The fantasy football world wept late Thursday night, as tens of thousands of group owners regreted their apparently obvious decision to bench Derrick Henry.
He had not produced much consistency for most of the season, and he was breaking the Jacksonville Jaguars’ still formidable defense. He was using a short week. Sit him, the reasoning whispered in folks’ ears.
Henry immediately exploded for 47.8 points in PPR leagues, the highest mark of any gamer this season– that is, until Amari Cooper bested him Sunday evening with 49.7 in the Cowboys’ win over the Eagles.
How did they do it? Well, by beingunstoppable, of course.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
A theme has emerged from the banks of the Cumberland River. Come winter season time, the Titans turn from whoever they usually offer lead reaches at running back to Derrick Henry.
Thursday qualified as December, which implies it’s Henry Time. He didn’t disappoint.
Henry took carries of all kinds and found success on a range of gains, rumbling through the defense and running over defenders for one touchdown, hitting the edge for another, taking it in from three lawns and gaining healthy yards on non-scoring plays in between.
Oh, and there was also that 99-yard goal run.
In all, he ended up with 238 backyards and 4 touchdowns on simply 17 brings, dominating a Jacksonville defense that hasn’t seen this kind of performance in rather a long time. And he kept the Titans squarely in the playoff discussion with another late-season efficiency that’s starting to become his modus operandi.
Likewise thought about …
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Just how much of an advantage has the Amari Cooper trade been for the Dallas Cowboys?
Enough to make his quarterback reveal appreciation for his presence weeks after Thanksgiving.
” He is an incredible gamer,” Prescott said of Cooper, through The Dallas Morning News. “I understood he was excellent. I understood he was going to get separation and get open and make terrific catches.
” However when you simply see the pursue catch and breaking tackles, and being that fantastic of a player. As I stated, I’m simply thankful we got that trade.”
That trade– which we shouldn’t forget was blasted by lots of who said a first-round choice was too much for Cooper– has altered whatever for the Cowboys, an offensively inept group that has actually given that vaulted to the leading area in the NFC East, two times defeating the defending Super Bowl champions with almost all of the credit due to Cooper. How does one receiver should have such appreciation? Well …
A 217-yard, three-touchdown getting day for the @DallasCowboys’ star WR! #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/qI4RZQJYjr
— NFL (@NFL).
December 10, 2018.
Cooper single-handedly (well, he and Dak Prescott) dismantled the Eagles’ defense, serving as an unstoppable connection for a Cowboys group that required a go-to alternative after having a hard time early. He even captured the game winner, an improbable catch and run a tip that sent out the Cowboys to a massive victory in the battle for the NFC East title.
Appears like that’s worth a first-round pick.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are bad in 2018, but George Kittle isverygood.
How good, you ask? How about best tight end in 49ers franchise history?
That’s a title Kittle can at least make an argument for after setting the new single-season mark for the majority of receiving yards acquired by a tight end, passing Vernon Davis in a 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos. He did so in outstanding fashion, too.
Kittle exploded in the very first half, racking up 210 backyards and a goal on 7 catches– and did it all in two quarters. He was just 4 backyards from connecting Shannon Sharpe for the most getting yards in a video game for a tight end in NFL history when he went into the break.
And then, he was stopped.
That would seem to disqualify him for mention in this space, right? Wrong. While Kittle didn’t capture another pass in the final two quarters, his presence still made a distinction. Kittle commanded attention from Denver’s defense, and his existence helped other receivers get open. Case in point: On Trent Taylor’s reception to get an initially down and ice the video game for San Francisco, he ran his route below Kittle, who drew more attention. It opened enough space for the completion to secure the win.
Kittle impacted the video game in the box score in the first half and in non-statistical methods the second half. Entirely, it produced a win– and a brand-new requirement for Niners tight ends.
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At this point in the fantasy football season, with the playoffs either just around the corner or already underway in many leagues, sleepers are both less and more important than ever.
Confusing, ain’t it?
On one hand, if your starting lineup has a number of holes in it, odds are the fantasy postseason isn’t in your plans for 2018. If you’re still playing this week, it’s likely in the role of spoiler.
Go get ’em. Misery loves company. Plus, you can get a head start on Christmas shopping.
Yeah, it doesn’t make me feel better either.
However, injuries continue to occur, even to the best of teams. In the last week alone, we saw Pittsburgh Steelers tailback James Conner and Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders go down. The latter is out for the season with a torn Achilles.
Playoff teams are springing leaks just when the margin for error evaporates.
Luckily, there are some players out there who can help—whether it’s a fill-in running back or wideout or a matchup play on defense or under center.
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Before we check out the Week 14 sleepers, let’s examine how Week 13’s recommendations played out.
Attaboys are welcome. Thrown vegetables, not so much.
For the record, sleepers count as wins if they finish inside weekly starter territory in a 12-team, points-per-reception fantasy league that starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one defense and the always popular flex play—a fairly standard setup.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (125 passing yards, 75 rushing yards, one rushing TD):Jackson spent part of the win over Atlanta in the medical tent but still managed enough yardage on the ground to finish inside the top 10 in fantasy points.WIN
Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos (151 passing yards, one TD, nine rushing yards):Keenum’s paltry stat line against a miserable Bengals defense was a disappointment. Unfortunately, life is filled with such disappointments—or something.LOSS
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (282 passing yards, two TDs, one INT, 43 rushing yards):Mariota got off to a miserable start against the Jets, but falling behind forced the Titans to throw the ball more than they otherwise might.WIN
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (eight carries, 32 yards, three catches, 26 yards):The Lions managed to stay in Sunday’s game against the Rams most of the way. Had they spent more time playing catch-up, maybe Riddick’s stats would have been better.LOSS
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (three rushes, three yards, three receptions, 18 yards):Any hopes Thompson had of a solid stat line against the Eagles died a painful death the moment Mark Sanchez entered the game.LOSS
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (three catches, 51 yards):Doctson’s production and target share went way up with Colt McCoy at quarterback. Now? With Sanchez under center? Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.LOSS
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets (GOOSE EGG OF DOOM):There’s a moral to this story. Said moral is, “do not, under any circumstances ever, trust any of the wide receivers for the New York Jets.” Kearse not only had no catches, but he wasn’t even targeted.LOSS
David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (DOUBLE GOOSE EGG of DOOM):Moore’s doughnut against the San Francisco 49ers is the perfect capper to a truly miserable week of wide receiver calls. I will now hang my head in shame.LOSS
Matt LaCosse, TE, Denver Broncos (TRIPLE GOOSE EGG OF DOOM):It’s bad enough that most of my recommendations missed this week. Three goose eggs is such a miserable showing that I may have to fire myself.LOSS
Green Bay Packers Defense/Special Teams (20 points allowed, 315 yards, two sacks):Green Bay’s faceplant against the woeful Arizona Cardinals is the perfect capper to my worst week of sleeper picks of the year. What a mess.LOSS
WEEK 7: 2-8 (.200)
SEASON: 56-74 (.431)
I don’t even want to talk about it. Now I know how Doug Marrone felt Friday morning.
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Detroit Lions Defense/Special Teams (at AZ)
The Detroit Lions haven’t had the best of seasons. At 4-8, the Lions are playing out the string in Matt Patricia’s first year as head coach.
Detroit’s disappointing campaign extends to the realm of fantasy football. The Lions don’t have a single player inside the top 15 fantasy producers at any position. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is the only player inside the top 20—and that’s just barely.
So why is a Detroit defense that ranks 26th in fantasy points at the position leading off this week’s sleeper column?
Well, as it usually is with defenses, this play is all about the matchup.
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off easily their best win of the season—a 20-17 upset of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
But one win does not fix all that ails the Arizona offense—and make no mistake, it is ailing.
Last Sunday’s win marked just the second time this season that Arizona has topped 300 yards of total offense in a game. Through 13 weeks, the Cardinals are dead last in the NFL in total offense (239.3 yards per game) and scoring offense (14.6 points per game).
The Greatest Show on Turf, they ain’t.
The Redbirds have also allowed 32 sacks this season (15th in the league) and have turned the ball over 22 times—sixth-most in the NFL.
If all those tasty numbers don’t do it for you, here’s one that should seal the deal.
No team in the NFC has surrendered more fantasy points to defenses this year.
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There are a few great mysteries this time of year. Why do people continue to insist thatDie Hardis not a Christmas movie when it obviously is? What the heck is in fruitcake, and why would anyone eat it?
And why is Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson still available in more fantasy leagues than not?
It’s not like Jackson isn’t producing for fantasy owners just as he has for the surging Ravens. In fact, over the last two weeks, Jackson’s combo attack of passing and (especially) running has propelled the rookie to top-five fantasy numbers among quarterbacks.
Admittedly, Jackson hasn’t been flawless. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said he’d like to see Jackson take better care of the football.
“I’d like to see us protect the football a little bit better than we have in the last few weeks,” Harbaugh told reporters. “That’ll be really critical in this game, I think, the turnovers, both ways. Those are some things to work on, too.”
But over the last three games, Jackson has piled up 265 yards on the ground. There are any number of running backs who will be in starting lineups this week that haven’t had that kind of success running the ball.
As if Jackson’s recent success isn’t reason enough to roll the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner out this week, there’s the matter of matchup. There are a great many things the Chiefs do well in 2018, but playing defense isn’t one of them. Kansas City ranks dead last in the NFL in pass defense and third in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.
In a must-win week, there are two young quarterbacks available in a high percentage of fantasy leagues that are viable streamers.
Jackson is one of them.
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Baker Mayfield has probably appeared in this column more than any player in the NFL. Given those multiple appearances (with varying degrees of success), some may question the viability of his “sleeper” status.
However, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft remains available in about 40 percent of the fantasy football leagues at Yahoo, so after consulting with the sleeper eligibility commission (or the voices in my head, depending on how you look at it), it was ruled that he’s OK.
That’s good news for QB streamers in those leagues where he’s available.
Mayfield admittedly struggled last week against the Houston Texans, throwing three first-half interceptions. But Browns head coach Gregg Williams indicated in a press conference that Mayfield has already turned the page and moved on to Week 14:
“With those mistakes, he accepts responsibility and gets on to the next play. I’ve been around those kinds of people, too, and not just at the quarterback position but a lot of times at the cornerback position.
