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After Colt McCoy broke his leg last week and Mark Sanchez took over the starting QB role I didn’t give one iota of a thought to suggesting him as an add last week. Yes, Sanchez is terrible, which manifested itself on a Sunday that saw him benched in the 3rd quarter. But more than that Sanchez just doesn’t give you any outs. He doesn’t throw for touchdowns, and he has the mobility of a dead slug.
Josh Johnson does have mobility as an out though. This mobility was on display Sunday as Johnson ran for a touchdown and 45 yards on seven carries. Johnson also threw for a touchdown and 195 yards going 11 for 16 on pass attempts. Washington is still technically alive for a playoff berth so there is no reason to reinsert Sanchez under center which means Johnson, barring injury, should be the starter from here on out.
Mitch Says: Admittedly, there is very little redraft value here. However, if you need a 3rd QB to hold in case of injury, a no-name QB playing for a team challenging for a playoff berth is an acceptable option. He’s nothing but a bench hold in case a big name QB or two go down in week 15.
After doing a spot check of my leagues I see Robert Foster is still floating around on some waiver wires. Pick him up. If you’re in the playoffs, pick him up. If you’re not in the playoffs, pick him up. Foster dropped a 7/104 line today and has had at least 94 yards receiving in three out of the last four weeks.
With the loss of Emmanuel Sanders for the season, the presumptive beneficiary was thought to be DaeSean Hamilton. Hamilton didn’t disappoint this week with 7 receptions for 47 yards, including a touchdown. Hamilton is likely owned in most leagues, but Tim Patrick isn’t. Patrick went undrafted in 2017 and spent time on both the Ravens and Broncos practice squads. He’s an impressive athlete with great size (6’4″ 208 lbs) and good speed for his size. The only ding against his collegiate profile was his non-existent Breakout age of 22.8.
Mitch Says: Courtland Sutton was supposed to be the guy on Sunday, but it was Patrick and DaeSean Hamilton that really lit it up. Read more in my redraft waivers below.
Patrick was able to parlay his increased snaps into a team-leading 10 targets Sunday. He turned that into 7 receptions for 85 yards. On a roster searching for a new identity and new playmakers with the trade of Demaryius Thomas and loss of Sanders, Patrick is worth a stash.
Trent Sherfield is yet another UDFA who had himself a Sunday. The loss of Christian Kirk for the rest of the season will allow an unheralded player like Sherfield to try to make some noise the rest of this season as the Cardinals evaluate their roster with an eye towards 2019. J.J. Nelson is a free agent after this season but also not really good at football. Larry Fitzgerald who is decidedly good at football is also a free agent and soon to turn 36 years old could decide he’s getting too old to be part of a rebuilding effort. Sherfield took advantage of his opportunity on Sunday and turned in 5 catches, on 7 targets, for 77 yards. Keep churning the bottom of your rosters with guys like Sherfield.
Tyreek Hill was walking with a pronounced limp during much of Sunday’s action. After the game, he was quoted as saying “I was still feeling my heel ….”. It’s come out this morning that Hill stated that his foot is “bad”. This could be a dreaded Achilles injury based on the information we have so far. Playing Thursday night might be a stretch for Hill, and he could be out longer. Demarcus Robinson, who totaled 5 receptions for 42 yards this week, should see an increase in targets without Hill able to play. Though Robinson isn’t the deep threat that Hill is the Chiefs are also dealing with the loss of Sammy Watkins and are now dangerously thin at wide receiver. Travis Kelce and Spencer Ware can’t be targeted every play so add Robinson immediately.
After missing practices this week due to a foot injury Isaiah Crowell then left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a foot injury. Elijah McGuire will be the starter next week if Crowell can’t go, but Trenton Cannon could also see his role increase. This week Cannon saw six touches, admittedly not doing much at all with them totaling 7 yards on six touches, though he did score a touchdown. I’m not bold enough to start Cannon anywhere next week, but I do still like him as a stash with the hope the Jets move on from Crowell in 2019.
Darren Sproles should see most if not of all the passing targets out of the Eagles backfield for the rest of this year, with the loss of Corey Clement. On Sunday that meant 3 targets, 3 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
— EaglesTalkLine (@EaglesTalkLine) December 10, 2018
Mitch Says: Sproles may actually have some value in PPR redraft as well. He’s had a couple games to get up to speed and Corey Clement is not coming back anytime soon. He has 5+ catch upside in this offense moving forward.
Vernon Davis is likely going to start next week and maybe longer for the Washington football team. Jordan Reed had to leave in the first quarter Sunday due to a foot injury and was reportedly in a lot of pain on the sideline. Davis had a respectable outing in place of Reed on Sunday. Davis saw four targets snagging all four for 31 yards. Three of those four targets came from next week’s likely starting QB Josh Johnson. He also added a reception 2 point conversion. It’s amazing how long VD has been around and keeps popping up just when you think you don’t have to worry about VD anymore. Washington faces a Jacksonville defense next week that is precisely in the middle of the league in TE scoring allowed, so fire him up next week.
Mitch Says: In a TE-depleted season such as this one, an injury like this can’t be overlooked. Vernon Davis has once again risen from the ashes and is headed for fantasy relevance. Sure, the fact the the Redskins are now starting a FOURTH-string QB is cause for some concern. But it’s actually encouraging that Mark Sanchez won’t be the QB moving forward. Some rookie QBs absolutely shell the TE as they constantly look for checkdown options, so VD could be looking at some decent volume to close out the season.
Settling into the “You-didn’t-need-to-read-this-article-to-know” category, Derrick Henry put together the best fantasy RB performance of 2018 and is the top RB pickup. Henry is actually still unowned in over 40% of Yahoo leagues. If you have the space to pick him up, it’s time to do so. His TD upside and likely expanded role moving forward make him an enticing option.
Damien Williams had himself a solid game on Sunday, slightly outpacing Spencer Ware in fantasy points. If Ware is playing through a shoulder injury as is expected, Williams would be a must-play. Charcandrick West is not going to offer much of a challenge for carries even if Ware is out, and Williams has receiving upside to go along with some solid rushing ability.
He’s not worth starting, but if you’re the Gus Edwards owner, it might be wise to snatch up Kenneth Dixon Dixon was fare more efficient than Edwards was on Sunday, and he might start eating into the carries over the next couple weeks. Dixon has shown prowess before, and without Collins and Allen out of the picture he just has the UDFA to contend with. The Ravens are still in the playoff hunt, and may very well decide to play the hot hand moving forward.
As Shane pointed out, Elijah McGuire will be the starter if Crowell can’t go again. That makes him an upside FLEX play. McGuire was able to put together 83 total yards and a TD on Sunday against the Bills, and he would figure to be a solid candidate for 15+ touches in each game that Crowell can’t go.
As Shane pointed out, Tim Patrick is a solid waiver option with Courtland Sutton looking ineffective. But I’d also like to throw DaeSean Hamilton into the mix. Hamilton was a well-thought-of Wide Receiver heading into the 2018 draft. He ended up on a good offense but was buried behind Sanders, DT, and the higher-scouted Sutton. Add into the equation an MCL sprain, and there hasn’t been many opportunities to show what he can do. Moving forward, he could be a solid option for Keenum and might return some decent fantasy value over the final 2 weeks of the fantasy season.