Week 10 Waiver Wire

Quarterback.
Note: If Jacoby Brissett is active this week and available in your league, he would also warrant consideration as the top streaming option, at home, against Miami.
1. Daniel Jones – 1% FAAB Budget
2. Sam Darnold – 1%
3. Ryan Tannehill – 0%
4. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Two QB league consideration)
5. Brian Hoyer (Two QB league consideration if Jacoby Brissett misses time)

Running Backs
Note: Kareem Hunt returns in Week 10, if he is still available in your league he would warrant consideration among the other stash options.  If Ty Johnson became available in your league, he led Lions running backs in touches in Week 9.
1. Ronald Jones – 15% FAAB Budget
2. Darrell Henderson – 6% (If you want upside)
3. Ty Montgomery – 5% (Dependent Le’Veon Bell’s MRI results)
4. Bilal Powell – 5% (Dependent Le’Veon Bell’s MRI results)
5. Kalen Ballage – 4% (If you need playing time)
6. Tony Pollard – 2%
7. Alexander Mattison – 2%
8. Rashaad Penny – 1%
9. Derrius Guice – 1% (Guice cannot return until Week 11)
10. J.D. McKissic – 1%

 Wide Receivers
Note: Should Will Fuller or Kenny Stills land on your waiver wire, both players would top this list.  Jamison Crowder would also top this list.
1. DeVante Parker -5%FAAB Budget
2. Zach Pascal – 5%
3. Corey Davis – 4%
4. A.J. Brown – 4%
5. Phillip Dorsett – 4%
6. Cole Beasley – 3%
7. Josh Reynolds – 3%
8. Albert Wilson – 3%
9. Olabisi Johnson – 2%
10. Darius Slayton – 2%
11. Nelson Agholor – 2% (The Eagles are on a bye)
12. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside -1% (The Eagles are on a bye)
13. Allen Lazard – 1%
14. Allen Hurns – 1%
15. Antonio Brown – 1%

Tight Ends
1. Jared Cook – 10% FAAB Budget (Injury status dependent)
2. Chris Herndon – 4% (Injury status dependent)
3. O.J. Howard – 4% (Injury status dependent)
4. Dallas Goedert – 3% (The Eagles are on a bye)
5. Noah Fant – 3% (The Broncos are on a bye)
6. Jacob Hollister – 2%
7. Mike Gesicki – 2%

Defenses
1. Ravens – 2% FAAB Budget
2. Colts – 1%
3. Packers – 1%
4. Browns – 1%

Kickers
1. Will Lutz – 1% FAAB
2. Zane Gonzalez – 0%

 

Drop Considerations

QB: Joe Flacco, Mitch Trubisky, Kyle Allen, Gardner Minshew, Baker Mayfield

RB: Ito Smith, Mark Walton, Dion Lewis, Raheem Mostert, Malcolm Brown, Chase Edmonds

WR: Preston Williams, Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee, Anthony Miller, Jake Kumerow, Deebo Samuel, Dante Pettis, DeSean Jackson, Geronimo Allison, Randall Cobb,

TE: Jordan Reed, David Njoku, Dawson Knox, Irv Smith, Kyle Rudolph, Delanie Walker, Ben Watson

 

Quarterback
Note: If Jacoby Brissett is active this week and available in your league, he would also warrant consideration as the top streaming option, at home, against Miami.