“You have to get on to the next play. Those are what really good players do, and [Mayfield] has that in him. Today he brought a smile to me as he’s getting everybody fired up out there today on lots of different competition type things, and so no worries at all.”
From Week 9 to Week 12, Mayfield parlayed a string of favorable matchups into a top-10 ranking among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game. He gets another one Sunday, facing a floundering Carolina Panthers team that now ranks sixth in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks in 2018.
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For most of his first season in Detroit, running back LeGarrette Blount has been an afterthought. However, thanks to injuries in the backfield, that has changed of late.
With rookie Kerryon Johnson out with a knee injury, Blount has been tasked with the early-down work for the Lions over the past couple of games, piling up 35 carries for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Speaking with the media, Blount attributed that success at least in part to being able to get into a rhythm:
“As a running back, I think every running back in this league is going to want the rock over the course of a game. You want to get lathered up, you want to see how they’re playing and how they’re fitting the runs and how they’re playing against certain runs. Whenever you get a chance, an opportunity to get a few in a row, and see how it’s going, it helps a lot.”
Johnson still hasn’t made it back onto the practice field, and every missed one makes it that much more likely that he’ll again be sidelined when the Lions travel to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14.
That would open the door for another heavy workload for Blount (who has at least 16 carries in each of the last two games) against an Arizona team that leads the NFC in fantasy points given up to running backs.
If you missed out on the hot waiver adds in the backfield this week, Blount is a decent consolation prize.
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At this late juncture in the fantasy football season, sleeper running backs capable of big days are slightly less rare than unicorns.
However, injuries or other circumstances can create a window of opportunity for a tailback.
That’s what’s happening in San Francisco with undrafted rookie Jeff Wilson. As Matt Breida became the latest Niners back felled by injuries, lead duties last week fell to Wilson, who starred at North Texas.
Well, as much as anyonecanstar at North Texas.
Wilson made the most of his chance last week against the Seattle Seahawks, gaining 61 yards on 15 carries, adding 73 more on eight catches and earning the respect of head coach Kyle Shanahan:
“Jeff played very well. He earned that last week how he played, but it got stronger, especially with what happened with Breida in pregame warmups. We were going to give Jeff a lot anyways, but we knew Breida struggled in pregame. Then it got worse as the game went. Jeff also got hurt in the game too. He had to leave and go to the locker room for a little bit. But, it was good to see him. We all know he played well, but it was good to see him bounce back and play through some stuff that was bothering him also.”
With Breida already ruled out for Week 14, it will fall to Wilson once again to carry the mail for the 49ers against the Denver Broncos.
While Denver is only a middling matchup for running backs from a fantasy perspective, based on opportunity alone, Wilson is easily the best running back option who remains available in almost 50 percent of leagues at Yahoo.
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Antonio Callaway did something last week against the Houston Texans that’s really quite rare in the NFL.
Somehow, the rookie speedster from Florida managed to not score despite two long touchdown catches—twice in three plays. The first was negated by a holding penalty, and Callaway fumbled the second as he neared the end zone.
It’s been that kind of year for Callaway—flashes of considerable talent marred by drops, mental errors and inconsistency. However, Browns head coach Gregg Williams didn’t pile on the young pass-catcher after his Week 13 gaffe.
“He did really good, and he’ll learn from that ball-security play too, but he’s explosive, and I can’t coach that,” Williams told reporters. “He did some really good things to give him some opportunities to make plays, and he read the thing right. He and Baker were on the same page on a few of those shots. We’ve just got to protect the ball.”
The thing is, mistakes or not, the Browns are going to keep giving Callaway chances to make plays. That he was able to make those catches speaks to his ability to get open over the top. He and Baker Mayfield are getting on the same page more and more each week.
Throw in a matchup with a reeling Panthers team in Week 14 that has allowed the sixth-most PPR fantasy points to receivers this year, and if you don’t mind some risk, the upside is there with Callaway.
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If there’s a common thread among most of this week’s sleepers, it’s that the door to a larger role has been opened by a late-season injury.
That’s the case with Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who has seen his target share increase with DeSean Jackson sidelined by a thumb injury.
Godwin made the most of that opportunity in Week 13, reeling in five of his six targets for 101 yards and making a case that he should enter 2019 as Tampa’s No. 2 receiver.
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter told the media he wasn’t at all shocked by Godwin’s big game against the Carolina Panthers.
“First of all, it’s not surprising,” Koetter said. “I’ve been saying since day one, we have four starting wide receivers. They’ve all had their moments where they’ve played very well this year. Not surprising at all.”
If that’s the case, Koetter should be that much less surprised if Godwin puts on an encore against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
The Saints have had all sorts of problems covering wide receivers in 2018. It’s not just that New Orleans gives up more PPR fantasy points to wideouts than any team in the NFL. The Saints are No. 1 by a margin of six fantasy points per game.
Back in Week 1, Godwin posted a 3/41/1 stat line against the Saints as the No. 3 wideout. The No. 2 (Jackson) blew up for 5/146/2—on a day where Mike Evans also went well over 100 receiving yards with a touchdown.
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It’s been a tumultuous week for the wide receivers of the Buffalo Bills. The roster underwent a seismic shakeup earlier in the week when veterans Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes were shown the door. That left second-year pro Zay Jones as the leader of an unproven cadre of pass-catchers.
Per Kyle Silagyi of the team’s website, Jones—who struggled mightily with drops and inconsistency as a rookie—is confident he can step into the role of the Bills’ top wideout:
“We aren’t a group of guys that’s played, I haven’t played four or five years. I’m still a young player as well. We are building an identity. I think that we’re a hardworking group, a competitive group, we’re hungry. Rob Foster brings things to the table, Isaiah [McKenzie] brings things to the table, dynamic players. Our focus is just to keep working hard and expand on what we do well.”
Jones looked the part of a No. 1 receiver last week, catching four of nine targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
By no means is Jones a finished product, and his low catch rate relative to target share (he had just 27 receptions on 74 targets as a rookie) remains a cause for genuine concern.
But first-year quarterback Josh Allen seems to be developing a rapport with Jones, and for better or worse he’s Buffalo’s No. 1 heading into this week’s AFC East matchup with a Jets team that ranks fifth in PPR fantasy points surrendered to receivers in 2018.
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Overall, Chris Herndon’s 28 receptions for 345 yards and three scores aren’t numbers that inspire cartwheels from fantasy owners.
However, in a season where the tight end position has been a huge mess, those stats rank the rookie 15th in PPR fantasy points for the year. There are those who think the youngster has been pretty good in his first season.
Like, say, Herndon himself.
“I feel like I’m just trying to do everything they ask me to do and do it as well as I can,” Herndon said, via Randy Lange of the team’s website. “I don’t really look at the stats. I just see it as me having my number called and doing my best to make the plays.”
Herndon’s right—he’s had his moments. From Week 6 to Week 8, Herndon piled up seven receptions for 114 yards, scoring a touchdown in three straight contests. Over that span he checked in seventh among tight ends in fantasy points.
Those three weeks had something else in common—something (or more appropriately someone) who will return in Week 14 against the Bills.
Herndon’s hot streak came with rookie Sam Darnold, who he seems to have developed a rapport with, at quarterback.
Darnold will be back under center Sunday at Buffalo—and Herndon could be back to fantasy relevance.
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Sunday’s matchup in Glendale between a pair of teams that have gone a combined 7-17 this season won’t be getting any national TV time. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman won’t be in town. And there’s not a lot to be had for fantasy owners on the offensive side of the ball outside of Cardinals running back David Johnson.
But on defense, both teams in this matchup between the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals have fantasy appeal for folks who prefer to stream a new defense each week.
The Arizona offense has been a hot mess in 2018, but the defense has quietly been decent—especially through the air. For the year, Arizona ranks fifth in pass defense and third in the league with 38 sacks.
This isn’t to say the Redbirds haven’t had some struggles defensively—the team ranks just 17th overall and outside the top 20 in scoring defense. But the team has had its moments.
The Cards should have a few more against Detroit. The Lions are a disappointing 23rd in the league in total offense this season at 340 yards per game. They hold the same rank in scoring offense, posting 21.2 points per game.
The Lions do rank inside the top 10 in a few offensive categories, though. The 36 sacks the team has allowed in 2018 is tied for 10th in the NFL. Detroit’s 18 giveaways are tied for ninth. The team is eighth in fantasy points allowed to team defenses as well.
Hey, I never said the categories were ones the Lions wouldwantto be in the top 10 in.
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Fantasy weeks don’t get any bigger than this—at least in the regular season.
In the majority of fantasy football leagues, Week 13 is the last week of the regular season. And that means that for quite a few fantasy owners, this week is a playoff game.
Win, and it’s on to the playoffs.
Lose, and the season’s over.
The last thing any fantasy owner wants in a must-win week is to have a hole in the lineup. But injuries happen. It’s a cold, hard world that doesn’t care about your fantasy team. Plenty of folks are scrambling to find a running back play this week, or combing through the scrap-heap for a wide receiver.
Don’t get me started on the tight ends.
Well, I’m here to help (No, really. I can be helpful. Stop laughing), with some under-the-radar fantasy plays for lucky Week 13.
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Before we take a look at the Week 13 sleepers, here’s a look at how Week 11’s recommendations panned out.
In order to go forward, we must first look back. Or some other wise-sounding pablum.
