NFL Week 13 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 13 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Trey Burton was a hit at a tough tight end spot, but the Tampa Bay passing attack didn’t come through in last week’s lineup. Which matchups should you target for your Week 13 daily fantasy lineups in DraftKings and FanDuel?

 

QB: Jared Goff @ ARI

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

Jared Goff averaged over 370 yards per game against the Cardinals last season; while it’s a better Arizona defense and an improved team overall the Rams will be facing, Goff should bounce back after getting called out by Sean McVay. The accurate quarterback could have one of his best games of 2020 at a considerable value.

 

RB: Derrick Henry vs. CLE

DraftKings: $9,200 | FanDuel: $10,000

 

This time of year is not only the holiday season, it’s also Derrick Henry season. Over his past 16 games (including playoffs), Henry has rushed for 2,000 yards—and the numbers only go up in December. The Browns might have trouble stopping the monstrous back.

 

RB: Miles Sanders @ GB

DraftKings: $6,700 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

The Eagles have to do something to get this thing back on the rails, and the obvious answer seems to be that they should run the ball more with Miles Sanders and company. Philadelphia killed Green Bay on the ground last season, and Sanders has overall RB1 upside for Week 13.

 

WR: Allen Robinson II vs. DET

DraftKings: $6,700 | FanDuel: $6,900

 

Allen Robinson’s agent voiced displeasure with his client’s red zone role a couple of weeks ago, and the Bears apparently made it a point of emphasis to get A-Rob the ball in scoring territory coming off the bye. After a two touchdown performance last Sunday night, Robinson again has excellent touchdown upside this week.

 

WR: T.Y. Hilton @ HOU

DraftKings: $4,300 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

T.Y. Hilton appears to be heating up a bit, and he now faces a Texans team he has completely dominated throughout his career. The floor is low, but there probably isn’t a better upside value in lineups this week to take a chance on.

 

WR: Denzel Mims vs. LV (DraftKings) | Cooper Kupp @ ARI (FanDuel)

Mims: $4,100 | Kupp: $6,600

 

Rookie Denzel Mims has been getting good looks in the Jets offense, and he could be due to find the end zone for the first time in his career. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary to go with Cooper Kupp as a stack with Jared Goff; the two connected for touchdowns in both games versus the Cardinals last season.

 

TE: Darren Waller @ NYJ

DraftKings: $6,100 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

As the Raiders offense looks to put last week behind them, running the passing attack through Darren Waller will likely be a top priority for Jon Gruden. Waller is the top tight end play of the day games on Sunday and is worth the price.

 

FLEX: Henry Ruggs III @ NYJ

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

Henry Ruggs has the talent to be one of those guys that breaks out down the stretch of a season, and this Sunday against the Jets might be a good time for it to start. Expect the Raiders offense to bounce back, potentially with a gamebreaking play or two from Ruggs.

 

D/ST Chargers vs. NE

DraftKings: $2,600 | FanDuel: $3,900

 

The Chargers haven’t been great defensively this season, but neither has Cam Newton and the Patriots offense. Taking a chance on Joey Bosa making some game-changing plays comes at a low cost for Week 13.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $200

 

Other recommended Week 13 options

 

QB: Mitchell Trubisky vs. DET

DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $6,900

 

RB: Latavius Murray @ ATL

DraftKings: $5,900 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

RB: Damien Harris @ LAC

DraftKings: $5,200 | FanDuel: $5,900

 

WR: Calvin Ridley vs. NO

DraftKings: $7,200 | FanDuel: $8,400

 

WR: Darnell Mooney vs. DET

DraftKings: $3,400 | FanDuel: $5,100

 

TE: T.J. Hockenson @ CHI

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $6,100

Week 13 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 13 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Lamar Jackson (v DAL)

Jackson could be a player that fantasy owners are wary about if he has little to no preparation for next Tuesday’s game against Dallas, but I actually think he could have one of his best games of the season. A simplified game plan might help Jackson get back to what made him such a difference-maker in 2019, and the Cowboys’ struggles with tackling is an added boost. I am optimistic for high-end QB1 value in Week 13.

 

Thumbs Up: Taysom Hill (@ ATL)

While fantasy owners probably would have liked more out of Hill last week, it’s kind of hard to complain about 17.5 fantasy points in a game where the teams combined for 91 passing yards—which shows the stable floor New Orleans’ current starter has thanks to his rushing production. I’d expect the passing numbers to increase starting this week, and Atlanta’s offense should have a better showing to perhaps make it more of a back-and-forth game. Hill remains a midrange QB1 for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (@ ARI)

Along with multiple others at quarterback, Goff was a massive disappointment last week, but he absolutely shredded the Cardinals last year (371.5 yards per game with a 5:0 touchdown-interception ratio), and I would be surprised if he didn’t come out hot after being publicly challenged by Sean McVay. Remember, the Rams are just one week removed from shredding Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football, and Goff has quickly bounced back before.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (@ NYJ)

Carr is one of the other Week 12 disappointments, but the cross-country trip—perhaps combined with a “moral victory” against the Chiefs—seemed to affect the entire team. It would be a shock if Jon Gruden allowed it to happen again (especially after they got blown out by the Jets in New York last year), and the weapons for Las Vegas are too good for Carr to not at least be a solid QB2 play.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Deshaun Watson (v IND)

Those with Will Fuller are obviously hurt by his six-game suspension to end a breakout 2020 season, but Watson will also be significantly impacted without his top wideout down the stretch—and the timing couldn’t be worse with a string of brutal matchups starting this weekend against the Colts. Now, the Texans will be counting on Keke Coutee and rookie Isaiah Coulter (who I really like, but he hasn’t even appeared in an NFL game) to fill out the starting trio behind Brandin Cooks; Watson likely needs to do plenty of damage with his legs to clearly stay on the QB1 map.

 

Thumbs Down: Matthew Stafford (@ CHI)

A coaching change can sometimes provide a boost for a team and/or offense, but I don’t think that’s something you can count on in Detroit. Over the past three matchups, Chicago has limited Stafford to a 3:5 touchdown-interception ratio (all of which were losses for the Lions), and they should come out ready to play—at home—after what happened against Green Bay. Stafford is a low-upside play this weekend.

 

Thumbs Down: Andy Dalton (@ BAL)

The weapons for Dallas can make Dalton a tempting play, but Baltimore’s secondary remains one to avoid, and he’s been held to just 228.0 yards per game in three fully healthy starts. Streamers such as Ryan Fitzpatrick or Mitchell Trubisky in a better matchup are recommended options over Dalton on the road, and it’s worth noting that the Ravens have limited him to a 76.6 quarterback rating in a season’s worth of matchups.

 

Thumbs Down: Cam Newton (@ LAC)

Josh Allen was able to rush for a touchdown against the Chargers last week, but Gus Bradley’s defense was very aggressive up front for most of the day, and a similar game plan could be implemented this week to slow down Newton. Although we know the kind of upside Cam can bring, he’s yet to throw for multiple scores in a game with New England, and the Patriots are fine with that remaining the case if they can stay hot (3-1 over the past four games).

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Miles Sanders (@ GB)

The Eagles only giving Sanders six carries last week—and 11.7 attempts per game since the start of October—is a mystery, but the excuse was that Seattle is better attacked through the air, which isn’t the case for the Packers (4.6 yards per carry allowed). Last year, Jordan Howard and Sanders combined for 187 total yards and three touchdowns in a win over Green Bay, so I’m hopeful that Doug Pederson will remember that on Sunday. I have Philly’s starter as a top-five play.

 

Thumbs Up: Jonathan Taylor (@ HOU)

Taylor is already cleared to return after self-isolating last week, and the Colts should immediately feature him and the running game against a Houston defense that is allowing the second most rushing yards per game (154.7) and the most yards per carry (4.9) in the league. Indy’s second-round pick was instrumental in their win over the Packers two weeks ago by grinding out 114 yards on 26 touches, so don’t waste any time getting Taylor back in lineups.

 

Thumbs Up: J.K. Dobbins (v DAL)

The Cowboys are the only team allowing more yards per game on the ground (156.4) than Houston, and I anticipate a feature role for Dobbins this month with Baltimore hoping to get the offense rolling. Like the aforementioned Jonathan Taylor, the Ohio State product started to separate in the backfield with a season-high 16 touches a couple of weeks ago, and his explosiveness will be a challenge for the Cowboys on Tuesday. Dobbins is a top-15 option for me in Week 13.

 

Thumbs Up: Damien Harris (@ LAC)

Harris not gaining more red-zone work with Rex Burkhead (knee) out for the season wasn’t what fantasy owners wanted to see, but he remains the clear leader for early-down work, and that shouldn’t change down the stretch. Los Angeles just allowed Devin Singletary to have his most productive day on the ground (11 carries for 82 yards), so the defense focusing on Newton could open up some running lanes for Harris. Keep starting him as an RB2 or strong FLEX.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Ezekiel Elliott (@ BAL)

Just when it looked like Elliott was gaining momentum with his first 100-yard game of the season in Week 11, he followed it up with 2.4 fantasy points on Thanksgiving, and the former All-Pro has more lost fumbles (three) than rushing touchdowns (zero) over the past six games. The impending returns of Brandon Williams (ankle) and Calais Campbell (calf) will only make it tougher for Zeke to find running room; I don’t see how he can be viewed as an RB1 or even high-end RB2 at this point.

 

Thumbs Down: Le’Veon Bell (v DEN)

To his credit, Bell has reportedly been a great teammate for the Chiefs despite 5.6 carries per game (it helps being 5-0), but the touches simply aren’t there for him to pay dividends behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire on a pass-happy offense. Jamaal Williams, Devontae Booker, and J.D. McKissic are all No. 2 backs that I would rather play over Bell this week if you are struggling for a FLEX option.

 

Thumbs Down: Zack Moss (@ SF)

Moss played a season-high 60% of the snaps last week and handled 11 touches, but the matchup is reason to avoid the rookie on Monday night, as San Francisco—already allowing the seventh-fewest points per game to opposing backs—should come out fired up after their season-saving win over the Rams. Overall, Buffalo has changed their game plan from week-to-week depending on opponent, and I think they could opt for quick-strike throws rather than trying to establish the run.

 

Thumbs Down: Darrell Henderson (@ ARI)

Cam Akers getting an expanded role out of the bye hasn’t been a surprise, but it’s led to Henderson completely falling off (2.1 yards per carry on 25 attempts over the past three games), and now the rookie appears to be the back to own after rushing for 84 yards and a score last week. Even if Henderson remains the starter, he might need to show something early to avoid falling out of the rotation in an important game for LA.

 

Wide receiver 

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Deebo Samuel (v BUF)

The chess match between Kyle Shanahan and Sean McDermott will be a fun battle, but Samuel is a tough player to eliminate from the game plan because of how many ways you can get the ball in his hands, so look for him to again be featured after 11 receptions for 133 yards in last week’s win. It’s no coincidence that San Francisco is 3-0 over Samuel’s past three outings (65+ receiving yards in each game), and his play style should help him avoid Tre’Davious White. The Niners’ most versatile weapon is a borderline top-20 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Cole Beasley (@ SF)

Perhaps the success Robert Salah’s defense has had defending Cooper Kupp out of the slot will be bad news for Beasley, but I think the smaller, shiftier option for Buffalo should be able to find the holes for what—again—could be a pass-heavy plan of attack. In games with at least five targets this year, Beasley has gone for lines of 4/58, 5/70, 6/100, 6/53, 4/45/1, 11/112, and 11/109/1. Consider him a low-end WR2/FLEX in 0.5 PPR leagues.

 

Thumbs Up: Michael Pittman Jr. (@ HOU)

Last week was a struggle for Pittman Jr. with two receptions for 28 scoreless yards, but he saw a season-high nine targets, and the opportunities were a good sign for a strong December potentially coming. I would say Houston holding Marvin Jones to 48 yards last week said more about the Lions than anything else, and Pittman Jr. has the size/speed to give the cornerbacks some problems on Sunday. He and T.Y. Hilton—who has killed the Texans throughout his career—are both worth a start.

 

Thumbs Up: Sammy Watkins (v DEN)

Watkins is another player that didn’t have a big game in Week 12, but he returned to the lineup to see seven targets and play 72% of the team’s offensive snaps; it’s only a matter of time before he goes off in the NFL’s most high-powered attack. If Vic Fangio does what he can to take away Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Watkins could see plenty of single coverage as an upside FLEX.

 

Others: Nelson Agholor (@ NYJ), T.Y. Hilton (@ HOU)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: DeAndre Hopkins (v LAR)

A brutal schedule in the second half of the season was reason we weren’t quite as high on Hopkins in Arizona, and the shoulder injury to Kyler Murray is another factor thrown in to create some recent struggles for the 28-year-old. Now, he has to face old AFC South rival Jalen Ramsey, and Hopkins is a Hail Mary touchdown away from having just 220 scoreless yards over the past four games. I have him outside WR1 territory.

 

Thumbs Down: Amari Cooper (@ BAL)

Although Cooper has actually been more consistent this year despite playing with various quarterbacks (at least five receptions and 67 yards in all but two games), it feels like one of those disappointments could be coming just when fantasy owners might be counting on him to make the playoffs. A collection of wideouts for Tampa Bay and Carolina being on a bye moves everyone up some, but Cooper isn’t a confident WR2 for me in Week 13. He might need to turn Marcus Peters around to exceed expectations.

 

Thumbs Down: Tee Higgins (@ MIA)

A touchdown saved Higgins last week in the first game without Joe Burrow (knee), but the rookie will be covered by Xavien Howard and/or Byron Jones this week—which is a tall task for anyone. In recent weeks, Miami has slowed down DeAndre Hopkins (3/30), Mike Williams (2/38), and Jerry Jeudy (3/37) on the outside. At best, Higgins looks like a touchdown-dependent FLEX catching passes from Brandon Allen.

 

Thumbs Down: Jalen Reagor (@ GB)

I think a more accurate quarterback would clearly help, but Reagor deserves his share of blame for Year 1 struggles—most notably not seeming to have a full grasp of the offense. Philadelphia’s first-round pick could see a lot of Jaire Alexander on Sunday assuming Green Bay decides to play sides with their cornerbacks, so the chances of a deep ball don’t seem great. None of the wideouts are worth trusting for the Eagles based on how the offense has looked.

 

Others: Giants WRs (@ SEA)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Noah Fant (@ KC)

The Chiefs have been absolutely ripped by tight ends in back-to-back weeks—Darren Waller (7/88/1) and Rob Gronkowski (6/106)—so now is the time to hop back aboard the Fant bandwagon. A week of almost all runs could lead to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur wanting to air it out, and it makes sense to open things up for Drew Lock to showcase his talent over the final five games for Denver. Fant is a top-five option for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Jonnu Smith (v CLE)

Smith’s struggles hit a low point last week with zero targets, and he’s averaged just 19.5 yards per game since Week 6 after looking like an elite TE1 in the first quarter of the year. That said, Cleveland is just about the best matchup possible to re-emerge, and it’s not like the talent isn’t there for Smith. I would give him one more week, and Anthony Firkser is also a quality flier for those hurting at the position.

 

Thumbs Up: Jordan Akins (v IND)

It was frustrating that Akins didn’t work out in Week 12, but he was missed on two would-be touchdowns (Deshaun Watson even said so after the game), and I’d expect him to remain a huge part of the offense without Will Fuller. While the Colts remain stingy against tight ends, Akins will hopefully see enough snaps out of the slot and in scoring territory to return TE2 value.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Jimmy Graham (v DET)

He had some late production, but Graham was held without a catch until the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss, and he played a season-low 35% of the snaps for Chicago. Plus, with Allen Robinson finally being used as the top red-zone threat that he should have been all year, the touchdown potential takes a significant hit for Graham. Don’t be surprised if the gap between he and Cole Kmet (79% snaps played) narrows this month.

 

Thumbs Down: Tyler Higbee (@ ARI)

Higbee has mostly played through multiple injuries in 2020, but he’s certainly not 100%, and the late-season surge doesn’t appear to be in the cards with 25 scoreless yards over the past two games. Other than a three-touchdown game against the Eagles in Week 2, Higbee hasn’t scored this year, and Arizona is allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to enemy tight ends.

 

Thumbs Down: Will Dissly (v NYG)

I thought Dissly might get some chances last week against the Eagles, but it was mostly D.K. Metcalf and the running backs in a balanced attack (in terms of run versus pass), as the 24-year-old wasn’t even targeted despite playing 72% of the team’s offensive snaps. You’ll need a touchdown out of Dissly for him to be worth a start on Sunday.

 

Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v DEN)
2. Lamar Jackson (v DAL)
3. Josh Allen (@ SF)
4. Aaron Rodgers (v PHI)
5. Russell Wilson (v NYG)
6. Taysom Hill (@ ATL)
7. Justin Herbert (v NE)
8. Kyler Murray (v LAR)
9. Ryan Tannehill (v CLE)
10. Kirk Cousins (v JAX)
11. Ben Roethlisberger (v WAS)
12. Jared Goff (@ ARI)
13. Matt Ryan (v NO)
14. Deshaun Watson (v IND)
15. Derek Carr (@ NYJ)
16. Carson Wentz (@ GB)
17. Philip Rivers (@ HOU)
18. Cam Newton (@ LAC)
19. Mitchell Trubisky (v DET)
20. Tua Tagovailoa (v CIN)
21. Baker Mayfield (@ TEN)
22. Nick Mullens (v BUF)
23. Matthew Stafford (@ CHI)
24. Alex Smith (@ PIT)
25. Andy Dalton (@ BAL)
26. Drew Lock (@ KC)
27. Sam Darnold (v LV)
28. Mike Glennon (@ MIN)
29. Colt McCoy (@ SEA)
30. Brandon Allen (@ MIA)
31. Jalen Hurts (@ GB)
32. Jacoby Brissett (@ HOU)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (v CLE)
2. Nick Chubb (@ TEN)
3. Dalvin Cook (v JAX)
4. James Robinson (@ MIN)
5. Miles Sanders (@ GB)
6. Aaron Jones (v PHI)
7. Austin Ekeler (v NE)
8. Alvin Kamara (@ ATL)
9. Chris Carson (v NYG)
10. Jonathan Taylor (@ HOU)
11. David Montgomery (v DET)
12. J.K. Dobbins (v DAL)
13. Antonio Gibson (@ PIT)
14. Devontae Booker (@ NYJ)
15. Raheem Mostert (v BUF)
16. Kareem Hunt (@ TEN)
17. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (v DEN)
18. Ezekiel Elliott (@ BAL)
19. Damien Harris (@ LAC)
20. Myles Gaskin (v CIN)
21. Kenyan Drake (v LAR)
22. Melvin Gordon (@ KC)
23. Benny Snell (v WAS)
24. David Johnson (v IND)
25. Wayne Gallman (@ SEA)
26. Giovani Bernard (@ MIA)
27. Latavius Murray (@ ATL)
28. Frank Gore (v LV)
29. Chase Edmonds (v LAR)
30. Nyheim Hines (@ HOU)
31. Cam Akers (@ ARI)
32. James White (@ LAC)
33. Devin Singletary (@ SF)
34. Tevin Coleman (v BUF)
35. Brian Hill (v NO)
36. Jamaal Williams (v PHI)
37. Adrian Peterson (@ CHI)
38. J.D. McKissic (@ PIT)
39. Zack Moss (@ SF)
40. Duke Johnson (v IND)
41. Darrell Henderson (@ ARI)
42. Phillip Lindsay (@ KC)
43. Le’Veon Bell (v DEN)
44. Gus Edwards (v DAL)
45. Kerryon Johnson (@ CHI)
46. Ito Smith (v NO)
47. Carlos Hyde (v NYG)
48. Alexander Mattison (v JAX)
49. Boston Scott (@ GB)
50. Jordan Wilkins (@ HOU)
51. Tony Pollard (@ BAL)
52. Jerick McKinnon (v BUF)
53. Malcolm Brown (@ ARI)
54. Joshua Kelley (v NE)
55. Anthony McFarland Jr. (v WAS)
56. Jordan Howard (@ GB)
57. Patrick Laird (v CIN)
58. Jalen Richard (@ NYJ)
59. Mark Ingram (v DAL)
60. Devine Ozigbo (@ MIN)
61. Dion Lewis (@ SEA)
62. Peyton Barber (@ PIT)
63. D’Onta Foreman (v CLE)
64. Sony Michel (@ LAC)
65. Jeff Wilson (v BUF)
66. Royce Freeman (@ KC)
67. Jeremy McNichols (v CLE)
68. Ty Johnson (v LV)
69. Samaje Perine (@ MIA)
70. Corey Clement (@ GB)
71. Darrel Williams (v DEN)
72. Alfred Morris (@ SEA)
73. Jonathan Williams (@ CHI)
74. Troymaine Pope (v NE)
75. Justice Hill (v DAL)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (v PHI)
2. A.J. Brown (v CLE)
3. Tyreek Hill (v DEN)
4. D.K. Metcalf (v NYG)
5. Calvin Ridley (v NO)
6. Keenan Allen (v NE)
7. Stefon Diggs (@ SF)
8. Adam Thielen (v JAX)
9. Terry McLaurin (@ PIT)
10. Allen Robinson (v DET)
11. Julio Jones (v NO)
12. Cooper Kupp (@ ARI)
13. Tyler Lockett (v NYG)
14. Justin Jefferson (v JAX)
15. Robert Woods (@ ARI)
16. DeAndre Hopkins (v LAR)
17. Diontae Johnson (v WAS)
18. DeVante Parker (v CIN)
19. Michael Thomas (@ ATL)
20. Chase Claypool (v WAS)
21. Deebo Samuel (v BUF)
22. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v WAS)
23. Brandin Cooks (v IND)
24. D.J. Chark (@ MIN)
25. Cole Beasley (@ SF)
26. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ HOU)
27. Amari Cooper (@ BAL)
28. Jarvis Landry (@ TEN)
29. Corey Davis (v CLE)
30. Marvin Jones (@ CHI)
31. CeeDee Lamb (@ BAL)
32. Tyler Boyd (@ MIA)
33. T.Y. Hilton (@ HOU)
34. Nelson Agholor (@ NYJ)
35. Brandon Aiyuk (v BUF)
36. Christian Kirk (v LAR)
37. Sammy Watkins (v DEN)
38. Jerry Jeudy (@ KC)
39. Jakobi Meyers (@ LAC)
40. Mike Williams (v NE)
41. Henry Ruggs III (@ NYJ)
42. Sterling Shepard (@ SEA)
43. Marquise Brown (v DAL)
44. Denzel Mims (v LV)
45. Tee Higgins (@ MIA)
46. Darius Slayton (@ SEA)
47. Darnell Mooney (v DET)
48. Jamison Crowder (v LV)
49. Allen Lazard (v PHI)
50. Jalen Reagor (@ GB)
51. Breshad Perriman (v LV)
52. Tim Patrick (@ KC)
53. Anthony Miller (v DET)
54. Laviska Shenault (@ MIN)
55. Michael Gallup (@ BAL)
56. Rashard Higgins (@ TEN)
57. Keelan Cole (@ MIN)
58. Keke Coutee (v IND)
59. Josh Reynolds (@ ARI)
60. Gabriel Davis (@ SF)
61. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v PHI)
62. K.J. Hamler (@ KC)
63. Russell Gage (v NO)
64. Mecole Hardman (v DEN)
65. Emmanuel Sanders (@ ATL)
66. Travis Fulgham (@ GB)
67. Hunter Renfrow (@ NYJ)
68. Jakeem Grant (v CIN)
69. Adam Humphries (v CLE)
70. A.J. Green (@ MIA)
71. Zach Pascal (@ HOU)
72. Damiere Byrd (@ LAC)
73. Isaiah Coulter (v IND)
74. Golden Tate (@ SEA)
75. Andy Isabella (v LAR)
76. David Moore (v NYG)
77. Demarcus Robinson (v DEN)
78. Dez Bryant (v DAL)
79. Jalen Guyton (v NE)
80. Steven Sims (@ PIT)
81. Alshon Jeffery (@ GB)
82. Kendrick Bourne (v BUF)
83. Danny Amendola (@ CHI)
84. Collin Johnson (@ MIN)
85. N’Keal Harry (@ LAC)
86. Richie James (v BUF)
87. Cam Sims (@ PIT)
88. Chad Beebe (v JAX)
89. Tre’Quan Smith (@ ATL)
90. Bryan Edwards (@ NYJ)
91. James Washington (v WAS)
92. Greg Ward (@ GB)
93. Devin Duvernay (v DAL)
94. Mack Hollins (v CIN)
95. Cordarrelle Patterson (v DET)
96. Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ TEN)
97. Van Jefferson (@ ARI)
98. Equanimeous St. Brown (v PHI)
99. Marcus Johnson (@ HOU)
100. Tyron Johnson (v NE)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v DEN)
2. Darren Waller (@ NYJ)
3. T.J. Hockenson (@ CHI)
4. Noah Fant (@ KC)
5. Mike Gesicki (v CIN)
6. Hunter Henry (v NE)
7. Dallas Goedert (@ GB)
8. Robert Tonyan (v PHI)
9. Evan Engram (@ SEA)
10. Eric Ebron (v WAS)
11. Hayden Hurst (v NO)
12. Kyle Rudolph (v JAX)
13. Austin Hooper (@ TEN)
14. Anthony Firkser (v CLE)
15. Jordan Reed (v BUF)
16. Logan Thomas (@ PIT)
17. Trey Burton (@ HOU)
18. Dalton Schultz (@ BAL)
19. Zach Ertz (@ GB)
20. Jordan Akins (v IND)
21. Tyler Higbee (@ ARI)
22. Gerald Everett (@ ARI)
23. Jacob Hollister (v NYG)
24. Jimmy Graham (v DET)
25. Tyler Eifert (@ MIN)
26. Cole Kmet (v DET)
27. Will Dissly (v NYG)
28. Jared Cook (@ ATL)
29. Mo Alie-Cox (@ HOU)
30. Dawson Knox (@ SF)
31. Jack Doyle (@ HOU)
32. Dan Arnold (v LAR)
33. Chris Herndon (v LV)
34. Luke Willson (v DAL)
35. Darren Fells (v IND)
36. Drew Sample (@ MIA)
37. James O’Shaughnessy (@ MIN)
38. Jace Sternberger (v PHI)
39. MyCole Pruitt (v CLE)
40. Geoff Swaim (v CLE)

 

Defense/ST

1. Miami Dolphins (v CIN)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (v WAS)
3. Seattle Seahawks (v NYG)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (v DEN)
5. Baltimore Ravens (v DAL)
6. Chicago Bears (v DET)
7. Green Bay Packers (v PHI)
8. New Orleans Saints (@ ATL)
9. Los Angeles Rams (@ ARI)
10. Minnesota Vikings (v JAX)
11. Indianapolis Colts (@ HOU)
12. Arizona Cardinals (v LAR)
13. Las Vegas Raiders (@ NYJ)
14. Buffalo Bills (@ SF)
15. San Francisco 49ers (v BUF)
16. Detroit Lions (@ CHI)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (v NE)
18. Tennessee Titans (v CLE)
19. New England Patriots (@ LAC)
20. Atlanta Falcons (v NO)
21. Washington Football Team (@ PIT)
22. Cincinnati Bengals (@ MIA)
23. New York Giants (@ SEA)
24. New York Jets (v LV)
25. Houston Texans (v IND)

 

Kicker

1. Younghoe Koo (v NO)
2. Harrison Butker (v DEN)
3. Justin Tucker (v DAL)
4. Jason Sanders (v CIN)
5. Rodrigo Blankenship (@ HOU)
6. Daniel Carlson (@ NYJ)
7. Wil Lutz (@ ATL)
8. Tyler Bass (@ SF)
9. Mason Crosby (v PHI)
10. Matt Prater (@ CHI)
11. Jason Myers (v NYG)
12. Robbie Gould (v BUF)
13. Chris Boswell (v WAS)
14. Zane Gonzalez (v LAR)
15. Dan Bailey (v JAX)
16. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v IND)
17. Michael Badgley (v NE)
18. Greg Zuerlein (@ BAL)
19. Nick Folk (@ LAC)
20. Graham Gano (@ SEA)
21. Cody Parkey (@ TEN)
22. Stephen Gostkowski (v CLE)
23. Matt Gay (@ ARI)
24. Cairo Santos (v DET)
25. Jake Elliott (@ GB)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 13, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 13, 2020

The waiver wire includes both overall and positional rankings. Feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB

Baltimore started to unleash Dobbins in November, and now he apparently won’t even miss Week 12 thanks to another postponement. The rookie is available in too many leagues considering his upside.

 

2. Wayne Gallman, NYG RB

New York came out of the bye featuring Gallman (24 carries for 94 yards and one touchdown), and that is something that should continue with Daniel Jones (hamstring) set to miss time. The fourth-year back has scored six touchdowns over the past three games.

 

3. Damien Harris, NE RB

The fantasy results weren’t there on Sunday, but Harris handled 14 carries on a career-high 64% of the snaps played, which is obviously encouraging. The primary concern is New England not utilizing him around the end zone, though the talent keeps him in low-end RB2/FLEX territory.

 

4. Benny Snell, PIT RB

Snell could move down (or even up) depending on tomorrow night’s game and any news on James Conner (reserve/COVID-19 list), but even just leading a committee in Pittsburgh would likely make him worth starting in all formats. In three career games with 18+ carries, Snell has gone for rushing totals of 98, 91, and 113.

 

5. Ryan Tannehill, TEN QB

December is when Derrick Henry takes over, but the schedule looks to set up very favorably for the offense as a whole, so Tannehill’s steady hand at quarterback could be a good asset for fantasy owners down the stretch. Rushing upside is an added benefit for Tannehill as a possible streamer.

 

6. Latavius Murray, NO RB

There wasn’t much of a change for Murray in the first game with Taysom Hill at quarterback, but he was featured on Sunday with 19 carries, 124 yards, and two touchdowns in a ground-and-pound attack; we’ll see if that continues for as long as Drew Brees (ribs) remains out.

 

7. Robert Tonyan, GB TE

Looking healthy over the past two games, Tonyan is firmly back in TE1 range, especially as Green Bay’s offense continues to operate an extremely high level. Philadelphia and Detroit should be great matchups to start December.

 

8. Sammy Watkins, KC WR

Watkins only had four receptions for 38 scoreless yards in his return to the field, but he saw seven targets—which has been the case in all four healthy games. Being a full-time player in Andy Reid’s offense should lead to some big numbers over the final five weeks.

 

9. Philip Rivers, IND QB

Rivers has thrown for 288+ yards in three consecutive games, and he gets multiple cupcakes on the schedule (@ HOU, @ LV, v HOU) through Week 15. The veteran passer and rookie receiver Michael Pittman Jr. are an underrated stack for the fantasy playoffs.

 

10. Brandon Aiyuk, SF

Aiyuk missed Week 12 after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the second time, but we shouldn’t forget his upside for the fantasy playoffs—including a game versus Dallas to kick things off in a couple of weeks.

 

Quarterback

1. Ryan Tannehill, TEN

2. Philip Rivers, IND

3. Jared Goff, LAR

4. Derek Carr, LV

5. Kirk Cousins, MIN

6. Jalen Hurts, PHI

7. Drew Brees, NO

8. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI

 

Running back

1. J.K. Dobbins, BAL

2. Wayne Gallman, NYG

3. Damien Harris, NE

4. Benny Snell, PIT

5. Latavius Murray, NO

6. James White, NE

7. Jamaal Williams, GB

8. Cam Akers, LAR

9. Tevin Coleman, SF

10. Gus Edwards, BAL

11. Joshua Kelley, LAC

12. Frank Gore, NYJ

13. Matt Breida, MIA

14. Tony Pollard, DAL

15. Zack Moss, BUF

 

Wide receiver

1. Sammy Watkins, KC

2. Brandon Aiyuk, SF

3. Nelson Agholor, LV

4. Michael Pittman Jr., IND

5. Henry Ruggs III, LV

6. Corey Davis, TEN

7. Allen Lazard, GB

8. Cole Beasley, BUF

9. Denzel Mims, NYJ

10. Breshad Perriman, NYJ

11. Jakobi Meyers, NE

12. Darius Slayton, NYG

13. Jalen Reagor, PHI

14. T.Y. Hilton, IND

15. Michael Gallup, DAL

16. Hunter Renfrow, LV

17. Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX

18. A.J. Green, CIN

19. Dez Bryant, BAL

20. Mecole Hardman, KC

 

Tight end

1. Robert Tonyan, GB

2. Tyler Higbee, LAR

3. Jordan Akins, HOU

4. Kyle Rudolph, MIN

5. Jordan Reed, SF

6. Logan Thomas, WAS

7. Dalton Schultz, DAL

8. Trey Burton, IND

Week 12 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 12 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

 

QB: Deshaun Watson

Unsurprisingly, Watson shined on the national stage to kickoff Thanksgiving Day action—throwing for 318 yards and four scores on just 17 completions with an aerial assault versus Detroit. We’ll see if Houston’s offense can stay hot for a tougher upcoming schedule (v IND, @ CHI, @ IND).

 

RB: Derrick Henry

Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus had “STOP THE RUN” written in bold as the No. 1 priority on his play sheet yesterday, but it didn’t matter against Henry, who rushed 27 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns to continue his history of late-season dominance. The monster runner is now on pace for 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns.

 

RB: Antonio Gibson

Gibson entered Thanksgiving with five touchdowns over his past four games, and he caught fire even more with a three-score performance to essentially introduce himself to the general population. Even in difficult upcoming road matchups (@ PIT, @ SF), the versatile rookie looks like a must-start.

 

WR: Tyreek Hill

Tampa Bay simply had no chance to stop Hill on Sunday with a single-high safety being unable to get over the top on him, and Patrick Mahomes throwing pinpoint passes led to 13 receptions, 269 yards, and three scores—most of which came in the first quarter. Kansas City’s No. 1 receiver has seen 15.7 targets per game over the past three weeks.

 

WR: Will Fuller

Fuller felt like a bad matchup for the Lions, and that turned out to be the case with the Notre Dame product going for a 6/171/2 line on just seven targets. Having not missed a game so far for the first time in his career, Fuller has already set new highs in yards (879) and touchdowns (eight).

 

TE: Robert Tonyan

He went through a bit of a midseason slump, but Tonyan has caught all ten of his targets for 111 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks—including a 5/67/1 line on Sunday night to put him atop the tight end leaderboard for Week 12.

 

FLEX: Nick Chubb

Cleveland might have had an easier time knocking the Jaguars to the mat if Chubb saw more work—mainly in short-yardage situations—but he still rushed for 144 yards and a score while also adding three receptions for 32 yards. Chubb is somewhat quietly averaging 6.3 yards per carry this year with 102.7 rushing yards per game.

 

D/ST: Washington

An out-of-nowhere performance by the Falcons (27 fantasy points) leads the D/ST options heading into Monday night, but Washington was more widely started and contained the Dallas in a 41-16 victory. The team will hope Chase Young and the defensive line can lead the way down the stretch in a division race.

 

K: Younghoe Koo

Koo is an absolute weapon at kicker, and even an injury couldn’t stop him from hitting all five field goals and all four extra points on Sunday.

 

Surprise of the Week: Austin Ekeler

We had high expectations for Ekeler in his return to the lineup as a top-15 option, but it was a surprise that Los Angeles wasted zero time making him the focal point on offense with a career-high in combined carries/targets (30)—breaking the previous high of 23. Ekeler should be firmly back in RB1 range for the fantasy playoffs.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Ezekiel Elliott

There were again plenty of disappointments this week—particularly at running back—and Elliott is the clear leader with just 2.4 fantasy points on Thanksgiving. Zeke has now been held to the single digits in five of the past six games, and the schedule doesn’t lighten up any for a matchup against the Ravens next Monday evening.

 

Rookie of the Week: Antonio Gibson

It’s impossible to give Rookie of the Week to anyone other than the guy that became the first rookie to score three touchdowns on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss in 1998.

 

Week 12 MVP: Tyreek Hill

The weekly MVP award looked locked up for Derrick Henry after the early slate yesterday, but the 51.4 fantasy points for Hill was the highest score of 2020, and it will end up going down in history with 50-point performances from Jamaal Charles and Doug Martin last decade.

 

NFL Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Justin Herbert and Mike Williams paid off as a stack last week. Which passing offense should you consider targeting among the promising slate of games on the Week 11 schedule for your daily fantasy lineup in DraftKings and FanDuel?

 

QB: Tom Brady vs. KC

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $7,900

 

The play of the offensive line did not help, but Tom Brady didn’t play well last week. The six-time Super Bowl champion should bounce back with a huge performance this Sunday in what could be his final matchup against Patrick Mahomes, barring a Super Bowl showdown (though it shouldn’t be a huge surprise if Brady is still playing four years from now and faces the Chiefs again during the regular season).

 

RB: Dalvin Cook vs. CAR

DraftKings: $9,500 | FanDuel: $11,000

 

Matt Rhule might again get his Panthers defense to play well with a major emphasis on stopping Dalvin Cook, but the dynamic running back is nearly unstoppable and is due for a monster game. Carolina has struggled containing opposing running backs in recent years.

 

RB: Todd Gurley II vs. LV

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $6,900

 

[UPDATE: Todd Gurley (knee) is out, and Brian Hill is an excellent Week 12 value.] After the offensive line could not protect Matt Ryan last week, expect the Falcons to run the ball more to take pressure off the passing game and set up play-action shots to Calvin Ridley and hopefully a healthy Julio Jones. In a potential shootout, Gurley could find the end zone once or twice.

 

WR: Chris Godwin vs. KC

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $7,400

 

The Buccaneers must do a better job of getting Chris Godwin consistently involved in the offense, and he easily could have had two touchdowns last week if Tom Brady looked his way on a wide-open would-be score early in the game. Despite this being a relatively down year overall, Godwin still has serious double-digit reception, 100+ yard upside.

 

WR: Antonio Brown vs. KC

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $6,500

 

Antonio Brown had a rare miss on a deep ball last week against the Rams, so the former All-Pro should be focused for an anticipated battle against the Chiefs this weekend. AB’s quarterback obviously trusts him to make plays, and a huge day should be coming soon for the entire Tampa Bay passing attack.

 

WR: Curtis Samuel @ MIN

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,900

 

Especially with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) out, Curtis Samuel is a guy the Panthers want to get the ball into the hands of. Samuel has scored in four of his past five games, and he has the big-play upside to make a difference in an instant.

 

TE: Trey Burton vs. TEN

DraftKings: $3,200 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

Trey Burton is one of the better tight end values for Week 11. Philip Rivers likes going to his tight ends in scoring territory, and Burton is occasionally used in wildcat packages. In a tough tight end position, Burton’s versatility makes him worth considering.

 

FLEX: Nelson Agholor @ ATL

DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $5,200

 

Nelson Agholor has become the clear top weapon on the outside for Derek Carr, and the Raiders have a good matchup this Sunday in Atlanta. Agholor is averaging 18.5 yards per reception with six touchdowns this season, and he has the talent level for a monster game.

 

D/ST: Browns @ JAX (DraftKings) | Patriots vs. ARI (FanDuel)

DraftKings: $3,100 | FanDuel: $3,700

 

The Browns are good option to keep going with this weekend at Jacksonville in DraftKings. For FanDuel, Dalvin Cook’s super high salary means we have to spend less; the Patriots defense has been disappointing this year, but they have sneaky upside with Kyler Murray at less than 100%.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $400

FanDuel: $100

 

Other recommended Week 12 options

 

QB: Derek Carr @ ATL

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $7,100

 

RB: Ronald Jones vs. KC

DraftKings: $6,100 | FanDuel: $6,500

 

RB: Gus Edwards @ PIT

DraftKings: $5,200 | FanDuel: N/A

 

WR: Calvin Ridley vs. LV

DraftKings: $7,100 | FanDuel: $8,100

 

WR: Sammy Watkins @ TB

DraftKings: $4,700 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

TE: Darren Waller @ ATL

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $7,100

Week 12 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 12 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Derek Carr (@ ATL)

As expected, Las Vegas opened up the passing attack last week against the Chiefs, and that should continue on Sunday against an Atlanta defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Especially if the Falcons are able to keep up, Carr will again be an excellent streaming option as he operates one of the league’s most efficient passing attacks.

