Wed Nov 24 5:19pm ET
By BRANDON GDULA
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs from Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (94) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
The start-or-sit dilemma is part of managing a fantasy football team.
Having the foresight to start the wide receiver who goes for 100 yards and a touchdown in a matchup while sitting a receiver against a shutdown cornerback is one of the keys to victory.
For this version of a start-or-sit, I'm going to be listing all relevant fantasy football players each week and placing them into tiers.
And to take some of the guesswork out of it, I'll be leveraging thousands of slate simulations that are based in numberFire's player projections with dynamic measures for variance, such as quarterback rushing, running back receiving, and receiver target depth.
The results will boil down to three tiers: players we should be confident about starting, players we can consider starting whenever we don't have better alternatives, but who aren't must-plays and players we should try to bench whenever we do have better alternatives.
These players are listed in order of frequency of hitting the stated threshold (i.e. QB12, RB24, WR24, and TE12 performances and higher on the list means more start-able).
The groupings reflect a 12-team, single-quarterback league with the following hypothetical in mind: if I had other viable options on my bench or the waiver-wire, should I start this player this week?
Players not listed should be presumed sit-worthy in a shallow or standard-sized league, and all fantasy points references and rankings reflect half-PPR scoring.
Start with confidence: These players are at least 50% likely to finish the week as a top-12 quarterback, according to the slate simulations.
- Josh Allen at NO (68%)
- Lamar Jackson vs. CLE (66%)
- Justin Herbert at DEN (58%)
- Dak Prescott vs. LV (57%)
- Jalen Hurts at NYG (56%)
- Tom Brady at IND (55%)
It's a small subset of sure things at quarterback. We're without Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray because of byes, but a certain six separate from the rest of the pack.
Consider if needed: This tier has odds between 40% and 49% to post a top-12 week.
- Aaron Rodgers vs. LAR (47%)
- Matthew Stafford at GB (46%)
- Russell Wilson at WSH (45%)
- Cam Newton at MIA (45%)
- Tyrod Taylor vs. NYJ (44%)
- Derek Carr at DAL (42%)
- Jimmy Garoppolo vs. MIN (41%)
- Mac Jones vs. TEN (41%)
- Taylor Heinicke vs. SEA (40%)
- Kirk Cousins at SF (40%)
- Daniel Jones vs. PHI (40%)
Starting Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in a game against one another doesn't take that much convincing, but their Tier 2 status speaks to a wide range of options and to fairly low median projections for those two compared to other passers in promising games. It's a deep week at quarterback.
Cam Newton has put forth league-average passing efficiency in his time with the Carolina Panthers and gets a plus matchup against the Miami Dolphins, who rank 23rd in adjusted pass defense, according to numberFire's opponent-adjusted metrics.
Newton ran 10 times for 46 yards and a score last week, as well. His rushing prowess is back, and the passing efficiency should be there for him in Week 12.
Tyrod Taylor has a similar profile to Newton currently with limited passing volume, but some rushing and a goal-line rushing role. The simulations view him as a viable streamer - if needed - against the lowly New York Jets, who rank 32nd in adjusted pass defense.
Bench if possible: These quarterbacks are under 40% likely (18th or worse) to net a top-12 result and likely aren't in the one-quarterback-league conversation.
Joe Burrow vs. PIT (38%); Trevor Lawrence vs. ATL (38%); Matt Ryan at JAC (36%); Tua Tagovailoa vs. CAR (35%); Zach Wilson at HOU (35%); Teddy Bridgewater vs. LAC (32%); Andy Dalton at DET (32%); Ryan Tannehill at NE (31%); Carson Wentz vs. TB (31%); Baker Mayfield at BAL (27%); Ben Roethlisberger at CIN (23%); Trevor Siemian vs. BUF (14%).
Start with confidence: These running backs are at least 60% likely to finish the week inside the top 24, according to the slate simulations. You're starting them.
