In most leagues, we only have two weeks left of the regular season. Two weeks to jockey for a first round bye or scratch and claw to just qualify for the playoffs. Regardless of your current standing, solidifying your team through free agency is an important task during the stretch run.
Everyone wants an abundance of great choices but
they simply don’t exist in week 12. So, take a few minutes and
feast your eyes on this week’s slim pickings.
Player eligibility is based on the rostered average of less than 45% from three fantasy websites (Yahoo!, CBSsports, & ESPN) and their rostered average is in parentheses. Players are listed by value.
1. Andy Dalton (12%): Line is still rather iffy, but the Cowboys have plenty of weapons. The next two weeks are tough, but Dallas’ playoff schedule isn’t bad for Dalton.
2. Daniel Jones (24%): Jones has great matchups to end the fantasy regular season, followed by another solid matchup week 1 of the playoffs. It gets progressively more difficult after that.
3. Baker Mayfield (33%): The schedule benefits Baker. 4 of the next 5 weeks are against mediocre pass defenses. The problem is, the Browns run the ball. Mayfield takes his shots using play action, but he hasn’t had a TD pass in November (3 full games).
4. Gardner Minshew (17%): Don’t believe the smoke about Minshew not getting his job back. If 100% healthy, Minshew has a couple of decent matchups to end the regular season but the Jags fantasy playoff schedule is rough.
5. Drew Lock (21%): They let Lock throw, that is for sure. But that doesn’t always work in the Broncos favor. The Broncos remaining schedule is full of landmines as well.
One week rentals…
Alex Smith (23%): He has a great matchup this week, but after that it is tough sledding.
P.J. Walker (3%): Teddy Bridgewater is dealing with a bad knee and is questionable again this week.
1. Frank Gore (14%): Gore is “his son is playing for Southern Mississippi” years old. With Lamical Perine out for at least a few weeks with a high ankle injury, Gore will most likely lead the team in touches. Sure, they will mix in Ty Johnson here and there, but the bulk of the workload will be Frank’s.
2. Devontae Booker (25%): He doesn’t get a ton of touches, but considering what is out there on the wire, he isn’t a bad option. He has averaged 10 touches and a TD over the last three games.
3. Tony Pollard (32%): Similar to Booker, but a bit less productive. His schedule is a challenge as well.
4. Samaje Perine (2%): Hear me out… Yes, the moustachioed Gio Bernard will get most of the snaps and touches. But Mixon may be done for the year and they won’t be able to have Ryan Finley just sit back in the pocket and sling it. Perine is gonna get some touches. This week is tough, but after that, Perine has a couple of opportunities to eat.
A possible one week rental…
Kerryon Johnson: Swift didn’t practice on Monday. Keep an eye on the situation.
1. Breshad Perriman (16%): Of course this is risky, but his last two games have been rather productive. The Jets passing game faces a roller coaster ride of a schedule during the fantasy playoffs.
2. Nelson Agholor (29%): Agholor is a feast or famine receiver. Ceiling is high, but the floor can be low. He’d be my first WR if not for the Raiders thorny playoff schedule.
3. Damiere Byrd (2%): Speaking of feast or famine, Byrd did not have any targets in week 10 yet 132 yards in week 11! The remaining schedule isn’t kind, but don’t worry about an Edelman return. Jules may eat into his targets, but it won’t hurt Byrd’s snap%. It will be most likely be Harry sitting.
4. Jalen Reagor (35%): The biggest variable here is the play of Carson Wentz. If Wentz can improve even slightly, Reagor could be a solid pickup. Otherwise, you are rolling the dice.
5. Denzel Mims (10%): Yup, another Jet, my apologies. But his last two games were rather productive. With 2021 being the organization’s focus, I see them forcing him the ball to see what he has to offer.
6. Josh Reynolds (20%): Sneaky good low-end production. After an undesirable matchup with the Niners this week, Reynolds will be looking at one of the better remaining schedules in the league.
7. Darnell Mooney (18%): Like Reynolds above, Mooney has a difficult game this week (GB), but then a great schedule the rest of the way. The questions are at the quarterback position and the offensive line.
8. K.J. Hamler (8%): Starting to get more involved, but his schedule is brutal.
9. Michael Gallup (42%): A disappointing season for sure, but over his last three games Gallup has been targeted an average of 8 times per game.
Gabriel Davis: If John Brown (ankle) can’t go, Davis will have quite an opportunity against the Chargers.
Hunter Renfrow: Hasn’t produced much but he has primo matchups in weeks 12 and 13.
Keelan Cole: Mostly dependent on the injury situation of Shenault (groin).
Russell Gage: Gage has been difficult to pin down. He receives a good share of snaps, but he doesn’t get the targets you’d expect. With Julio nursing a sore hamstring, Gage may have an opportunity.
Keke Coutee: Randall Cobb may be heading to the IR. If so, Coutee could get a handful of targets.
1. Dalton Schultz (37%): End of the year free agent pool of tight ends is typically horrendous. 2020 is no different. Although, Schultz is the easiest bet among this motley crew to get the most targets.
2. Jordan Akins (4%): One of the more frustrating tight ends to follow. There have been so many games where we’d think, “this is it, this is when he becomes one of Watson’s favorite targets”. And we were wrong each time. Since his return from injury, Akins has increased his snap share each game. He also has a solid matchup this week. But don’t be surprised if he were to completely disappear the next.
3. Jordan Reed (24%): The oft-injured Niners tight end should get a healthy target share in that offense and George Kittle probably isn’t coming back. Not a bad option… if he can stay on the field.
4. Richard Rodgers (6%): Rodgers has played rather well for the Eagles. He has made some nice catches and has blocked well too. His production however is dependent upon Ertz staying sidelined.
5. Trey Burton (22%): Low volume, but a great schedule through week 15.
6. Will Dissly (1%): With Greg Olsen out, Dissly will most likely get more snaps and ultimately more targets. His value is a bit “touchdown dependent”.
Irv Smith (8%): Thielen has been placed on the COVID list. If by chance he doesn’t play this week, Smith may receive a few more targets.