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 Hot Plays: Week 13
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss hasn't been able to get much going on the ground this season. However, he has been able to hold some fantasy value because he gets a majority of the goal line work. Devin Singletary continues to split up the carries, which hurts both of their fantasy appeal. Moss will get a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13. He'll likely only hold deep league appeal this week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been a fantasy star throughout most of the regular season. That should continue despite a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13. A secondary that has allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. However, quarterback Josh Allen loves throwing it deep to Diggs, so good luck trying to stop them. Regardless of the matchup, Diggs should remain a WR1 most weeks.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary has not been able to produce much fantasy value over the last month or so. However, he did rush for 82 yards on 11 attempts in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Sadly, Singletary will get a tougher matchup here against the San Francisco 49ers. A defense that has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. Singletary is avoidable here and a low-end flex option, assuming you're forced to play him.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (knee/ankle) is on the injury report, but is expected to suit up for the Week 13 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The team has not limited him in practice, so it sounds like he'll be good to go here. The 49ers Defense is beginning to get healthy, but it's tough to slow down the Bills offense. Allen should remain a top tier QB1 this week despite the tough matchup.
New England Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd has been a heavily involved option on offense over the last few weeks. He saw eight targets last week, but was only able to haul in three of them for 33 yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals. Byrd will get a much tougher matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13. He'll likely continue getting targets, but Byrd is probably going to have a tough time putting up reliable fantasy numbers. He might only be worth a look in deep leagues this week.
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry has been a tough player to trust in fantasy leagues all season long. He is coming off a zero reception game last week and isn't expected to do much versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13. A secondary that has been solid against the passing attack this season. The Pats are having trouble getting Harry involved on a consistent basis. Fantasy owners shouldn't put much faith in Harry doing anything productive this week.
New England Patriots running back James White has been lackluster on the ground lately, but continues to carry fantasy value. Last week, White finished with 18 total rushing yards, but scored two touchdowns, which saved his fantasy value. The Pats are going to continue getting White involved whether it's on the ground or through the air. The Los Angeles Chargers haven't been able to stop running backs this season, which makes White a solid flex play for Week 13.
New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers rebounded fairly nicely last week with five receptions for 52 yards in the win over the Arizona Cardinals. He saw six targets in that one and should continue getting involved versus the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13. Sadly, the Chargers have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. The Pats are not exactly known for their solid passing attack. Meyers should be able to carry low-end flex appeal in PPR leagues this week.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (abdominal) is currently listed as questionable for the Week 13 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. He is expected to suit up, but won't be a favorable fantasy option for this one. Newton is coming off a performance in which he had a season-low 84 passing yards. He'll now face a Chargers secondary that has been fairly solid against the passing attack this season. It appears Newton is banged up and in an unfavorable matchup here. Fantasy owners probably don't want to trust Newton unless no other decent options are available.
New England Patriots running back Damien Harris has seemingly run away with the lead back job. Sadly, Harris has been unable to do much damage on the ground lately. He has failed to surpass 47 rushing yards over his last two games. He'll get a decent rebound matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13. A team that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. However, Harris has struggled lately, so he should be considered a low-end flex option this week.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been one of the most consistent fantasy options and should be locked-into starting lineups despite a tough matchup in Pittsburgh. McLaurin has seven catches in five of his last six games and has at least 74 yards in every game in that span. On the season, McLaurin is yet to see less than seven targets in any game. He'll draw the Steelers' toughest coverage, but McLaurin has been blanketed by every team's best corner this year and has still been anywhere from good to elite for fantasy. Start Scary Terry, period.