- Christian McCaffrey at MIA (86%)
- Jonathan Taylor vs. TB (82%)
- D'Andre Swift vs. CHI (77%)
- Najee Harris at CIN (76%)
- Dalvin Cook at SF (75%)
- Ezekiel Elliott vs. LV (73%)
- Joe Mixon vs. PIT (72%)
- Austin Ekeler at DEN (72%)
- A.J. Dillon vs. LA (69%)
- David Montgomery at DET (68%)
- Nick Chubb at BAL (65%)
- Saquon Barkley vs. PHI (65%)
- James Robinson vs. ATL (63%)
Consider if needed: This tier is sitting between 40% and 59% for an RB2 week, and you're probably starting some of them even if they're shy of that top tier.
- Myles Gaskin vs. CAR (59%)
- Darrell Henderson at GB (59%)
- Leonard Fournette at IND (58%)
- Antonio Gibson vs. SEA (57%)
- Miles Sanders at NYG (54%)
- Josh Jacobs at DAL (53%)
- David Johnson vs. NYJ (47%)
- Melvin Gordon vs. LAC (46%)
- Tony Pollard vs. LV (45%)
- Ty Johnson at HOU (44%)
- Rex Burkhead vs. NYJ (44%)
- Rhamondre Stevenson vs. TEN (43%)
- Javonte Williams vs. LAC (43%)
- Devonta Freeman vs. CLE (41%)
- Mike Davis at JAC (40%)
Myles Gaskin has had a great role since Malcolm Brown's injury. Over the past four games, Gaskin has averaged 17.3 carries and 4.0 targets per game while playing on 66.8% of the Dolphins' snaps and seeing 78.6% of their red zone carries. It's hard to bench that even if the results have been just OK (11.0 half-PPR points per game).
Miles Sanders is back on the fantasy football radar. Jordan Howard could miss this week, and that should lead to an increased role for Sanders. Last week, in Sanders' return, he played on 45.5% of the snaps and handled 16 carries plus a target (which was a downfield target, no less). Sanders also had 2 of 4 red zone carries. If the snap rate creeps up toward 60%, then he's likely to put up an RB2-level game against the New York Giants, who rank in the bottom tier in numerous defensive metrics against running backs.
David Johnson is also in contention for a low-end play (the opportunity is likely better than the talent at this point, but the simulations like him). Johnson has out-snapped Rex Burkhead in consecutive games and has a better claim to the receiving workload available within this offense. The sims find both to be viable plays against the Jets after the Houston Texans waived Phillip Lindsay.
Bench if possible: These backs are under 40% likely to net a top-24 result.
Cordarrelle Patterson at JAC (37%); Alvin Kamara vs. BUF (37%)(asterisk); Damien Harris vs. TEN (36%); Jeff Wilson vs. MIN (35%); Tevin Coleman at HOU (33%); D'Onta Foreman at NE (32%); Alex Collins at WSH (32%); Kenyan Drake at DAL (29%); Mark Ingram vs. BUF (28%)(asterisk); J.D. McKissic vs. SEA (27%); Sony Michel at GB (24%); Elijah Mitchell vs. MIN (22%)(asterisk); Jeremy McNichols at NE (22%); Devin Singletary at NO (22%)
- Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have partial projections. Neither practiced on Tuesday, and their status is in question. Tony Jones Jr. would be a plug-and-play RB2 option if both miss.
Start with confidence: You're starting these guys in a 12-team league.
- Cooper Kupp at GB (81%)
- Deebo Samuel vs. MIN (81%)
- Davante Adams vs. LA (78%)
- Justin Jefferson at SF (69%)
- Chris Godwin at IND (68%)
- Ja'Marr Chase vs. PIT (65%)
- Stefon Diggs at NO (62%)
- Keenan Allen at DEN (59%)
- D.K. Metcalf at WSH (54%)
- Diontae Johnson at CIN (52%)
- Tyler Lockett at WSH (50%)
Consider if needed: These players are more matchup dependent for this week than the tier above but are likely where we are looking for a lot of our WR2, WR3, and FLEX plays this week.
