Tue Nov 26 8:19am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Darnold has favorable schedule
It is crunch time for many teams, needing get some wins before the season ends in a couple weeks. The bye weeks are finished, so some lineup decisions just got a little easier for fantasy teams. That is the good news. The bad news is injuries are still causing issues as well as ineffective play. This means the waiver wire can still be a useful tool for fantasy owners. There are some options out there this week that could help the rest of the season, so give it a look before setting your lineups in Week 13.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans. Tannehill just keeps getting it done on a weekly basis. He had a four-touchdown performance last week and has multiple scores five straight games. He has been a consistent fantasy play because of his ability to find the end zone. Tannehill has 21-plus fantasy points all five of his starts. He is available in 50 percent of leagues and looking pretty good the coming weeks with games against the Colts, Raiders and Texans.
Sam Darnold, Jets. Darnold is playing his best football to date, having two straight three-touchdown games. He had his second 300-yard game of the season last week and has multiple scores three straight. He plays the Bengals and Dolphins his next two, making him a player to consider streaming in your lineup.
Kyle Allen, Panthers. After a couple rough showings, we saw the good Kyle Allen again last week. He had three touchdowns and 256-passing yards without an interceptions on the road against a pretty good Saints secondary. Allen was impressive and can build on that the next few games, playing the Redskins and Falcons.
Andy Dalton, Bengals. Dalton returns to the starting lineup for Week 13 after the Ryan Finley experiment failed miserably. Finley was clearly not ready for a starting role, giving Dalton the job back despite the Bengals going nowhere fast. Dalton produced some big games before getting benched and has some potential in the right matchup, especially this week against the Jets.
Benny Snell, Steelers. Snell returned from his knee injury last week and was the lead back for the Steelers. He ran 21 times for 98 yards, setting career highs in both categories. This could be a trend the rest of the way for the Steelers, getting Snell more involved to see what he brings to the table. He could be a big factor for fantasy teams down the stretch.
Rashaad Penny, Seahawks. Penny was a big surprise last week, outplaying starter Chris Carson. Penny ran 14 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. This was a surprise because he had six carries for 14 yards his previous two games. Penny might be getting more consistent work going forward after this big showing. He is no sure thing but sure has his upside in this good offense.
Bo Scarbrough, Lions. Scarbrough was the lead back for the Lions for the second straight game. He ran 18 times for 98 yards last week, playing his best football of the year. He has 32 carries for 153 yards his last two games. He should continue to start for the Lions as long as Kerryon Johnson is out of the lineup.
Jonathan Williams, Colts. Williams started for the Colts last week and hit the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He has played very well in a lead role, replacing the injured Marlon Mack. Williams could get a few more starts the rest of the way with Mack still out. He has solid value in a starting role and is available in 34 percent of leagues.
A.J. Brown, Titans. Brown had one of his big games last week, catching four passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. He displayed his big-play ability once again. Brown has three games with 90-plus yards his rookie year. He can be erratic in this offense but is always capable of the big game because of his talent. It would not surprise to see him enjoy a big finish to his rookie year.
James Washington, Steelers. Washington was the No. 1 receiver for the Steelers last week and played well in that role. He finished with three receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. He has scores two of three games and had 90 or more yards two of those games. He has at least three receptions four straight games.
Randall Cobb, Cowboys. Cobb has been a big factor in the Cowboys offense the last several weeks. He has 85-plus yards three straight games and at least four receptions four straight. He has really become a consistent factor in the Cowboys passing attack. This should continue to be a trend going forward for the talented slot receiver.
Jaeden Graham, Falcons. Graham had just a catch last week but it went for a 53-yard game. He showed some big-play ability. He is getting a few weekly chances in the passing game with Austin Hooper out of action. This should be the case the next few weeks with games against the Saints and Panthers. Graham might be worth some consideration for tight end needy teams.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles. Goedert continues to be a big part of the Eagles passing game. He had seven receptions for 32 yards last week, giving him at least three receptions six straight games. He also has scores three of five. His yardage numbers aren’t great but you can live with that because of the catches and scores. Goedert is available in 36 percent of leagues.
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.
The San Francisco 49ers placed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot, knee) on injured reserve on Tuesday. The seven-year pro has been dealing with chronic leg issues and will be shut down to undergo treatment. Goodwin managed just 12 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown in 2019 and its probable his three-year tenure with the Niners is over. The speedster will likely find his way onto another roster next year but at 29 years old, Goodwin holds minimal dynasty value. With Goodwin shelved, wideout Kendrick Bourne will continue operating as the primary third receiver. With five scores over his past six games, Bourne has emerged as a red zone threat and will be a low-volume WR5 in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons.
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a knee injury on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
New York Jets S Jamal Adams (ankle), OT Chuma Edoga (knee), TE Ryan Griffin (ankle), CB Arthur Maulet (calf), CB Brian Poole (concussion), RB Bilal Powell (ankle, illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) and DL Quinnen Williams (neck) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 10. OT Kelvin Beachum (ankles), S Matthias Farley (ankle), DL Steve McLendon (knee, hip), RB Ty Montgomery (foot, hip) and DL Nathan Shepherd (ankle) were limited. RB Le'Veon Bell (illness), CB Maurice Canady (shoulder), OL Tom Compton (ankle), QB Sam Darnold (knee, thumb), QB David Fales (elbow) and LB Paul Worrilow (quad) participated in full.
