This week, Jacoby Brissett roasted the Texans defense for 308 yards and 2 TD’s. In my week 9 QB/TE article I recommended Jack Doyle as a good tight end play but I also said that the Colts wide receivers may get it done this week because the Texans defense simply isn’t that great against the pass this year. I believed what I said, but I didn’t think Brissett could drop 308 yards on them. Moving forward, I think it’s a good idea to target the Texans with QB’s and WR’s if you are in a pinch because of injuries or bye weeks.
At the tight end position, nobody new really broke through this week, and there weren’t any major injuries. Ben Watson is only owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues and had 7 catches off 10 targets for 41 yards this past week, but that’s a horribly low yards per catch. Watson isn’t very explosive anymore at his advanced age and if he doesn’t score a touchdown, he’s almost useless, making him nothing more than a desperation play. Monitor your waiver wires for Kyle Rudolph (owned in 88% of Yahoo leagues) and Hunter Henry (owned in 72% of Yahoo leagues) if you are in a league with a small bench, because it’s possible a team cut them out of necessity in order to submit a full starting roster with all the bye weeks we just had. It’s not likely Rudolph or Henry are there, but you never know.
Charles Clay is only owned in 12% of Yahoo leagues and he should return to the Bills lineup this week. Although the Bills just added Kelvin Benjamin who may steal some targets, Clay is still a very viable option in the Bills horizontal passing attack. Eric Ebron is only owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues and he cannot be trusted, he’s a bust. However, if you were ever going to trust Ebron, it’s this week against the Browns. If you’re in a pinch you may want to consider streaming Ebron because of the matchup, but with your luck, if you pick up and start Ebron, Daniel Fells will go off for 105 yards and 2 TD’s. Ed Dickson owners need to start thinking about life after Dickson because Greg Olsen is nearing his return. If you have been rolling with Dickson over the last few weeks, be proactive now and get your tight end situation figured out before it’s too late. Keep an eye on David Njoku as well, because he’s a young ascending player and is only owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues.
What are you going to do if you are a Jameis Winston owner? Winston is borderline droppable in shallower leagues. On October 15th, Winston hurt his shoulder against the Cardinals after attempting only 10 passes. The following week against the Buffalo Bills it was unclear if Winston was even going to play, but he did, and he dropped 384 yards and 3 TD’s on the Bills. Since that October 22nd performance, he has been 28 for 51, for 277 yards, 0 TD’s, 2 INT’s and is averaging less than 5.5 yards per attempt compared to his season average of 7.4 yards per attempt. Winston is going to sit out the next few games but he should be ok after rest, so only cut him if you view him as truly expendable and there is a more viable option on the waiver wire that you view as a full time starter.
Eli Manning – QB NY Giants – If you are a Jameis Winston owner, Eli Manning should be your primary target on the waiver wire. Eli is owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues and plays @ the 49ers this week who just gave up 201 yards and 2 TD’s to Drew Stanton. If Drew Stanton can toss 2 TD’s on this defense then the sky is the limit for Manning. After they face off against the 49ers this week, the Giants play the Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders, Cowboys, Eagles and Cardinals, none of which are matchups you want to avoid, making Eli extremely viable for the remainder of the season.
Josh McCown – QB NY Jets – Josh McCown is owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues and continues to get it done as the 8th highest scoring QB in fantasy football this year. The Jets play @ Tampa Bay this week who have been getting absolutely shredded on defense, so he should be in your starting lineup. If you are a Jameis Winston owner, McCown is a great one week streamer for you.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB Tampa Bay Bucs – Fitzpatrick is owned in only 1% of Yahoo leagues and should put up solid numbers in Winston’s absence. In the two games Fitzpatrick has played so far this year, he has completed 62.5% of his passes for 358 yards and 4 TD’s, throwing the ball 7.5 yards per attempt. The Bucs have the Jets and Dolphins over the next two weeks which aren’t scary opponents, but they will be without Mike Evans this week while he serves a suspension, which limits Fitzpatrick’s upside. Fitzpatrick is a viable option over the next two weeks but he isn’t a long-term option as Winston isn’t likely to miss more than a couple of weeks.
If you own Will Fuller, you are probably looking for a replacement since he no longer has Deshaun Watson throwing him the ball. Hopefully you traded Fuller away after scoring all those touchdowns which he was unlikely to sustain anyways. Mike Evans owners previously thought they were going to have Evans for the balance of the season, but after Evans decided to take a cheap shot on Marshon Lattimore, he will be sitting down for a week leaving Evans owners with a serious gap in their starting rosters. Be proactive and make sure you have some options.
Marqise Lee – WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Lee is owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues coming off a day where he had 8 grabs off 12 targets for 75 yards and a TD. Lee came through in a tough spot against the Bengals and has the Chargers this week. Lee doesn’t figure to draw coverage from Casey Hayward so he should viable, but his upside will always be capped because the Jaguars are such a run heavy team, especially with Leonard Fournette set to return.
Robby Anderson – WR NY Jets – Anderson is owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues and is at the Buccaneers this week. Anderson has been getting it done and he should continue to do so against a Bucs defense that’s given up 25 passes of 20+ yards, 5 passes of 40+ yards and an average of 7.9 yards per pass which isn’t far off the NFL worst 8.3 yards per pass which is owned by the Colts. Things are setting up well for Anderson to get a deep shot this week.
