Mike Davis (11%) was one of my top picks last week to get ahead of the curve, but judging by ownership rates few did. Apparently, lots of people aren’t reading. But Davis should be the hot pickup this week for anyone that needs a spot RB start. He totaled 101 total yards against the Eagles and is the clear choice in the Seattle backfield that has been struggling to find any production. The matchup against the Jags isn’t easy but he’s a RB2 this week.
Let’s get to the rest of the recommendations and good luck if you are in fantasy playoffs.
Jimmy Garoppolo (36%) showed that he has a promising future last week even though he finished with no touchdown passes. They’ll come, and this looks like a good matchup against Houston. Jimmy G is a sneaky Top 12 option this week.
DeShone Kizer (9%) he hasn’t been good, turned the ball over too much, but he has two things going into next week. One is the home matchup against the Packers, and two, the return of Josh Gordon and a much better receiving corp now that Gordon and Coleman are starting and David Njoku is emerging at tight end. Gordon looked like he is ready to begin making plays. Kizer is an emergency top 16 type matchup play if you need one.
Peyton Barber (5%) had a big game with Doug Martin out, but with how poorly Martin has played, I wouldn’t rule out Barber getting continued run down the stretch. Barber had over 100 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving last week versus the Packers and is the other starting option off the waiver wire this week.
Giovani Bernard (19%) is a potential starter depending on Joe Mixon’s status coming off a possible concussion and shoulder injury. Bernard is the clear guy if Mixon is out.
Rod Smith (36%) got 10 carries and a touchdown last week splitting with Alfred Morris, and could again be a deep flex option against the Giants.
Marquise Goodwin (36%), especially once Garoppolo started, and the first game did not disappoint. Goodwin had 8 catches and 99 yards, and is a top 24 start this week. You aren’t going to find that on the waiver wire at WR this late too often.
Mike Wallace (47%) has been targeted 19 times over the last two games, and had over 100 yards last week. Tougher matchup this week against Pittsburgh, but still a flex option.
Seth Roberts (44%) was the hot pickup last week late after Crabtree was suspended and Amari Cooper ruled out with injury. If Cooper is out again, Roberts has a great matchup against the leaky Chiefs secondary that just allowed both Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse to go for over 100 yards each.
There are options if you are scrambling to get a tight end starter this week (or if you have Gronkowski).
Stephen Anderson (0%) emerged as the big target for Houston, a team that has battled tight end injuries all year. He finished with 5 catches for 79 yards a TD, and was on the field almost all game.
Dwayne Allen (1%) will have to play a bigger role with Gronkowski out, and could see some red zone chances with New England.
David Njoku (7%) has come on strong the last two games with 8 catches, 121 yards, and a TD. Gordon’s presence also opens things up for him to have opportunities down the middle.
Ricky Seals-Jones (45%) didn’t score a TD last week but is still averaging almost 60 yards a game since Blaine Gabbert started playing QB.
- RB Mike Davis, Seattle
- RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay
- WR Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco
- QB Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco
- WR Mike Wallace, Baltimore
- RB Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati
- TE Stephen Anderson, Houston
- WR Seth Roberts, Oakland
- TE David Njoku, Cleveland
- QB DeShone Kizer, Cleveland
- RB Rod Smith, Dallas
- Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona
- Dwayne Allen, New England