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Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Looking at all the rookie running backs, it’s former LSU stud Clyde Edwards-Helaire who has the best opportunity to perform. Not only is he the first running back off the board, and with Damien Williams declaring out due to the Coronavirus, he has nobody standing in his way.  Edwards-Helaire has struggled with his blocking but will be used heavily in the passing game and near the goal line.

Dynasty Spin: Edwards-Helaire should be the first selection in rookie drafts and a late first-round or early second-rounder in start-ups.

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Jonathan Taylor

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor’s future is much brighter than his rookie season. His teammate Marlon Mack isn’t going to disappear, and they will make more of a “one-two punch” as offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni pointed out. Throw in the CoronaVirus and the apparent delay due to no pre-season games and limited practices, it slows Taylor’s growth. Taylor offers little in the passing game and has a similar running style as Mack.

Dynasty Spin: Even though Marlon Mack’s contract expires in 2020, it doesn’t mean they won’t sign him to return. This puts a considerable limitation on Taylor’s value, as does his lack of receiving skill. He is currently the second running back off the board in rookie drafts and a late second round to early third-rounder in start-up leagues. 

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Cam Akers 

Cam Akers is a complete and underrated running back coming out of Florida State. A good mixture of size and tremendous speed. He can run between-the-tackles and with great instincts. Akers won’t push many piles but has good balance and will fight for yards after contact. Which he will receive a lot of with the bad Rams offensive line. Akers will battle in pass protection. Akers could outdistance himself from Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. Still, Sean McVay has recently said he wants a running game by committee.

Dynasty Spin: Akers is among the three to five running backs going after Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jonathan Taylor. It just depends on your fancy where he goes among D’Andre Swift and J.K. Dobbins. Akers is going as a late fourth round to early fifth-round selection in start-ups. 

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D’Andre Swift 

D’Andre Swift is going to get there in a hurry. He has excellent burst and top-end speed. Swift does most of his damage taking the ball around the end, but can also be valid between the tackles. He is a complete back with great vision and solid route runner. Swift is excellent in pass protection. He just needs to hang onto the ball and will battle Kerryon Johnson for volume, but this should be Swift’s backfield for a significant portion of it.

Dynasty Spin: Swift is typically the third to fifth running back off the board in rookie drafts. He should be considered anywhere between a late third to an early fourth-rounder in start-ups.  

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Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Ke’Shawn Vaughn has functional lateral mobility. He will make defenders miss in the hole and is decisive when running between the tackles. Vaughn will rip off yards in chunks when hitting the seam. He will run hard and has a good balance upon contact. Vaughn won’t bull-doze defenders or a short-yardage back. Vaughn runs precise routes. He will need to battle Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy, and Dare Ogunbowale for volume in a high passing offense.

Dynasty Spin: It’s challenging to see Vaughn as a bell-cow in this offense. Jones is signed through the 2021 season, and he is showing enough life to sustain that contract. Both can complement each other. Jones is more of a touchdown guy for the Bucs, and Vaughn is the PPR. Vaughn is going in the first round in rookie leagues, and around a late 7th round or early 8th rounder in start-ups.

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J.K. Dobbins

JK Dobbins is surrounded by talent at the running back position in 2020. Still, he should see more clarity moving into 2021 with Melvin Ingram and Gus Edwards, most likely departing by the start of 2021. Dobbins has quick feet with a great burst through the hole. He is elusive in the open-field and will destroy arm tackles. A great pass protector only allowing four in 140 opportunities. He doesn’t catch the ball well.

Dynasty Spin: Dobbins’ ceiling will always be capped by Lamar Jackson’s running ability, and he doesn’t appear to be a bell-cow. He will need to work on his receiving game, but is in a great offense and should have plenty of opportunities to score fantasy points. Dobbins draft capital has been up and down between Cam Akers and D’Andre Swift. He is a first-round selection in rookie leagues and going around a late third to an early fourth-rounder in start-ups.

