Tue Dec 10 10:32pm ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Perriman moves to starting role
Injuries really took their toll on fantasy teams this past week, especially at the receiver spot. You never want to see a team limp into the playoffs, but that is the case with many because of a host of receivers getting injured this past week. There are some options out there to consider, so take a look at this list for the latest. Hopefully, you can still advance if you need to grab a player off waivers this week.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins. Tannehill continues to produce at a very high clip, but still isn’t owned in all leagues. He is available in 27 percent of leagues. Tannehiill has multiple touchdowns eight straight games and topped 21 fantasy points all but one of those games. He is a legit No. 1 fantasy quarterback right now. The numbers don’t lie.
Drew Lock, Broncos. Lock sure looked the part of a franchise quarterback in his second NFL start. He missed on just five passes, going 22-of-27 for 309 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. The rookie is no sure thing going forward but has two favorable matchups, so he is worth some consideration, especially in two-quarterback leagues.
Mitchell Trubisky, Bears. Trubisky has sure turned the corner in recent weeks, having two straight three-touchdown games. He also has multiple scores three straight. Trubisky has 21-plus fantasy points four of five games. He is never a sure thing but his recent play is encouraging. He is playing with more confidence and the offense is being suited to his strengths.
DeAndre Washington, Raiders. Josh Jacobs is hurting, giving Washington the start this past week. He responded with 96 total yards and a touchdown in his starting role. He has some potential as a starter for Oakland, especially if you consider his ability to catch the ball. If Jacobs misses this week, Washington has a prime matchup against a terrible Jaguars rush defense. He would almost be a must start for any team that owns him
Ty Montgomery, Jets. Both LeVeon Bell and Bilal Powell are hurt, meaning Montgomery could get the start this week for the Jets. Bell seems likely to return as he was just battling an illness last week, but Montgomery is good insurance for any Bell owner. You will want to own him to be safe with Bell. It was a surprise he missed last week, so maybe he is battling something a little more serious.
Patrick Laird, Dolphins. Laird started last week and had 86 total yards on 19 touches. He didn’t do much on the ground but his continued work in the passion game gives him some fantasy value. He has four or more receptions three of four games. He isn’t going to produce huge numbers but can get you double-digit fantasy points, making him a decent flex play for fantasy teams.
A.J. Brown, Titans. Brown counties to emerge in the Titans passing game. He has 100-yard games two of three and 80-plus yards three of five. He had his best game as a pro last week, catching five passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. He gets a terrible Texans secondary this week, so expect more continued success from Brown. He is available in 32 percent of leagues.
Zach Pascal, Colts. Pascal has been the top target in the Colts passing game in recent weeks. He has 12 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets his last two games. He has some value as a No. 3 fantasy receiver as long as T.Y. Hilton is out of the lineup. He will get his weekly targets.
Allen Hurns, Dolphins. DeVante Parker suffered a concussion last week, putting his status in question for the coming week. If Parker misses, Hurns likely is the top option in the Dolphins passing attack. He had his best game of the season this past week, catching five passes for 68 yards on eight targets. He has four or more receptions three of four games.
Robby Anderson, Jets. Anderson is finally producing more consistently after some really erratic play earlier in the year. He has touchdowns three of four and 100-yard games two straight. He has three 100-yard games for the season. Anderson has double-digit targets two straight games, getting a lot more consistent work. He remains available in 26 percent of leagues.
Breshad Perriman, Bucs. With Mike Evans apparently finished for the season, Perriman gets a chance to move into a starting role in the Bucs pass-first offense. Perriman has 70 or more yards two straight games and is capable of the big game in this offense. He is certainly worth a look for receiver needy teams.
Hayden Hurst, Ravens. Mark Andrews is banged up, which could open the door for Hurst to serve as the top pass catching tight end for the Ravens this week. Hurst had his best game of the season in an expanded role last week, catching three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. He showed his potential in a bigger role.
