Waiver Targets – Week 16

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

Congratulations/Commiserations* . You’re in the final or some horrendous 3rd/4th/5th/6th place* playoff. It’s all on the line and we’re in choppy waters as some players may get shut down for the final weeks of the season. *delete as appropriate

Let’s get to it…

Quarterback – Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins


There is literally no option I like this week who is going to be available for you. If you’re unfortunate enough to be stuck with Tom Brady & Jared Goff then maybe throw a dart at Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Tank Bowl between Miami & Cincinnati this Sunday but the matchups for the QBs that aren’t Top 10 are just pretty unfavourable.


Running Back – Mike Boone – Minnesota Vikings


Dalvin Cook went out of the game against the Chargers with a fresh injury and could miss next week’s huge game at home to Green Bay. With Alexander Mattison also missing Sunday’s game this could open up opportunities for Boone who bagged two scores thanks to those aforementioned injuries.

If – like me – Cook has carried your team to the playoffs then maybe look at snapping Boone up incase Cook can’t go against Green Bay.


Wide Receiver – Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins


Are we thinking OROY for McLaurin? He’s got to be in the consideration as he’s been a huge bright spot for a team that has had a terrible year.

This week’s matchup is against the Giants and after he went for 5/130/1 against the Eagles I am backing him to have another big week against the G-Men in what we should be calling Chase Young Bowl.


Tight End – Noah Fant – Denver Broncos


I think we can give Drew Lock & the Broncos a pass against a superb Chiefs team in treacherous conditions. I think most QBs would struggle to get any sort rhythm going, let alone against the team who is a lock to be playing the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

Despite that, Fant had 56 reception yards and I expect that to continue against the Lions who give up a touch under 8 fantasy points per game to Tight Ends.

Waiver Wire Week 14

by Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

For some of you, your playoffs have already started or start this week. For others, it’s do or die, now or never. Let’s get into who you should target for that final push…


Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers


At face value this could be a bit of a stretch against a New Orleans team that has been a real strong point for the Saints this season and arguably carried them through the Brees-less stretch earlier in the season.

However, a lot of their success has come from stopping from the run and they are liable to give up chunk plays (see DJ Moore’s TD two weeks ago). They hover around mid-table for passing yards given up per game as well as passing TDs against per game so if someone binned Jimmy G off due to the tricky 49ers schedule, this may be a wildcard grab for you to consider.


Running Back – Rashaad Penny – Seattle Seahawks


This is an absolute must after he and Chris Carson ran all over the Vikings on Monday Night/Tuesday Morning Football.

Penny got over 100 scrimmage yards off 20 touches with two scores to boot, that’s two big games in a row after the bye week and a matchup against the Rams seems to be favourable after their struggles against a similar team in the Ravens recently.

After the Rams this week the Seahawks face a favourable trip to the Panthers and a home game against the Cardinals so this is a player you can bank on for the duration of your season.


Wide Receiver – James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers


This is partly predicated on JuJu not playing. However, if the WR1 does take the field against the Cardinals I assume Patrick Peterson will cover him for the majority of the game leaving Washington carry on his good form from the last couple of weeks.

It’s evident that Duck Hodges is the better QB for Pittsburgh’s offense and playoff aspirations. The Cards are #32 against the pass and with Washington going off for 111 yards and a touchdown off four receptions against a not-terrible Browns I expect a similar line against a team whose season is emphatically over.


Tight End – Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins


I did not expect to be putting a Dolphins player in here at any stage this season but hats off to FitzMagic, he’s doing wonderful things in Florida alongside his renegade kicking team.

Gesicki has caught a TD in each of the last two weeks and the Jets are something of a confusing mess. They can turn the Cowboys over, blow the Raiders out and then get blown out by the *checks notes* THE WINLESS BENGALS?!

Additionally, Gesicki has had at least six targets in each of the last five games and caught six of six against the Jets back in week 9 for a total of 95 yards.

The Semi-Irrational Playoffs Forecast – Part 2

By Jake Linley-Brown (@JakeLB12)

Welcome to Part 2 of The Semi-Irrational Playoffs Forecast, which has more gravitas when every word begins with a capital letter. In Part 1, we looked at those players who might be the ‘smash glass in case of emergency types’ when you’re stuck for a Flex or WR2. 