  1. Daniel Jones, QB, Giants, 2% FAAB Budget: If you’re in need of a streaming option this week, that decision (in most leagues) will boil down to which side of the Jets vs Giants game you want to bet on. The Giants ultra conservative offense has been painful to watch in recent weeks, as has Daniel Jones inability to manage pressure.  In Week 10 against the Jets, Jones faces one of football’s most unimpactful pass rushes, which also pairs with one of football’s most vulnerable secondaries.  While there is a very reasonable chance that this contest will be the Saquon Barkley show, Jones is in a position to succeed in Week 10 against the Jets.
  2. Sam Darnold, QB, Jets, 1%: Nearing halftime in Miami, Darnold had 2 touchdowns and was trending towards a 300-yard game in the air. In the blink of an eye, that second touchdown was overturned, Darnold instead threw a disaster interception near the goal line, and the Jets offense underwhelmed from that moment on as the Dolphins won their first game of the season.  Despite last week’s disappointment, the Jets run of vulnerable pass defenses continues in Week 10 as they “host” the Giants.  While Gang Green has the tools on offense to put up points on Big Blue, the Jets offensive line and strategic inefficiencies have lowered Darnold’s floor in this matchup.
  3. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans, 0%: Tannehill’s Titans host the Chiefs in Week 10, as 4-point home underdogs with an implied team total of 22. The Titans offense is volatile, making Tannehill a very low floor play with some multi touchdown upside, especially if Patrick Mahomes returns to action.
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Dolphins, Two QB League Consideration: If I had to play Fitzpatrick or Ryan Tannehill this week, it would be a legitimate decision for me. The upside for playing Fitzpatrick as a 10-point underdog in Indianapolis is that running back Mark Walton’s suspension has left Kalen Ballage as the only running back on the Dolphins roster that has taken an offensive snap this season.  That and Miami being projected to play from behind could reasonably lead to a more pass-heavy contest for the Dolphins.  On the downside, Miami also lost Preston Williams for the season, who had emerged as the Dolphins top pass catcher along with veteran DeVante Parker.
  5. Brian Hoyer, QB, Colts, Two QB League Consideration: If Jacoby Brissett is slated to miss any time, Hoyer would become worthy of consideration in two quarterback formats. In Week 10, the Colts host the Dolphins as 11-point home favorites.

 

Running Backs
Note: Kareem Hunt returns in Week 10, if he is still available in your league he would warrant consideration among the other stash options.  If Ty Johnson became available in your league, he led Lions running backs in touches in Week 9.

  1. Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers, 15% FAAB Budget: Jones had 18 of the Buccaneers 23 running back carries in Week 9’s shootout at Seattle. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has since named Jones the starting running back going forward, indicating that Jones’ 20 total touches and 55% snap share in Week 9 could be the new norm in the Tampa Bay backfield.  Outside of injury, there will be few opportunities to acquire a potential workhorse back off the waiver wire.  While it’s possible that Jones role will return to a timeshare in the future, the upside here is worth taking a shot on at this late juncture in the season.
  2. Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams, 6%: Heading into Week 10, Henderson is primarily an investment on talent that doubles as a bet against Todd Gurley’s ability to hold up down the stretch. While Malcolm Brown was out during the past two games for the Rams, Henderson accumulated 22 carries and 3 catches on 4 targets over that span.  On the surface, Henderson’s workload (25 touches) nearly equaled Gurley’s (29 touches) during those two contests.  However, the bulk of Henderson’s usage came when the Rams were comfortably ahead against both the Falcons and the Bengals.  Going forward, it’s possible that Henderson has surpassed Brown in the pecking order for backfield work behind Gurley.
  3. Ty Montgomery, RB, Jets, 5%: Heading into the season, Montgomery was the clear-cut reserve behind Le’Veon Bell in the Jets backfield. In recent weeks, Bilal Powell has had a slight advantage in playing time over Montgomery.  Should Bell be slated to miss time due to a knee injury, Montgomery brings upside as a pass catching asset out of the backfield and would likely be part of a timeshare with Powell. It should be noted that Montgomery was banged up on special teams in Week 9 himself, meaning that his injury status needs to be monitored heading into Week 10 as well.
  4. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets, 5%: If Le’Veon Bell’s knee injury results in missed time, it’s hard to determine whether Powell or Ty Montgomery would receive the greatest opportunity to fill in for Bell. It’s possible that the two would function in a timeshare, making Powell and Montgomery worthy of roster consideration heading into Week 10 if Bell’s injury situation deteriorates.
  5. Kalen Ballage, RB, Dolphins, 4%: For most of the 2019 season, Ballage has served as little more than a goal line back for Miami. Going forward, with Kenyan Drake now in Arizona and Mark Walton suspended for the next 4 games, Ballage has a real chance to see primary back usage for at least the next 4 weeks for the Dolphins.  The only other running backs currently on the Dolphins roster are Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin, who have not played a single offensive snap on the season between them.  While the Dolphins offense is the very definition of volatile, particularly their running game, Ballage now has a very realistic path to significant usage.
  1. Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys, 2%: If your fantasy team is in a strong enough position to carry a premium stash option at running back, Pollard would become a max FAAB bid type of fantasy asset were Ezekiel Elliot to miss any time. Pollard also saw some purposeful usage during Monday Night Football against the Giants.
  1. Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings, 2%: Mattison is another premium handcuff that has been excellent in primary reserve duty behind Dalvin Cook. If Cook were to miss time, Mattison would become a max FAAB bid type of fantasy asset.
  1. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks, 1%: Chris Carson is firmly on top in the Seahawks backfield and it will likely take an injury for that to change. That said, if Carson were to miss time, Penny could be a difference maker for fantasy purposes in that scenario.
  1. Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins, 1%: Adrian Peterson has ran for over 75 yards, twice breaching 100, in each of the 4 games since Bill Callahan took over as head coach. Given the Redskins switch to rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins in Week 9, Washington’s priority on offense will almost certainly be to protect and develop their future at quarterback.  That could logically lead to Guice being eased back into the rotation if and when he returns to the lineup, which could be as soon as Week 11.
  1. J.D. McKissic, RB, Lions, 1%: With Tra Carson now on injured reserve, McKissic took 25% of the Lions running back carries and 57% of the backfield targets in Week 9 in Oakland. This currently puts McKissic in a timeshare with a usage role behind Ty Johnson’s and ahead of Paul Perkins.