For the record, sleepers count as wins if they finish inside weekly starter territory in a 12-team, points-per-reception fantasy league that starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one defense and the always popular flex play—a fairly standard setup.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (258 passing yards, -4 rushing yards, 4 TD):Mayfield’s run of juicy matchups ended with last week’s win over the Bengals, but man, was it fun while it lasted.WIN
Nick Mullens, QB, San Francisco 49ers (221 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT):San Francisco’s Cinderfella quarterback made his first start away from Levi’s Stadium—and turned back into a pumpkin. Yes, I know that’s not how the story goes. I’m trying to be clever.LOSS
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (312 passing yards, 24 rushing yards, 2 TD):It’s been something of a carousel, but whoever has started under center for the Buccaneers this season has produced for fantasy owners.WIN
Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (23 carries, 118 yards):After posting a second-straight 100-yard rushing effort, Edwards appears to have overtaken the top spot at RB in Baltimore—and most assuredly lost sleeper status.WIN
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (5 rushes, 35 yards, 10 catches, 68 yards, 1 TD):Melvin Gordon came into this game banged up and left it even more so—and that opened the door for a top-10 outing from Ekeler.WIN
Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (2 catches, 14 yards):It figures that the week I recommend Coutee would be the week that Demaryius Thomas breaks out and has a big game for the Texans. I think it was intentional on his part. Trying to make me look bad.LOSS
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (DNP):Frankly, I should get a mulligan here—Goodwin left Tampa before last week’s game to attend to a family matter and still hasn’t re-joined the team. But a zero is a zero, so I’ll take the L.LOSS
Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (4 catches, 41 yards):Generally speaking, when a team doesn’t even hit 150 yards of total offense, said team isn’t going to produce much in the way of fantasy production.LOSS
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 catches, 26 yards, 1 TD):Alert the news media and make your final preparations. The fact that a tight end I recommended actually had a decent game has to be a portent of the Apocalypse.WIN
New England Patriots Defense/Special Teams: (338 yards allowed, 13 points allowed, 2 sacks, 1 INT):I would have liked more in the way of big plays, but the Pats did enough to sneak inside the top-12 defenses for the week.WIN
WEEK 7: 6-4 (.600)
SEASON: 54-66 (.450)
I went oh-fer on the wide receiver calls, but I was able to tie my high-water mark for any single week and get to 45 percent correct for the season.
I’ll take it.
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Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens (at ATL)
Now, it’s possible that this recommendation could blow up in all of our faces. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens was a limited participant in practice this week—the first time he’s practiced since hurting his hip a few weeks ago.
However, given how well Lamar Jackson has played in getting the Ravens back into playoff contention, it’s hard to imagine head coach John Harbaugh making a switch.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Granted, Jackson hasn’t been perfect by any means. He threw a pair of interceptions against the Oakland Raiders last week, and he remains a work in progress as a passer.
However, Jackson’s jaw-dropping athleticism has impressed more than a few people in recent weeks, including his teammates.
“It’s amazing how athletic he is, and how good of a quarterback he is,” tight end Mark Andrews said, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “He is able to do so much that makes defenses stay up late at night.”
Jackson’s made quite the impression on fantasy owners as well. In the two weeks since he took the reins for the Ravens, Jackson has thrown for 328 yards, run for another 190 and posted the sixth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks—ahead of the likes of Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.
However, despite those numbers and a matchup with an Atlanta Falcons team that ranks third in fantasy points surrendered to quarterbacks this year, Jackson’s owned in less than half of the fantasy leagues at Yahoo.
What’s up with that?
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After the Denver Broncos pitched and lurched to a 3-6 start, many fans and pundits questioned the wisdom of the two-year, $36 million contract the team gave to veteran quarterback Case Keenum.
And by “questioned,” I mean “blasted with both barrels.”
However, after wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Broncos are back on the fringe of playoff contention. Per Mark Kiszla of theDenver Post, Keenum admitted he’s rather enjoyed serving a helping of crow to the naysayers.
“I really don’t think anybody else’s opinion matters but what’s going on in our locker room,” said Keenum. “I have a lot of respect for what you guys (in the media) do, but there’s a lot of things that go on outside this building that for us, we don’t pay attention to. We get after it and we work, and we trust each other. We trust each other’s opinion and we trust the coaches’ opinions. That’s what matters to us. But it feels good to prove people wrong every once in a while.”
Keenum isn’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard during this mini-streak, though. Over his last two games, Keenum is averaging just 201 passing yards and a touchdown per game.
But the 30-year-old is avoiding turnovers (a big problem for him earlier in the season), and this week Keenum and the Broncos should be able to open things up more against a Cincinnati Bengals team that’s both 31st in the NFL in pass defense and first in fantasy points surrendered to quarterbacks.
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Marcus Mariota needs a hug.
On Monday night in Houston, Mariota had one of the best games of his career—he missed on just one of his 23 passes, topped 300 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes.
His reward for that performance? A 14-point loss that dropped the Titans below .500.
Mariota’s been hit-or-miss this season, and while speaking to Jim Wyatt of the team’s website, he said the key to better consistency is to make quick reads and spread the rock around.
“We just have to do a good job of spreading the ball around and just making sure the defense, can’t settle on a certain guy, and allowing those guys to make plays,” Mariota said. “Really the main thing is just spreading the ball around and making sure we are distributing evenly.
“I think you have to find ways to get every guy the ball, whether it is Dion (Lewis), whether it is Corey, whether it is Derrick (Henry), whether it is Jonnu (Smith). It is not focusing on one specific guy. One week it might be Corey, the next week it might be Tajae (Sharpe). It just depends week to week.”
The Titans may have lost in Week 12, but Mariota did just what he was talking about and looked good doing it en route to the No. 11 fantasy performance at quarterback.
If he plays at a similar level this week against a Jets team that has struggled on the road this year, he’ll crack the top 10.
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We tried the Theo Riddick route not too long ago in this column, and it didn’t pan out. But I’m going back to the well, and there are a few reasons to think this time will be different.
The first doesn’t make me feel any better, but it’s one of fantasy’s harsh realities. The later into the season you get, the shallower the pool of sleeper talent gets in the backfield. Players are not just rostered who were afterthoughts a month ago—they’re weekly starters.
See Adams, Josh. And Edwards, Gus.
The second is that injuries in the backfield haven’t spared the Lions. As Jacob Camenker reported for the Sporting News, lead back Kerryon Johnson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury. It’s looking unlikely he’ll be able to play this week when the Lions host the Rams.
That means LeGarrette Blount will handle the early-down work, with Riddick assuming his normal role on passing downs.
Third, there’s the matter of the matchup—and that’s where things get really good.
The number of people who think the Lions won’t fall behind the Rams equals exactly zero. Matthew Stafford’s grandma bet the Rams minus-10 in this one.
Grandma Stafford’s a shark, she is.
If the Lions spend a significant portion of this game trailing, Blount is going to cede snaps to Riddick, who could be set for a bushel of garbage-time catches out of the backfield.
All hail garbage time!
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Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson certainly didn’t enter the 2018 season as a sleeper. Before his 2017 season was cut short by injury, the scatback spent the first half of the year as a top-12 fantasy option in point-per-reception formats.
In 2018, Thompson was going to stay healthy and serve as a high-end flex option. Maybe even an RB2.
That wasn’t what happened, though. Four uninspiring and injury-marred games into this season, Thompson hurt his ribs. He hasn’t played since Week 8 after hurting them again. And now he’s on the waiver wire in more than half the fantasy football leagues at Yahoo.
However, there just might be a light at the end of that tunnel—and an opportunity for the many fantasy owners in a lurch in the backfield.
Per Kareem Copeland of theWashington Post, Thompson has finally returned to practice and looks on track to play in Monday’s pivotal NFC East matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Granted, the Eagles aren’t a great matchup for running backs—Philly ranks 11th in the NFL in run defense and 21st in PPR fantasy points given up to running backs this season.
But Thompson isn’t a classical running back by any stretch. He’s not looking for yardage off-tackle. And an Eagles defense that’s been ravaged by injuries at linebacker and in the secondary could be vulnerable to a back catching the ball out in the flat and/or on wheel routes.
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If you watched the Washington Redskins get throttled by the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving in a game where Washington’s offense struggled mightily, the notion of trusting any Redskins player in a must-win game probably doesn’t fill you with holiday cheer.
However, if you look past the surface and dig a little deeper, there’s a player on the Redskins who just might be able to help you out.
Of Colt McCoy’s 38 pass attempts in the loss to Dallas, 10 were directed at wide receiver Josh Doctson. That was both a team-high for the game and a season-high for the former first-round pick, who converted those targets into six catches for 66 yards.
Both the receptions and yardage were season-highs for Doctson, who has quietly been on a nice little run of late. In three of his last four games, Doctson has managed at least 12 PPR fantasy points and ranks 27th among wide receivers—a high-end WR3 in 12-team leagues.
If those numbers don’t pique your interest, how about adding this to the mix? On Monday night, the Redskins travel to face their NFC East rivals in Philly in a game with huge postseason implications for both teams.
There are many things the Eagles do well. Defending the pass is not one of them.
Through 11 weeks this season, Philadelphia’s injury-ravaged secondary has given up the second-most PPR fantasy points to wide receivers—over 43 per game.
If Doctson gets a similar target share against the Eagles, he’s going to turn in his biggest stat line of the season.
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This recommendation comes with a bit of a caveat. If rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is back under center for the New York Jets on Sunday, then wide receiver Jermaine Kearse becomes a riskier fantasy play.
Even so, I’m making the call.
In last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, Kearse had easily his best game of the season—six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets.
As Gary Phillips reported for Jets Wire, Kearse said he thinks the New York offense has been more up-tempo of late since veteran quarterback Josh McCown took over for an injured Darnold.
“(McCown) sees things a lot quicker,” Kearse told reporters. “Just the mental aspect, he’s a lot further, just with his experience, being in the league, just being able to see things a lot quicker. The tempo kind of picked up a little bit (in practice).”
By no means is Kearse a slam-dunk in Week 13. The seventh-year veteran has hauled in less than half of his 65 targets this year and is averaging less than 10 yards a catch.
But in two of the three games this year in which Kearse has been targeted 10 or more times, he’s posted 18 or more PPR fantasy points—including a game with Darnold under center.
Throw in a matchup with a Tennessee Titans team allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and as gambles go, you could do worse than Kearse.
Now I’mrhyming.Oh yeah.
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore is available in three out of every four fantasy football leagues at Yahoo. There’s good reason for that, as Moore has all of 22 catches for a Seahawks passing attack that won’t be confused with the NFC West rivals down the coast in L.A. anytime soon.
However, Moore has the makings of a sneaky-good fantasy start in Week 13.
For starters, there’s the fact that five of Moore’s 22 receptions this year have gone for touchdowns. Only Tyler Lockett has more scores for the team.
If you were wondering, Doug Baldwin has one. Sigh.
