Tue Oct 16 8:04 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Goodwin finally has big game
This week has a couple players that many wrote off after poor starts to the season. It happens, though. Sometimes a fantasy owner can take advantage of another owner dropping a player. Some players on this list were expected for breakout years but got sidetracked for whatever reason. The potential remains for these guys to get going again, so keep an eye on them going forward.
Jameis Winston, Bucs. Winston returned to the starting lineup last week and threw for 395 yards and four touchdowns. He proved he has a good chance to post big numbers in this explosive Bucs offense. Winston isn't available in a ton of leagues but still out there in 21 percent of leagues. He is worth owning in all formats. The potential is there for huge things.
Sam Darnold, Jets. Darnold is starting to emerge in the Jets offense. He missed on just six passes last week, going 24-of-30 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He has multiple touchdown games two straight and seems to be getting more comfortable in the offense every week. Darnold is worth using as a spot starter in the right matchup.
Dak Prescott, Cowboys. Prescott was dropped by many owners the last few weeks because of his mediocre play to start the year. He plays arguably the best defense in football last week and produces his best game. Prescott scored three total touchdowns and ran for a season-high 82 yards. Prescott showed he might still be able to help fantasy teams, producing like he has in past years. Prescott is available in 58 percent of leagues.
Jalen Richard, Raiders. Richard might have just 11 carries for 32 yards this season, but all his work in the passing game makes him a legit target in PPR formats. He has at least six receptions three of the last four game sand 31 total catches on the season. He has flex value in his role as a pass-catching back.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers. Surprisingly, Alfred Morris didn't get a carry last week for the 49ers. It was Matt Breida and Mostert that split the carries at running back for the 49ers. Mostert had a solid game, rushing 12 times for 87 yards. He averaged an impressive 7.3 yards per carry and could continue to split work going forward.
Frank Gore, Dolphins. Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season last week and has double-digit rush attempts three straight games. He gets the early down work with Kenyan Drake serving as the pass-catching back. Gore isn't a top fantasy play by any means but can add depth to fantasy benches. He can help in a pine. Gore remains available in 68 percent of leagues.
Marlon Mack, Colts. Mack finally returned to the lineup last week and led the team in rushing, running 12 times for 89 yards. He is the starter for the Colts as long as he is healthy. His injury led many fantasy teams to drop him, so Mack is available in 41 percent of leagues.
Nick Chubb, Browns. Chubb continues to get little work, rushing three times for 25 yard last week. He has not had more than three rush attempts in any game. But despite that, Chubb has run 16 times for 173 yards. Meanwhile, starter Carlos Hyde has averaged fewer than three yards per carry three of six games and just 3.4 yards per carry for the season. Chubb deserves more chances to jumpstart the running game, making him a good speculative add for fantasy teams.
Albert Wilson, Dolphins. Wilson is becoming the top target in the Dolphins passing attack. He had his first 100-yard game of the season last week and has 11 receptions his last two games. He also has at least four receptions three straight. He is getting his weekly chances and is available in 78 percent of leagues.
Marquise Goodwin, 49ers. Goodwin was a bust until his last game, showing why so many people thought he was going to have a breakout season. He hit the 100-yard mark for the first time this year and scored two touchdowns. He displayed his great speed and big-play potential against the Packers. Maybe this game will get him going. Goodwin is available in 48 percent of leagues.
Chester Rogers, Colts. Rogers has at least four receptions three straight games and 22 total catches during that stretch. He has become a reliable target in the Colts pass-first offense, especially with T.Y. Hilton out of the lineup. His reception totals give him real value to fantasy teams right now.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers. Williams had just three catches last week but finished with 118 yards and two scores. He made the most of his chances. Williams has three receptions three straight games and at least 66 yards two straight. He is getting some weekly chances to stretch the field and make the big play. Williams is a boom or bust play but the potential is always there for him to have the big game.