 

Thumbs Up: Taysom Hill (@ DEN)

Hill is a weekly QB1 for as long as he remains the starter because of his rushing upside, so those upset about him losing eligibility at tight end should hold onto him anyway. The Broncos are a tougher matchup than they appear to be on paper (middle-of-the-road in terms of fantasy points allowed), but Hill should only be better with a full game at quarterback under his belt.

 

Thumbs Up: Philip Rivers (v TEN)

While he didn’t put up big-time numbers from a fantasy perspective with 16.3 points against the Titans a couple of weeks ago, Rivers threw for 308 yards and a score—with his second touchdown of the night being overturned just inches short of the goal line. Indianapolis has scored 34 points in back-to-back weeks, and Rivers should at least be a strong QB2 play if he can have more luck finding the end zone.

 

Thumbs Up: Alex Smith (@ DAL)

Washington was able to keep the ball on the ground last week in a 20-9 victory over Cincinnati, but the Thanksgiving matchup in Dallas could be more of a back-and-forth game, and Smith has shown a good connection with his wideouts when given time in the pocket. It’d be great to see the veteran go off on the national stage, and the Cowboys just allowed Kirk Cousins to throw for 314 yards and three scores last week.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Lamar Jackson (@ PIT)

Jackson completed just 46.4% of his passes and turned it over four times in the first meeting against Pittsburgh this year, and the passing attack hasn’t gotten much better since then with 201.7 yards per game and just three touchdowns over the past three weeks. We know the rushing upside will always be there for Jackson, but he moves just out of QB1 territory for me with no byes in Week 12.

 

Thumbs Down: Ryan Tannehill (@ IND)

Some plays were left on the field, but Tannehill is another quarterback that struggled in his first matchup against a division rival earlier this month—throwing for just 147 yards and one touchdown versus Indy. Now, the Titans will head to the road where they’d ideally like to keep the ball on the ground, so Tannehill may be very dependent on big plays and/or rushing production to produce. I have him outside the top 20 at quarterback.

 

Thumbs Down: Ben Roethlisberger (v BAL)

The first game between Pittsburgh and Baltimore was somewhat high-scoring (28-24), but I think we could see even more of a slugfest on Sunday, and Roethlisberger has averaged below 6.0 yards per attempt in each of the past three matchups with his top rival. I’d rather play someone in a better matchup (and more upside) such as Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, or even Carson Wentz.

 

Thumbs Down: Aaron Rodgers (v CHI)

He remains a top-ten play at quarterback, but Rodgers will face a Chicago defense on Sunday night that a) is coming off the bye, and b) limited him to 203 passing yards in both matchups last year. Through ten games, the Bears have allowed more than 18+ fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks just once; it might not be a bad idea to bench Rodgers if you have options.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: D’Andre Swift (v HOU)

Assuming he clears the concussion protocol by tomorrow, Swift is a guy that fantasy owners rightfully shouldn’t waste time getting back in lineups, and I would have him as an RB1 for a tremendous matchup versus Houston. Over his past two games, Swift has rushed 29 times for 145 yards (5.0 YPC) and gone for an 8/101/1 receiving line on ten targets.

 

Thumbs Up: Ronald Jones II (v KC)

Although the Tampa Bay backfield continues to frustrate, I am optimistic that the talent of Jones II will help him re-emerge, and the Bucs can’t waste any time making that happen with a 7-4 record heading into a huge game against Kansas City. Overall, the Chiefs have played well on defense for the most part, but they are ceding the seventh-most rushing yards per game (133.4) and the eighth-most yards per carry (4.6) in football.

 

Thumbs Up: Nyheim Hines (v TEN)

It was great to see Indy finally feature Jonathan Taylor last week, but the game plan in the previous win over Tennessee was using a lot of shotgun runs—which clearly favors Hines. Both the rookie starter and dynamic backup can be low-end RB2/FLEX options with Jordan Wilkins (11% snaps played last week) falling more and more out of the rotation in recent games.

 

Thumbs Up: Gus Edwards (@ PIT)

Again, Ravens-Steelers could  be more of a slugfest than the previous game, and that would be right in Edwards’ wheelhouse as a north-south runner that can produce in difficult matchups with enough volume. Back in Week 8, Edwards rushed 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh, and I feel good about him as an RB2 play with J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram both out.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ TB)

Edwards-Helaire climbing back into the 15-touch range after the bye is very encouraging for his rest-of-season outlook, but for this week, I’d temper expectations some against the Bucs. Despite having the receiving ability to be a difference-maker out of the backfield, Kansas City simply hasn’t allowed CEH to show it, and Tampa Bay has the NFL’s best run defense in terms of both yards per game (73.0) and yards per carry (3.2) allowed.

 

Thumbs Down: Melvin Gordon (v NO)

The second best run defense in the league belongs to New Orleans (74.0 yards per game allowed), so Gordon—despite 84 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in Week 11—gets a significant downgrade due to the matchup. Furthermore, it was actually Phillip Lindsay (16 carries for 82 yards) that led the backfield in touches against Miami, and I doubt Denver is able to play from ahead again with the Saints coming to town.

 

Thumbs Down: Darrell Henderson (v SF)

Henderson remains the starter in Los Angeles, but he turned ten touches into just nine scoreless yards on Monday night, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if rookie Cam Akers eventually gets the nod after scoring his first career touchdown. In general, the Rams project to remain a fast-paced, pass-heavy offense, so you’ll probably need a score out of Henderson for him to return RB2 value.

 

Thumbs Down: 49ers RBs (@ LAR)

It’s unclear who might be healthy out of Raheem Mostert (ankle), Tevin Coleman (knee), Jerick McKinnon (stinger), and Jeff Wilson (ankle) at this point in the week, but the matchup isn’t great against a fired-up LA defense, and I wouldn’t feel overly confident about any of them. The overall shape of San Francisco’s offense/team could lead to them falling behind on the road and being unable to establish much on the ground.

 

Wide receiver 

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Will Fuller (@ DET)

Fuller gets some difficult matchups down the stretch, but first will be a home-run spot against Detroit, who has allowed big games to speedsters Terry McLaurin (7/95) and D.J. Moore (7/127) over the past two weeks. With Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (quad) both out, Fuller should be fed targets on Thanksgiving, and I have him as a top-eight play with major upside.

 

Thumbs Up: Allen Robinson (@ GB)

Receivers facing Jaire Alexander often make an appearance in the “Thumbs Down” section, but the bye week will hopefully make Robinson a priority for Chicago­—particularly in scoring territory where he should be the clear No. 1 option. Last year, Robinson saw 13.5 targets per game against Green Bay and went over 100 yards in both meetings. I have him as a low-end WR1 with talent/opportunity outweighing the matchup.

 

Thumbs Up: Nelson Agholor (@ ATL)

Agholor has alternated big games and quiet games over the past month, but the playing time has been stable, and a matchup against the Falcons should allow him to break the trend. Even with no bye weeks and some players getting healthy around the league, I have Agholor as a top-35 option, and he brings plenty of upside for a potential shootout.

 

Thumbs Up: Antonio Brown (v KC)

While we haven’t seen a monster game out of Brown since making his Tampa Bay debut, he has been a significant factor (26 targets through three weeks), and Tom Brady clearly wants to keep him happy. In a game with the highest over/under of the week (56), AB could have a throwback performance against a familiar AFC opponent with the Bucs trying to get back on track offensively.

 

Others: Michael Pittman Jr. (v TEN), Olamide Zaccheaus (v LV)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Tyler Lockett (@ PHI)

Benching Lockett probably isn’t something you’d be able to consider, but he’s been very quiet against the Eagles throughout his career (39.0 yards per game and one touchdown in four matchups, including playoffs)—which could mean the up-and-down fantasy production will lean towards the floor on Monday night. For me, Lockett is more of a volatile WR2.

 

Thumbs Down: Cooper Kupp (v SF)

Kupp has similarly struggled against this week’s opponent, as San Francisco has limited him to 13 receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown in four career meetings (including three receptions for 11 scoreless yards back in Week 6). There is a chance the quick-strike approach for Sean McVay’s offense will lead to more success, but Kupp needs to be downgraded in a crucial week for many trying to make a playoff push.

 

Thumbs Down: Travis Fulgham (v SEA)

After a season-long pace of 93/1,392/13 in five games to start his Philly career, Fulgham has completely crashed back to Earth over the past two weeks—catching two-of-12 targets for 16 scoreless yards. Seattle being the NFL’s worst pass defense suddenly doesn’t look as promising after they limited DeAndre Hopkins last week, and they might get top corner Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) back on Monday night. Fulgham is nothing more than a flier in Week 12.

 

Thumbs Down: Mike Williams (@ BUF)

Williams’ production remains a challenge to predict, but he could see a lot of Tre’Davious White on the outside this week, and in general, Buffalo’s pass defense could have some things figured out coming off the bye. In two career matchups against Sean McDermott’s defense, Williams has averaged 32.5 yards per game.

 

Others: Christian Kirk (@ NE), Marquise Brown (@ PIT)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jordan Akins (@ DET)

Keke Coutee will see an expanded role with the injuries for Houston knocking out their No. 3 and No. 4 receivers, but Akins should as well, and he is coming off a game in which he caught five-of-six targets for 83 yards. The third-year tight end—who opened the year in the starting lineup before missing multiple games with a concussion—is a player that could become more and more of a factor down the stretch.

 

Thumbs Up: Will Dissly (@ PHI)

Dissly only has one touchdown in ten games this year after starting his career with six scores over his first ten games, but the opportunity is now there in Seattle with Greg Olsen (foot) out. It’s worth noting that Dissly is averaging a very healthy 9.6 yards per target in 2020, and the Eagles have had all kinds of issues in coverage for him to possibly get free for an easy trip to the end zone.

 

Thumbs Up: Jack Doyle (v TEN)

Although a couple of quiet games have been sprinkled in, Doyle has lately exceeded expectations in matchups with Tennessee—catching at least six passes in five of their past seven meetings (with three touchdowns over that span). Full PPR leagues in particular can look to Doyle as a decent flier after he played 54% of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 11.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Jonnu Smith (@ IND)

Smith was saved by a short rushing touchdown in the first game versus Indy, but he caught just two passes for 14 yards, and the CBS broadcast last week suggested the team wants to continue having a role for Anthony Firkser (five targets) at tight end. Despite some issues in recent weeks, the Colts are still allowing just 7.3 fantasy points per game to the position.

 

Thumbs Down: Jared Cook (@ DEN)

A stretch of four touchdowns in five games had Cook back on the TE1 map, but he’s been targeted just six times with 36 scoreless yards over the past three weeks, and New Orleans hasn’t needed to get him involved in “easy” wins during that stretch. More of the same could be true this Sunday in Denver, and most targets will likely be funneled to Michael Thomas for a new-look offense.

 

Thumbs Down: Irv Smith Jr. (v CAR)

Smith Jr. had a two-score game in Week 9, but he then missed Week 10 with a groin injury and returned to see just two targets last week in a 31-28 loss to Dallas. Assuming the Vikings will have Adam Thielen (reserve/COVID-19 list) cleared to suit up, the offense should continue running through him, Dalvin Cook, and Justin Jefferson.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (v LAC)
2. Russell Wilson (@ PHI)
3. Patrick Mahomes (@ TB)
4. Deshaun Watson (@ DET)
5. Justin Herbert (@ BUF)
6. Kyler Murray (@ NE)
7. Tom Brady (v KC)
8. Derek Carr (@ ATL)
9. Taysom Hill (@ DEN)
10. Aaron Rodgers (v CHI)
11. Matt Ryan (v LV)
12. Cam Newton (v ARI)
13. Ben Roethlisberger (v BAL)
14. Jared Goff (v SF)
15. Philip Rivers (v TEN)
16. Daniel Jones (@ CIN)
17. Matthew Stafford (v HOU)
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NYJ)
19. Carson Wentz (v SEA)
20. Alex Smith (@ DAL)
21. Teddy Bridgewater (@ MIN)
22. Kirk Cousins (v CAR)
23. Ryan Tannehill (@ IND)
24. Baker Mayfield (@ JAX)
25. Andy Dalton (v WAS)
26. Mitchell Trubisky (@ GB)
27. Robert Griffin III (@ PIT)
28. Mike Glennon (v CLE)
29. Sam Darnold (v MIA)
30. Brandon Allen (v NYG)
31. Nick Mullens (@ LAR)
32. Jalen Hurts (v SEA)

 

Running back

1. Dalvin Cook (v CAR)
2. Nick Chubb (@ JAX)
3. Derrick Henry (@ IND)
4. Alvin Kamara (@ DEN)
5. Josh Jacobs (@ ATL)
6. James Robinson (v CLE)
7. Aaron Jones (v CHI)
8. Miles Sanders (v SEA)
9. Mike Davis (@ MIN)
10. Ezekiel Elliott (v WAS)
11. Antonio Gibson (@ DAL)
12. Chris Carson (@ PHI)
13. Kareem Hunt (@ JAX)
14. Damien Harris (v ARI)
15. Austin Ekeler (@ BUF)
16. Benny Snell (v BAL)
17. Ronald Jones II (v KC)
18. David Montgomery (@ GB)
19. Brian Hill (v LV)
20. Nyheim Hines (v TEN)
21. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ TB)
22. Duke Johnson (@ DET)
23. Gus Edwards (@ PIT)
24. Kenyan Drake (@ NE)
25. Kerryon Johnson (v HOU)
26. Wayne Gallman (@ CIN)
27. Raheem Mostert (@ LAR)
28. Giovani Bernard (v NYG)
29. Chase Edmonds (@ NE)
30. Adrian Peterson (v HOU)
31. Melvin Gordon (v NO)
32. Matt Breida (@ NYJ)
33. J.D. McKissic (@ DAL)
34. Leonard Fournette (v KC)
35. Devin Singletary (v LAC)
36. Frank Gore (v MIA)
37. Zack Moss (v LAC)
38. James White (v ARI)
39. Jordan Wilkins (v TEN)
40. Phillip Lindsay (v NO)
41. Joshua Kelley (@ BUF)
42. Latavius Murray (@ DEN)
43. Darrell Henderson (v SF)
44. Jerick McKinnon (@ LAR)
45. Jamaal Williams (v CHI)
46. Carlos Hyde (@ PHI)
47. Le’Veon Bell (@ TB)
48. Tony Pollard (v WAS)
49. Cam Akers (v SF)
50. Sony Michel (v ARI)
51. Devontae Booker (@ ATL)
52. Justice Hill (@ PIT)
53. DeAndre Washington (@ NYJ)
54. Malcolm Brown (v SF)
55. Anthony McFarland Jr. (v BAL)
56. Boston Scott (v SEA)
57. Samaje Perine (v NYG)
58. Ty Johnson (v MIA)
59. Ito Smith (v LV)
60. Alexander Mattison (v CAR)
61. Rodney Smith (@ MIN)
62. Alfred Morris (@ CIN)
63. Troymaine Pope (@ BUF)
64. C.J. Prosise (@ DET)
65. Jeff Wilson (@ LAR)
66. Jordan Howard (v SEA)
67. Royce Freeman (v NO)
68. DeeJay Dallas (@ PHI)
69. D’Onta Foreman (@ IND)
70. Darrel Williams (@ TB)
71. Jeremy McNichols (@ IND)
72. Devine Ozigbo (v CLE)
73. Peyton Barber (@ DAL)
74. Patrick Laird (@ NYJ)
75. Trenton Cannon (@ MIN)

 

Wide receiver

1. D.K. Metcalf (@ PHI)
2. Davante Adams (v CHI)
3. Keenan Allen (@ BUF)
4. Stefon Diggs (v LAC)
5. Terry McLaurin (@ DAL)
6. Calvin Ridley (v LV)
7. Tyreek Hill (@ TB)
8. Will Fuller (@ DET)
9. DeAndre Hopkins (@ NE)
10. Chris Godwin (v KC)
11. Justin Jefferson (v CAR)
12. Allen Robinson (@ GB)
13. A.J. Brown (@ IND)
14. Michael Thomas (@ DEN)
15. Tyler Lockett (@ PHI)
16. D.J. Moore (@ MIN)
17. Diontae Johnson (v BAL)
18. Mike Evans (v KC)
19. Antonio Brown (v KC)
20. Robert Woods (v SF)
21. Brandin Cooks (@ DET)
22. Cooper Kupp (v SF)
23. DeVante Parker (@ NYJ)
24. Amari Cooper (v WAS)
25. Chase Claypool (v BAL)
26. Marvin Jones (v HOU)
27. Robby Anderson (@ MIN)
28. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v BAL)
29. Kendall Hinton (v NO)
30. Tyler Boyd (v NYG)
31. Nelson Agholor (@ ATL)
32. CeeDee Lamb (v WAS)
33. Darius Slayton (@ CIN)
34. Christian Kirk (@ NE)
35. Deebo Samuel (@ LAR)
36. Jakobi Meyers (v ARI)
37. Sterling Shepard (@ CIN)
38. Michael Pittman Jr. (v TEN)
39. Curtis Samuel (@ MIN)
40. Cole Beasley (v LAC)
41. Mike Williams (@ BUF)
42. Jalen Reagor (v SEA)
43. Tee Higgins (v NYG)
44. Jamison Crowder (v MIA)
45. Henry Ruggs III (@ ATL)
46. Jarvis Landry (@ JAX)
47. Corey Davis (@ IND)
48. Sammy Watkins (@ TB)
49. Laviska Shenault Jr. (v CLE)
50. Michael Gallup (v WAS)
51. Travis Fulgham (v SEA)
52. A.J. Green (v NYG)
53. Marquise Brown (@ PIT)
54. Breshad Perriman (v MIA)
55. Denzel Mims (v MIA)
56. Russell Gage (v LV)
57. Anthony Miller (@ GB)
58. Keelan Cole (v CLE)
59. T.Y. Hilton (v TEN)
60. Jerry Jeudy (v NO)
61. Rashard Higgins (@ JAX)
62. Josh Reynolds (v SF)
63. Jakeem Grant (@ NYJ)
64. Mecole Hardman (@ TB)
65. Emmanuel Sanders (@ DEN)
66. Gabriel Davis (v LAC)
67. Allen Lazard (v CHI)
68. Olamide Zaccheaus (v LV)
69. Marvin Hall (v HOU)
70. Kendrick Bourne (@ LAR)
71. Hunter Renfrow (@ ATL)
72. Andy Isabella (@ NE)
73. K.J. Hamler (v NO)
74. Zach Pascal (v TEN)
75. Keke Coutee (@ DET)
76. Damiere Byrd (v ARI)
77. Richie James (@ LAR)
78. Willie Snead (@ PIT)
79. Steven Sims (@ DAL)
80. Dez Bryant (@ PIT)
81. David Moore (@ PHI)
82. Golden Tate (@ CIN)
83. Darnell Mooney (@ GB)
84. Greg Ward (v SEA)
85. Cam Sims (@ DAL)
86. Demarcus Robinson (@ TB)
87. Jalen Guyton (@ BUF)
88. Quintez Cephus (v HOU)
89. Tim Patrick (v NO)
90. N’Keal Harry (v ARI)
91. Chad Beebe (v CAR)
92. James Washington (v BAL)
93. KhaDarel Hodge (@ JAX)
94. Jamal Agnew (v HOU)
95. Alshon Jeffery (v SEA)
96. Tre’Quan Smith (@ DEN)
97. Collin Johnson (v CLE)
98. Olabisi Johnson (v CAR)
99. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ GB)
100. Scotty Miller (v KC)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ TB)
2. Darren Waller (@ ATL)
3. T.J. Hockenson (v HOU)
4. Dallas Goedert (v SEA)
5. Hunter Henry (@ BUF)
6. Rob Gronkowski (v KC)
7. Evan Engram (@ CIN)
8. Hayden Hurst (v LV)
9. Eric Ebron (v BAL)
10. Austin Hooper (@ JAX)
11. Mike Gesicki (@ NYJ)
12. Jonnu Smith (@ IND)
13. Robert Tonyan (v CHI)
14. Jordan Reed (@ LAR)
15. Jordan Akins (@ DET)
16. Logan Thomas (@ DAL)
17. Kyle Rudolph (v CAR)
18. Will Dissly (@ PHI)
19. Dalton Schultz (v WAS)
20. Noah Fant (v NO)
21. Tyler Higbee (v SF)
22. Jimmy Graham (@ GB)
23. Trey Burton (v TEN)
24. Jared Cook (@ DEN)
25. Jack Doyle (v TEN)
26. Richard Rodgers (v SEA)
27. Gerald Everett (v SF)
28. Jacob Hollister (@ PHI)
29. Mo Alie-Cox (v TEN)
30. Anthony Firkser (@ IND)
31. Tyler Eifert (v CLE)
32. Darren Fells (@ DET)
33. Dan Arnold (@ NE)
34. Drew Sample (v NYG)
35. Cameron Brate (v KC)
36. Chris Herndon (v MIA)
37. Dawson Knox (v LAC)
38. David Njoku (@ JAX)
39. Ian Thomas (@ MIN)
40. Luke Willson (@ PIT)