Then there’s the matter of Moore’s 103-yard effort last week against the Carolina Panthers—an effort that surprised just about everyone but Baldwin, apparently.
“He’s a savage,” Baldwin said, via ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “He does that every day in practice, in games when he gets his opportunities. He’s a baller.”
Finally, there’s the matter of matchup. This week the Seahawks play host to the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners haven’t been a great fantasy matchup for wideouts in 2018, but they haven’t been awful, either—15th in PPR fantasy points allowed to the position.
Admittedly, Moore has a low floor. He’s not going to catch eight passes and have a solid PPR day through quantity. He makes his hay over the top and in the red zone.
But in three of his last four games, Moore has been targeted at least five times, and in two of those games, it was seven or Moore.
Get it? Moore?
HA! I kill me!
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The tight end position in fantasy football has been a waking nightmare in 2018. One sentence sums up how incredibly weird it’s been this season.
Jared Cook and Eric Ebron have both been really good.
The season-ending rib injury suffered by Jeff Heuerman of the Denver Broncos robbed streamers at tight end of yet another option last week. But they may not have to look far for a replacement.
With Heuerman on the shelf last week, third-year pro Matt LaCosse had easily the best game of his career, hauling in three passes for 34 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
Those numbers are admittedly not knee-buckling. And to say that LaCosse is not an accomplished blocker is being kind—he’s not going to be on the field full-time.
But Case Keenum has shown a propensity for targeting his tight ends this season, and the 6’6″, 255-pound LaCosse demonstrated a nice aptitude for getting open in space last week against Pittsburgh.
Bedsides, this recommendation actually has less to do with LaCosse and more to do with who he and the Broncos face in Week 13. Sunday in the Queen City, Denver will meet a terrible Cincinnati Bengals defense that leads the AFC in PPR fantasy points allowed to tight ends in 2018.
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This isn’t the first time the Green Bay Packers have made an appearance as a sleeper defense in this column.
Just as it was before, this time has little to do with a defense that has been asleep most of the year. The Packers rank a respectable 12th in total defense and 16th in scoring defense. Green Bay’s 36 sacks rank third in the NFL. But the Packers have managed just 12 takeaways in 11 games and haven’t scored a defensive or return touchdown all year.
As a result, they rank outside the top 20 fantasy defenses in 2018 in NFL.com default fantasy scoring.
But again, this isn’t about the Pack. This is about the team it hosts at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
At the risk of sounding mean, the Arizona Cardinals have been hot garbage offensively this season. The Redbirds are dead last in the NFL in offense, at 232.5 yards per game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have averaged just under that perhalf.
Arizona’s also 32nd in the league in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game.
There aresixteams averaging more than that every two quarters.
Last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Redbirds scored 10 points and amassed 149 yards of total offense. Only once in 11 games have the Cardinals hit the 300-yard mark offensively.
Care to guess which team in the NFC is surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing team defenses this season?
If you guessed the Cardinals, you get a cookie.
Not really. I ate them all.
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FANTASY TOP 200 PLAYER RANKINGS
Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters and wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies. Forward positions indicate Yahoo eligibility for 2018-19 season (subject to additions, but never subtractions, at Yahoo’s discretion). … Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, defense pairs and goalie start volume, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). …DTDindicates player with day-to-day injury. These rankings are updated based largely on order of forwards by Pete Jensen, defensemen by Rob Reese and goalies by David Satriano.
1.Connor McDavid, C, EDM (SAME)
2.Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (SAME)
3.Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (SAME)
4.Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (+1)
5.Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (+2)
6.Patrik Laine, RW, WPG** (+14)
7.Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** (+6)
8.David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (-4)
9.Auston Matthews, C, TOR** (NEW – INJ.)
10.John Tavares, C, TOR (-4)
11.Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (-3)
12.Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (-3)
13.Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (-2)
14.Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR** (+1)
15.Brent Burns, D, SJS (-3)
16.Pekka Rinne, G, NSH (+2)
17.Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (-7)
18.Jack Eichel, C, BUF (-1)
19.Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (SAME)
20.Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (-6)
21.Frederik Andersen, G, TOR (SAME)
22.Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (+1)
23.Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF* (+13)
24.Brayden Point, C, TBL** (+27)
25.John Carlson, D, WSH (+1)
26.Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI (-10)
27.Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, CAR** (-5)
28.Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ* (-4)
29.Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (SAME)
30.Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (-5)
31.Victor Hedman, D, TBL (+1)
32.Morgan Rielly, D, TOR (-1)
33.Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (-6)
34.Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (-4)
35.Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (-2)
36.Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (-1)
37.Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (+1)
38.Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (+1)
39.Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (+1)
40.Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (-3)
41.Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY** (+4)
42.Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK (+11)
43.Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (+16)
44.John Gibson, G, ANA (-2)
45.Braden Holtby, G, WSH (+4)
46.Erik Karlsson, D, SJS* (-2)
47.Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (-19)
48.Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (-7)
49.Sean Monahan, C, CGY (+1)
50.Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG (-7)
51.Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (-17)
52.Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG (DTD)
53.Roman Josi, D, NSH (-1)
54.Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CBJ* (-7)
55.Kris Letang, D, PIT (-1)
56.Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN (+1)
57.Seth Jones, D, CBJ (-9)
58.Semyon Varlamov, G, COL* (SAME)
59.Matt Dumba, D, MIN (+9)
60.Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (+3)
61.Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (+12)
62.Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (+4)
63.Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS** (DTD)
64.Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN (+6)
65.Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS* (-1)
66.Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (-6)
67.Tyson Barrie, D, COL (DTD)
68.Mark Giordano, D, CGY (-3)
69.Matt Duchene, C, OTT* (+14)
70.Tuukka Rask, G, BOS (+1)
71.Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (-2)
72.Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (+2)
73.Torey Krug, D, BOS (+2)
74.Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (+13)
75.P.K. Subban, D, NSH (DTD)
76.Carter Hutton, G, BUF (+14)
77.Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (+24)
78.Keith Yandle, D, FLA (SAME)
79.Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR (+10)
80.Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (-4)
81.Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (-2)
82.Brock Boeser, RW, VAN** (NEW – INJ.)
83.Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (-16)
84.Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (-4)
85.Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (+9)
86.Ryan O’Reilly, C, STL (-1)
87.Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (-3)
88.Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-7)
89.Mark Stone, RW, OTT* (+10)
90.William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK** (-8)
91.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (-5)
92.Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (SAME)
93.Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (SAME)
94.Ben Bishop, G, DAL (DTD)
95.Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, TBL (+1)
96.Drew Doughty, D, LAK (+25)
97.Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (+8)
98.Alex Tuch, RW, VGK** (+42)
99.Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (+46)
100.Antti Raanta, G, ARI (DTD)
101.Martin Jones, G, SJS (-24)
102.Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (-14)
103.Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (-47)
104.Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT** (+20)
105.Brayden Schenn, C, STL (-14)
106.Sean Couturier, C, PHI (SAME)
107.Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (-9)
108.Zach Parise, LW, MIN (+14)
109.Micheal Ferland, LW/RW, CAR* (DTD)
110.Dylan Larkin, C, DET (-2)
111.Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR** (-2)
112.Anders Lee, LW, NYI* (+3)
113.Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI (-18)
114.James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (-17)
115.Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (-4)
116.Ryan Ellis, D, NSH (+4)
117.Roberto Luongo, G, FLA (DTD)
118.Ryan Suter, D, MIN (+5)
119.Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (-7)
120.Shea Weber, D, MTL (+10)
121.Jonathan Quick, G, LAK (NEW – INJ.)
122.Zach Werenski, D, CBJ** (-6)
123.Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI (-10)
124.Jimmy Howard, G, DET* (+8)
125.Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI (-21)
126.Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (+18)
127.Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL (+8)
128.Josh Bailey, RW, NYI (+11)
129.Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (-2)
130.Bo Horvat, C, VAN (-4)
131.Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF (-3)
132.Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (+19)
133.Casey DeSmith, G, PIT* (+55)
134.Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS** (DTD)
135.J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL (-10)
136.Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (-7)
137.Eric Staal, C, MIN* (+1)
138.Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN (+5)
139.Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR (-22)
140.Neal Pionk, D, NYR** (-3)
141.Corey Crawford, G, CHI (-22)
142.Carey Price, G, MTL (SAME)
143.Miro Heiskanen, D, DAL (+5)
144.Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL (+12)
145.Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI* (-45)
146.Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL (+4)
147.Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (-29)
148.Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI** (+4)
149.Andrei Svechnikov, RW, CAR (SAME)
150.Jake Gardiner, D, TOR* (-19)
151.Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM (+12)
152.Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK (+47)
153.Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA (+5)
154.Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (-18)
155.Nazem Kadri, C, TOR (-8)
156.Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK (-42)
157.Dustin Brown, RW, LAK (+4)
158.Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH** (+22)
159.Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (-6)
160.Nico Hischier, C, NJD (-6)
161.Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH (+3)
162.David Krejci, C, BOS (-7)
163.Kasperi Kapanen, RW, TOR** (-4)
164.Jaroslav Halak, G, BOS (-23)
165.Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (SAME)
166.Mike Green, D, DET (+1)
167.David Rittich, G, CGY** (-10)
168.Ivan Provorov, D, PHI** (-22)
169.Shea Theodore, D, VGK (+4)
170.Louis Domingue, G, TBL (-8)
171.Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, ARI** (NEW)
172.Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR (-2)
173.Ryan McDonagh, D, TBL (DTD)
174.Colin Miller, D, VGK (+20)
175.Mikko Koskinen, G, EDM* (NEW)
176.Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, DET (+19)
177.Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS (NEW)
178.Nikolay Goldobin, LW/RW, VAN** (-2)
179.Brandon Saad, LW, CHI (+4)
180.Tanner Pearson, LW, PIT (+5)
181.Brandon Montour, D, ANA (NEW)
182.Erik Johnson, D, COL (-14)
183.Alexander Kerfoot, C/LW, COL** (+15)
184.Mikko Koivu, C, MIN (NEW)
185.Justin Faulk, D, CAR (-14)
186.Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL (NEW – INJ.)
187.Bryan Little, C, WPG (NEW)
188.Curtis McElhinney, G, CAR* (NEW)
189.Alexander Edler, D, VAN* (NEW – INJ.)
