The Preparing for the Playoffs section that details a variety of favorable matchups during Weeks 13-16 returns at the end of the waiver column this week.  If you have any questions on an FAAB bid or waiver priority move, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @RyanReynNJ or via email at [email protected]

Week 11 Waiver Wire

Quarterback.
Note: If Baker Mayfield is available in your league, he has a tough Thursday Night matchup with the Steelers this week.  However, Cleveland has several attractive matchups on the horizon that are discussed in the Prepare for the Playoffs section of this column.

  1. Derek Carr – 10% FAAB Budget (Carr is a three-week option for streamers)
  2. Kyle Allen – 2%
  3. Nick Foles – 1% (Fair Week 11 matchup with some considerable future upside)
  4. Sam Darnold – 0%
  5. Dwayne Haskins (Two QB league consideration)
  6. Ryan Finley (Two QB league consideration)

 

Running Backs
Note: If Adrian Peterson is available on your waiver wire and you’re in need of a spot start in Week 11, he and the returning Derrius Guice are likely to enter some form of timeshare for carries in an appealing matchup with the Jets.

  1. Brian Hill – 25% FAAB Budget
  2. D. McKissic – 10%
  3. Raheem Mostert — 8%
  4. Derrius Guice – 8%
  5. Alexander Mattison – 5%
  6. Darrel Williams – 4%
  7. Wayne Gallman – 3% (Dependent on Saquon Barkley’s injury status)
  8. Tony Pollard – 2%
  9. Rashaad Penny – 1%
  10. Darrell Henderson – 1%
  11. Malcolm Brown – 1%
  12. Kalen Ballage – 1% (If you want playing time)

 

Wide Receivers
Note: If Will Fuller or Josh Gordon is available on your waiver wire, he would top this list and warrant aggressive pursuit.  If Dede Westbrook or DeVante Parker are on your waiver wire, they would also top this list but come in below Fuller and Gordon.

  1. Deebo Samuel – 8% FAAB Budget (Elevate if Emanuel Sanders rib injury leads to missed time.
  2. Darius Slayton – 5% (The Giants are on a bye)
  3. Sterling Shepard – 5%
  4. Kenny Stills – 5%
  5. Phillip Dorsett – 4%
  6. Nelson Agholor -4%
  7. Allen Lazard – 3% (The Packers are on their bye)
  8. Cole Beasley – 3%
  9. Auden Tate – 3% (Dependent on A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd’s status)
  10. Alex Erickson – 3% (Dependent on A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd’s status)
  11. Diontae Johnson – 2%
  12. Russell Gage – 1%

 

Tight Ends

  1. J. Howard – 6% FAAB Budget
  2. Jacob Hollister – 5% (Seattle is on their bye)
  3. Darren Fells – 5%
  4. Mike Gesicki – 3%
  5. Noah Fant – 3%
  6. Dallas Goedert – 3%
  7. Ryan Griffin – 2%
  8. Delanie Walker – 1%
  9. David Njoku – 1%
  10. Jaeden Graham – 0%

 

Defenses

  1. Raiders – 1% FAAB Budget
  2. Redskins – 1%
  3. Panthers – 1%
  4. Browns – 1% (The Browns host Miami in Week 12)

 

Kickers

  1. Robbie Gould – 1% FAAB (Injury status dependent)
  2. Josh Lambo – 0%

 

Drop Considerations

QB: Cam Newton, Matt Moore, Gardner Minshew, Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Fitzpatrick,

RB: Ito Smith, Mark Walton, Chase Edmonds, Ty Johnson, Frank Gore

WR: Preston Williams, Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee, DeSean Jackson, Anthony Miller, Dante Pettis, Geronimo Allison, Corey Davis, A.J. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling

TE: Chris Herndon, Dawson Knox, Irv Smith, Kyle Rudolph,

 

Quarterback
Note: If Baker Mayfield is available in your league, he has a tough Thursday Night matchup with the Steelers this week.  However, Cleveland has several attractive matchups on the horizon that are discussed in the Prepare for the Playoffs section of this column.