 

Wide Receivers
Note: Should Will Fuller or Kenny Stills be on your waiver wire, both players would top this list.  Jamison Crowder would also top this list and have extra value in PPR formats.

  1. DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins, 5%: Now that Preston Williams is out for the season with a torn ACL, Parker becomes the standalone primary option on the perimeter for Miami. While efficiency has been an issue for the Miami offense all year, Parker has usage numbers that exceed what can normally be found on the waiver wire: target share (18%), air yards (768), and weighted opportunity (.48).  Given some of the Dolphins matchups through the fantasy playoffs, Parker is worth considering in 12-team or greater formats.
  2. Zach Pascal, WR, Colts, 5%: With Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell both sidelined with injury for at least the next few weeks, it’s reasonable to consider Pascal the Colts WR1 for the time being. Over the two contests that Hilton has missed this season, Pascal has totaled 9 catches on 13 targets for 148 yards and a score.  Pascal and the Colts square off against Miami’s exploitable pass defense in Week 10.
  3. Corey Davis, WR, Titans, 4% FAAB Budget: A Week 10 date with the Chiefs has Titans pass catchers back on our radar. Davis has a slight edge in target share, air yards, and weighted opportunity over teammate J. Brown, giving Davis a slightly more appealing role in the Titans offense to this point in the season.  Any Titans pass catcher comes with a low floor, but this matchup, especially if Patrick Mahomes returns, has a legitimate path to upside for both Davis and Brown.
  4. A.J. Brown, WR, Titans, 4%: While teammate Corey Davis has a slight edge in target share, air yards, and weighted opportunity, Brown has been slightly more productive to this point for fantasy purposes. Both Titans wide receivers have an appealing Week 10 matchup with the Chiefs, especially if Patrick Mahomes returns to action.
  5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots, 4%: In Week 9’s come from behind effort in Baltimore, Mohamed Sanu caught 10-of-14 targets for 81 yards and a score. Dorsett caught 2-of-4 targets for 13 yards in that same contest.  While that usage difference does not necessarily indicate a permanent shift in the Patriots target distribution, it is also not a positive sign, either.  With N’Keal Harry also getting closer to seeing his first action of the regular season, there is still a path to Dorsett having fantasy value, particularly in the fantasy playoffs in deeper formats.  But there is also a very real path to his viability being reduced in the coming weeks.
  6. Cole Beasley, WR, Bills, 3%: Beasley continues to be a high-floor PPR asset with strong usage metrics such as target share (21%) and weighted opportunity (.43) that are difficult to find on most waiver wires.
  7. Josh Reynolds, Rams, WR, 3%: With Brandin Cooks likely to miss multiple weeks after suffering his second concussion of the season in Week 8, Reynolds is the next man up in the Rams wide receiver corps. While Reynolds is likely to be the third, if not the fourth option in the Rams passing offense, he’s a useful add for those in need of depth at wide receiver. 
  8. Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins, 3%: Despite showing that he can be productive, availability has been a challenge for Wilson over the past two seasons. With Preston Williams out for the year, Wilson now has a very realistic path to seeing his usage rise the rest of the way.
  9. Olabisi Johnson, WR, Vikings, 2%: Johnson’s playing time has been considerable and consistent while Adam Thielen has battled a hamstring injury in recent weeks, even though his usage has been sporadic. With Thielen leaving Week 9’s contest early with a setback, Johnson is set for considerable playing time as the Vikings visit Dallas for Sunday Night Football in Week 10.
  10. Darius Slayton, WR, Giants, 2%: Now that Sterling Shepard slid back into the concussion protocol prior to Monday Night’s game versus Dallas, it’s possible that Slayton will continue to see an enhanced role in the Giants offense. The Giants have an appealing matchup with the Jets in Week 10, as both teams have been underwhelming on offense while each gets a crack at the others back-of-the-pack defense.
  11. Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles, 2%: Now that DeSean Jackson is set to miss another 4-6 weeks due to injury, Agholor’s value is once again on the rise. Should Alshon Jefferey (ankle) be in danger of missing Week 11’s tilt with the Patriots after the Eagles return from their bye, Agholor’s value would be enhanced further.  Regardless, now is a good time to try and get Agholor cheap.
  12. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Eagles, 1%: With DeSean Jackson out for 4-6 weeks and Alshon Jeffrey’s future status in question with an ankle injury, there is a path to Arcega-Whiteside seeing significant playing time when the Eagles return from their bye in Week 11.  After the Eagles Week 11 matchup with New England, Philadelphia finishes the season with a number of appealing matchups.  Arcega-Whiteside had an outstanding preseason, giving him considerable upside down the stretch should Jeffrey miss significant time.
  13. Allen Lazard, WR, Packers, 1%: With the return of Davante Adams, Lazard saw 46% of the snaps in a slot heavy role, while running 25 routes, and catching 3-of-4 targets for a team leading 44 yards in Week 9’s loss to the Chargers. Geronimo Allison played more snaps (65%) and ran more routes (32) but only had 2 targets.
  14. Allen Hurns, WR, Dolphins, 1%: With Preston Williams set to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Hurns and speedster Jakeem Grant will be filling the void in Williams absence. While Grant is explosive, Hurns has a better shot to see long-term playing time in the Dolphins volatile offense. 
  15. Antonio Brown, WR, FA, 1%: Now that Josh Gordon has signed with a contender, we should find out soon if anyone is actually interested in signing Brown despite his considerable off-field troubles, or if those rumors are all just noise.

