Sat Nov 14 1:30pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
There are no reports of any players being out this week because of the bat virus. There are weather concerns in Green Bay and Cleveland with predictions of 20 to 25 MPH winds, which could make passing and kicking more than tricky for at least half the time. Teams getting the weak off with a bye are the Jets, Cowboys, Falcons and Chiefs, making three of the worst defenses unavailable.
The two late games, Sunday night’s Baltimore at New England and Monday night’s Minnesota at Chicago, offer a couple interesting fantasy opportunities. If you’re hoping to play Bears running back David Montgomery this week, you might considering stashing Ryan Nall, as Montgomery is a game-time decision. Whoever plays is capable of putting up big fantasy points against the Viking defense. The nice thing about having a couple players from these four teams is if players from the earlier games wind up unable to play, you have a substitute.
There hasn’t been much change in the teams allowing the most fantasy points by position through Week 9.
At Quarterback, two of the top three, Atlanta and the Jets, have a bye. Seattle becomes the easiest team for quarterbacks this week, making Jared Goff a great play. And Seattle also gives up the most fantasy points to wide receivers, making Cooper Krupp and Robert Woods great plays.
The next best play is Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers at home against the Jaguars. And if the wind cooperates, Davante Adams should have another huge day. But if Rodgers needs to throw more shorts passes, running back Aaron Jones is healthy again and ready for a big day.
The next easiest team is Buffalo at Arizona, in what should be a shootout in the dessert. Kyler Murray has been on a roll and it should continue. Next is Dallas on a bye followed by the Chargers playing a game with the Dolphins, a battle of rookie quarterbacks. This could be Tua Tagovailoa’s break out game.
At the other of the spectrum, the teams giving up the fewest points to quarterbacks are the Colts, Rams, Bears, Patriots and Steelers. Think twice about playing a quarterback against them.
The teams giving up the most fantasy points to running backs are Detroit, Green Bay, Carolina, Houston, New York Jets and Las Vegas.
The Washington Football Team gets the Lions this week, perhaps Antonio Gibson will prove worthy. J. D. McKissic has been the better back, but most of his points come from receiving, but both could be worthy plays. If the Jaguars have something to hope for in Green Bay, it’s James Robinson carrying the ball and keeping the Rodgers gang off the field. If the wind makes this game a challenge as expected and Robinson has a big day, it could be competitive.
Tampa Bay hopes to rebound from that pathetic performance against the Saints and look for Leonard Fournette to be the star. Tom Brady and his receiving corps should have a slow day. On the other side of the ball, don’t expect Mike Davis to replace Christian McCaffery against a stout Buccaneers defense that leads the league, allowing less than 80-rushing yards a game.
Cleveland could get Nick Chubb back this week against the Texans, a team that is fourth at giving fantasy points to running backs. Otherwise, it could be a big day for Kareem Hunt. If both play, both are good to use for your fantasy team. The Jets are next and on a bye, followed by the Raiders who have the Denver Broncos coming to town. This might be another committee approach with Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. Whoever seems to have the hot hand will probably get the most carries, making both less than desirable.
The teams giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs and who you’d like to avoid playing a running back against are Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Francisco, New Orleans and Baltimore.
The teams giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers are Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Tennessee, New York Jets, New York Giants and Minnesota. The Rams receivers are in a great spot. Atlanta, Dallas and the New York Jets are on a bye, and Tennessee has already earned their spot here against the Colts on Thursday might.
That leaves Eagles playing the Giants and the Bears playing the Vikings as your best place to look for wide receivers this week. The Eagles are finally getting healthy at receiver with Alshon Jeffery back, but Travis Fulgham should see the most targets with Jalen Reagor not far behind. The Bears will heavily target Allen Robinson, but Darnell Mooney and Anthony Miller should have some success, also.
The teams giving up the fewest fantasy points to receivers are Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City, Green Bay and Baltimore.