Now, it’s time for defences/special teams and handcuffs. As the old adage goes, ‘defence wins championships’, which is exactly what we’re hoping for with some of these selections. I don’t have an adage or quip for handcuffs – I just know I never want to be in them. 

As with Part 1, this forecast is based on semi-irrational thoughts with a few stats thrown in for good measure. And no obvious selections either, duh. Let’s dig! 


TIER 1 – MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT


New York Giants D/ST (4.9% owned in ESPN)

Weeks 14-17: @PHI, vs MIA, @WAS, vs PHI
72.0 Points through 11 games (17th in top D/ST scoring)

If you’re a glass half full kinda guy or gal, then you might be rewarded by plumping with the Giants D/ST come playoff time. After posting a modest 6 points on the road to the Bears last Sunday, this week is a home contest versus Aaron Rodgers. Not keen, to be honest. 

BUT WEEKS 14-17! I am keen. Philadelphia are struggling big time, as Caron Wentz is not looking like the old Carson Wentz. In fact, Philadelphia are 22nd in Total Team Offence stats – a far cry from the Superbowl team a couple years back. 

Even better, in between that Philly sandwich are matchups against the Dolphins and Redskins, who are 30th and 32nd respectively in Total Offence. You literally (just about) could not have it any better. Tempting, right? 


Green Bay Packers D/ST (20.5% owned in ESPN)

Weeks 14-17: vs WAS, vs CHI, @MIN, @DET
63.0 Points through 11 games (24th in top D/ST scoring)

Right, okay. The Packers put up a donut last Sunday in San Francisco, and they’ve also acquired sub-zero point tallies on 3 occasions this season. I just had to get this off my chest before I try and sway you to pick a D/ST ranked at number 26. 

With that out the way, let’s discuss the good stuff. As mentioned in the Giants D/ST section, the Redskins offense just isn’t very good (news flash), so starting your playoff run to glory is more than achievable with the Packers as your D/ST. That’s followed by Mitch Trubisky visiting Lambeau, and I don’t know about you, but anytime I can get Mitch, on the road, I’m liking my chances. 

Weeks 16 and 17 may not look fruitful on paper against the Vikings (8th in total team offence) and the Lions (9th), but way back in Week 2, the Packers D/ST scored 9 points against Minnesota. They then snagged 5 points against the Lions, who back then had Matt Stafford – this time round, that may not be the case. As a filler for a couple weeks, the Cheeseheads could be worth a gamble. 


TIER 2 – SLIGHT WORRY, BUT STILL

Los Angeles Chargers (33.1% owned in ESPN)

Weeks 14-17: @JAX, vs MIN, vs OAK, vs @KC
63.0 Points through 11 games (24th in top D/ST scoring)

It’s been a disappointing season in many ways for the most un-loved team in Los Angeles. Injuries, the ageing quarterback, crowds dwindling. A team that had promised so much at the start of the year have just become ‘another team’. 

Something they can hang their imaginary hat on, however, is the solid play of their defence. Despite the lousy record and measly 11 takeaways, the defence ranks 5th in team total stats. When you consider the teams ranked higher than them, it’s pretty impressive. 

The Week 17 matchup against the Chiefs is bad, I won’t deny. But the Jaguars and Raiders are middling teams who will give this D/ST opportunities.


Denver Broncos D/ST (19.8% owned in ESPN)

Weeks 14-17: @HOU, @KC, vs DET, vs OAK
61.0 Points through 11 games (27th in top D/ST scoring)

The Broncos fans have had it tough this season. Flacco, then Brandon Allen, and now there’s murmurs of Drew Lock. Courtland Sutton aside, this is an offence that shouldn’t be capable of winning any games, let alone keeping them close. 

The reason Denver has had any shot? That Vic Fangio led defence. Weird stat alert: Despite sitting at 3-8 in the AFC West, they’ve actually allowed less points than anybody in their division. It’s that sort of statistic why they sit 8th in total defence stats. 

The downer to these good vibes is the takeaways total – only Miami have less than this unit. But Week 15 aside, I like the opportunities for sacks and points allowed. Deshaun Watson is good but gets hit. Jeff Driskel is Jeff Driskel, and the Raiders are just meh. 


