Tue Dec 3 8:39am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Fitzpatrick has favorable finish
There actually are a few position changes this week, mostly at quarterback. But that means some players most likely on waivers will have some value going forward. There could be a few players out there this week that could help down the stretch. Here are the top options for Week 14. . . .
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins. Fitzpatrick had a season high 31.45 fantasy points last week. He had a three-touchdown game, giving him multiple scores four of six games. He has produced well in the Dolphins pass-first offense. The Dolphins play the Jets, Giants and Bengals their next three games, making Fitzpatrick an intriguing fantasy play gong forward. He has some real potential in these matchups.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. Minshew replaced Nick Foles last week and gave the offense a spark, going 16-of-27 for 147 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He is likely to return to the starting lineup going forward. Remember, he had five multiple touchdowns five of eight games before Foles was healthy and returned to the starting lineup. He can help fantasy teams in a starting role.
Andy Dalton, Bengals. Dalton returned to the starting lineup and led his team to their first victory of the season. He was 22-of-37 for 243 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals have the Browns and Dolphins two of their next three games, making Dalton a player to consider streaming if you are in need of quarterback help. He has six games with 20-plus fantasy points this year.
Alexander Mattison, Vikings. Mattison hasn’t gotten a ton of chances his rookie year, but impressed with his work. He averages 4.8 yards per carry and has nearly 500 total yards on just 94 touches. Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder Monday night, making Mattison a must add for any league that still has him available. We aren’t sure if Cook misses any time, but if so, Mattison will have big fantasy value in this offense.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers. Mostert was the leading rusher for the 49ers last week and had his first 100-yard game of his career. He is outplaying Tevin Coleman right now and should be setup for more work down the stretch. He has touchdowns two straight and had a 146-yard performance in Week 13 against a good Ravens defense. Mostert remains available in 66 percent of leagues.
Derrius Guice, Redskins. Guice showed his potential last week, rushing 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He brings a lot to the table in a starting role for the Redskins. His workload could be increasing down the stretch after having 10 carries each of the last two games. Guice is available in 20 percent of leagues.
Bo Scarbrough, Lions. Scarbrough has emerged as the lead back for the Lions, running well in place of Kerryon Johnson. He has 80-plus rushing yards two straight games and at least 14 carries three straight. He doesn’t catch the ball but will get his yards and the goal-line work for the Lions. Scarbrough is averrable in 34 percent of leagues.
Benny Snell, Steelers. Snell scored his first touchdown of the season last week, rushing 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. He has 37 carries his last two games, getting the starter’s nod for the Steelers with James Conner out of the lineup. Snell has fantasy value as long as Conner is sidelined.
John Ross, Bengals. Ross returns from his broken collarbone this week. He had 100-yard games each of his first two to start the season before getting injured in Week 4. He will return to the starting lineup and could have a big game or two the rest of the way. He is worth a speculative add if you need receiver help.
James Washington, Steelers. Washington continues to excel as the No. 1 receiver for the Steelers. He hit the 100-yard mark for the first time all season last week, catching four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. He has 90 or more yards three of four and touchdowns three of those games. He has some good matchups down the stretch, facing the Cardinals and Jets two of the next three. Washington is available in 55 percent of leagues.
Cole Beasley, Bills. Beasley has touchdowns two straight and at least 74 yards three of four. He also has found the end zone five of his last seven games. Beasley is getting consistent work in the Bills offense and is a top red-zone target for the team. He is available in 38 percent of leagues.
Russell Gage, Falcons. Gage continues to emerge in the Falcons passing game, especially with Julio Jones hurting. Gage scored his first touchdown of the season last week. He has at least four receptions four of five games. He can be a good spot play for fantasy teams in the Falcons pass-first offense.
Tyler Higbee, Rams. Higbee got the start last week with Gerald Everett injured. Higbee made the most of his start, catching seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. He played great against a Cardinals defense that can’t stop the tight end. So don’t overvalue Higbee, but he could have another big game or two before the season is out. He has some potential in this offense.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins. Gesicki found the end zone last week for the second straight game. He has double-digit fantasy points three of five games. He has some fantasy value in the Dolphins pass-heavy offense. Plus, Gesicki has some great matchups down the stretch, facing the Jets, Giants and Bengals.
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.