Darrel Williams – Williams is available in 40% of Yahoo leagues. Clyde Edwards-Helaire left Sunday’s game with a collarbone injury. He’s awaiting a MRI on Monday to see what potential implications. Williams has to be rostered. He would be a low-end RB2 if CEH plays, and a solid RB1 if CEH were to miss against the Bengals.
Boston Scott – Miles Sanders left Sunday’s game with a fractured hand, and Jordan Howard left with a stinger. Stingers are usually not concerning, but Howard missed 6 games last season with a neck injury that was originally deemed a stinger. If both guys are unavailable in Week 17, Scott would be a solid to high-end RB2 as the primary back against Washington.
Dare Ogunbowale – James Robinson left Sunday’s game with a torn Achilles. Dare became the every-down back (82% of snaps) despite Carlos Hyde being active (Update: He was not active. He was placed on IR before this game). The Patriots are a vulnerable defense when it comes to defending RBs. Even in a negative game script, Ogunbowale can rack up some receptions; the Patriots are the worst team against pass-catching RBs. There’s a bit of risk here given the Jaguars can switch this to a rotation next week, which is why he’s not in the must-add section.
Kenneth Gainwell – If both Miles Sanders (fractured hand) and Jordan Howard (stinger/neck) miss this week, Gainwell will get some run as the 1b to Scott. In a run-centric offense, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with RB2 numbers with some opportunity. He’s a solid flex in this situation.
Jordan Howard – There’s always the chance Howard’s stinger isn’t serious, even though he’s had a history with this injury being relatively more serious than when others get it. If he’s good to go, he’d be the 1a in front of Scott assuming he’s healthy enough to handle the load. I’d prioritize Scott, then Gainwell, then Howard if I need to make this decision on Monday morning as I’m writing this, but pay attention to the news. I’ll give updates on my IG story @upperhandfantasy.
Rex Burkhead – Burkhead was on the field for 62% of snaps and ended up with 22 carries and 2 targets against the Chargers. The Texans surprisingly had a handle on this game throughout, which allowed Burkhead to get all the carries that he did. However, Burkhead has been the clear lead in this backfield for several weeks now. I don’t want to play him at the 49ers in Week 17 with my fantasy championship on the line. I really don’t. The Texans offense isn’t good, and they had a good week. But if you’re desperate, and need a warm body to put in your flex spot, I get it.
Elijah Moore – Moore is eligible to come off of IR this week. No word on whether he’ll be activated or not, but he’d be an instant WR3 at the very least this week if he’s available.
Isaiah McKenzie – Cole Beasley missed the game on Sunday due to COVID, and McKenzie took over for Beasley in the slot. He ran a route on 88% of Josh Allen’s dropbacks in a competitive game. McKenzie isn’t a slam dunk start next week, because the Bills have gone into 12 personnel at times when in control of games… and that can happen next week against the Falcons. However, it’s a great matchup, and I’m willing to roll the dice with McKenzie as a WR3. Keep in mind that Beasley can be eligible to play against Atlanta given that his minimum 10-day time away from the team ends before this game. Since it’s a minimum, there’s still a chance Beasley misses. Just gotta know the potential scenarios if you’re depending on McKenzie. If Beasley plays, I wouldn’t be putting McKenzie in my lineup. Gabriel Davis will miss the Week 17 matchup, but Emmanuel Sanders will likely continue to be the primary outside receiver opposite Stefon Diggs.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – MVS has a shot to play in Week 17. He had a 100-yard game against Minnesota the first time around, and that matchup continues to be a good one. He’s a boom/bust flex option this week if he’s cleared. If he’s not, Allen Lazard can be a boom/bust flex in his place.
Josh Palmer – Mike Williams was placed on the COVID list late in the week, so it’s possible he doesn’t play in Week 17. If he doesn’t, Palmer would be the pickup. He ran a route on every one of Justin Herbert’s dropbacks except one on Sunday, and led the team in targets. Tough matchup against the Broncos, but he would still be a low-end WR3 start with upside in that game if Williams is out. Update: Mike Williams will be out this week.
KJ Osborn – Adam Thielen seemed to re-aggravate his injuries on Sunday, so if he misses Week 17, Osborn is a viable boom/bust WR3 play against Green Bay. Kirk Cousins will likely have to throw quite a bit against the Packers, so Osborn can benefit.
Rashod Bateman – Bateman seems to have won the job over Sammy Watkins, running a route on 93% of dropbacks on Sunday. He’ll be an upside flex play this week against the Rams.
Mo Alie-Cox – Pay attention to Jack Doyle’s knee/ankle injuries. If he can’t go this week, Alie-Cox should run enough routes to do his thing in a great matchup against the Raiders. He ran a route on 71% of dropbacks on Saturday night. Give me anything above 60% for this guy… he has talent.
Foster Moreau – If Darren Waller continues to be out, Moreau has a great matchup against Indy. He ran a route on all but 3 dropbacks on Sunday.
Gerald Everett – Everett’s route participation went up to 83% this week, and he came through with a solid game. Everett would be a great streamer against the Lions this week.
Cole Kmet – Kmet continues to be targeted, and he could’ve had a bigger Sunday if his end zone target was placed as well as the one Jimmy Graham got on the next play. He ran a route on 85% of dropbacks in Week 16. Solid matchup against the Giants in Week 17.
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