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Zack Moss

Zack Moss is a power back with great determination and the balance to pick up extra yards. He will continue running after the first contact, and his playing speed is faster than his time. Moss, for a more massive back, has good hands and is obviously tough to bring down. He has a low-center-of-gravity and deceptive jump cuts. A willing pass blocker with the size and strength to hold his ground.

Dynasty Spin: Moss is coming off an injury and will have to share time with Devin Singletary and, therefore, will be limited for volume. Moss is slated to play the Frank Gore role. Gore in 2019 rushed 166 times for 599 yards and two scores in 16 games played. Moss is going either before A.J. Dillon or right after in rookie drafts, making him the seventh or eighth running back off the board. In start-ups, he is going around the 9th or 10th round.

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Antonio Gibson

Antonio Gibson is going to play running back after being used as both a wide receiver and a runner. He shows a burst through the hole and after the catch. Gibson has excellent top-end speed, which makes him dangerous in space. He will pick up yards after the contact. Gibson didn’t carry the ball much at Memphis, only 33 carries, but Gibson demonstrates instincts and patience. He doesn’t have much ability at running routes but can be used to move around the formation. Gibson is electric and can be a huge playmaker for Washington. 

Dynasty Spin: It is difficult to pinpoint precisely where Gibson fits in for this offense. At running back, Washington already has Adrian Peterson, Bryce Love, Peyton Barber, and J.D. McKissic. Therefore, what is his volume? How will he be used? Gibson is an exciting playmaker.  He is going in the late second round in rookie drafts and as a late 12 round or early 13th round selection in start-ups.

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Anthony McFarland

Anthony McFarland has terrific acceleration and can elude tackles, and he does have a home run capability. He is a nightmare for defenders in space. McFarland can take the ball around the corner and has an intense burst through the hole.  A tough runner who will battle for yards after contact. McFarland is a threat after the catch. He will need to run lower to the ground but holds well in pass protection. McFarland will have his work cut out for him to garner volume. The Steelers don’t regularly use multiple backs, and James Conner is the starter. Throw in competition from Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, Trey Edmunds, and perhaps Wendell Smallwood.

Dynasty Spin: Conner has had difficulty staying healthy and is a free agent after this season. Conner’s possibility of moving on will open up a slot for McFarland going into the future, but will he ever be a bell-cow? McFarland is going in the late second round to early third in rookie drafts and in the 15th to 16th round in start-ups.

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A.J. Dillon

A.J. Dillon is a bulldozer and ran for over 1,100 yards in each of his past three seasons at Boston College. He is an in-between tackle runner. Dillon moves well for his size and has an insane contact balance. A train full-steam ahead is an adequate description of Dillon. He has a thick lower body and will pick up big yards when Dillon hits the seam. Dillon did have a lot of carries at BCU and will absorb a lot of contacts, so wear and tear is a concern. He also has to battle Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams for volume.

Dynasty Spin: Dillon could find more chances at volume in 2021 as 2020 is the last year on both Williams’ and Jones’ contract. Therefore, the door is open for Dillon to be the bell-cow unless Green Bay signs Jones to an extension. Dillon is going in the late second round or early third in rookie drafts. He is a late 12th round selection or early 13th in start-ups.

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Darrynton Evans

Darrynton Evans is explosive with fantastic top-end speed. He has burst through the hole and is instinctive in the open-field. Evans is a zone runner with great one-cut ability. Evans is average when it comes to being elusive and contact balance. He does have great vision and is patient. A threat after the catch and has experience at wide receiver. Evans has one significant roadblock ahead of him in Derrick Henry, but he makes a beautiful complimentary piece.

Dynasty Spin: Henry signed his extension. A four-year deal worth $50 million, therefore, Evans is regulated to back up duties or only a third-down role. He is an exciting player. Unfortunately, there is just a limited volume. Evans is going at the start of the third round in rookie leagues and early 14th to 15th round in startups.

