There are four bona fide plug-and-play flex players available this week in Dobbins, Knight, Burks and Peoples-Jones. For those of you who got hit with the injury bug this week (Rhamondre Stevenson, Deebo Samuel, etc.), there is still hope out there for you.
- RB, JK Dobbins
- RB, Zonovan Knight
- WR, Treylon Burks
- WR, Donovan Peoples-Jones
- WR, George Pickens
Players Probably On Rosters, but Available in 15%-30% of Leagues Out There:
- RB, D’Onta Foreman – available in 17% of leagues. He is coming back down to earth a bit, but he should still be rostered everywhere.
- WR, Christian Watson – he’s still available in 15% of leagues. It is possible the Packers switch from Rodgers to Love as their playoff hopes dwindle over the next few weeks, but I’m not sure that will hurt Watson – who is only being targeted 4-5 times per game. You could argue a switch at QB will force the Packers to involve Watson more, so I like him regardless of who is throwing.
- RB, Isiah Pacheco – available in 18% of leagues. He graduated from my other waiver list last week. The game plan didn’t involve Pacheco as much last week in Kansas City, but the back will continue to be used as we close out the year.
- RB, Brian Robinson Jr. – available in 31% of leagues. It’s possible that he will be even further integrated as Washington comes off a bye week.
- TE, David Njoku – Available in 15% of leagues. Cleveland is emphasizing the pass game more with Watson and Njoku is benefitting.
- Trevor Lawrence – Jacksonville is slowly getting better and Lawrence had a monster game last weekend vs the Titans
- Brock Purdy – Deebo’s injury concerns me, but the rookie is looking good. The rest of the NFL will catch up to him in a few weeks, but Purdy could sneak a QB-hungry team through the playoff run with Kittle and McCaffrey alone.
- Mike White – he got banged up early against a tough Bills D. I expect White to bounce back and produce.
- Russell Wilson – he had a nice game against the Chiefs. Is he finally getting over the hurdle?
- JK Dobbins – he looked like he was hobbling the entire game and still put up great stats. He should be rostered in every league format.
- Zonovan Knight – he dominated touches even with Michael Carter in the game. I think some of that was game plan driven, but Knight definitely has flex ability the rest of the season.
- Damien Harris – Stevenson went down with an ankle injury and was unable to return. Without their two starters, Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr both found the end zone. I think this work will go to D. Harris if he is healthy.
- Chuba Hubbard – the workshare in Carolina is evening out a bit and Hubbard is looking good.
- Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong, Jr. – if Stevenson and D. Harris are hurt, these guys will be in a committee. Kevin Harris looked to be higher on the depth chart in terms of touches, but I like strong’s skillset more (so I’d favor Strong over Kevin Harris).
- Jordan Mason – he’s a handcuff, but he averages 5 yards per carry, so he’s worth keeping an eye on.
- Treylon Burks – he was injured this past week. It seems like every time Burks is about to take another step up the ladder, he gets dinged up. But the Titans need him to produce and he does take advantage of his touches.
- Donovan Peoples-Jones – Watson is still shaking off the rust, but things are improving. Peoples-Jones had a very nice statline last week, but narrowly missed a massive stat line. Watson missed him on 1 open TD early and then he dropped a catchable (but contested) TD pass. Don’t miss out on him this week if you need a WR. He’s available in over half the leagues out there.
- George Pickens – he was dropped in a few leagues this week, so is more available and back on the list. I don’t think you can count on Steeler WRs in 2022, but if you are in any kind of keeper format, he’s my favorite available WR.
- Kadarius Toney – another week out of the lineup means another week under the radar. I’d add him into the lineup if you can.
- DJ Chark – I loved him earlier in the year, but things hadn’t worked out for Chark. Wouldn’t you know it, when Jameson Wiliams returns to the lineup, Chark has his best game. The Lions are on fire, so watch this offense closely.
- Jameson Williams – Williams had a big TD grab, but in 2 games, the rookie has 3 targets and 1 reception. I like the addition of Williams on your roster, but it might take a while for consistent production.
- Parris Campbell – coming off a bye week, I still like him in PPR formats
- Evan Engram – he exploded last week. I still don’t love him, but I was waiting on that type of dominant game from him all season. If he can string a few of these together and if Lawrence starts to feature Engram, he could be a difference maker down the stretch.
- Cole Kmet – coming off a bye week. He and Fields will play well together (for as long as the Bears continue to play Fields this year)
- Daniel Bellinger – he’s still getting healthy, but I like his skillset.
- Taysom Hill – I wouldn’t want to play him, but he’s very interesting in best ball formats or if you need a massive home run swing against a better team.
- Greg Dulcich – Wilson played better last week before the concussion and Dulcich was targeted
- Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans – I know they just gave up a bunch of points to Denver, but they are built to sack the QB and generate turnovers. I think they’ll give Driskell problems in Houston.
- Denver Broncos vs Arizona Cardinals – no Kyler Murray means this will be a nice matchup for Denver.
- Washington Commanders vs NY Giants – I expect this to be a low scoring game.