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C.J. Beathard is likely to be reinserted as the starting quarterback for the 49ers. If not this week, soon thereafter. After his QB8 debut against Oakland Nick Mullens has not been good. Mullens followed up his debut performance with a 250-yard two-interception, QB24 performance last week against the Giants. This week was worse. Going 18/32 for 221 yards, Mullens was intercepted two more times and sacked 4 times, with a couple of the sacks being his responsibility. Playing Tampa Bay’s atrocious pass defense, Mullens missed an opportunity to solidify his starting role and may have lost it instead.
Jeff Driskel entered the game in the 3rd quarter in place of an injured Andy Dalton (thumb) and performed well in catch-up mode. Dalton was unable to come back Sunday. Driskel went 17/29 for 155 yards and a TD. He also ran for a touchdown and 9 yards on 3 attempts. The Bengals defense is terrible and gives up 31.2 points per game (2nd most) entering Sunday. Over the last four games, including Sunday they’ve been even worse, giving up just over 35.5 points per game. UPDATE: The Bengals have announced that Dalton will be placed on the IR. Due to the thumb injury sustained yesterday Dalton’s season is over.
If Driskel has to fill in for Dalton and you should expect him to get to pass the ball a ton. Driskel would be my #1 add in all Super Flex leagues for the week.
Mitch Says: Beathard is an instant upgrade over Mullens. But I wouldn’t rush to bid a high amount of your FAAB or waiver priority on him. The 49ers have a very tough road ahead, with two big matchups against the Seahawks, plus the Broncos and Bears. Beathard was a fine performer but failed to really show any real explosiveness. He’ll need that to just end up being fantasy-relevant. He’s worth a shot if you’re desperate. But since Dalton’s injury opens things up for Driskel, and the Bengals have a much nicer schedule than the 49ers. Driskel had a decent game for the Bengals, and represents a better investment in my opinion.
Cody Kessler has been named the new starting quarterback for the Jaguars. It was a busy day for the Jags as they also fired their Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Monday as well. The Jaguars have decent wide receivers led by Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook perhaps Kessler can make them a bit more consistent.
After last weeks 105-yard performance against the Jets Robert Foster was still available in about 40% of my dynasty leagues. After dropping another 94 yards and a touchdown on the Jaguars Sunday, I’d expect Foster to be rostered in all of those leagues come next week. Foster roasted the Jags for a 75-yard touchdown Sunday and had a 47 yarder last week against the Jets. It’s worth noting that Foster’s production comes on just 7 targets in the last two weeks. Foster’s 199 yards over the last two weeks is more than he produced in any single season (174 yards) during his time at Alabama. The regression monster is lurking so be afraid.
But Foster is a burner (83rd percentile speed score) and seems to have a penchant for big plays. With the Buffalo wide receivers being what they are (very bad, very, very, bad) Foster might be able to make some noise for the rest of this season at least.
Bruce Ellington has been assured a starting role for the rest of 2018 with Monday’s announcement that Marvin Jones has been placed on the IR. Over the last two weeks, Ellington has 16 targets, 12 receptions, and 80 yards. Ellington has been a steady slot receiver for his career when healthy. Though Ellington will not provide any monster weeks he is worth adding in full PPR leagues.
Melvin Gordon was questionable to play Sunday with a knee and hamstring injury but convinced the Chargers to let play. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor and certainly would have been so in this case.
Doubt #MelvinGordon @Chargers season is over but also no guarantee he plays next week. Low grade MCL is my hope which could mean 1-3 weeks but can't be certain on severity based on the video. https://t.co/ogtu5ijcEp
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) November 25, 2018
@ProFootballDoc is usually correct so expect Gordon to miss at least next week. Austin Ekeler will see an increase in usage, but he won’t take over the full workload. Rookie Justin Jackson is the perfect complement to Ekeler and is as accomplished as any 7th round draft pick could ever be. Jackson ranks 11th all-time in NCAA history with 5,440 rushing yards and 10th all-time with 6,298 all-purpose yards. Jackson has elite Burst and Agility scores and can be used on all three downs. Whatever FAAB you have left should be bid on Jackson if Gordon does have to miss time.
Mitch Says: Justin Jackson also has Redraft value, especially for Melvin Gordon owners. Ekeler will likely continue to operate as a backfield receiving threat, while Jackson is in line to see 10-15 touches on the ground. Considering the efficiency of the Chargers’ offense this season, that gives him upside FLEX consideration heading into a week 13 matchup against the Steelers.
Jeffery Wilson was active on Sunday for the 49ers instead of Alfred Morris and ran 7 times for 33 yards adding one reception for 8 yards. I had never heard of Wilson before today, but San Francisco thinks enough of him to bench the veteran Morris and used him in his first career game. Though Matt Breida has been injury free the last few weeks, he does have a history of getting banged up so you may as well handcuff him for your playoff runs.
Wilson is a below average athlete but has a history of production. Even though Wison went undrafted out of North Texas, he had a well above average Dominator Rating and Yards per Carry. And someone thought enough of him to make the below highlight film so I figured I’d share it with you.
Jeff Heuerman broke some ribs and bruised a lung in Denver’s victory over the Steelers yesterday and is finished for the season. In his place steps the 6’6″ 250 lb. Matt LaCosse. Heuerman leaves behind an 81% snap share and averaged 4.5 targets per game this season for LaCosse to absorb. On Sunday LaCosse was able to turn his 4 targets (including one Red Zone target) into 3 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Time to jump back onto the Quincy Enunwa train. The young receiver finally looks healthy, and with the absolutely brutal play of Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, the Jets need a solid option. Even Herndon is looking more reliable than those two. Enunwa was looking fantastic before getting dinged up with injuries and could be a big contributor down the stretch.
Who would have guessed that a change from Smith to McCoy at QB would actually help someone? Well, that might just be the case for Josh Doctson who has seen a team-high 16 targets since McCoy took over as QB. He’s turned those targets into 98 yards but has yet to find the end zone. With Crowder still battling injury, Doctson is a sneaky FLEX play.
Equanimeous St. Brown has out-targeted Valdez-Scantling in back-to-back games, and could be sneaking into the WR2 spot in Green Bay. With Rodgers struggling in recent weeks and injuries to the O-Line, his ceiling might be lower than it would have been in any other season. But if St. Brown does take over the WR2 job, he’ll be a WR3 at the very least.
Time to stop sleeping on Chris Herndon/. He drew 8 targets on Sunday and hauled in 7 of them for 57 yards. It’s clear that he’s becoming a larger part of this offense, and the Jets are desperate for options. He’s a decent bench fill and could warrant a start before the season is out.