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Lynn Bowden

Lynn Bowden is a jack of all trades but master of none. He is a playmaker and tough enough to fight for the extra yards. Bowden is elusive but lacks the focus that led him to dropped passes. He will, at times, carry the ball recklessly. Bowden took over at quarterback during the second half of 2019 at Kentucky. He has good vision but isn’t much of a threat downfield as he is after the catch. Not a large catch radius. 

Dynasty Spin: Where does Bowden fit, and what is his role? If the Raiders ran the “Wildcat,” he would have significant value, but for the most part, he seems to be more of a Taysom Hill than a player that can garner fantasy points. He is going in the fourth round in rookie drafts and nearly undrafted in start-ups.

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WRs

Jerry Jeudy

Jerry Jeudy is the best route running rookie. He does have a thin frame, so he might find it challenging to find room to run against press coverage. Jeudy does have the speed to win on deep routes and nearly impossible to bring down in the open field. Jeudy will drop a few he shouldn’t, and without facing much press coverage at Alabama, it is unknown how well he can beat it. He will find the soft spots in zone coverage and will help his quarterback locate him during scramble drills. Jeudy has excellent body control. His competition will mostly be with tight end Noah Fant.

Dynasty Spin: Jeudy should fit in nicely with Courtland Sutton and give Drew Lock another option to throw the ball to. The passing offense was atrocious last season, and that should change with Jeudy now in the fold. Look for Jeudy to run the short to intermediate routes and be a stud if he can beat press coverage. Jeudy is going in the first round in rookie drafts and late third to early fourth in start-ups.

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Jalen Reagor

Jalen Reagor is a smaller receiver who has good top-end speed. He is quick and has the balance to keep on his feet after contact. Reagor will break tackles but lacks the frame to consistently win 50-50 balls downfield. He will threaten defenses vertically. Reagor doesn’t have much room to garner volume with both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Still, neither of these receivers have remained healthy long enough to be a considerable threat. It is unclear if JJ Arcega-Whiteside can turn it around in season two. Also, Philadelphia drafted John Hightower and Quez Watkins.

Dynasty Spin: Reagor does have 2020 value, but he delivers more in the long-term. There is just too much surrounding him to be very effective unless there is an injury or two. He will have a solid quarterback in Carson Wentz, throwing him the ball and should be the number one receiver entering the 2021 season. Reagor is going in the first round in rookie drafts and in the early fifth in start-ups.

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CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb is a beast. He is one of the strongest wide receivers in the draft class and creates yards after the catch, breaking tackles on a routine basis. Lamb will make the contested/acrobatic catch with ease. He is a good route runner and can break off press coverage, even though he didn’t see that coverage a lot at the college level. Lamb will leverage his stems and can set up defensive backs. He isn’t the fastest of wideouts but has excellent instincts with stop-start techniques. There is now a crowd at wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and now Lamb. 

Dynasty Spin: With the Cowboys selection of Lamb, it’s a clear case of drafting talent over need. Unfortunately for Lamb, Cooper is locked up through 2021 when they have an out for the 2022 season. The same for Gallup. Until then, it’s going to be difficult for Lamb to get any volume to make him worth the draft price he is going. In rookie drafts, he is being selected in the first round as one of the top wide receivers off the board. In start-ups, he is going in the fourth round.

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Michael Pittman Jr

Michael Pittman has excellent size and a reliable pass catcher. His top-end speed is average, but it is also deceptive. Pittman will pick up yards after initial contact. He is a tough runner but doesn’t have a second gear. However, Pittman has enough to threaten vertically and is capable of bringing down over-the-shoulder throws.  He does lack a trump card but plays to his size with great size and length. Pittman makes a great compliment to T.Y. Hilton. He will also have to fight for volume with Parris Campbell and Zach Pascal.

Dynasty Spin: Pittman gives the Colts a massive weapon near the goal line and an excellent target downfield for Philip Rivers. However, Rivers is at the end of his career, and there is no firm starter waiting in the wings. Indianapolis drafted Jacob Eason, but he isn’t confirmed to take over once Rivers leaves. Pittman can be the number one receiver once Hilton departs, but until then, he will be their number two. Pittman is going in the late first-round or early second-round in rookie drafts and 8th round in start-ups.

