With only two weeks left in fantasy football’s regular season, it’s win-or-go-home time for a lot of folks. Thankfully, the waiver wire has some options for those who are in need. And, I know there are a lot of you, because the byes really hit hard this week.
I’m posting this early addition now, but as always and I said on the podcast, there’s a lot more coming. I’ll be back in a few hours and I’ll ramp it up. I’ll finalize around 7pm. You can listen to the pod below.
The Chiefs, Vikings, Cardinals and Chargers are on their byes this week.
Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.
Daniel Jones, Giants
As I’ve been saying for weeks, he has some very good matchups remaining on his schedule. In fact, Jones’ playoff matchups alone are worth rostering, if you are a team that looks like a playoff squad. His matchup with the Bears this week is not great, so he’s more for the rest of the season than he is a Week 12 streamer.
Sam Darnold, Jets
Darnold has looked better lately and his schedule is super friendly, with the Raiders, Bengals and Dolphins over the next three weeks. Add him if you need a QB this week or if you need a plan B option down the stretch.
Baker Mayfield, Browns
He has a home tilt with Miami this week so he’s a quality streaming option. He also has very playable matchups in Weeks 14 versus the Bengals and 15 at the Cardinals.
Jacoby Brissett, Colts
Has the Texans this week so he’s a reasonably good streamer as they are diminished without Clowney, and now Watt as well. You throw to win when you play them so Brissett is a solid add. He was moving well last week so the knee injury appears to be in the rear view.
Jeff Driskel, Lions
He’s been solid in two starts and he gets a bad Washington team this week. So bad that they got outclassed by the Jets. The Jets. Granted, it’s a road game, but again, Jets … who also beat them in Washington. Driskel will be droppable after this week. His next two opponents are the Bears and Vikings respectively.
Derek Carr, Raiders
He’s at the Jets this week. I’m a little less enthused than most by the matchup. As much as I disrespect the Jets, they actually have a shot here because Oakland lacks high-end athleticism at receiver. Maybe Ty Williams can light them up, but what really kills the Jets are QBs who can attack downfield outside the numbers with explosive weapons. The Jets can also be “matriculated” to death, but you need to be a Brady or a Brees to do that.
Derrius Guice, Washington
I’m tempted to put Guice at the top of the priority list. He looked very good in limited action versus the Jets in Week 11. In fact, if Washington had used him more, it may have been a different game. Guice has some excellent matchups the rest of the way and that includes Detroit this week. While they are not likely to wear him out given his injury history, they are going to find out what he can do. I see potential RB2 or strong flex value in most of his remaining matchups.
Nyheim Hines, Colts
As I mentioned, the Colts backfield is injury riddled with both Marlon Mack (hand) and Jordan Wilkins (ankle) dinged up. Hines is expected to share the load with Jonathan Williams, who has bounced around the league despite having some explosive traits. Hines, being the more trusted option, should see a lot of work, especially in passing situations. He’s a potential RB2 or flex in full PPR leagues and is a very nice add considering how late we are into the season.
LeSean McCoy & Darrel Williams, Chiefs
McCoy seems to be back to even with Damien, so he’s an add no matter what. Darrel is more linked to Damien missing time and we do not know how serious the rib injury is just yet. My guess is that it’s not a big deal, but that’s all it is, a guess. I’ll update if we get more information.
Jonathan Williams & Jordan Wilkins, Colts
Marlon Mack suffered a broken hand and is expected to miss time–perhaps multiple weeks. He could even be out for the rest of the fantasy season. We’re just not sure yet. Jordan Wilkins (ankle) would normally be the player to target but he’s not a lock to play this week. Meanwhile, Williams had himself a day against the Jaguars with over 147 total yards in limited time. Williams is a strong bet to start this week and play in combination with Nyheim Hines. The Colts remaining run schedule is just ok, but he’s still a great add if short term punch is what you seek.
Wilkins returns to Colts practice Tuesday https://t.co/tdyxKa08ZC
— Pete Davidson (@Rotobahn) November 19, 2019
Wilkins return to practice muddies the waters a bit. I think it’s reason enough to prioritize Hines when considering a Colts RB. All three have merit in 12-team leagues. Williams could still start if Wilkins is not ready, which is very possible.
