Workin the Wire for Week 12

20 Nov 2018 - 3:14pm | Roto Coach | Updated: 20 Nov 2018 - 3:26pm | Likes: 34 Like 
Workin the Wire for Week 12


Lamar Jackson-Baltimore Ravens: This is the third week in a row Jackson makes an appearance on this list. With Joe Flacco ruled out in Week 11, Jackson got his first NFL start and the Ravens kept the game plan relatively simple and played to his strengths. The result was a victory in which Jackson only threw for 150 yards and didn’t log a rushing or passing touchdown while throwing one interception, but he did run for 117 yards, which is exactly the sort of built in floor we expected from him. If he can manage any production in the passing attack then he can be a difference maker down the stretch. There are rumblings that Flacco could return this week and will get his job back, but if that’s not the case Jackson gets the Raiders at home followed by tilts against the Falcons, Chiefs, and Bucs. Baltimore has one the friendliest rest of season schedules out there so it’s a situation to monitor.

Eli Manning-New York Giants: The Giants are on a two game winning streak, and it’s not a stretch to say the offense has looked significantly better in the month of November. On the flip side, this week’s opponent, the Eagles, have been getting torched of late, and particularly in the secondary. The Giants rest of season schedule isn’t one I’d target, but Manning could make for a viable bye week fill-in against Philly.

Jameis Winston-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Go into this with open eyes, as Dirk Koetter is both incompetent and indecisive. The result has been a quick hook for his quarterbacks this season, both of which are prone to turnovers. It’s an explosive offense so whoever is under center is a strong play, and even more so if you think you can get four quarters. On the season, only Patrick Mahomes has outscored the two Bucs quarterbacks’ weekly fantasy output on per a game basis.   

Running Backs

Gus Edwards-Baltimore Ravens: Coming out of nowhere this past week was a 115 yard rushing performance from Edwards on just 17 carries. But this isn’t a normal scenario and we need to proceed with a bit of caution on Edwards. First, he undoubtedly benefited from the threat of Lamar Jackson in backfield and the matchup with a weak Cincinnati run defense. And though the schedule is fantasy friendly going forward, the Ravens may have Flacco back under center as soon as this week. It’s also worth noting that while Edwards may have jumped ahead of Alex Collins in the pecking order, Buck Allen still lingers and Baltimore just traded for Ty Montgomery a few weeks ago. He needs to be added, but he’s far from safe and isn’t someone you should hang onto if the situation doesn’t pan out in the short-term.

Rex Burkhead-New England Patriots: He’s more of a look-ahead pick-up for teams that are well-positioned already. Burkhead is able to come off IR in Week 13, but he could be behind both James White and Sony Michel by that point. Still, we know Belichick will rotate and game script accordingly, and the Patriots remain in a dogfight for home field advantage in the playoffs.

Jaylen Samuels-Pittsburgh Steelers: We talked last week about trying to handcuff some studs, and I still think adding guys like Malcolm Brown and Spencer Ware makes sense. But we’ve also seen James Conner slow down of late, and with Le’Veon Bell now officially out for the rest of the season it’s just Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels behind him, with Samuels offering more upside and even garnering tight end eligibility on some sites. He’s a name to know going forward.

The following list of players is 50% owned or less and needs to be rostered for the stretch run:

Josh Adams-Philadelphia Eagles: I’ve been beating the drum for a month now. He’s the best back in Philly right now and really the only thing that worked in this offense last week. How he’s just above 30% owned is beyond me.

Jalen Richard-Oakland Raiders: Richard saw 11 carries last week to go with his usual target share in the passing game. Jon Gruden compared him to former Raiders running back Charlie Garner on Monday because he’s both delusional and a moron, but Richard can still be useful, especially if Doug Martin’s ankle injury causes him to miss time.

Theo Riddick-Detroit Lions: The Bears are an awful matchup this week, but with Kerryon Johnson and Marvin Jones unlikely, the Lions are running out of both running backs and receivers to play and Riddick can help with both.

Wide Receivers

Tre’Quan Smith-New Orleans Saints: The upside is tantalizing, but the Saints offense spreads the ball around so much it’s difficult to know when to trust him. Still, he’s the WR2 in a high-powered offense and should be firmly in play this week against a weak Atlanta secondary.

Bruce Ellington-Detroit Lions: In his Detroit debut Ellington proved to be more capable than either Brandon Powell or T.J. Jones, and with Marvin Jones still ailing it looks like he will continue to get opportunities. Detroit is headed in the wrong direction, despite Week 11’s upset win over Carolina. With their defense getting shredded weekly and Kerryon Johnson on the shelf, Matthew Stafford may have to go back to throwing 40+ times per week the way he did before Matt Patricia got there, and for that he’ll need receivers.

Adam Humphries-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It’s difficult relying on the fourth or fifth option in an offense, but with O.J. Howard potentially missing time, and Jameis Winston back under center, Humphries could provide some production in deeper leagues. He also hasn’t necessarily fared better with one quarterback or the other and there’s quite a bit to go around in the passing game here.

The following list of players is 50% owned or less and needs to be rostered for the stretch run. Both appeared in the last few weeks of recommendations:

Josh Reynolds-Los Angeles Rams: He’s going to continue to be a red zone target, but more importantly, a productive member of the Rams passing game. He’s locked into targets in one of the best offenses in the NFL.

D.J. Moore-Carolina Panthers: The breakout was inevitable, as he’s the most talented receiver on the roster. Cam has lacked a true downfield weapon the past couple seasons and the hope is that Moore can build on Week 11’s big game. He also has one of the friendliest fantasy schedules out there for the rest of season.

Tight End

Chris Herndon-New York Jets: Coming off the bye, I’m still a believer in Herndon. He’s one of the only tight ends available in most leagues that has logged consistent production for over a month now. His upside is limited, but he can produce modest catch and yardage numbers and sees red zone looks.

Jonnu Smith-Tennessee Titans: Smith was here last week, and is another lower usage tight end that seems to always rack up a few catches and gets some red zone looks. He led Tennessee in targets in Week 11, but that probably won’t hold. His fantasy prospects also get dicier without Mariota, as the Titans offense just looks inept with him under center.

Cameron Brate-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This is assume O.J. howard misses time and Brate can slide into the role. There are a lot of mouths to feed, but both Fitzpatrick and Winston have utilized the tight end regularly in the passing game. Brate doesn’t have the big play ability of Howard, but he’s arguably more reliable.

As always, this list is made up of players that are 30% owned or less in Yahoo leagues, and if you happen to be looking at a guy that falls above that threshold or can’t figure out why I left a player off the list, feel free to ping me on Twitter @rotocoach with any questions.


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