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From The Godfather: Week 6

Sat Oct 12 9:29am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

Four teams won’t be playing this week: Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis and Oakland.

Miami returns to play. Well, at least they have a game!  And it is at home against the winless Redskins.  As bad as these two teams are, a 0-0 tie would not surprise me. But if you’re streaming defenses, you could take the Redskins, mainly because they fired head coach Jay Gruden. There might be a sense of urgency from their players who might be playing to keep their jobs.

The big scoring game this week could come as Houston visits Kansas City.  This game promises to be a track meet as both teams dash up and down the field.  Houston has been given up 365 yards per game while putting up 380. And Kansas City has been given up 393 while getting 444.  Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson both should top 300 passing yards, and all receivers are in play except injured Sammy Watkins.

As a rule, using your offensive players against the worst defenses makes common sense. And we have a couple of them going against each other this week in Atlanta at Arizona.  Both defenses are at the NFL bottom in passing yards, touchdowns and rushing yards allowed.  So both Kyler Murray and Matt Ryan should have big days as well as their top and secondary receivers. And the running backs should put up nice numbers, too, so load up.

Quarterbacks: Besides the above and the obvious, I have a sneaky pick this week. Miami quarterback Josh Rosen going against a Redskins team that just changed coaches.  With an extra week to prepare because of a bye, Rosen should show why he was given a vote of confidence as their starting quarterback for the rest of the year.

Running Back: Staying with the two worst teams idea, I like Adrian Peterson to show up this week for the Redskins against the Dolphins.  New coach Bill Callahan wants to establish a running game and what better team to do it against than Miami.  Devonta Freeman gets the NFL’s 24th worst defense and the more he runs, the more the Falcons pitiful defense can stay off the field.  Same goes for Houston. They’d like Carlos Hyde to exploit the Kansas City running defense that’s banged up right now at linebacker.  I also like Seattle running back Chris Carson to have a huge day against a Browns rushing defense that hasn’t stopped anyone the last two weeks.

Wide Receivers: The Eagles passing defense is giving up 300 yards and two touchdowns a game. Hopefully, both touchdowns will go to Adam Theilen just like last week. He’s the top choice for a big day if Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins plays like last week again.  As mentioned above, the Miami D is bad, so in addition to Peterson having a big day, look for Redskins wideout Terry McLaurin to torch the 31st worst NFL defense. Baltimore and Lamar Jackson should have their way with the Bengals defense.  If healthy and playing, Marquise Brown should be huge as he burns their secondary at least a couple times for big plays.  If he’s inactive, Willie Snead could be a nice sleeper.

Tight End: Staying with the above theme, Ravens tight end Mark Andrews should be a big red-zone target.  Back to exploiting the Cardinals defense that can’t find a way to cover tight ends. Expect a big week from Falcons tight end Austin Hooper.  He’s been averaging six catches a game and will be in double digits in this one. Plus, he’ll get in the end zone.  Have you noticed what the Rams tight end Gerald Everett has been doing lately?  He has 12 catches on 19 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown his last two games.  Look for him to be a big part of the game plan against the 49er’s with Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks banged up.

Defense: If you’re not taking the Redskins against the Dolphins, the next best is the Cowboys at the New York Jets.  The sixth best defense is going against the league’s worst offense.

Have a great Week 6. And if the Buffalo defense is available in your league, grab them now for the matchup with a Miami next week!

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

Player Notes
Matthew Stafford Nov 21 1:00am ET

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) missed another practice on Wednesday, but he wants to play again this season when he's cleared by doctors. However, Detroit is currently 3-6-1 and has very little chance of making the playoffs, so it's not like the Lions will rush their starting quarterback back. Stafford is expected to miss his third straight game after his streak of 136 straight starts was broken two weeks ago. He doesn't when it'll be, he just wants to make it back this season. Stafford was second in the NFL at the time of his injury with 19 touchdowns, and he was leading the NFL in 20-plus yard completions (41). He remains week-to-week, and fantasy owners must come to grips with the fact that he might not help them again in 2019. Jeff Driskel will remain the starter while Stafford is out.