Bo Scarbrough, Lions
This one, I did not see coming. Like, not at all. That being said, Matt Patricia and Darrell Bevell may have found themselves a lead runner to close out 2019. Bo is not much of a receiver, but unless there’s yet another about face, he should be the guy at the goal line for the time being. He makes a solid add as a RB2 or flex–having more value in standard scoring versus PPR. Bo travels to Washington this week, which is good, but he faces the Bears and Vikings respectively after that, which is less good.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers
He’s a good add after getting through Week 11 seemingly unscathed. His value is limited by and linked to Matt Breida’s health. If Breida’s ankle is ready by this weekend, Mostert is a light flex, but if Breida can’t go, he’s a borderline RB2. That could be a bit much, but certainly a strong flex play.
Gus Edwards, Ravens
He’s a great handcuff for sure, but he has some stand-alone value though it is tough to predict. He posted a 100-yard game last week and could see a little more work if he keeps ripping it up. I really like the way he runs. Obviously, Mark Ingram is running well himself.
Tony Pollard, Cowboys
He looked good last week and while his usage is not dependable, he could be a port in a storm this week if you need an option. Why the Zeke owner doesn’t have him handcuffed, we may never know. Pollard is an awesome handcuff. I went through a long list of the best handcuffs on the pod today, by the way.
Bilal Powell, Jets
With 14 carries over the last two weeks it seems that the new Jets coaching staff is slowly realizing (how they realize pretty much everything) that Powell is good, or, more to the point, better than Ty Montgomery. In deep leagues, I’d roster Powell, because Le’Veon Bell is one more tweak away from a preemptive shutdown.
Trey Edmunds, Steelers
Tomlin said he “doesn’t know the availability” of RB James Conner, who aggravated his shoulder injury against the Browns.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 19, 2019
If Conner misses another game, Edmunds will have some value in large standscoring leagues.
Handcuffs you can often still get:
- Alexander Mattison
- Tony Pollard
- Rashaad Penny
- Wayne Gallman
- Mike Davis
- Malcolm Brown
- Ryquell Armstead
- Gus Edwards
- Dion Lewis
- Bilal Powell
- Gio Bernard
- Will Fuller, Texans
- Davante Parker, Dolphins
- Josh Gordon, Seahawks
These guys are easy button adds. They are all over 50% owned, but under 60%. No-brainer adds.
Bill O’Brien said he could see Will Fuller, Bradley Roby possibly playing, but still characterized them as game-time decisions. Short week is a big factor in those decisions, but trending right direction
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 19, 2019
Robby Anderson, Jets
He’s just over 50% owned and is looking a bit better lately. Love his matchup this week and he could explode soon. Tons of upside if you can nab him.
Sterling Shepard, Giants
Sterling could be a huge find for teams in need of receiver help, but there are risks. Sadly, those risks are even greater for Shepard, but that’s not for this space. He’s been out for well over a month with concussion symptoms. The chances of recurrence are certainly a material concern. Still, he is well worth risking a roster spot on, but here’s the key. Roster Darius Slayton as well if you can. Slayton will probably get dropped in a lot of leagues, but one of these guys will have great playoff matchups that we can tap into. My gut says that Slayton will be the guy we want by Week 14, 15 and 16.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers
At just a shade over 50 percent owned, this will be his last appearance in this space, but in PPR leagues, I’d be going after Deebo, who has looked very good the last two weeks. This kid is pretty much built for the 49ers’ scheme. He looks like a playable flex or better the rest of the way.
Daruis Slayton, Giants
His role will shrink some with the return of Sterling Shepard, but he’s still a solid flex option in larger leagues and let’s be frank. Shepard is still in precarious waters. He suffered two concussions over the first five weeks of the season. He re-entered the league’s concussion protocol after exiting it, which is rare without another incident of trauma. This is a complex situation and the Giants have very little incentive to push Shepard in that they are out of playoff contention. I’d refrain from cutting Slayton, and if he is available in a deeper format, I’ll be adding him. Additionally, if both Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) miss Week 12, the Giants may play a lot of 3-wide sets. So, Slayton has some sneaky upside this week even with Shepard available.
Randall Cobb, Cowboys
As I said last week, the Cowboys have great slot matchups in Week 15 and 16. Cobb is playing a lot of snaps and his targets have been steadily in the 7-8 range. Unless something changes, he can start for you when needed. He’s also a nice stash for down the road.
Cole Beasley, Bills
I like his matchup this week. With Chris Harris Jr. shadowing John Brown, the ball should find Beasley and Dawson Knox more frequently.
James Washington, Steelers
JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are both in the league’s concussion protocol so their Week 12 status is uncertain. Enter Washington, who played with Mason Rudolph at Oklahoma State. He has a sweet matchup with the Bengals, and he’s been playing better lately. He can help you this week as a flex or light WR3 option.