  1. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders, 10% FAAB Budget: The suddenly ascending Raiders are 10-point home favorites, with an implied team total of 29-points against the winless Bengals in Week 11. With oddsmakers projecting the Raiders to comfortably handle Cincinnati, it’s possible that this game sets up better for running back Josh Jacobs than it does Carr.  Regardless, Carr still has a significant ceiling in Week 11 followed by appealing matchups at the Jets in Week 12 and at the Chiefs in Week 13.  If you’re only in need of a bye week replacement for Week 11, you could consider being more conservative in your FAAB or waiver priority expenditure on Carr than we’ve suggested.  If Carr would be a logical starting option for you through this three-week stretch, our FAAB suggestion is considerably higher for Carr than it has been for any previous streaming option to date because we’re now in crunch time.
  2. Kyle Allen, QB, Panthers, 2%: Allen has done a solid job of filling in for the injured Cam Newton, but he has only exceeded 20 Draft Kings points once in his seven starts this season. In Week 11, Allen’s Panthers are 6-point home favorites with an implied team total of 28 ¼ against the Falcons.  Consider Allen a fantasy asset with an average floor, in a high-upside matchup in Week 11 that has some appealing matchups coming in the fantasy playoffs.  Those future matchups will be expanded on further in the Preparing for the Playoffs section of this column.
  1. Nick Foles, QB, Jaguars, 1%: No one could have asked for more out of Gardner Minshew this season, but Foles has returned from injury and has been named the starter for Week 11 at Indianapolis. Foles upcoming matchup with the Colts is a middling one, as the Jaguars are 2 ½ point road underdogs in a contest with a modest game total of 44.  Beyond that, the Jaguars have appealing matchups in Weeks 13, 15, and 16 which makes Foles worthy of consideration now in deeper leagues or as a stash for quarterback streamers.
  1. Sam Darnold, QB, Jets, 1%: Darnold had a solid showing against the liability known as the Giants defense in Week 10, posting 21.7 Draft Kings points last week. On deck, the Jets visit the Redskins as slight road underdogs in Week 11’s lowest game total (37 ½).  While there is some upside here for Darnold and Jets pass catchers against an exploitable Redskins secondary, the Jets volatility on offense, the low game total, and the Redskins capable front four also present a low floor for both offenses in this contest.
  1. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Redskins, Two QB League Consideration: With the Redskins coming off their bye as slight home favorites against a Jets pass defense that was just torched by Daniel Jones, it would be logical for the Skins to allow Haskins to let it rip this week. That said, Bill Callahan’s Redskins have made establishing the run their offensive identity and this contest comes with Week 11’s lowest game total (37 1/2).  Haskins has a very low floor in general, but this matchup with the Jets presents more upside than normal for the Redskins passing attack.
  1. Ryan Finley, QB, Bengals, Two QB League Consideration: Playing a 4th round rookie quarterback behind a bad offensive line is the very definition of volatile. However, the Raiders are yielding the 3rd most passing yards per game on the season and Oakland lacks a game-derailing pass rush that could truly dictate this game.  Especially if J. Green returns, the Bengals have enough talent in their skill positions to exceed expectations in this spot.  In fact, if Andy Dalton was still the starter, he would be among the suggested streaming options this week.

 

Running Backs
Note: If Adrian Peterson is available on your waiver wire and you’re in need of a spot start in Week 11, he and the returning Derrius Guice are likely to enter some form of timeshare for carries in an appealing matchup with the Jets.

