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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas acknowledged that wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck) remains a "big question mark" heading into the 2020 season and beyond. Enunwa played in just one game in 2019 before being shut down for the year, and he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He also played in just 1 games in 2018 due to neck and back issues, and it's unknown if he'll ever be 100 percent again, which makes it hard for the Jets to rely on him behind Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder. If healthy, the 27-year-old (28 in May) wideout would likely be the team's No. 3 receiver, but he'll have to compete with Josh Doctson and Vyncint Smith and prove he's healthy in training camp.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had contract talks with defensive tackle Chris Jones, but there haven't been any offers up to this point. The Chiefs will also be trying to work out a long-term extension with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, but that is unlikely to happen until sometime after the draft. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Jones earlier this offseason, but they'll have until July 15 to figure out an extension. The 25-year-old made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2019, registering nine sacks, 36 tackles (23 solo), eight tackles for loss and 20 QB hits. Jones has become an essential inside presence on KC's defensive line and has 33 sacks in his four seasons in the league.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith should see an increased role in the offense in 2020 now that Stefon Diggs is playing for the Bills. When wide receiver Adam Thielen was out for almost two months with an injury last year, Smith caught 36 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns and emerged as a reliable target for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Minnesota's offense also relies heavily on tight ends under coach Gary Kubiak; tight ends have received an average of 23 percent of targets per season in Kubiak's 21 seasons as a head coach or offensive coordinator. Even battling for targets with Kyle Rudolph, Smith could become worth rostering as a TE2 in standard leagues in his second season in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup had 39 catches for 686 yards and five touchdowns in November and December last season compared to 27 catches, 421 yards and one touchdown in the first two months of the year.
Fantasy Spin: Gallup had more receptions, yards and touchdowns in the final two months of 2019 than he did in his entire rookie season, and he and Amari Cooper suddenly look like one of the better receiver duos heading into 2020. For his part, Gallup should be a WR3 with upside.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee had 43 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns in the month of December last season compared to 26 catches, 212 yards and one score over the first three months combined.
Fantasy Spin: Jared Goff actually led the NFL in pass attempts last year, and now that Todd Gurley is not in the mix, Higbee's strong finish to 2019 could be a sign of things to come if the Rams continue to embrace a pass-heavy attack. Target him as a TE1 in 2020.
Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews caught 31 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns at home in 2019 and had 33 receptions for 412 yards and five scores in road contests.
Fantasy Spin: It didn't matter where the Ravens were playing. Andrews was routinely Lamar Jackson's favorite target and the most consistent member of the passing attack in an otherwise run-heavy offense. He's locked in as a TE1 heading into 2020.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller played in 11 games in 2019, and the team averaged 26.3 points in those contests compared to 19.6 in the five games he missed. Houston had an 8-3 record when Fuller played and went 2-3 without him in the lineup.
Fantasy Spin: Fuller will be asked to be the No. 1 receiver for Houston in 2020 following the trade of DeAndre Hopkins, and while good things tend to happen when he is on the field, he has yet to play a full season. In fact, Fuller has played 11 or fewer games in each of the past three seasons. Fuller will have WR2 upside, but fantasy owners need to make sure to have depth at the receiver position if they choose to take a chance on him.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw for 14 touchdowns versus only three interceptions in seven home games last season. In eight road outings, he accounted for 12 passing scores versus nine interceptions.
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb averaged 100.4 yards rushing, 0.75 touchdowns and 3.1 catches in eight games while Kareem Hunt served his eight-game suspension to begin last season. After Hunt was activated, Chubb averaged 86.4 yards rushing, 0.25 TDs and 1.4 catches.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt was very successful in his backup running back/slot role over the second half of the season, so it's fair to wonder if new head coach Kevin Stefanski has any designs on changing something that worked so well under the previous regime. Working in Chubb's favor is the likelihood Cleveland will be holding leads more often this season, meaning he could in a position to break off some more long scoring runs against tired defenses late in games. With Hunt around, however, Chubb should be considered a high-end RB2.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner broke a tackle once only every 23.2 rush attempts last season. In 2018, he broke a tackle once every 10.8 carries.
Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards averaged 2.5 yards per carry before contact and 2.8 yards per carry after contact in 2019, slightly outperforming starter and backfield teammate Mark Ingram (2.4 and 2.6, respectively) in each category.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker finished third in the league with 939 yards before the catch last season, while his 13 yards before catch per reception was good for sixth among qualified players.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel averaged 19 carries for 73 yards and scored four touchdowns in three games with Rex Burkhead injured last season. In those same contests, Michel compiled six of his 12 catches for the year. In the 13 games Burkhead was active, Michel averaged 14.6 carries for 53 yards and scored only three times.
Free-agent WR Jaron Brown (Seahawks) likely will not re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason since the Seahawks signed WR Phillip Dorsett earlier in the offseason.
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) is not considering retirement even though he is recovering from a neck injury. He is scheduled to receive $10.1 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.
Fantasy Spin: Enunwa has been limited to 12 games over the last three seasons because of injury and his status for the 2020 season is still uncertain. Fantasy players should keep an eye on his situation, but he should be considered a risky option in all leagues.
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida didn't have much of a role on offense to end last season behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman. If Jerick McKinnon is actually healthy in 2020, he gives the 49ers a legitimate route-runner and third-down option out of the backfield. San Fran could be willing to trade Breida's rights for a low-round draft pick. Of all the backs in this crowded backfield, Breida is the most likely to be playing for another team come the start of the season. The 25-year-old from Georgia Southern has been productive with 5.0 yards per carry on 381 career rushing attempts in his three years with the Niners, but he's also consistently battled nagging injuries and is now buried on the depth chart. A move out of this crowded backfield and onto another team with more opportunity would be best for Breida's real-life and fantasy value.
The Seattle Seahawks may only be willing to pay free-agent LB Jadeveon Clowney $13 million to $15 million annually to return, according to 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton. Clowney is reportedly seeking a deal which will pay him at least $17 million per year.
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron is one of six tight ends with at least 20 red zone touchdowns over the last five seasons, and he joins a Pittsburgh offense that ranked last in red zone scoring in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: A healthy Ben Roethlisberger under center should also go a long way to helping the Pittsburgh offense, but Ebron addresses a big need. He's a lower-end TE1 candidate, even if he could be a little touchdown dependent.
Free-agent CB Prince Amukamara (Bears) likely will not re-sign with the Bears this offseason, in the opinion of The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson probably will be looking for around $20 million per season in his next contract, in the opinion of The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.
Fantasy Spin: Robinson had a bounce back season in 2019 and finished with 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns. He will continue to be the main option in the passing game for the Bears and should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.