 

Defense/ST

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (v BAL)
2. New Orleans Saints (@ DEN)
3. Miami Dolphins (@ NYJ)
4. Los Angeles Rams (v SF)
5. Cleveland Browns (@ JAX)
6. Green Bay Packers (v CHI)
7. New York Giants (@ CIN)
8. Washington Football Team (@ DAL)
9. Seattle Seahawks (@ PHI)
10. Arizona Cardinals (@ NE)
11. Indianapolis Colts (v TEN)
12. Baltimore Ravens (@ PIT)
13. New England Patriots (v ARI)
14. San Francisco 49ers (@ LAR)
15. Minnesota Vikings (v CAR)
16. Carolina Panthers (@ MIN)
17. Buffalo Bills (v LAC)
18. Philadelphia Eagles (v SEA)
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v KC)
20. Kansas City Chiefs (@ TB)
21. Dallas Cowboys (v WAS)
22. Houston Texans (@ DET)
23. Chicago Bears (@ GB)
24. Tennessee Titans (@ IND)
25. Denver Broncos (v NO)

 

Kicker

1. Younghoe Koo (v LV)
2. Wil Lutz (@ DEN)
3. Harrison Butker (@ TB)
4. Rodrigo Blankenship (v TEN)
5. Justin Tucker (@ PIT)
6. Jason Sanders (@ NYJ)
7. Daniel Carlson (@ ATL)
8. Zane Gonzalez (@ NE)
9. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ DET)
10. Matt Prater (v HOU)
11. Tyler Bass (v LAC)
12. Ryan Succop (v KC)
13. Chris Boswell (v BAL)
14. Greg Zuerlein (v WAS)
15. Joey Slye (@ MIN)
16. Mason Crosby (v CHI)
17. Michael Badgley (@ BUF)
18. Jason Myers (@ PHI)
19. Graham Gano (@ CIN)
20. Dan Bailey (v CAR)
21. Stephen Gostkowski (@ IND)
22. Robbie Gould (@ LAR)
23. Nick Folk (v ARI)
24. Matt Gay (v SF)
25. Jake Elliott (v SEA)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 12, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 12, 2020

The waiver wire includes both overall and positional rankings. Feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Damien Harris, NE RB

The Patriots unfortunately fell behind on Sunday and didn’t feature Harris, but he still produced (11 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown), and the loss of Rex Burkhead (knee) might lead to more of a role in scoring territory. We’ll see if Sony Michel being active in future weeks has an impact, but Harris should remain an RB2 option.

 

2. J.K. Dobbins, BAL RB

Talent hasn’t been the issue with Dobbins, and he turned 16 touches into 85 total yards and a touchdown in Baltimore’s loss to the Titans. Overall, the rookie is averaging 5.3 yards per attempt this season, so fantasy owners can hope he’s fully unleashed down the stretch for the struggling Ravens after he’s back from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Anyone who wants immediate help at running back—rather than an acquisition geared towards the fantasy playoffs—can move Gus Edwards up above his teammate.

 

3. Derek Carr, LV QB

Carr was great on Sunday night, completing 23-of-31 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in another near upset victory over Kansas City. For those who need help at quarterback to get into the fantasy playoffs, Carr will take on the Falcons and Jets over the next two weeks.

 

4. Deebo Samuel, SF WR

Samuel (hamstring) is expected to return on Sunday, and he is flying under the radar as a potential difference-maker for both the 49ers and fantasy owners. To get the offense back on track, Samuel will likely be a big part of what Kyle Shanahan wants to do down the stretch.

 

5. Wayne Gallman, NYG RB

The fantasy production for Gallman has been lifted by workload and touchdowns, but that’s simply the style of player he is (a grinder), so the former Clemson standout is at least a strong FLEX as New York’s starter.

 

6. Dallas Goedert, PHI TE

Philadelphia could soon be getting Zach Ertz (ankle) back, but Goedert brings much more explosiveness at this point and is the guy to roster between the two. Last week, Goedert played 100% of the team’s offensive snaps and caught five passes for 77 yards and one touchdown.

 

7. Gus Edwards, BAL RB

With J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Edwards will be the clear lead back for Baltimore on Thursday night, which makes him worth a start in a run-first offense. Against the Steelers early this year, Edwards rushed 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown.

 

8. Ryan Tannehill, TEN QB

Although Tannehill had struggled in recent weeks, he bounced back despite a tough matchup on Sunday, and the veteran should carry QB1 appeal for good matchups in the fantasy playoffs. Just note that Indianapolis won’t be easy in Week 12 for those who need immediate help at quarterback.

 

9. Salvon Ahmed, MIA RB

It was a surprise to see Matt Breida handle just two touches in his return to the lineup, but Miami clearly wants to have a one-back system, so Ahmed will be a volume-based FLEX for as long as he remains the starter. It’s worth noting that the Dolphins are projected to be clear favorites against the Jets and Bengals to close out the fantasy regular season.

 

10. John Brown, BUF WR

The health of Brown (ankle) is once again a concern, but assuming the bye was enough to get him back to full strength, he will remain a crucial part of Buffalo’s offense. In three games with more than five targets, Brown has gone for lines of 6/70/1, 4/82/1, 8/99, and 6/72.

 

Quarterback

1. Derek Carr, LV

2. Ryan Tannehill, TEN

3. Jared Goff, LAR

4. Daniel Jones, NYG

5. Philip Rivers, IND

6. Kirk Cousins, MIN

7. Alex Smith, WAS

8. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

 

Running back

1. Damien Harris, NE

2. J.K. Dobbins, BAL

3. Wayne Gallman, NYG

4. Gus Edwards, BAL

5. Salvon Ahmed, MIA

6. Jamaal Williams, GB

7. Phillip Lindsay, DEN

8. Tevin Coleman, SF

9. Latavius Murray, NO

10. Zack Moss, BUF

11. James White, NE

12. Joshua Kelley, LAC

13. Tony Pollard, DAL

14. Carlos Hyde, SEA

15. Cam Akers, LAR

 

Wide receiver

1. Deebo Samuel, SF

2. John Brown, BUF

3. Sammy Watkins, KC

4. Darius Slayton, NYG

5. Nelson Agholor, LV

6. Jakobi Meyers, NE

7. Henry Ruggs III, LV

8. Michael Pittman Jr., IND

9. A.J. Green, CIN

10. Allen Lazard, GB

11. Corey Davis, TEN

12. Cole Beasley, BUF

13. Breshad Perriman, NYJ

14. Denzel Mims, NYJ

15. Jalen Reagor, PHI

16. Tim Patrick, DEN

17. Emmanuel Sanders, NO

18. K.J. Hamler, DEN

19. Josh Reynolds, LAR

20. Mecole Hardman, KC

 

Tight end

1. Dallas Goedert, PHI

2. Tyler Higbee, LAR

3. Zach Ertz, PHI

4. Robert Tonyan, GB

5. Jordan Reed, SF

6. Mike Gesicki, MIA

7. Jordan Akins, HOU

8. Dalton Schultz, DAL

Week 11 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 11 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

QB: Taysom Hill

Deshaun Watson and Justin Herbert outscored Hill this week, but in his first career start, the versatile quarterback was excellent—completing 18-of-23 passes for 233 yards with ten carries for 51 yards and two scores on the ground. The rushing potential will make Hill a no-doubt QB1 for as long as Drew Brees (ribs) remains out.

 

RB: Dalvin Cook

Another week, another overall RB1 finish for Cook, who totaled 160 yards and a touchdown on 32 touches. Through nine games, the 25-year-old has rushed for 1,069 yards with 13 total touchdowns as the offensive centerpiece in Minnesota.

 

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

After single-digit touches in three consecutive games prior to the bye, Kansas City made it a point to get Edwards-Helaire the ball on Sunday night—resulting in 77 total yards and two touchdowns on 15 touches. We’ll see if the team can get him more involved as a receiver down the stretch.

 

WR: Adam Thielen

Thielen followed up a two-score performance last Monday night with another in his best game of the season (8/123/2), and he already has a career-high 11 touchdowns this year. Dallas simply had no answers for him on Sunday for an offense that’s really been centered on the stars in 2020.

 

WR: Keenan Allen

Allen is another player that the opponent couldn’t stop yesterday, and he had season-highs across the board in terms of targets (19), receptions (16), and yards (145). The combination of Allen’s ability as a route runner and Justin Herbert’s velocity on short/intermediate routes is scary.

 

TE: Travis Kelce

Finally, tight end came alive some in Week 11—particularly with the top three at the position (Kelce, Darren Waller, and Mark Andrews) all finishing as such heading into Monday night. Of course, Kelce hasn’t been a part of the overall struggles, and he’s now gone for at least eight receptions and 100+ yards in all three games this month.

 

FLEX: Derrick Henry

There were plenty of options to consider here, but Henry gets the nod with another heroic effort against Baltimore—rushing 28 times for 133 yards, including the game-winning, 29-yard score in overtime. The monster runner is on pace for 1,726 yards and 14 touchdowns this year (and we haven’t even gotten to December).

 

D/ST: Browns

Not having Myles Garrett (COVID-19 list) didn’t even matter for Cleveland, and they got to Carson Wentz five times and forced two interceptions (including a pick-six) in a rainy game to improve to 7-3.

 

K: Rodrigo Blankenship

Blankenship came up short on a 50-yard field goal early in the game yesterday, but he rebounded to hit all four of his attempts after halftime—with the final one being a 39-yarder to win in overtime. The 14 fantasy points leads all kickers heading into tonight’s action.

 

Surprise of the Week: Jonathan Taylor

We remained optimistic about Taylor because of the talent, but most thought he was borderline droppable in redraft leagues, and he responded with his best game of the year to help power Indy to a 34-31 victory. There will be quieter outings in the future based on how the Colts rotate their runners from week-to-week, but the schedule looks very favorable for the rookie.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Falcons offense

Atlanta seemed set up for a great performance coming out of the bye, but Julio Jones (hamstring) going down and the offensive line being unable to keep Matt Ryan clean (eight sacks allowed) ruined the day. Other than Calvin Ridley (5/90), all of Ryan (5.2), Todd Gurley (3.4). Julio (4.9), and Hayden Hurst (0.0) struggled.

 

Rookie of the Week: Justin Herbert

Now the overwhelming favorite for NFL Rookie of the Year with Joe Burrow (knee) unfortunately done, Herbert threw for a season-high 366 yards in his second win of the season, and he has more games with at least three touchdown passes (five) than he does games with less than three scores (four). Next week against the Bills should be a fun battle.

 

Week 11 MVP: Taysom Hill

Again, Hill wasn’t the highest-scoring quarterback on Sunday, but he was basically a cheat code in ESPN leagues with tight end eligibility, and anyone streaming him at his actual position had to be thrilled with the 24.4 fantasy points. He should be rostered as a quarterback in all leagues.

 

NFL Week 11 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 11 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Some tough breaks last week with Jared Goff not throwing any touchdowns and Nick Chubb (doing the right thing) running out of bounds to ice the game instead of score. The Week 11 daily fantasy lineup is headlined by lead backs that should get fed the ball on Sunday.

 

[UPDATE: Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is the highest recommended quarterback play at his salary now that he is starting for New Orleans over Jameis Winston.]

 

QB: Justin Herbert vs. NYJ

DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $8,500

 

Last week was not an outstanding showing from Justin Herbert, but he still found a way to put up more strong fantasy numbers. Herbert’s dual threat ability helps him have both a great floor and ceiling, and he gets a nice matchup at home versus the Jets. Don’t let the haircut scare you from using Herbert in daily fantasy lineups.

 

RB: Derrick Henry @ BAL

DraftKings: $8,000 | FanDuel: $8,200

 

Derrick Henry ran all over the Ravens in the playoffs last January, and Baltimore has two key injuries on the defensive line heading into Sunday. We know Henry is almost a lock to get handed the ball 20-25+ times, so he should be an exceptional play after the Ravens were run on by the Patriots last week.

 

RB: James Conner @ JAX

DraftKings: $6,600 | FanDuel: $7,000

 

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says the undefeated Steelers want to get better at running the football. That could mean a bounce back effort from James Conner after a couple of quiet weeks. Conner is due to find the end zone for a team that’s typically been good for sizable point totals from its running backs.

 

WR: Diontae Johnson @ JAX

DraftKings: $5,900 | FanDuel: $6,400

 

Hopefully there are enough points to go around for the Steelers this week, which could include another quick start from Diontae Johnson. Ben Roethlisberger is very comfortable targeting the second-year receiver, who has had five games of at least six receptions this year.

 

WR: Mike Williams vs. NYJ

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,900

 

Mike Williams has been inconsistent in terms of putting up numbers this season in an offense that’s spread the ball around aside from Keenan Allen as the centerpiece. However, the big-play and touchdown upside make Williams an enticing stack with his quarterback against the Jets.

 

WR: Allen Lazard @ IND (DraftKings) | Julio Jones @ NO (FanDuel)

Lazard: $4,600 | Jones: $8,100

 

Given how well he played before going on injured reserve, Allen Lazard is worth considering in his return to the lineup this week. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary to get a blue-chip player like Julio Jones in the lineup.

 

TE: Hayden Hurst @ NO

DraftKings: $4,400 | FanDuel: $5,500

 

Hayden Hurst has been consistently involved in Atlanta’s offense, and there’s a chance for a shootout between the Falcons and the Saints this week. Hurst offers among the better combinations of safety and upside at tight end for Week 11.

 

FLEX: Damien Harris @ HOU

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

The Patriots found a formula that works on offense, and it’s to feature a rushing attack led by Damien Harris. Houston has been one of the worst teams in the league at stopping the run, and Harris should be a safe bet for around 15 or so carries.

 

D/ST: Washington vs. CIN

DraftKings: $2,900 | FanDuel: $4,100

 

It’s a tough slate for D/ST in Week 11, but Washington has some upside because of the power of the pass rush. Using Washington will allow you to save some salary for a boost at another position.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $500

 

Other recommended Week 11 options

 

QB: Alex Smith vs. CIN

DraftKings: $5,300 | FanDuel: $6,600

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor vs. GB

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $5,700

 

RB: Kalen Ballage vs. NYJ

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

WR: Justin Jefferson vs. DAL

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $6,700

 

WR: Jakobi Meyers @ HOU

DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

TE: T.J. Hockenson @ CAR

DraftKings: $4,200 | FanDuel: $6,000

Week 11 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 11 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Derek Carr (v KC)

Carr seemed to be on his way to weekly QB1 territory with a season-long pace of 4,603 yards and a 35:5 touchdown-interception ratio over his first six outings, but he’s been limited to 143.3 yards per game this month. That said, Las Vegas is 3-0 over that stretch and simply hasn’t needed to throw, which should change on Sunday night when they take on the Chiefs. Look for the passing attack to be opened up and for Carr to be a top streaming option—at home—against a defense that he stung for a season-high 347 yards and three scores back in Week 5.

 

Thumbs Up: Cam Newton (@ HOU)

Although the floor isn’t what you would want it to be because of how run-heavy the New England offense has become, Newton is a significant part of that with nine rushing scores in eight games, and he will continue to be a weapon when they get near the end zone. Prior to last week’s slugfest (impacted by Cleveland weather), the Texans had allowed 313.5 passing yards per game and 11 passing touchdowns over the previous four games, so the matchup is promising if Newton airs it out a bit more. I have him as a top-ten play.

 

Thumbs Up: Jameis Winston (v ATL)

I don’t feel great about recommending Winston due to the downside and can understand if people would rather not use him, but he steps into a tremendous situation with the Saints, and Atlanta—despite playing better in recent weeks—has allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Also, Winston has put up big-time numbers against the Falcons throughout his career, including 299.3 yards per game and a 23:8 touchdown-interception ratio over the past seven matchups. Jameis immediately steps in as a borderline QB1 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Tom Brady (v LAR)

Brady unsurprisingly bounced back last week with a dominant win over the Panthers, and I don’t think the matchup is enough to downgrade him much considering the weapons in Tampa Bay to overcome it. It’s worth noting that the two huge games allowed by the Los Angeles defense have both been on the road against opponents with multiple ways to beat you (Buffalo and, at the time, San Francisco); unless you have another top quarterback play on the bench such as Justin Herbert or Ben Roethlisberger, it’s not a wise move to sit TB12 after he led all Week 10 scorers in fantasy points (31.8).

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Deshaun Watson (v NE)

The Texans have given Bill Belichick and the Patriots some problems in three matchups with Watson under center, but they are coming off a disappointing loss in which their quarterback totaled just 163 passing yards, and New England’s defense—possibly getting Stephon Gilmore (knee) back after an important victory last week—is starting to round into form. Watson remains a QB1 play, but it’s the low-end variety for me against a defense that has held him to 4.0 yards per carry with zero rushing touchdowns.

 

Thumbs Down: Carson Wentz (@ CLE)

On the bright side, Wentz finally didn’t turn the ball over in Week 10 (for the first time this season), but he had just 212 total yards with zero scores—again showing the floor is extremely low when the rushing production hasn’t been there. Overall, the former No. 2 overall pick is on pace for 3,717 yards with a 21:21 touchdown-interception ratio, and he can’t be trusted as a QB1 option for what could be another rainy game in Cleveland. I don’t think an in-game benching is outside the realm of possibility with a brutal stretch after this week (v SEA, @ GB, v NO) making a Philly win crucial on Sunday.

 

Thumbs Down: Teddy Bridgewater (v DET)

While he’s currently the QB10 on the season, Bridgewater has mostly trended down during Carolina’s five-game losing streak, averaging 218.4 yards per game with a 7:4 touchdown-interception ratio. Now, he’s dealing with a knee injury to at least limit the rushing upside (and potentially lead to a more conservative approach in general), so the floor and ceiling will both likely take a hit despite what appears to be a good matchup against Detroit. I’d look elsewhere outside of two-quarterback leagues.

 

Thumbs Down: Ryan Tannehill (@ BAL)

We can expect him to throw more than 14 times that we saw back in January’s playoff win over the Ravens, but Tannehill is already seeing his volume as a passer decrease (12.5 completions per game over the past two weeks), and Baltimore remains a defense that’s better attacked on the ground than through the air—especially with defensive linemen Brandon Williams (ankle) and Calais Campbell (calf) both likely out. Modest rushing production for Tannehill in recent weeks (nine attempts for 37 scoreless yards over the past five games) makes him a low-end QB2 for Week 11.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Damien Harris (@ HOU)

The Texans started off last week with quality run defense against the Browns, but they ended up allowing 200+ yards for the second time in four weeks, and Romeo Crennel’s defense is now surrendering 28.1 fantasy points per game to opposing backs. Even though goal-line scores from Cam Newton and contributions from Rex Burkhead won’t be going away, Harris has established himself as the clear lead back for the Pats and just set career-highs in carries (22), rushing yards (121), and playing time (55%) on Sunday night. I have him as a top-15 play this week.

 

Thumbs Up: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ LV)

Edwards-Helaire has seen touch totals of nine, nine, and eight in three games since the Chiefs signed Le’Veon Bell, so there is definite reason to downgrade him for the stretch run—especially knowing Andy Reid’s willingness to abandon the run. However, I think self-reflection over the bye week could have Kansas City wanting to get their first-round pick involved more, and CEH had 40 yards both on the ground and through the air on just 13 touches in the first matchup against Las Vegas. I’m optimistic about his high-end RB2 outlook.