 

Tight Ends

  1. Jared Cook, TE, Saints, 10% FAAB Budget: First, we have to check in on Cook’s injury status before determining what type of resources to spend on acquiring him. If Cook is ready to go, the Saints offense has a tremendous matchup as 13-point home favorites against the rival Falcons, who have been shredded by virtually every offense they have faced this season.  Grabbing Cook has long-term upside, while giving you a share in a potential Week 10 shootout with an implied game total of 51.
  1. Chris Herndon, TE, Jets, 4%: Barring any kind of setback, it appears that Week 10 will mark the return of Herndon. The Jets offense has been the very definition of volatile, even against the previously winless Dolphins in Week 9.  In Week 10, the Jets face a Giants pass defense that gave up 9 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown to Cowboys tight ends last Monday Night.  While the Jets struggles certainly warrant some tempered expectations for all of their offensive assets, this matchup brings clear upside as well.
  1. O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers, 4%: Howard has had a disappointing 2019, to say the least, as he is expected to return to action this week against the Cardinals. Leading up to the trade deadline, there were rumors that the Patriots wanted Howard, yet he remains in Tampa, indicating that the Bucs were not in a hurry to deal him.  Week 10’s matchup with Arizona has the highest implied total of the slate (52 points) and Arizona has been torched by tight ends at various intervals in 2019.  While Howard remains a very volatile option, there is a path to upside in Week 10.  To be clear, Howard’s floor is very low until proven otherwise.
  1. Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles, 3%: The Eagles are on a bye, making Goedert more of a long-term consideration.  With DeSean Jackson out another 4-6 weeks, it’s reasonable to expect that the Eagles will continue to deploy a considerable amount of 12 personnel.  It’s also entirely possible that Goedert’s playing time and usage will continue to be comparable to that of Zach Ertz.
  2. Noah Fant, TE, Broncos, 3%: Fant is a talented athlete that busted a highlight reel, 75-yard dash last week against Cleveland. While that’s certainly nice, Fant’s uptick in usage in the two games since Emmanuel Sanders was traded is what’s truly appealing going forward.  Being that Fant is on a bye in Week 10, you could consider gambling on his future upside at a reduced cost this week.
  3. Jacob Hollister, TE, Seahawks, 2%: If you’re in need of a streaming option at tight end this week, there are worse decisions than grabbing Russell Wilson’s current tight end in Hollister.
  4. Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins, 2%: Gesicki is coming off the most productive game of his young career, as he caught all 6 of his targets for 95 yards during Miami’s victory over the Jets.  While we can’t count on that type of efficiency for anyone on Miami, Preston Williams season-ending ACL injury could reasonably lead to a usage rise for Gesicki going forward.

