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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel has lived up to his second-round billing in recent weeks and remains a steady WR3 in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Over his last five contests, Samuel has either surpassed 100 scrimmage yards or scored a touchdown, becoming an instrumental piece of the offense. Even with veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders reassuming No. 1 receiver status, Samuel has continued finding ways to make an impact. Against an Atlanta Falcons Defense ranked 26th in DVOA, there should be ample opportunities for all Niners playmakers.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders played his best game in over a month last Sunday and is a WR3 in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. After being limited with a rib injury, Sanders looked healthy en route to 157 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one passing) in Week 14. Against a Falcons Defense ranked 26th in pass DVOA, Sanders is well-positioned to capitalize as the Niners top receiver. Even with rookie wideout Deebo Samuel ascending as a big-play talent, Sanders veteran savviness and ability to move the chains make his floor palatable in any fantasy format.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (concussion) was limited in practice on Thursday. Cook caught both of his targets in Week 14 against the 49ers for 64 yards and two touchdowns, but he also suffered a head injury that makes him questionable for Monday night against the Colts. The fact that he's already practicing is a good sign, but we'll have to wait and see if he clears the league's concussion protocol this weekend. Until them, consider him a low-end TE1 for Week 15 in the second week of the fantasy playoffs. If he's not given the green light, Josh Hill could be on the TE2 streaming radar against Indianapolis.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman appears to be the odd man out in the Niners backfield. With Raheem Mostert assuming control and Matt Breida running well in relief, Coleman is a tough sell as a flex play in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Since his four-touchdown explosion in Week 8, Coleman has been pedestrian, registering under 75 yards in each contest and finding the end zone just once. After playing just 11 snaps in Week 14, Coleman will be a high-risk fantasy option in a critical playoff week, even in a favorable matchup.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (elbow) and rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry (hip) are both practicing in full on Thursday ahead of Week 15 against the Bengals. Both players should be fine to play in an excellent bounce-back spot against the one-win Bengals this Sunday. Brady has been a disappointment in the second half of the season, but he's on the QB1 radar this weekend in the second round of the fantasy playoffs. While Harry has a great matchup, he's caught only five passes on 10 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in his four games in his rookie season. It's really hard to trust anyone outside of Julian Edelman in this passing offense.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been scorching lately and could flirt with QB1 status in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. After game managing to start the year, Jimmy G has three four-touchdown games in his past six contests and has registered a QB rating over 110 in six of seven. While hes endured turnover issues this season, Garoppolo has grown increasingly comfortable taking an assertive role in the offense. Against a Falcons pass defense ranked 26th in DVOA, Garoppolo will look to parlay a dangerous complement of weapons into another top-10 fantasy performance.
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida ran well in his return from injury in Week 14 (9.0 YPC) but played just 12 snaps. With Raheem Mostert taking charge of the backfield, Breida and Tevin Coleman will battle for touches, rendering both risky flex options. Averaging a healthy 5.2 yards per tote this year, Breida has outplayed Coleman, giving him the slight edge in change-of-pace duties against a beatable Falcons rush defense. However, Breida has been a nonfactor in the red zone and his uncertain opportunity share makes him a relatively low-ceiling play.
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.