 

Thumbs Up: Kalen Ballage (v NYJ)

There was some concern about Los Angeles potentially going away from Ballage after a Week 9 breakout, but that didn’t happen, and it probably won’t after he totaled 102 yards on 23 touches last Sunday. Perhaps most notable is the fact that the 24-year-old played zero snaps on special teams last week—suggesting his status as the lead back is safe until Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns. I could see New York coming out with some energy for what looks like their best chance at a win this year, but Ballage has worked himself into the RB2 ranks.

 

Thumbs Up: Jonathan Taylor (v GB)

Cue the Joker or clown memes/gifs if this fails, but a matchup against the Packers could finally allow Taylor to break out of his slump, and I am hoping that the extra time to prepare will lead to Indianapolis installing some more plays for the rookie that plays to his strengths (i.e. not running out of the shotgun). Last week was a major disappointment, but Taylor picked up three first downs on nine touches, and Green Bay struggling to tackle might lead to chunk gains if the rookie can get to the second level. I’m giving the former Wisconsin standout another shot.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Todd Gurley (@ NO)

Although his nose for the end zone makes him tough to bench, Gurley gets a difficult matchup against a New Orleans defense that’s allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to enemy runners, and they’ve really been stout in four games since the bye (3.0 yards per carry and zero scores allowed). Gurley has been a solid RB1 in Atlanta, but he could move closer towards low-end RB2 status with a limited, touchdown-dependent ceiling for this week’s rivalry game.

 

Thumbs Down: Phillip Lindsay (v MIA)

Last week was the low point for Lindsay (four carries for two yards), and he’s now seen single-digit touches in each of the past three games. The primary concern for his outlook in Week 11 and beyond is that Denver seems to not trust him in the passing game (he’s caught just two passes on eight targets all year)—making Lindsay too game-flow dependent to consider as anything more than a low-floor FLEX.

 

Thumbs Down: Leonard Fournette (v LAR)

I thought a fumble by Ronald Jones II last week might have led to Fournette getting the lead job and not looking back, but the Bucs stuck with their starter, and the bruising backup again struggled with eight carries for 19 scoreless yards. For the season, Fournette is averaging 4.1 yards per carry (compared to 5.1 yards per carry for Jones II), and his best shot at weekly production has surprisingly come in the passing game. I have Fournette outside the top 36 at running back.

 

Thumbs Down: Rams RBs (@ TB)

Cam Akers seeing extended action was partly expected coming out of the bye, but a team-high in carries (ten) only led to 38 yards, while Malcolm Brown scored twice and Darrell Henderson (who also found the end zone) handled just eight touches despite starting his seventh consecutive game. If no one emerges as the clear backfield leader, all three guys will settle in as volatile FLEX options; I’m avoiding the uncertainty for a challenging road matchup in Tampa Bay.

 

Wide receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Chris Godwin (v LAR)

The only thing missing from Godwin’s stat line last week was a touchdown (6/92 on six targets), and it’s crazy to me that most view him as a WR2 or WR3 option at this point. In not even six full appearances (and at less than 100%), Godwin has a 16-game pace of 91 receptions, 1,099 yards, and five touchdowns on just 6.8 targets per game (a number that should climb down the stretch), and he absolutely ripped the Rams last year with a 12/172/2 line. Keep him in lineups as a no-doubt WR1.

 

Thumbs Up: Sammy Watkins (@ LV)

The last time we saw Watkins was against the Raiders, and before leaving early with a hamstring injury that’s kept him out since, the veteran caught two passes for 24 yards and a score. Assuming he can get back on the field this week, Watkins should see plenty of favorable coverages with the Raiders placing a priority on stopping Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Anyone with a need at receiver should see if Watkins—averaging 8.0 targets per game when healthy—is available as a starter on the league’s most explosive offense.

 

Thumbs Up: Henry Ruggs III (v KC)

Speaking of explosive, we are still waiting on another home-run play from Ruggs III, but his two biggest both came against the Chiefs (a 72-yard touchdown and a 46-yard reception), so we’ll see if he and Derek Carr can connect on Sunday night. In terms of pure speed, Kansas City simply doesn’t have a cornerback on the roster that can come close to matching Ruggs III, so it might just take one play against single coverage to be worth a start.

 

Thumbs Up: Denzel Mims (@ LAC)

While it was Breshad Perriman that went off against the Patriots in the most recent game for New York, Mims also produced with four receptions and 62 yards, and the strong-armed Joe Flacco won’t hesitate to give him chances down the field. In general, I’m a big believer in the rookie’s talent, and it’s common for young players to be featured more coming out of the bye; Mims is a quality flier for those searching for a dart throw in Week 11.

 

Others: Antonio Brown (v LAR), Jakobi Meyers (@ HOU)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mike Evans (v LAR)

The Buccaneers have moved Evans inside and the Rams have mostly left Jalen Ramsey at his left cornerback spot, but I’m still worried about the matchup this week for the big-bodied wideout, as overall, Tom Brady might rely more on Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown on Monday night. Remember, Los Angeles just held D.K. Metcalf to 28 scoreless yards on two receptions last week, and they’ll likely have a similar game plan to contain Evans, who has three games this year with ten or fewer yards.

 

Thumbs Down: Will Fuller (v NE)

Including playoffs, Fuller has totaled seven receptions for 55 scoreless yards in three matchups against the Patriots, and he is almost certainly going to be the guy Bill Belichick makes sure doesn’t beat them this weekend. The three quietest games for Fuller in 2020 have come against the Ravens (zero receptions), Packers (Jaire Alexander), and Browns (Denzel Ward), so Sunday could be another low-floor day if New England’s defense builds on last week’s showing with a chance to get to .500.

 

Thumbs Down: Jerry Jeudy (v MIA)

Whether or not Drew Lock (ribs) is able to suit up, Jeudy is a player to avoid against a Miami defense that is playing better on the backend than the numbers suggest, and the rookie seeing increased usage on the outside will mean matching up against Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. The Dolphins have limited perimeter wideouts DeAndre Hopkins (3/30) and Mike Williams (2/38) in back-to-back games and Jeudy will probably be very reliant on a chunk play and/or score to pay dividends.

 

Thumbs Down: T.Y. Hilton (v GB)

I wish Colts-Titans was a closer game last week because Hilton (4/40) looked good early and might have been able to have a stronger night with more than five targets, but now he’ll be opposed by Jaire Alexander in a matchup that Philip Rivers may not want to push. Dating back to last year, Hilton hasn’t scored or surpassed 72 yards in 13 straight games; I doubt the streak ends against Alexander.

 

Others: Brandin Cooks (v NE), Corey Davis (@ BAL)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Hayden Hurst (@ NO)

The Saints thought adding Malcolm Jenkins in the offseason would make them even better against opposing tight ends (after being very stingy in 2019), but they’ve allowed the seventh-most points per game to the position, and an increasing role for Hurst (54+ yards in each of the past four weeks prior the bye) should make him a solid TE1 on Sunday. Last year, Atlanta tight ends had a score in both meetings with New Orleans.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Higbee (@ TB)

Higbee is coming off a game in which he had a season-high in targets (six) and yards (60) on 84% snaps played, so there should be some optimism about another late-season surge (though no one expects anything like last year). On Monday night, I’m anticipating Higbee will remain a big part of the game plan as an outlet for Jared Goff to offset the Tampa Bay pass rush, so he’s again a top-15 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Taysom Hill (v ATL)

Not all leagues/sites have Hill as a TE-eligible option, but if he is, you could do a lot worse considering the state of the position. The main concern is that Hill didn’t see an increase in playing time with Teddy Bridgewater under center last year because they wanted to keep him healthy as the No. 2 quarterback, but the Jameis Winston experience could get a little crazy, and Hill was used quite a bit as a runner in the second half last week with six carries.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: None

Tight end is in perhaps the worst shape it’s ever been, and there really aren’t players you can feel confident about completely turning down as an option. Last week, Rob Gronkowski finished as the overall TE1 with two receptions for 51 yards and a score on three targets; Hunter Henry and Cameron Brate were the only others with double-digit fantasy points at the position last week, and the trio combined for just 12 targets.

 

Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (@ LV)
2. Kyler Murray (@ SEA)
3. Justin Herbert (v NYJ)
4. Russell Wilson (v ARI)
5. Ben Roethlisberger (@ JAX)
6. Matt Ryan (@ NO)
7. Taysom Hill (v ATL)
8. Tom Brady (v LAR)
9. Lamar Jackson (v TEN)
10. Aaron Rodgers (@ IND)
11. Cam Newton (@ HOU)
12. Deshaun Watson (v NE)
13. Derek Carr (v KC)
14. Kirk Cousins (v DAL)
15. Carson Wentz (@ CLE)
16. Jared Goff (@ TB)
17. Joe Burrow (@ WAS)
18. Tua Tagovailoa (@ DEN)
19. Matthew Stafford (@ CAR)
20. Alex Smith (v CIN)
21. Ryan Tannehill (@ BAL)
22. Philip Rivers (v GB)
23. Phillip Walker (v DET)
24. Andy Dalton (@ MIN)
25. Baker Mayfield (v PHI)
26. Joe Flacco (@ LAC)
27. Jake Luton (v PIT)
28. Drew Lock (v MIA)
29. Jameis Winston (v ATL)
30. Jalen Hurts (@ CLE)

 

Running back

1. Dalvin Cook (v DAL)
2. Derrick Henry (@ BAL)
3. Alvin Kamara (v ATL)
4. Nick Chubb (v PHI)
5. Miles Sanders (@ CLE)
6. James Conner (@ JAX)
7. Aaron Jones (@ IND)
8. Josh Jacobs (v KC)
9. Mike Davis (v DET)
10. Ezekiel Elliott (@ MIN)
11. James Robinson (v PIT)
12. Antonio Gibson (v CIN)
13. Damien Harris (@ HOU)
14. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ LV)
15. Ronald Jones II (v LAR)
16. Kalen Ballage (v NYJ)
17. Todd Gurley (@ NO)
18. Giovani Bernard (@ WAS)
19. Kareem Hunt (v PHI)
20. Jonathan Taylor (v GB)
21. Melvin Gordon (v MIA)
22. Duke Johnson (v NE)
23. Chase Edmonds (@ SEA)
24. Kenyan Drake (@ SEA)
25. Nyheim Hines (v GB)
26. Carlos Hyde (v ARI)
27. Adrian Peterson (@ CAR)
28. Salvon Ahmed (@ DEN)
29. J.D. McKissic (v CIN)
30. J.K. Dobbins (v TEN)
31. Darrel Henderson (@ TB)
32. DeeJay Dallas (v ARI)
33. Kerryon Johnson (@ CAR)
34. Le’Veon Bell (@ LV)
35. Latavius Murray (v ATL)
36. Phillip Lindsay (v MIA)
37. Matt Breida (@ DEN)
38. La’Mical Perine (@ LAC)
39. Rex Burkhead (@ HOU)
40. Leonard Fournette (v LAR)
41. Jamaal Williams (@ IND)
42. Gus Edwards (v TEN)
43. Malcolm Brown (@ TB)
44. Joshua Kelley (v NYJ)
45. Mark Ingram (v TEN)
46. James White (@ HOU)
47. Jordan Wilkins (v GB)
48. Devontae Booker (v KC)
49. Cam Akers (@ TB)
50. Tony Pollard (@ MIN)
51. Boston Scott (@ CLE)
52. Alexander Mattison (v DAL)
53. Frank Gore (@ LAC)
54. Jalen Richard (v KC)
55. DeAndre Washington (@ DEN)
56. Benny Snell (@ JAX)
57. Dare Ogunbowale (v PIT)
58. Samaje Perine (@ WAS)
59. Brian Hill (@ NO)
60. Troymaine Pope (v NYJ)
61. D’Onta Foreman (@ BAL)
62. Peyton Barber (v CIN)
63. Devine Ozigbo (v PIT)
64. Jonathan Williams (@ CAR)
65. Jeremy McNichols (@ BAL)
66. Trenton Cannon (v DET)
67. Darrel Williams (@ LV)
68. Anthony McFarland Jr. (@ JAX)
69. Bo Scarbrough (v ARI)
70. Elijah Holyfield (@ CLE)

 

Wide receiver

1. DeAndre Hopkins (@ SEA)
2. Julio Jones (@ NO)
3. Davante Adams (@ IND)
4. Keenan Allen (v NYJ)
5. Tyreek Hill (@ LV)
6. Terry McLaurin (v CIN)
7. Chris Godwin (v LAR)
8. Calvin Ridley (@ NO)
9. Tyler Lockett (v ARI)
10. Adam Thielen (v DAL)
11. D.K. Metcalf (v ARI)
12. A.J. Brown (@ BAL)
13. Diontae Johnson (@ JAX)
14. Justin Jefferson (v DAL)
15. Robert Woods (@ TB)
16. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ JAX)
17. Cooper Kupp (@ TB)
18. Michael Thomas (v ATL)
19. Chase Claypool (@ JAX)
20. Christian Kirk (@ SEA)
21. Robby Anderson (v DET)
22. Tyler Boyd (@ WAS)
23. Amari Cooper (@ MIN)
24. DeVante Parker (@ DEN)
25. Antonio Brown (v LAR)
26. Tee Higgins (@ WAS)
27. D.J. Chark (v PIT)
28. D.J. Moore (v DET)
29. Mike Williams (v NYJ)
30. Will Fuller (v NE)
31. Jakobi Meyers (@ HOU)
32. Mike Evans (v LAR)
33. Marvin Jones (@ CAR)
34. Jamison Crowder (@ LAC)
35. CeeDee Lamb (@ MIN)
36. Marquise Brown (v TEN)
37. Brandin Cooks (v NE)
38. Henry Ruggs III (v KC)
39. Mecole Hardman (@ LV)
40. Jerry Jeudy (v MIA)
41. Denzel Mims (@ LAC)
42. Travis Fulgham (@ CLE)
43. A.J. Green (@ WAS)
44. Curtis Samuel (v DET)
45. Jarvis Landry (v PHI)
46. Jalen Reagor (@ CLE)
47. Michael Pittman Jr. (v GB)
48. Nelson Agholor (v KC)
49. Michael Gallup (@ MIN)
50. Josh Reynolds (@ TB)
51. Breshad Perriman (@ LAC)
52. Corey Davis (@ BAL)
53. K.J. Hamler (v MIA)
54. Emmanuel Sanders (v ATL)
55. Tim Patrick (v MIA)
56. Randall Cobb (v NE)
57. Jakeem Grant (@ DEN)
58. Marvin Hall (@ CAR)
59. T.Y. Hilton (v GB)
60. Keelan Cole (v PIT)
61. Rashard Higgins (v PHI)
62. Allen Lazard (@ IND)
63. Demarcus Robinson (@ LV)
64. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ IND)
65. Hunter Renfrow (v KC)
66. Larry Fitzgerald (@ SEA)
67. Russell Gage (@ NO)
68. David Moore (v ARI)
69. Zach Pascal (v GB)
70. Chris Conley (v PIT)
71. Quintez Cephus (@ CAR)
72. Willie Snead (v TEN)
73. Steven Sims (v CIN)
74. Damiere Byrd (@ HOU)
75. Greg Ward (@ CLE)
76. Cam Sims (v CIN)
77. Alshon Jeffery (@ CLE)
78. Jalen Guyton (v NYJ)
79. Andy Isabella (@ SEA)
80. Devin Duvernay (v TEN)
81. James Washington (@ JAX)
82. Tre’Quan Smith (v ATL)
83. Marcus Johnson (v GB)
84. Bryan Edwards (v KC)
85. Olamide Zaccheaus (@ NO)
86. Scotty Miller (v LAR)
87. DaeSean Hamilton (v MIA)
88. Isaiah Wright (v CIN)
89. KhaDarel Hodge (v PHI)
90. N’Keal Harry (@ HOU)
91. Miles Boykin (v TEN)
92. Van Jefferson (@ TB)
93. Mack Hollins (@ DEN)
94. Kenny Stills (v NE)
95. Auden Tate (@ WAS)
96. Kalif Raymond (@ BAL)
97. Tyler Johnson (v LAR)
98. DeMichael Harris (v GB)
99. Byron Pringle (@ LV)
100. Deonte Harris (v ATL)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ LV)
2. Darren Waller (v KC)
3. Mark Andrews (v TEN)
4. T.J. Hockenson (@ CAR)
5. Rob Gronkowski (v LAR)
6. Hunter Henry (v NYJ)
7. Dallas Goedert (@ CLE)
8. Hayden Hurst (@ NO)
9. Noah Fant (v MIA)
10. Austin Hooper (v PHI)
11. Eric Ebron (@ JAX)
12. Jonnu Smith (@ BAL)
13. Mike Gesicki (@ DEN)
14. Tyler Higbee (@ TB)
15. Jared Cook (v ATL)
16. Logan Thomas (v CIN)
17. Dalton Schultz (@ MIN)
18. Trey Burton (v GB)
19. Robert Tonyan (@ IND)
20. Kyle Rudolph (v DAL)
21. Gerald Everett (@ TB)
22. Jordan Akins (v NE)
23. Greg Olsen (v ARI)
24. Jack Doyle (v GB)
25. Anthony Firkser (@ BAL)
26. Ian Thomas (v DET)
27. Richard Rodgers (@ CLE)
28. Tyler Eifert (v PIT)
29. Irv Smith Jr. (v DAL)
30. Dan Arnold (@ SEA)
31. Jacob Hollister (v ARI)
32. Darren Fells (v NE)
33. Mo Alie-Cox (v GB)
34. Drew Sample (@ WAS)
35. Harrison Bryant (v PHI)
36. Will Dissly (v ARI)
37. David Njoku (v PHI)
38. Cameron Brate (v LAR)
39. Chris Herndon (@ LAC)
40. Ryan Izzo (@ HOU)

 

Defense/ST

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ JAX)
2. Los Angeles Chargers (v NYJ)
3. Miami Dolphins (@ DEN)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v LAR)
5. Cleveland Browns (v PHI)
6. Washington Football Team (v CIN)
7. Baltimore Ravens (v TEN)
8. New Orleans Saints (v ATL)
9. Minnesota Vikings (v DAL)
10. Green Bay Packers (@ IND)
11. New England Patriots (@ HOU)
12. Philadelphia Eagles (@ CLE)
13. Detroit Lions (@ CAR)
14. Indianapolis Colts (v GB)
15. Kansas City Chiefs (@ LV)
16. Carolina Panthers (v DET)
17. Atlanta Falcons (@ NO)
18. Tennessee Titans (@ BAL)
19. Los Angeles Rams (@ TB)
20. Cincinnati Bengals (@ WAS)
21. Denver Broncos (v MIA)
22. Arizona Cardinals (@ SEA)
23. Houston Texans (v NE)
24. Seattle Seahawks (v ARI)
25. Dallas Cowboys (@ MIN)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (v TEN)
2. Younghoe Koo (@ NO)
3. Harrison Butker (@ LV)
4. Wil Lutz (v ATL)
5. Jason Sanders (@ DEN)
6. Rodrigo Blankenship (v GB)
7. Matt Prater (v GB)
8. Zane Gonzalez (@ SEA)
9. Ryan Succop (v LAR)
10. Chris Boswell (@ JAX)
11. Mason Crosby (@ IND)
12. Michael Badgley (v NYJ)
13. Daniel Carlson (v KC)
14. Joey Slye (v DET)
15. Brandon McManus (v MIA)
16. Jason Myers (v ARI)
17. Greg Zuerlein (@ MIN)
18. Dan Bailey (v DAL)
19. Matt Gay (@ TB)
20. Cody Parkey (v PHI)
21. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v NE)
22. Nick Folk (@ HOU)
23. Jake Elliott (@ CLE)
24. Randy Bullock (@ WAS)
25. Stephen Gostkowski (@ BAL)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 11, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 11, 2020

The waiver wire includes both overall and positional rankings. Feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Damien Harris, NE RB

Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on Sunday night as the leader of a run-heavy attack, and the former Alabama standout has now rushed for three 100-yard games in six appearances this year. This is the third week in a row Harris has been our No. 1 running back, but get him if he’s still somehow available in your league.

 

2. Deebo Samuel, SF WR

There was thought early last week that Samuel would return against the Saints, but while that didn’t happen, he should almost certainly be 100% following the Week 11 bye. Now is the time to invest.

