mattison – Dalvin Cook will be out for at least two weeks. No word on whether he’ll be placed on IR, but if Mattison is available in your league, he is the top priority. He’ll be a high-end RB1 while Cook is out. FAAB: 100%
Jamaal Williams – Dan Campbell said that it’ll be hard to say that D’Andre Swift will play in Week 13, so Williams is on deck to be the workhorse with Swift likely out. There’s no guarantee Swift plays in Week 14, either, so Williams can potentially catapult you into the fantasy playoffs. FAAB: 50%+
Ameer Abdullah – Christian McCaffrey is out for the season, and while I can understand picking up Chuba Hubbard before, the only viable start he will likely provide for you is in Week 14 against the Falcons (Panthers on bye in Week 13). If your focus is on getting into the playoffs, then Hubbard will be the guy ranked higher than Abdullah, but if you’re looking for help while in the fantasy playoffs, Abdullah will likely be the better play in matchups against Buffalo, Tampa, and New Orleans. Those are three very tough run defenses, and the Panthers will likely be down. Abdullah will be the one on the field while the Panthers are in passing situations and while they play catch-up. FAAB: 30%+
D’onta Foreman – Foreman was the primary early down RB for the Titans in Week 12, and ended the game with 19 carries for 109 yards. He claimed about 50% of snaps, and the Titans went back to being run heavy despite being in a negative game script. The hope is that McNichols’ return doesn’t make this a 3-man backfield, and that either he replaces Hilliard, or Hilliard takes his job. Otherwise, we won’t be able to extract any fantasy value from this backfield. Either way, it seems like the Titans are willing to give Foreman volume, so he’ll be a flex option in Week 14 against the Jaguars. However, the range of possibilities remain somewhat wide with the backfield still in a state of flux upon McNichols’ return. FAAB: 25%+
Dontrell Hilliard – Dontrell Hilliard had 12 carries on about 50% of snaps, one of which was a 68-yard TD, to put him at 131 rushing yards on the day. Hilliard was the primary passing down back, running 15 routes to Foreman’s 9, according to PFF. Jeremy McNichols might return from his concussion after their Week 13 bye, but it seems as though Hilliard has earned a role based on how he’s looked over the last two weeks. The hope is that McNichols’ return doesn’t make this a 3-man backfield if you want Hilliard to pan out for you. FAAB: 20%+
Chuba Hubbard – Christian McCaffrey is out for the season. The Panthers are on bye in Week 13, but Hubbard can provide a RB2 start for you in Week 14 against the Falcons. He was able to get volume and had a solid game against them earlier in the year. I wouldn’t consider Hubbard a long term asset, because I don’t expect the matchups beyond Week 14 to be favorable for Hubbard’s early down role. FAAB: 15-20%+
(NEW) Sony Michel – Darrell Henderson suffered a quad strain this past week, so there’s a chance he misses this week, maybe more. He’ll be a workhorse in Henderson’s place, and that would result in him being ranked as a low-end RB1 if Hendo misses time.
Matt Breida – Breida was the preferred RB for the Bills to start on Thanksgiving, leaving Zack Moss as a healthy scratch. Prior to Thursday’s game, HC Sean McDermott did tell us that Breida has earned a bigger role. Breida started out hot, but Devin Singletary got more touches as the game progressed, especially in the second half. In a closer game, we might see Breida continue to be involved throughout, so he’s worth adding in most leagues to see where his role goes. It’s very possible Breida just replaces Moss in a backfield in which both backs continue to be pretty much unstartable, but he’s still worth rostering in case he takes over as the 1a. FAAB: 15%
Boston Scott/Jordan Howard – I wish I could tell you which guy to pick up. We don’t know the status of Miles Sanders, who might have re-aggravated his ankle, and we don’t know if Jordan Howard will return this week, either. HC Nick Sirianni said that he’ll give updates on these guys on Wednesday… I wish he knew that our waivers are running tonight. I’d probably take a shot on Boston Scott since he’s the healthiest of the three, but Howard will likely be the 1a if he practices and Sanders doesn’t go this week. It’ll be a fluid situation all week. FAAB: Scott, 15%; Howard 10%
Ty Johnson – The Jets continued in a 3-man backfield rotation on Sunday with Tevin Coleman leading the way in rushing attempts in a win against the Texans. However, the Jets aren’t going to be in too many positive or neutral game scripts moving forward, including this week against the Eagles, regardless of who their QB is (Hurts has an ankle injury). I’d expect Johnson to be the guy to start this week due to his role as the passing down back; if you’re in need of a PPR flex for the next two weeks, he can potentially get it done for you.
