Tue Nov 19 8:33am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Foles can help fantasy teams
The waiver wire isn’t too exciting again this week but there are a few options out there that could help the rest of the way. Nothing is ever certain when it comes to the waiver wire, but injured players can open the door for opportunities for others. And we had a few injuries last week that have impacted things going forward. So give these injury replacements some consideration on your waiver wire this week.
Sam Darnold, Jets. Darnold is showing some signs of life in recent weeks. He had a four-touchdown performance last week and has thrown for at least 230 yards three straight games. He has looked like a player that could help as a spot starter for fantasy teams. He gets the Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins his next three games, which is great news for his continued success.
Nick Foles, Jaguars. Foles had a solid return to the lineup, throwing for 296 yards and two touchdowns on the road against the Colts. The Jaguars aren’t afraid to air it out, so Foles will be capable of the big game in this offense. He could be a fact down the stretch for fantasy teams. He is available in 45 percent of leagues.
Jeff Driskel, Lions. Driskel could be the starter for the Lions the rest of the season with Matthew Stafford hurt. Driskel has produced pretty well in two starting, topping 21 fantasy points in each of those starts. He had a three-touchdown game in Week 11. He gets the lowly Redskins this week and has the Bucs in Week 15, making him a guy to consider using in those prime matchups.
Gus Edwards, Ravens. Edwards had the first 100-yard game of his season last week, rushing eight times for 112 yards and a score. He has touchdowns two of three games. He doesn’t get a ton of weekly work but his role might increase a little after his big showing last week. He has done well with his limited carries.
Jonathan Williams, Colts. Williams could be taking over as the starter for the Colts going forward with Marlon Mack injured. Williams ran 13 times for 116 yards and had a catch for 31 yards. He looked great. The only reason Williams was in there with backup Jordan Wilkins also injured. But with both backs hurt, Williams is the next man up and seems likely to start in Week 12 for the Colts. He will be worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Bo Scarbrough, Lions. Scarbrough was signed just last week but led the Lions running backs in snaps Week 11. He ran 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. He has a chance to take over as the lead back in the offense with the other guys struggling with their chances. Nothing is certain with this running back situation in Detroit, but Scarbrough could be the guy the next few weeks.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers. Samuel just keeps getting better every week, emerging as the go-to target in this passing game. He had eight receptions for 134 yards in Week 11, giving him two straight 100-yard games. This might be the last week you can grab Samuel. He is averrable in 30 percent of leagues.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders. Renfrow continues his emergence in the Raiders offense. He has at least four receptions four straight games and scores two of those games. His numbers aren’t flashy but consistent. He is a good spot play and bye week fill-in for fantasy teams. He will get his catches and yards on a weekly basis.
Darius Slayton, Giants. Slayton had his best game his last time out, catching 10 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He has multiple scores two of his last three games. The Giants are still hurting at receiver and tight end, meaning Slayton could continue to be the top target in this offense the next few games. Slayton is available in 39 percent of leagues.
Ryan Griffin, Jets. Griffin had his first 100-yard game of the season last week, catching five passes for 109 yards and a score. He has at least four receptions three of four games. He is the starter at tight end for the Jets with Christopher Herndon done for the season. Griffin has made the most of his chances and should continue to be a big part of this passing attack going forward.
Cameron Brate, Bucs. Brate was a big surprise last week, catching 10 passes for 73 yards on 14 targets. It was a little surprising to see him get so much work. But he has shown some life this year, having topped 30 yards three times. He did not have more than 50 yards in a game until last week, though. Brate won’t be a sure thing by any things going forward, but he is worth a speculative add. Maybe this is the game that gets him more involved in the passing game on a weekly basis.
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.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 95 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots 23-17 loss to the Chiefs in Week 14. New England's offense is in full-blown crisis mode but Edelman continues to put up career numbers. Edelman surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the third time in his career and now has 90 receptions on the season with six touchdowns. The Patriots offense is in a deep slump but Edelman can be safely dropped into fantasy starting lineups heading into Week 15.
New England Patriots running back James White carried the ball six times for 33 yards and added five receptions for 35 yards in the Patriots Week 14 loss to the Chiefs. On a night when the Patriots offense struggled for most of the game there weren't many bright spots to be found. From a fantasy perspective, however, White is slowly taking hold of the lead running back duties in the backfield. The Patriots appear to have lost all faith in second-year back Sony Michel and White brings versatility in the passing game. Look for White's touches to continue to rise in the final three games of the season.
The Minnesota Vikings Defense came through in a big way in Week 14's victory over the Detroit Lions. Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo both had interceptions and the Vikings sacked David Blough five times in what was a dominating effort from start to finish. Defensive end Danielle Hunter was an absolute force as he picked up three sacks and three tackles for loss in the win. Hunter became the youngest player to reach 50 sacks in the history of the NFL; it's past time for him to be a household name in the league. Cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and Mike Hughes (oblique) left the contest late, but Mike Zimmer wasn't concerned about their injuries after the game. The Vikings Defense will be a recommended play in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed only 19 of 36 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Patriots 23-17 loss to the Chiefs. New England had a 21-game winning streak at home snapped as the offense continued its descent into mediocrity. All of the blame should not go to Brady but the future Hall of Famer's completion percentage continues to plummet. Four rushing touchdowns have helped his fantasy production over the last month but Brady has passed for only nine touchdowns over his last eight games played. The Patriots are heading towards the playoffs but will need massive improvement if they hope to defend their title. Brady's fantasy value is in free-fall right now.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel carried the ball only five times for eight yards in the Patriots 23-17 loss to the Chiefs. The second-year running back was completely phased out of the team's offensive game plan as the Patriots search for an offensive identity. His fantasy value, in turn, has reached a new low as James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden all out-rushed Michel. The talented back has lost so much fantasy luster over the last month that fantasy owners may need to consider dropping him in favor of higher upside options moving forward.
Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton caught five of his seven targets for 34 yards in a 38-24 win over the Houston Texans in Week 14.
Fantasy Spin: Although he didn't pile up a bunch of yards, Sutton led the team in receptions and targets. A Week 15 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs should have him back in the WR2 conversation.
Denver Broncos LB Todd Davis finished with 15 tackles, including five solo stops, in a 38-24 win over the Houston Texans in Week 14.
Fantasy Spin: Davis has quietly delivered double-digit tackles in five straight games, making him a streaming option for those in the IDP market.
New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith snagged two of his four targets for 29 yards and a touchdown vs. the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Fantasy Spin: Smith missed so much time this year with ankle injury and was set back because of it. He how has scores in two of his last three but has no more than a pair of catches in any of the last five appearances. That kind of involvement is of no use in fantasy playoff lineups.
Denver Broncos CB Kareem Jackson finished with 11 tackles, including six solo stops, an interception, three passes defensed and returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in a 38-24 win over the Houston Texans in Week 14.
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison had 14 carries for 46 yards in Week 14, adding two receptions for 18 yards in the win. The 16 touches were a new career-high for the rookie as he got a lot of late-game run with the Vikings holding a sizeable lead. Mattison likely won't offer standalone value in the fantasy playoffs, but he remains valuable as a priority handcuff to starter Dalvin Cook.
New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. caught four passes for 50 yards on six targets vs. the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Fantasy Spin: Ginn is merely a flier for a cheap touchdown most weeks. With so much at stake in Week 15, he's no better than a weak flex vs. Indy. The Colts gave up six WR scores in the five games entering Week 14 before allowing a trio of TDs to the position against the Bucs.
The Washington Redskins Defense played well enough to hold the Packers to 20 points on Sunday, but the bigger story is that they straight-up could not stop Aaron Jones on the ground. Jones rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and added six receptions for 58 yards. Jones' big day on the ground offset the fact that this Washington defense was largely able to hold Aaron Rodgers in check, as they sacked the Packers quarterback four times, held him to 195 yards and one touchdown through the air, and forced him to lose a fumble. The Redskins remain a risky option for any fantasy owner contending for a league championship, but they're not without upside.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara carried the ball 13 times for 25 yards and caught four of six targets for 18 yards in a 48-46 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It's fair to wonder if something is wrong health-wise with Kamara, who's been a bust in fantasy this year. It could also be a play-calling issue, as he was seemingly stopped dead in his tracks every time he touched the ball. Whatever it is, he's now gone without a touchdown in eight straight games- an inexplicable streak for someone with his talent. Kamara will look to rebound from this in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts, who possess a strong run defense.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Olabisi Johnson caught his only target for a nine-yard score in the first quarter of Week 14's win over the Detroit Lions. The touchdown was Johnson's third of the year in what has been a productive campaign for the seventh-round rookie out of Colorado State. Adam Thielen (hamstring) is expected to be back for Week 15's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers, which would result in Johnson's standalone value completely disappearing. He's off the redraft radar for the fantasy playoff home stretch as he simply doesn't receive enough volume.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown on eight targets at the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Fantasy Spin: A 39-yard catch-and-run late in the game set up the Niners for the game-winning kick, and it also helped salvage an otherwise pedestrian fantasy day. Atlanta comes to town in Week 15 with the 10th-weakest defense at stopping tight end yardage in the five weeks leading up to Week 14. Carolina only added to the damage with a backup TE.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed 11 times for 34 yards in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts and he added two catches for 19 yards on his two targets.
Fantasy Spin: Barber and Ronald Jones split the backfield touches and neither really did anything of significance. Both remain decent low-end RB3 or flex fantasy options heading into Week 15 against the Detroit Lions.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught six of nine targets for 92 yards in a Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions. Diggs was able to burn Darius Slay for 44 yards on a great sideline grab to set up a Dalvin Cook touchdown before halftime. He did most of his damage in the first half as the Vikings went run-heavy with a big lead in the final two quarters. Diggs will have borderline WR1 appeal in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers, regardless of the status of Adam Thielen (hamstring).
Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard totaled nine stops with a tackle for loss, two passes defensed and two interceptions, including one for an 80-yard touchdown, in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny (knee) left the Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams due to a left knee injury. He left for the locker room and will have X-rays, according to NBC Sports sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
Fantasy Spin: With Penny sidelined, Chris Carson figures to see a majority of the workload with C.J. Prosise figuring in on passing downs and as a blocker.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 33-of-45 passes for 456 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in the Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He also rushed for five yards and a score.
Fantasy Spin: It was a big game for Winston despite the interceptions, and the rushing score was a nice bonus. He faces another fantastic fantasy option against the leaky pass defense of the Detroit Lions in Week 15.