  1. Brian Hill, RB, Falcons, 25% FAAB Budget: With Devonta Freeman’s foot sprain leaving his future availability in serious doubt, Hill has a chance to take over the majority of the workload in the Falcons backfield in Freeman’s absence. During Atlanta’s Week 10 upset over New Orleans, Hill accumulated 20 carries and 2 targets compared to fellow running back Kenjon Barner’s lone carry.  With Ito Smith on injured reserve, Hill could be a truly valuable fantasy commodity in a high-performing offense if Freeman is set to miss multiple weeks.
  1. D. McKissic, RB, Lions, 10%: McKissic has 12 catches on 14 targets over the three games since Kerryon Johnson suffered a season-ending injury against the Vikings. In Week 10, McKissic saw 10 carries and 7 targets in Chicago as Ty Johnson left early with a concussion.  Should Ty Johnson miss Week 11’s contest with the Cowboys, McKissic could have an enhanced role if you’re in need of a bye week replacement, particularly in PPR formats.  McKissic also comes with some long-term upside, as he has a chance to emerge in what has been a muddy Lions timeshare at running back during Kerryon’s absence.
  2. Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers, 8%: With Matt Breida expected to miss “some time” due to an ankle injury, the talented Mostert would be in line for an increased role in the 49ers backfield once again. Back in Weeks 2 and 3 when Tevin Coleman was out with an injury, Mostert totaled 25 carries and 5 targets over those 2 contests. Breida has had 10 carries or more in all but one game this season (where he had 8), so we can reasonably expect a 10 plus carry workload with a few targets for Mostert in Breida’s absence. Breida has a history of playing injured, so while Mostert has been productive when given opportunities throughout this season, we need to keep an eye on Breida’s status before deploying Mostert as a bye week replacement or flex option.
  3. Derrius Guice, RB, Redkins, 8%: Guice is eligible to return in Week 11 versus the Jets. While the matchup is certainly appealing, Guice’s future workload remains very uncertain.  One could reasonably expect that Washington will ease Guice back against the Jets, leaning more heavily on Adrian Peterson on early downs while deploying Chris Thompson (if he returns) in clear passing situations.  Long-term, it would make sense if the rebuilding Redskins gradually increased Guice’s workload down the stretch to see what they have in the second year running back, who has been a victim of horrendous injury luck during his young career as a pro.
  4. Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings, 5%: Mattison remains a premium handcuff that would warrant a max FAAB bid if Dalvin Cook were to miss any time. In Week 11, he doubles as an interesting bye week replacement in deep leagues given the Vikings matchup as 10 ½ point home favorites against Denver.  While this is far from a certainty, if the Vikings comfortably handle Denver as projected, there is a path to Mattison seeing a quarter’s worth or more worth of carries.  In fact, Mattison has received 9 or more carries 4 times this season.  In all 4 of those instances the Vikings won by 2 scores or more, as they are projected to do here.
  5. Darrel Williams, RB, Chiefs, 4%: LeSean McCoy’s healthy scratch in Week 10 has Williams’ stock on the rise for fantasy purposes. Williams saw 17 offensive snaps in Week 10, significantly behind Damien Williams’ 60 and ahead of Darwin Thompson’s   Darrel Williams is a solid, well-rounded running back that has been both productive and reliable in his opportunities while serving as a true asset in pass protection.  We know he can be an asset in this offense if given the opportunity.  While McCoy could certainly be a factor in the Chiefs offense going forward, his healthy scratch last week makes a stash of Darrel Williams a smart move if you can reasonably add him.
  6. Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants, 3%: As the Giants head into their bye week, Gallman’s value is entirely dependent on Saquon Barkley’s (undisclosed) injury status. While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur labelled Barkley as” banged up” and  “fine” after Week 10’s matchup with the Jets, it doesn’t hurt to roster a running back handcuff in situations like this one.
  7. Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys, 2%: The story remains the same for Pollard: if Ezekiel Elliot were to miss any time, Pollard would become a max FAAB bid type of fantasy asset with league winning potential.
  8. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks, 1%: Penny had only two carries on Monday Night Football and lost a fumble on one of them. While it’s possible that fumble could land Penny into the doghouse, he remains a valuable handcuff behind workhorse Chris Carson until proven otherwise.
  9. Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams, 1%: With Malcolm Brown back from injury, Brown (12 offensive snaps, 5 carries) and Henderson (8 offensive snaps, 4 carries) nearly split reserve duty behind Todd Gurley (55 offensive snaps, 12 carries, 4 targets). Henderson continues to be a bet on talent that doubles as a bet against Gurley, but it appears that his role is back to being relatively even with Brown’s as a reserve.
  10. Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams, 1%: With Brown back from injury, he saw a slight lead in playing time and workload over Darrell Henderson in reserve duty behind Todd Gurley.
  11. Kalen Ballage, RB, Dolphins, 1%: Ballage had 20 carries as he caught all 4 of his targets in Week 10 in Indianapolis, but he only walked away with 45 total yards. While Ballage is likely set to see a similar workload over the next 3 weeks during Mark Walton’s suspension, the Dolphins offense remains volatile as a whole and Ballage has been an inefficient performer behind a bad offensive line all season to date.