Taylor Gabriel, Bears. It is time to start believing in Gabriel. He has two straight 100-yard games and at least four receptions every game. He has been a consistent fantasy producer in a much better Bears offense. He can help as a low-end No. 3 or 4 receiver. Gabriel remains available in 43 percent of leagues.
Cole Beasley, Cowboys. Beasley found the end zone last week for the first time this season. He also hit the 100-yard mark for the first time, catching nine passes for 101 yards and two scores. He is the best fantasy receiver in this offense. Beasley can help fantasy teams in the right matchup. He'll get his catches.
Christian Kirk, Cardinals. Kirk led the Cardinals in receiving once again last week, catching six passes for 77 yards. He has at least 77 yards three of four games. Kirk has become a reliable No. 3 fantasy receiver as the top target for the Cardinals passing game. He remains available in 58 percent of leagues.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals. Seals-Jones isn't having quite the breakout season as expected, but showing some signs of life. He had five receptions for 69 yards last week. He has 50-plus yards two of three games. He also has been targeted six times four of six games. His stock is rising.
Vance McDonald, Steelers. It is a little hard to believe but McDonald remains available in 27 percent of leagues. He had a season-high seven receptions last week. McDonald has 60-plus yards three of four games. He gets his weekly chances in this pass-first offense.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (knee) will be a game-time decision for the Week 11 game, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (ankle) has a chance to play in the Week 11 game, but head coach Dirk Koetter said it is too soon to determine his status for the game.
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) is still not 100 percent at this point, but his MRI did not show any more damage to his ankle. Head coach Jay Gruden said he expects Crowder to return soon.
Fantasy Spin: Crowder may not be able to play this week but could return to the lineup in the next week or two. Owners in all leagues should avoid Crowder until he is able to participate in practice.
Philadelphia Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (back) has a chance to play in the Week 11 game, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Detroit Lions wide receiver TJ Jones saw his most snaps (50) of the season in Week 10 due to Marvin Jones (knee) being forced to leave the game in the third quarter. However, it didn't lead to increased production as the former caught just one pass for 12 yards. This week against Carolina, if Marvin Jones is unable to suit up then expect TJ Jones to line up opposite of Kenny Golladay, making the available Jones a dart-throw DFS play but nothing more. Although, if Marvin Jones is able to play, it takes away any fantasy value of TJ Jones.
The Indianapolis Colts defense has seen a drastic fall in their sack totals, with only four across their last five games compared to 17 in the first four weeks of the 2018 NFL season. They also failed to produce a single turnover against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week while giving up 21 fantasy points toBlake Bortles. That being said, the Tennessee Titans are completely erratic when it comes to turnovers and have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to team defenses on the year. Don't let the Titans stunning victory over the New England Patriots fool you too much, as the Colts defense could surprise many fantasy owners with a big day in Week 11.
The Indianapolis Colts have heavily featured their tight end group in the passing game as evidenced by six of their last passing touchdowns coming from the motley crew of Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, and Mo Alie-Cox. Colts tight ends have been targeted in the red zone the most of any team in the NFL this season and their top-two options should have solid fantasy outings against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. Doyle continues to operate as the No. 1 option, leading the group in snaps and routes run on offense which should ultimately result to another big game akin to his six reception, 70 yard and a touchdown game in Week 8. Ebron might have run only 12 pass routes last week, but his three touchdowns makes it clear that he remains a great play due to his scoring upside week in and week out. With Indianapolis likely to continue featuring its tight ends, plug Doyle and Ebron into your lineups.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught six passes in Week 10, the same amount he caught over weeks 7-9 combined. He also found the end zone for the first time since Week 5. These are the results fantasy owners were expecting when Golden Tate was traded away. This week at home against Carolina, Golladay has a chance to have another solid showing with the Lions looking to break a three-game losing skid. His teammate Marvin Jones (knee) left Sunday's game in the third quarter, leading to a missed practice on Wednesday; he is considered day-to-day. If for some reason Jones doesn't play against Carolina, Golladay should easily see double-digit targets. Look at the second-year man as a WR2 with upside in Week 11.
Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick recorded his highest receiving yardage total of the season last Sunday against the Bears, catching six passes for 60 yards. Serving as the Lions pass-catching back, the 27-year-old returned two weeks ago from a knee injury and has since caught 13 of 15 targets. This week, the Panthers present a challenge for a player like Riddick, as they have allowed the fourth fewest receptions to running backs this season. Keep in mind that Detroit has trailed in each of the past three games, thus forcing them to throw consistently. Look for Detroit to do whatever they can to break the three-game losing streak this Sunday at home, meaning Riddick has some flex appeal but nothing more.
Free-agent QB Paxton Lynch (Broncos), WR Tre McBride (Jets) and WR Tavarres King (Vikings) worked out for the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones (foot) is making progress, according to head coach Dan Quinn, but the team is going to make sure he's 100 percent ready first before putting him back on the field.
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson scored a rushing and a receiving touchdown last week against the Bears, but outside of that was very average against a good defense. This week, Johnson has another questionable matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The rookie's yardage totals have suffered recently because the Lions have trailed in each of the past three games. Detroit will need to get ahead early or keep it close throughout to get Johnson opportunities on the ground. However, if they do get behind again, Johnson can still get it done in the passing game, having seen 20 targets since Week 8. Clearly the return of Theo Riddick hasn't affected how the Lions will use the Auburn product. Look at Johnson as a flex play with RB2 potential.
Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount hasn't crossed the goal line in three weeks and has totaled only 15 yards rushing in the same period. That is all you need to hear when breaking down Blount's fantasy value. Making his case even worse is the fact that Kerryon Johnson received a goal-line carry last week that ended up as a touchdown for the rookie. It's obvious the team is losing their interest in Blount as a factor in the offense. Keep him on waivers in Week 11.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 'still hopeful' he'll have WR A.J. Green (foot) back on the field for the team's Week 11 game Sunday, Nov. 18, versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Spin: It seems a lot more likely than not that Green will remain out through Week 11, as his injury has kept him sidelined for only one game thus far when his original timetable called for him to miss more time than that. Either way, he's a WR1 whenever he gets back, but his owners should begin preparing for another week without Green's services.
Cincinnati Bengals LB Nick Vigil (knee) is making progress in his recovery but is not expected to play in the Week 11 game.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown three or more touchdown passes in six consecutive games, the longest streak since Tom Brady's 10 back in 2007. Despite heading into a Week 11 tilt with a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns, points per play, and touchdown conversions in the red zone on the season, Luck's hot hand is too hard not to ride. For fantasy owners in need of reassurance, Carson Wentz, Philip Rivers, and Deshaun Watson all managed to put up 20-plus fantasy points against the Titans in previous weeks. Plug and play Luck as a QB1 with confidence for fantasy purposes.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a decent matchup at home with the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. Stafford saved his Week 10 stat line with two garbage-time touchdowns against the Bears; however, he did toss two interceptions. The Panthers are in damage control after getting torched by Ben Roethlisberger for 5 touchdowns last Thursday. With the Lions back home after two straight road games, Stafford will be looking to get back to winning ways. Since Golden Tate was traded, Kenny Golladay has been up-and-down, while Marvin Jones injured his knee last Sunday and did not practice Wednesday. Pay attention to his designation for the game, but if he plays look at Stafford as a QB2 against the Panthers.
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14. CB Gareon Conley (groin), C Rodney Hudson (ankle), OG Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Kyle Wilber (knee) and CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) were limited during practice. OG Jon Feliciano (ribs), WR Dwayne Harris (foot), OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral) and OT Kolton Miller (elbow, knee) fully participated in practice.
Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin (hip) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Fantasy Spin: Martin has received at least 10 carries in each of the last three games and has rushed for at least 60 yards in two of the games. He should have some success against the Arizona Cardinals and can be at least a flex option in standard leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Fantasy Spin: The veteran was simply just getting a day off in order to manage his reps. He'll be out there come Sunday, but at this point in time, it's under the status of a WR3 with inconsistent freshman Josh Rosen throwing him the football.