Tue Nov 12 9:23am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Guice is set to return Week 11
There were a few more injuries this week, opening the door for a few more players to grab playing time and maybe make a fantasy impact. At this point of the season, injuries are the easiest way for new players to make an impact for fantasy teams. You never want to see a player get hurt, but those injuries aren’t always bad in fantasy land. Sometimes an injury gives a player just the chance they need. So this could be the week to take a chance on a few players that might have a bigger role because of injury. There are a few on this list.
Daniel Jones, Giants. Jones had his second four-touchdown game of the season last week, giving him four-touchdown games two of three. He has produced some big gams this year and has touchdowns in every game he has started, showing some consistency at the position. Jones is worth using as a spot starter in the right matchup. Jones remains available in 28 percent of leagues.
Kyle Allen, Panthers. Allen will remain the starter in Carolina with Cam Newton done for the year. Allen has shown well as the starer and could keep the job going forward because of his solid play. He had his first 300-yard game of the season last week and has three multiple touchdowns gams this season. He seems to be growing every week and gaining fantasy value, making him a good spot play for fantasy teams.
Brian Hill, Falcons. Devonta Freeman injured his ankle last week, giving Hill his biggest workload to date. He had 20 carries for 61 yards and a catch for a 10-yard touchdown. He has touchdowns two straight games. Hill could get the start this week with Freeman hurting, so he is worth adding in nearly all formats. He has some potential in a starting role in this high-powered offense.
J.D. McKissic, Lions. McKissic continues to be the best back to use in Detroit. He had double-digit carries for the first time all season last week and a season-high six receptions. He has at least three receptions three straight games. He won’t produce big numbers but get you some weekly fantasy points in his current role. He is capable of producing double-digit fantasy points on a weekly basis.
Derrius Guice, Redskins. Guice was activated from Injured Reserve and is set to make his return to the lineup this week. Guice is returning from a knee injury and could be eased into action, but the starting job should be his once he is up to speed. And Guice was dropped in a lot of leagues. He is available in 31 percent of leagues. He really should be owned in all formats. His upside is high as a starter.
James Washington, Steelers. Washington had his best game of the season last week, catching six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. He has 10 receptions for 159 yards his last two games. Washington is finally gaining some steam in the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh doesn’t have an explosive passing game, so Washington is likely to be erratic but you can’t ignore his recent production. Things are trending the right way for him at the moment.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders. Renfrow had four receptions for 42 yards last week, giving him at least four catches three straight games. He also has touchdowns two of three. HIs numbers aren’t off the charts but consistent in his current role. Renfrow gets his weekly targets as the slot receiver for the Raiders, giving him some fantasy appeal going forward.
Darius Slayton, Giants. With Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard out of action, Slayton has emerged as the go-to target for the Giants. He had a career best game last week, catching 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He has multiple touchdowns two of three games. Slayton is available in 74 percent of leagues.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers. Samuel has gotten a lot more consistent work lately, having at least three receptions three straight games. He also has at least 40 total yards all three of those games. And the injury to Emmanuel Sanders could open the door for Samuel to get even more looks.
Dawson Knox, Bills. Knox had four receptions for 55 yards last week, having a season high six targets in the game. Knox has been up and down his rookie year, but looked good at times. He has 50-plus yards three times. Knox gets the Dolphins this week and a Cowboys team in Week 13 that struggles to stop the tight end. Things are looking up for Knox to get going as the starter for the Bills.
Jonnu Smith, Titans. Smith had four receptions for 30 yards last week, getting another start because of the injury to Delanie Walker. Smith has at least three receptions four straight games. He is a big-play threat at tight end and capable of the big game any given weeks. Smith is a good pickup for fantasy teams looking for a possible spark at tight end.
Jacob Hollister, Seahawks. Hollister has emerged as the starting tight end for the Seahawks. He is starting and getting plenty of weekly looks, having touchdowns two straight games. The Seahawks have given the tight end plenty of targets this year, so while Hollister doesn’t have much of a track record, his new role gives him fantasy value for the rest of this season. He can keep producing.
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.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (knee) was a full participant in practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Njoku returned in Week 14 from Injured Reserve and posted just one catch for four yards in the win over the Bengals. The 23-year-old has plenty of upside, but fantasy owners will be worried that he'll have his snaps limited for the second straight game. The Cardinals Defense is the worst team at defending the position, though, so Njoku will have boom-or-bust appeal as a TE2 this Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle cemented his status as a gridiron beast in Week 14 by securing the Niners victory with a highlight-reel catch-and rumble. Hell return to his premium TE1 status in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite missing two games with a broken ankle, Kittle has heated up in the second half, amassing 292 yards and three touchdowns since Week 10. The Niners draw a cushy matchup against a Falcons Defense ranked 26th in pass DVOA, setting up Kittle favorably for an encore performance. In a critical fantasy weekend, Kittle managers should feel confident having the All-Pro on their roster.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor (knee), DE Derek Barnett (ankle) and OT Lane Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) and CB Jalen Mills (elbow) were limited. LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) practiced in full.
Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: It appears like Humphries will miss another game because of the injury, so he should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has emerged lately as a red zone threat. The third-year pro has collected five spikes in his last six games, operating as the teams primary third receiver. With Marquise Goodwin (foot, knee) on injured reserve, Bournes 50 percent snap share should remain steady in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, even with sophomore disappointment Dante Pettis (knee) back in the mix. While his touchdown prowess is tough to ignore, Bourne hasnt eclipsed four catches or 45 yards during his scoring run, rendering him a volatile WR5.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), who was limited in practice on Thursday, is still expected to play in Week 15 against the Bills on Sunday night, barring any future setbacks. Smith-Schuster practiced in full on Wednesday, so the limited practice was initially seen as a troubling setback. He's been out since Nov. 14, though, and is more of a weak WR4 choice for fantasy owners with Devlin Hodges throwing him passes in an extremely tough matchup. Avoiding all Pittsburgh pass-catchers is probably the best strategy in the fantasy playoffs. James Washington's upside takes the biggest hit with Smith-Schuster expected back.
Tennessee Titans LB Daren Bates (shoulder), RB Derrick Henry (hamstring), WR Adam Humphries (ankle) and CB Adoree' Jackson (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. DT Jurrell Casey (knee) was limited. C Ben Jones (thumb), CB LeShaun Sims (ankle) and S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) practiced in full.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) and OT Donovan Smith (ankle, knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12. LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring), LB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee) were limited. OG Alex Cappa (elbow), OT Demar Dotson (non-injury), WR Scott Miller (hamstring) and DL Beau Allen (ankle) practiced in full.
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) was officially limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Hilton appears to have a chance to play in Week 15 but will be a risky option since the Colts play on Monday Night Football. Fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few days to have a better idea of Hilton's status.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Henry is optimistic about his availability for Week 15, but fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues if he is active for the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scott Miller (hamstring) got in a full practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. He looks to be on track to return for Week 15 in a mouthwatering matchup against the Lions. There is increased opportunity to produce as well with Mike Evans shut down for the rest of the year. Miller has only 10 catches on the year for 151 yards and no touchdowns, so he'd still be a lottery ticket for desperate fantasy owners in redraft leagues. Behind Chris Godwin, it will be Miller, Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson fighting for targets from quarterback Jameis Winston.
Detroit Lions OG Joe Dahl (back, knee), LB Jarrad Davis (ankle, knee), DT Damon Harrison (calf, knee, shoulder, rest), DT A'Shawn Robinson (shoulder), RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs), QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) and OT Ricky Wagner (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. DE Austin Bryant (hip), LB Christian Jones (shoulder) and P Sam Martin (abdomen) were limited. CBs Jamal Agnew (ankle) and CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) practiced in full.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick was held without a touchdown pass last week but did post five touchdowns in the previous two games. He should have a favorable matchup this week but may only be a starting option in two-quarterback leagues.
Miami Dolphins WR Allen Hurns (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Hurns appears to be on track to play in the Week 15 game and could serve as the top receiver if DeVante Parker is ruled out. He has a chance to be at least a flex option in deeper leagues if he plays.
Washington Redskins CB Quinton Dunbar (hamstring), LB Ryan Kerrigan (calf), OT Donald Penn (knee, back), WR Trey Quinn (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (toe) and CB Josh Norman (illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12. LB Ryan Anderson (shoulder), CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring), WR Paul Richardson (hamstring) and OG Brandon Scherff (elbow, shoulder) were limited. OT Morgan Moses (toe), QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle) and LB Cole Holcomb (thumb) practiced in full.
Detroit Lions running back Bo Scarbrough (ribs) was downgraded to out of practice on Thursday after getting in a limited session on Wednesday. It puts Scarbrough in danger of missing Week 15 against the Buccaneers, especially if he misses another practice on Friday. Even if Scarbrough plays, he'll be more of a low-upside RB3/flex in a tough matchup with a surprisingly good Buccaneers run defense this year. Rookie Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic would split the workload in the backfield if Scarbrough is inactive this Sunday. Detroit's offense under third-string quarterback David Blough is limping to the finish line.
Detroit Lions RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs) did not take part in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Scarbrough has been a steady if not unspectacular fantasy option since taking over the lead job in Week 11. If he cannot go in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Lions would likely split work between Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic. If he misses more than one week, Kerryon Johnson (knee) could return from IR and take back the starting job in Week 16.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (ankle) remained out of practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Humphries looks destined to miss his second straight game unless he can get in at least a limited practice on Friday. In this run-first offense, Humphries hasn't been fantasy relevant all year. Rookie A.J. Brown is your best bet as an upside WR2 in Week 15 against the Texans suspect secondary, while Corey Davis should remain the No. 2 option. Even if Humphries plays, you should leave him to the waiver wire in redraft leagues.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday. The Falcons were likely just managing his repetitions on Wednesday. Expect Freeman to be taken off the injury report on Friday and to play in Week 15 against the 49ers. He had one of his best games of the season last Sunday against the Panthers and scored his first rushing touchdown of the year. That's all well and good, but you should fully expect a letdown in Week 15 against one of the best all-around defenses in the league on the road. Freeman is a low-end RB2 for the second round of the fantasy playoffs.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Parker still needs to be cleared from his concussion protocol, so he may be a game-time decision this week. He has been playing well during the second half of the season and could be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is active for the game.