 

Wide Receivers
Note: If Will Fuller or Josh Gordon is available on your waiver wire, he would top this list and warrant aggressive pursuit.  If Dede Westbrook or DeVante Parker are on your waiver wire, they would also top this list but come in below Fuller and Gordon.

  1. Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers, 8%: Deebo had a breakout game on Monday Night against the Seahawks, catching 8 of his 11 targets for 112 yards. While that performance is encouraging, it comes with the context that George Kittle missed the contest and Emmanuel Sanders left early with a rib injury.  If Sanders injury is severe enough for him to miss time, Samuel would warrant more aggressive pursuit.
  2. Darius Slayton, WR, Giants, 5% FAAB Budget: Slayton has had an excellent rookie year and he’s coming off a massive performance with 10 catches on 14 targets for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jets. While that box score is certainly encouraging, what truly makes Slayton worth consideration as the Giants head into their bye is that Sterling Shepard slid back into the concussion protocol before last week’s contest.  The Giants also have a several appealing matchups through the fantasy playoffs.  If Shepard and the often-injured Evan Engram return, Slayton’s role in the offense is likely to slide back into the 4 or 5 targets per game range.  That said, his potential upside makes him worth consideration this week even with the Giants heading into their bye.
  3. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants, 5%: Shepard slid back into the concussion protocol before Week 10’s matchup with the Jets, putting his future availability in some doubt. With the Giants entering their bye and Shepard landing on more waiver wires every week, he is worth a stash considering some of the Giants appealing matchups coming in the fantasy playoffs. The worst- case scenario in acquiring Shepard is that he’s put on injured reserve either before or after the Bears game in Week 12. The best-case scenario is that Shepard returns for the Giants run against exploitable pass defenses in Weeks 13 through 15. We like to bet on upside, so we would recommend considering either Shepard or Darius Slayton if there is room on your roster.
  4. Kenny Stills, WR, Texans, 5%: Will Fuller appears to be trending towards suiting up for Week 11 in Baltimore, which reduces Stills value. However, even when Fuller was active, Stills had a considerable role in the offense while seeing over half of his snaps out of the slot.  Going forward, Stills has a meaningful role in one of football’s best offenses while doubling as Fuller insurance if the latter has another injury setback.  If Fuller were to have a setback, Stills would once again become a priority add.
  5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots, 4%: Before the Patriots Week 10 bye, Dorsett slipped behind the newly acquired Mohamed Sanu in terms of usage. Dorsett remains on our radar as the Patriots have several appealing matchups through the fantasy playoffs, starting in Week 11 when they take on an Eagles secondary that has been lit up by the likes of Case Keenum this season.
  6. Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles, 4%: Agholor’s value is on the rise with DeSean Jackson set to miss another 4-6 weeks. Should Alshon Jeffrey’s status be in doubt heading into Week 11’s tough matchup with the Patriots, Agholor would be the primary perimeter threat for the Eagles.
  7. Allen Lazard, WR, Packers, 3%: Since Aaron Rodgers specifically asked for Lazard to see more playing time on Monday Night Football against the Lions in Week 6, Lazard has had between 4 and 6 targets every week. Over that span, Lazard has out targeted both Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison. Lazard’s role has remained stable even with the return of Davante Adams over the past two weeks, which has put Lazard in the lead as the WR2 behind Adams as the Packers enter their Week 11 bye.
  8. Cole Beasley, WR, Bills, 3%: Beasley is a stable, high-floor PPR asset with a high ceiling Week 11 matchup against Miami. If you’re in need of a cheap bye week replacement in a PPR format, Beasley is worthy of consideration.
  9. Auden Tate, WR, Bengals, 3%: The Bengals wide receiver group is in an interesting position in Week 11, as they visit the Raiders as double-digit underdogs. While A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd enter this contest with injury concerns, Green’s return could have more a negative impact on Tate’s usage.  If Green or Boyd miss the contest, Tate would be in line to see significant playing time against an Oakland pass defense that have given up the third most yards in the NFL on the season.  Rookie signal caller Ryan Finley reduces the floor for all Bengals pass catchers in this matchup.
  10. Alex Erickson, WR, Bengals, 3%: If Tyler Boyd ends up missing Week 11’s contest in Oakland, Erickson could be in store for heavy slot usage in a come from behind effort. However, Ryan Finley’s presence under center makes any Bengals pass catcher a more volatile play.
  11. Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers, 2%: Since being named a starter in Week 3, Johnson has been targeted 6 or more times in 5-of-7 games. Outside of Cole Beasley in PPR leagues, Johnson has the most reliable week-to-week role out of any wide receiver that is available in the majority of formats.  If you’re in need of a cheap bye week replacement at the position, Johnson isn’t a bad bet as the Steelers head to Cleveland for Thursday Night Football.
  12. Russell Gage, WR, Falcons, 1%: In the two games since Mohamed Sanu was traded, Gage has combined for 11 catches on 14 targets for 81 yards while seeing 79.9% of his snaps out of the slot. With Austin Hooper likely to miss time due to injury, Gage’s already solid role has a chance to slightly expand.

