Tue Oct 27 10:50am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Carlos Hyde could start Week 8
There were a decent amount of injuries last week, making for a few more options on the waiver wire. Remember, the backup doesn’t always mean great things in a starting role but there is always potential for any stater in the NFL. Sometimes it just takes a chance to play to make a name for yourself in the NFL. Maybe one of the guys on the list this week becomes a difference maker for fantasy teams the rest of the way. You never know, right?
Baker Mayfield, Browns. Mayfield was dropped in a lot of leagues last week after his disaster of a game against the Steelers. Well, he put that behind him in a hurry, posting his best game of the season in Week 7. Mayfield had five touchdowns passes and threw for 297 yards. He almost had more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions the game (six). Mayfield isn’t going to do that every week, but showed his potential when all is right for him. He is available in 49 percent of leagues on our site.
Kyle Allen, Washington. Allen had his second straight start with multiple touchdowns. He has at least 18 fantasy points each of his two starts. Allen has been productive in a starting role for the Redskins and should continue to start. Allen has some streaming value in the right matchup.
JaMycal Hasty, 49ers. Hasty had nine carries for the second straight games. He had a season high in rushing yards, running nine times for 57 yards in Week 7. And with Jeff Wilson hurt, Hasty could be setup for a little more work going forward for the 49ers. He has some value in this run-heavy offense.
La'Mical Perine, Jets. Perine got the most work of the season last week, rushing 11 times for 39 yards and a touchdowns. He has 18 carries the last two games. The Jets might as well see what they have with the young back, especially with their season going nowhere. He could start to get more work than starter Frank Gore the next few weeks.
Carlos Hyde, Seahawks. Chris Carson has a foot injury and is expected to miss some time. This leaves Hyde as the starter for the Seahawks. He has good fantasy value in this role, getting a chance to start for a very good offensive team. Hyde had 68-rushing yards and a touchdown in an expanded role last week. He is available in 61 percent of leagues.
Wayne Gallman, Giants. Devonta Freeman hurt his ankle last week, leaving Gallman as the lead back for the Giants. Gallman had 54 total yards and a touchdown. He even caught five passes in the game. Gallman won’t be a huge fantasy producer in a starting role but has some value to fantasy teams if he gets some starts. Freeman has a chance to miss some games, making Gallman a player worth looking at grabbing for fantasy teams in need of running back help.
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers. Aiyuk had a touchdown in Week 6 and followed that with his first 100-yard game of his career last week. Aiyuk had six receptions for 115 yards. The 49ers offense is starting to click in recent weeks, so don’t be surprised if Aiyuk starts getting more chances in the passing game. He is available in 36 percent of leagues.
Scotty Miller, Bucs. Miller had his best game of the season last week, catching six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He has 80-plus yards three of his last four games. His value might not be too high for long with Antonio Brown in the mix but until Brown is playing, Miller can help fantasy teams. He gets his weekly chances.
Marquez Callaway, Saints. Callaway was the surprise leader for the Saints in receiving last week with the team having all sorts of injury issues at the position. Callaway had eight receptions for 75 yards on 10 targets. He has 16 targets the last two games and has some fantasy value as long as the Saints continue to have injuries to starters at receiver.
Rashard Higgins, Browns. Higgins got a chance for an expanded role last week because of an injury to Odell Beckham. Higgins had a huge game with more work, finishing with six receptions for 110 yards. He has touchdowns two of three games and should start the rest of the way for the Browns. Higgins might be a little hit or miss, but has some streaming potential.
Nelson Agholor, Raiders. Agholor has touchdowns three straight games and enjoyed his first 100-yard game of the season last week. He has been the most consistent targets for the Raiders at receiver this year. He is getting chances and making big plays. Agholor remains available in 86 percent of leagues.