TIER 3 – SEMI-IRRATIONAL ON STEROIDS

Miami Dolphins D/ST (6% owned in ESPN)

Weeks 14-17: @ NYJ, @ NYG, vs CIN, @ NE
22.0 Points through 11 games (32nd in top D/ST scoring)

Oooh boy. This tier is called ‘on steroids’, but there’s a chance it might be on other drugs, too. I won’t bore you with the gory details of how bad this team is, or what’s happened in the past. This is a flat-out gamble, let’s make that clear. 

If you are the sort of person who walks under ladders down the high street, then have I got the D/ST for you – the Miami Dolphins! Week 17 is a write off and I can’t give you any incentive to select Miami when going into Foxboro, but just look at that poo-poo platter beforehand.

The Jets, the Giants and the Bengals are all in the bottom 5 for offensive points scored. Heck, the Bengals are the worst team in the league. That’s pretty damning evidence…just be careful, young padawan. 


NOTHING SEMI-IRRATIONAL HERE, JUST HANDCUFFS

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (5.4% owned in ESPN)

Mark Ingram has this backfield on lock, but in games where the Ravens are rolling – a regular occurrence these days – Edwards gets some decent volume. The Jets, Browns and Steelers remain on the schedule too, so to keep Ingram fresh for the playoffs, Gus might get more involved than we think.


Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (17.4% owned in ESPN)

For many people, Mattison is the unequivocal number 1 handcuff in fantasy. Couple reasons – 1) the Vikings dependence on the running game, and 2) Dalvin Cook’s injury history. He’s stayed on the field so far, but the doubt always remains. Not to mention, Mattison has looked more than capable in his appearances this season.


Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys (12.1% owned in ESPN)

This past Sunday in dreary New England, Pollard received his highest touch volume since Week 7. The week before, he scored 17.6 PPR fantasy points. If something is brewing down in the Lone Star State, make sure you have a piece of it on your bench (for now). 

Good luck in the playoffs – until we meet again. 

Waiver Wire – Week 12

By Andy Moore (@ajmoore21)

With your fantasy play off games fast approaching we’ve got you covered for week 12, which kicks off in Houston with the Colts visiting the Texans on Thursday.


Quarterback – Jeff Driskel (Detroit Lions)

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With Matthew Stafford potentially out for six weeks, Driskell could be the stream play that pushes you into the postseason in your league. The former Florida Gator was solid on Sunday against the Cowboys, passing for 209 yards and 2 TDs, whilst adding another 51 yards and a TD on the ground.

Driskel spread the ball around against Dallas, with Marvin Jones Jr, Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay all being targeted 5 times in the loss, Jones was by far the most productive of those receivers with his 2 TD afternoon building on a string of impressive performances.

The Lions face the woeful Washington Redskins in week 12, a great chance for Driskel to punish a defence that is ranked the worst against the pass in the NFL. If Stafford’s injury does side-line him for six weeks, Driskel will also play against a dubious Tampa secondary in the middle of the fantasy play offs.


Running Back – Jonathan Williams (Indianapolis Colts)

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The Colts steamrolled over the Jags in week 11 with two running backs breaking the 100 yards line on the ground. The second of those backs was 4th year Arkansas product, Jonathan Williams. Taking over from the injured Marlon Mack (who has a fractured hand), Williams turned his 13 carries into a career best 116 yards and caught a pass to add a further 31 yards through the air.

Mack has already been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup against the Texans and based on Sunday’s performance it’d be a fairly safe bet to say Williams takes over as the bell cow in Houston. Should Mack be held out longer, Williams would face a mixed bag of run defenses, including the Titans, Buccs and Saints in coming weeks.


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Wide Receiver – Taylor Gabriel (Chicago Bears)

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I know, I know, the Bears Quarterback situation isn’t in good shape whatsoever, with Mitch Trubisky pulled from the game in the 4th quarter against the Rams. Matt Nagy has since said that Trubisky was struggling with an injury of some sorts and he wasn’t benched, laying the ground for him to return at QB next week.

That’s good news for Taylor Gabriel who took advantage of Allan Robinson’s quiet night (think Jalen Ramsey) on Sunday, turning 14 targets and 7 catches into 91 yards. The former Atlanta Falcon has seen two fairly productive weeks despite dubious QB play and looks set to continue that against a leaky New York Giants secondary.