 

Tight Ends

  1. J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers, 6% FAAB Budget: Howard broke through in Week 10 with a useful fantasy outing posting 4 catches on 7 targets for 47 yards and a score while being on the field for 82-of-83 offensive snaps. While we’d fall short of declaring Howard “back” after one touchdown dependent outing, he is a talented player and his usage against Arizona was encouraging.  Tampa Bay hosts the Saints in Week 11, in a contest with a 50 ½ point game total.  Howard serves as a high upside share of a potential shootout in Week 11, while doubling as a long-term bet on talent.
  1. Jacob Hollister, TE, Seahawks, 5%: Hollister’s rise to fantasy relevancy has largely mimicked Will Dissly’s from early this season. Over the past two weeks, Hollister has 12 catches on 16 targets for 99 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Russell Wilson appears to be a tight end maker, which makes Hollister worth a roster spot for fantasy teams that have more questions than answers at the position.
  1. Darren Fells, TE, Texans, 5%: As a fantasy asset, Fells has 6 touchdowns on the season with 3 usage spikes where he has received 6 or more targets in a game. Overall, Fells sees significant playing time every week while serving as a reliable component, with volatile usage outside of the red zone, in one of footballs better offenses.  In Week 11, the Texans head to Baltimore for one of the slates most interesting contests.
  1. Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins, 3%: Gesicki has been targeted 6 times in each of the last two weeks, which has accounted for a 17.4% target share in the Dolphins offense over that brief span. With Preston Williams out for the season and Miami being unable to effectively run the ball, there is a legitimate path to Gesicki receiving fantasy relevant usage through the rest of the season.
  1. Noah Fant, TE, Broncos, 3%: Since Emmanuel Sanders trade to the 49ers, Fant has caught 8-of-13 targets for 141 yards and a score over two games. While the Broncos quarterback situation will have a low floor going forward, and 75 of Fant’s 141 yards came on one YAC heavy reception, Fant’s 25% target share over this two game sample is encouraging enough to warrant consideration.
  1. Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles, 3%: Goedert’s role has been significant since he returned from injury in Week 4 and it was on the rise heading into the Eagles Week 10 bye. With DeSean Jackson set to miss 4 to 6 more weeks, one can reasonably expect Goedert to continue being a solid piece of the Eagles passing offense with a ceiling that has not yet been reached.  The Eagles have a difficult Week 11 matchup with the Patriots, but they have appealing matchups from Week 12 through Week 15.
  2. Ryan Griffin, TE, Jets, 2%: With Chris Herndon playing 18 snaps in Week 10 before being sidelined once again with a rib injury, Griffin is in line for significant playing time going forward. In the two previous contests before Herndon’s brief return in Week 10, Griffin totaled 10 receptions on 12 targets for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Jets continue to face soft pass defenses through Week 14, making Griffin worthy of consideration, especially for deeper fantasy rosters.
  3. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans, 1%: Walker (ankle) has resumed running and hopes to return in Week 12 after the Titans Week 11 bye. While all Titans pass catchers come with a low floor, the Titans have appealing matchups against the Raiders and Texans during the fantasy playoffs.
  4. David Njoku, TE, Browns, 1%: Njoku is eligible to return from injured reserve (broken wrist) in Week 12 against the Dolphins. He has recently had the cast removed and was labeled as day-to-day before Week 10’s matchup with the Bills.  While we have to continue monitoring his injury-related progress and the Browns offense has underwhelmed to this point in the season, Cleveland has a few appealing matchups left through the fantasy playoffs.
  5. Jaeden Graham, TE, Falcons, 0%: With fantasy’s most productive tight end Austin Hooper set to miss time, the Falcons will turn to some combination of Graham and veteran Luke Stocker at tight end in Hooper’s absence. The appeal with Graham in particular is that, per PFF, 41.65% of Hooper’s snaps have come in the slot or out wide on the season and Graham is more suited for that type of deployment than Stocker.