 

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Brandon Aiyuk

Brandon Aiyuk is an average route runner with a great burst to separate himself from coverage. He will dominate man-to-man defenses and is always a threat to hit the home run. Aiyuk is still raw and learning the position and will need to refine his route running. He is on the shorter side and needs to be more consistent catching the ball, but he tracks the ball well and has excellent body control. Aiyuk is a fast enough threat on his vertical routes and is a benefit on special teams.

Dynasty Spin: Aiyuk’s role will be what fans saw of Emmanuel Sanders. A player that will go deep and exploit the defense that is encroaching on the run. It may be more with the Deebo Samuel injury, but that is in flux. Outside of that, there isn’t much competition facing Aiyuk. He is going as a late second to early third-round selection in rookie leagues while going in the ninth to tenth round in start-ups.

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Henry Ruggs III

Henry Ruggs has elite speed and will be the fastest receiver on the field, in most competitions. He will need to develop his route running but has home run capability once the ball is in his hands. Ruggs transitions upfield with ease and is muscularly strong. He will be tested on press coverage and has good strength in his hands as he only dropped the ball once in 2019. Ruggs’ will need to compete with Tyrell Williams, but Ruggs should win. The offense scheme is probably what is worrisome for Ruggs. How will he be used, and can Derek Carr be productive with him? 

Dynasty Spin: Ruggs’ speed is super-human, but so was John Ross and many other wide receivers who have not performed to expectations. However, it doesn’t mean that Ruggs won’t be a stud. The Raiders’ conservative offense is a bit worrisome, and can Carr utilize Ruggs in a way to maximize his talents? There is a massive ceiling for him if it all works. Ruggs is going as a late first-round receiver in rookie leagues and as a seventh-rounder in start-ups.

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Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson is a reliable pass-catcher with a massive catch radius. Jefferson runs consistent routes. He rarely faced press coverage in the slot. He will also run a faster time than his tape represents. Jefferson does find holes in coverage and demonstrates reasonable body control. He will catch the ball in stride with average burst after the catch. He can threaten vertically, but there is concern about his separation skills on the outside. Jefferson is instinctive. 

Dynasty Spin: Jefferson won’t have competition outside of Adam Thielen as the Minnesota Vikings traded Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. However, he will be the number two receiver in an offense that runs more than throws. Also, can Kirk Cousins carry more than one receiver to fantasy relevance? Another question is the role for Jefferson, will he be in the slot, wing, both? Even with these unknowns, Jefferson should be a solid WR2/3 for many dynasty teams. He is currently going in the late first round in rookie drafts and in the sixth round in start-ups.

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Denzel Mims

Denzel Mims will take the top off coverage and can stack defenders when running vertical routes. He has a rare blend of size, length, and top-end speed. Mims will run hard and can break tackles after the catch. When in the red zone, his size, frame, and body control makes him a threat. Mims makes great circus-style catches but is raw and will struggle with drops. His route running needs to improve, but dominates cornerbacks and will win the 50/50 challenges. 

Dynasty Spin: Mims does not have much competition in front of him. Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder are his most significant threats. Therefore, it will be entirely on him and his cohesion with Sam Darnold to make a career. Mims is going in the late first or early second in rookie leagues while going in the ninth round in start-ups.

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Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins offers a big target and an outstanding catching radius. At Clemson, he was averaging 18.1 yards per catch. Higgins has good playing speed and is good at running vertical routes. His routes are not very explosive, but he makes sound judgments when running them. Higgins makes good separation and can be deceptive after the catch. He is tall and lanky, which will help him win the 50/50 balls. Unfortunately, Higgins has to battle a slew of other receivers for volume. A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross. Even role players Auden Tate and Alex Erickson could be disruptive.