The team tight ends love the most are the Falcons, but they’re on the bye. Next is Buffalo but I can’t recommend Dan Arnold. The Steelers get Bengals, so Eric Ebron could be Big Ben’s favorite target this week. Ironically, their other tight end, Vance McDonald, is the guy that Roethlisberger sat next to on the ride home last week and has caused him daily COVID tests, all of which have been negative.
The guy I’m playing in DFS this week is Evan Engram, who the Eagles will not be able to contain. The Bears, Jaguars and Washington are the next three teams to play tight ends against, making Irv Smith, Robert Tonyan and TJ Hockenson good plays if healthy, but all three have missed practices this week.
Teams to avoid playing tight ends against are New England, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Miami.
Have a great Week 10! The playoffs are right around the corner.
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 13
The New York Giants placed starting outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell (calf) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a calf injury. Fackrell will miss at least the next three games, leaving the Giants very short-handed at the position. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks and was playing close to 100 percent of the defensive snaps before suffering the injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals. No outside linebacker on the active roster has more than one sack this year. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines are also on IR. Jamaal Sheard and rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown could start in Week 13 against the Seahawks, making the New York defense one to avoid for fantasy managers after they were a popular streaming defense against Cincy.
The Denver Broncos activated quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after all three had PCR tests come back negative on Monday. They will all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chiefs. So barring additional team discipline, the Broncos won't be forced to use a practice-squad wide receiver under center against their division rivals. If Lock returns as the starter for this offense, it'll be excellent news for receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant. Denver will likely be forced to throw often to keep up with the Chiefs high-octane offense, too, but Lock's inconsistency this season keeps him as a low-end QB2. The 24-year-old was 24-for-40 for 254 yards and two interceptions in the first meeting against KC back in Week 7.
The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he left the Week 12 win over the Raiders with a toe injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated receiver Laquon Treadwell from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and added him to the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus popped up for a couple decent games this year, but it his production was inconsistent on a weekly basis and he was too far down the team's receiving depth chart to be a viable fantasy option in most leagues. The second-year wideout's best game came in Week 9 against the Broncos when he had four receptions for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season. If he doesn't make it back this year, he'll finish with 20 receptions (32 targets) for 274 yards and the one touchdown. Christian Blake and Brandon Powell could see some more playing time as the No. 4 wideout with Zaccheaus out.
Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II are both eligible to be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Week 12 game against the Steelers on Wednesday, but it's not a given that either will play. Both players have been isolated since testing positive for the virus on Nov. 22 and aren't allowed to fly on the team plane on Tuesday night. At this point, if you have Dobbins or Ingram on your roster, you've likely benched them for other running backs that already played in Week 12. Even if they both play, Gus Edwards could see the majority of backfield touches and will be the best fantasy play of the trio. Those that picked up Edwards in order to start him this week are hoping that neither Dobbins nor Ingram suit up in the tough matchup against the undefeated Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens activated defensive tackle Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley, nickelback Tavon Young and cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. They could activate more players from the list before kickoff against the Steelers on Wednesday. McSorley should be the backup to Robert Griffin III on Wednesday with Lamar Jackson testing positive for COVID-19 and being unavailable this week. The return of Williams will be good news for Baltimore's defensive line, who will again be without Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. The Ravens Defense is more of a gamble in DFS and season-long leagues against the undefeated Steelers, but inclement weather is expected and could make things tougher on both offenses.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is 'just kind of beat up,' according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Cook briefly left the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but returned to finish with 83 total yards and 22 touches. He leads the league with 1,385 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns on the season. The Vikings' schedule gets much tougher following the Week 13 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he'll remain a matchup-proof RB1 due to his heavy usage.
San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones, DE Jordan Willis and practice squad TE Daniel Helm will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Matt Sokol and DB Jaylen Watkins were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Las Vegas Raiders LB Vic Beasley, PK Dominik Eberle, DE David Irving and DE Chris Smith were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.
Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.