The regular season is winding down, and that means it is nearing the time to empty the bank or use those waiver priorities.
There are a few potential league winning type players on this week’s wire. I could see the likes of Kapri Bibbs, Dion Lewis, Paul Perkins, J.J. Nelson, Adrian Peterson, and Sammy Watkins all have big playoff stretches that win people titles. These guys could also easily end up doing next to nothing or being the reason you get sent home early.
There will be people out there that will say, “Yea, Watkins might be back, but will you really start him?” Maybe, maybe not. But playing defense in fantasy is actually a thing. Letting Watkins sit on the wire so you can have someone like Chris Thompson or Jerick McKinnon on the end of the bench collecting dust.
Don’t just worry about making your team better, don’t let other teams in your league get better.
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And like I said before, you know your league better than I do. Some of these bids might be far too high, some too low. Depth of the league and your roster construction has a lot to do with how much to bid as well.
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Tim Hightower – He had more work than Ingram, and while he hasn’t been great, he hasn’t been bad enough to not keep a role moving forward. The Saints all of a sudden have decided they want to run the ball after benching their top option, so Hightower will be a weekly flex play until Ingram takes the role back. All it takes is one fumble for Hightower to just take over.
Rob Kelley – Gruden said Kelley is the early down guy and Jones will have to earn his carries back. I don’t love Kelley’s skills, but I don’t love Jones’ either. I think this ends up turning into a mess no one wants part of.
Kapri Bibbs – I think someone out there didn’t interpret the quotes the way they were supposed to, but maybe I am wrong (who knows), and it sent the fantasy world into a mad panic.
RB Devontae Booker took 46 of 56 offensive snaps vs. OA;. Kapri Bibbs had 9. Ratio figures to change in Bibbs’ favor vs. NO. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 7, 2016
I take this as the gap closes from what it was, not that it flips into Bibbs’s favor. Some fantasy news sites and analysts (not naming names) have taken this as Bibbs is about to be the guy taking over as the lead back. I probably won’t get Bibbs anywhere because of this report, but I am fine with that. Remember this is the same line that made it tough for Anderson and Booker to do really well.
Dion Lewis – Nearing a return, and if you need a spark he could be it. I still worry about him, but at this point in the year there aren’t too many players with upside like his.
DuJuan Harris – Carlos Hyde is still not sure about playing in week 10. Harris filled in admirably with over 140 total yards and a receiving touchdown. He is the number two in a run first and run often offense, also the number two behind a guy who is currently hurt and always seems to be hurt.
Paul Perkins – After the talk he would earn more work he did get it. Perkins didn’t do a lot with it, but he didn’t have anywhere to go. I think the backfield flips in his favor sooner rather than later.
Peyton Barber – Doug Martin still isn’t practicing as of Monday. With everyone else injured Barber is set for a big workload Sunday.
J.J. Nelson – Possibly the fantasy receiver to win leagues down the stretch. Upside is huge, but there will be two-point weeks.
Adrian Peterson – He is nearing a return. It is definitely a risk, but look at the guys in this area – who would you rather take a chance on?
Sammy Watkins – See the guy I just wrote about.
C.J. Prosise – No one in the Seattle running game did much. He split snaps with Michael again, actually had more snaps in a game the Seahawks had a lead or tie most of the game, and has a role as a pass catcher. If Rawls wasn’t about to return he would be much higher on the list.
Chris Thompson – Always going to have a role, just not one that you ever want to start. Limited upside, but a decent floor. You could do worse.
Alfred Morris – Keep putting him here because he needs to be owned. If something happens to Elliott he is a RB1.
Damien Williams – Like Morris, he needs to be owned. Every Ajayi owner should already have him, but if not, take the league winning upside handcuff. The Dolphins line is one of the best in the league, and if Williams gets the chance to get a full workload behind the line he could be great as well.
James Starks – As time goes on I don’t know what his role will be. The offense isn’t firing on all cylinders, but it’s not like Starks is a guy who comes in and makes the offense good again.
Marqise Lee – He is weirdly the safest of the Jaguars receivers to play on a weekly basis.
Ronnie Hillman – Took a decent amount of work this past week and, for what it’s worth, put up the best numbers.
Kenneth Farrow – Only because the insane workload for Melvin Gordon might end up with Gordon injured at some point.
Dontrelle Inman – Always on the field with a great quarterback.
Deep league targets
Running Back: Wendell Smallwood (PHI), Kenneth Dixon (BAL), Dwayne Washington (DET), Mike Davis (SF), Cameron Artis-Payne (CAR).
Wide Receiver: Rishard Matthews (TEN), Robby Anderson (NYJ), Cameron Meredith (CHI), Kendell Wright (TEN)
Tight End: C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU), Lance Kendricks (STL)
Carson Palmer vs. 49ers: He isn’t out there, but he is in enough that I want to put him here just in case he is after an up and down season and a bye week.
Joe Flacco vs. Browns: Fantastic matchup at home. Flacco hasn’t been good, but there should be some nice positive regression here.
Colin Kaepernick @ Cardinals: It is never going to be pretty, but the numbers are going to be there because of the same rushing yards. He is going to be a streaming option just about every week.
Ryan Tannehill @ Chargers: The offense flows through the run game, but the Chargers have an unsung run defense and can be beat through the air. I don’t love him, but if you can’t get one of the guys higher on the list he’s here.
Trevor Siemian @ Saints: Sunday night was atrocious. I think the Saints defense might be worse. This is all about the matchup and zero about the ability. If you have to start him cross your fingers.
Texans @ Jaguars: On the waiver wire a lot of places because of the week nine bye. A juicy matchup against Mr. Turnover this week, should be an easy top-10 play.
Ravens vs. Browns: A short week for a young quarterback on the road against a solid defense. Sign me up.
Packers @ Titans: The Titans have let opposing defenses and special teams score seven touchdowns so far this season. I don’t believe in the Packers defense, but nine times out of 10 when you are looking to stream it’s about the matchup.
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