Dynasty Spin: Even though Higgins has to battle his way through for volume in 2020, this should clear up for him in 2021. Green and Ross will most likely be gone, leaving Higgins and Boyd as the future wide receiving tandem. Joe Burrow will also be crucial to Higgins’ growth. At this point, Higgins is going in the 8th round in start-ups and the late first or early second in rookie leagues

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Laviska Shenault Jr

Laviska Shenault is a versatile weapon who has excellent size, but times at a below-average speed and has average length. Shenault is capable of moving around the line of scrimmage to create favorable matchups. He is a threat with the ball in his hands, and the Jaguars will also use him in running plays. Shenault needs to get better at running routes but tracks the ball well. There are injury concerns. He has the size to win against corners, safeties, and linebackers. He did have a mediocre combine, but that isn’t a death knell. 

Dynasty Spin: Shenault and Chark make a good pair of wide receivers that can stretch the field. Shenault will also be used like the 49ers used Deebo Samuel for added benefit. However, he is in a limited production role as Jacksonville is a primarily running team until further notice. Shenault is going late in the second round in rookie leagues and the 10th round in start-ups.

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Antonio Gandy-Golden

Antonio Gandy-Golden is a big target who can make the highlight type catches. He is a natural hands catcher with top-end speed. He does have long strides and can make one-on-one catches downfield. Gandy-Golden plays up to his size and attacks the football. He lacks burst and separation skills but has excellent yards after the catch ability. Gandy-Golden comes from the small school of Liberty, so the competition was not top-notch.

Dynasty Spin: Gandy-Golden should be in competition to start right away with Terry McLaurin flanking the other side of the line of scrimmage. He will also have a volume competition with Steven Sims and Trey Quinn. Gandy-Golden will also have to hope Dwayne Haskins can be better in his second season at the helm. He is going in the third round in rookie leagues and the 18th round in start-ups.

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Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards is a smooth route runner who is a big receiver with average length. Edwards does have top-end speed and locates pockets in the zone. He will run hard after the catch but lacks a second gear. Edwards will need to get better at catching passes at a more consistent level. Edwards will make the highlight-reel catch and has good instincts. Edwards stock plummeted due to a foot injury. Still, he can beat press coverage and has excellent separation skills after the catch. Edwards does have competition with Tyrell Williams, Nelson Agholor, Hunter Renfrow, and Henry Ruggs for volume consumption.

Dynasty Spin:  Williams is tied in with the Raiders until 2022, but Las Vegas has an out after the 2020 season. Agholor is an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of this year, and Renfrow is more of the slot option. Therefore, Edwards should have more clearance to eat after this year is over. He is going as a second or third round option in rookie drafts and as a late fourth to an early fifth in start-ups. 

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Jesse A Morse, MD is a fellowship-trained sports medicine doctor practicing in Miami, Florida. He specializes in Regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, fractures and, non-surgical orthopedics. Dr. Morse treats professional athletes regularly and understands their mindset and how to get them back on the field. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Morse grew up watching the Larry Bird led Boston Celtics, the Wade Boggs and Pedro Martinez led Boston Red Sox, and then the Tom Brady led Patriots win multiple championships. Dr. Morse has served on the medical staff of multiple professional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Miami Marlins. In his spare time, Dr. Morse loves exercising, sports cars, and playing fantasy sports/DFS.

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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 13

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.

Quarterbacks:

Ryan Fitzpatrick-MIA (ESPN-13.4%) (Yahoo-20%)

It’s not clear how long Fitzpatrick will be the starting quarterback, as Tua Tagovailoa will return. Still, when Fitz is on the field, he is magical. On Sunday, Fitzy passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and going over 19 Fantasy Points in five of the past six contests. He and the Dolphins will face the Bengals and should be an automatic start.

Others to Consider: Kirk Cousins (MIN), Taysom Hill (NO), Derek Carr (LAS), Philip Rivers (IND), Baker Mayfield(CLE).

