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: 30%+
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. 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%+
Dontrell Hilliard – Dontrell Hilliard had 12 carries on about 50% of snaps in Week 12, 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 should return in Week 14, 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%+
Jeremy McNichols – Grabbing McNichols is just taking a shot on him re-claiming his role as the primary pass-catching RB over Hilliard, and be the sole complement to Foreman. FAAB: 3-5%
Tevin Coleman/Ty Johnson – Coleman was the primary ball carrier while Johnson was the clear pass catcher out of this group. Tough matchup, so it’ll be tough to trust Coleman this week, but he should be the guy on early downs for as long as Michael Carter is out. Johnson is a deep PPR flex play this week.
Rashaad Penny – He finished a game! Adrian Peterson looked terrible, and Penny was slightly better. There’s a chance Seattle does the same thing Tennessee does if Penny continues to stay healthy. His issue has always been health, and I don’t trust him to stay healthy, but he’s a pickup in deep leagues with slim pickings at RB.
Jordan Howard – In case Miles Sanders isn’t back after the bye, Howard will likely be the 1a. If he himself is back.
Boston Scott – If neither Sanders or Howard is back after the bye, Scott will be the 1a in a valuable backfield.
RB Handcuffs to pick up stash for the playoffs (Available in > 50% of Yahoo leagues). You don’t have to roster the starter in order for you to roster their backup. If the starter goes down, you now have another potential starter. Increases the upside for your team.
- Rhamondre Stevenson – Available in 40% of Yahoo leagues. They have a bye this week, but Damien Harris suffered a hamstring injury. I’d stash Stevenson in case Harris can’t go in Week 15.
- Samaje Perine
- Khalil Herbert
- Devontae Booker
- Ronald Jones
- Jeff Wilson Jr – might be smart to pick him up, since Elijah Mitchell is in the concussion protocol. Wilson has a knee flare up of his own, but he’s day to day. It’s possible he’s the guy if Mitchell can’t clear the protocol.
- Carlos Hyde
KJ Osborn – Adam Thielen has a high ankle sprain, and it’s possible he misses several weeks. There’s no confirmed time table just yet, but at least we can almost guarantee he misses this Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh, which is a good matchup for WRs. Osborn ran only one less route than Jefferson with Thielen getting hurt early in the game. FAAB: 15%
Russell Gage – Gage has put together enough games where I can start to trust him. He’s had 10+ PPR points in 5 of his last 7 games, with goose eggs in the other two. The goose egg hurts, but we can’t ignore the 11-catch 130 yard performance in Week 13. He is entering the low-end PPR WR3 conversation. FAAB: 15%
Sterling Shepard – Shepard has been banged up all season, but it looks like he’s set to return. The only reason why he isn’t the #1 WR on this list is because there is no guarantee he’s back this week. Once he’s back, he’s in the WR3 conversation, and will be a high-end WR3 once he’s back to form, which might only take a game or so. With the other WRs failing to command any sort of target share, Shepard remains the only one Daniel Jones seems to have trusted this entire season. In his 3 games where he played 90%+ snaps, he’s averaged 11 targets. His matchups coming up aren’t amazing, but he can still get it done. FAAB: 25%
DeVante Parker – Parker would be higher on this list if he didn’t have a bye this week. If I was playing for Week 15 and beyond, Parker would probably be my #1 or #2 WR pickup along with Shepard. He’s had some good performances when he’s played this year, and if he can stay healthy, his fantasy playoff schedule is great: Jets, Saints, Titans from Weeks 15-17. FAAB: 25%
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. Throw away Monday night’s game.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – MVS will be boom/bust, but it’s hard to ignore the 10 and 9 target games he had before the bye. Randall Cobb is dealing with a groin injury, so he’s out for a period of time, MVS can benefit.
Josh Reynolds – It’s really tough to figure out which Lions WR is going to lead them in targets. It was Reynolds in Week 12, and Amon-Ra St Brown in Week 13. Reynolds still had a solid game, with outings of 70 yards and 69 yards receiving over the last two games. With his high depth of target, he can get it done for you on one play. He has flex potential moving forward.
Tre’Quan Smith – Deonte Harris has been suspended for three games, so there will some more targets to go around in New Orleans. Smith ran the most routes of any of the Saints WRs last week, so he would be my bet to be the most valuable WR.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – If Julio Jones isn’t back this week, Nick is a flex play. He received 22% of targets in Week 12 before his bye, and has a good matchup against the Jags in Week 14.
Jamison Crowder – If you’re in a deep PPR league, Crowder can likely help you a bit. Corey Davis aggravated his groin injury, so he might be out for this week and possibly the week after, as well. Crowder has some solid matchups over the next few weeks. Update: Corey Davis is having core muscle surgery, and he’s out for the year. Crowder has season-long appeal as deep PPR flex play.
TE Pickups and Streams
Ricky Seals-Jones – Logan Thomas has actually not torn his ACL, according to Ron Rivera through Ian Rapaport. It is still possible he misses a stretch of time, so RSJ should be picked up assuming that Thomas won’t play for the rest of the fantasy season. RSJ got some limited practices in last week, so there’s a chance he’s back from his own hip injury this week. John Bates would be the start if RSJ and Thomas both miss this upcoming week.
Tyler Conklin – With Adam Thielen out this week and potentially more wiith a high ankle sprain, Conklin should see some extra targets. Conklin saw a season-high 9 targets with Thielen leaving the game early in Week 13. The Vikings play on Thursday night.
Gerald Everett – Everett had the worst possible game I’ve ever seen for a TE this past week. He lost two fumbles, and he dropped a TD that ended up as an interception. No man was ever more happy that his team ended up winning.
Foster Moreau – Moreau hasn’t had the best game and a half without Darren Waller. Lofty expectations? Yes. If Waller is out this week, however, he does have a good matchup against Kansas City. No other Raiders TE ran a route this past Sunday. He still should be in streaming consideration if Waller is out again.
Evan Engram – Engram has had 4 10+ PPR fantasy outings over his last 6 games. He’s a solid streamer this week in a decent matchup.
Cole Kmet – Deep stream if you need it, especially if Allen Robinson is out again.
CJ Uzomah – Uzomah’s route participation has gone up to great levels over the past three games, but he doesn’t have much production to show for it. Just know that he is running a route on nearly ever pass play, so if you need a shot in the dark, he can give it to you. We’ve seen some boom games from him earlier this year, and that was with him running a route on not nearly as many dropbacks.
QB Pickups and Streams
Taysom Hill @ NYJ
Taylor Heinicke vs Dallas
Cam Newton vs Atlanta
Ben Roethlisberger @ Minnesota
Teddy Bridgewater vs Detroit
Green Bay vs Chicago
Denver vs Detroit
Tennessee vs Jacksonville
New Orleans @ NYJ
Seattle @ Houston
LAC vs NYG