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Welcome to week 7 of start em’ sit em’.  Hopefully you were able to make it here without being flagged for illegal use of hands to the face.  Sorry Lions fans.  Maybe some positive changes will come from this, but I’ll believe it when I see it.  We’ll unfortunately have to make due without some of the top players this week, so let’s see what we can do.

Byes this week: Browns, Bucs, Panther, Steelers

QUARTERBACK

Start of the Week:  Kyler Murray at Giants: As noted in last week’s article, Kyler was sitting at one of the league’s lowest touchdown rates at 2%, making him a prime candidate for positive regression.  With 3 touchdowns against the Falcons, he made a big step forward.  Now sitting at QB7 on the year, Kyler looks to continue his streak with a great matchup against the lowly Giants secondary.

Starts

Josh Allen vs Miami: A consideration for the start of the week, Josh Allen gets the best matchup in all of football, the Miami Dolphins.  Playing against the Dolphins is enough reason to start anyone, but Josh Allen has had a great start to the year, outside of his 3 interceptions and apparent deathwish running up the middle vs the Patriots.  This game has plenty of potential to be his best of the season.

Daniel Jones vs Arizona:  I have to admit, Danny Dimes was a lot better overall vs the Patriots than I expected from a fantasy perspective.  Obviously for the actual game, things were terrible for him, but considering he was missing almost his entire supporting cast, scoring a touchdown and ending the night in double digits is a pretty incredible feat.  Danny gets the relief of a much better matchup vs the Cardinals, making him a much easier choice this week.

Sits

Sam Darnold vs Patriots:  I know we all love what we saw from Darnold in his first game back from mono, but unfortunately he has the worst matchup possible this week vs the Patriots.  If he’s available though, he is a great stash as his schedule is incredibly favorable after this week.

Tom Brady at Jets:  If feels as though my entire life has been Tom Brady performing at a high level on a football field.  This year has been no exception, aside from a terrible performance against the Bills in Buffalo.  Tom did his best to make my recommendation of playing him last week look bad, until he took matters into his own hands and ran for 2 touchdowns.  (Fun fact:  Those 2 rushing touchdowns put him ahead of Mack, Gore, Montgomery, Conner, McCoy, Fournette, Carson, Kamara, David Johnson, and Adrian Peterson for rushing touchdowns on the year with a total of 3)  While the Jets D isn’t as good as the Bills, they should be able to limit Brady enough on the road to make him a lesser option this week.

Sleeper

Jared Goff at Falcons: I’ve made my feelings about on Goff known, especially when he’s played on the road.  I’ve seen him referred to as “Mitchell Trubisky in a good situation”, which is quite an apt description.  Saying he’s struggled this year would be an understatement, especially after he threw for only 78 yards vs the 49ers.  Luckily for Goff and those who have him, he draws the Falcons this week.  As the great Steve Smith said, the Falcons are the “get right team” for opposing quarterbacks.  Look for Goff to get back on track this week.

RUNNING BACK

Start of the Week: Philip Lindsay vs Chiefs:  Normally I wouldn’t want to recommend players in Thursday night games.  Everything about these games leads to more bad than good, but there’s no denying that the Chiefs’ run D is almost non-existent.  They were ranked last among non-Dolphins teams against the run before losing both starting Dlineman to injury, the game is in Denver, and the Chiefs are coming off of back to back losses.  After the Colts showed the rest of the league the blueprint to beat the Chiefs by running all game, expect teams to continue to exploit that weakness.

Starts

Frank Gore/Devin Singletary vs Miami : At this point in the season, we start to get a better idea of who teams are and developing trends.  One of those being to start almost anyone possible against the Dolphins.  The immortal Gore meets the incompetent Dolphins in what should be a great day for any Bills player that touches the ball.  As of writing this, I’m not sure of Singletar’s availability.  If he is able to go, Gore should be considered an RB2/flex, with Singletary a solid flex with upside.

Josh Jacobs at Green Bay:  Well, here’s a guy I was wrong about coming into the season.  I got too caught up in what I thought his surrounding cast would be, while not taking opportunity into account as much as I should have.  Jacobs is part of a dying breed of workhorse RBs, which in and of itself makes a RB highly likely to be valuable.  The fact that the Raiders Oline has performed much better than most expected and we have ourselves at best a weekly starter, but at worst a very high upside, matchup-dependant starter.  Although the Packers D seemed to have improved their defensive woes vs RBs against the Lions, Jacobs is likely to find success against them.  If he plays as well against the Packers as he did against the Bears, maybe he can crown himself the King of the (NFC) North.

