Tue Oct 8 8:16am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Minshew can help fantasy teams
The waiver wire isn’t the most exciting place in to be this week. There aren’t a ton of top options out there right now. We didn’t have a ton unknowns star last week. And there weren’t many players that got hurt, opening the door for paying time. So if you need some options this week, it might be kind of hard to find that top replacement. But even with that said, there are some players out there that might be serviceable.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. Minshew just keeps getting it done for fantasy teams. He has double-digit scores three straight games and four of five this season. He had his first 300-yard game of the season last week, throwing for 374 yards against a good Panthers defense. He gains confidence every week and is a real help to fantasy teams because of his consistent production. Minshew remains available in 52 percent of leagues.
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints. Bridgewater finally had that huge game, throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns against the Bucs last week. He just seems to be gaining confidence every week and this offense is really starting to click. He isn’t an every-week starter but can help as a streamer until Drew Brees returns. Bridgewater is available in 81 percent of leagues.
Reggie Bonnafon, Panthers. Christian McCaffrey was a little banged up last week, giving Bonnafon some carries for once. He took advantage, rushing five times for 80 yards and a touchdown. He showed he could help this offense if given the chance. McCaffrey’s workload might be scaled back a little going forward, so don't be surprised if Bonnafon starts getting more consistent work.
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals. Edmonds had his best game of the season last week, rushing eight times for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 18 yards, giving him 86 total yards. He ran for 37 yards the previous week, so he is getting a little more consistent work. It might not be a stretch to see Edmonds getting around double-digit touches per game going forward, especially if he keeps producing like this.
Jon Hilliman, Giants. Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion during the Week 5 game, giving Hilliman most of the work at running back for the Giants. He was not great in that role, rushing nine times for 20 yards. But if Gallman is out and Saquon Barkley isn’t healthy enough to return this week, Hilliman could be in line to start for the Giants. And any starting back has fantasy value, so Hilliman could be worth grabbing for fantasy teams.
Byron Pringle, Chiefs. Pringle had a breakout game last week, getting a chance to play a lot because of an injury to Sammy Watkins. Pringle had six receptions for 103 yard and a touchdown on nine targets. He could continue to have an expanded role in the offense if Watkins has to miss any time. He is worth grabbing in this high-powered offense.
Mohamed Sanu, Falcons. Sanu scored his first touchdown of the season last week, catching five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Sanu has emerged in recent weeks, having 20 receptions his last three games. He is getting consistent work in this pass-heavy offense. Sanu remains available in 49 percent of leagues.
Auden Tate, Bengals. Tate scored his first touchdown of the season last week. He has an expanded role in the offense because of the injuries to John Ross and A.J. Green. As long as those guys are out, Tate has some fantasy value. He has at least three receptions three straight games and 50 or more yards two of those games.
Gerald Everett, Rams. Everett is starting to emerge as the top tight end in the Rams offense. He had a career game in Week 5, catching seven passes for 136 yards on 11 targets. He has double-digit fantasy points each of his last two games. If you need tight end help, Everett is worth grabbing in a pass-heavy 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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been one of the NFL's worst kickers this year, but head coach Frank Reich remains confident in him. However, in Week 11 with the fantasy playoffs looming, you can't trust him in your lineups. He's missed five field goals and six extra points this season. He's below 80 percent accuracy in both categories, and this figures to be a low-scoring game. You just can't trot him out this week, as there are likely several options available that are better than him.
Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack has only cleared 100 scrimmage yards in a game twice this season. One of those was all the way back in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. In Week 11, he has a good matchup that could see that number grow to three. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Indy's Week 11 opponent, have been decent against the pass, but they're allowing over 120 yards per game on the ground. Mack is still in the RB2 conversation every week because he gets good volume, and this week he has a fair bit of upside.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (knee) is expected to start after missing last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins. After being a consistent QB2 for much of the season, he can't be trusted this week. He'll be without three of his top four wide receivers due to injuries, and he's playing against a defense that still has a fair bit of talent to make life difficult for him. With only four teams on a bye, there should be better streaming options available for this week than Brissett. Expect the Colts to lean heavily on the running game even with Brissett back in the fold.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal was quiet last week, and he'll see an uptick in his stock this week with quarterback Jacoby Brissett (knee) expected to start. However, he still can't be relied on for anything consistent. He's been boom-or-bust wideout nearly every week since he showed up on the scene in Week 3. He'll also have to deal with cornerback A.J. Bouye a fair bit in this game, which further downgrades him. Unless you have no other options, look elsewhere at wide receiver in shallow leagues. The Colts should lean more on the run this week once again.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron wanted more opportunities, and he got them last week. He saw 12 targets, but he only came down with five of them. Regardless, he remains a TE2 in Week 11. The Colts are without three of their top four wide receivers due to injury, which puts Ebron in a position to make plays every week. He has three touchdowns on the year, and with three good tight ends on byes this week, there's a short list of players that can be in front of him. If you have a better option, you can start him, but the Jacksonville Jaguars have been average against tight ends this year. Especially if T.Y. Hilton (calf) misses another game, you could do much worse than Ebron.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught 4-of-7 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in a 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. Landry got wide open on the left side of the end zone for a one-yard score in the second quarter, giving him a touchdown in three straight games. The veteran wide receiver has been trending up in recent weeks and draws a cake matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. He will be a no-brainer fantasy option for that contest.
