Tue Nov 17 11:20am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Ahmed is No. 1 back for Miami
It has been said before here, but the later the season goes the tougher it can get on the waiver wire. There can be some weeks that have a lot of options out there, but this doesn’t look like one of those weeks late in the year. There are a few players to consider, but it is getting tougher and tougher these days to find quality options to help your team. With that said, here are some players to consider for Week 11. . . . .
Jameis Winston, Saints. The injury to Drew Brees opens the door for Winston to possibly get a few starts for the Saints unless they really turn to Taysom Hill, which doesn’t seem likely. Winston might have some turnover issues but you have to like his chances for the big game in this offense. He is more than capable of producing big, so don’t hesitate to pick him up and use him in the right matchup. He certainly has a high ceiling.
Alex Smith, Washington. Smith has just a score his last two games but hit the 300-yard mark in each of those games. He still almost scored 20 fantasy points last week despite not scoring a touchdown. Smith has potential in the right matchup, making him spot start material for fantasy teams. He has some turnover concerns but can get some yards and possible scores in this offense.
Kalen Ballage, Chargers. Ballage has led the Chargers in rushing each of the past two games. He had 102 total yards and five receptions in Week 10. Ballage has 15-plus fantasy points each of his last two games in an expanded role. Ballage has some fantasy value in an expanded role, so he is worth grabbing if you need some running back help. He might get another start or two.
Devontae Booker, Raiders. Booker might not be the starter but is making plays in a backup role for the Raiders. He has scores two straight and topped 60-rushing yards three of his last five games. He is not a sure thing in a backup role but the position is thin, so taking a chance on Booker might be worth it for fantasy teams. He is making plays with his touches.
Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins. Ahmed is becoming the No. 1 back for the Dolphins with Myles Gaskin hurt. He had a big game last week, rushing 21 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He has 123-rushing yards his last two games. As long as Gaskin is out of the lineup, Ahmed has some fantasy value. He is making some plays in this offense.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers. Valdes-Scantling had his best game of the season last week, catching four passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. He has found the end zone each of his last two games. Allen Lazard is back soon but even when he returns, Valdes-Scantling is more than capable of making plays in this offense. He remains available in 69 percent of leagues.
Michael Pittman, Colts. Pittman continues to emerge in the Colts offense. He had his first 100-yard game as a pro last week, catching seven passes for 101 yards. He has been targeted 15 times his last two games. He is a playmaker and gaining a rapport with Philip Rivers. He could be a factor down the stretch for fantasy teams. He is available in 80 percent of leagues.
Josh Reynolds, Rams. Reynolds seems to be getting more and more looks in the Rams passing game. He had season highs in receptions (eight) and yards (94) last week. He has been targeted at least eight times three straight games. He is not going to produce huge numbers but has good spot start potential, having double-digit fantasy points three of four games.
Marvin Hall, Lions. Hall keeps making big plays in the Lions offense. He had two receptions for 61 yards and a score last week. He has 14-plus fantasy points two of three games. He is capable of the big game any given week in a starting role while Kenny Golladay is out of the lineup.
Logan Thomas, Washington. Thomas has a season high in yards last week, catching four passes for 66 yards. He has at least four receptions five of nine games. He isn’t flashy but gets consistent work as the starter in this offense. The tight end position is a mess, so Thomas is a legit option at this point. He is scoring some fantasy points and remains available in 48 percent of leagues.
Jordan Reed, 49ers. Reed was much more involved in the offense his second game back from injury, catching five passes for 62 yards. He had a season high in yards. This was his second double-digit fantasy point performance. Reed is a solid fantasy play while George Kittle is sidelined. He has some real potential for the rest of the season.
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 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.