The Washington Football Team defense has been good for fantasy at times this season, but they are not a recommended option in Week 13. Washington's strength has been it's ferocious defensive line featuring Ryan Kerrigan and Chase Young. The Steelers, however, have allowed a league-low 10 sacks this season as the undefeated unit has shredded defenses all year. Overall Pittsburgh allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing defenses. Washington is best left on the bench this week.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins looked earlier this season as if he would benefit immensely within the team's offense after the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) for the remainder of the season. But after logging his fifth game of the year last week with one catch or fewer, Higgins has lost any season-long or DFS fantasy appeal that he may have previously established. A large reason for this is the run-heavy nature of the Cleveland offense, which has led to fewer pass attempts for quarterback Baker Mayfield. Having to jockey primarily with Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Austin Hooper for targets, Higgins has simple slipped too far out of relevance, even in deep season-long formats to garner appeal against Tennessee in Week 13.
Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. led his team in carries (10) last week versus San Francisco, but he managed just 19 yards rushing. That lack of production has become glaring for Henderson, whose production has ebbed throughout 2020. Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown loom as perpetual threats to chip away at Henderson's carry load, with the second-year back not having seen 15 or more rush attempts since Week 7. Entering Week 13, Henderson is entirely a touchdown-dependent RB option in season-long and DFS formats, although projecting which Los Angeles back will get the ball close to the goal line is a risk within itself.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic has been quiet in recent weeks and faces another tough test Monday against the Steelers. McKissic burst onto the fantasy scene when Alex Smith took over at QB for Washington as the veteran peppered McKissic with 29 targets in his first two games. Since then, however, McKissic has just six targets in the last two games. He's also not been involved in the running game with no more than eight carries in any game this season. This is not good news against a Steelers Defense that allows the fewest receptions and receiving yards to running backs. McKissic is a risky flex-option at best in Week 13.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson will face a stiff test in his first game since shredding the Cowboys for 128 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie running back introduced himself to the nation with the huge Thanksgiving performance, but now faces a Steelers Defense that allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Fantasy managers should keep Gibson locked into lineups despite the daunting opponent. Gibson has found the end zone in five straight games and has three 90-plus yard performances in that span. His ceiling is lower than most weeks with Washington likely facing a pass-happy game-script, but the rookie has earned must-start status in fantasy regardless of matchup.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is in line to be the team's top wideout target Sunday versus the Bears with Kenny Golladay (hip) once again out of the mix. But unfortunately for Jones, he has the double whammy of catching passes from a banged-up quarterback (Matthew Stafford, hip) and facing a stout defense in Chicago. Jones hauled in four receptions for 55 yards against the Bears Defense back in Week 1, albeit with a healthy Stafford and Golladay on the field. While there is some WR3/Flex appeal for Jones in season-long formats, he'll be something of a risk even as he comes off a season-high 12-target performance last week.
Veteran running back LeGarrette Blount announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday, ending a nine-year career that ended three times with a Super Bowl victory. Blount's best individual season came in 2016 when he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (18) with the Patriots. Known for his bruising rushing style, Blount carried considerable fantasy intrigue when on the field due to his propensity for receiving carries near the goal line. Having been out of the league since an '18 stint with the Lions, Blount was firmly off all season-long radars, but he can now receive an official tip of the cap from fantasy managers for his years of production.
Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Firkser will fill in for injured Jonnu Smith this week against the Browns. Fantasy players should have all the confidence in the world in firing up Anthony Firkser, who accrued a team-high 21.9% target share with 29 routes on Ryan Tannehill's 46 dropbacks in his only spot-start for Smith this year. Smith wasn't able to practice at all this week after his egg in the box score from Sunday, so Firkser should play quite nicely in DFS and should be spot started if you are looking for help at tight end.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (COVID-19 list) was activated off of the COVID-19/reserve list Saturday, paving the way for a potential return to action in Week 13 for Monday's game versus Washington. Having landed on the list prior to last week's game versus Baltimore, Tuitt has now cleared protocols and is eligible to return to practice. Tuitt has started all 10 games that he has appeared in this season, having compiled a career-high seven sacks to this point in 2020. His addition to the Steelers Defense solidifies the group as one of the top defensive units in fantasy, one that should undoubtedly be rostered in a favorable matchup against Washington this week.