Tue Nov 6 8:40 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
McGuire returned from injury
There continues to be a handful of players that are emerging at this point of the season. These guys are likely available in your fantasy leagues, so give them consideration if you need the help. You can never count on a player to be a stud that you just picked up off waivers, but there always is that chance that there recent strong play can continue. Below are some possible fantasy players that could help fantasy teams the rest of the year.
Case Keenum, Broncos. Keenum threw for 290 yards and a touchdown last week without an interception. He has 290-plus passing yards three of five games and 260-plus passing yards four of those games. He is getting his yards and some scores, proving to be a decent streaming option for fantasy teams.
Nick Mullens, 49ers. Mullens was a huge surprise last week. He got his first NFL start and the undrafted rookie looked like he had been playing for 10 years. He was 16-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He could get another start this week and might be worth using against a struggling Giants team.
Baker Mayfield, Browns. Mayfield has multiple touchdowns three straight games. He also has 290-plus passing yards three of seven games. He has posted some pretty good numbers for fantasy teams and has some favorable matchups in the coming weeks. He is worth a look if you need quarterback help.
Mike Davis, Seahawks. Davis led the Seahawks in rushing last week, rushing 15 times for 62 yards. But more impressively, Davis caught seven passes for 45 yards. He has double-digit carries four of five games. He is the backup to Chris Carson but getting his weekly chances and has some value as a flex play in the right matchup.
Ito Smith, Falcons. Smith scored another touchdown last week, giving him four touchdowns in five games. He had a season-high in rushing last week, running 10 times for 60 yards. He has good touchdown potential in this offense and is available in 38 percent of leagues.
Elijah McGuire, Jets. McGuire returned from Injured Reserve last week and looked good in his first game back from a foot injury. He was heavily involved in the offense, rushing seven times for 30 yards. He also had three catches for 37 yards, giving him 10 touches for 67 yards. He could be the top change-of-pace back for the Jets the rest of the year. He has good potential going forward and is available in 74 percent of leagues.
Duke Johnson, Browns. Johnson finally was heavily involved in the offense, getting nine receptions for 78 yard and two touchdowns. A new coach and offensive coordinator could be just the thing to get Johnson going in this offense. Johnson has at least four receptions three of four games and can be one of the top pass-catching backs in the game. He is available in 33 percent of leagues.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers. Samuel had two touchdowns last week - one rushing and one receiving. He had three touches in the game but made the most of his chances. He is a big-play threat that could be getting more chances in this offense going forward. He might be worth a speculative add for fantasy teams.
Adam Humphries, Bucs. Despite his recent surge in production, Humphries continues to get little respect in fantasy circles. He is available in 95 percent of leagues, but that is likely to change this week. He had his best game of the season in Week 9, catching eight passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. He has 15 receptions for 158 yards his last two games and at least four receptions four of five games. He has value as a low-end No. 3 or 4 fantasy receiver int his pass-first offense.
Maurice Harris, Redskins. Harris was a huge surprise last week, catching 10 passes for 124 yards. He had just 11 receptions for 102 yards coming into this game. Harris has emerged as the slot receiver for the Redskins, though, and could be getting more and more work the rest of the year, especially with Paul Richardson out for the season.
Willie Snead, Ravens. Snead led the Ravens in receiving last week, catching seven passes for 58 yards. He has 12 receptions his last two games and at least five receptions five of six games. He has gotten a lot of weekly targets and produced consistent numbers for fantasy teams. Snead remains available in 62 percent of leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Patriots. Patterson continues to get chances at running back and is taking advantage of his workload. He rushed 11 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 9, leading the Patriots in rushing. Patterson is likely to continue to have a role as a running back going forward but his workload could be sporadic with Sony Michel expected to return.
Jeff Heuerman, Broncos. Heuerman emerged as the top threat in the Broncos passing game last week, catching 10 passes for 83 yards. This game came a little out of nowhere for Heuerman, who had more than 50 yards just once all season before this big game. But he does have scores two straight and is quickly gaining the confidence of Case Keenum. He might be a good spot start the rest of the way for fantasy teams.
Christopher Herndon, Jets. Herndon broke his touchdown streak last week but had a season high in yards. He finished with four receptions for 62 yards. Herndon has touchdowns three of four games and multiple catches three of those games. He has become a consistent threat in the Jets passing game, giving him some value to fantasy teams.
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.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (hip) has progressed in his rehab without setbacks since suffering a hip injury in October, according to a league source. Doctors have ruled out surgery once and for all for Wilson and has raised hope that he will be able to get back on the field this spring. The belief is that Wilson will be ready for the start of the offseason program in April. Wilson ranked third on the team in touchdowns (four receiving and one passing) despite missing nine games, and his yards-per-catch average (15.0) led the team. Although Miami's quarterback situation is up in the air, Wilson should have a prominent place in the team's offense next year regardless.
The New York Jets officially hired Dowell Loggains as their next offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Wednesday. Loggains has worked under head coach Adam Gase in both Chicago and Miami. With Gase likely running the show on offense, Loggains' main task will be to continue the development of quarterback Sam Darnold, who was very up and down in his rookie season. The Jets ranked 29th in yards per game (299.2), 25th in passing yards (197.8), 26th in rushing yards (101.4) and 23rd in the league in points per game (20.8) in 2018.