From RotoBaller

Davante Adams Nov 21 12:50am ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (toe) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Adams will be fine to play on Sunday night against the 49ers. The 26-year-old has seen a healthy 21 targets in his two games since returning from turf toe, and he went for 118 yards before the Week 11 bye against Carolina. Adams is a must-start as quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top target, but the Niners have been very good at limiting opposing wideouts in 2019. Consider him more of a low-end WR1, and he'll be looking for his first touchdown of the season this weekend.

From RotoBaller

Phillip Lindsay Nov 21 12:50am ET

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (foot, wrist) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback in practice later this week, Lindsay will be good to go for Week 12 against the Bills. The second-year back has mostly been a disappointment in 2019 while sharing backfield work with Royce Freeman in an offense that doesn't score many points, but Denver proved last week that they plan on giving more work to Lindsay to close out the season. The 25-year-old had his most carries (16) since Sept. 22 against the Packers. He's the better fantasy back in Denver's backfield and will have low-end RB2 appeal this weekend.

From RotoBaller

Jack Doyle Nov 21 12:40am ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle had been one of the most consistent players on the team before he disappeared in Week 11 with no targets or catches. In Week 12, you can't count on him to produce a lot, and his ceiling was never all that high anyway. He only has three touchdowns on the year, and he's only gone over 50 yards in a game one time this season. Good fantasy football tight ends are hard to find, especially when two or three of them are on byes this week, but you can still find a better option than Doyle.

From RotoBaller

Nyheim Hines Nov 21 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines saw his stock shoot up earlier this week when starting running back Marlon Mack (hand) was announced as out for Thursday's game with the Houston Texans. In PPR formats, Hines can easily get you 10 to 12 points with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. The Texans have given up more receptions to running backs than any other team in the NFL this season. Hines still doesn't present much value in standard leagues, but he gives you a decent flex option if you're short-handed this week in PPR leagues.

From RotoBaller

Jordan Wilkins Nov 21 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Wilkins has essentially been a non-factor all season, but with starter Marlon Mack (hand) out for Week 12, he presents some deeper league sleeper potential. Running back Jonathan Williams was the hot hand in Week 11, but Wilkins is more experienced with the team. Head coach Frank Reich could opt to split carries and ride whatever running back is rolling. Wilkins could be that, as he boasts a career yard-per-carry average of 5.8. Unless you're desperate, though, don't count on him for anything consistent.

From RotoBaller

Jonathan Williams Nov 21 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Williams was thrust into a major role after starter Marlon Mack (hand) left the game in Week 11. In Week 12, he'll receive a fair bit of work against the Houston Texans, but it's tough to tell how much. The Colts were up comfortably for much of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he was the hot hand on the afternoon. Against the Texans, the Colts could go for more of a committee approach, which could lower Williams' ceiling. If he gets rolling like he did last week, he's a great play. Otherwise, he could come out with a dud. He shouldn't be relied upon unless absolutely necessary, especially since he could play second fiddle to Jordan Wilkins on early downs.

From RotoBaller

T Y Hilton Nov 21 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) is questionable heading into the team's Week 12 matchup with the Houston Texans, but if he plays, you almost have to start him. He's been an elite player when he's been on the field this season, and he's consistently torn up the Texans in the past. He's about two weeks removed from his injury, and it's still questionable if he'll be able to suit up. With Hilton's talent and the Texans' inability to stop opposing pass-catchers, he's startable this week if he's active.

From RotoBaller

Zach Pascal Nov 21 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has steadily been fading over the last month of the season. In Week 12, he has some upside against the Houston Texans, who he went for six catches, 106 yards and two touchdowns against earlier this season, but he's been too inconsistent to rely upon every week. There are a number of good offenses with good wide receivers that are on byes this week that could force you into playing Pascal, and he has the ability to score a fair bit of points. However, his inconsistency should have you looking elsewhere. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) potentially returning as the team's No. 1 receiver, it'll give you even more reason to fade Pascal in this run-first offense.

From RotoBaller

Eric Ebron Nov 21 12:30am ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron remains firmly in the TE2 category thanks to his athleticism and abilities in the red zone. In Week 12 against the Houston Texans, he is again a TE2 with upside thanks to a soft defense. You likely drafted Ebron to be your top tight end, and he hasn't been that this season with just three touchdowns through 10 games. This could be the week he gets back into the end zone, but there are still a few players with better matchups and outlooks than him.