Cole Beasley, Bills. Beasley had his best game of the season last week, catching 11 passes for 112 yards on 12 targets. He kind of flies under the radar but has been super consistent for fantasy teams. He has at least four receptions all but a game. He also has double-digit fantasy points all but the first game. For some reason, Beasley remains available in 29 percent of league.
Randall Cobb, Texans. Cobb had a season high 10 targets last week. He caught eight of those targets for 95 yards. He has 17 receptions his last three games, posting solid numbers out of the slot for the Texans. Cobb isn’t going to have many huge games but will be consistent in this role. Cobb remains available in 65 percent of leagues.
Sterling Shepard, Giants. Shepard finally returned from his toe injury last week and led the team in reciever. He had six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Shepard can lead the team in receiving the rest of the way. He remains available in 68 percent of leagues.
Richard Rodgers, Eagles. Rodgers got the start last week for the Eagles and played well in an expanded role. He had six receptions for 85 yards on eight targets. Rodgers could get another start before the rest of the Eagles tight ends are healthy. He can help fantasy teams in a starting role.
Logan Thomas, Washington. Thomas found the end zone for the second straight game. He had four recpeioyns for 60 yards and a touchdown. He has three scores this year and three games with at least 13 fantasy points. Thomas has at last four receptions four of seven games. He remains available in 70 percent of leagues.
Harrison Bryant, Browns. It was Bryant that started last week for an injured Austin Hooper and not David Njoku. Bryant responded with a big game, catching four of five targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Hooper could miss another week or two of action, giving Bryant a few more starts. Bryant showed his potential in a starting role this past game, so consider him a spot play in a starting role.
Trey Burton, Colts. Burton is healthy and emerging in the Colts offense. He had four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown last week. He has nine receptions his last two games and is becoming the tight end to own for the Colts. Burton can help as a tight end streamer and is available in 61 percent leagues.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 12
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been an excellent fantasy signal-caller this season. Watson currently sits as the QB6 and aside from a windy, messy game against Cleveland, he's finished as a QB1 in five of his last six games. On the table for Watson is a Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions' 25th-ranked pass defense that has surrendered the ninth-most plays through the air of 20 yards or more. The former Clemson star is as consistent as they come and should be started as an elite QB1 in Week 12. He has the upside to finish as the overall QB1 this week.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown hasn't been the most impactful option during the 2020 campaign. After finishing Week 1 with 101 yards off five catches, Hollywood's production has fizzled since by surpassing four catches in a game just once. A few weeks ago against New England, he caught an underwhelming two of his seven targets, and in Week 11 against the Titans, he was held without a grab. While Brown always has the potential to pick up some significant gains, the odds aren't in his favor on Sunday night against an efficient Steelers Defense. For the fantasy managers who still have the 23-year-old on their roster, it may be wise to have him sitting in Week 12.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's status for Week 12 against the Panthers remains up in the air after he tested positive for COVID-19. Head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday that he doesn't know if Thielen will be cleared to play on Sunday. The team's top wideout was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, but NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Thielen also had a negative test. Further testing will determine if it was a false positive. Fantasy manager need to keep a close eye on this situation, as the 30-year-old wideout is a must-start if he's cleared after he scored two touchdowns in Week 11. Rookie Justin Jefferson would be quarterback Kirk Cousins' primary target if Thielen were to be ruled out.
Houston Texans wide receivers Kenny Stills (quadriceps) and Randall Cobb (toe) have both been ruled out for the Thanksgiving game on Thursday against the Lions and will not travel with the team. Cobb is dealing with a significant toe injury and will miss several more games. With both Stills and Cobb out this Thursday, Keke Coutee should be elevated to three-receiver sets alongside Will Fuller V and Brandin Cooks. Coutee has just four catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in two games played this year, but he'll be a deep DFS sleeper on Thanksgiving against a very generous Lions Defense. Tight ends Darren Fells and Jordan Akins could see more targets as well, but the main beneficiaries should be Fuller and Cooks.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) has arrived at practice on Wednesday and will work in a non-contact red jersey. It's progress for McCaffrey, but it was reported earlier this week that he's expected to miss the Week 12 game against the Vikings. The All-Pro running back hasn't been officially ruled out yet, though, so fantasy managers will need to continue checking on his progress in practice this week. McCaffrey, who has played in just three games this year due to shoulder and ankle injuries, could sit out another game with Carolina's bye coming in Week 13. The 24-year-old is on the wrong side of questionable right now. Mike Davis would be in line for a featured role once again if McCaffrey sits, making him a low-end RB1 for fantasy managers.