 

Defense

  1. Ravens Defense at Bengals, 2% FAAB Budget: The logic behind playing the Ravens defense this week is pretty straight forward: Baltimore is a 10-point road favorite in Cincinnati, where rookie 4th round pick Ryan Finley will be making his starting debut, behind a below average offensive line. If Baltimore goes up by multiple scores, as they are projected to do in this contest, you’d have a scenario where a rookie quarterback will be forced to throw behind a mediocre offensive line.  That scenario would be a recipe for sacks and turnover opportunities, which is what we’re looking for in Week 10.
  1. Colts Defense vs Dolphins, 1%: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Dolphins got off the schneid in Week 9 versus the Jets, as the Colts lost in Pittsburgh. This sets up as a potential bounce-back spot for the Colts, who are 11-point home favorites against a volatile Miami offense that will be without both wide receiver Preston Williams and primary running back Mark Walton in this contest.
  1. Packers Defense vs Panthers, 1%: Speaking of potential bounce-back spots, the Packers laid an egg in Los Angeles against the Chargers in Week 9. In Week 10, they are 5 ½ point home favorites against Kyle Allen’s   If this matchup finds itself in Brandon Thorn’s OL/ DL mismatch column on Thursday, that would make this an even more appealing option for defensive streamers.
  1. Browns Defense vs Bills, 1%: The Browns 2019 season is officially teetering off the tracks after their Week 9 loss in Denver. A Week 10 loss against the Bills is going to put first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens under tremendous scrutiny.  That creates a scenario where the desperate Browns and their talented pass rush will be facing the turnover-prone Josh Allen, in a must-win game, as a 2-6 team that is a 2 ½ point home favorite against the 6-2 Bills.

 

Kickers

  1. Will Lutz, K, Saints, 1% FAAB Budget: Coming off their bye, the Saints are 13-point home favorites versus the rival Falcons in an indoor contest, with Week 10’s second highest game total of 51 points. Lutz is a smart play and a viable option beyond just this week.
  1. Zane Gonzalez, K, Cardinals, 0%: The Cardinals have slowed down their pace in recent weeks, making Gonzalez less appealing week-to-week than he was previously. However, the Cardinals head to Tampa Bay in Week 10 for the slates highest implied game total (52 points).  Since the contest will be outdoors, it’s always prudent to check for weather conditions, particularly wind, when playing a kicker.

 

Preparing for the Playoffs

From now through Week 12 we will continue to provide you with this section to help you set up your fantasy team for a playoff push.  One thing to keep in mind is that if a player is available on your waiver wire in Week 10 of the football season, that player is still available because they come with risk.  Situations will also change between now and Week 13.  If we add or remove a player in this section, they will be marked to indicate that change.

 

Quarterbacks

Baker Mayfield (Week 14 vs Cin, Week 15 at Arz): If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’m not the least bit surprised by the Browns offensive struggles to this point.  The Browns disappointing start has been making Mayfield available in more leagues every week, which might present you with a buy-low opportunity on a talented quarterback with an exceptional skill group.  In addition to the appealing matchups in Weeks 14 and 15 for Mayfield, the Browns also host the Dolphins in Week 12.  For quarterback streamers, pairing Mayfield with Daniel Jones could provide you with high-ceiling options in each week through the fantasy playoffs.

Sam Darnold: (Week 13 at Cin, Week 14 vs Mia): The Jets offense has not played well, but their biggest concerns going forward are their vulnerable offensive line and the Jets coaching staff’s lack of ability to adjust in game.  With that in mind, consider Darnold a high-ceiling option at quarterback from now through Week 14 that has a lower floor than originally anticipated.  Despite the attractive matchups, Darnold also comes with the risk of being limited by his offensive coaching staff and offensive line.

Daniel Jones (Week 14 at Phi, Week 15 vs Mia, Week 16 at Wash): Jones has struggled with pressure management since his middling career at Duke, which makes the road games in Philadelphia and Washington high-ceiling opportunities for Jones that come with a disastrous floor due to those opponents pass rushes.  The Week 15 home game against Miami, however, is a big-ceiling contest for the Giants offense and the type of environment Jones could really shine in.  For quarterback streamers, pairing Jones with Baker Mayfield could provide you with a high upside play from Weeks 12 through 16.

