Again, if you have excess money and are in desperate need at a certain position (especially if you're on the playoff bubble), you should be willing to go over the projected bid amounts. With Drew Trees (ribs) likely to miss two-to-three weeks, the Saints backup quarterback is a very intriguing add.
I hesitate to label Winston the replacement for Trees because Sean Payton has said he's not naming the starter for Week 11 just yet. Winston came in and replaced Trees in the second half of Sunday’s game, and while he wasn’t great, he’s a better fit for this style of offense.
If they wanted to go with Taylor Hill as the starter, they would have to shake things up with the overall game plan. It’s a great matchup, he has a good offensive line in front of him, and he has weapons at his disposal that he can elevate.
While he isn’t as available as Winston on waivers, there’s a good chance Carr is available as a streamer or a replacement in shallower leagues. If Carr isn’t available in your league, and you don’t want to spend up for James Winston, then Smith is a cheap, usable streamer.
Between Hines, Jordan Wilkins, and Jonathan Taylor, we have a committee that is impossible to read each week. Hines was the “hot hand” last Thursday against the Titans, and he's the preferred add in PPR formats since he likely catches the most passes out of the backfield.
But we can’t get enamored with whoever the flavor of the week running back is in Indianapolis because it all boils down to whoever looks the best as the game progresses. Since Week 7, WayneGallman has scored five rushing touchdowns, ranks third at running back in PPR formats, and is the 14th-best skill position player in that time frame.
He doesn’t strike you as an efficient running back, but when you’re in line for goal-line work, that will go a long way to improving your fantasy stock. But the schedule when the Giants come back is pretty inviting against the Bengals, Seahawks, and Cardinals.
Most waiver columns will acknowledge Ahmed as a good add this week, and while this is true, I don’t think I’m as high on him as others might be in the industry. But Ahmed has looked good in a small sample size, so he warrants some consideration as a waiver claim.
Myles Ga skin (knee) will be eligible to come off IR after this week’s game in Denver, so keep that in mind, as well. The Jets were off last week, but ESPN reported Purine would be the featured running back going forward.
If that holds true, Purine would likely see 12-15 carries with a couple receptions each week going forward. As much as we love volume in fantasy football, this is still the worst team in the league, and at the end of the day it’s production that matters.
With matchups coming up against the Chargers, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Rams, Purine could be a frustrating play, but the announcement from last week makes him a great stash. I’m not overly concerned about the games against Seattle and New England where Beasley saw five total targets.
Meyers even managed to throw a touchdown pass Sunday night, so while we shouldn’t expect that to continue, he is finding ways to be involved in this offense and the target share is still ridiculously high. The Patriots are back in the playoff hunt with some great matchups coming up against the Texans and Cardinals.
He may struggle to find the end zone, but he is a key piece for this offense when they’re moving the ball. He hasn’t found the end zone yet, but if he's seeing an increase in targets then it’s possible a touchdown is on the horizon.
Indianapolis primarily wants to run the ball, as it’s apparent Phillip Rivers is a hazard to himself and his team when he’s airing it out too much. Don’t sleep on Zach Pascal either, but if looking for a high-upside pass catcher, Pittman is a nice find that could see seven-to-eight targets this week against Green Bay.
Philly obviously wants to get as much from their first-round pick as they can, and when he’s had the ball in his hands he’s looked great. The one thing holding him back will be the abundance of other mouths to feed and the oscillating production from Carson Went.
He has 27 targets in his past three games, and he was surprisingly the leading receiver for the Rams on Sunday against the Seahawks. The Rams face the Bus in prime time this week, and all the attention will likely go to Cooper Krupp and Robert Woods.
This should open things up again for Reynolds to be a featured part of the offense, and maybe he notches his fourth straight game with eight targets. It’s a bad year for tight ends, but Thomas has been fairly steady the last few weeks.
Washington has a pair of great matchups coming up against Cincinnati and Dallas, and Thomas can probably be grabbed for cheap. There’s an argument for Reed as the best long-term TE add if you can afford to stash him on his bye week.
With George Little (foot) out, it’s clear the 49ers want to keep their tight ends involved in the offense. Against the Saints, Reed caught five-of-six targets for 62 yards, and that’s the kind of production you’ll always take.
We know that he’s had issues staying healthy in the past, but if he’s on the field and active he's a great tight end to stream each week. This is more of a long shot grab off waivers, and it really only applies to ESPN leagues where Hill is eligible at tight end and quarterback.
On the off chance he’s named as the starting quarterback for New Orleans, then you essentially have a super flex play at tight end this week. It’s still a long shot because the Saints haven’t officially said who is starting at quarterback, but without Drew Trees (ribs), we can assume they will give Hill some reps under center to throw the Falcons defense off.
Sure, they’re coming off their bye week but only to travel across the country and get a road game against a Chargers team that is hungry for a win. You can easily see the Bolts getting double-digit points in this matchup with Joe Franco at quarterback once again for New York.
The turnover-happy Browns face an Eagles team that allows the most sacks and have turned it over 17 times this year (tied for third most). We'll group these teams together because they're both very risky, but if they're facing backup QBs (James Winston, P.J.
