D’onta Foreman (60% rostered on Yahoo) – Check to see if Foreman is available in your league. He was the clear 1a in the Titans backfield before he got banged up; he got all the carries and the TD on their first drive. It doesn’t seem like he’ll be missing any time.
Rhamondre Stevenson (56% rostered on Yahoo) – Check to see if Stevenson is available in your league. Damien Harris has a hamstring injury, and there is some doubt that he can suit up on Saturday against the Colts. Stevenson would be a high-end RB2 for that matchup if Harris can’t go.
Rashaad Penny – We’ve only been waiting four years, but better late than never.
Rashaad Penny’s ability to leave the last two games without an injury was probably more impressive than his production in Week 14.
All jokes aside, Penny took 16 carries for 137 yards and 2 TDs. He played on 57% of snaps, and ran a route on 47% of Russell Wilson dropbacks. He only had 1 target, but that’s a solid route participation.
Alex Collins was taken off the injury report coming into the game, so Penny playing well ahead of him is a good sign for things to come.
Adrian Peterson had a “lower back issue”, so the Seahawks didn’t activate him off the practice squad; it couldn’t have had anything to do with his 1.45 yards per carry in Week 13.
Penny will be one of the better waiver wire adds of the week in the hopes he keeps this role; it can result in low-end RB2 numbers the rest of the way.
Justin Jackson/Josh Kelley – Austin Ekeler hurt his ankle on Sunday, and while his head coach is saying that he’s fine, it’s still possible he misses on Thursday night. There’s no slam dunk pickup from the backfield; both Jackson and Kelley were pretty involved, but if I had to choose one it would be Jackson. He was involved earlier in the game with Ekeler, and he’s the better pass catcher on a pass heavy offense. Flex plays if Ekeler misses.
Ameer Abdullah – Abdullah out-snapped Chuba Hubbard in Week 14, and ran 23 routes to Chuba’s 8. With tough matchups on the ground over the next three + negative game scripts, Abdullah will be the one on the field catching passes out of the backfield. He’ll be a PPR flex play for now.
Jordan Howard/Boston Scott – Miles Sanders aggravated his ankle injury before the bye week, and if he can’t go, make sure to grab Howard first, then Scott – assuming that Howard himself is good to go. Remember, this is a RB centric offense, so there will be value here for the starter and potentially the 1b as well. Depth Chart in order: Sanders, Howard, Scott, Gainwell. Pick up accordingly throughout the week.
Royce Freeman – David Johnson is on the COVID list, and it’s possible he misses another game. Rex Burkhead is on the injury report with a hip issue, and he’s day to day. If neither of these guys can go, Freeman might be the 1a for Davis Miss, who gave his RBs a 25% target share in Week 14. Potential PPR flex if you’re in need.
Craig Reynolds – If Jamaal Williams isn’t back for this week, Reynolds would be the early down back for the Lions. He looked good with his opportunities. He ran some routes, as well, so there’s some upside for targets. Godwin Igwebuike continued to be the passing down back, but he did lose a fumble.
Duke Johnson/Malcolm Brown – What. Yes, Duke Johnson. All of Miami’s RBs have COVID, and there’s a chance none of them suit up this week. Johnson is next up, and he might get a relatively large workload against a terrible Jets run defense. If Brown is back this week (he’s back in practice), he will likely be the lead back if these other guys miss.
Top RB Stashes for the stretch run
- Rhamondre Stevenson
- Alexander Mattison
- Sony Michel
- Samaje Perine
- Darrel Williams
- Khalil Herbert
- D’Ernest Johnson
- Ronald Jones
- Devontae Booker
- JD McKissic
DeVante Parker – Parker is back, and 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. Potential WR3+ moving forward.
KJ Osborn – Osborn came through on 9 targets without Adam Thielen, and we might not see Thielen this week or next because of his high ankle sprain. Low-end WR3 moving forward.
Gabriel Davis – Emmanuel Sanders has already been all but ruled out next week with a knee sprain. Davis has already stepped up as soon as Sanders left the game this past week. He can be a WR3 for as long as Sanders is out. Pass heavy offense.
Rashod Bateman – Sammy Watkins has an injury, and we saw Bateman’s routes move way up because of it… and he came through with his breakout game – 7 catches on 8 targets for 103 yards. If Watkins is banged up moving forward, Bateman can be an every-week WR3.
Russell Gage – If Gage is available in your league, he’s a solid PPR WR3 the rest of the way as long as Calvin Ridley doesn’t come back.
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 last Monday night’s game with the bad weather.
Josh Palmer – Palmer took over Keenan Allen’s role as the primary slot WR in 11 personnel, and he was rewarded with 7 targets. He also ran the most routes of any Chargers WR last week. He’ll be a plug and play flex play if Allen misses against the Chiefs again. The slot is the Chiefs vulnerability in their secondary.
Amon-Ra St Brown – Amon-Ra had a good matchup last week, and did his thing with another 12-target game. He doesn’t have as good of a matchup this week against Arizona, but double digit targets in two straight games is hard to ignore. If Hockenson is back next week, he becomes a slightly more risky start.
Laquon Treadwell – Treadwell has scored 10+ PPR fantasy points in 3 straight games. He has a good matchup on the right perimeter against Houston this week. Deep flex option.
Nico Collins – The rookie’s route participation jumped up this week to above 80%, and he saw 10 targets from Davis Mills. Collins is a deep add and start against a bad Jacksonville secondary.
Austin Hooper – If David Njoku and Harrison Bryant miss another game, fire Hooper up for another good matchup against the Raiders. Hooper ran a route on 80% of Baker’s dropbacks this past Sunday.
Tyler Conklin – Conklin couldn’t come through in a good matchup last week, and he has another tough one this week against Chicago. He did run a route on 85% of dropbacks, so there is some potential opportunity to be had here if the pass funnel widens just a bit to include him in there without Thielen.
Monitor the Chargers tight end situation this week. Both Jared Cook and Donald Parham were on the injury report on Monday, so if one doesn’t play, we can see some extra opportunity for the other. Good matchup against the Chiefs.
Taysom Hill – It’s a tough matchup on paper for a rushing QB, but Josh Allen just went over 100 yards rushing against them last week. Hill can put up yet another QB1 performance the way he’s been running. He’s a boom/bust option though in this game.
Tua Tagovailoa – Good matchup against the Jets.
Justin Fields – Fields put up a solid fantasy game in his first game back, and he has another good matchup against Minnesota on deck on Monday night.
Ben Roethlisberger – Great fantasy performances in 3 of his last 4. Another good matchup against Tennessee this week.
Miami vs NYJ
Cleveland vs Las Vegas
Philadelphia vs Washington