From RotoBaller

Jacoby Brissett Nov 21 12:20am ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has a matchup with the Houston Texans in Week 12, and he has the potential to have a big week. The Texans have the offense to put up a lot of points, but their defense has been suspect due to injuries and player moves. The Colts will be without running back Marlon Mack (hand), which will put more work on Brissett's shoulders. The Colts Defense has given up points at times this year, and they gave up 23 in the first matchup of these teams. Brissett and the team put up 30 in that matchup, and if wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) is able to play, his ceiling shoots way up.

From RotoBaller

Jonathan Williams Nov 20 11:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Williams might be counted upon to start the Week 12 game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 21 with RB Marlon Mack (hand) out. If Williams gets the start, it will be in the building where he had his last starting assignment in the 2014 Texas Bowl for the University of Arkansas.

Fantasy Spin: Williams went for over 100 yards last week once Mack went down, and Jordan Wilkins is coming off an ankle injury, so it's likely a good bet Williams gets first crack at the lion's share of the work. By the way, he had 105 yards in that Texas Bowl win over the Texas Longhorns, so fantasy owners hope lightning strikes twice at NRG in Week 12.

From TheHuddle

Jacoby Brissett Nov 20 11:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett enters the Week 12 game Thursday, Nov. 21 against the Houston Texans with a 4-0 career record with seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 107.2 passer rating, going 3-0 with the Colts and 1-0 as a member of the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Spin: Brissett will have the good fortune of not having to face J.J. Watt, since he is out for the remainder of the season, too. He's not a bad low-end QB1 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams, and it sounds like he'll have T.Y. Hilton back, too.

From TheHuddle

Devin Funchess Nov 20 11:23pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess (collarbone) has not yet been activated from the Reserve/Injured list, so it is extremely unlikely he plays in Week 12 against the Houston Texans.

Fantasy Spin: Funchess hasn't shed his non-contact jersey, and the team is unlikely to rush him and risk aggravating his injury. Fantasy owners will want to see him officially return and knock off the rust, making it through a full game without any setbacks. Unfortunately for most owners, time is running out for that to happen in the fantasy regular season.

From TheHuddle

Nyheim Hines Nov 20 11:23pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines is still expected to see his normal role in the passing game in Week 12 against the Houston Texans, and not an increase in work despite the loss of RB Marlon Mack (hand).

Fantasy Spin: Hines will see his regular work on passing downs, but it appears Jonathan Williams and/or Jordan Wilkins will be counted upon as the workhorse back for carries.

From TheHuddle

Raheem Mostert Nov 20 8:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Mostert has been limited during practice over the last few weeks but has not missed a game. He has been held to 35 yards or less in each of the last three games and probably can be avoided in most leagues.

From TheHuddle

Robbie Gould Nov 20 8:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford (hamstring, quadriceps), PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps) and OT Joe Staley (finger) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20. DT D.J. Jones (groin) was limited during practice, while LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion) fully participated in practice.

From TheHuddle

Emmanuel Sanders Nov 20 8:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders did not practice last week but was able to play in Week 11, so he may not do much during practice this week. He should be a starting option in all leagues if he is active for the game.

From TheHuddle

George Kittle Nov 20 8:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Kittle has missed the last few games because of the injuries and probably will miss another game if he does not practice. Fantasy players should check on his status later in the week but will need other options available.

From TheHuddle

Oakland Raiders Nov 20 8:30pm ET

The Oakland Raiders Defense is coming off back-to-back stellar weeks and is in a superb spot to keep the trend going in Week 12. Led by the reigning Defensive Player of the Week Maxx Crosby, they've piled up 10 sacks and five turnovers in their last two games, helping them earn double-digit fantasy point totals in each contest. Their Jets opponent this weekend is allowing the second-most fantasy points to the D/ST position, and the third-most sacks in the league (41). Managers looking for a streaming option this week should ride the Raiders defense with confidence.

From RotoBaller