190.Thomas Greiss, G, NYI (-11)
191.Will Butcher, D, NJD** (-14)
192.Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN (-14)
193.Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL (-18)
194.Samuel Girard, D, COL (-5)
195.Zach Hyman, LW, TOR (-23)
196.Jeff Petry, D, MTL (-6)
197.Esa Lindell, D, DAL** (NEW)
198.Josh Manson, D, ANA (-24)
199.Cody Eakin, C, VGK (+1)
200.Dylan Strome, C, CHI (NEW)
Dropped out:T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (INJ.);Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (INJ.);Jason Pominville, RW, BUF*;Cam Talbot, G, EDM*;Jeff Carter, C, LAK;Tyler Toffoli, RW, LAK;Jason Spezza, C/RW, DAL*;Jake Allen, G, STL;Nolan Patrick, C, PHI;Keith Kinkaid, G, NJD*;Kyle Turris, C, NSH (INJ.);Damon Severson, NJD; Drake Batherson, C/RW, OTT;Brent Seabrook, D, CHI
Key forward injuries:Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS;Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA;Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH;Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL;Paul Stastny, C, VGK;Corey Perry, RW, ANA; defensemen:John Klingberg, D, DAL;Cam Fowler, D, ANA;Justin Schultz, D, PIT; goalies:Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL;Matt Murray, G, PIT;Brian Elliott, G, PHI*;Jack Campbell, G, LAK;Michal Neuvirth, G, PHI*
Other left off list:William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (RFA)
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Toronto Maple Leafs:The return of elite centerAuston Matthewswas enough for the Maple Leafs to retake the No. 1 spot in NHL.com’s rankings. Matthews had three points (2 objectives, one assist) and five shots on goal in 14:56 against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday using a line withKasperi KapanenandAndreas Johnsson. Forward William Nylander’s future still remains uncertain going into Friday, however the Maple Leafs might have even higher dream upside if he indications. DefensemanJake Gardinerhas actually been held without a point in 6 straight video games however, with Matthews back in the lineup, should be thought about a buy-low trade candidate.Pittsburgh Penguins: Center Sidney Crosby has nine points( 5 goals, four assists) in five video games after returning from an upper-body injury Nov. 21. Crosby’s existence has had a favorable effect on forward Jake Guentzel, who has 7 points (4 goals, 3 helps) over the very same period. Defenseman KrisLetang has eight points( one objective, 7 assists )in his past eight games. Right wing Patric Hornqvist( concussion) practiced Friday for the very first time because sustaining the injury Nov. 23. When Hornqvist returns to the lineup, the Penguins will likely rejoin the top 10. Goalie Casey DeSmith is 3-0-0 with a. 929 conserve percentage in his past three games versus the powerful offenses of the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets.TRENDING DOWN Philadelphia Flyers: Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has actually been held without a point and is minus-4 over the past four video games. The Flyers are tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the fewest goals( 14 )given that Nov. 14. Left wing James van Riemsdyk has actually been held without a point
in the past 4
games however might reversethat trend ifhe keeps his shot volume( 15 in 6 video games given that returning from injury). Goalie Brian Elliott will be out longer than initially anticipated after sustaining a lower-body injury againstthe New Jersey Devilson Nov. 15. Right wing Wayne Simmonds faces unpredictability in an agreement year( prospective 2019 unlimited free representative )and has three points (2 goals, one help) in his previous nine video games on mostly the 3rd line.St. Louis Blues: Goalie Jake Allen is 0-3-1 with a. 907conserve percentage in his previous 5 games. The Blues are down to four gamers in NHL.com’s top 200 rankings after Allen dropped out, but that could change if wing David Perron, who has 4 points( three goals
, one assist) in the past 2 video games, continues to produce. A number of Blues players, including defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn have buy-low appeal in season-long formats. Fantasy owners must likewise monitor forward Alexander Steen, who’s back from injury and playing on the top line with Tarasenko and center Ryan O’Reilly. DREAM TEAM POWER RANKINGS FOR 2018-19 1. Toronto Maple Leafs( 1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning( -1) 3. Winnipeg Jets( SAME) 4. Colorado Avalanche( 1) 5. Nashville Predators( -1) 6. Washington Capitals( 2) 7. Vegas Golden Knights( 3 )8. Boston Bruins( -1 )9. Columbus Blue Jackets (-3) 10. Minnesota Wild (-1) 11. Pittsburgh Penguins( 2)12. San Jose Sharks( -1) 13. Buffalo Sabres( -1) 14. Dallas Stars( SAME) 15. Calgary Flames( 4) 16.FloridaPanthers (-1) 17. Arizona Coyotes( 1) 18. Edmonton Oilers( 3) 19. Anaheim Ducks( 3) 20. Philadelphia Flyers(-4) 21. Montreal Canadiens ( 2) 22. St. Louis Blues( -5) 23. Carolina Hurricanes( -3 )24. Ottawa Senators ( 1) 25.
Vancouver Canucks( 2 )26. Chicago Blackhawks( 2
) 27. New York City Rangers (-3 )
28. New York Islanders (-2 )
29. Detroit Red Wings( 1
) 30. New Jersey Devils (-1 )
31. Los Angeles Kings (SAME
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Curtis McElhinney, CAR–The Carolina Hurricanes have had three inconsistent goalie choices this season, but the circumstance has actually gotten clearness afterScott Belovedwas put on waivers Thursday. McElhinney (30 percent owned), who has started four of the previous five video games, has 4 straight wins, consisting of 48 saves at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. McElhinney is among the most-added gamers today, and it deserves riding the hot hand consideringPetr Mrazekhasn’t played a game because Nov. 2.
Mikko Koskinen, EDM–It’s been Koskinen, notCamera Talbot, who has played more and been more effective for the Edmonton Oilers this season. Koskinen has actually started 5 of the past seven games and has a 2.29 goals-against average,.923 save portion and two nothings in the period. Koskinen (37 percent owned) has actually enabled more than 3 goals as soon as in 10 looks this season and has played 3 video games (2-0-1,.936 SV%, one shutout) to Talbot’s one (0-1-0,.900) under brand-new coach Ken Hitchcock.TRENDING DOWN Martin
Jones, SJS– He
has been the foundation of the San Jose Sharks each of the previous three seasons, making a minimum of 60 starts, consisting of 65 two times. However Jones most likely won’t hit that mark this season; his goals-against average (3.00 )has risen in each of his seasons with San Jose, which together with his.892 save percentage are each the worst of his profession. Backup Aaron Dell has actually started four of the previous 6 games with combined outcomes; he has two nothings but has actually allowed a minimum of five objectives in the other two.Connor Hellebuyck, WPG– The second-place finisher for the Vezina Prize last season as finest goalie in the NHL has actually not had a terrific follow-up season. He’s won nine games in 18 starts and has a 2.98 GAA (up from 2.36 last season) and.907 SV%(down from.924). Hellebuyck has no shutouts and hasn’t been the game-changer he was last season however deserves buying low with ongoing goal assistance from the Jets offense( 3.35 goals per game; ninth in NHL). DREAM TOP 25 GOALIE RANKINGS Standard Yahoo goalie classifications include wins, goals-against average, conserve portion and nothings. Worth has actually been quantified based upon elements including but not limited to previous production, group goalie situations, expected start volume
, predicted objective support( or lack thereof ), injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout capacity, prepared for regression, age and agreement status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). DTD shows player with day-to-day injury. 1. Pekka Rinne, NSH( SAME) 2. Frederik Andersen, TOR( SAME) 3. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK( 4) 4. John Gibson, ANA( -1) 5. Braden Holtby, WSH ( 1 )6. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG( -2 )7. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ*( -2) 8. Devan Dubnyk, MIN( SAME )9.
Semyon Varlamov, COL *( SAME) 10. Tuukka Rask, BOS( SAME )11. Carter Hutton, BUF( 3
) 12. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR ( 1)
13. Ben Bishop, DAL (DTD )
14. Antti Raanta, ARI (DTD )
15. Martin Jones, SJS (-3 )
16. Jonathan Quick, LAK (NEW –
INJ.) 17. Jimmy Howard, DET * (SAME
) 18. Casey DeSmith, PIT *( NEW)
19. Corey Crawford, CHI (-2)
20.Carey Price, MTL (SAME)
21.Jaroslav Halak, BOS (-2 )
22.David Rittich, CGY ** (-1 )
23.Louis Domingue, TBL (-1)
24.Mikko Koskinen, EDM *( BRAND-NEW)
25. Curtis McElhinney, Cars And Truck *
( NEW) Left: Roberto Luongo,G, FLA (INJ.); Webcam Talbot, G, EDM *; Thomas Greiss, G, NYI; Jake Allen, G, STL Secret injuries: Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL;Matt Murray, G, PIT; Brian Elliott, G, PHI *; Jack Campbell,G, LAK; Michal Neuvirth, G, PHI * READ:Lastweek’s Leading 25 goalie rankingsRead the Original Post.
NHL.com’s dream hockey forward top 100 rankings are based upon previous production and expectations for the rest of the season in basic Yahoo leagues. For more dream coverage, visitNHL.com/ Fantasy.
