In some leagues, playoffs are starting this week. Though, for most of us the playoffs will begin shaking out in week 15. There are a couple of bye weeks to sift through so I hope you’re not getting nailed with Aaron Jones on your bench. That said, you could always add a guy like Zonovan Knight to fill in. While the Tight End position is THIN this week, there are definite playmakers at WR and RB to fill out your flex spots this week.
- RB, Isiah Pacheco
- RB, Zonovan Knight
- WR, Treylon Burks
- WR, Donovan Peoples-Jones
- WR, Rondale Moore
Players Probably On Rosters, but Available in 15%-30% of Leagues Out There:
- RB, D’Onta Foreman – available in 20% of leagues. For the second week in a row, his availability increased. It makes no sense. If he’s available in your league, grab him and start him.
- RB, Brian Robinson Jr. – available in 30% of leagues. He gets a lot of volume and I think he has room to grow for Washington.
- WR, Christian Watson – available in 15% of leagues. He’s on a bye week this week. The only thing keeping him from scoring 20-30 points every week is the amount of times Green Bay designs plays for him. When he hits the open field, he runs away from people. I hope to see Green Bay prioritize him in the passing game coming off the bye week.
- WR, Geoge Pickens – available in 30% of leagues. He didn’t have a great game last week, but had been consistently trending up before that.
- TE, David Njoku – Available in 20% of leagues. He didn’t play last week and is questionable this week. I might prioritize a guy like Greg Dulcich (more on him below), but Njoku is the best in this crop of players.
- Derek Carr – He’s actually been dropped by enough people that he qualifies for the list. I’d absolutely pick him up and stash him as a backup.
- Brock Purdy – he’s the starter in San Francisco now. He played well against a good Dolphins defense. He has weapons to throw to. He’s your “home run swing” if you are desperate at QB heading into the playoffs.
- Mike White – he didn’t have a huge scoring game, but he did throw the ball 57 times. White has potential to help your depth to end the season.
- Daniel Jones – just cross your fingers and hope he rushes for enough yards if you’re in a psot where you have to play him.
- Isiah Pacheco – I’m surprised he’s as available as he is, but 2/3 of fantasy players can still grab him.
- Zonovan Knight – It’s possible he will be the primary back for the Jets the rest of this season regardless of Michael Carter’s injury status. He’s certainly vaulted James Robinson.
- Rachaad White – it looks like White is splitting snaps with Fournette now. I’m not sure if they were just easing Fournette back in or if this is a true split backfield yet.
- Cam Akers – with Henderson gone and Stafford on IR, the Rams are pretty much forced to give him touches. He got in the end zone twice last week.
- James Cook – 14 carries last week. He did well in what was the first real volume week he had. I don’t know that he’ll be splitting carries with Singletary every week, but this is the first sign that things are trending in the right direction for the rookie.
- DeeJay Dallas – I’m assuming Walker will be back sooner rather than later, but if he’s out, Dallas will be your guy moving forward.
- Jordan Mason – as a runner, Mason is the real deal. He should assume the role Mitchell vacated when injured. His 6+ yards per carry last week weren’t a fluke. He really impressed me during preseason, but he doesn’t get many touches. Things could change during the playoff run.
- Treylon Burks – he scored a TD before a concussion took him out of the lineup. He’s been trending up quite a bit since he returned from injury. I’d like to see his snap share higher, but he does well with the playing time he gets.
- Donovan Peoples-Jones – Watson’s back. Once the rust shakes off, Peoples-Jones will help your team on its championship run.
- Rondale Moore – he’s questionable this week and might not play, but he is useful in PPR formats.
- Kadarius Toney – injuries have slowed him down recently, but Toney will score when he gets back in the lineup.
- Jahan Dotson – he had his first good week since returning form injury. He’s worth watching because he started the year on fire.
- Parris Campbell – could be a depth player in PPR formats.
- Jameson Williams – just continue to keep an eye on the rookie. His snaps will increase.
- Greg Dulcich – scored fairly well last week
- Daniel Bellinger – he’s back in the lineup for the Giants
- Taysom Hill – I’m not a fan of his consistency, but at least he gets touches and chances to put up touchdowns.
- Trey McBride – we’ll see what the rookie can do coming off the bye.
- Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos – while the Broncos offense continues to struggle, I’m comfortable playing any of their opponents
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson is week to week. The Steelers defense should score pretty well.
- Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars – I like this division matchup to be low scoring and for the Titans defense to rebound after a bad performance against the Eagles.