Pick him up now as a solid Flex option and he could contribute against the G-men and the Lions the following week.


Tight End – Ryan Griffin (New York Jets)

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The Jets routed the Redskins on Sunday, in what must have been a relief for under fire Coach, Adam Gase, and 2nd overall pick, Sam Darnold, who looked every inch the Franchise Quarterback in an impressive performance. A large part of the supporting cast that helped him on his way was Ryan Griffin, who caught 5 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The former Houston Texan has put in three solid fantasy performances this season, against the Dolphins, Jacksonville and on Sunday against the ‘skins. However, it’s Griffin’s next three matchups which offer potential points for fantasy players, the Jets host a Raiders defense which gives up an average of 60 yards and a touchdown each game to Tight Ends, before facing off against the dumpster fire Bengals and Dolphins.

With Chris Herndon now on IR, Griffin is a good option and certainly worth adding.

Waiver Wire – Week 11

By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)

Another week passes in the NFL and yet more injuries to worry about! With Tyler Lockett spending time in hospital, George Kittle missing this week with a knee/ankle injury and Austin Hooper suffering a sprained MCL, a lot of you will need to look at bolstering your numbers through the waiver wire.

Here are some players you should look out for and put a claim on.


Quarterback – Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) – owned by 46%

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Ryan Tannehill is coming off of an impressive performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 10 where he completed 13 of 19 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 37 yards on three carries. Although he is on a bye in week 12, he may be worth stashing in deeper leagues. Upcoming games against the Raiders in week 14 and the Texans in week 15 give Tannehill a chance to put up decent fantasy numbers. He has scored at least 22 fantasy points in four consecutive weeks.

Derrick Henry is doing most of the heavy lifting in the Titans offense however, this should open up opportunities for Tannehill in the passing game. He certainly showed late on against the Chiefs that he can lead this offense! Tannehill’s stock is on the rise so you should get in quickly if he hasn’t already been claimed in your league.


Running Back – Brian Hill (Atlanta Falcons) – owned by 1%

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The Falcons are suffering at running back. After the team placed Ito Smith on IR on Saturday, Devonta Freeman suffered a foot sprain against the Saints on Sunday. This presented an opportunity for Brian Hill, and he could be the perfect pick up for a team in need at the running back position. 

Hill took advantage of his extended role to the tune of 61 yards on 20 carries plus a 10 yard touchdown catch. With the injuries pilling up he has a real shot at being the starting back for the high-powered Falcons who are coming up against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks in the bottom 10 against running backs in fantasy this season.

How much action Hill gets will depend on the outcome of Freemans’s MRI but put a claim on him now, otherwise someone else will!


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Wide Receiver – Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) – owned by 20%

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With Emmanuel Sanders picking up an injury on Monday night, Deebo Samuel could legitimately be the number 1 receiver in San Francisco if Sanders misses any time. He stepped up when Sanders went down in the week 10 loss against the Seahawks, finishing the game with 8 catches for 112 yards.

Samuel has struggled to separate himself from the niners crowded receiver corp so far this season but the injury to Sanders could ultimately be the break that Samuel needs to really showcase his undeniable talents.

The 49er’s have a favourable matchup against the Cardinals in week 11.


Tight End – Kyle Rudolph ( Minnesota Vikings) – owned by 26%

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So it would appear that Kyle Rudolph is a thing again?! With four touchdowns in the past four games, it certainly looks that way. He is averaging around 5 targets and 11.2 fantasy points per game over this period. Unless you have one of the top 5 tight ends, to gain a decent number of fantasy points you are very touchdown dependant but Rudolph does have a good matchup in week 11 against the Broncos. Maybe the touchdown streak continues?

With Adam Thielen hurt, Rudolph was always likely to gain a few more targets. Thielen’s status is currently unclear for week 11 but Rudolph should still be a good option if you are needing a tight end.

Hype Train Station – Week 11

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

Week 11 sees the Seahawks, Packers, Titans and Giants on bye so there’s 2 QBs, 4 RBs and 2 WRs that will need replacing but in all honesty that’s not a lot.

For those struggling , here are a few ideas:



RB – Brian Hill (ATL @CAR) 0%

With Smith on IR and Freeman looking set to miss two weeks with a foot injury, Hill will take on the lead back duties on a team that has also lost it’s TE. Carolina are a so-so matchup, but the opportunity and potential volume is too hard to ignore if you need an RB.