MORE DREAM COVERAGE:Top 200|50 ‘D’|25 ‘G’|Lines|Tracker TRENDING UP Bryan Little, C, WPG– The easiest method to acquire exposure toPatrik Laine
, the most popular goal-scorer in theNHL, is by adding Little (11 percent owned inYahoo), who had four helps against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday and has nine points( one objective, 8 assists )in the previous seven video games. Laine now has 11 objectives in his past four games after his historic five-goal game Saturday, catapulting to No. 6 in NHL.com’s forward rankings.Video: WPG@VAN: Little profits from Markstrom’s miscue Jake Guentzel, LW, PIT– The Pittsburgh Penguins left wing scored a hat trick versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and is having fun with Sidney Crosby once again given that the elite center’s
return from injury. With extreme right Patric Hornqvist( concussion) sidelined, the Penguins will rely greatly on Guentzel for secondary scoring. Since Oct. 25, Guentzel has 14 points( seven objectives, seven helps) in 15 video games and is starting to equate his Stanley Cup Playoff success to the regular season.Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL– The Tampa Bay Lightning have altered their lines once again, this time with Johnson and Brayden Point joining elite ideal wing Nikita Kucherov. Johnson has 3 goals on seven shots on goal in 2 video games because the modification. He rejoins the top 100 forwards and could continue to rise if the line sticks. Point, meanwhile, has actually surpassed Steven Stamkos, who’s now with forwards J.T. Millerand Yanni Gourde, in dreamworth for the rest of the season.Video: NJD@TBL: Johnson buries sweet feed from Point TRENDING DOWN Arizona Coyotes: The return of goalie Antti Raanta from injury hasn’t assisted their fortunes; he has actually permitted 11 objectives in the past two games, pressing the Coyotes’ losing streak tofour games. Forwards Clayton Keller and Alex Galchenyuk have actually underachieved based upon fantasy expectations, and the Coyotes have been held to 2 objectives or less in each of their past six games( 1-4-1). That said, aid might be on the way after Arizona got forward Nick Schmaltz( C/LW, 9 percentowned ), who ought to enhance the top six and first power-play unit.Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK– He hasn’t had a point over his past 9 video games, is no longer playing in the leading six and was limited to 6:20 against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Fantasy owners must keep track of the duo of center Anze Kopitar( 7 points in previous 5 games) and wing Dustin Brown (scored hat technique Sunday), but the Kings’ only hope is goalie Jonathan Quick’s possible return today. Kovalchuk( LW/RW, 66 percent owned) is one of the most dropped players today and holding on to a spot on this list due to the fact that of his elite pedigree.FANTASY TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS Requirement Yahoo classifications consist of goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on objective and hits for skaters. Forward positions suggest Yahoo eligibility for 2018-19 season( subject to additions, but never ever subtractions, at Yahoo’s discretion). … Value has been quantified based upon elements consisting of butnot restricted to previous production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside,
expected regression or bounce-back candidateship, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). … DTD suggests gamer with everyday injury.1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM( SAME )2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH( SAME) 3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL( SAME )4. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT( 1) 5. Nikita Kucherov, RW,
TBL( 2 )6. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG **( 12 )7. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS( -3) 8. John Tavares, C, TOR( -2) 9. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL( -1) 10. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT( -1 )11. MikkoRantanen, RW, COL **( 1) 12. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL( -1) 13. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS( -3) 14. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR **( SAME )15. Jack Eichel, C, BUF ( 1) 16. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI( -3 )17. Blake Wheeler, C/RW,
WPG( SAME )18. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY( 2) 19
. Brayden Point, C, TBL **( 19) 20. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF *( 10) 21. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI( -6 )22. Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, VEHICLE ** (-3) 23. Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ * (-2) 24. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH( 1 )25. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD( -2) 26. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH( SAME) 27. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL( SAME )28. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG( 1) 29. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL( 3 )30. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT( 3) 31. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL ( 3 )32. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK( -1) 33. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY ** ( 3) 34.
Elias Pettersson, C, VAN( 6) 35. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (-11)
36. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (-1)
37. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (SAME)
38. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS ** (
4 )39. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA( -11) 40. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA ( 4 )
41. Webcam Atkinson, RW, CBJ ( 7 )
42. Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MINUTES ( 5 )
43. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (-2 )
44.Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS *( -1) 45.Mathew Barzal, C, NYI ( 1 )
46.Matt Duchene, C, OTT * ( 9 )
47.Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ ( 2 )
48.Kyle Connor, LW, WPG ** ( 11)
49.Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA ( 1 )
50.Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (
1)51. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (-6)
52.Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (SAME
) 53. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK ( 18 )
54.Brock Boeser, RW, VAN ** (NEW –
INJ.) 55. Ryan O’Reilly, C, STL ( 2 )
56.Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (SAME
) 57. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-4 )
58.Mark Stone, RW, OTT * ( 11
) 59. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK ** (-5 )
60.Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (-2)
61.Anze Kopitar, C, LAK ( 1)
62.Ryan Johansen, C, NSH ( 1 )
63.Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT ( 1 )
64.Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (-25 )
65.Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, TBL (
2)66. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (-5 )
67.Brayden Schenn, C, STL (-5 )
68. Sean Couturier, C, PHI ( 6 )
69. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (SAME
) 70. Micheal Ferland, LW/RW, VEHICLE * ( 3 )
71.Dylan Larkin, C, DET ( 5)
72.Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT ** ( 11 )
73.Alex Tuch, RW, VGK ** ( 21 )
74.Tom Wilson, RW, WSH ( 22 )
75.Zach Parise, LW, MINUTES ( 7 )
76.Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, VEHICLE ** (SAME) 77.Anders Lee, LW, NYI * ( 3 )
78.Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI (-13 )
79.James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (-12 )
80.Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (-3 )
81.Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (-3 )
82. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI ( 15 )
83.Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL ( 5 )
84.Josh Bailey, RW, NYI ( 9 )
85.Chris Kreider, LW, NYR ( 1 )
86.J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL( -2)
87.Bo Horvat, C, VAN (-2 )
88.Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF (-1)
89.Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (-1 )
90.Eric Staal, C, MINUTES *( 2)
91.Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MINUTES ( 4 )
92.Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL (NEW )
93.Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI * (-23 )
94.Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (-13 )
95. Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI **( 5) 96. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Cars And Truck( 2) 97. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK (NEW
) 98. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK (-19 )
99. Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA (NEW )
100. Bryan Little, C, WPG (NEW )
Left: Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH( INJ.); T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (INJ.); Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (INJ.); Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG; Nazem
Kadri, C, TOR Just missed out on: Dustin Brown, RW, LAK; Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL; Nico Hischier, C, NJD; David Krejci, C, BOS; Kasperi Kapanen, RW, TOR **; Jakub
Vrana, LW/RW, WSH **; Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR; Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, DET; Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS; Nikolay Goldobin,LW/RW, VAN **; Brandon Saad, LW, CHI; Tanner Pearson, LW, PIT; Alexander Kerfoot, C/LW, COL **; Mikko Koivu, C, MINUTES; Nick
Schmaltz, C/LW, ARI **; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL; Jason Pominville, RW, BUF *; Jeff
Carter, C, LAK; Zach Hyman, LW, TOR; Cody Eakin, C, VGK; Drake Batherson, C/RW, OTT; Jason Spezza, C/RW, DAL *; Anthony Beauvillier, C/LW, NYI **; Kevin Hayes, C, NYR*; Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, C, BOS ** Key
injuries: Auston Matthews, C, TOR **; Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS; Vincent Trocheck,C, FLA; Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH
; Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL; Kyle Turris, C, NSH; Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL; Paul
Stastny, C, VGK; Corey Perry, RW, ANA; Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR *; Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR **; Sven Baertschi, LW, VAN; Erik Haula, C/LW, VGK Other ended list: William Nylander, C/RW, TOR( limited complimentary representative )[ READ: Leading 100 forwardrankings Nov. 20] Subscribe now to NHL Dream on Ice, a twice-per-week fantasy hockey podcast with Pete Jensen and Rob Reese.%%item_read_more_button %%.
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These will alter throughout the week and up to Sunday’s action as we get more details about injuries and constraints, so make certain to bookmark this page for my full rankings for all scoring formats.Check out Matt Camp on his Fantasy Camp podcast, available every Tuesday and Thursday. Click to subscribe or listen wherever you get podcasts.1 of 7 Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs must go huge in Oakland.David Eulitt/Getty Images I present my leading 100 gamers( minus quarterbacks) for the week as a way to assist identify your flex spots. You may favor a specific position or gamer over another based on his function and/or your scoring rules.As an additional tiebreaker, here are the groups I like as an entire todaybased on their matches: Kansas City
Chiefs( at Oakland Raiders) Los Angeles Rams( at Detroit Lions) Denver Broncos( at Cincinnati Bengals) Carolina Panthers( at Tampa Bay Buccaneers )Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Carolina Panthers )2 of 7
has actually been the secret to Wilson’s dream success this season. The Seattle Seahawks are balancing 28.1 pass efforts per game, which is
second just to the
Tennessee Titans for fewest attempts in the league. However, Wilson has actually thrown for a minimum of two touchdowns in all however one video game this season with simply 5 interceptions. In his last 7 video games, Wilson has 18 touchdowns to just two interceptions.The Seahawks have a typical match with the visiting San Francisco 49ers. In the last 4 weeks( 3 video games), quarterbacks got the 49ers for 679 lawns and five goals. However, that includes 312 backyards and two goals from Jameis Winston in Week 12.