 

Defenses

  1. Raiders Defense vs Bengals, 1% FAAB Budget: The Raiders defense makes its first appearance of the season in this week’s waiver wire column. While Oakland lacks game-derailing talent on defense, they are 10-point home favorites against rookie quarterback Ryan Finley, who is making his second career start.  A rookie 4th rounder like Finley, who is projected to play from behind, on the road, behind a vulnerable offensive line meets a number of the conditions we are looking for in a defensive streamer.
  1. Redskins Defense vs Jets, 1%: One could also consider playing the other side of this with the Jets defense, but the Redskins are slight home favorites with a matchup advantage in this contest: their front four versus a Jets offensive line that has forced Sam Darnold to play under siege most weeks. While the Jets offensive has been slowly improving, this is a winnable game for the Redskins against a volatile opponent in the Jets.
  1. Panthers Defense vs Falcons, 1%: The appeal in playing the Panthers this week is that they are 6-point home favorites in a contest with a 50 ½ point game total, which would imply increased passing for Atlanta and thus, more sack and turnover opportunities. While the Falcons are coming off their best game of the 2019 season, their offensive line has underachieved on the year while both Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman are likely to miss this contest.  With Atlanta coming in banged up on offense and this contest serving as a relative must-win for the Panthers in a competitive NFC playoff picture, taking a shot on Carolina’s defense during a thin week for defensive streamers is a reasonable move.
  1. Browns Defense vs Steelers Thursday Night, 1%: There is some appeal in playing the Browns defense, at home, against Mason Rudolph on a short week. But grabbing the Browns defense now is more of a preemptive strike for next week when they host the Dolphins in Week 12.

 

Kickers

  1. Robbie Gould, K, 49ers, 1% FAAB Budget: Gould missed Week 10 due to injury (quad), which puts his Week 11 status against Arizona in some doubt. If he can go, the 49ers are 13 ½ point home favorites with an implied team total of 29.  If Gould suits up, he’s an excellent play both now and with long-term appeal moving forward.
  1. Josh Lambo, K, Jaguars, 0%: If Robbie Gould can’t go, you can pivot to Lambo whose Jaguars will be heading to a dome game in Indianapolis. Between the indoor venue and the Jaguars inability to consistently finish drives, Lambo is a solid bet for multiple field goal attempts against an average Colts defense.

 

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 11 of the football season, that player is still available because they come with risk.  Situations will also change between now and Week 13, which is why this section will continue to be updated every week.

 

Quarterbacks

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.  While many would argue that Gardner Minshew should still be starting, Foles has shown in the past that he can produce monster performances down the stretch.  Foles has a legitimate chance to be a QB1 in all three of these future matchups.  In very deep leagues, especially two QB formats, it could be worth stashing Minshew as well for this late season stretch.