Gardner Minshew/ Nick Foles (Week 13 vs TB, Week 15 at Oak, Week 16 at Atl): The matchups for the Jaguars passing game through the fantasy playoffs are very enticing.  The Jaguars “should” stick with Minshew, but that does not mean that they won’t turn to Foles once he returns from injury, especially after the Jaguars performance last week in London.  Whoever the Jaguars quarterback is in Weeks 13, 15, and 16, they will almost certainly be listed among our streaming options for that given week when the time comes.

 

Weekly Streaming Options

Week 13

Derek Carr at Chiefs: Assuming that Patrick Mahomes will be back for the Chiefs at this point, Carr and the Raiders offense will be heavy road underdogs projected for a considerable amount of garbage time, as well as some chance that they play up and hang with Kansas City.  A neutral game script would be an even greater opportunity for Carr and the Raiders.

Removed Andy Dalton vs Jets: Ryan Finley is the current starting quarterback for the Bengals.

 

Week 14

Jacoby Brissett at Buccaneers: The Buccaneers have one of football’s most exploitable pass defenses paired with one of football’s most unreliable, high-ceiling offenses.  That sets up for a Week 14 matchup against the Colts that could approach, if not exceed, a game total of 50 points.  A spike game for Brissett is well within his range of outcomes in Week 14.

 

Week 15

Removed Case Keenum vs Eagles: Dwayne Haskins is the current starting quarterback for Washington.

Jacoby Brissett at Saints (Monday Night): A primetime matchup, in New Orleans, is likely to be a very volatile game for the Colts offense.  Since it is a matchup between two offenses with strong offensive lines and capable skill groups, Brissett would have a high-ceiling and a low-floor in this spot.

 

Week 16

Phillip Rivers vs Raiders: If Rivers lands on your waiver wire, he has a high upside matchup that could get you closer to putting your league winnings where they belong: in your pocket.

 

Running Back Stashes

Premium

Tony Pollard: The simple reality is that if Ezekiel Elliot were to miss time, for any reason, Pollard would be a max FAAB bid type of fantasy asset that would, at the very least, border on being a RB1.

Alexander Mattison: Mattison has been excellent all season in the primary reserve role behind Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.  If Cook were to miss time, Mattison would be a max FAAB bid type of running back with the potential to be a RB1 in Cook’s absence.

Jamaal Williams: Williams already has a useful role in the Packers offense and his ownership levels are higher than what we’d typically include in the waiver wire column.  With that said, Williams is currently a flex consideration in 12-team leagues that would become a viable RB2 if Aaron Jones were to miss time.

Rashaad Penny: Penny has missed multiple weeks due to injury, which has allowed Chris Carson to put a stranglehold on the Seahawks primary running back job.  If Carson were to miss time, one could reasonably expect that Penny would take over and do a fair job of duplicating Carson’s production.

 

Potential Difference Makers

Darrell Henderson/ Malcolm Brown: If Henderson definitively leapfrogged Brown for primary reserve duty behind, if not alongside Todd Gurley, he would be among the premium stash options at running back.  Since Henderson’s usage uptick has coincided with Brown being sidelined, we have the duo headlining this group.

Darrel Williams: Williams has a very reliable, well-rounded game in an elite offense once quarterback Patrick Mahomes returns.  While Williams would need an injury to LeSean McCoy and/ or Damien Williams to be a factor for fantasy purposes, Darrel Williams has already shown that he can be an asset when called upon.

Jaylen Samuels/ Benny Snell: Currently, Samuels has been filling in for James Conner who is presently out with an injury.

Rex Burkhead: The often injured, Swiss Army Knife of the Patriots could effectively step into either Sony Michel’s or James White’s role if needed.

Dion Lewis: Lewis’s usage has been very minimal in 2019.  However, if Derrick Henry were to go down, Lewis would be set to take over the majority of his role.

Jordan Wilkins/ Nyheim Hines: If Marlon Mack were to miss time, Wilkins would take over the primary ball carrier duties and Hines would likely see an expanded role in the passing game.

Wayne Gallman: If Saquon Barkley should miss time again in 2019, Gallman would take over with some very appealing matchups throughout the fantasy playoffs.

Ryquell Armstead: Leonard Fournette has seen massive usage this season, as Armstead has served as his primary backup.

Gus Edwards: If Mark Ingram were to miss time, Edwards has been ahead of Justice Hill in the pecking order.

