Steve Miller | November 27th, 2019
A week after we had a bountiful harvest on the wire, we see one of the weaker selections. However, you should be out of your Bye weeks, and your roster should be shifting towards studs over subs.
With that in mind, let’s look at players that can help throughout the rest of the season and your possible playoff game.
Each year, a random running back or two gets workhorse touches (20+) in weeks 15-17, turning in top weekly performances, and carrying teams to titles. Often, this is due to injury, but for teams out of contention, these weeks are a chance to test young players. No matter the reason, there are a few options on the market right now.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks (21%)
Penny is one of those young players who deserve to get a bit of run. The problem in his case, Seattle’s in the middle of a heated playoff push. That said, Penny got to shine last week in the second half after Chris Carson put the ball on the ground for the 8th time this season (most among all RBs). Penny ended the game with 129 rushing yards on 14 carries, though that includes a 59-yard scamper for a TD. Take that rush out, and Penny is still at 5.38 YPC. In his only other game with over 10 carries, Penny averaged 5.9 YPC. He again had a long rushing score in that game. Should Penny get the starting role, he really needs to hold onto the rock, as he hasn’t had nearly the leash that Carson’s received. So, it’s a risky pick-up, but one that could lead to 15+ touches in one of the league’s best and most run-focused offenses.
Benny Snell, RB, Steelers (6%)
Snell was a surprise bell-cow in week 12, toting the rock 21 times for 98 yards, plus a five-yard catch. If he earns the lead back duties in Pittsburgh, he’s worth a flex start against Cleveland this week. However, the Pittsburgh backfield has been difficult to decipher, so proceed with caution.
Jack Doyle, TE, Colts (33%)
While not a TE, Doyle may be in line for a TE1 target share. Doyle is set to see additional action as running mate Eric Ebron hits the shelf. Doyle has caught 3 or 4 passes in eight straight games, but he only had 5+ targets in 3 of those outings. If Doyle assumes half of Ebron’s targets (21 the past 3 weeks), we’re looking at 8 targets, enough to sustain top 12 numbers for you TE streamers.
From Last Week
If you missed these guys in last week’s column, check out the Week 12 Waiver Wire Article:
Jonathan Williams, RB, Colts (5% > 63%)
Williams is the man to own if you’re a Mack owner. He had 26 carries and managed only 104 yards (4.0 YPC). He also scored the only Colts TD of the game. His value will last as long as Mack is out, so if you got him last week, congrats.
Bo Scarbrough, RB, Cowboys (2% > 43%)
Bo rushed 18 times for just under 100 yards; he didn’t score in a Lions loss. Until he puts the ball on the ground, Scarbrough will be handling the rushing attempts in this lost Detroit season. He has value in standard-scoring leagues, but because he isn’t used in the passing game, he’s not really a great PPR play
Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers (54% > 67)
Samuel only saw two targets against the Packers, but he caught both for 50 yards and a score. He’s electric, and in longer-term leagues, he’s a must buy/add.
That’s all I have – I do ask you all as we head into the season to consider a donation to http://fantasycares.net/ which has already raised over $60,000 for toys for tots in 2019. Consider donating part of your fantasy league fees to charity – you’ll all feel good about it! Good luck as we figure out who will make it to the playoffs and whose seasons are over.
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