Ian Thomas, Panthers. Thomas got a big workload for the Panthers last week, getting a start because of Greg Olsen’s injury. Thomas had five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets. Olsen is no sure thing to return this season, making Thomas an intriguing add for down the stretch.
Tyler Higbee, Rams. Higbee had another big game in a starting role last week, hitting the 100-yard mark for the second straight week. He has at least five receptions three straight games. Higbee is emerging as a low-end No. 1 tight end as a big part of the Rams passing game.
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.
The Green Bay Packers Defense faces a tough task this weekend in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. In their regular-season meeting, the Packers gave up 37 points and only dropped Jimmy Garoppolo only three times. They also failed to generate any turnovers. Green Bay's defense may need to lend their offense a helping hand by creating a turnover or two to swing the field position game. If Za-Darius and Preston Smith can ramp up the pressure, the Packers will have a good chance of generating a turnover or two and winning the game. It certainly won't be easy, considering how formidable the 49ers offense has been this season.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham gets a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Graham has back-to-back 49-year receiving performances, but those games came against teams that struggle to defend the tight end position. The 49ers are not one of those teams. They allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends all season and were the league's stingiest pass defense. Maybe Graham makes a play in the red zone. Still, he's a cheaper DFS play but by no means a comfortable one.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (illness) is trending in the right direction to play in the NFC Championship game this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers. Even if available, Allison isn't an option in any fantasy format. The 25-year-old hasn't caught more than four passes in a game this season. It sure doesn't seem like he'll eclipse that mark against the league's best defense with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (ankle) is currently questionable for the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. There's certainly a risk for injury, considering he re-aggravated the ankle in last week's playoff game. Still, it's hard to ignore the two-game stretch Lazard had to end the season, where he saw 17 targets. That alone makes him worth a gamble, particularly in a must-win game for a Packers team in desperate need of another threat at receiver. Just beware, the matchup isn't ideal. The 49ers allowed only 172 passing yards to the Vikings last week.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams gets a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. Adams produced only 43 receiving yards and a score against San Francisco in the regular season but still had 12 targets. The star receiver has seen double-digit targets in nine of 13 games played this year. There's not many receivers that you can virtually pencil in for double-digit targets- but Adams is one of them. If fellow receivers Geronimo Allison (illness) and Allen Lazard (ankle) suit up, they may be limited. Adams could be looking at more work than usual, even in a matchup this difficult.
The San Francisco 49ers Defense enter Championship weekend as the highest-priced fantasy defense. The Niners face the Green Bay Packers, who they demolished 37-8 in Week 12. In that previous contest, the Niners relentlessly harassed future Hall of Famer quarterback Aaron Rodgers, dropping him five times and forcing a fumble. The Packers were a meager one for 15 on third down conversions. The 49ers will need to follow that blueprint again in the critical NFC Championship to emerge victorious. With a higher-intensity contest expected, it could be difficult to splurge on a defense in fantasy compared to other addressable positions.