- Brandin Cooks vs. NYJ (48%)
- Adam Thielen at SF (47%)
- DJ Moore at MIA (47%)
- Jerry Jeudy vs. LAC (46%)
- Terry McLaurin vs. SEA (46%)
- DeVonta Smith at NYG (45%)
- Tee Higgins vs. PIT (45%)
- Chase Claypool at CIN (43%)
- Michael Pittman Jr. vs. TB (43%)
- Michael Gallup vs. LV (42%)
- Marvin Jones vs. ATL (42%)
- Hunter Renfrow at DAL (42%)
- Mike Williams at DEN (41%)
- Darnell Mooney at DET (38%)
- Jaylen Waddle vs. CAR (38%)
- Brandon Aiyuk vs. MIN (36%)
- Kenny Golladay vs. PHI (34%)
- Sterling Shepard vs. PHI (34%)
- Rashod Bateman vs. CLE (33%)
- Courtland Sutton vs. LAC (33%)
- Jakobi Meyers vs. TEN (32%)
- Corey Davis at HOU (32%)
- Elijah Moore at HOU (31%)
There's a huge tier of receivers to consider this week and for good reason.
DJ Moore had a 25.9% target share (seven targets) and a 38.1% air yards share last week with Newton starting. Cam actually fixated his targets on Moore, McCaffrey, and Robby Anderson.
That concentrated workload bodes well for Moore to get back into fantasy relevance, starting this week against the Dolphins.
Michael Gallup sets up well on Thanksgiving Day whether or not CeeDee Lamb suits up. Gallup has a 20.0% target share in the two games since he's been back, and that includes a 32.9% air yards share with 2.0 downfield targets per game. He's either the team's WR1 or WR2 behind Lamb.
Darnell Mooney was busy last week on passes from Andy Dalton (11 of 23; 47.8%), and since Week 6, Mooney leads the position in target market share (34.2%). He's a strong start candidate this week with such a phenomenal workload.
Brandon Aiyuk's role has gotten quite good in recent weeks. In three games with George Kittle back and healthy, Aiyuk is tied with Kittle for a team-best 24.7% target share while also pacing the team in downfield targets and maintaining a yards-per-route-run rate of 2.35 yards.
Bench if possible: These players finished as a WR2 or better under 30% of the time.
Odell Beckham at GB (28%); Laviska Shenault vs. ATL (27%); Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. LA (27%); Russell Gage at JAC (26%); Kadarius Toney vs. PHI (25%); Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. CHI (24%); Emmanuel Sanders at NO (24%); Van Jefferson at GB (24%); Nick Westbrook-Ikhine at NE (22%); Jamison Crowder at HOU (21%); Nelson Agholor vs. TEN (21%); Tyler Boyd vs. PIT (21%); A.J. Brown at NE (21%)(asterisk); Bryan Edwards at DAL (21%); Cole Beasley at NO (20%); T.Y. Hilton vs. TB (19%); Marquise Brown vs. CLE (19%)(asterisk); Randall Cobb vs. LA (17%); CeeDee Lamb vs. LV (16%)(asterisk)
- A.J. Brown, Marquise Brown, and CeeDee Lamb are listed with partial projections in the simulations. If they start, there aren't many receivers you're starting over them, so fire them up as if they were low-Tier 1 plays.
Start with confidence: These guys are the Big Six this week.
- Darren Waller at DAL (78%)
- Mark Andrews vs. CLE (73%)
- George Kittle vs. MIN (69%)
- Kyle Pitts at JAC (69%)
- Dalton Schultz vs. LV (56%)
- Dallas Goedert at NYG (55%)
Consider if needed: You'll likely be starting these options if you don't have a top-tier tight end.
- Mike Gesicki vs. CAR (49%)
- T.J. Hockenson vs. CHI (47%)
- Rob Gronkowski at IND (46%)
- Pat Freiermuth at CIN (45%)
- Dan Arnold vs. ATL (44%)
- Noah Fant vs. LAC (40%)
- Cole Kmet at DET (39%)
- Austin Hooper at BAL (37%)
- Dawson Knox at NO (36%)
- Tyler Higbee at GB (36%)
- Jared Cook at DEN (36%)
- Tyler Conklin at SF (35%)
Rob Gronkowski has a solid-but-uninspiring target share of 15.5% in his four games with at least half of the snaps, but that does also come with a ton of leverage: 1.0 downfield targets per game and 1.5 red zone targets per game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the second-best implied team total of any team playing this weekend at 27.25 points, so touchdown chances should be there for Gronk.