Raheem Mostert: The 49ers have been operating with committees at the skill positions, outside of tight end, all season.  If Tevin Coleman or Matt Breida were to go down, Mostert’s role would increase and he has enough talent to make a difference.

 

Worth Consideration

Ty Montgomery/ Bilal Powell: Montgomery has been the primary reserve behind Le’Veon Bell for most of the season.  Powell has cut into that secondary role in recent weeks, clouding who would be the next man up behind Bell.

Ito Smith/ Brian Hill: Smith has been in a timeshare with Devonta Freeman,until Ito left Week 7 with a concussion.  Hill filled in for Smith (and Freeman after his Week 7 ejection) in each of the last two weeks.

Deandre Washington/ Jalen Richard: If Josh Jacobs should go down, Washington would take over the primary rushing duties while Richard would serve as the running back on passing downs.

 

The Hill to Die On

Justice Hill: He’s talented, but he has an increasingly unlikely path to meaningful playing time in 2019.

 

Wide Receivers and Potential Superflex Options

Patriots (Week 13 at Hou (Sunday Night), Week 14 vs KC, Week 15 at Cin): In Week 13 and 14 the Patriots have opponents capable of pushing their respective game totals well beyond 50 points, making Phillip Dorsett and Mohamed Sanu valuable commodities heading into the playoffs.  If a Patriots wide receiver misses time, Jakobi Meyers’ stock would be on the rise.  Once N’Keal Harry returns, his role in the offense will also be worth monitoring.

Packers (Week 13 at NYG, Week 14 vs Wash): In Week 13 I will be sitting in the MetLife stadium parking lot, laying the foundation for that week’s column, as Aaron Rodgers does whatever he wants to the Giant secondary.  Once Davante Adams returns, we’ll have a clearer idea of the pecking order at wide receiver behind him.  That said, it’s worth monitoring Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Allen Lazard, and Jake Kumerow as we get closer to the fantasy playoffs as any Packers pass catcher seeing significant playing time could be an asset against the Giants and Redskins when the fantasy games really start to count.

Jaguars (Week 13 vs TB, Week 15 at Oak, Week 16 at Atl): The Jacksonville passing game has several appealing matchups coming in the fantasy playoffs.  So, if Dede Westbrook lands on your waiver wire, get aggressive.  If Chris Conley or even Marquise Lee are available in your Superflex league, they could be worthy of a stash on a deep roster.

Jets (Week 13 at Cin, Week 14 vs Mia): Week 13 and 14 mark the end of the soft run through the schedule for the Jets.  If Robby Anderson or Jamison Crowder land on your waiver wire, they both have strong upside from now until Week 14 as long as Sam Darnold remains active.  Given the Jets offensive struggles to date, all Jets offensive assets also come with a volatile floor until proven otherwise.

Dolphins (Week 13 vs Phi, Week 14 at NYJ, Week 15 at NYG, Week 16 vs Cin): The Dolphins offense, really their whole football operation in 2019, is as volatile as it gets.  However, if you’re in a Superflex league and you’re interested in volatile upside, DeVante Parker has been getting greater opportunity than just about anyone that you could conceivably find on your waiver wire for weeks.  Albert Wilson, provided he can stay healthy, legitimately has outstanding matchups in all four of the games listed above.  With Preston Williams now out for the season, both Parker and Wilson could be valuable assets down the stretch given these matchups.

Giants (Week 14 at Phi, Week 15 vs Mia, Week 16 at Wash): If Sterling Sheppard lands on your waiver wire because he’s missed multiple games due to his second concussion on the season, grab him, even though there is some chance he’ll continue to miss time.  Golden Tate will not likely be available in most leagues anytime soon, but if he is, grab him.  If you have a deep bench, consider acquiring Darius Slayton, who was mentioned in the weekly waiver column for the fourth week in a row heading into Week 10.

 

Week 13

None to add currently

 

Week 14

Titans Pass Catchers at Raiders: If we’re truly being honest, the week-to-week volatility of the Titans passing offense is similar to that of the Dolphins.  They simply cannot be trusted.  With that in mind, Corey Davis and A.J. Brown will both be high-ceiling plays in this contest.  Adam Humphries would also be worth consideration, though his week-to-week usage paired with his hefty contract have been truly baffling to this point.