 

3. Wayne Gallman, NYG RB

Gallman was talked up by the coaching staff prior to Sunday’s win, and he capitalized with 53 yards and two scores. Although the yardage numbers haven’t been great over the past four weeks (49.8 yards per game; 3.7 yards per carry), Gallman has proven to be a tough runner with a nose for the end zone.

 

4. Cam Newton, NE QB

The explosive runs for Newton have died down some in favor of running backs being the focus, but he’s still a dominant force in short-yardage situations (three scores over the past two games), and the schedule looks very favorable down the stretch. If you can put up with the downside, Newton is worth considering.

 

5. Kalen Ballage, LAC RB

There was reason to have pause about Ballage after just one game as the lead back for Los Angeles, but Anthony Lynn clearly has a preference for him, and the former third-round pick turned 23 touches into 102 yards last week. The workload is there to view him as a usage-based RB2/FLEX against the rest of the AFC East over the next three weeks.

 

6. Sammy Watkins, KC WR

Watkins might be a bit of a forgotten man from a fantasy perspective since he’s been out for over a month with a hamstring injury, but the veteran was a significant piece for the Chiefs to start the year (8.0 targets per game in three healthy appearances). If he’s fully healthy off the bye, Watkins will bring plenty of upside for a couple of possible road shootouts to finish the month (@ LV, @ TB).

 

7. Henry Ruggs III, LV WR

Ruggs III had another quiet game in Week 10, but Las Vegas didn’t have to air it out in a 37-12 win, and he saw another deep target. Especially with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get an upside player like Ruggs III on your bench.

 

8. Jakobi Meyers, NE WR

He was on the fringe of the rotation to start the year, but Meyers has emerged as the clear No. 1 wideout for New England over the past month—averaging 86.5 receiving yards on 9.3 targets per game. As stated for Cam Newton, the downside is there on a run-first offense, but Meyers has worked into quality FLEX range.

 

9. Nyheim Hines, IND RB

The weekly usage of Hines being difficult to pinpoint keeps him lower than some others, but he had a career game with 115 yards and two scores on 17 touches last Thursday night, and Indianapolis may not go away from him with more potential high-scoring games on the schedule.

 

10. Jamaal Williams, GB RB

While the standalone value for Williams is volatile, being able to plug him in as a FLEX while also having premium handcuff value should make him worth owning in all formats. A couple of starts are mixed in, but Williams is on pace for over 1,000 total yards in 2020.

 

Quarterback

1. Cam Newton, NE

2. Derek Carr, LV

3. Jameis Winston, NO

4. Matthew Stafford, DET

5. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

6. Daniel Jones, NYG

7. Alex Smith, WAS

8. Kirk Cousins, MIN

 

Running back

1. Damien Harris, NE

2. Wayne Gallman, NYG

3. Kalen Ballage, LAC

4. Nyheim Hines, IND

5. Jamaal Williams, GB

6. Tevin Coleman, SF

7. J.K. Dobbins, BAL

8. Joshua Kelley, LAC

9. La’Mical Perine, NYJ

10. Zack Moss, BUF

11. Rex Burkhead, NE

12. Salvon Ahmed, MIA

13. Latavius Murray, NO

14. Matt Breida, MIA

15. Malcolm Brown, LAR

 

Wide receiver

1. Deebo Samuel, SF

2. Sammy Watkins, KC

3. Henry Ruggs III, LV

4. Jakobi Meyers, NE

5. Corey Davis, TEN

6. Cole Beasley, BUF

7. Nelson Agholor, LV

8. Michael Gallup, DAL

9. Emmanuel Sanders, NO

10. T.Y. Hilton, IND

11. Allen Lazard, GB

12. Jalen Reagor, PHI

13. Mecole Hardman, KC

14. Denzel Mims, NYJ

15. Breshad Perriman, NYJ

16. Michael Pittman Jr., IND

17. Josh Reynolds, LAR

18. K.J. Hamler, DEN

19. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB

20. Alshon Jeffery, PHI

 

Tight end

1. Dallas Goedert, PHI

2. Tyler Higbee, LAR

3. Zach Ertz, PHI

4. Mike Gesicki, MIA

5. Jordan Reed, SF

6. Robert Tonyan, GB

7. Trey Burton, IND

8. Logan Thomas, WAS

Week 10 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 10 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

 

QB: Tom Brady

You knew Brady and the Bucs were going to bounce back following last Sunday night’s forgettable showing, and they exploded against the Panthers with a 46-23 victory. The team even had to settle for some field goals, but TB12 threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns with an additional score on the ground to finish with a week-high 31.8 fantasy points.

 

RB: Alvin Kamara

49ers-Saints felt like a forgotten game in the late slate, so Kamara had an under-the-radar three-touchdown day—with his 7/83/1 receiving line and two short rushing scores boosting an outing in which he rushed for just 15 yards on eight attempts. Kamara now has 11 touchdowns in nine games this year.

 

RB: Josh Jacobs

The Las Vegas running game powered the Raiders to a 37-12 win yesterday, and Jacobs led the way with 112 yards and two scores on 21 attempts. Plus, the second-year back picked his receiving production back up (four receptions for 24 yards on four targets) after a couple of quiet weeks.

 

WR: DeAndre Hopkins

He’s currently the overall WR3 heading into tonight’s action, but the impact of Hopkins’ play makes him an obvious choice for one of the receiver spots with a game-winning grab to beat the Bills. The 43-yard touchdown gave Hopkins a 7/127/1 line on 12 targets in the 32-30 victory.

 

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Valdes-Scantling followed up a two-touchdown showing in Week 9 with four receptions, 149 yards, and one touchdown yesterday—so he’s really caught fire for Green Bay as the No. 2 option behind Davante Adams. The highlight was a 78-yard bomb, and MVS could have also been the Surprise of the Week considering how the wind and cold didn’t affect his big-play ability.

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski

Another shallow week at tight end allowed Gronkowski to finish as the top play heading into Monday night, and fantasy owners were surely thrilled by the seven-yard touchdown in the final five minutes of a convincing win. Gronk now has four touchdowns over his past five games.

 

FLEX: Ronald Jones II

Jones II became the fourth player in NFL history to have a rushing touchdown of 98+ yards, and it was a wise move for the Bucs to feature him after they had just set the record for fewest rush attempts in a game (five). Overall, Jones II rushed 23 times for 192 yards and the highlight touchdown.

 

D/ST: Saints

New Orleans didn’t start great yesterday by allowing Nick Mullens and the 49ers to get a 10-0 lead, but they ended up limiting them to 13 points and 281 yards in a 14-point win—also compiling two interception and two fumble recoveries.

 

K: Tyler Bass

Bass was only 16-of-22 on field goals to begin his career, but the rookie nailed three kicks of 50+ yards yesterday, and his 18.0 fantasy points were a season-high to lead the position.

 

Surprise of the Week: Ronald Jones II

It’s rare to have the Surprise of the Week be given for an in-game surprise, but most surely thought Jones II would be benched for an early fumble, so it was very encouraging to see Tampa Bay lean on him afterwards for a career day. Prior to this week, Jones II had rushed just 23 times for 66 yards over the previous three games.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Jonathan Taylor

Basically this entire month has been loaded with fantasy disappointments, and Week 10 was arguably the low point as every position had several duds. The frustrating part about Taylor is that the talent is there, but Indy continues to use him as a shotgun runner rather than letting him be more comfortable with heavier personnel formations.

 

Rookie of the Week: D’Andre Swift

Swift drew his first career start on Sunday, and it resulted in 16 carries for 81 yards to pair with a 5/68/1 receiving line. The rookie gets a couple of great matchups to close out the month (@ CAR, v HOU), so you can make a definite case for him as an RB1 play.

 

Week 10 MVP: Tom Brady

Again, a big game was fairly predictable for Brady because of how last week went, and the core skill-position group all got involved with Chris Godwin (6/92), Mike Evans (6/77/1), Antonio Brown (7/69), Rob Gronkowski (2/51/1), and Cameron Brate (3/31/1) having productive days. TB12 is on pace for 42 total touchdowns in his age-43 campaign.

 

NFL Week 10 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 10 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Which quarterback-receiver stack should you strongly consider for your Week 10 daily fantasy lineup in DraftKings and FanDuel?

 

QB: Jared Goff vs. SEA

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $7,400

 

There are several intriguing quarterback options in Week 10 daily fantasy lineups, but Jared Goff is among the standouts at his price. Seattle is giving up an historic number of passing yards this season, and Goff is coming off the bye week. 350+ yards and a few touchdowns wouldn’t be a surprise.

 

RB: Nick Chubb vs. HOU

DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $8,200

 

Nick Chubb is expected back in the lineup along with guard Wyatt Teller, so the Browns should return to a run-heavy approach led by the stud third-year back. Don’t hesitate to fire up Chubb, who has been practicing without a brace and isn’t expected to be limited.

 

RB: Miles Sanders @ NYG

DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $7,700

 

Miles Sanders is practicing in full this week and will also likely get back on the field on Sunday after dealing with a knee issue. Partly because he’s been on a subpar team and partly because he’s been somewhat reliant on big plays, Sanders appears to be under the radar as he gets back on the field.

 

WR: Cooper Kupp vs. SEA

DraftKings: $6,900 | FanDuel: $7,700

 

The Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs was a hit last week, and Jared Goff-Cooper Kupp is one of the top stacks for Week 10. Kupp is coming off and 11/110 outing before Los Angeles’ bye week, and he’s due to find the end zone with just two scores this year (the last one coming in Week 4) after finding the end zone ten times last season.

 

WR: Antonio Brown @ CAR

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $6,500

 

The big-play ability of Antonio Brown, who received quality playing time last week but is still working on regaining chemistry with Tom Brady, is worth a shot in lineups this week. The Panthers may be more focused on stopping Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and AB just needs a couple of opportunities to do serious damage.

 

WR: A.J. Green @ PIT

DraftKings: $4,400 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

It feels like forever since A.J. Green played against the Steelers, but he’s had plenty of success in the divisional rivalry throughout his career. Also, Green is still playing a high percentage of the snaps despite the emergence of younger receivers around him in Cincinnati’s offense. Green is one of the top values of the week.

 

TE: Dallas Goedert @ NYG

DraftKings: $4,200 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

Dallas Goedert disappointed in his return to the lineup a couple of weeks ago, but the Eagles will likely get their tight end more involved following the bye. When drawing the start a few weeks ago in the first matchup with the Giants, Richard Rodgers caught six passes for 85 yards.

 

FLEX: Giovani Bernard @ PIT

DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $6,200

 

This is with the assumption that Joe Mixon (foot) is out again, which is looks like he will be. Giovani Bernard has handled 18 touches in both games Mixon has missed this season, so the workload is very promising. You might not want to put two Bengals in your lineup against a stingy Steelers defense, but both Green and Bernard are worth considering.

 

D/ST: Eagles @ NYG

DraftKings: $3,600 | FanDuel: $4,600

 

The Eagles should be safe for at least one turnover and a couple of sacks this Sunday, with the upside for a lot more. Just hope the unit comes out fired up and not rusty or sluggish.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $300

 

Other recommended Week 10 options

 

QB: Josh Allen @ ARI

DraftKings: $7,500 | FanDuel: $87,00

 

RB: J.D. McKissic @ DET

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $5,300

 

RB: Devin Singletary @ ARI

DraftKings: $4,300 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

WR: Chris Godwin @ CAR

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $7,500

 

WR: Curtis Samuel vs. TB

DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $5,700

 

TE: Tyler Higbee @ SEA

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,200

Week 10 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 10 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jared Goff (v SEA)

The schedule was very difficult for Goff and the Rams prior to the bye week, but they come out of it to face the league-worst Seattle pass defense, and plenty of points should be scored on Sunday. Over the past four matchups against the Seahawks, Goff has thrown for 331.8 yards per game, and Los Angeles has scored 31.5 points per game; it would be an upset if the former No. 1 overall pick didn’t put up big numbers in a probable shootout.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (v DEN)

Although he’s cooled off statistically over the past two weeks (138.0 yards per game), Carr has continued to play well for Las Vegas, and we could see Jon Gruden turn back to the passing attack against a Denver secondary that is banged up and struggling. It’s worth noting that three of Carr’s best four games this season have come at home, and he threw for 391 yards against Denver in last year’s season finale. I have him as a borderline QB1.

 

Thumbs Up: Nick Foles (v MIN)

It took a season-high 52 attempts, but Foles threw for 335 yards and two scores in last week’s loss, and the weapons are in place for Chicago to attack Minnesota’s defense—which has allowed the most passing touchdowns per game (2.4) and third-most passing yards per game (behind just Seattle and Atlanta). Allen Robinson and the collection of complementary pieces should give Foles all the ammunition he needs to return top-20 value in Week 10.

 

Thumbs Up: Baker Mayfield (v HOU)

Mayfield only has one game with 16+ fantasy points this year, but Houston presents a shootout opportunity for the Browns, and getting Nick Chubb (knee) back in the lineup should give the receivers more single coverage to make up for the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. (knee). At this point, Baker has settled in as a matchup-dependent streamer (4:5 touchdown-interception ratio against winning teams; 11:2 touchdown-interception ratio against teams below .500).

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Cam Newton (v BAL)

Newton will always bring upside on the ground to potentially be worth a start regardless of opponent, but New England rarely used him as a runner on Monday night, and the Ravens have to like how their cornerbacks match up with the wideouts for the Pats—leading to more loaded fronts. In a week with several potential streaming options, I think fantasy owners should look elsewhere and not have to worry about Cam’s floor on Sunday night.

 

Thumbs Down: Joe Burrow (@ PIT)

The first test for Burrow against Baltimore didn’t go well earlier this year (183 yards and one interception while absorbing seven sacks), and the results may not be much better for his first matchup against Pittsburgh. The playmakers are there for Burrow to do damage against a pass defense that has underperformed a bit in 2020, but I’m mainly concerned about the offensive line not holding up against T.J. Watt and company. Consider him a risky QB2 for this week.

 

Thumbs Down: Teddy Bridgewater (v TB)

Bridgewater and the Panthers nearly upset Kansas City last week in a shootout, but I wouldn’t want to be the team to face Tampa Bay after they were just embarrassed on both sides of the ball, and this weekend has the makings of a letdown for those expecting another back-and-forth affair. In the first meeting, Bridgewater was sacked five times and tossed two interceptions, so we’ll see if an angry Bucs team can get to him again.

 

Thumbs Down: Nick Mullens (@ NO)

The hopeful returns of Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and Brandon Aiyuk (COVID-19) will increase Mullens’ ceiling on Sunday, but he’s already been benched once this season, and—despite what Kyle Shanahan has said—I would think the team could turn to C.J. Beathard again if they start slow. Don’t expect anything close to a repeat of last year when the 49ers won a track meet, 48-46, with Jimmy Garoppolo under center.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (@ TEN)

Taylor basically fell out of the rotation last week when he lost a fumble at the end of the first quarter, but it was way too quick of a trigger considering he hadn’t fumbled as a pro prior to Week 9 (despite issues with them at Wisconsin), and I’m optimistic that Indianapolis will come to realize the decision was a mistake. In general, Colts-Titans is a huge game in the AFC South, and getting Taylor into a rhythm early would be key against a Tennessee team allowing 22.3 fantasy points per game to enemy runners. Now is the time to buy low.

 

Thumbs Up: Leonard Fournette (@ CAR)

No one really knows what to expect from the Tampa Bay backfield after they set the NFL record for fewest rush attempts in a game last week, but Fournette had 103 yards and two touchdowns on the ground against Carolina back in Week 2, and he also had a very productive day when the Jags faced them last year (108 yards and a touchdown). If the Bucs are able to get an early lead, Fournette could be used in the “closer” role that Bruce Arians talked about after the first matchup. Consider him a quality RB2 play.

 

Thumbs Up: Joshua Kelley (@ MIA)

He hasn’t scored since the opener and continues to operate in a timeshare, but Kelley is quietly on pace for 220 touches this season, and a breakout could be coming against the Dolphins (4.9 yards per carry allowed). Also, with five receptions last week, the rookie remained perfect in terms of catching every target thrown in his direction this year (19-of-19), and he’s handled 14+ touches in two of the past three games. Kelley’s low-end RB2/FLEX standing will get a more stable floor if Justin Jackson (knee) doesn’t suit up.

 

Thumbs Up: Bills RBs (@ ARI)

Bills-Cardinals is a projected shootout, so both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss will be worth considering this week. Of course, the challenge will be figuring out which back Buffalo will decide to lean on more (it’s been Moss in each of the past two games), but there may be enough opportunities for both to return at least FLEX value. Overall, Arizona has allowed 90+ rushing yards to running backs in all but one game this year.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mike Davis (v TB)

It sounds like Davis will be back in the starting lineup with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) now week-to-week, but the veteran’s production as the lead back has really fallen off after starting strong (21.4 fantasy points per game over his first three starts; 8.3 fantasy points per game over the final three starts). Now, he will face a determined Tampa Bay defense that has allowed a league-low 3.3 yards per carry this season; I have the veteran as a borderline top-15 option rather than the solid RB1 rank most seem to give him.

 

Thumbs Down: Phillip Lindsay (@ LV)

Even for a guy that’s averaging 5.8 yards per carry this season, Lindsay is simply too difficult to trust with single-digit touches in four-of-five appearances. Furthermore, the Raiders have been stout against the run since their bye, and they held Lindsay to 3.3 yards per carry on 29 scoreless attempts in 2019. I’d rather play anyone in a timeshare for Tampa Bay, Buffalo, or Los Angeles over Lindsay for this week.

 

Thumbs Down: Wayne Gallman (v PHI)

Gallman deserves to be the starter for New York down the stretch based on his play in recent weeks, but it’s unclear if that will be the case with Devonta Freeman (ankle) potentially coming back soon, and either way, the Eagles won’t be an easy matchup on Sunday. Especially if the Philadelphia is energized off the bye, Gallman’s touchdown streak will likely end at three games. I have him outside the top 30 at running back.

 

Thumbs Down: Patriots RBs (v BAL)

The late chest injury to Damien Harris on Monday night and the impending return of Sony Michel (quad) makes the New England backfield more confusing than ever, so that combined with the matchup makes them a group to avoid in Week 10. In the 2019 loss to Baltimore, only James White (84 total yards and a touchdown) was worth a start, but he’s barely been a factor over the past month.

 

Wide receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Chris Godwin (@ CAR)

Tampa Bay’s loss to the Saints was a throw-out-the-tape game, and fantasy owners should be confident about Godwin and the rest of the passing attack bouncing back this week. We have yet to see a monster outing for Godwin due to injuries shuffling him in and out of the lineup, but he’s torched Carolina throughout his career (lines of 5/101/1, 8/121/1, and 10/151 over the past three meetings in particular), and it’s a shock to see most viewing him as a low-end WR2 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Cooper Kupp (v SEA)

Trailing big to the Dolphins was obviously a factor, but Kupp saw a whopping 20 targets prior to the bye, and similar to the first matchup last year (9/117/1 on 17 targets), I expect he will be featured against the Seahawks this weekend. In eight games this season, Seattle has somehow allowed 17 different wide receivers to go for 70+ receiving yards. Look for Kupp—who should be a borderline WR1—to join the list on Sunday.

 

Thumbs Up: John Brown (@ ARI)

Brown being healthy is a substantial boost to Buffalo’s passing attack, and getting through Week 9 without any sort of setback bodes well for his chances of staying hot this week as Stefon Diggs does battle with Patrick Peterson. The sample size isn’t huge, but Brown has gone for lines of 6/70/1, 4/82/1, and last week’s 8/99 in three games with more than five targets this year; I expect he’ll surpass that number against Dre Kirkpatrick (thigh) and/or Kevin Peterson.

 

Thumbs Up: A.J. Green (@ PIT)

Maybe the bye week came at the wrong time and has caused people to overlook him, but Green had 82+ receiving yards in each of the final two games in October, and while he was quiet in the win over the Titans (2/19) to begin November, the veteran still played 85% of the team’s offensive snaps. For his career, Green has clearly had Pittsburgh’s number (84.1 yards per game), and he could climb back into the 80-yard range with double-digit targets on Sunday.