Maybe he can get you over the Hill in the playoff race.


RB – JD McKissic (DET vsDAL) 20%

Ty Johnson left the game against the Bears with a concussion which creates a bit of clarity in the backfield. McKissic is now more than just a PPR play, he’s a fully playable option.

See if JD can deliver the goods.


RB – Derrius Guice (WAS vsNYJ) 40%

This is the time to pick up Guice if you feel he can be relevant. The Jets would be a good matchup to bring him in on and in many ways, this is a glory play which may fall flat on it’s face. However, someone is going to pick him up and if you have the room or need something drastic, maybe it should be you.

Just have to look at your FAAB and see if the Guice is right.


WR – Kendrick Bourne (SF vsARI) 0%

The 49ers passing attack is really confusing. Should Kittle miss this week, Bourne may be a decent option. Pettis is clearly not in their plans, Samuel is still not the finished product yet and there’s a still a lot of options in the supporting cast.

Bourne seems to be the identity of the 49ers in the right places on the field.


WR – Willie Snead (BAL vsHOU) 0%

The Texans are still a defence worth playing against. Lamar is having quite a season and the supporting WR’s outside of Hollywood Brown are even worth a look now. Snead has been handy on a number of occasions and this feels like another good one.

You could do a lot worse if you are in Snead of WR help.


WR – N’Keal Harry (NE @PHI) 10%

With Josh Gordon gone and Harry back from injury, this is an opportune time for the rookie. If he creates some rapport with Brady then it will give Edelman a break his owner some decent fantasy points.

Harry up and claim him before your leaguemates.

Just a reminder that all 3 WR I picked last week may still be out there and are all definitely relevant. It’s also worth mentioning that Marquise Brown, Josh Gordon and Dede Westbrook are around 60% owned and so there’s a chance they are out there.


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QB – Derek Carr (OAK vsCIN) 40%

Carr was my pick last week, and I had an eye on this week when I did that as this train forms another service going to a nice place. The Bengals are doing what the Dolphins seem to have forgotten how to do, Lose.

The Carr is worth starting.


QB – Nick Foles (JAX @IND) 10%

Foles is back from injury after Minshew did a great caretaker job. There’s still plenty of weapons, an opponent who isn’t too scary, and a QB trying to prove that he should be the starter over the rookie.

You’d all be Foles to miss out on him.


QB – Kyle Allen (CAR vsATL) 10%

The Falcons did superbly against the Saints, but to me, that was an outlier because it was the Saints. It will be a crash back down to earth this week and Kyle Allen is playing well with the freedom of knowing it’s his job for the remainder of the season.

With Cam shafted, Kyle is the engine now.


TE – Jack Doyle (IND vsJAX) 50%

The Jags aren’t fantastic against Tight Ends and the Colts have 2. Ebron seems to be dropping passes like he used to do, although he still seems to get the looks in the endzone. Doyle seems a safer pair of hands and good for PPR leagues. Ebron may be better in standard leagues.

If you think he won’t be a top 12QB then you don’t know Jack.


TE – Kyle Rudolph (MIN vsDEN) 30%

Welcome back to relevance Kyle Rudolph, and just before the Christmas season too. 2 TD catches (one spectacular) and plenty of action. While Thielen is missing, he has a much bigger role.

He is back to being Rudolph the Redzone Reindeer, just in time for the holidays.


TE – Ryan Griffin (NYJ @WAS) 0%

If you are totally stuck, Griffin will be the lead TE for the Jets as Herndon is out again with injury. He had some decent games in his absence so I can’t see why Darnold wouldn’t go back to him.

It’s Herndon out, and Griff in.


D/ST – Jaguars (@IND) 50%

If Hoyer starts, this is a lock. If Brissett starts, it’s still not a horrible play. A lot of teams dropped the Jags on their bye week and it’s time to pick them right back up again.

Putting over this one, especially if they are against Hoyer.


D/ST – Steelers (@CLE) 60%

If they aren’t picked up, grab them and lock them into your starting spot as they are for real. Minkah Fitzpatrick has been immense and they will keep the Steelers in a lot of games. This week they play the Browns in a fantastic matchup.

Time for the Ironmen.


