Week 11 ended with a BOOM! The Chiefs/Rams game was a fantasy haven. You were likely on one end of the spectrum that was up/down 40 points as Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill went off and you proceeded to either win or lose by at least 15. I know this because this is was what happened to me, I was on the losing side, so I feel your pain!
We have to get our lineups set early this week because games are starting on Thanksgiving day!
Two of our juggernaut teams in the Rams and Chiefs are on bye, so let’s get you prepared and fill in those gaps!
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This team is back and forth on their starting quarterback. I wish we could just get a Tampa Bay team quarterback in fantasy and not have to worry about the back and forth between Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Let’s hope this is the last time Dirk Koetter swaps quarterbacks because he will more than likely be fired after the season ends anyways. Winston should be the starting quarterback going forward, but if you could roster him and Fitzpatrick, I would, but only if you have the roster spot. I would pick up Winston if I need a Patrick Mahomes or Jared Goff replacement this week.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson’s first career NFL start went way better than I expected. I knew he had legs and could run the ball really well, but just didn’t know it’d be this good! He ran the ball 27 times for 117 yards. Even though he didn’t throw a touchdown, Jackson was very efficient going 13-of-19 for 150 passing yards and an interception. It’s looking like Joe Flacco may be out again and possibly out of a job, so if Winston isn’t available, have some fun and pick up Jackson. His stock should continue to go up and his upcoming schedule is to die for!
Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles
Two weeks in a row now he’s led the team with the same amount of carries as the week before… seven. Ew right? But he was efficient with his carries finishing with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown. That’s not it though. He was also targeted six times catching three of them for 19 yards. If you are stuck at running back this week, don’t be afraid to go out and get Adams and start him. He could be a RB2/RB3 for the rest of the season as it looks like the Eagles are trusting him more.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Who is Gus Edwards? Yeah trust me I asked the same thing. Edwards is an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers who just ran for 115 yards on 17 carries against the Bengals last week. He led Baltimore running backs in carries as Alex Collins saw just seven. Head coach John Harbaugh labeled Edwards as a “north-south runner” and it showed last week, so let’s hope he’s the starter going forward. Edwards has solid RB3/FLEX potential.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
Riddick has been the Golden Tate replacement, which I definitely didn’t see coming. He finished third in targets last week and may be in store for a heavier workload on the ground as Kerryon Johnson will be out for a week or two with a knee injury. In any type of PPR league (.5 and up) I wouldn’t be afraid to start Riddick as an RB2. The Lions get the Bears at home this week, but I wouldn’t hesitate to claim him and plug him directly into your lineup. In non-PPR leagues, I see a RB3 at best.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are sitting pretty at the top of the NFC West and more than likely could sit, or at least significantly reduce the touches, for their star Todd Gurley as the actual playoffs get closer. Drop the dead weight off your roster if you own Gurley, go claim Brown.
Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
What a game the rookie had with 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. Smith has solidified himself as the WR2 on this team and I have faith in the rookie going forward. Drew Brees is also showing his faith in the rookie as Smith led the team with 13 targets last week. New Orleans’ high-power offense has a great matchup on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons. Get him if you need someone to replace Tyreek Hill or any of the Rams’ receivers in this fantastic matchup.
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers
Just like Smith up above, Moore had quite the game himself as he is looking more like the first-round pick that Carolina planned him to be. He posted a season high in targets (8), catches (7) and yards with 157 along with a touchdown. Hopefully Cam Newton continues to pepper Moore with targets as they have Seattle, Tampa Bay and Cleveland coming up in their next three games. This stretch of games has boom or bust written all over it for Moore, but I have faith and see it booming. Moore is a WR3/FLEX going forward.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans
Coutee has been struggling to stay healthy this season, but when healthy, he’s been a solid performer. Many people, like myself, put Coutee down as Demaryius Thomas was traded to the Texans at the trade deadline, but he proved us wrong last week finishing with seven catches for 77 yards on nine targets while Thomas finished with a lone target. I’m targeting Coutee in PPR leagues.
Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams
If you listened to me last week, he’s already on your team, but you may still be able to get lucky since he’s on bye this week. He had six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown Monday night and should continue to contribute the rest of the season.
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
He had his break out game two weeks ago against the Detroit Lions with five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Outside of his touchdown this past week against the stout Minnesota pass defense, he didn’t do much. However, take a look at who he gets this week… the Detroit Lions. Grab him if he’s available for bench depth at the very least.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Now this is only if O.J. Howard is out for Week 12. Brate gets Winston back as his quarterback and should see a significant boost as when Howard was out, Brate was on a three-game touchdown streak. Once Howard came back, Brate took a backseat, but if we hear Howard is going to miss this week’s game, feel confident plugging Brate in as a starter.
Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints
Okay, I totally understand if you don’t add Watson as he has been a total disappointment over the last couple weeks with nothing to really brag about. However, moving forward from Week 12 on, Watson has favorable matchups against the Falcons, Cowboys, Buccaneers, the Panthers twice and then the Steelers to end the season. These are good matchups for the tight end, and we know tight ends have been blah all year long. For a high-powered offense like the Saints, I want any part of it I can get.
Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos
I am not giving up on Heuerman yet and neither should you. He hauled in four of five targets for 20 yards last week, but look at his upcoming matchups. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Cleveland and Oakland. These are all favorable matchups that you can feel comfortable starting him in.
Green Bay Packers TE
Keep an eye on this as Jimmy Graham is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb. If you want to pick up one, I would say Lance Kendricks based on his number of snaps (50%) after Graham left. But for all we know it could be fourth-string TE Robert Tonyan getting a long bomb touchdown!