 

Others: Christian Kirk (v BUF), Henry Ruggs III (v DEN)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: D.J. Chark (@ GB)

Jaire Alexander (concussion) should be able to get cleared in the coming days having played last Thursday night, and if so, that’s who Chark is projected to be matched up against—which is bad news for his Week 10 outlook. Prior to his explosion against the Texans, Chark had combined for just 87 scoreless yards in his previous three games, and he should unfortunately be viewed as an extremely volatile WR2 for the Jags.

 

Thumbs Down: Travis Fulgham (@ NYG)

Fulgham won’t be kicked out of the starting lineup with Alshon Jeffery (calf) set to return, but he will see fewer targets—and the Eagles also have Miles Sanders (knee) expected to return while Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert have a game under their belts since returning and should be refreshed out of the bye. Plus, Fulgham might draw coverage from James Bradberry on Sunday, and that led to season-lows in catch percentage (45.5%) and yards per target (6.6) back in Week 7. I have him as more of a FLEX than WR2.

 

Thumbs Down: Darius Slayton (v PHI)

I had Slayton as a “Thumbs Down” in the previous matchup versus Philadelphia, and he was limited to two receptions (on three targets) for 23 yards. The struggles have continued since then for the second-year wideout (62 scoreless yards over the past two weeks), but that probably won’t lead to Jim Schwartz’s defense placing any less of a priority on stopping the big-play threat. I would feel slightly more confident about Sterling Shepard in this spot.

 

Thumbs Down: Marquise Brown (@ NE)

We don’t know if Stephon Gilmore (knee) will suit up for the Patriots this week, but it would be a major surprise if Bill Belichick didn’t emphasize keeping Brown contained after both Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims were able to get behind the defense on Monday night. While all it takes is one play for “Hollywood” to hit, the connection with Lamar Jackson simply hasn’t been there in 2020.

 

Others: Mike Williams (@ MIA), Corey Davis (v IND)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Austin Hooper (v HOU)

Hooper has been out since Week 6, but he was starting to find a groove before that with five receptions in three consecutive games, and Houston has really struggled to defend tight ends over the same stretch with 15.2 fantasy points per game allowed to the position. Last year, Hooper caught six passes for 56 yards against the Texans, and he should be a strong TE1 option on Sunday.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Higbee (v SEA)

One of the games during Higbee’s white-hot finish last season came against Seattle, as he caught seven passes for 116 yards in a 28-12 victory. Unfortunately, the usage for Higbee hasn’t come close to what we saw last December (five or fewer targets in every game this season), but perhaps two losses in a row will change things; Higbee is at least a high-to-mid TE2 play with upside for more.

 

Thumbs Up: Mo Alie-Cox (@ TEN)

Trey Burton is the preferred option at tight end for the Colts, but Alie-Cox has thrived when given significant run this year (68.0 yards per game in three appearances with at least 50% snaps played), and that should be the case tomorrow night without Jack Doyle (concussion) in the lineup. You could do a lot worse if scrambling for a streamer.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mark Andrews (@ NE)

Andrews has now headlined the “Thumbs Down” section in each of the past three weeks, but things probably won’t get any better against the Patriots—who limited him to two receptions for 21 scoreless yards last year. While I am sure there will eventually be a re-emergence, New England isn’t usually the team that would provide a get-right game for a struggling opponent. I have Andrews outside the top 12 at tight end.

 

Thumbs Down: Jonnu Smith (v IND)

Smith finding the end zone last week saved his day, but he’s averaged just 2.5 targets per game over the past four weeks, and Thursday night will bring a matchup against an Indy defense allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Last year, Smith combined for two receptions and zero yards in the two divisional bouts, so it might be a good idea to look elsewhere if you’re worried about a TNF dud.

 

Thumbs Down: Jimmy Graham (v MIN)

He played for Green Bay rather than Chicago, but Graham is another player that was limited by a divisional opponent last year (one reception for 16 scoreless yards in two games versus Minnesota), and before a 6/55/1 line last week, he had slumped with 3.7 yards per target and zero scores over the previous three games. I think we’ll see Nick Foles attack more on the perimeter against Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (@ ARI)
2. Kyler Murray (v BUF)
3. Jared Goff (v SEA)
4. Aaron Rodgers (v JAX)
5. Russell Wilson (@ LAR)
6. Tom Brady (@ CAR)
7. Deshaun Watson (@ CLE)
8. Lamar Jackson (@ NE)
9. Justin Herbert (@ MIA)
10. Carson Wentz (@ NYG)
11. Ben Roethlisberger (v CIN)
12. Drew Brees (v SF)
13. Derek Carr (v DEN)
14. Ryan Tannehill (v IND)
15. Tua Tagovailoa (v LAC)
16. Nick Foles (v MIN)
17. Daniel Jones (v PHI)
18. Baker Mayfield (v HOU)
19. Philip Rivers (@ TEN)
20. Joe Burrow (@ PIT)
21. Matthew Stafford (v WAS)
22. Alex Smith (@ DET)
23. Kirk Cousins (@ CHI)
24. Cam Newton (v BAL)
25. Drew Lock (@ LV)
26. Teddy Bridgewater (v TB)
27. Jake Luton (@ GB)
28. Nick Mullens (@ NO)
29. Taysom Hill (v SF)
30. Jalen Hurts (@ NYG)

 

Running back

1. Aaron Jones (v JAX)
2. Derrick Henry (v IND)
3. Alvin Kamara (v SF)
4. James Robinson (@ GB)
5. Nick Chubb (v HOU)
6. James Conner (v CIN)
7. Josh Jacobs (v DEN)
8. Dalvin Cook (@ CHI)
9. Miles Sanders (@ NYG)
10. Antonio Gibson (@ DET)
11. Mike Davis (v TB)
12. Jonathan Taylor (@ TEN)
13. D’Andre Swift (v WAS)
14. Kareem Hunt (v HOU)
15. Duke Johnson (@ CLE)
16. Giovani Bernard (@ PIT)
17. Leonard Fournette (@ CAR)
18. Jerick McKinnon (@ NO)
19. Chase Edmonds (v BUF)
20. Melvin Gordon (@ LV)
21. DeeJay Dallas (@ LAR)
22. Ronald Jones II (@ CAR)
23. Darrell Henderson (v SEA)
24. Devin Singletary (@ ARI)
25. Kenyan Drake (v BUF)
26. J.K. Dobbins (@ NE)
27. Zack Moss (@ ARI)
28. Joshua Kelley (@ MIA)
29. Kalen Ballage (@ MIA)
30. J.D. McKissic (@ DET)
31. Wayne Gallman (v PHI)
32. Phillip Lindsay (@ LV)
33. Damien Harris (v BAL)
34. Jordan Wilkins (@ TEN)
35. Nyheim Hines (@ TEN)
36. Jamaal Williams (v JAX)
37. Ryan Nall (v MIN)
38. Gus Edwards (@ NE)

39. James White (v BAL)
40. Jordan Howard (v LAC)
41. Latavius Murray (v SF)
42. Adrian Peterson (v WAS)
43. Rex Burkhead (v BAL)
44. Malcolm Brown (v SEA)
45. Travis Homer (@ LAR)
46. JaMycal Hasty (@ NO)
47. Devontae Booker (v DEN)
48. Kerryon Johnson (v WAS)
49. Cam Akers (v SEA)
50. Alex Collins (@ LAR)
51. Chris Thompson (@ GB)
52. Benny Snell (v CIN)
53. Jalen Richard (v DEN)
54. Mark Ingram (@ NE)
55. Anthony McFarland Jr. (v CIN)
56. Troymaine Pope (@ MIA)
57. Boston Scott (@ NYG)
58. DeAndre Washington (v LAC)
59. Salvon Ahmed (v LAC)
60. Buddy Howell (@ CLE)
61. Alexander Mattison (@ CHI)
62. Tyler Ervin (v JAX)
63. Alfred Morris (v PHI)
64. Dion Lewis (v PHI)
65. Jeremy McNichols (v IND)
66. Peyton Barber (@ DET)
67. Samaje Perine (@ PIT)
68. C.J. Prosise (@ CLE)
69. D’Onta Foreman (v IND)
70. Artavis Pierce (v MIN)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (v JAX)
2. Chris Godwin (@ CAR)
3. Stefon Diggs (@ ARI)
4. DeAndre Hopkins (v BUF)
5. Keenan Allen (@ MIA)
6. Tyler Lockett (@ LAR)
7. Terry McLaurin (@ DET)
8. Allen Robinson (v MIN)
9. A.J. Brown (v IND)
10. D.K. Metcalf (@ LAR)
11. Michael Thomas (v SF)
12. Cooper Kupp (v SEA)
13. Robert Woods (v SEA)
14. Adam Thielen (@ CHI)
15. John Brown (@ ARI)
16. DeVante Parker (v LAC)
17. D.J. Chark (@ GB)
18. Diontae Johnson (v CIN)
19. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v CIN)
20. Chase Claypool (v CIN)
21. Mike Evans (@ CAR)
22. Will Fuller (@ CLE)
23. Justin Jefferson (@ CHI)
24. Brandin Cooks (@ CLE)
25. Antonio Brown (@ CAR)
26. Robby Anderson (v TB)
27. D.J. Moore (v TB)
28. A.J. Green (@ PIT)
29. Christian Kirk (v BUF)
30. Marvin Jones (v WAS)
31. Tyler Boyd (@ PIT)
32. Jarvis Landry (v HOU)
33. Jerry Jeudy (@ LV)
34. Henry Ruggs III (v DEN)
35. Brandon Aiyuk (@ NO)
36. T.Y. Hilton (@ TEN)
37. Corey Davis (v IND)
38. Travis Fulgham (@ NYG)
39. Tee Higgins (@ PIT)
40. Sterling Shepard (v PHI)
41. Cordarrelle Patterson (v MIN)
42. Jalen Reagor (@ NYG)
43. Cole Beasley (@ ARI)
44. Darius Slayton (v PHI)
45. Nelson Agholor (v DEN)
46. Marquise Brown (@ NE)
47. Darnell Mooney (v MIN)
48. Mike Williams (@ MIA)
49. Curtis Samuel (v TB)
50. Jakobi Meyers (v BAL)
51. Tim Patrick (@ LV)
52. Richie James (@ NO)
53. Randall Cobb (@ CLE)
54. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v JAX)
55. Hunter Renfrow (v DEN)
56. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ TEN)
57. Emmanuel Sanders (v SF)
58. Anthony Miller (v MIN)
59. K.J. Hamler (@ LV)
60. Keelan Cole (@ GB)
61. Zack Pascal (@ TEN)
62. Danny Amendola (v WAS)
63. Rashard Higgins (v HOU)
64. Gabriel Davis (@ ARI)
65. Jakeem Grant (v LAC)
66. Golden Tate (v PHI)
67. Tre’Quan Smith (v SF)
68. Steven Sims (@ DET)
69. Damiere Byrd (v BAL)
70. Alshon Jeffery (@ NYG)
71. James Washington (v CIN)
72. Larry Fitzgerald (v BUF)
73. Josh Reynolds (v SEA)
74. Andy Isabella (v BUF)
75. KhaDarel Hodge (v HOU)
76. Marvin Hall (v WAS)
77. Cam Sims (@ DET)
78. David Moore (@ LAR)
79. Chris Conley (@ GB)
80. Scotty Miller (@ CAR)
81. Jalen Guyton (@ MIA)
82. Devin Duvernay (@ NE)
83. Dez Bryant (@ NE)
84. N’Keal Harry (v BAL)
85. Greg Ward (@ NYG)
86. Kendrick Bourne (@ NO)
87. Van Jefferson (v SEA)
88. Isaiah McKenzie (@ ARI)
89. Isaiah Ford (v BAL)
90. Marcus Johnson (@ TEN)
91. Isaiah Wright (@ DET)
92. Willie Snead (@ NE)
93. Kenny Stills (@ CLE)
94. Collin Johnson (@ GB)
95. Bryan Edwards (v DEN)
96. Kalif Raymond (v IND)
97. Austin Mack (v LAC)
98. DaeSean Hamilton (@ LV)
99. Mack Hollins (v LAC)
100. Miles Boykins (@ NE)

 

Tight end

1. Darren Waller (v DEN)
2. Rob Gronkowski (@ CAR)
3. Noah Fant (@ LV)
4. T.J. Hockenson (v WAS)
5. Dallas Goedert (@ NYG)
6. Hunter Henry (@ MIA)
7. Evan Engram (v PHI)
8. Austin Hooper (v HOU)
9. Robert Tonyan (v JAX)
10. Eric Ebron (v CIN)
11. Jared Cook (v SF)
12. Tyler Higbee (v SEA)
13. Mark Andrews (@ NE)
14. Mike Gesicki (v LAC)
15. Trey Burton (@ TEN)
16. Jordan Reed (@ NO)
17. Jonnu Smith (v IND)
18. Jordan Akins (@ CLE)
19. Logan Thomas (@ DET)
20. Mo Alie-Cox (@ TEN)
21. Jimmy Graham (v MIN)
22. Gerald Everett (v SEA)
23. Darren Fells (@ CLE)
24. Kyle Rudolph (@ CHI)
25. Ross Dwelley (@ NO)
26. Greg Olsen (@ LAR)
27. Harrison Bryant (v HOU)
28. David Njoku (v HOU)
29. Tyler Eifert (@ GB)
30. Will Dissly (@ LAR)
31. Jacob Hollister (@ LAR)
32. Drew Sample (@ PIT)
33. Ian Thomas (v TB)
34. Dawson Knox (@ ARI)
35. Cole Kmet (v MIN)
36. James O’Shaughnessy (@ GB)
37. Dan Arnold (v BUF)
38. Nick Boyle (@ NE)
39. Anthony Firkser (v IND)
40. Richard Rodgers (@ NYG)

 

Defense/ST

1. Baltimore Ravens (@ NE)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (v CIN)
3. Green Bay Packers (v JAX)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (@ NYG)
5. New Orleans Saints (v SF)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ CAR)
7. Chicago Bears (v MIN)
8. Washington Football Team (@ DET)
9. Tennessee Titans (v IND)
10. Los Angeles Chargers (@ MIA)
11. Indianapolis Colts (@ TEN)
12. Miami Dolphins (v LAC)
13. Las Vegas Raiders (v DEN)
14. New York Giants (v PHI)
15. Minnesota Vikings (@ CHI)
16. New England Patriots (v BAL)
17. Detroit Lions (v WAS)
18. Denver Broncos (@ LV)
19. Cleveland Browns (v HOU)
20. Los Angeles Rams (v SEA)
21. Houston Texans (@ CLE)
22. Seattle Seahawks (@ LAR)
23. San Francisco 49ers (@ NO)
24. Buffalo Bills (@ ARI)
25. Arizona Cardinals (v BUF)

 

Kicker

1. Wil Lutz (v SF)
2. Justin Tucker (@ NE)
3. Matt Prater (v WAS)
4. Zane Gonzalez (v BUF)
5. Ryan Succop (@ CAR)
6. Jason Sanders (v LAC)
7. Rodrigo Blankenship (@ TEN)
8. Tyler Bass (@ ARI)
9. Daniel Carlson (v DEN)
10. Jake Elliott (@ NYG)
11. Brandon McManus (@ LV)
12. Mason Crosby (v JAX)
13. Chris Boswell (v CIN)
14. Michael Badgley (@ MIA)
15. Graham Gano (v PHI)
16. Joey Slye (v TB)
17. Stephen Gostkowski (v IND)
18. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ CLE)
19. Robbie Gould (@ NO)
20. Jason Myers (@ LAR)
21. Kai Forbath (v SEA)
22. Cody Parkey (v HOU)
23. Dan Bailey (@ CHI)
24. Cairo Santos (v MIN)
25. Dustin Hopkins (@ DET)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 10, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 10, 2020

The waiver wire includes both overall and positional rankings. Feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Christian Kirk, ARI WR

Kirk is having the quietest of breakouts this season, as since being held to zero yards in the opener, he’s gone for lines of 2/57, 3/19/1, 5/78, 2/86/2, 5/37/2, and 5/123/1. Overall, the former second-round pick is averaging 17.4 yards per reception and 10.0 yards per target.

 

2. Damien Harris, NE RB

Harris didn’t get going until last night and is now dealing with a chest injury, but he still has a couple of 100-yard games already this season, and New England will want to keep the ball on the ground down the stretch. After this week against Baltimore, the schedule looks very favorable for whichever runner can emerge for the Patriots.

 

3. Zack Moss, BUF RB

Although he was limited to 18 yards on nine carries last week, Moss found the end zone for his third time in two games, and he also caught both of his targets for 30 yards. Plus, the rookie has played more snaps than Devin Singletary in back-to-back weeks.

 

4. Tevin Coleman, SF RB

The health of Coleman (knee) is a bit of a mystery, but hopefully the mini bye has him ready to return, and JaMycal Hasty struggling last Thursday night should be a good sign for the veteran’s role. Even if Raheem Mostert (ankle) returns soon, the upside in Kyle Shanahan’s offense is high enough for Coleman to weekly FLEX value.

 

5. John Brown, BUF WR

Buffalo is clearly much better when Brown is healthy, and he looked like himself on Sunday with eight receptions for 99 yards in a big win over Seattle. Look for him to stay hot in another good matchup versus Arizona in Week 10.

 

6. Joshua Kelley, LAC RB

It’s a bit odd that Los Angeles refuses to give Kelley a heavy workload no matter who goes down, but he again flashed with his opportunities, including catching five-of-five targets for 31 yards. The rookie gets a string of soft matchups to close out the month (@ MIA, v NYJ, @ BUF).

 

7. Kalen Ballage, LAC RB

The knee injury for Justin Jackson (knee) might not be something that keeps him out, but Ballage is coming off perhaps the best game of his career (69 yards and a score on 15 carries), and Anthony Lynn seems to have a sudden preference for his combination of size/physicality. Ballage gets a shot at his former team in Week 10.

 

8. Sammy Watkins, KC WR

Watkins (hamstring) should be back after Kansas City’s bye, and he is a definite under-the-radar pickup as a potential difference-maker in the NFL’s most high-powered offense. In three games with at least 80% of the snaps played, Watkins has averaged 8.0 targets.

 

9. Henry Ruggs III, LV WR

The explosive plays haven’t hit in recent weeks, but Ruggs III has been a full-time player for Las Vegas, and the continued success of Nelson Agholor and others should soon slant towards increased production for the rookie. After this week against Denver (which is also a plus matchup), the Raiders will have potential shootouts against Kansas City and Atlanta.

 

10. Dallas Goedert, PHI TE

While Goedert disappointed in his first game back with just one catch on one target, future weeks will be brighter, and he should already be owned everywhere at fantasy football’s shallowest position. It would be a surprise if Goedert wasn’t a significant part of the game plan coming out of the bye.

 

Quarterback

1. Derek Carr, LV

2. Jared Goff, LAR

3. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

4. Teddy Bridgewater, CAR

5. Philip Rivers, IND

6. Drew Lock, DEN

7. Baker Mayfield, CLE

8. Daniel Jones, NYG

 

Running back

1. Damien Harris, NE

2. Zack Moss, BUF

3. Tevin Coleman, SF

4. Joshua Kelley, LAC

5. Kalen Ballage, LAC

6. Latavius Murray, NO

7. Wayne Gallman, NYG

8. Jordan Howard, MIA

9. J.D. McKissic, WAS

10. Cam Akers, LAR

11. Gus Edwards, BAL

12. Jordan Wilkins, IND

13. Nyheim Hines, IND

14. Sony Michel, NE

15. Matt Breida, MIA

 

Wide receiver

1. Christian Kirk, ARI

2. John Brown, SEA

3. Sammy Watkins, KC

4. Henry Ruggs III, LV

5. Curtis Samuel, CAR

6. T.Y. Hilton, IND

7. Nelson Agholor, LV

8. Mecole Hardman, KC

9. Allen Lazard, GB

10. Jakobi Meyers, NE

11. Jalen Reagor, PHI

12. Michael Gallup, DAL

13. Breshad Perriman, NYJ

14. Tim Patrick, DEN

15. K.J. Hamler, DEN

16. Denzel Mims, NYJ

17. Michael Pittman Jr., IND

18. Rashard Higgins, CLE

19. Alshon Jeffery, PHI

20. Danny Amendola, DET

 

Tight end

1. Dallas Goedert, PHI

2. Jimmy Graham, CHI

3. Jordan Reed, SF

4. Tyler Higbee, LAR

5. Robert Tonyan, GB

6. Trey Burton, IND

7. Mike Gesicki, MIA

8. Austin Hooper, CLE

Week 9 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 9 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

 

QB: Kyler Murray

The Cardinals were expected to be a difficult team to defend in 2020,  but the volume for Murray on the ground has been a surprise, and he had a career fantasy day with 283 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, 106 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown. Murray (37.9 fantasy points) just edged out Josh Allen (36.0 fantasy points), and we’ll see them square off next Sunday in Arizona.