Sits

Alvin Kamara/Latavius Murray at Bears:  I should start with the obvious, that if you have Kamara, you’re almost certainly playing him.  The problem though is, he is clearly injured right now with both his ankle and knee giving him problems.  If you’re lucky enough to have a very deep running back group, especially if you have others with incredible matchups this week, I wouldn’t blame you for looking towards one of them this week.  Add to it that this is an awful matchup and things aren’t looking great for Kamara or Murray this week.  Regardless of if Kamara is able to play or not, I would definitely not play Murray this week unless you have no other option.

David Montgomery vs New Orleans:  This one hurts me, as I traded for Montgomery before the Raiders game, hoping we would finally see him live up to expectations.  He did get a touchdown, but other than that, he’s not looking great.  While he has gotten 67, 69(nice), and 52% of the snaps the past three weeks, he hasn’t been able to get it going yet.  He should hopefully have better days ahead, this likely isn’t one of them against an underrated Saints rush D.  For now, he’s just a volume-based flex option.    

Sleeper

Carlos Hyde at Colts:  A repeat sleeper recommendation from last week that I still hate just as much as before, I can run, but I can’t Hyde (you’re welcome for the very unoriginal team name).  For whatever reason, Bill O’ Brien is determined to make Carlos Hyde a thing, despite him being the epitome of the “just a guy” moniker.  I guess I can’t entirely fault Bill when it seems to be working well enough for them.  The Colts are nowhere near as poor against the run as the Chiefs are, but Hyde is seeing plenty of volume with 21 and 26 rushes the last two weeks respectively.  If volume is king in fantasy, then Carlos Hyde will be the king of volume based RB2s this week.

WIDE RECEIVER

Start of the Week: John Brown vs Dolphins:    Just in case you forgot over the past few minutes, don’t forget to start anyone you can vs the Dolphins.  John Brown is currently the Kyler Murray of wide receivers.  For the amount of production he’s had, he should have more touchdowns than what he’s currently scored.  With an average of almost 7 targets per game, he is the clear number 1 WR for Buffalo, making him an easy start in this matchup.

Starts

Larry Fitzgerald at Giants:  This may be the oldest list of recommended players of all time. Between Brady, Hyde, Fitz, and Gore we could have a retirement home all-star team in a few years.  Fitz is another candidate for positive touchdown regression, having only scored two on the season despite his production in a very pass heavy offense.  The Giants couldn’t cover *checks notes* Gunner Olszewski last week, so there’s no chance they can cover Fitz and the rest of the Arizona receivers.

Golden Tate vs Cardinals:  In his first game back from “accidentally” consuming a banned substance, Golden Tate showed his big-play ability when he scored a 64-yard touchdown against the vaunted Patriots D.  While he was helped by almost the entire Giants offense inactive due to injuries, he still put on an impressive performance, especially considering it was his first game back against arguably the league’s best D.  This week, he gets a much better matchup vs the Cardinals D that makes sure to be on the field as little as possible as opponents fly by them.  Patrick Peterson does make his debut in this game, but Tate should avoid him by playing in the slot.

Sits

Terry McLaurin vs 49ers:  Remember how Goff only threw for 78 yards vs the 49ers?  While I have been very critical of Goff and rightfully so, the bigger story here is it’s time to take the 49ers D seriously.  After they completely shut down the Rams offense in LA, they have shown that they rival the Patriots and Bears for the title of best defense in the league.  I love scary Terry, but the only thing scarier than the future of the Redskins future is Terry’s matchup in this game.  Terry has gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations.  He’ll see better days, but it’s best to avoid him in this game.

Allen Robinson vs Saints:  Amari Cooper.  D.J. Chark.  Mike Evans.  These are all names I recall, but I couldn’t seem to find them the past 3 weeks after Marshon Lattimore erased them all.  These are their stats vs Lattimore: Coooper: 5 catches for 48 yards, Evans: 0 catches, Chark: 3 catches for 43 yards.  The fact that Lattimore is doing this vs such great receivers, leads me to believe that until proven otherwise, we can’t hope to play any receivers against him, no matter how good they are.  Robinson is having a great year, reminding us all who he was before his ACL tear, but unfortunately this won’t be the game for him to showcase much.  