Rex Burkhead – David Johnson seemed a bit banged up this past week, and Burkhead played on 61% of snaps and led the backfield in touches. There’s a chance he is viable in deeper PPR leagues at some point… 15 touches this past week, and 18 touches the week before. Some might take it.
Van Jefferson – Jefferson had a 23.6% target share on Sunday night, and will always be a threat to boom for you. His targets have hovered around 7 before the bye, and jumped up to 9 this past week. The Rams might not have to throw a ton this week against Jacksonville, but it’s a good matchup, and it only takes one play for Jefferson to come through. He almost caught a 2nd TD if he didn’t step out of bounds, so I’d take advantage and pick him up now before your league mates finally catch up. Solid matchups the rest of the way. Also, Jefferson played a ton of snaps in the slot coming out of the bye, so if that continues, he’s going to be a sneaky every-week WR3. FAAB: 30%+
Kendrick Bourne – Bourne’s target share hasn’t been dependable, but he’s one of those players who’s involved every week and can get it done for you more often than not. He’s also had a few WR1 weeks this year, so he can raise the ceiling of your team if you have a few uninspiring every-week floor plays on your roster. FAAB: 10%
Sterling Shepard – Shepard’s been the only WR who’s got it done in every game he’s played for the Giants. Even with Kenny Golladay being the only viable WR for the Giants this past week, he still couldn’t get it done for you. Shepard is widely available, but we don’t quite know when he’ll return. It’s possible he’s back as soon as this week, so if you’re in need of a WR, he’s a solid add for the stretch run. Hopefully he can stay healthy. FAAB: 20%
Kadarius Toney – Toney has the ability, so if you’re looking for a WR stash, he can come through once (or if ) the Giants offense can ever get it together post-Jason Garrett. FAAB: 10%
DeSean Jackson – Boom/bust play. If you’re looking to raise the ceiling of your team, add D-Jax. Derek Carr has shown the desire and ability to find his deep targets (Cooper, Agholor, Ruggs, and now D-Jax). Don’t expect consistency, but D-Jax can still separate deep and get it done for you on one play. FAAB: 5%
Josh Reynolds – Reynolds has pretty much had full route participation over the last two weeks, led the Lions in targets on Thanksgiving, and showed off some big play ability. He’s a deep league addition. FAAB: 2-5%
Russell Gage – Alright, I’ll consider Gage. He’s put 3 of 4 solid PPR flex games together, so I’ll entertain starting him moving forward. Just know that just when you think you can trust him, he’ll drop a goose egg on you. I guess I’m not ready to get hurt again. FAAB: 5%
Foster Moreau – With Darren Waller likely out this week (considered week to week) and potentially another, Moreau can fill in as a TE1 for you. When Waller missed in Week 7, Moreau went 6/6/60/1 and had ran a route on 100% of Derek Carr’s drop backs.
James O’Shaughnessy – Dan Arnold has a MCL sprain and will likely miss the rest of the fantasy football season. O’Shaugnessy is back from injury, and there’s a good chance his route participation is as high as Darnold’s was before he came back. He’s a potential borderline TE1 in PPR leagues, but I am not trusting that off the bat. I want to see it first.
Cole Kmet – Kmet caught 8 of 11 targets for 65 yards on Thanksgiving, had a quiet Week 11, but also had a 8/6/87 yard game before the bye. He’s worth an add and can be streamed this week if you’re desperate. It’s possible he makes his way into TE1 territory. This week’s matchup isn’t great, but it wasn’t great on Thanksgiving either.
Taysom Hill – Reports are saying that Hill’s getting starting reps this week, and it’s possible he becomes the QB1 for the Saints as soon as this week. If he’s the starter, he’s a fantasy QB1 start. His rushing ability and his usage around the goal line is enough to consider him for this week and for the rest of the season. Apparently, the reason he hasn’t been starting is because he was still nursing a foot injury. FAAB: 35-50% if you’re in need of a QB
Carson Wentz vs Houston
Tua Tagovailoa vs NYG
Tyrod Taylor vs Indy
Teddy Bridgewater @ KC
Miami vs NYG
Kansas City vs Denver
Cincinnati vs LAC