Anthony Miller, Bears
He was running as a full-time guy last week and he saw a whopping 11 targets. Miller is capapble of big things, so this is a smart time to roster him in full PPR leagues. The Bears closing schedule is relatively favorable for their receivers. Taylor Gabriel is more of a standard league add, but he’s probably as valuabe as Miller in a league like that. He also saw major playing time last week (91% of offensive snaps) and has been getting more involved.
Zach Pascal, Colts
He could still be the WR1 this week.
T.Y. Hilton (calf) officially ‘DNP’ Thursday https://t.co/szPSTEAxJN
— Pete Davidson (@Rotobahn) November 19, 2019
Hilton not practicing is not yet a tell, but it’s reason enough to think Pascal will have a role, if not a sizable one.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles
He has a great matchup this week with Seattle but the key to a dependable target load will be the health of Alshon Jeffery (ankle), who missed Week 11. If you depend on Alshon, this is an easy add. Otherwise, you have to roster and hope.
Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
#Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will have an MRI on his hamstring injury in the next day or so, source says. They’ll have a better idea for a timeline on him at that point. Team got back late from Mexico so the medical things are a bit delayed.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 19, 2019
An MRI is enough for me to go get Hardman. The one caveat is that you need to have the roster spot. Some folks may need to win now, and if that’s you, Hardman is a second level priority.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
I’ve been a bit too slow to warm up on this kid, I guess. He’s not playing a ton of snaps–about 50% or so percent on most weeks, but, when he; in there, it’s to catch passes. He’s seen 22 targets over the last four games. I expect that type of usage with some mild touchdown potential.
Albert Wilson, Dolphins
Wilson has over a 50% snap rate last two weeks. His six Week 11 targets were a season high. With Preston Williams gone, there are targets up for grabs. In deep formats, Wilson is a guy to look at.
Russell Gage, Falcons
His matchup with Tampa this week is encouraging from a volume standpoint. Not much ceiling here, but there are PPS possibilities this week.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles
As I said last week, Goedert is a fringe TE1 every week but only a Zach Ertz injury will get him to elite play status. He does possess elite talent as we saw versus the Patriots last week. His playing time is rising to the point (81 percent of the offensive snaps last week) where he’s a near full time player, even though he’s the number two tight end. The Eagles play a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. This week’s home matchup with Seattle is tasty.
Jacob Hollister, Seahawks
Last week I told you to add Hollister early (while he was on his bye), but if you had other priorities, you may be able to land him now. He’s nothing special but he could have enhanced value (more interior targets) if Tyler Lockett misses any time. And, as we’ve seen, he’s the main tight end now, and he has some weekly appeal going forward. In short, he can start for you if need be. He has a nice matchup with the Eagles this week.
Noah Fant, Broncos
We’ve been talking about him for weeks, but it’s time to take him seriously. Fant is not really ready for prime time, but it’s being forced on him anyway. The Broncos are playing for the future and Fant is projected to be a huge part of it. He saw 11 targets last week and has seen 23 over the last three weeks. That’s eye-popping for a rookie tight end–for any tight end. He needs to be rostered in all 12-team leagues.
David Njoku, Browns
He should return soon, and while he’s unlikely to help you this week, he’s an explosive talent at a tough-to-fill position.
#Browns David Njoku (wrist) is day-to-day. Possibly practice Wednesday. “We’ve got to get him on the football field and see where he’s at”
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 18, 2019
Ryan Griffin, Jets
Is hard to know how roles will shake out with a team is disarray, but Griffin has been running as the lead tight end and with Herndon no longer looming, can be rostered as such. Trevon Wesco is a guy I really like, and the Jets may start working him in. Still, for now, it’s Griffin’s job until something changes. If you need to know you are getting something solid, you could or even should take Griffin ahead of Njoku.
Jonnu Smith, Titans
Delanie Walker could return this week and that would probably put a damper on Jonnu’s new enhanced value. Still, in deeper leagues, I think he’s a hold until Walker shows that he’s going to contribute in a meaningful way. Jonnu has made an impact.
Jack Doyle, Colts
Eric Ebron (ankle) remains sidelined Tuesday https://t.co/BmcrWJeD4T
— Pete Davidson (@Rotobahn) November 19, 2019
Assuming Ebron sits, which seems probable, Doyle could be a helpful add in deeper formats.
Dawson Knox, Bills
He’s been playing well and is out in front as the main TE option for Josh Allen. His matchup with the Broncos should give a shot at some production. He’s a guy to add in deeper formats.