The Cleveland Browns Defense put on a dominant showing in a 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. Cleveland intercepted Mason Rudolph four times and sacked him another four times in the win. It isn't all good news, however, as star pass rusher Myles Garrett is probably looking at a lengthy suspension for his role in a brawl at the end of the game. Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and hit him with it after a sack late in the contest. Cleveland's defense will be a top option in Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins regardless of whether Garrett is available or not.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield got the job done in a 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. Mayfield completed 17-of-32 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a one-yard rushing touchdown on the evening. The rushing score was a gift as Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to have a touchdown reception which was overturned after the scoring play was reviewed, putting the ball at the Pittsburgh one-yard line. After a rough start to the season, Mayfield is starting to trend upwards. He draws a beautiful Week 12 matchup against the tanking Miami Dolphins.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 27 times for 92 yards in a 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. Chubb was mostly bottled up by a tough Pittsburgh run defense but the 27 carries go down as a season-high as he became the first NFL player to rush for 1,000 yards in the 2019 season. He did check out near the end of the game with what appeared to be a groin issue. On the negative side, Chubb only drew one target as newly reinstated Kareem Hunt continues to cut into his passing game work. Either way, Chubb will be a lock-button play in Week 12 against a weak Miami Dolphins Defense.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball six times for 12 yards and added six receptions for 46 yards in a 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. Hunt continues to be deployed as Cleveland's passing-down back, out-targeting Nick Chubb eight to one in the contest. Chubb also appeared to tweak his groin toward the end of the game, which could lead to more work for Hunt against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12 if Chubb is unable to play or is limited. Hunt's work in the passing game has him on the radar as a flex option in PPR leagues going forward.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught 4-of-10 targets for 60 yards in a 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Beckham had a touchdown wiped off the board at the end of the first drive when official review revealed that his knee was down inside the one-yard line, right before the ball crossed the goal line. Beckham wound up settling for a 42-yard reception. He was mostly quiet for the rest of the game as he and Baker Mayfield continue to struggle to get on the same page. Despite the slow season, Beckham could very well erupt in Week 12 as the Browns take on the tanking Miami Dolphins.
Free-agent RB Jay Ajayi (Eagles) will visit the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Nov. 15, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Ajayi played well for the Eagles in 2017, but knee injuries took a toll on his production. If he does return to the Eagles, he won't have any fantasy appeal in a crowded backfield.
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns FS Morgan Burnett (Achilles) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Week 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an Achilles injury.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a shoulder injury.
Fantasy Spin: After his shoulder injury flared up, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Conner miss additional time going forward. Jaylen Samuels would be the back to own in Conner's absence.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) won't return to the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Fantasy Spin: Diontae Johnson is currently second on the team in receptions and could be worth a flier as a desperation flex play if Smith-Schuster misses additional games.
Cleveland Browns FS Morgan Burnett (ankle) was taken to the locker room after suffering an ankle injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers CB Artie Burns (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a knee injury.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (shoulder) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) were forced to leave Thursday Night's game against the Cleveland Browns. Conner who missed the last two games with the shoulder injury, reaggravated it early in the game, while Smith-Schuster got sandwiched on a tackle in between multiple Browns defenders in the second quarter and immediately fell to the ground. If both players are forced to miss extended time, this Steelers offense becomes completely devoid of playmaking talent. Look for Vance McDonald, James Washington, Jaylen Samuels, and Trey Edmunds to receive immediate opportunities in their absence.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) exited the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns after taking a blow to the head.
Fantasy Spin: Smith-Schuster will likely be evaluated for a concussion. If he ends up missing any time, Diontae Johnson and James Washington would become the primary targets in the passing game. However, neither player would be a must-start fantasy option with Mason Rudolph under center for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) exited against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 after injuring his shoulder and is questionable to return.
Fantasy Spin: It is the same injury that already forced Conner to miss time this season. Jaylen Samuels should step in as the lead back, and if Conner misses any additional time, Samuels can be a volume-based flex option with RB2 upside in PPR formats.