In two games without Eric Ebron (who could miss extended time), Pat Freiermuth has a 21.3% target share and a 33.3% red zone target share within the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense. His target-per-route rate (27.1%) would be the same as George Kittle's over the full season.
Even with a zero-target game in Week 11, Dan Arnold, since he became a full-time player with the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5, ranks 12th in target market share among tight ends (17.5%) and 10th in targets per game (6.2).
Excluding last week, his rates are 19.8% and 7.4, respectively. Don't forget about him in a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who rank 25th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
Bench if possible: These tight ends aren't in the starting conversation in 12-team leagues unless you're desperate.
Hunter Henry vs. TEN (27%); Evan Engram vs. PHI (26%); Gerald Everett at WSH (22%); Jonnu Smith vs. TEN (19%); David Njoku at BAL (18%); C.J. Uzomah vs. PIT (18%); Anthony Firkser at NE (15%).
Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (shoulder) has resumed conditioning after tearing the labrum and rotator cuff in his shoulder, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on the Pat McAfee show that it's possible that Watt returns before the Super Bowl to help the Cardinals on a playoff run. The 32-year-old had what was believed to be season-ending shoulder surgery at the time on Oct. 27, but as long as the Cardinals keep winning deep into the playoffs, Watt could be a pass-rushing factor for them late in the postseason. We've seen the superhuman Watt return from devastating injuries before, so this wouldn't be a huge surprise, but it remains to be seen how effective he'd actually be if this scenario comes to pass.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (illness) missed his second straight practice of the week on Thursday with a non-COVID-19-related illness. A second straight practice has put Scott's status up in the air for the Week 13 game against the New York Jets. And with Jordan Howard (knee) unlikely to return this Sunday, Miles Sanders could have a stranglehold on backfield touches in an excellent matchup if Scott cannot play this weekend. But the 26-year-old still has a chance to get back on the field for practice on Friday, which would put him on track to play. Rookie Kenneth Gainwell would have a much bigger pass-catching role and could be worth a flex play in deeper PPR leagues if Scott and Howard are both inactive.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (knee) missed another day of practice on Thursday and has yet to practice this week after missing the Week 12 loss to the New York Giants. A multi-week absence was never out of the question when Howard was injured in Week 11, so fantasy managers shouldn't have been expecting to have him available for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott split the workload last Sunday, but Scott has now missed two practices this week with an illness. If both Howard and Scott are inactive in Week 13, Miles Sanders will be a strong RB2 play, while rookie Kenneth Gainwell might be worth a look in a flex spot in deep PPR leagues.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he doesn't think quarterback Russell Wilson needs more rest but more repetitions. "He's ready to go. He doesn't need to be rested. He's not tired," Carroll said. Wilson underwent surgery to fix a ruptured tendon in his finger and hasn't been the same since his return from Injured Reserve three weeks ago. Wilson did return from the injury quickly, however, which might be the reason for his recent struggles. In his last three games, he has completed just 55.67% of his 97 passing attempts for 615 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while being sacked nine times. Things won't get easier this Sunday against the division-rival San Francisco 49ers, either. San Fran allows the sixth-fewest passing yards per game (207.3), making Wilson a high-end QB2 instead of the surefire QB1 he was earlier in the year before his injury.
