This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues. Although we’ll be primarily focusing on guys who can help you this week and the rest of this season, as a primarily dynasty site, on occasion we will mention guys that you should consider stashing as long-term dynasty options as well.
Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.
John D. recommends:
De’Veon Smith, RB, Miami Dolphins
As of this writing, it looks as if Damien Williams is going to miss a few weeks, if not the rest of the season, due to injury. With a roster spot open at running back, the Dolphins are rumored to be activating undrafted rookie De’Veon Smith from their practice squad to fill the void. Smith probably isn’t going to be the key piece to any fantasy championship teams, but he’s worth an add for playoff depth. I wrote about him in depth both here and here prior to the season.
Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Undrafted rookie Kendrick Bourne out of Eastern Washington might be a player to keep an eye on for the rest of this season. The 49ers are likely to kick the tires on a bunch of players at the bottom of their roster as the season nears it’s end. Bourne has caught 7 of 11 targets in his last 3 games for 103 yards. Probably not useful for the rest of 2017, he’s worth keeping an eye on in dynasty leagues. He was productive in college although his Mockdraftable and Playerprofiler comps are atrocious, so temper your expectations.
Seth Roberts WR, Oakland Raiders (0% Ownership)
With Michael Crabtree confusing an NFL football field for Mike Tyson’s Punch-out on Sunday there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be out of action due to suspension this week. Amari Cooper had to leave Sunday’s game after being knocked out on a scary hit on Sunday. Cooper will need to pass the concussion protocol and may need to miss a week as well. Seth Roberts will take over a starter’s role if even just one of the above is forced to miss this week’s game.
Some of us who play in Dynasty have thought, or still think, Roberts is the premier wide receiver handcuff in all of fantasy. Over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Roberts averaged a touchdown every 7 receptions scoring 10 touchdowns on just 70 receptions. Roberts has good size, decent enough speed and would be a plug and play for as long as one of the other Raider receivers are shelved.
Terron Ward, RB, Atlanta Falcons (1% Ownership)
Devonta Freeman was unable to take the field Sunday while still recovering from a concussion. As you may have heard, this is his second concussion in less than 6 months. It’s hard to predict when and if Freeman will return this season. With Freeman out the lineup, Tevin Coleman has taken over the RB1 role for Atlanta, and Terron Ward is picking up some carries as well. Over the last two weeks during Freeman’s absence, Ward has 13 carries for 66 yards. If anything were to befall Coleman, Ward suddenly ascends to a starting running back role.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks (31% Ownership)
Only owned in 31% of Yahoo leagues I’m guessing McKissic is not on the wire in most dynasty formats. If not owned, make sure you put a bid in on him tonight. If McKissic is, in fact, owned then trade for him. McKissic has at least 4 receptions and 4 rushing attempts in each of Seattle’s last 3 games. No, he won’t be a “league winner,” but he will provide you with a nice floor every week that you can slide into one of your flex spots. Like I said he’s not “league winner,” but one sure way to lose a playoff matchup is throwing up a 0 at one of your positions.
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams (1% Ownership)
Playing for the injured Robert Woods, Reynolds got a nice chunk of playing time and targets (6) in week 12. JR handed owners a noteworthy line with his 4/36/1 day, dropping 13 points in PPR leagues. If you have been hit by the injury bug or need a shot in the arm for week 13, at the very least, until Woods returns, stash Reynolds and consider him a FLEX option in PPR or 3 Wide Receiver leagues.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1% Ownership)
The muscle hamster, Doug Martin, left week 12 with a concussion and will be in the protocol this week. His backups, Rodgers (8/31 rushing & 1/6 receiving) and Sims (1/3 rushing & 3/26 receiving) did little to take ownership of the starting role. This isn’t a ringing endorsement for Barber, who did little in the rushing (5/7) game himself and nothing in the receiving game but, he was the goal line back and scored 2 touchdowns. If you’re chasing touchdowns or your current rbs are facing some tough run defenses, Barber is worth a look. Just be sure to keep tabs on Martin and the backfield situation this week.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals (1% Ownership)
Raise your hand if you own and started Seals-Jones. Actually, raise both hands if you even know who he is. The past 2 weeks RSJ has been a beast vs. good defenses and seems to be Blaine Gabbert’s go to in this offense. Look at his lines and where he ranks the past 2 weeks below.