 

Week 15

49ers Pass Catchers vs Falcons: The existence of George Kittle and the arrival of Emmanuel Sanders make Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, and Marquise Goodwin volatile accessories in the 49ers’ offense.  With that said, the Falcons are being lit up virtually every week by opposing offenses.  Should one of the 49ers wide receivers emerge as the clear-cut number 3 option in the passing game behind Kittle and Sanders, they would have high-upside potential in this particular contest.

Broncos Pass Catchers at Chiefs: Whether it’s Branden Allen or Drew Lock under center for Denver in Week 15, if Courtland Sutton is somehow available in your league, he’s useful now and he could pay off big here.  After the Emmanuel Sanders trade, DaeSean Hamilton’s usage will be worth monitoring with this late contest in mind.  Hamilton’s role did not expand whatsoever during the Broncos matchup with the Colts in Week 8 and he had no usage in Week 9.

 

Week 16

Bears Pass Catchers vs Chiefs (Sunday Night): All Bears pass catchers outside of Allen Robinson should be considered volatile.  That said, both Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel are worth monitoring as Superflex options with this late season matchup in mind.  Should Tarik Cohen stumble onto your waiver wire, he could be a massive-ceiling play in this Week 16 contest.

Bengals Pass Catchers at Dolphins: A.J. Green should be back in the fold well before Week 16, which would limit the value of Auden Tate, Alex Erickson, or John Ross should he return from injury.  With that said, should Green and/ or Tyler Boyd go down with an injury over the next 7 weeks, those complimentary parts in the Bengals passing game would see another rise in usage during the fantasy championship.  In that scenario, they would be especially valuable in Superflex leagues.

 

Tight End Options

Jared Cook: Cook has been a disappointment to fantasy owners in 2019 and he has currently been missing time due to injury.  However, the Saints have a Week 13 game in Atlanta where Cook could be a potential difference maker in that contest.

Chris Herndon: By the time the fantasy playoffs draw near Herndon should have played in at least a few games, which will allow us to properly gauge his role in the Jets offense.  If that role is what we expect it to be, Herndon has two strong matchups in Weeks 13 and 14.

Dallas Goedert: Goedert’s playing time and usage have been notable for multiple contests heading into Week 9.  If that trend continues, or if Zach Ertz were to miss time, Goedert has a path to being a difference maker down the stretch in fantasy.  DeSean Jackson’s injury timetable of 4-6 weeks further increases Goedert’s value going forward.

Noah Fant: The Denver quarterback situation has become murky, but Fant saw a big usage spike in the first game after Emanuel Sanders trade and that was followed up by his most productive outing to date in Week 9, making him a name to monitor going forward.

 

Defenses

Eagles Defense (Week 13 at Mia, Week 14 vs NYG (Monday Night): Week 15 at Wash): The appeal of the Eagles defense both for fantasy and betting purposes is that their front is capable of derailing games against weak offensive lines.  The Eagles play the first three games of the fantasy playoffs against turnover-prone quarterbacks, that play behind average or worse offensive lines.  While the Eagles defense comes with some risk of getting shredded through the air due to their vulnerable secondary, they also come with considerable upside during money making season in fantasy football.

Packers Defense (Week 13 at NYG, Week 14 vs Wash, Week 15 vs Chi): The Packers defense opens the fantasy playoffs with 3 matchups against volatile quarterbacks, playing behind underperforming offensive lines.

Chargers Defense (Week 13 at Den, Week 15 vs Min (Sunday Night), Week 16 vs Oak): If Derwin James returns to complete this secondary with both Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram active, the Chargers defense can be a difference maker down the stretch.

Cowboys Defense (Week 13 vs Buf (Thanksgiving), Week 14 at Chi (Thursday Night)): Heading into Week 9, the Cowboys defense has underachieved to this point in the season.  With that said, they start the fantasy playoffs with back-to-back Thursday Night matchups against two volatile quarterbacks.

 

Week 13

Panthers Defense vs Redskins: As long as Trent Williams does not suit up for Washington, the Panthers defense provides an option where a good pass rush matches up against a volatile quarterback, playing behind an offensive line with weak points.

 

Week 14

Browns Defense vs Bengals: This matchup has the potential to feature a highly capable Browns pass rush against a vulnerable Bengals offensive line with rookie quarterback Ryan Finley under center.

Texans Defense vs Broncos: The J.J. Watt injury significantly reduces the value of this play, but the Broncos having to play either Brandon Allen or Drew Lock at quarterback presents an opportunity for the Texans Defense.

 

Week 15

Steelers Defense vs Bills: This matchup provides an opportunity for the strong Steelers front against a volatile quarterback in Josh Allen.