It’s Thanksgiving week (Happy Thanksgiving!), which means a few things to fantasy football managers out there. First, the trade deadline is looming. If you’re in a dynasty league, this is a great time to trade the expendable “upside” players on your bench that won’t realistically crack your lineup in exchange for aging vets that are playing well (like Adam Thielen). I always like to acquire an older vet to make a playoff push, but will also try to get excellent younger players from bad teams in exchange for draft picks. Bad teams like draft picks and they’re more likely to take volume as well.
It’s also the time of year where bad NFL teams will start to play rookies to “see what they have”. We’ve had a great crop of rookie receivers this year, but this may be a time when some of the other rookies we haven’t seen much of start to pop up (Dontayvion Wicks for example).
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Top Overall Players Available to most of you:
- Quarterback: Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson
- Running Back: Zach Carbonnet, Keaton Mitchell
- Wide Receiver: Noah Brown, Jayden Reed, Joshua Palmer
- Tight End: Taysom Hill, Isaiah Likely, Tanner Hudson
- Defense: Kansas City Chiefs
Should Be Gone (available between 15-30% of leagues):
- Justin Fields – he had a great fantasy game last week. He’s playing for a job. Honestly, you’ll probably be able to start him and be well rewarded from here on out.
- Sam Howell – he turns the ball over and takes a ton of sacks, but he’s been scoring very well.
- Jaylen Warren – he’s the new Austin Ekeler. All he needs is better coaching and he’ll be a star for years.
- Gus Edwards – he should be rostered and started every week. He’s a touchdown machine.
- Tank Dell – how many big weeks from Dell to people need to see? If he’s available in your league, grab him.
- Trey McBride – there’s still time for about 30% of you to grab McBride. Make him a priority.
- David Njoku – with Watson out for the year, Njoku is probably going to lead the team in targets moving forward. I’d grab him if available.
- NY Jets – the defense is still playing well from an average points per game perspective.
Could Be Available (available between 31-50% of leagues):
- Kyler Murray – I can’t believe he’s not on more rosters. He’s the obvious guy to add here.
- Russell Wilson – all of the negative press is causing people to drop him, but Wilson is still scoring consistently well.
- Devin Singletary – about 30% of you can still grab Singletary. I do worry that Pierce will get a lot of reps when he’s back, but Singletary is making it look like he should be the feature back moving forward.
- Khalil Herbert – he stepped right back into his starting role. The Lions held the entire Bears rushing attack to low yardage, but I think Herbert’s role is safe for the next few weeks and if he can have a big game, he’ll be set as the unquestioned feature back for the Bears.
- Rashee Rice – we’ll find out if he’s going to be featured for the rest of the season very soon. We’ll know after MNF vs the Eagles, but I like his chances to break out towards the end of the year.
- Taysom Hill – even if the catches aren’t always there, the rushing attempts and goal line opportunities are. He should be rostered everywhere.
- Kansas City – from a points per game perspective, they’re alite. They’re available in over 40% of leagues out there.
Probably Available (available between 51% and 70% of leagues):
- Matt Stafford – the Rams are getting healthier and Stafford should be a consistent performer the rest of the season.
- Jordan Love – he hasn’t been entirely awful the last two weeks. I don’t have a lot of faith that he’ll offer huge fantasy numbers, but the young Packers receivers are starting to play very well.
- Zach Charbonnet – with Kenneth Walker III going down with a tricky oblique injury, Charbonnet will have the primary back duties on the Seahawks and he’ll be great. I don’t know how long he’ll have the job (we’ll find out more about Walker’s injury), but I loved Charbonnet coming into the league and this is the opportunity he needs
- Keaton Mitchell – if Walker III goes on IR, I’d have Charbonnet the highest in this listing. If he misses no or little time, then I’d move Mitchell to the top of this grouping. Both are great adds this week.
- Noah Brown – he’ll be back in a week or so and should be rostered in all formats.
- Josh Downs =- his usage is ticking upward for the Colts. He’s been playing well in recent weeks and should steadily improve his output.
- Quentin Johnson – I’m leaving him on the list because the Chargers are desperate, but he’s reminding me too much of Christian Watson to be comfortable (NFL body, incredible potential and more drops/mental errors than big plays)
- Rondale Moore – he had one big play and that was about it, but the game plan will ebb and flow and Moore will get scoring chances.
- Pat Freiermuth – he’ll be a key red zone threat for Pittsburgh to close out the season…. If they can get to the red zone.
- Jacksonville – they’re going to begin playing much better as we move into December.
Sleeper Grabs (available in more than 70% of leagues):
- Jake Browning – his numbers weren’t too bad after taking over for Burrow last week. He will be throwing the ball to Chase, Higgins and Boyd. He is worth having on your bench.
- Jaleel McLaughlin – I was eager to see his usage off the bye week. Meh. I liked that he had more involvement in the passing game, but his limitations in pass blocking will stifle his usage this season. I’d grab him in the hopes he can continue catching 5 passes a game.
- Ty Johnson – Buffalo’s new play caller used Ty Johnson a lot in the passing game. He looked good. Put him on your radar immediately.
- Emanuel Wilson – he’s one AJ Dillon injury away from being the key guy in Green Bay.
- Jayden Reed – he’s the best Packers receiver. Christian Watson hasn’t been able to get it done in Green Bay and Jayden Reed is getting the opportunities I projected for Watson, including the end around rushing yardage.
- Joshua Palmer – he’s on IR, but should be back in 2 weeks. I’d stash him.
- Demario Douglas – once the Pats return from bye week, he’ll definitely be the main receiver
- Jalen Guyton – Quentin Johnson was so bad that Guyton will play ahead of him moving forward and should stay on the field even when Palmer is back in action.
- Noah Brown – Woods came back, but Collins was out so Brown blew up again. I think at this point, he needs to be on everyone’s team. He will outduel Robert Woods for reps moving forward.
- Dontayvion Wicks – he’s more trustworthy than Christian Watson. I think Wicks, a low draft pick, will continue to see more action as we move through the season.
- Michael Wilson – I think all of those passes that went to Greg Dortch this past week would have gone to Wilson had he been healthy.
- Tre Tucker – he had a lot of targets this past week and I’ve been hearing all season about how the Raiders wanted to get him move involved. Is this just the beginning?
- Isaiah Likely – he didn’t have a great game after Andrews left, but I think we’ll see a lot more targets for Likely moving forward
- Tanner Hudson – he had a great game after Burrow left. I think Browning will throw to him a lot and I’m making it a point to roster him in my keeper leagues. I like him for the rest of this season in one year formats as well.
- Michael Mayer – the Raiders are starting to game plan for him. They are getting him the ball early, but then he falls off the radar late. He’s more of a keeper play, but I’d still have him on a team.
- Luke Musgrave – same thing here, I love him in keeper formats, but he has a bit of juice for one year formats as well.
- Jeremy Ruckert – McBride just broke out in Arizona, could Ruckert do the same for the Jets? He’s been popping up in the workshare lately.
- Indianapolis – hopefully you can get someone better, but they’re an adequate group for you.