New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis (groin) was absent from practice again on Thursday. Davis said on Wednesday that he's feeling better than he did last week, but that hasn't manifested itself yet on the practice field. With Davis missing last week's win over the Houston Texans, he's looking very questionable to play in Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles. If he returns, he should be rookie quarterback Zach Wilson's go-to target alongside impressive rookie Elijah Moore. But the longer Davis remains out of practice, the more likely it is that he'll miss his second straight contest. With Keelan Cole on the COVID-19 list, Moore, Jamison Crowder and Braxton Berrios would be the team's top three receivers if Davis misses another game.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) is 50-50 to play on Sunday night against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, according to head coach Vic Fangio. Gordon injured his hip on his first carry of the game in the Week 12 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, but he returned immediately and finished out the game. But the 28-year-old missed practice on Wednesday, won't practice Thursday and is looking iffy to play in Week 13. Gordon is averaging a solid 4.5 yards per carry and has seven total touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving) while sharing touches pretty much down the middle with impressive rookie Javonte Williams through 12 weeks. If Gordon is limited at all or out entirely against KC, Williams would become a must-play in fantasy.
New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin has seen four or more targets in three of his last four games. Sadly, Griffin has only surpassed 30 receiving yards in one of those contests. The good news is, his workload has increased with Tyler Kroft (chest) unavailable. Although, the lack of yardage does make Griffin a tough fantasy option. He should be able to find some success against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. However, Griffin isn't anything more than a deep league option. It's unlikely that he gets heavily involved in the passing attack.
New York Giants rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney (oblique, quadriceps) was working on a side field again on Thursday with a trainer and seems doubtful to play in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. It's Toney's second straight day of missed practice after he was inactive in the Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The first-round pass-catcher has looked electric with the ball in his hands at times this year, but the problem is the Giants offense as a whole has mostly been beat up this year and has never really hit its stride. Fantasy managers should obviously look to pivot away from Toney this weekend, especially with Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) trending towards playing after a long layoff. In his first nine games, Toney has 35 catches for 392 yards and no touchdowns on 48 targets.
New York Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios put together a couple surprisingly solid performances to begin the season. However, his fantasy appeal has disappeared since then. In fact, Berrios has three or less targets in every game since Week 3. Last week, Berrios hauled in two receptions for 47 yards in the win over the Houston Texans. He could be involved with Corey Davis (groin) banged up and Keelan Cole Sr. (Covid) sidelined. That being said, Berrios could see more action than normal during the Week 13 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. At the moment, Berrios isn't someone worth starting in almost any formats. Berrios should be more involved, assuming Davis sits out alongside Cole. However, it sounds like Davis should suit up, which means Berrios might only see a handful of targets at best.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) is doing light work at practice on Thursday and has an outside chance to play in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. Shepard was listed as not practicing on Wednesday, so this represents some progress. But it's also not a ringing endorsement to consider him in fantasy lineups this weekend, since Shepard has been out since suffering his quad injury in Week 8. The 28-year-old was involved heavily in the passing attack in his first five games of the season, but there's a good chance that he'll have his snaps limited if he's back on Sunday against the Dolphins. That'll make him a pretty risky WR4/flex if he's active this weekend.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is coming off his worst game of the season. Last week, he hauled in his lone target for five yards in the win. To be fair, it's not all his fault with quarterback Zach Wilson only targeting him once. Possibly, the chemistry between the two isn't there yet. That being said, Crowder could have a tough time finding success against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. A defense that has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this season. Wilson appears to be in line for another start, so Crowder could be looking at another dud. At this point, Crowder is basically a desperation flex option in PPR formats.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (heel, knee) did not practice on Thursday after he was limited on Wednesday. It's unclear yet if the Jaguars were just resting Robinson on Thursday or if he actually had a setback with heel and knee injuries that he's been managing in recent weeks. Regardless, fantasy managers should be on the lookout for an update on his status, but if he misses another practice on Friday, it will likely be Carlos Hyde time on Sunday in the Week 13 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams. If Robinson is active, he'll be on the RB1/2 borderline against Los Angeles, a defense that has allowed just over 100 yards rushing per game to their opponents. Hyde had a season-high 21 carries in Week 9 when Robinson sat out, but he gained just 3.19 yards per carry and has a low fantasy ceiling even with a starter's workload.
New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore has been much more involved in the offense since the Week 6 bye. In fact, Moore has seen six or more targets in each of his last five games. That trend should continue against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. A defense that ranks 23rd in pass DVOA this season. This certainly appears to be a favorable matchup for Moore despite him and quarterback Zach Wilson having little playing time together. That being said, Moore is worth a look as a flex play in most fantasy formats for this Week 13 matchup.
The Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Robert Spillane on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. Spillane has played in 10 games for the Steelers this year, with just one start. He's recorded 17 tackles (one for a loss). Offensive lineman Joe Haeg and linebacker T.J. Watt were placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week. The 25-year-old Spillane has also been dealing with a knee injury, so even if he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols, he may not be available to return in Week 14 next Thursday when Pittsburgh takes on the Minnesota Vikings. If Watt ends up missing this Sunday's game against the division-rival Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers defensive unit in fantasy could struggle.
New York Jets running back Ty Johnson saw only six carries despite Michael Carter (ankle) being out last week. Although, those six carries were actually Johnson's highest total since Week 2. Despite that, Johnson wasn't able to do much with his chances with Tevin Coleman and Austin Walter getting a majority of the carries. It's uncertain if Walter will play during the Week 13 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. His absence could mean more chances for Johnson. Although, there's not a lot of upside for Johnson with Zach Wilson under center. Fantasy managers should consider him a low-end flex option in deep leagues. There's PPR value here with Johnson, but his workload is uncertain.
Miami Dolphins running back Phillip Lindsay (ankle) was not seen at practice on Thursday at the portion open to the media. Lindsay was a limited practice participant on Wednesday, so this would represent a downgrade if he in fact is listed as missing Thursday's session. Friday will be big for the former Houston Texan and Denver Broncos as the Dolphins head into their Week 13 game against the New York Giants. The 27-year-old played 20% of the offensive snaps in his team debut in the Week 12 win over the Carolina Panthers, seeing a season-high 12 carries for 42 yards. That's a good sign for Lindsay, but Myles Gaskin remains Miami's lead back. If Lindsay cannot play this Sunday, Salvon Ahmed, who played 18% of the snaps and had five carries, will see more playing time as Gaskin's backup.
New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman took over the lead back job for last week's matchup against the Houston Texans. He rushed 11 times for 67 yards and hauled in two receptions for three additional yards. It was surprisingly a decent outing from Coleman, but fantasy managers shouldn't get too excited. The Jets offensive line is horrendous and it was tough for Michael Carter (ankle) to have any success when he was healthy. His absence should mean another start for Coleman, but it doesn't guarantee success. The Philadelphia Eagles are ranked 16th in rush DVOA this season. This isn't a favorable matchup, but Coleman does have some deep league flex appeal for this Week 13 matchup. The touches should be there without Carter available, but the results are tough to predict.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (concussion) is in the league's concussion protocol and didn't practice for a second straight day on Thursday. McKissic scored the team's only two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Monday night win over the Seattle Seahawks, but he suffered a head/neck injury late in the game and is now seriously in danger of missing the Week 13 contest against the Las Vegas Raiders. Antonio Gibson would be in line for a huge workload against a vulnerable Raiders run defense if McKissic is unable to play, giving him easy RB1 upside. Rookie Jaret Patterson would see a bigger role behind Gibson if McKissic is unable to play, but it's debatable whether he'll have standalone value. Friday's practice will be big for McKissic's weekend status.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (ankle) said he feels good and expects to play on Sunday in a plus matchup against the Jets. With Jalen Hurts (ankle) also battling an ankle injury, head coach Nick Sirianni had mentioned that Hurts would likely run less this weekend. That would likely mean more carries for Sanders and Boston Scott, especially with Jordan Howard still banged up and unlikely to play. Given the strong matchup, both Sanders and Scott could be started this weekend, with Sanders being a risky RB2 option with clear upside.
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) was able to fully practice on Wednesday. That means, Wilson should be in line to start against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. Last week, Wilson put together a lackluster performance against the below average Houston Texans pass defense. It's unlikely going to get better against the Eagles despite them being ranked 23rd in pass DVOA this season. There should be better streaming options in just about every fantasy format. Wilson is a desperation option, but it's hard to imagine many worse options right now.