Sleeper

Michael Gallup vs Eagles:  If the falcons are the get right team for QBs, then the Eagles are the same for receivers.  Gallup has more than lived up to preseason hype about his abilities and offseason progression so far.  One problem with Gallup though, is he’s produced when serving as the WR2, with Cooper taking on the opponent’s top CB.  When Cooper left with a quad contusion last week, Gallup ended with his worst game of the year.  Reports show Cooper is unlikely to play, meaning Gallup will have to show he is capable of taking on the WR1 role.  While he has struggled at doing so, the Eagles should serve as an easy way for him to make it happen.

TIGHT END

Start

Hunter Henry at Titans:  Whatever Hunter Henry’s injury actually was, he came back faster than most expected and seemed to have not missed a beat 8 catch, 100 yard, 2 TD performance against the Steelers.  While the Chargers offense is reeling currently and not doing much of anything, Henry seemed to be the lone bright spot.  The Titans D is great overall, but susceptible to tight ends, making Henry a great start this week.  

Sit

Jared Cook at Bears: Cook finally came back to life the past 2 weeks with his first double digit efforts of the year.  Unfortunately, he draws the Bears D in Chicago, which makes him unlikely to repeat the production of the past 2 weeks, and fall back into his single digit scoring from early in the season.  I know the tight end position is especially brutal, so if possible I would look to see if lesser-owned tight ends such as Knox or Fant are available to stream in his place this week.

D/St  

Starts

Bills at Dolphins

49ers at Washington

Packers vs Raiders

Titans vs Chargers

Sits

Jets vs Patriots

Vikings at Lions

Texans at Colts

Ravens at Seahawks

Drew Lannin is a nutritionist with a Bachelor's in Dietetics from Lincoln, Nebraska. He grew up watching Nebraska football and the Chiefs. He is currently finishing pre-reqs for a Masters in Genetic Counseling. He first started playing fantasy football after recommending Randy Moss to his dad during his rookie year. This lead to him being added as the co-commissioner to his dad's league, which started in 1984. He has been an avid fantasy player ever since, consuming as much data and articles as possible.

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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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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 11

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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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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 10

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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:

Teddy Bridgewater-CAR (ESPN-29.1%) (Yahoo-41%)

Christian McCaffrey returned, and Bridgewater benefitted from McCaffrey’s excellence at running back. McCaffrey caught 10 of his passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Bridgewater threw for over 300-yards and two scores. Bridgewater even added another touchdown with his legs. He has a brutal matchup against Tampa Bay next week but then gets the Lions and Vikings in back-to-back matchups. Also, monitor McCaffrey’s health status. He left with a shoulder injury.

Tua TagovailoaMIA (ESPN-20.1%) (Yahoo-24%)

This could go down as one of the most extraordinary draft classes for quarterbacks in NFL history. It appears it will rival the 2004, 1983, and 1961 groups. Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert are already performing at high levels. Tagovailoa struggled in his first debut against the Los Angeles Rams but turned things around in the Arizona desert. “Tua” threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns while picking up an additional 35 yards on the ground. His running ability gives him a concretefloor for fantasy owners. He has the Chargers, Broncos, Jets on the schedule.

Others to Consider: Derek Carr (LAS), Drew Lock (DEN), Alex Smith (WAS), Garrett Gilbert (DAL).

Running Backs:

Wayne Gallman-NYG (ESPN-18.9%) (Yahoo-25%)

The Giants are still using the RBBC, but Gallman is the best option when Devonta Freeman is out. In back-to-back weeks Gallman has scored touchdowns, carried the rock 14 times 68 yards, and caught a pass. Alfred Morris was second in carries with nine and 67 yards; remember him? Gallman isn’t a bell-cow back, and the Giants don’t plan to use him as one. However, he makes an intriguing add as he can be a reliable flex option for all formats. Gallman has Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Seattle next up.