The Cincinnati Bengals placed wide receiver Auden Tate and offensive guard/center B.J. Finney on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. The Bengals reported that they had someone test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, but they haven't disclosed exactly who that player was. Either way, both players availability for Week 12 against the Giants is in jeopardy this weekend. Tate has only 14 receptions on 20 targets for 150 yards in eight games in his third season with Cincinnati. The 23-year-old is not a fantasy option while behind wideouts Tyler Boyd, rookie Tee Higgins and veteran A.J. Green on the receiving depth chart, especially now that rookie quarterback Joe Burrow (knee) is out for the season.
Washington Football Team wide receivers Cam Sims and Steven Sims Jr have a good matchup on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, but it's hard to trust either in fantasy. Steven Sims Jr caught a touchdown last week but racked up just 13 yards and only had three targets. Cam Sims put up a season-high with six targets two weeks ago, but only saw two looks last week and can't be trusted with his lack of volume. Dallas allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so both players can be good dart throws in DFS, but season-long fantasy managers should be able to find a receiver with a higher target-floor.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) has been limited in practice ahead of a Thanksgiving rivalry game in Dallas but does not appear to be in danger of missing the game. McLaurin has been one of the safest receivers to start in fantasy as the second-year wideout has at least seven targets in every game this season. McLaurin torched this Cowboys secondary for 90 yards and a touchdown in Week seven and should see similar success Thursday. McLaurin is a must-start WR1 in all formats versus a Cowboys Defense that allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars Defense will be without three defensive coaches in Week 12 against the Browns, including defensive coordinator Todd Wash. Head coach Doug Marrone said that Wash was among those unavailable this week due to COVID-19 protocols. The entire defensive staff was not at the team facility on Tuesday as the team underwent contact tracing after positive COVID-19 tests. Secondary coach Joe Danna will call defensive plays against Cleveland. Special teams assistant Mike Mallory will run the defense during practices this week. An already bad Jacksonville defense just got worse, and on top of it they placed defensive end Josh Allen and cornerback D.J. Hayden on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Stay far away from this defensive unit in fantasy against the Browns.
The Chicago Bears are unsure if quarterback Nick Foles (hip), who is still in some pain, will be able to practice this week and play in Week 12 against the division-rival Packers. If Foles is healthy enough to suit up, he would presumably remain the starter under center. Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) has missed several games but is in fact healthy enough to play if he is needed. So it sounds as though it'll be either Foles or Trubisky going against Green Bay this weekend. Neither QB has been very good in real life or for fantasy managers in 2020, so those in leagues that start one quarterback can obviously avoid this situation. The Packers Defense is a solid streaming option for Week 12 against a Bears offense that has struggled mightily to move the football consistently all season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to start quarterback Mike Glennon in Week 12 against the Browns, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Gardner Minshew II (thumb) is nearing full health, but it will be Glennon over both Minshew and rookie Jake Luton on Sunday against Cleveland. The biggest takeaway here is that the Browns Defense, which won't have star pass-rusher Myles Garrett or standout defensive back Denzel Ward this weekend, will remain a strong play against a Jacksonville team with one win and on their third QB of the season. Glennon, 30, hasn't started a game in the NFL since 2017 with the Bears and is nothing more than a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues. Make sure to downgrade all of Jacksonville's receivers as well.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Brandon Allen will start in Week 12 over QB Ryan Finley.