 

Running Backs:

Devontae Booker-LAS (ESPN-5.3%) (Yahoo-9%)

Over the last four weeks, Booker has 34 attempts for 171 yards and three touchdowns. That equates to 5.02 yards per carry. Now with Jacobs in limbo with an ankle injury, he could have the entire backfield to himself. Booker is a good receiver and has 14 receptions this season in limited action. He should be snared by all Jacobs’ owners, especially with the injury history that comes with him. The Raiders play the Jets next week.

Brian Hill-ATL (ESPN-31.4%) (Yahoo-46%)

Hill has been a better running back than Todd Gurley; he just doesn’t have the name, dollar signs, or recognition to go with it. Against, the Raiders Hill rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries in the absence of Gurley, who could be out next week. The flip-side is Hill split carries with Ito Smith, and it was Smith with the better fantasy production and the touchdown. The Falcons face the Saints next week.

Cam Akers (ESPN-28.0%) (Yahoo-29%)

It is good to see Akers back in to fold of fantasy relevancy. He has looked solid, and in Week 12, he rushed for 83 yards on nine carries and plunged into the end zone. Looking over all the Rams running backs, it’s hard to trust any as all three could be dominant on any given Sunday. Akers has an impressive look, and coaches will want to know what they have moving forward with the rookie. The Rams face the Cardinals next week.

Others to Consider:  Latavius Murray (NO), DeAndre Washington (MIA), Matt Breida (MIA), Frank Gore (NYJ), Gus Edwards (BAL), Ito Smith (ATL), Benny Snell (PIT), Tony Pollard (DAL), Royce Freeman (DEN).

 

Wide Receivers:

Allen Lazard-GB (ESPN-27.8%) (Yahoo-39%)

Lazard is healthy now, and so are his stats. On Sunday, he caught four-of-six targets for 23 yards and a touchdown. He is the clear number two receiver behind Davante Adams, which should deliver plenty of fantasy points in all contests. On the schedule, the Packers face Philadelphia, Detroit, Carolina, and Tennessee. Treat Lazard as a number three wide receiver as long as he is healthy.

Breshad Perriman-NYJ (ESPN-14.4%) (Yahoo-12%)

Perriman is finally healthy and now has recorded three straight weeks of double-digit fantasy points while getting into the end zone three times during that time. Perriman is a vertical receiver, and it narrows his volume scope for PPR leagues. He is averaging 20 yards per catch, and when he hits the big one, he will make up plenty of points—a nice flex option. The Jets face the Raiders and Seahawks next.

Jakobi Meyers-NE (ESPN-46.4%) (Yahoo-52%)

Cam Newton completed only nine passes on Sunday, but five of them went to Meyers. His five receptions went for 52 yards. Meyers now has at least 10 fantasy points in five of six contests and is Newton’s primary target. He won’t get many chances to score as the Patriots offense is dismal, and Newton robs players at the goal line.

Others to Consider: TY Hilton (IND), Hunter Renfrow (LAS), Olabisi Johnson (MIN), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Demarcus Robinson (KC), Keelan Cole (JAX), Denzel Mims (NYJ), Corey Davis (TEN), Sterling Shepard (NYG).

 

Tight Ends:

Trey Burton-IND (ESPN-6.0%) (Yahoo-19%)

Burton has been the clear number one tight end for the Colts since returning from injury. The stronghold on Burton is volume. Not only do the Colts spread the ball around like soft butter, but they also have two other tight ends that are solid in Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. On Sunday, Burton caught three balls for 42 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Indianapolis has the Texans, Raiders, and Texans again.

Others to Consider: Logan Thomas (WAS), Jordan Reed (SF), Jimmy Graham (CHI), Dalton Schultz (DAL).

 

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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 12

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.

Quarterbacks:

Tua Tagovailoa-MIA (ESPN-36.8%) (Yahoo-45%)

We are looking at streaming options for quarterbacks at this point in the season, so ignore Tagovailoa being benched. This week he has the New York Jets, and high school athletes could perform well against this defense. Tagovailoa hasn’t had the most impressive start. It isn’t easy when comparing him to rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert as they have been top-notch. However, Tagovailoa has thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions since taking over the starting role.