Kalen Ballage-LAC (ESPN-0.1%) (Yahoo-1%)

Justin Jackson went down in pre-game warmups, and the Chargers turned their backfield over to Ballage and teammate Joshua Kelley. However, it was Ballage that was the workhorse in the backfield. He rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown and was targeted three times. Ballage was drafted in 2018 and is now on his third team. He was recently waived by the Dolphins and Jets in 2020. He now has Dolphins, Jets, and Bills next.

Duke Johnson-HOU (ESPN-16.5%) (Yahoo-16%)

David Johnson left the game with a concussion, and Duke Johnson was the bell-cow and received 20 touches on the day. The Texans don’t have much at running back, and Duke Johnson would continue the dominance of snaps if David Johnson remains out. Duke Johnson is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and can be electrifying. He should be an automatic add in all leagues. Johnson has Cleveland, New England, and Detroit up next.

Jordan Wilkins-IND (ESPN-7.0%) (Yahoo-25%)

Jonathan Taylor was benched after his first-half fumble and received just one carry afterward. Wilkins got most of the carries with 11 going for 39 yards against a tough Ravens defense. It is difficult to gauge what the Colts are doing with their running backs. Taylor got the majority of the action and scored a touchdown before coughing up the ball. Wilkins began eating into Taylor’s workload last week. They didn’t have any qualms going to him right away after Taylor’s turnover. The Colts won’t turn their backs on the rookie, but Wilkins makes a reliable flex option in favorable matchups. Wilkins has Tennesse, Green Bay, and home against Tennessee in the next three weeks.

Others to Consider: JD McKissic (WAS), Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI), Gus Edwards (BAL), Tevin Coleman (SF), Matt Breida (MIA), D’Onta Foreman (TEN), Boston Scott(PHI), La’Mical Perine (NYJ), Cam Akers (LAR).

Wide Receivers:

Curtis Samuel-CAR (ESPN-42.4%) (Yahoo-30%)

The Panthers are opening up their playbook for Samuel. He has seen his fantasy points go up each week from 7.8, 11.4, 17.3, 21.4, to 26.8 against the Kansas City Chiefs in his last five games. Samuel has scored over the previous three games and four touchdowns overall. His 20 targets over the last three contests are second on the team behind Robby Anderson (29) and above DJ Moore (14). At this point, he is still a flex option, but that role is growing. Samuel has Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Minnesota next.

Allen Lazard-GB (ESPN-30.6%) (Yahoo-38%)

Lazard may still be on the waiver wire, and this week may be the last chance to grab him as he returns in full-form after missing the previous six weeks. He is a must-add and faces Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Chicago next.

Danny Amendola-DET (ESPN-7.2%) (Yahoo-2%)

Amendola came up huge with seven receptions on ten targets for 77 yards for his highest output since Week 1 when he put up 81 yards on the Bears. Although he didn’t score against Minnesota, Chase Daniel continued to look his direction when Matthew Stafford left with a concussion. The Redskins, Panthers, Texans are up next.

Tim Patrick-DEN (ESPN-14.6%) (Yahoo-21%)

The Broncos offense is one of the worst in the league. Still, Patrick can be a healthy streaming flex option when given the opportunity. Against the Falcons, he caught four balls for 29 yards and a touchdown. Patrick also has an excellent aDoT of 16. Next up, Denver takes on Las Vegas, Miami, and New Orleans.

Others to Consider: Jalen Reagor (PHI), Richie James (SF), Darnell Mooney (CHI), Michael Pittman (IND), Alshon Jeffery (PHI), Randall Cobb (HOU), Mack Hollins (MIA), Olamide Zaccheaus (ATL).

Tight Ends:

Irv Smith Jr-MIN (ESPN-3.8%) (Yahoo-7%)

The role is growing for Smith, who is in his second season. He stole touchdown receptions from Adam Theilen and Justin Jefferson on Sunday for his first scores on the season. Smith has stolen the red zone opportunities from Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings don’t pass enough to keep two wide receivers happy every week, so Smith won’t be a high volume play. He can be useful against the Bears next week, who are 24th worst in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Minnesota also has the Cowboys and Panthers in the coming weeks.

Others to Consider: Dalton Schultz (DAL), Jacob Hollister(SEA), Jordan Reed (SF), Ross Dwelley (SF), Logan Thomas(WAS), Trey Burton (IND), Jordan Akins (HOU).

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