Giants running back WayneGallman rushed 11 times for 65 yards and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys. Gall man emerged as a viable NFL running back in 2020 thanks to the injuries to Saxon Barkley and Devon ta Freeman.
The top-12 free agent running backs of 2021 include Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, and Kenyan Drake. Game Log OPP Rush Rush TdsRecsPointsWeek 17vs.
While early starts are becoming etched in stone, there are still surprises and new faces popping up on our radars. Jones dazzled in his first NFL start, completing 23-of-36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns with a 4-28-2 rushing line to boot.
The rookie shook off losing his best playmaker, Saxon Barkley, to injury by leaning on Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and his own legs. The rushing floor gives him low-end QB1 potential, but this offense could really use Barkley to help generate scoring opportunities.
Moore and Curtis Samuel taking steps forward this off season, Greg Olsen doing his thing and Christian McCartney ascending to superstardom, Allen was able to pick apart a vulnerable Arizona defense. It gets tougher in Week 4 with a road date against Houston, though the Texans’ 385.7 yards/game and 277.7 pass yards/game are both 22nd in the NFL pending MF.
That’s thirty more yards than the second-worst team (Pittsburgh), despite playing Josh Allen and James Winston -- two non-elite QBs. *Okay, so the game is over and two lost fumbles and three interceptions really sunk his line, but 331 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears works.
More important to me is Keen um showing continued chemistry with Terry Clarín and some improved timing with Paul Richardson. Hopefully, Gall man can benefit from Daniel Jones reinvigorating this offense and offer flex appeal with a strong weekly touch floor as the workhorse.
It’s clear Thompson hasn’t earned his piece of the pie yet, though Darrel hadn’t played a single snap when Damien was healthy and active in Weeks 1 and 2. This is a clear hedge play against Damien’s health, but anyone gets snaps in this offense is worth targeting for Week 4’s tilt in Detroit against the Lions.
Perhaps Bruce Arians will stay true to his word and simply play the hot-hand, but Jones is trending up after a tough rookie year. If you need a bye-week bandied or simply some depth at RB, Williams is a 50/50 player in a run-oriented offense with Aaron Rodgers at the wheel.
That doesn’t change his limited usage in Austin Ekeler’s shadow, but you wouldn’t be feeling antsy if he had two TD's on his ledger. The Dolphins just yielded over 100 yards and a score to Dallas’ backup, Tony Pollard, and Jackson should have a chance to match that.
Regardless, Minnesota’s reliance on the run makes him a premier handcuff with some standalone value in good matchups. Deed Westbrook led Jacksonville with nine targets in Week 3, but once again, Chart was the best receiver on the field.
Alas, Tate suddenly becomes more appealing with Daniel Jones under center alongside the upgrades to Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard. Dorset posted a 6-53-1 receiving line on seven targets, with 12 rushing yards thrown into the mix.
Julian Edelman will reportedly “be good” according to a source through Ian Rapport, but he may be limited for New England’s Week 4 tilt against Buffalo. Sony Michel is averaging under 2.5 yards per carry thus far, meaning the passing attack is NE’s best route right now.
Johnson played on 42-of-53 snaps (79%) behind Just Smith-Schuster’s 100% and James Washington’s 92%, but he’s the one who made headlines with a 39-yard TD. Even with Josh Rosen’s predictable flop in his Miami debut, the trust between him and Williams was clear.
The 2019 Dolphins are destined for perpetual catch-up offense, like Sisyphus pushing the rock up the mountain, but Williams has seen back-to-back 60-yard games and is worth an add. The Colts are already without Devin Fun chess, and had been rotating Cain, Paris Campbell, and Zach Pascal in his stead.
I won’t shame anyone who plants their flag with Campbell or Pascal, but I wager Cain can be had for pennies. If available, Dissly should be your top streamer for Week 4 against a Cardinals team that has surrendered over 100 yards with a touchdown per game to opposing TES thus far.
It only helps him that Seattle’s rushing attack is on thin ice right now with Chris Carson fumbling and Rashad Penny banged up. Davis only caught two balls for 30 yards against the Bears in Week 3, as Washington’s receivers put in work during garbage time.
Davis hasn’t done much with Jordan Reed on the shelf, but Week 4 against the Giants offers a juicy get-right spot. Knox has played between 54-56% in each of Buffalo’s first three games, but Week 3 saw him flash his athleticism with a 49-yard reception that featured multiple broken tackles.
After finding just two catches for 19 yards in his first two games, Knox’s 3-67-1 line from Sunday should afford him more work with Tyler Kraft injured. The Colts aren’t a spectacular defense, but they did have four sacks in each of their first two games (against the Chargers and Titans) before coming up blank against the Falcons in Week 3.
Darren Waller is great, Tyrell Williams is solid and Josh Jacobs has potential, but Derek Carr puts a cap on the offense as a whole. This unit has more pressure on it with Mason Rudolph as QB, but a Monday night home date against the Bengals could yield profits.