The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year deal on Wednesday so that he can return for a 16th season. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Fitzgerald will turn 36 at the end of August but will remain the No. 1 wideout on the team because of his experience. His numbers took a hit in one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2018, but he still led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (734) and touchdowns (six). While Fitz can still make an impact on the field, he'll be returning to his third head coach in three years, but the addition of Kliff Kingsbury could improve the offense moving forward. We won't say for sure that Fitzgerald will return to the 1,000-yard mark, but he should be a serviceable WR3 at the very least.
Former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano is expected to land with the New England Patriots in a top defensive role when linebackers coach Brian Flores heading to the Miami Dolphins.
Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has emerged as the favorite to be hired as Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, according to sources.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Jan. 23, that he'll return for the 2019 season.
Fantasy Spin: Fitz had a 69-734-6 season, which was well below the 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons the three years previously. The rookie quarterback was part of the problem, but he doesn't have much more upside next season. He's still a PPR asset, but he'll be a mid-round option as a WR3.
Updating an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Larry Fitzgerald re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Miami Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) is on schedule with his recovery from an October hip injury that landed him on IR and could be at full speed when the team's offseason workout program begins in April.
Fantasy Spin: After four largely nondescript seasons in Kansas City, Wilson flashed some playmaking ability before getting injured against the Lions. There are far too many variables in Miami for an accurate read on Wilson's fantasy prospects for 2019, but he did enough last year to warrant your attention.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles would be eligible to be franchise or transition tagged and then traded if the team decides not to pick up his option, which ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes is a possibility as doing so would allow the Eagles to influence Foles' destination.
Fantasy Spin: Mortensen indicates such a move would prevent Foles from going to a division rival, but it's all speculation at this point. While it's far from a sure thing, Foles could have some fantasy value in the right situation.
Oakland Raiders CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) had successful surgery on his ailing shoulder last week, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree is likely to be released in the offseason, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec.
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent WR Cole Beasley claimed Tuesday, Jan. 22, that the Dallas front office encourages the coaching staff to get the football to certain players. 'I haven't been a huge priority in that regard. Maybe that will change but I'm not sure,' Beasley said.
Fantasy Spin: Beasley's frustrations are evident and understandable, although Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Gallup are all bigger, more talented threats with the ball. Beasley does have a role to play and put together his second best season from a statistical standpoint. That being said, he's only a mid- to late-round PPR flier if he stays in Dallas.
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team is "optimistic" that quarterback Alex Smith (leg) will be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but he also said "we'll see." In his first year with Washington, Smith was a disappointment, throwing for 2,108 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions with an 85.7 QB rating in 10 games before his gruesome leg injury. He'll be heading into his age-35 season and is unlikely to be ready for training camp or the regular season, so he's one to avoid for fantasy purposes. The 'Skins are in dire need of a long-term quarterback.
The Kansas City Chiefs relieved defensive coordinator Bob Sutton of his duties on Tuesday. Sutton was head coach Andy Reid's defensive coordinator for all six of his years in KC, but the Chiefs defense continued to trend downward in 2018 and was their Achilles heel in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots last weekend. Defensive end Chris Jones -- third in the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2018 -- and linebacker Dee Ford are the linchpins of this defense, but they must improve their talent in the secondary. The Chiefs ranked 31st in yards allowed per game (405.5), 31st in passing yards allowed (273.4), 27th in rushing yards allowed (132.1), 24th in points allowed (26.3) and tied for eighth in takeaways (27) in 2018.
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent TE Jared Cook will be re-signed if head coach Jon Gruden has his way, but Gruden admitted that Cook will be a popular name on the free-agent market.
Fantasy Spin: Cook was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders this season, and maybe the lone bright spot. He's a top-five fantasy tight end candidate now after finishing 2018 as the TE5.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Fantasy Spin: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team is unsure if impending free-agent running back Marshawn Lynch plans to play in 2019. Gruden said "we'd love to have him back" if he decides to play another season. Beast Mode will turn 33 in April and is coming off a season in which he played in just six games due to injury. Lynch ran 90 times for 376 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and three scores. Even if Lynch returns, he'd be more of a low-upside, injury-risk RB2 for Oakland that is more attractive in standard-scoring leagues.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team would like to re-sign impending free-agent tight end Jared Cook, but he knows the market for his services will be competitive. He'll be in high demand after he set career highs across the board in catches (68), targets (101), yards (896) and touchdowns (six) for the Raiders. Given the sad state of the tight end position in fantasy, Cook was a strong TE1 this year and will likely be drafted as one again this year, depending on where he lands. Staying in Oakland might be the best for his value.
The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan as their next offensive coordinator. Callahan has never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL but has been a QBs coach since 2015. He'll oversee an offense that could easily bounce back after serious injuries to quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green derailed them in 2018. Cincinnati finished 26th in yards per game (310.8), 24th in passing yards per game (205.6), 21st in rushing yards per game (105.1) and 17th in points per game (23.0) in 2018.
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch, an impending free agent this offseason, hasn't announced whether he plans on playing in 2019, but if he does, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday, Jan. 22, that 'we'd love to have him back.'
Fantasy Spin: Lynch will be 33 by the time next season rolls around, but he'd still be a fantasy RB2 consideration if were to be projected to be the primary RB in Oakland.