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Will DeSean Jackson fly for the Eagles again?

Hale Thornhill-Wilson

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The Super Bowl champs from just 2 years ago are down a starting receiver. DeSean Jackson suffered a broken left ring finger during Tuesday’s practice. It should hold the speedster out for approximately 3-4 weeks. However, it is reported Jackson has intentions of playing through the pain for Philadelphia’s week 1 matchup verses the Washington Redskins, which is just ten days away.

 

A franchise with lofty expectations heading into the ’19-’20 season has been plagued by a slough injuries. Defensive starters Nigel Bradham and Fletcher Cox haven’t seen any action for months, while starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, has been held out of competitive play since December ’18. Adding to that laundry list, starting guard Brandon Brooks has been inactive, as he is still recovering from a torn Achilles. Offensive starters, Lane Johnson and Dallas Goedert have unfortunately sustained injuries during pre-season play. The Eagles will be incapable of performing at maximum potential with important contributors sitting on the sidelines.

 

From Jackson’s point of view, this is not an ideal start for asecond go around with his initial franchise. Jackson’s quarterbacks during his first tenure with the Eagles were primarily Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. Those previously listed individuals aren’t directly comparable to current Eagles’ quarterback, Carson Wentz. Wentz has more capable arm talent and doesn’t need to escape the pocket as frequently, due to his sizeable frame.

 

With a scrambling quarterback like Michael Vick, Jackson was expected to break off routes to help his under-duress quarterback. Wentz will incentivize Jackson to not “freestyle” as much, running his routes from start to finish. For that concept to work well, Jackson and Wentz must be on the same page. Every break, cut, and hesitation must be accounted for. Jackson has always be heralded as one of the fastest receivers in the league. By no means is he considered slow, but it is expected for him to lose a step or two at age 32. This chemistry is imperative for the success of the Eagles and isn’t something that is garnered overnight.

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hale played basketball competitively at renowned Loyola High School- all four years. Currently, he's a senior at Duke University with aspirations of working in sports management or finance. Hale is a Philadelphia Eagles fan that also roots for the Los Angeles Lakers and Duke Blue Devils. In his free time, he enjoys golf, fishing, and mixing music.

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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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