Week 11 vs. HOU – 3/54/2 (20 points in PPR leagues and 2nd in fantasy that week)
Week 12 vs. JAX – 4/72/1 (17 points in PPR leagues and 5th in fantasy this week)
If you’ve been streaming TEs this season or if you have a bench spot to stop your opponent from snagging RSJ and playing him against you, grab him while you can.
John H. recommends:
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (Yahoo Ownership 8%)
Fantasy players were ready to give up on Garoppolo as a fantasy-relevant quarterback in 2017 as C.J. Beathard continued to play well enough to hold on to the starting job in San Francisco. The switch was going to happen at some point, though. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch need to see the franchise quarterback in whom they invested in so heavily at the trade deadline. When Beathard went down with a knee injury late in the Week 12 home loss to Seattle, the Garoppolo era officially began.
Thankfully, Beathard seems to have avoided major injury; the problem is, the leash was extremely short for Beathard, and missed time means a permanent QB change. Garoppolo will face a tough Chicago defense in Week 13 but then gets back-to-back favorable matchups – at Houston and home vs. Tennessee – to start the fantasy playoffs. He draws Jacksonville in the fantasy championship but has an excellent opportunity to help his owners get there.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos (6%)
Lynch went down with an ankle injury late in the road loss to Oakland, and he is expected to miss 2-4 weeks due to the injury. Siemian came on in relief and threw two quick touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, giving Denver a chance to come back and win against their division rival Raiders (though they came up short). Siemian should take over starting duties with Lynch unable to play and will benefit from an amazing schedule: at a struggling Miami defense, home against the up-and-down New York Jets, and the final two weeks against bottom 7 pass defenses in Indianapolis and Washington. If he starts, Siemian would be a great streaming option to finish the season.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders (4%)
The Raiders lost their top two receivers in Week 12 against the Broncos, with Michael Crabtree getting ejected early after another run-in with his archnemesis, Denver corner Aqib Talib, and Amari Cooper left with a concussion. With both guys out for the game, Patterson led the Raiders with 72 yards receiving on three catches and saw the second-most targets (TE Jared Cook had five to Patterson’s four). Crabtree may be facing a suspension (don’t count on it), and Cooper could miss time (eh… maybe…), so monitor the Raiders’ receiving situation.
If either player misses week 13 at home against the Giants, an already bad pass defense that just lost their top cover corner Janoris Jenkins for the season, Patterson becomes a boom/bust Flex play. If both receivers miss the game and Patterson is the primary receiver (again, besides Cook), his upside goes through the roof.
Johnny Holton and Seth Roberts receive honorable mention in this scenario, but Patterson serves as both the deep threat and the quick slant, dump-off safety valve in the face of the Giants’ pass rush, the only competent component New York has left. Stash him and wait for the news cycle to play out because Patterson could be a gold mine as a week 13 plug-and-play.
Austin Traylor, TE, Denver Broncos (0%)
This was supposed to be Jake Butt, but he was placed on the season-ending I.R. on November 6th. The season is essentially over for the Broncos, which means the youth movement has begun. The added reps for young receivers should provide an enhanced opportunity for rookie tight end Austin Traylor. A.J. Derby was cut to clear the way, and Traylor leads all Denver TEs in targets, catches, and yards over the last two weeks. Denver has a favorable schedule to finish the season, and Traylor will likely be featured as he auditions for a 2018 roster spot. Traylor could be a nice streaming option for owners who run into difficult matchups down the stretch.