San Francisco 49ers wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders both offer solid fantasy value in the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Both players were limited to under 45 yards apiece in last weekends Divisional Round blowout but were featured early on when the game was still in question. The rookie Samuel has emerged as a consistent dual threat in the latter half of 2019 and is likelier the safer floor. Sanders, the savvy vet has proven himself as a reliable chain-mover with big-play potential. Against the Packers 10th-best pass defense by DVOA, either option seem primed to pop in Sundays winner-take-all battle.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams will face off with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. Williams has been playing second fiddle to Aaron Jones quite a lot recently, as he hasn't seen double-digit carries since Week 13 against the Giants. It's worth noting that Williams played a large role in the regular-season game against the 49ers, which saw him rack up 18 touches. Green Bay very well could utilize Williams in spurts to keep San Francisco guessing, though his recent downtrend in usage makes him hard to trust.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a reasonable DFS bet for Sundays NFC Championship matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Priced as the third-best quarterback, Jimmy G squares off against a strong Packers defensive line that ranked 12th-best in adjusted sack rate during the regular season. Garoppolo was not pressed into service in the Divisional Round blowout win, but will likely be tasked with a tougher test on Sunday. While the Niners have mostly ridden its dominant running game throughout the year, Garoppolo has answered the bell in multiple occasions with three four-touchdown games. With dangerous weapons surrounding him, Garoppolo shouldnt be ruled out in the biggest game of his career to-date.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game this weekend. The 49ers Defense held Jones to just 38 rushing yards in their regular-season meeting. However, the star back has been playing some seriously good football in his last five games, with 501 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He's also had 20-plus carries in three straight contests. Expect Green Bay to utilize Jones early and often in screens and runs to combat the 49ers mighty pass rush. Even if Jones doesn't pile up over 100 yards, his propensity to find the end zone and role in the passing game make him a safer play this weekend.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take on the San Francisco 49ers this weekend with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. The 49ers Defense held Rodgers to just 104 passing yards and one touchdown in their regular-season meeting. However, there are a couple things that are different ahead of this matchup. First, tackle Bryan Bulaga will play in this game after being injured in the first quarter against the 49ers previously. Rodgers should have better protection than he had when these teams met. Secondly, Rodgers himself is playing better football than he was during the regular season before this matchup. He has 566 passing yards and four touchdowns in his last two contests. There is also the added motivation of denying a Super Bowl berth to the team that could have drafted him. Play Rodgers on Sunday, despite the tough matchup.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is worth a gamble for Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Bourne scored the only receiving touchdown for the Niners in the Divisional Round, adding to his 2019 resume as a legitimate red-zone threat. The third-year pro has just 33 catches this year, including the playoffs, but collected six scores. Despite his risks as a zero-floor fantasy option, Bourne has emerged as a trustworthy target in clutch situations.
San Francisco 49ers running backs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert are both bankable DFS options in Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. The two backs combined for 163 rushing yards in the Divisional Round, with Coleman riding a hot hand to two touchdowns. Considered a backup for the latter half of the regular season, Coleman played 46 percent of snaps last Sunday compared to Mosterts 34 percent. While the touch forecast for either back is cloudy, the Niners draw one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The Packers ranked 23rd in rushing DVOA during the regular season with the second-worst defensive line in the league, yielding 4.96 adjusted yards per carry. With a likely floor of 10 touches for each Coleman and Mostert, both runners have great opportunities to make a splash.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (ankle) was a full participant in Thursdays practice and should be fine for Sundays NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Kittle scared Niner Nation with soreness on the left ankle he chipped earlier this year, but confirms he feels fabulous. Kittle factored more as a blocker in last Sundays Divisional Round blowout but the Niners passed just 19 times. The All-Pro is an integral piece in all facets of the offense so is worth his premium TE1 price in DFS on Sunday.
Detroit Lions WR Danny Amendola is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he's a 'prime candidate' to be re-signed, in the opinion of The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.
Free-agent WR Antonio Callaway (Browns) signed with the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL Thursday, Jan. 16.
Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness) remained out of practice Thursday, Jan. 16.
Fantasy Spin: McCoy played just one offensive snap in last week's Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans. He's clearly behind RB Damien Williams and is no longer worth starting.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Moore (illness) and DT Chris Jones (calf) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. DT Khalen Saunders (knee), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Kendall Fuller (knee), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (neck), C Austin Reiter (wrist) and G Andrew Wylie (ankle) practiced in full.
Green Bay Packers DL Kenny Clark (back), TE Marcedes Lewis (non-injury), LB Preston Smith (ankle), FB Danny Vitale (knee) and CB Tramon Williams (non-injury) were limited participants in practice Thursday, Jan. 16. S Adrian Amos (chest), OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), WR Ryan Grant (non-injury), LB Blake Martinez (hand) and OL Billy Turner (ankle) practiced in full.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Jan. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Kelce earned a light practice week while catching 10 of 12 targets for 134 yards and three touchdowns against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round. He's the week's top tight end option once against this week so long as he takes the field.