D/ST – Panthers (vs ATL) 50%

I may have backed Hill earlier at RB, but the Falcons still don’t score a lot and the Panthers have enough talent to hold them down.

Time to pounce.

If you’re unlucky and all 3 of these options are gone and there’s no obvious team then Oakland and Washington may be 2 of your better options and are both less than 10% owned.



Just a note that, much like in real life, the window for advanced tickets is closing quickly. After the week 12 byes that’s pretty much it. I’m just going to give out some general advice here this week.

QB: Daniel Jones might be an interesting option during the run-in but he is on bye this week.

RB: Reminder that returning players like Derrius Guice and handcuffs like Tony Pollard might be the only possible difference makers unless someone goes down. Jamaal Williams may get dropped a lot this week for pickups and he is more relevant than a lot of the waiver wire RBs so might be worth an advanced fare.

WR: Not a lot of WR are due off of IR so as players drop out due to injury you just want the next man up. It’s been a tricky year for fantasy WR. Darius Slayton seems to catch fire when Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are out but he’s on bye this week so that would very much be an advanced purchase.

TE: You have to just play the matchups. With Austin Hooper now missing there are very few relevant TE so pick whoever is against Arizona if they are out there and any team missing other receivers. Jacob Hollister is on bye this week but again, as a long term investment, he’s cool.

 

Start ’em, Sit ’em – Week 10

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

The fantasy playoffs are just about in the distance, but a loss this week could see you stumble and fall leading to you not even participating in the last few weeks of the fantasy season. Make sure you keep putting one foot in front of the other and successfully negotiate week 10.

Here are some hints on who you should be starting and sitting this week…



Quarterback – Kyler Murray (Cardinals @ Bucs)


It’s hard to see past any other selection this week as the Cardinals face the worst-ranked fantasy defense against QBs and they’ve come off a game against the potent 49ers D where they put up 25 points. They’ve given up the fourth most points in the league and have forced just four turnovers since their big performance against the Rams in Week 4.

Admittedly, prior to that 88 yard play to Isabella last week, Murray was on for a third straight week of pretty average fantasy scoring but against a weak Bucs D, I fancy him to pull of some big chunk plays and maybe even rush for a score.


Running Back – Devin Singletary (Bills @ Browns)


I think we’re finally seeing the decision on who the #1 running back in Buffalo is after Singletary saw more action than Frank Gore (not so great news for one of my fantasy teams!).

The Browns are all over the place and after seeing their season ended by the Broncos last week it would not surprise me if Buffalo ran all over them in the Dawg Pound. Cleveland give up 141 yards per game on the ground, most of those should now go to Singletary after last weeks performances from the Buffalo backfield.

Singletary has made five appearances this season and score double digit points in four out of five with a 23 point barrage coming last week. Expect more from this run-first team.


Wide Receiver – Christian Kirk (Cardinals @ Bucs)


Two Cardinals offensive players in a Start ‘Em?! You’d better believe.

Leave aside Kirk’s performance last week, he was targeted more than any other Cardinals player and was coming off a three week spell out of the side with an ankle injury which seems to have healed.

For the above reasons why you should be starting Murray, this Arizona wide-out has a huge upside this week and I fancy him to get his first score of the season with at least 60+ reception yards.


Tight End – Jonnu Smith – (Titans vs Chiefs)


Slim pickings on the bye week as Ertz, Fells and Fant are all on bye weeks so aside from your usual superstars it’s tough to find the value.

Smith seems like a reasonable shout for a Titans team that has seen an upswing in offensive performance since Ryan Tannehill was brought into the side under center.

Whilst he had a quiet game against Carolina he did finish joint second for targets (five) on the Titans that day and is worth a look if you’ve got some awkward bye week timings.


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Quarterback – Jared Goff (Rams @ Steelers)


Occasions Jared Goff has scored over 20 fantasy points this season? A shootout against a defensively indefensible Bucs, a visit to the terrible Falcons and a Wembley walkover against the winless Bengals.

He’s now lost Brandin Cooks to a concussion for an indefinite period of time and faces a Steelers D that has improved so much since the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Steelers are turnover hungry and not even double strength Covonia can help Goff from not coughing the ball up – the only two occasions he hasn’t turned the ball over this season were against the aforementioned Falcons and Bengals so I refuse to believe that Goff is righting the ship and more the opposition were something of an aberration.