Others to Consider: Taysom Hill (NO), Jameis Winston (NO), Alex Smith (WAS), Derek Carr (LAS), Baker Mayfield(CLE).

 

Running Backs:

Salvon Ahmed-MIA  (ESPN-42.0%) (Yahoo-45%)

Myles Gaskin isn’t too far off from returning. However, Ahmed was still reliable on Sunday with his 12 carries for 43-yards while adding five receptions against a quality defense in the Denver Broncos. He is an athlete that has a strong floor due to his catching ability and makes an excellent flex option in all leagues.

Gus Edwards-BAL (ESPN-7.3%) (Yahoo-45%)

Both JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out against the Steelers this Thursday. Looks for Edwards to lead the team in carries and be an active participant in the passing game. Justice Hill will have a share, but not enough to keep the volume away from Edwards. Grab him in all leagues.

James White-NE (ESPN-36.8%) (Yahoo-45%)

White caught six passes for 64 yards and added 19 yards on the ground, making him an RB15 in PPR leagues. White is only valuable in those formats, but he hasn’t been as consistent as he was in the last few seasons. With Rex Burkhead being injured, the volume should open up for him as the Patriots passing down back. New England will play the Cardinals, Chargers, and Rams next.

Others to Consider: Justice Hill (BAL), Frank Gore (NYJ), Benny Snell (PIT), Samaje Perine (CIN), JK Dobbins (BAL), Carlos Hyde (SEA). Wayne Gallman (NYG).

Wide Receivers:

Michael Pittman-IND (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

Since coming off his injury, Pittman is getting more attention each week. In Week 9, he saw seven targets, which resulted in a 4-56 stat line. In Week 10, he also added seven receptions for 101 yards. On Sunday against the Packers, Pittman caught three balls for 66 yards and scored a touchdown. Now, he will face soft defenses in Houston (twice), Las Vegas, and Tennessee.

Tim Patrick-Den (ESPN-14.0%) (Yahoo-45%)

Patrick continues to be useful as the downfield threat for Drew Lock. Patrick caught five of his eight targets for 119 yards against the Dolphins. The biggest play came when he caught a 61-yard pass at the end of the game. He has surpassed 100-yards three times this season and continues to be involved in the offense. The Broncos will face the Saints next week.

Nelson Agholor-LAS (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

Agholor had a big game against the Chiefs. He caught six of nine targets for 88-yards and a touchdown. This was a nice bounce-back week as he only brought in one ball against Denver in Week 10. Agholor led the team in targets and has more snaps than any receiver on the team this season. He hasn’t been the most consistent but has six touchdowns to go along with 24 receptions and 443 yards this year. The Raiders face Atlanta next week.

Others to Consider: Cole Beasley (BUF), Allen Lazard (GB), Damiere Byrd (NE), Willie Snead (NO), Curtis Samuel(CAR), Sterling Shepard (NYG).

Tight Ends:

Jordan Reed-SF (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

The 49ers were off last week, but Reed caught five of his six targets for 62 yards against the Saints in Week 10 and the top target for Nick Mullens. George Kittle may be out for the rest of the season, and San Francisco enjoys throwing to their tight end. Upcoming for Reed and the 49ers are Rams, Bills, and Washington.

Others to Consider: Logan Thomas (WAS), Jordan Aikens(HOU), Dalton Schultz (DAL).

 

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.

Quarterbacks:

Tua TagovailoaMIA (ESPN-32.6%) (Yahoo-45%)

Three games in, and Tagovailoa is performing well. He has five touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Tagovailoa has not thrown for over 300-yards and hasn’t done much with his legs (34 yards), as many had suspected. He is developing but not as quickly as Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow. With that said, he makes a reliable streaming option each week. He has Broncos, Jets, Bengals on deck.