Baker Mayfield (Week 14 vs Cin, Week 15 at Arz): To say that the Browns offense has under-performed expectations this season would be a serious understatement.  That said, Mayfield and the Browns have high-ceiling matchups in Week 12 vs Miami, Week 14 vs Cincinnati, and in Week 15 at Arizona.  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 been slowly improving, but it remains an unreliable unit with poor offensive line play.  That said, these two contests in the fantasy playoffs are both high ceiling matchups that quarterback streamers should consider.

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.

Kyle Allen (Week 13 vs Wash, Week 14 at Atl, Week 15 vs Sea, Week 16 at Ind): These matchups looked very appealing when Cam Newton still had a chance to return this season.  Now that Newton is on IR and the Panthers are Allen’s team the rest of the way, these matchups are still relatively appealing, but they come with a much lower floor with Allen than they would have with Newton.

 

Weekly Streaming Options

Week 13

Derek Carr at Chiefs: Carr and the Raiders offense has exceeded expectations this season and it has pushed the Raiders into the playoff conversation.  This Week 13 game in Kansas City is likely to have a high game total with the Raiders coming in as significant road underdogs.  Whether the Raiders can hang in a neutral game script against the Chiefs or they fall behind and are forced to throw, there will be serious upside for Carr as a streaming option in Week 13.

 

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

Matthew Stafford vs Buccaneers: With Stafford missing Week 10 due to injury and maybe even in danger of missing Week 11 versus Dallas, he will be finding himself on more waiver wires in the coming weeks.  He has a dream matchup for fantasy owners in Week 15, as he’ll be playing an indoor game, that will have a high game total, against a Tampa defense that has been destroyed through the air all season.

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: Rivers eroding arm strength is starting to become a liability on perimeter throws.  However, 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 and not played particularly well when he’s been active in 2019, 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

Brian Hill: With Ito Smith on injured reserve and Devonta Freeman in danger of missing multiple weeks, Hill is in position to make an impact for fantasy purposes over the next few weeks.

Darrell Henderson/ Malcolm Brown: Both of these running backs are operating in a nearly even timeshare behind Todd Gurley presently.

Darrel Williams: Williams has a very reliable, well-rounded game in an elite offense now that quarterback Patrick Mahomes has returned.  Darrel Williams has already shown that he can be an asset when called upon and LeSean McCoy’s healthy scratch in Week 10 has opened the door for Williams to seize a difference making role down the stretch with the Chiefs.

Jaylen Samuels/ Benny Snell: Currently, Samuels has been filling in for James Conner who is presently out with an injury.  Samuels has been particularly effective as a pass catcher this season.

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 (who is presently banged up) 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.  With Barkely heading into the Giants bye with an undisclosed injury, Gallman is worth a flyer now in case things turn south for Barkely.

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.

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): Pass catching options for Aaron Rodgers have always been valuable for fantasy purposes.  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.  Allen Hurns is also now on the radar for fantasy purposes after one game without Williams.

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 had his breakout game of 2017 in 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 others 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 before Denver’s bye in Week 10.

 

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 few 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 the window to acquire him likely closed in Week 10.  However, the Saints have a Week 13 game in Atlanta where Cook could be a potential difference maker in that contest.

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)): 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.  With that said, only the Week 13 game in Denver has true matchup-based appeal.

Cowboys Defense (Week 13 vs Buf (Thanksgiving), Week 14 at Chi (Thursday Night)): Heading into Week 11, 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: Now that Trent Williams will not suit up for Washington this year, 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: While it might already be too late for you to acquire the Steelers defense, this matchup provides an opportunity for the strong Steelers front against a volatile quarterback in Josh Allen.

 

Ryan Reynolds has privately analyzed football for investing and betting purposes for nearly two decades.  Ryan began forecasting by using sports cards as a method of investing in individual baseball and football players, a practice he still takes part in today.  Ryan plays DFS, high-volume best ball, and season-long fantasy while directly betting on props, totals, and point spreads that meet his conditions.  Ryan has watched every snap, of every NFL game since 2014.