Tavarres King – WR NY Giants – King is owned in 0% of Yahoo leagues and if I were a betting man, I would guess he’s probably available in your league. King is coming off a performance against the Rams where he had 3 catches off 6 targets for 33 yards and a TD. King has the 49ers this week who have been getting smoked by outside wide receivers. King only played slightly more than 50% of the snaps against the Rams on Sunday but you cannot deny his big play ability, and it’s likely to come out this upcoming Sunday. King played in roughly 80% of the snaps against the Broncos and 100% of the snaps against the Seahawks but he didn’t come through in those tough matchups.
Josh Doctson – WR Washington Redskins – Doctson is owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues and this past week he was targeted 5 times, catching 3 of them for 59 yards. Although Doctson is an ascending player, he has the Vikings this week and may draw Xavier Rhodes in coverage which may be problematic.
Corey Davis – WR Tennessee Titans – Davis is owned in 45% of Yahoo leagues and has the Bengals this week. Davis’ ownership percentage is mind-blowing to me, he needs to be owned in every league. Davis only had 2 catches for 28 yards on 5 targets in his first game back after a hamstring injury in a tough matchup against the Ravens, but things aren’t looking much better for him this week against the Bengals. Do your due diligence and check your waiver wire to see if Davis is still there. Be aware, however, that Davis might not come through this week, so be patient. Davis has a solid long-term outlook so he may be a trade for candidate after this week.
Brice Butler – WR Dallas Cowboys – Butler is owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues and he needs to be owned in Dez Bryant misses any time after suffering an apparent ankle injury against the Chiefs. Butler only had 1 catch for 6 yards, but he narrowly missed a deep shot from Dak Prescott. Monitor the situation with Dez Bryant because the initial reports out of Dallas are that he avoided a serious injury, but you may want to be proactive and get him on your roster if you’re a Dez owner to give yourself some insurance.
Jamison Crowder – WR Washington Redskins – Crowder is owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues and he may have been dropped if owners were in a tight spot because of bye weeks and due to the fact that he was inactive because of his hamstring injury. Ryan Grant failed to impress filling in for Crowder, and Kurt Cousins failed to take more deep shots like the team wanted him to do. The Vikings have solid perimeter corners so Crowder may be Kurt’s favorite target this week.
The running back position has given us major fits this year. Frank Gore, LeGarrette Blount, Jerrick McKinnon, Tevin Coleman, CJ Anderson, Duke Johnson, Bilal Powell and Javorius Allen are all RB2’s so far this year. None of the aforementioned players are the clear lead backs in the offense and it’s hard to rely on them week to week. None of them are very exciting options in their current roles. CJ Anderson hasn’t done anything lately, Bilal Powell is in a time share with Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire, and Tevin Coleman is extremely touchdown dependent as the clear second back in Atlanta. On the other hand, players like Doug Martin, Joe Mixon and Marshawn Lynch were supposed to be viable starters each week, but they simply disappear at times. To put it simply, the running back position has been puzzling this year, and all we can do is keep playing the backs who are getting opportunities.
Matt Forte – RB NY Jets – Forte is owned in 42% of Yahoo leagues and came through against the Bills this week with 77 yards rushing and 2 TD’s off 14 carries. He also added 4 catches to his stat line. Forte is in an ugly timeshare with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, but if the matchup is right, he can come through. The Jets have the Bucs this week, so feel good if you need to roll him out there.
Alfred Morris – RB Dallas Cowboys – Morris is owned in 58% of Yahoo leagues and if you own Zeke and he’s still on your waiver wire, stop playing around and just add him already. I don’t need to go into further detail, you know why he’s on this list.
Corey Clement – RB Philadelphia Eagles – Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues, Clement had 51 yards and 2 TD’s on 12 carries, adding a catch for 15 yards and a TD. This was the first week that Jay Ajayi was a member of the Eagles, so it’s tough to speculate how the Eagles running backs will be used moving forward, but Clement did give the Eagles some juice out there against a solid Broncos defense. If I am going to add Clement to my roster, the player I cut needs to be pretty bad. Clement did lead the Eagles backfield in snaps this week, but the reality is that there’s a lot of unknowns here.
Kenyan Drake (owned in 53%) and Damien Williams – RB’s Miami Dolphins (owned in 33%) – The Dolphins offense didn’t light it up against the Raiders on Sunday night but they definitely looked a lot smoother than they did prior to the Jay Ajayi trade. You almost have to think that the Dolphins were trying to jam a square peg down a round hole when they were trying to get Ajayi going in the run game when their offense clearly isn’t built for such. Out of this pair, I prefer Kenyan Drake because in my eyes, he looked more explosive than Williams, it looked like Williams had a fairly upright running style, Drake is better as a pass catcher and played more snaps. Although I prefer Drake as an add, it should be noted that Williams started the game, but they had similar workloads. Damien Williams had seven carries for 14 yards and caught six passes for 47 yards and a touchdown while Kenyan Drake carried nine times for 69 yards and caught six passes for 36 yards. Both players are solid pickups.
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