Others to Consider: Alex Smith (WAS), Jameis Winston (NO), Daniel Jones (NYG), Derek Carr (OAK).

Running Backs:

Nyheim Hines-IND (ESPN-41.8%) (Yahoo-41%)

Hines looked spectacular against Tennessee and better all-around than rookie Jonathan Taylor. Hines has shown to be more explosive and can add to the passing game much more than Taylor. In fact, Hines leads the entire team in receptions and touchdowns through the air. He also has gotten red zone looks. The down arrow is on Taylor while the up arrow belongs to Hines. Next up, Packers, Titans, Texans.

Salvon Ahmed-MIA (ESPN-0.4%) (Yahoo-7%)

The Dolphins can’t seem to land on a running back. Jordan Howard was the starter to enter the season, but he was recently released. Then Myles Gaskin was successful but got hurt. Matt Breida has been there, but he isn’t much more than a passing-down back and scenario situation runner, and he is also could be out next week. Ahmed rushed for 85-yards on 21 carries and hit pay dirt. Not too shabby for someone who has spent their rookie season on two different teams and the practice squad. He has Broncos, Jets, Bengals on deck.

Devontae Booker-LAS (ESPN-1.4%) (Yahoo-3%)

Booker took apart the Broncos on Sunday as he rushed for 81-yards and two touchdowns while Jacobs chipped in for his 112 and two scores. Booker’s touchdowns came late in the game, but he has been impressive over the last few weeks. In Week 5, he put up 62 yards, then rushed for 68-yards and a score in Week 9. Jacobs is still the “man,” but Booker makes a case to be a top tier hand-cuff. Next up, the Raiders face the Chiefs, Falcons, and Jets.

Others to Consider: Kalen Ballage (LAC), Wayne Gallman(NYG), Damien Harris (NE).

Wide Receivers:

Jakobi Meyers-NE (ESPN-22.3%) (Yahoo-48%)

Meyers has been the receiver that N’Keal Harry has not. On Sunday, Meyers threw a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead and went strong for the last three contests. He put up five receptions for 59 yards in horrid weather and seems to be the go-to receiver for Cam Newton. Julian Edelman will return shortly, but he looks like he needs to retire. Meyers should be added in all leagues. The Patriots have Texans, Cardinals, and Chargers next up.

Keelan Cole-JAC (ESPN-13.8%) (Yahoo-23%)

A typical boom or bust candidate, Cole caught a touchdown and was second in targets behind Chris Conley against the Packers on Sunday. Before that, he combined for 18 yards in two games. However, three weeks ago, against the Lions, Cole went HAM and caught six balls for 143 yards. He isn’t a superstar but should get a continuous volume of targets as the Jaguars are always behind in games.

Cole Beasley-BUF (ESPN-46.7%) (Yahoo-50%)

Beasley makes the list of those that should not be on this list. Beasley has been solid all-season for the Bills outside of Josh Allen’s down games. On Sunday, he caught 11 of 13 targets for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. It’s shocking to see him available in 50% of leagues and is a must-own in PPR. The Bills face the Chargers, 49ers, Steelers next.

Others to Consider: Jalen Reagor (PHI), Allen Lazard (GB), Josh Reynolds (LAR), Michael Pittman (IND), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB), Breshad Perriman (NYJ), Michael Gallup (DAL), Jakeem Grant (MIA), Cam Sims (WAS).

Tight Ends:

Logan Thomas-WAS (ESPN-19.6%) (Yahoo-35%)

Outside of Travis Kelce, the tight end position has been a mess for fantasy owners. The only other player that could be trusted is George Kittle, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. Also interesting is someone like Thomas is still highly available. Maybe, it’s because he plays for the WFT (WTF). Thomas now has double-digit scoring in five games with four receptions.

Others to Consider: Tyler Higbee (LAR), Jordan Reed (SF), Trey Burton (IND), Jordan Akins (HOU), Adam Trautman(NO).

 

 

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