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Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns – If he’s still available in your league, Baker Mayfield is absolutely worth a pick up for any team that is desperate for a starting quarterback or a team looking for a reliable backup quarterback. Mayfield has thrown for at least two passing touchdowns in each of his previous five games and just had his best fantasy performance of his career against Cincinnati. The rookie out of Oklahoma completed 19-of-26 passes for 258 passing yards and threw four touchdowns in Cleveland’s convincing 35-20 win. His stellar performance resulted in a 25.8 fantasy point day for the young quarterback. He is improving with each passing week and should be viewed as a high-end QB2 for the remainder of the season. If you’re looking for a backup quarterback as insurance for your starting quarterback, or want to prevent another opponent from getting him, pick him up and keep him on your bench for the rest of the season.
Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia – Josh Adams has taken over as the primary running back in the Philadelphia offense and has performed well in that role since taking over. Adams ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Philadelphia’s 25-22 win over New York yesterday, bringing his PPR fantasy point total to 16.4 on the day. Which is his highest PPR point total of the season. He is a “must-add” across all fantasy formats and is the type of running back that doesn’t come along all that often. You should spend all of your remaining FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) dollars to acquire him if he is still available. View him as a low-end RB2 with mid-level RB2 upside for next week against Washington and for the rest of the season.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions – With Kerryon Johnson sidelined with a knee injury, LeGarrette Blount stepped in as the lead-back for Detroit and performed admirably in Johnson’s stead. Blount bulldozed his way to 88 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns in Detroit’s 23-16 loss to Chicago. He also chipped in via the air with one reception for 15 receiving yards, bringing his PPR fantasy point total to 23.3 on the day — easily his best fantasy performance of the season. Blount is not the type of running back that can transform a fantasy team, but he does hold high-end RB3/Flex value in PPR leagues for as long as Kerryon Johnson is missing in action. Keep an eye on the status of Johnson heading into Week 13, and be sure to scoop up Blount off waivers if you have the bench space to add him. If Johnson misses Detroit’s Week 13 contest against the Los Angeles Rams, Blount makes for a decent Flex play with the potential to hit pay-dirt at least once.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears – Taylor Gabriel has seen at least eight targets and has totaled 14 receptions with 101 receiving yards in his previous two games. The Chicago offense is full of good, but not great, wide receivers from Allen Robinson to Anthony Miller to Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton. It’s a complete crap-shoot trying to figure out which one will be worth starting in any given week, but they all hold Flex value in PPR leagues for the rest of the season. Gabriel has totaled at least 11 PPR points in four of 11 games and should be viewed as a mid-level WR3/Flex play for the rest of the season. His upside is somewhat limited, but the potential for five-plus catches and 50-plus receiving yards is always a possibility. His fantasy value does not change whether it’s Chase Daniel or Mitchell Trubisky under center, so if you’re struggling to field a decent roster and Gabriel is out there on waivers, scoop him up and plug him into your lineup for a Week 13 contest against the New York Giants.
Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns – Antonio Callaway had one of his best fantasy performances of the season against Cincinnati in Week 12. Callaway recorded four receptions on five targets for 62 receiving yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 35-20 win over Cincinnati, bringing his PPR fantasy point total to 16.8 on the day. There are many waiver-wire wide receivers available to be picked up, but Callaway has arguably the highest ceiling of all of them. Baker Mayfield has been playing exceptionally well in the last month and should continue to look Callaway’s way for the rest of the season. View Callaway as a mid-level WR3 with high-end WR3 upside for the rest of the season.