Fantasy Spin: Avoid this situation altogether, and the Bengals' wide receivers like Tee Higgins and A.J. Green also take a hit.
The Cincinnati Bengals are planning to start quarterback Brandon Allen in Week 12 against the Giants with rookie Joe Burrow (knee) out for the rest of the season, according to sources. Allen was on the practice squad until the other day when he replaced Burrow on the roster. Ryan Finley, who entered the game last week against Washington, will back up Allen. The 28-year-old from Arkansas started three games for the Broncos in 2019 and threw for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He'll primarily be a game manager, so he'll be a desperation low-end QB2 in superflex leagues. Receivers Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green need to be downgraded in the weekly and rest-of-season rankings. The Giants Defense will be an excellent fantasy play on Sunday.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson put up a career-high 128 rushing yards and a touchdown in his first taste of the Washington/Dallas rivalry and will look to spoil Thanksgiving for the Cowboys in a Week 12 showdown. Gibson has been on fire lately with five touchdowns in his last four games. Normally that would signal regression may be coming, but head coach Ron Rivera went out of his way this week to praise Gibson's tough running style and nose for the goal line implying Washington's first-year coach will keep feeding the rookie in the red zone. Gibson missed Monday's practice (ankle) but logged a full session on Tuesday so he should be all set to suit up Thursday. Start Gibson with confidence in all formats.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic let fantasy managers down last week but has a chance to bounce back on Thanksgiving in Dallas. McKissic saw an obscene 29 targets in his first two games with Alex Smith at quarterback but was not nearly as involved last week with just four targets and six carries. With fellow running back Antonio Gibson seeing twice as many touches last week, expect McKissic to be more involved with Washington playing on a short week. Double-digit touches should be the floor for McKissic making him a solid RB2 in seasonal leagues while being a strong value in DFS formats, especially those that use full-PPR scoring.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Mike Glennon will start in Week 12 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fantasy Spin: There's enough tape on Glennon to know that he's not worth starting in fantasy. If Gardner Minshew regains the job, he may have a matchup to use him. Otherwise, avoid this situation altogether.
The Washington Football Team defense has been an up and down unit for fantasy this season, but they are a strong-start on Thanksgiving against a banged-up Cowboys offense. Perennial Pro-Bowler Ryan Kerrigan and defensive rookie of the year candidate Chase Young should feast on an offensive line that will start several backups to protect Andy Dalton. Dallas has the second-worst turnover percentage in the NFL (18.6) percent making Washington a must-start option on Thursday.
Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas has been playing better in recent weeks and is a start-worthy option for a Thanksgiving game in Dallas. Thomas has at least five targets in every game Alex Smith has started and played well in the first meeting with the Cowboys as he went for 60 yards and a touchdown. Thomas put up a dud last week with only six yards but he had 60-plus yards in two of the previous three games and should be more involved this week. Given the barren landscape of the tight end position in fantasy football, Thomas is a start-worthy option in a plus-matchup.
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith has played well since taking over for Kyle Allen (ankle) and will look to keep rolling in a solid matchup with the Cowboys. Smith has thrown for 300-plus yards in two of his three starts and should be able to take advantage of a good matchup in Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed the second-most passing touchdowns this season and allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks overall. Smith offers almost no rushing upside so he's not a must-start fantasy option by any means, but he's a start-worthy option in two-quarterback leagues and a good low-cost DFS option.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) are both expected to get in some practice work on Wednesday as the team prepares for Week 12 against the Vikings. McCaffrey is expected to miss another game this weekend. However, Bridgewater is on track to play on Sunday if all goes well in practice the rest of the week. Minnesota's D has been a good matchup for quarterbacks all season long, but Bridgewater is a shaky low-end QB2 this week if he plays through his knee injury. McCaffrey still hasn't been ruled out for this weekend, but fantasy managers shouldn't get their hopes up. Mike Davis will be a strong RB2 play if he gets another start as the featured back for Carolina.