The 49ers haven’t faced stiff challenges over the last month, so Wilson will be an action up. Anticipate his high performance to continue with a top-10 week.Concern Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (at NYG) The Chicago Bears decided against running the risk of Trubisky on a short week and sat him down for the Week 12 match with the Detroit Lions. His shoulder problem might be enough to keep him out for a second straight week, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, although
a Week 14
return is expected.The Bears had the ability to win without
Trubisky versus the Lions, so with the huge photo in mind, he might sit once again in Week 13. Trubisky’s been a top-10 option this season, so if you were counting on him to play, ensure you have alternate plans.Matt Ryan, ATL( vs. BAL) The Atlanta Falcons tookan awful loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving night, yet Ryan still handled a strong dream effort with 377 yards, 2 goals and an interception on 35-of-47 passing. That put him at 20.7 dream points and in the low end of the QB1 tier for Week 12. Thisweek, Ryan and
the Falcons host the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore’s last 3 video games came versus the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. They enabled 697 backyards and five goals to quarterbacks in those video games, which put them in the middle of the pack with 18.3 fantasy points allowed. Ben Roethlisberger offered the only genuine test in those 3 video games and managed to generate 270 yards and 2 goals. Ryan has actually been a top-five fantasy quarterback this season at 23 FPG, however this matchup dictates decreased expectations.Streamer Lamar Jackson, BAL (at ATL) The Jackson experience remains a positive one for both the Ravens and those who had Jackson in beginning lineups in the last 2 weeks. He was a little busier as a passer in his 2nd start, going 14-of-25 for 178 lawns with a rating and 2 interceptions. Nevertheless, he was able to rack up 71 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground during his 11 carries. That sufficed for 20.2 fantasy points, so Jackson was a great streamer.According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Ravens
intend on sticking to Jackson for Week 13 considering that Joe Flacco hasn’t been cleared from his hip injury, although there’s a possibility that could change. The Falcons have a below-average pass defense( seventh-most passing backyards allowed )and a bad run defense (eighth-most hurrying backyards allowed), so Jackson has another possibility to provide trusted fantasy production with this match in his favor.3 of 7
wire pickup following Week 1. Now, the Denver Broncos are pushing their method back into playoff contention, and Lindsay is a huge part of that renewal. He could play an even larger role
on Sunday.The Broncos take on the Bengals in Cincinnati,
which is an exploitable match for Lindsay. In the last 4 weeks, running backs ripped the Bengals for 460 backyards and 5 touchdowns on 93 carries for the most dream points per video game throughout that span. The Bengals have actually enabled the second-most rushing lawns per game( 147.5 )and are connected for 3rd in hurrying goals permitted( 14). The Broncos must lean on Lindsay to bring the offense, so he’ll have genuine RB1 potential.Gus Edwards, BAL (at ATL) Even though Alex Collins was able to go through a full practice last Friday, the Ravens decided to keep him out for their match against the Oakland Raiders. That indicated a clear course for Edwards to follow up on the 17-carry, 115-yard performance he had in Week 11. He had the ability to do simply that with 118 backyards on 23 brings in a triumph. Prior to Week 11, Collins owned the group’s finest rushing performance of the season with 68 backyards on 18 brings in Week 3. In the last 2 video games, the Ravens got their first, second and third 100-yard rushing efforts of the season from Edwards( twice) and Lamar Jackson. Jackson seems in line for another start, so it needs to be another heaping helping for Edwards. He’ll face a Falcons defense surrendering the seventh-most dream points per game to running backs in the last 4 weeks. Edwards is a fantastic RB2 who could push into RB1 territory with a little assistance from game flow.Theo Riddick, DET(
vs. LAR )A huge week for LeGarrette Blount overshadowed another strong effort from Riddick. While Blount ran 19 times for 88 lawns and 2 scores, Riddick captured all 7 of his targets for 48 backyards in a loss to the Chicago Bears. He now has at least five receptions in each of his last four games and is 2nd
on the group with 48 catches.Blount received a big workload since the Lions had a lead heading into the fourth quarter. Week 13 will present a harder difficulty when the Los Angeles Rams go to Detroit.The Rams are the third-easiest matchup for running backs in the last month. Whether Kerryon Johnson( knee) returns or not, Riddick will likely see another strong target share based on video game circulation
and the lack of Marvin Jones (knee, IR). Riddick is a trusted RB3/flex with RB2 upside.Sleeper Nyheim Hines, IND( at JAC) If Marlon Mack’s concussion keeps him out of action this weekend, Hines might be back on the fantasy radar for the very first time given that the start of the season. Even though Jordan Wilkins would see some carries, there’s plainly more rely on Hines, specifically considering that Wilkins lost two fumbles this season. Hines hasn’t had more than three receptions or 22 backyards given that Mack returned from injury in Week 6. In the very first five video games, he had at least five receptions and 25 backyards 4 times. In addition to Mack’s possible absence, the Colts require to make up for the loss of Jack Doyle to a kidney injury that put him on injured reserve.We might see more of Hines in the death game despite Mack’s status, but if Mack is out, Hines is a sly play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.4 of 7
“>Lots of targets will be coming to Kenny Golladay.Michael Reaves/Getty Images Better Than Usual Kenny Golladay, DET( vs. LAR )It’s all about Golladay in the Lions ‘receiving corps. In last week’s loss to the Chicago Bears, Golladay had fivereceptionsfor 90 lawns on 8 targets. Over the last 3 video games, Golladay leads the group with 36 targets, 19 receptions, 281 lawns and 2 touchdowns.
He’s balancing 19.7 fantasy points and has been on the WR1/WR2 borderline. That’s a considerable rise from the 13.0-point average he had through the very first 9 weeks.We must anticipate more of the recent Golladay production to
continue Sunday when the Lions host the Rams.No team has enabled more fantasy points
to pass receivers than the Rams in the last 3
weeks. The Lions rank seventh in
that classification, so there probably won’t be a lot of good defense in this game. In between video game circulation and the absences of Marvin Jones and perhaps Kerryon Johnson, Golladay will be a clear WR2 with a chance at another WR1 performance.D.J. Moore, CAR (at TB) With Devin Funchess( back )out for Week 12, it was much easier to trust Moore to follow up the big video game he had in Week 11. Moore taped 8 receptions and 91 lawns on 9 targets and a carry for seven backyards.
In the last two games, Moore has 15 receptions for 248 lawns and a rating on 17 targets. It’s the only time this season he had back-to-back video games with at least five receptions.Moore is now second on the group to Christian McCaffrey in getting backyards( 608-565) and is 3rd on the group in targets( 48) and receptions( 38 ). He’s probably the very best fantasy choice on the team outside McCaffrey and Cam Newton, and he has a great possibility to keep it entering Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers have enabled the sixth-most receiving backyards per game (291.5 )in 2018. Moore is a good WR2 with a high ceiling and a safe flooring, specifically if Funchess sits this week.Concern A.J. Green, CIN( vs. DEN )Green has actually now missed three games with a toe injury after he was not able to practice leading up to the Week 12 match with the Cleveland Browns. Because game, Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury that was bad enough to send him to injured reserve. So if Green does come back this week, he’ll be catching passes from Jeff Driskel. Nothing can be presumed with Green’s status, consisting of any potential constraints from his injury. If Green doesn’t play today and the Bengals lose again, they might consider shutting him down for worthless games.Sleeper Bruce Ellington, DET (vs. LAR )Losing Golden Tate to a trade, Marvin Jones( knee )to hurt reserve and the lack of Kerryon Johnson (knee) has actually opened up some chances in the Lions offense. In two games, Ellington currently has 12 receptions for 80 backyards on 16 targets.
Just Golladay’s 23 targets
top Ellington’s involvement over that span, so he might be in for another busy day in simply his third video game with the team.Between the Rams’ resist broad receivers and the potential of a high-scoring affair with two having a hard time defenses, Ellington has some excellent benefit in a matchup that might yield a lot of points.
Chances will be there for Ellington to be successful, so you can get him from the waiver wire and insert him into your lineup as a deep sleeper.5 of 7Without Jack Doyle, the Colts will need a lot from Eric Ebron.Andy Lyons/Getty Images Much better Than Normal Eric Ebron, IND( at JAC) If you quit on Ebron following his Week 11 goose egg, you are certainly regretting it now. He got better in a huge method with 5 receptions for 45 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 targets in last week’s win over the Miami Dolphins. Ebron now has 11 goals for the season and 3 games with multiple ratings. Ebron’s fantasy worth got a huge increase due to some unfortunate news for the Indianapolis Colts. Jack Doyle suffered a kidney injury recently and will miss out on the rest of the season.
If there was
any doubt or concern for Ebron, it must be gone. When Doyle was out from Weeks 3-7, Ebron was a top-five tight end with 15.6 dream points per video game
. He’ll be right back because conversation this week and for the rest of the season.Jared Cook, OAK (vs.
KC )Cook hasn’t been really busy over the last two video games, but he has been productive. With five receptions for 63 yards and 2 goals on 11 targets, Cook has 23.3 dream points in the last 2 weeks. Being that touchdown-reliant in an offense than ranks 30th in points per video game is hazardous, although Cook
needs to be busier when he faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. In the last month( 3 games ), Kansas City yielded 18 receptions, 216 backyards and 2 touchdowns to tight ends, which comes out to the eighth-most fantasy points allowed that time duration. Obviously, the Raiders will need everything they can get out of their offense to have even a remote chance of winning this game. Oakland is woefully brief on talent in the receiving corps, so Cook will almost certainly see an uptick in targets out of
necessity. It may take some garbage-time heroics, but he must be an excellent play.Sleeper C.J. Uzomah, CIN( vs. DEN) Uzomah has been on and off the fantasy radar for the last 2 months without much production to show for his efforts. He logged a season-high 13 targets with six receptions for 39 backyards in last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. Considering A.J. Green’s status is unidentified and Jeff Driskel is taking control of for
the hurt Andy Dalton, Uzomah might function as a security blanket of sorts for Driskel. Plus, Uzomah faces a Denver Broncos defense that quit 17 receptions, 212 lawns and two touchdowns to tight ends in the last 3 games. Take a look at Uzomah if you’re stuck at tight end.6 of 7