Baltimore Ravens LB Chris Board (concussion), DB Anthony Levine (ankle), OT Ronnie Stanley (concussion), RB Mark Ingram (non-injury), S Earl Thomas (non-injury) and DT Brandon Williams (non-injury) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 10. TE Mark Andrews (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (quad) and DE Jihad Ward (elbow) were limited.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdominal) and CB Desmond Trufant (forearm) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday, Dec. 10. LB Ahmad Thomas was signed to the active roster, while TE Carson Meier and LB Quentin Poling were added to the practice squad.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury he suffered in Week 14 against the New York Giants, according to a source. The team is still reportedly gathering opinions about the exact injury, however.
Fantasy Spin: This injury wraps up yet another injury-shortened season for the 29-year-old, who has played a full season once in the last five years - averaging only 12 games over that span. Jeffrey is still due $12.75 million over each of the final two years of his deal, so he's probably not going anywhere this offseason. With Nelson Agholor also ailing, the Eagles could be forced to finish the season with Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and a few practice squad players at the position.
Arizona Cardinals DL Rodney Gunter (toe) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a toe injury on Tuesday, Dec. 10. DL Caraun Reid (Cardinals) was re-signed to an undisclosed contract to replace him on the roster after getting released over the weekend.
Washington Redskins CB Simeon Thomas was handed a four-game suspension by the NFL on Tuesday, Dec. 10, for violating the league's policy and program on substances of abuse.
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with an ankle injury on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Fantasy Spin: The hits just keep coming for Detroit, which figures to lean on Kenny Golladay even more the rest of the way. Danny Amendola should also see more targets as well.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate (knee) was placed on the injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season. Tate sustained a mild MCL sprain in his left knee in the third quarter of the teams Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Damion Willis was promoted to the active roster in a corresponding roster move. Tate took advantage of all the injuries to the Bengals receiving corps this season, racking up a career-high 40 catches for 575 yards and one touchdown, and is a worthy hold in dynasty leagues heading into his third season.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp played only 20 of a possible 68 snaps in Week 14 versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Fantasy Spin: By comparison, Kupp logged 57 snaps in Week 13. Head coach Sean McVay defended the move by suggesting it was the cost of doing business in order to establish some offensive balance on early downs. However, the flaw in that reasoning is that Kupp's playing time should not be cut in favor of backup tight end Johnny Mundt. Meanwhile, Brandin Cooks didn't make a catch in his 61 snaps. Expect Kupp to return to his normal snap count in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Free-agent CB Jamar Taylor (Seahawks) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
New York Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is among the players the team is expected to make available via trade this offseason, according to sources.
Fantasy Spin: Bell is averaging only 49.1 yards rushing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines in his first season with the Jets, and it is becoming increasingly clear head coach Adam Gase either can't find a way to keep him involved in the offense or doesn't want to. A trade will be hard to accomplish as well, as the Jets would take a $15.5 million cap hit if they deal him and his hypothetical new team would have to find a way to fit one of the larger contracts at his position onto the roster.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Auden Tate (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a sprained left medial collateral ligament Tuesday, Dec. 10. WR Damion Willis was elevated from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.
Fantasy Spin: Tate's emergence was probably the best thing to happen to the Bengals in an otherwise lost season. Assuming A.J. Green re-signs with the team in the offseason, Tate will probably push John Ross for the other starting outside job while Tyler Boyd remains the main slot receiver. Tate, who finishes this season with 40 catches for 575 yards and a touchdown, should be considered a solid late-round flier next summer in fantasy drafts.
Dallas Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 10. OT Mitch Hyatt was elevated from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (foot) has been placed on Injured Reserve ending his season. It's an unfortunate, yet fitting, end to the rookie's season having battled injuries to his hamstring, abdomen, and a broken hand before a fractured foot put him on season-ending IR. Campbell finishes his rookie season with 18 catches for 127 yards and one touchdown. The Colts are still unsure of T.Y. Hilton's (calf) status for their Monday night game vs New Orleans, but it's looking increasingly likely Hilton misses the game. Assuming Hilton is out, Zach Pascal has interesting WR3 value with Marcus Johnson also in the mix in deeper fantasy leagues.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting to get wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and running back James Conner (shoulder) back in time for their Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills. Neither has played since getting injured against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11. Both players are expected to practice this week in what would be a big boost to the Pittsburgh offense as the team looks to remain in the playoff picture. Conner's return would come at an especially good time as Jaylen Samuels is looking questionable for this weekend with a groin injury. That being said, fantasy GMs need to temper their expectations for both players as the Bills have been stout on defense this season.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (abdomen) will be out for the remainder of the season after suffering an abdominal injury during the first half of Week 14's win over the Carolina Panthers. Ridley had a big game before the injury, catching five balls for 76 yards and a touchdown but went down before halftime and was unable to stand on his own. He was carted off the field and looked to be in significant pain. With Ridley out look for Russell Gage to slide in as the No. 2 receiver in Atlanta opposite Julio Jones. Gage is worth a look as a flex play in fantasy leagues going forward.
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (ankle, illness) is not expected to play Thursday night at Baltimore. Powell, who was filling in for Le'Veon Bell (illness) injured his ankle at the end of the Jets Week 14 win over the Dolphins. Powell is also apparently dealing with the flu but head coach Adam Gase said the ankle is the bigger concern right now. Powell is yet to officially be ruled out, but all signs are pointing to him not suiting up this week. The good news for New York is Bell is reportedly close to 100 percent and should reclaim his starting role with Ty Montgomery working as a change of pace back. Powell can safely be dropped by those that picked him up for the Miami game.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot on Monday and left the locker room using a scooter. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters that Chark is "week-to-week" with the injury, which puts the remainder of his season in jeopardy. Chark broke out in a big way for Jacksonville in 2019, catching 67 balls for 956 yards and eight touchdowns. With Chark sidelined, look for Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, and Keelan Cole to all see more chances within the Jacksonville passing attack.