Sit. Him. Down.


Running Back – LeSean McCoy (Chiefs @ Titans)


Shady’s going to struggle to get touches for the foreseeable as Damien Williams had a monster game against the Vikings and Mahomes is potentially returning this week. As such it makes him a low value player until he can prove otherwise.

He’s not hit double digit fantasy points since the Week 4 matchup against the Lions and has lost two fumbles since then.


Wide Receiver – Odell Beckham Jr (Browns vs Bills)


A 13-point game against the Broncos doesn’t disguise the fact that OBJ has limited value as a WR1, only one score this season back in Week 2 and facing up against a superb Bills D that will likely double him? It’s a hard pass from me and it should be from you. Even jarvis Landry is out-targeting him at the moment.


Tight End – Jacob Hollister (Seahawks @ 49ers)


This isn’t a slight on Hollister who came up with the game winning catch against the Bucs in OT last week but the 49ers are stingy against Tight Ends as well as in general offense. In my opinion, there are enough streamers out there that will have a better chance of picking up a score than Hollister. Go and find them instead of trying on what Hollister has to offer.

Week 10 Waivers

By Adil Khan Deshmukh (@dillytoon)

We’re heading into the crunch weeks in fantasy football as we hit that beautiful path towards the playoffs. Here we’ll take a look at who you should be targeting in this week’s waiver wire.


Quarterback – Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) – owned by 8%

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A good streaming option for this week in the quarterback position is the man under centre at Nissan Stadium. Tannehill has been a serviceable fantasy quarterback for the last three weeks, with him scoring 21.5 points per game on average. That has resulted in him being the QB5 throughout those weeks. In two of those games he has topped 300 passing yards and has thrown for 6 TDs plus a rushing TD to boot. 

A home tie versus Kansas City awaits, and with the potential return of Mahomes for the Chiefs; the Titans could be forced to throw the ball a lot. The Titans have a bye in week 11, so if you’re looking for a one week streaming option or some much needed bye-week help; look towards Tannehill and snap him up.


Running Back – Ronald Jones II (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – owned by 38.1%

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The second year back out of USC has finally been named the starting running back for the foreseeable future. Since the Bucs have returned from bye, Jones has out-touched Peyton Barber 32-15, managing a 18 rushes for 67 yards and a TD stat line in the game at CenturyLink Field during week 9. 

Jones is likely to be available in the majority of leagues and two of the next three matchups are favourable. Week 10 sees the Bucs face the Cardinals and in week 12 they face the hapless Falcons. Jones is likely to occupy your flex spot during those weeks, so snap him up off waivers before somebody else does!

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Wide Receiver – Jamison Crowder (New York Jets) – owned by 54.7%

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Now that Darnold is back from his bout with Mono, Jamison Crowder has returned to fantasy relevance. In the week 9 bout with Dolphins, Crowder amassed 83 yards from 8 receptions and a score. For those in PPR leagues, a 22.3 point haul from a guy who’s most likely to have been occupying a flex position is incredible value. Darnold has really struggled to stretch the field consistently since coming back, dispelling hopes of a Robby Anderson return to fantasy form, and this has resulted in him finding Crowder repeatedly for short yardage gains. 

Week 10 sees the Jets face the Giants in the battle of the Meadowlands, a matchup that is most likely to be very favourable to Crowder. When you factor in the next 5 games into the picture, Crowder could be absolutely vital to your fantasy hopes. After the Giants, they face the Redskins, Raiders, Bengals and the Dolphins; a mouthwatering stretch for all you fantasy fiends.


Wide Receiver – DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) – owned by 22.9%

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As long as Fitzpatrick us under centre for the Dolphins, there is some viability to Parker for your fantasy team, particularly for PPR leagues.

In each of the past 5 games for the Dolphins, Parker has managed to score over 10 fantasy points in PPR. There have been 4 touchdowns in 5 of those games, and the team is likely to throw the ball a lot considering their QB and the likelihood of them falling behind. This week’s opposition in the Colts doesn’t provide that juicy matchup that a lot are looking for, however he will be serviceable as a flex player.

Also, if you manage to make it into the playoffs, the stretch through weeks 14-16 are great as they face the Jets, Giants and the Bengals.