to find a defense, and the Chiefs have a great one in the Oakland Raiders this weekend.In the last four weeks, Oakland gave up 19 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and two touchdowns while scoring just 49 points. That would describe why they enabled the second-most dream points to defenses in that period. Make the most of this impressive match and utilize the Chiefs defense with confidence. Ownership percentage: ESPN, 43.8; Yahoo, 42.0 Other streaming alternatives: Seattle Seahawks( vs. SF)
, Tennessee Titans( vs. NYJ) 7 of 7
“>Cairo Santos is a nice choice to grab for Week 13. Jason Behnken/Associated Press Finest Streaming Option Cairo Santos, TB( vs. CAR) After investing time as Greg Zuerlein’s replacement with the Los Angeles Rams, Santos landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. Given that showing up, he has eight additional points and 2 basket in two games. The Buccaneers are ninth in scoring average in 26.7 points per game and deal with a Carolina Panthers
defense that allowed the12th-most points per game
at 25.6. Santos must get plenty of chances in this matchup of beatable defenses. Ownership percentages: ESPN, 2.9; Yahoo,
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DUCKS (11-10-5) at PANTHERS (9-9-4)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, PRIME, NHL.TV
Ducks projected lineup
Rickard Rakell—Ryan Getzlaf—Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie—Adam Henrique—Ondrej Kase
Andrew Cogliano—Ryan Kesler—Kiefer Sherwood
Brian Gibbons—Carter Rowney—Pontus Aberg
Jacob Larsson—Josh Manson
Andy Welinski—Brandon Montour
Marcus Pettersson—Jake Dotchin
Scratched:Ben Street,Andrej Sustr
Injured:Corey Perry(knee surgery),Cam Fowler(facial fractures),Patrick Eaves(back),Hampus Lindholm(upper body)
Panthers projected lineup
Evgenii Dadonov—Aleksander Barkov—Mike Hoffman
Jonathan Huberdeau—Jared McCann—Frank Vatrano
Dryden Hunt— Nick Bjugstad—Troy Brouwer
Micheal Haley—Juho Lammikko—Colton Sceviour
Mike Matheson—Aaron Ekblad
Keith Yandle—Mark Pysyk
Bogdan Kiselevich—MacKenzie Weegar
Injured:Roberto Luongo(lower body),Denis Malgin(upper body),Vincent Trocheck(ankle),Derek MacKenzie(shoulder),Jamie McGinn(back)
BLUES (8-11-3) at RED WINGS (10-11-3)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSN
Blues projected lineup
Robby Fabbri—Brayden Schenn—Robert Thomas
Alexander Steen—Ryan O’Reilly—Vladimir Tarasenko
David Perron—Tyler Bozak—Pat Maroon
Zach Sanford—Ivan Barbashev—Oskar Sundqvist
Vince Dunn—Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson—Colton Parayko
Jay Bouwmeester—Jordan Schmaltz
Scratched:Nikita Soshnikov,Sammy Blais
Injured:Jaden Schwartz(hand),Carl Gunnarsson(upper body),Robert Bortuzzo(lower body)
Red Wings projected lineup
Anthony Mantha—Dylan Larkin—Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist—Frans Nielsen—Andreas Athanasiou
Tyler Bertuzzi—Luke Glendening—Michael Rasmussen
Thomas Vanek—Jacob de la Rose—Martin Frk
Trevor Daley—Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser—Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall—Dennis Cholowski
Scratched:Luke Witkowski,Christoffer Ehn,Jonathan Ericsson
Injured:Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery),Darren Helm(upper body)
SHARKS (12-8-5) at MAPLE LEAFS (17-8-0)
7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN, NBCSCA, NHL.TV
Sharks projected lineup
Evander Kane—Joe Pavelski—Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl—Logan Couture—Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen—Joe Thornton—Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow—Lukas Radil—Melker Karlsson
Brenden Dillon—Erik Karlsson
Joakim Ryan—Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic—Justin Braun
Scratched:Antti Suomela,Radim Simek,Tim Heed
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman—John Tavares—Mitchell Marner
Patrick Marleau—Auston Matthews—Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson—Nazem Kadri—Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis—Par Lindholm—Josh Leivo
Morgan Rielly—Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner—Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott—Igor Ozhiganov
Scratched:Frederik Gauthier,Martin Marincin,Justin Holl
STARS (12-10-3) at FLAMES (14-9-1)
9 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-SW+, NHL.TV
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn—Tyler Seguin—Alexander Radulov
Roope Hintz—Jason Spezza—Devin Shore
Valeri Nichushkin—Radek Faksa—Tyler Pitlick
Mattias Janmark—Jason Dickinson—Blake Comeau
Esa Lindell—Miro Heiskanen
Gavin Bayreuther—Roman Polak
Joel Hanley—Taylor Fedun
Scratched:Brett Ritchie,Gemel Smith,Julius Honka
Injured:Martin Hanzal(back),Stephen Johns(undisclosed),John Klingberg(upper body),Connor Carrick(foot),Marc Methot(lower body),Ben Bishop(lower body)
Flames projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau—Sean Monahan—Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk—Mikael Backlund—Sam Bennett
Austin Czarnik—Derek Ryan—James Neal
Dillon Dube—Mark Jankowksi—Garnet Hathaway
Mark Giordano—TJ BrodieNoah Hanifin—Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington—Rasmus Andersson
Injured:Michael Frolik(lower body),Juuso Valimaki(lower body),Michael Stone(blood clot)
PENGUINS (10-8-5) at AVALANCHE (14-6-4)
9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ATTSN-PT
Penguins projected lineup
Jake Guentzel—Sidney Crosby—Bryan Rust
Tanner Pearson—Evgeni Malkin—Phil Kessel
Zach Aston-Reese—Derick Brassard—Daniel Sprong
Garrett Wilson—Riley Sheahan—Derek Grant
Brian Dumoulin—Kris Letang
Jack Johnson—Jamie Oleksiak
Olli Maatta—Juuso Riikola
Scratched:Chad Ruhwedel,Dominik Simon
Injured:Matt Cullen(lower body),Patric Hornqvist(concussion),Matt Murray(lower body),Justin Schultz(fractured leg)
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog—Nathan MacKinnon—Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost—Alexander Kerfoot—Colin Wilson
Matt Nieto—Carl Soderberg—Matt Calvert
Sven Andrighetto—J.T. Compher— Gabriel Bourque
Samuel Girard—Erik Johnson
Ian Cole— Nikita Zadorov
Patrik Nemeth— Mark Barberio
Scratched:Sheldon Dries,Vladislav Kamenev
Injured:Tyson Barrie(lower body)
NHL.com’s dream hockey defenseman leading 50 rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more dream hockey coverage, seeNHL.com/ Dream.
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Drew Doughty, LAK:The Los Angeles Kings defenseman has 4 points (one objective, three assists) in his previous four games. Doughty’s providing category coverage with 11 shots on goal, nine hits and a plus-5 over the span. The Kings are 2-2-0 in their past 4 video games and, with goalieJonathan Quick(lower body) near to returning, Doughty is an under-the-radar trade target in season-long formats.Matt Dumba, MINUTES: The Minnesota Wild defenseman is on a six-game point streak totaling nine points( five objectives, 4 helps) and 28 SOG. Dumba has asserted himself as the Wild’s No. 1 fantasy defenseman option over Ryan Suter and has actually signed up with NHL.com’s leading 10 rankings at the position. Dumba hasincluded worthin leagues that count hits; he ranks 28th (45 in 23 video games) at the position entering Tuesday.Colin Miller, VGK: The Vegas Golden Knights defenseman has emerged as a quality streaming option in all
formats with 10 points( two objectives, eight helps), including 5 on the power play, in the past 10 games. Miller has 10 SOG, 17 hits and is plus-6 over the period. If Miller’s success on the very first power-play system with forwards Jonathan Marchessault, Max Pacioretty, Alex Tuch and Reilly Smith continues, he might possibly surpass Shea Theodore as the top dream defenseman choice for the Golden Knights.Ryan McDonagh, TBL: Even with Victor Hedman back in the lineup,McDonagh is making the caseto stay on dream lineups with five points( one objective, 4 helps) and a plus-7 in his previous four video games. While McDonagh is not a high-end trade target, he might be able to replicate the production that Mikhail Sergachev had last season( 40 points in 79 video games ).
McDonaghdeserveskeeping for exposure to Tampa Bay’s deep forward group.Video: FLA@TBL: McDonaghpokes home Stamkos’ long pass INJURY UPDATES Shea Weber, MTL: The Montreal Canadiens defenseman is anticipated to return against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday after missing out on the first 24 video games with a knee injury. Weber will likely have an immediate dream impact with exposure to forwards Max Domi, Jonathan Drouin, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brendan Gallagher on the leading power-play unit. Defenseman Jeff Petry( 17 points in 24 video games) will remain in NHL.com’s rankings this week
, however fantasy owners may wish to turn in other places moving forward.Alexander Edler, VAN: The Vancouver Canucks defenseman returned versus the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Edler( 21 percent owned) was held without a point however regained his spot on the top power play with forwards Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat. Extreme right Brock Boeser is expected to return Tuesday, offering Edler another valuable forward to possibly take advantage of. He’s worth including standard leagues as a fourth or fifth defenseman with high upside if he canstay healthy.TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGSStandard Yahoo classifications consist ofobjectives, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on objective and now strikes for skaters. … Worth has actually been quantified based upon elements including but not restricted to past production, defense sets, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, age and agreementstatus( possible 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). DTD suggests gamers with everyday injury issues.1. Brent Burns, SJS( SAME) 2. John Carlson, WSH (SAME) 3. Victor Hedman, TBL ( 1) 4. Morgan Rielly, TOR( -1) 5. Erik Karlsson, SJS *( SAME) 6. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG( SAME )7. Roman Josi, NSH( 1)8. Kris Letang, PIT( 1) 9. Seth Jones, CBJ( -2) 10. Matt Dumba, MINUTES( 4 )11. Thomas Chabot, OTT( 1 )12. Tyson Barrie, COL( DTD )13. Mark Giordano, CGY (SAME) 14. Torey Krug, BOS ( 1) 15. P.K. Subban, NSH( DTD) 16. Keith Yandle, FLA( SAME) 17.
Drew Doughty, LAK( 6 )18. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF( SAME) 19. Ryan Ellis, NSH ( 3) 20. Ryan Suter, MINUTES( 4) 21. Shea Weber, MTL( 4 )22. Zach Werenski, CBJ **( -2) 23. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI( -3) 24. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI( -7 )25. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF( 4) 26. Charlie McAvoy, BOS **( DTD) 27. Dougie Hamilton, CAR( -6) 28. Neal Pionk, NYR **( SAME) 29. Miro Heiskanen, DAL( 2 )30. Alex Pietrangelo, STL ( 2) 31. Jake Gardiner, TOR *( -5 )32. Oscar Klefbom, EDM ( 1) 33. Mattias Ekholm, NSH( 1) 34.Aaron Ekblad, FLA ( 1)
35. Mike Green, DET ( 1)
36. Ivan Provorov, PHI ** (-7 )
37. Shea Theodore, VGK ( 2 )
38. Ryan McDonagh, TBL ( 8)
39. Colin Miller, VGK ( 10)
40. Brandon Montour, ANA ( 9 )
41. Erik Johnson, COL (-4 )
42. Justin Faulk, VEHICLE (-4 )
43. Alexander Edler, VAN * (
NEW– INJ.) 44. Will Butcher, NJD ** (-3 )
45.Jared Spurgeon, MIN (-3)
46.Samuel Girard, COL (-3)
47.Jeff Petry, MTL (-3 )
48.Esa Lindell, DAL **( BRAND-NEW) 49
.Noah Hanifin, CGY (NEW)
50. Sami Vatanen, NJD (NEW )
Justmissed: Michal Kempny, WSH; T.J. Brodie, CGY;Igor Ozhiganov, TOR; Ryan Murray, CBJ; Danny DeKeyser, DET Dropped out
: Brent Seabrook, CHI; Henri Jokiharju, CHI; Damon Severson, NJD; Josh Manson, ANA Secret injuries: John Klingberg, DAL; Justin Schultz, PIT; Camera Fowler, ANA READ:
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