 

RB: Dalvin Cook

Cook followed up a monster game in Week 8 with another one yesterday—rushing 22 times for 206 yards and two scores (along with two receptions for 46 yards). The highlight was a 70-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game away, and barring a shocking performance tonight, Cook will have been the top fantasy scorer in back-to-back weeks.

 

RB: Christian McCaffrey

Most were viewing McCaffrey as slightly less than a high-end RB1, but that was clearly a mistake, and his 32.1 fantasy points put him right back into cheat-code territory. Overall, McCaffrey rushed 18 times for 69 yards and a score with a 10/82/1 receiving line (on ten targets).

 

WR: Richie James

He was outshined by Davante Adams because Green Bay dominated the game, but James was surprisingly the top fantasy player on Thursday Night Football (and the WR1 heading into Monday night)—catching nine-of-13 targets for 184 yards and one touchdown. San Francisco is expected to have mostly everyone back in the receiving corps, but James has earned a bigger role down the stretch.

 

WR: Davante Adams

With six touchdowns over the past three weeks, Adams has been on an absolute tear, and the 49ers had zero answers for him in a primetime showdown (10/173/1). There probably isn’t a better wideout to have for those looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs.

 

TE: Travis Kelce

Kelce certainly hasn’t disappointed as the clear TE1 with George Kittle (ankle) out, and he had season-highs in receptions (ten) and yards (159) in Sunday’s win over Carolina. Anyone with the All-Pro tight end has a clear advantage at the position every week.

 

FLEX: Tyreek Hill

They started slow, but the Chiefs are essentially unstoppable when Kelce and Hill get hot, and that’s what happened yesterday in their 33-31 victory. Fantasy owners had nothing to complain about with Hill having eight touchdowns entering the weekend, but the 113-yard day was actually his first 100-yard receiving game of the year.

 

D/ST: Titans

Tennessee had three sacks and two takeaways—including a 63-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Desmond King in his first game with the team—on Sunday, and they did it without Jadeveon Clowney (knee) on the defensive line.

 

K: Jason Sanders

Sanders had has a few big games this year, and he remained perfect with four-of-four PAT attempts and a couple of 50-yard field goals—the latter of which won the game for Miami.

 

Surprise of the Week: Jake Luton

Luton probably wasn’t used by many fantasy owners outside of two-quarterback leagues, but he shined in his first career start (304 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a 13-yard rushing touchdown in the final minutes that gave Jacksonville a chance to tie the game). Plus, the strong-armed rookie opened up the passing attack for D.J. Chark (7/146/1).

 

Disappointment of the Week: Tampa Bay offense

Saints-Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football felt like it would be one of the games of the year, but Tampa Bay couldn’t do anything offensively, as Tom Brady was under consistent pressure. From Mike Evans (8.4 fantasy points) to the Bucs defense (-1.0), it was a night to forget.

 

Rookie of the Week: Jerry Jeudy

Jeudy had been a little quiet since flashing in the first quarter of the year, but he led the Denver offense on Sunday with seven receptions, 125 yards, and the second score of his young career. We’ll see if Jeudy can stay hot next week when he visits former Alabama teammate Henry Ruggs III and the Raiders.

 

Week 9 MVP: Dalvin Cook

Already up to 13 touchdowns at the season’s midway point for Minnesota (despite missing a game), Cook is suddenly in pole position to be the Fantasy MVP at the end of the year. The 85.8 fantasy points over the past two weeks is probably a number that won’t be topped or replicated this season.

 

NFL Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Which elite running back and wide receiver plays should you consider for your Week 9 daily fantasy lineup in DraftKings and FanDuel?

 

QB: Josh Allen vs. SEA

DraftKings: $7,000 | FanDuel: $8,200

 

Josh Allen hasn’t been spectacular from a fantasy perspective in recent weeks, but a potential shootout this Sunday versus the Seahawks and fellow MVP candidate (and arguable frontrunner) Russell Wilson could lead to big numbers both on the ground and through the air.

 

RB: Dalvin Cook vs. DET

DraftKings: $8,200 | FanDuel: $9,300

 

Dalvin Cook will likely be heavily utilized among running backs after he topped the leaderboards last week, and he’s worth strongly considering in a good matchup on paper versus the Lions. Detroit did a nice job of containing Cook in the second game last season, but the Vikings star went off in the first battle.

 

RB: Chase Edmonds vs. MIA

DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $6,700

 

Don’t hesitate to fire up Chase Edmonds, who will likely get a heavy workload in an offense that should again run a large number of plays this Sunday. Edmonds handled 29 touches with 150 yards and three touchdowns in his lone game with over a dozen touches in 2019.

 

WR: Stefon Diggs vs. SEA

DraftKings: $7,400 | FanDuel: $7,600

 

A Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs stack is one of the top stacks of Week 9 in the highly anticipated Bills-Seahawks showdown. Diggs didn’t do a ton against Seattle when he was with Minnesota last season, but the Allen-Diggs connection has been excellent in 2020.

 

WR: Diontae Johnson @ DAL

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

It can be a bit of a roll-of-the-dice with the Steelers receivers, but Diontae Johnson should get back on track after a quiet outing last week at Baltimore. Ben Roethlisberger is confident in targeting the second-year receiver, including in tight windows and in scoring territory.

 

WR: Darnell Mooney @ TEN (DraftKings) | Julio Jones vs. DEN (FanDuel)

Mooney: $3,900 | Jones: $8,200

 

Darnell Mooney has chunk play upside if Nick Foles can get protection against the Titans, and the FanDuel structure allows us to fit Julio Jones in this lineup. Jones might see a massive number of targets if Calvin Ridley is out.

 

TE: Noah Fant @ ATL

DraftKings: $4,600 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

Noah Fant hasn’t had a huge game since his ankle injury, but his usage has been promising, as is the matchup this week in Atlanta. Hopefully the Broncos need to pass and keep up with the Falcons on the road.

 

FLEX: Jordan Howard @ ARI

DraftKings: $4,000 | FanDuel: $4,500

 

There’s definite risk for a potential zero if you use Jordan Howard in your lineup, but he’s worth taking a chance on as the likely starter and lead back in a plus matchup. After he’s been a healthy scratch as of late, Howard might need a fast start for Miami to keep rolling with him; but there’s 20-carry upside here at a serious value.

 

D/ST: Texans @ JAX

DraftKings: $3,100 | FanDuel: $3,700

 

Houston’s defense has not been a usable unit this season, but now is the spot to consider them at this price. The Texans are coming off the bye and facing a rookie quarterback making his first career start.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $0

 

Other recommended Week 9 options

 

QB: Drew Lock @ ATL

DraftKings: $5,200 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

RB: Le’Veon Bell vs. CAR

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,500

 

RB: Devin Singletary vs. SEA

DraftKings: $4,700 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

WR: Tyler Lockett @ BUF

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $7,400

 

WR: Golden Tate @ WAS

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,500

 

TE: Darren Waller @ LAC

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $6,400

Week 9 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 9 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Josh Allen (v SEA)

Some have wondered whether Allen remains a must-start after his quiet stretch continued last week against New England, but I’d say he does, and a potential shootout on Sunday should get the Buffalo offense back on track. Through eight weeks, Seattle is allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including monster performances to dual-threats Cam Newton (34.5 fantasy points), Dak Prescott (27.4), and Kyler Murray (37.1). Allen is a high-end QB1 for me.

 

Thumbs Up: Tom Brady (v NO)

The addition of Antonio Brown combined with the emergence of Rob Gronkowski gives Brady a loaded supporting cast whether or not Chris Godwin (finger) can return on Sunday night, and he should be a clear top-five option for a possible shootout against the Saints. Over the past six games, Brady is on pace for 4,621 yards and a 45:3 touchdown-interception ratio—while New Orleans has allowed multiple touchdown passes in every game this year.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (@ LAC)

Wind clearly impacted the Las Vegas passing attack in Week 8, but that won’t be a problem at SoFi Stadium, and Carr played well last season in two wins over the Chargers (77.0% completion percentage and 254.5 yards per game with zero turnovers). This year, the upgraded receiving corps will have a clear advantage over a banged-up secondary that just traded away former All-Pro Desmond King, so Carr can be viewed as a borderline QB1/QB2 in another game with high potential for a shootout.

 

Thumbs Up: Drew Lock (@ ATL)

Lock entered the fourth quarter of last week’s victory with one touchdown and five interceptions on the season, but he caught fire with three scores in the final 12 minutes—including the game-winner to K.J. Hamler as time expired. Now, he gets a great opponent to try stay hot against, as the Falcons have allowed 313+ passing yards in seven-of-eight games this year, and they will likely have a difficult time defending all the young talent on Denver’s offense. Lock is an upside QB2.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Drew Brees (@ TB)

The game plan for the Tampa Bay defense on Monday night—with the cornerbacks routinely sitting on routes—almost seemed like a preview of what we might see against the Saints, and it’s tough to feel confident about Brees because he simply hasn’t pushed the ball downfield in 2020. Overall, I think Sean Payton will want to have a run-heavy approach, and even Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) returning wouldn’t be enough for make Brees a top-15 option.

 

Thumbs Down: Philip Rivers (v BAL)

This could change if multiple Baltimore defenders other than Marlon Humphrey (already ruled out) are forced to sit due to COVID-19, but at this point, Rivers is someone to avoid—especially with T.Y. Hilton (groin) injured. Before a couple of soft matchups in back-to-back weeks, Rivers had thrown for just four touchdowns over his first five games, and fantasy owners can’t expect a big outing on Sunday for a game that could be more low-scoring than anticipated.

 

Thumbs Down: Cam Newton (@ NYJ)

Newton picked up the rushing production in last week’s loss (nine carries for 54 yards and a touchdown), but the passing attack continued to struggle, and I could see Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams emphasizing strong run defense against the former NFL MVP. If so, the ceiling would take a huge hit for Newton, who is averaging just 11.8 fantasy points per game over his past four appearances. I’d rather start “Thumbs Up” option Derek Carr or Drew Lock.

 

Thumbs Down: Ryan Tannehill (v CHI)

Tannehill unfortunately slowed down in each of the past two weeks just when he appeared to be a stable QB1 option, and more modest production could be on the horizon based on the upcoming schedule (v CHI, v IND, @ BAL). To date, the Bears are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and they have yet to allow a 20-point performance to the position. You’ll probably need a rushing score—or for one of the big-play weapons to have a long touchdown—if Tannehill is going to return top-eight value in Week 9.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Chase Edmonds (v MIA)

This is an obvious one, but Edmonds should be started everywhere with Kenyan Drake (ankle) week-to-week, and he’s a prime DFS play against a Miami defense that has struggled to contain running backs both on the ground (5.0 yards per carry allowed) and through the air (5.4 receptions allowed per game). Edmonds—who thrived in the lead role last year—is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and should have a huge day this weekend.

 

Thumbs Up: JaMycal Hasty (v GB)

Dalvin Cook’s career day was more evidence that Green Bay hasn’t fixed their issuing defending opposing runners since being shredded by San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game, and you can be sure that Kyle Shanahan is going to lean on the run tomorrow night in an attempt to control the game and escape with a win. Hasty found scored his first career touchdown last week and should handle the bulk of early-down work, so fantasy owners can rely on him as an upside RB2.

 

Thumbs Up: Matt Breida (@ ARI)

Breida only has 44 touches in seven games, but he’s now the projected lead back with Myles Gaskin (knee) out, and Arizona has allowed 90+ rushing yards to enemy runners in every game so far this year. While the goal-line work that Gaskin had might not be there with Jordan Howard likely active, Breida should have a floor of at least 12-15 touches, and it’s worth noting that he rushed 15 times for 78 yards (5.2 YPC) last October versus the Cardinals. [Update: with Breida (hamstring) now unlikely to play, Jordan Howard becomes a low-end RB2/FLEX option]

 

Thumbs Up: Latavius Murray (@ TB)

As stated, I believe the Saints will try to establish the run this Sunday night, and Murray should be an important piece of the game plan (he had 15 carries against Tampa Bay in the opener). Last year, there were definite concerns about Latavius having an unpredictable workload from week-to-week, but that hasn’t really been the case in 2020 with at least double-digit touches in all but one game. Murray is a solid FLEX option.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (v BAL)

I am definitely not giving up on Jonathan Taylor as an RB1 this year (especially when you consider his second-half schedule), but the matchup combined with questionable usage makes him more of a low-end RB2/FLEX play for Week 9. When you throw an ankle injury and Trey Burton vultures into the mix, Taylor’s ceiling will take a significant hit, so fantasy owners hoping for immediate dividends may again be frustrated this week.

 

Thumbs Down: Ronald Jones II (v NO)

Jones II essentially getting benched for a questionable fumble on Monday night brings about serious concerns regarding his rest-of-season outlook, and the trigger was so quick that it seems like Tampa Bay may have been looking for any excuse to give Leonard Fournette more work. Even if the third-year back ends up starting this week and handling the bulk of the carries, the matchup isn’t great against a New Orleans defense that has allowed 109 rushing yards in two games since their bye.

 

Thumbs Down: Wayne Gallman (@ WAS)

He found the end zone last week, but Gallman (12 carries) had a surprisingly close split with veteran Alfred Morris (eight carries), and Washington should pose a very difficult challenge up front this week. In the previous matchup, Devonta Freeman averaged 3.4 yards per carry on 18 attempts, so there may not be a ton of running room for Gallman, who is averaging just 4.1 yards per touch with extended work over the past two weeks. I have the former Clemson standout as a low-floor FLEX.

 

Thumbs Down: Ezekiel Elliott (v PIT)

Elliott is a player you almost certainly need to start, but the days of clear RB1 value appear to be over (for this year), and not getting Andy Dalton (COVID-19) back under center will allow Pittsburgh to focus even more on the running game. In three games without Dak Prescott (ankle), Zeke has rushed 43 times for 157 scoreless yards (3.7 YPC), and the receiving usage—two receptions in each of the past two games—isn’t enough to boost him into the top 12 at the position.

 

Wide receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Antonio Brown (v NO)

From what I’ve seen, the consensus is calling Brown a risky WR4 option in his Tampa Bay debut, but do people really think he won’t immediately have a big role? Aside from Saints-Buccaneers being a huge game that could decide the NFC South, Brown is said to be a phenomenal shape, already has some chemistry with Tom Brady, and has even been living at TB12’s mansion. I’m wouldn’t waste any time getting AB in lineups as a high-upside WR2.

 

Thumbs Up: Marvin Jones (@ MIN)

Everyone surely remembers the four-touchdown performance by Jones last year, and with Kenny Golladay (hip) out of the lineup, he is positioned to have another big day as Mike Zimmer’s defense continues to deal with a young, banged-up secondary. Against the best perimeter wideouts they’ve faced this season, Minnesota has been shredded by Davante Adams (14/156/2), Will Fuller (6/108/1), D.K. Metcalf (6/93/2), Julio Jones (8/137/2), and Adams again (7/53/3).

 

Thumbs Up: Diontae Johnson (@ DAL)

Johnson has been a disappointment in three of his past four appearances (combined four receiving yards on six targets), but the other was a 9/80/2 line just two weeks ago, and the Cowboys feel like a defense that he can do serious damage against based on how they’ve played on the backend this year. Despite usually being lower on the second-year wideout, I have him as a top-20 play with the hopes Pittsburgh keeps their foot on the gas in terms of airing it out.

 

Thumbs Up: Brandin Cooks (@ JAX)

The breakout showing for Cooks came back in Week 5 when he went for an 8/161/1 line against the Jaguars, and it led to him becoming a more consistent factor by catching 16-of-18 targets for 128 yards and a score in the two games since then. Assuming rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson spends a fair amount of time on Will Fuller, Cooks should keep up his strong play as a WR2/FLEX coming out of the bye.

 

Others: John Brown (v SEA), K.J. Hamler (@ ATL)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mike Evans (v NO)

He was able to save his day with a two-yard touchdown, but Evans was limited to one reception against the Saints in their first meeting, and he should again be given plenty of attention from Marshon Lattimore in a matchup that New Orleans has (rightfully) felt good about over the years. All the weapons Tom Brady now has at his disposal will only lower the floor for Evans, who should at best be considered a volatile, low-end WR2.

 

Thumbs Down: DeVante Parker (@ ARI)

I would expect the Cardinals to defend Parker similar to how they’ve contained D.K. Metcalf over the past two years (by putting Patrick Peterson on him), and the chemistry with Tua Tagovailoa isn’t at the point where fantasy owners should be confident in getting the former first-round pick in lineups as a top-24 option. Last week, Parker caught Tagovailoa’s first career touchdown, but that was his only reception of the game, and we shouldn’t count on a possible shootout to boost him.

 

Thumbs Down: Will Fuller (@ JAX)

The previous Texans-Jaguars game didn’t give us a Fuller versus C.J. Henderson matchup because the No. 9 overall pick was inactive, but we should get it this week, and Deshaun Watson has the weapons to not force the ball to his top weapon if he doesn’t need to. Plus, the game isn’t expected to be a back-and-forth affair with sixth-round pick Jake Luton making his first career start for Jacksonville, so the general upside for Houston’s passing attacked is a bit limited.

 

Thumbs Down: Amari Cooper (v PIT)

Cooper had excellent chemistry with Dak Prescott, but it sounds like he will be catching passes from his fourth quarterback this season (Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush is reportedly going to get the starting nod), and the boom-or-bust nature of his game could again slant towards the negative side after recording just one catch last week. While the Steelers have ceded points to opposing wideouts, I’m not optimistic about Cooper being one of them.

 

Others: Robby Anderson (@ KC), Emmanuel Sanders (@ TB)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Noah Fant (@ ATL)

The explosive plays haven’t really been there for Fant since early in the season, but he’s seen a healthy 8.0 targets per game over his past four outings, and the Falcons—allowing a league-high 15.7 fantasy points per game to the position—are the opponent to have the upside kick in against. I have Fant as my No. 4 tight end for Week 9.

 

Thumbs Up: Jordan Reed (v GB)

Reed (knee) still needs to be activated from IR, but assuming that happens ahead of tomorrow night’s game, the veteran will be an instant TE1 option in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. In his lone game with a substantial role (over 25% snaps played), Reed caught seven-of-eight targets for 50 yards and two touchdowns; now is the time to add him if still available.

 

Thumbs Up: Will Dissly (@ BUF)

This is basically a gut call, but tight end is a mess right now, and I think it’s worth taking a gamble on Dissly and his touchdown upside with Sean McDermott’s defense perhaps sending extra attention towards D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Last week, Dissly saw a season-high in snap rate (63%)—which was more than Greg Olsen (54%).

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mark Andrews (@ IND)

I had Andrews here last week, but another tough matchup makes him at least worth fading in DFS play. Overall, the Pro Bowl tight end has quietly become a very touchdown-dependent option with fewer than 58 receiving yards in every game this season, and Indy has allowed zero scores to the position in 2020.

 

Thumbs Down: Greg Olsen (@ BUF)

Olsen didn’t haul in any of his four targets last week, and over the past three games, he’s caught just three passes with decreasing playing time in each game. If we see Dissly have a solid game as I expect, it would come at the expense of Olsen, and Seattle won’t be messing around in a huge spot against the 6-2 Bills.

 

Thumbs Down: Cameron Brate (v NO)

The Saints have been a very favorable matchup for opposing tight ends, but Brate has played just 12 snaps in back-to-back weeks, and the addition of Antonio Brown further clouds his outlook behind Rob Gronkowski. I would prefer Albert Okwuegbunam if you need to dig deep for a backup tight end for whatever reason.