We are through all the bye weeks and preparing our rosters the playoff push and handcuff players where we can. The biggest piece of preparation I can share with readers this week would be to cut the dead weight and start looking at your playoff match-ups. Look ahead to match-ups in Week 14-16, carry an extra defense if they have a good playoff match-up, and pick-up your primary back-up running backs instead of carrying a wide receiver or tight end you won’t be starting. Optimizing your roster now can save you from serious heartache in the future.
FFStatistics Waiver Wire: Week 11
Josh Adams, RB Philadelphia Eagles
I have said his names so many weeks in a row and this should be the last time. Adams is getting sustained run in the Eagles offense both in the rushing and receiving game. Adams saw a position high 62% of his team’s snaps and touched the ball 23 times. New waiver wire workhorse running backs are hard to come by, but Adams seems to be getting his tryout in the role right now.
Gus Edwards, RB Baltimore Ravens
I missed Edwards last week because I didn’t think there was anything to pick-up. No news was out on Alex Collins and it only seemed like a hot-hand situation. Now we know the truth. Collins is dealing with a foot situation. Furthermore, the Ravens sat him after he fully participated on the team’s Friday practice. I won’t make the same mistake twice. Edwards is running well and seeing a majority of the team’s carries.
Carlos Hyde & T.J. Yeldon, RB Jacksonville Jaguars
News broke late Tuesday night of Leonard Fournette being suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from Week 12’s game against the Bills. In these types of situations, it is important to use whatever data is available to predict what this backfield will look like. After Fournette’s ejection in Week 12’s game, Carlos Hyde saw four opportunities and T.J. Yeldon saw five opportunities. Since Fournette has returned to the lineup, Yeldon’s snaps have held steady around 34% while Carlos Hyde’s have steadily increased each week.
Honestly, both are viable adds and both have the opportunity to be an RB2/FLEX option in Week 13.
Justin Jackson, RB L.A. Chargers
Melvin Gordon was already injured coming into Week 12 and the Chargers didn’t do him any favors by running him back out after halftime in a blowout. Austin Ekeler is likely already rostered in your leagues, but Jackson will likely be the savvier play moving forward. The Chargers have already shown us earlier in the season they don’t want to remove Ekeler from his pass-catching role and this will leave the between the tackles work for Jackson.
Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys
The improvement of the Cowboys offense with Amari Cooper added to the roster is apparent. The biggest improvement has been on the part of Dak Prescott. Four out of Dak’’s last six games have gone for 20+ fantasy points and he brings a high floor with his rushing ability. Looking forward Dak doesn’t have a bad match-up left on his schedule (NO-PHI-IND-TB). Dak could be a league winner for teams streaming the quarterback position going into the playoffs.
LeGarrette Blount & Theo Riddick, RB Detroit Lions
I love how easy fantasy football can be sometimes. Kerryon Johnson is out for the week and Blount fills in rushing and Riddick continues his pass-catching work. However, I did not expect Blount to have this type of impact. He literally fell into the end zone twice and was handed a decent workload. With games against the Rams, Cardinals, and Bills upcoming and no timetable for Johnson to return, both running backs have viability until further notice.
Bruce Ellington, WR Detroit Lions
Marvin Jones was placed on IR and no competition for targets will be walking through the door anytime soon. Ellington has tallied six receptions in his first two games with the Lions and Stafford will only continue to feed his Golden Tate fill-in. Tate, I mean Ellington, will continue to be a good WR3 option for our rosters moving forward.
Rex Burkhead, RB New England Patriots
Buying the cheapest running back in New England is never a bad process. Dion Lewis led us last year and LeGarrette Blount the previous year. He may not get any touches to end the year, but Burkhead should be a priority on the backend of your roster.
Dante Pettis, WR San Francisco 49ers
Pettis has been relatively quiet this season but comes in 13 overall in air yards for Week 12. The best attribute Pettis has on his side is the opportunity. Outside of George Kittle, Pettis has little competition for weekly targets and has seen his snap share spike in recent weeks.
Robert Foster, WR Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen needs a pass-catcher to step up and Foster may be the guy to do it. Standing 6-2 and having 4.4x jets allows Foster to play the deep threat to Zay Jones’ possession receiver. Foster is a risky play.
PRIMARY BACK-UP RUNNING BACKS
This was the second request from readers last week and I am happy to oblige. Here are my top running back handcuffs who might be available in your league:
- Giovani Bernard
- Duke Johnson
- Royce Freeman
- D’Onta Foreman
- Spencer Ware
- Jaylen Samuels
- Rod Smith
- Jamal Williams
- Latavius Murray
- Malcolm Brown
- Rashaad Penny
Back-Up QB Paloza
This is a Superflex, and probably dynasty, special. Colt McCoy, Jeff Driskel, and Cody Kessler have all taken control of their teams for the rest of the season. These are all VERY deep plays and should only be streamed when there are no other viable options available to you.
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