A week ago, fantasy points were at a premium. High scoring returned this past week as there were points a plenty to be had – if you knew where to get them! This week’s Top-10 scorers includes two defenses (Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville), a kicker and no running backs. A couple of under achieving wideouts (Kenny Stills and Keenan Allen) also made the Top-10, making this another frustrating week for the fantasy owner.
There was frustration all over the NFL as well. The situation in Buffalo is beyond words, a quarterback who had his team in line for a playoff berth was benched, and his replacement tossed five interceptions in the first half. Washington could not figure out how to close out New Orleans, the New York Giants tried to give Kansas City a win, and a good defense (Minnesota) prevailed over good offense (Los Angeles Rams). Philadelphia and New England continue to roll, though we need confirmation that Oakland ever made it into Mexico.
We have a light load of potential pickups this week, all in a single list with no categories. Happy Turkey Day to all, and to all some good waivers!
WR Corey Coleman, Cleveland
Back on the field from Injured Reserve, DeShone Kizer looked his way early and often this week against Jacksonville. He ended the day catching six passes for 80 yards as he was clearly the top option in the air for Cleveland. The quarterback situation is obviously an issue, but from the looks of things, Coleman is looking like someone who will be an immediate fantasy contributor.
RB Corey Clement, Philadelphia
After scoring three times a week ago against Denver, Clement backed up that performance by rushing for 50 yards and another score this week in Dallas. Normally a three player rotation is reason to stay away, but in this case, even as the third option, Clement is worth a look for the fantasy owner desperate at the position.
WR Mike Wallace, Baltimore
For the second straight game, Wallace was active to the tune of four catches from Joe Flacco, scoring in each of these last two games. This week, he was good for 56 yards, with one of his catches being of the one-handed highlight reel variety. Baltimore is not a team that throws the ball a ton, but of late Wallace has been busy and Baltimore has an easy opponent in Houston on the schedule this upcoming week.
RB Devontae Booker, Denver
He has been chipping away at C.J. Anderson’s playing time for several weeks now, and this week against Cincinnati he has made it to a 50/50 time share. He carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards, but more importantly he was involved in the passing game by snagging five passes for 54 yards. Jamaal Charles is nowhere to be found, so it will be these two going forward for Denver with Booker getting more and more looks as the season progresses.
QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago
In our near weekly quest to find fantasy owners a third quarterback, this week we talk about the rookie playing for Chicago. While other signal callers around the league are going up in flames, Trubisky has been improving by the week and is in no danger of losing his job. A week ago against Green Bay he was good for 297 yards, and though he only tossed 179 yards worth of passes this week, he threw another touchdown pass against no interceptions. He also added 53 yards on the ground to boost his numbers. He has a tough matchup this week in Philadelphia, but beyond that, Chicago plays San Francisco, Cincinnati, Detroit and Cleveland. He is a good insurance policy and third quarterback to have on a fantasy roster.
TE Adam Shaheen, Chicago
The rookie has impressed these last few weeks, making the most of his opportunity with extended playing time. Over the last two games, he has averaged 40 yards per game and three catches. This past week against Detroit, he found the end zone. Look for Chicago to keep him involved, making him a viable candidate as a backup fantasy tight end.
RB Byron Marshall, Washington
The unfortunate season-ending injury to Chris Thompson shuffles everyone up one notch on the Washington depth chart. One of last week’s waiver wonders Samaje Perine will get the most of the workload, but we expect that Marshall will be there to keep him fresh.
WR Zay Jones, Buffalo
The recommendation of anyone involved in the Buffalo passing game does not come without serious consideration right now. The quarterback situation is a mess, and the coaching staff may be doubling down on their switch to Nathan Peterman. Despite those issues, someone will need to catch the ball, especially if Kelvin Benjamin is going to miss time with his knee injury. The rookie Jones has caught 10 passes in the last two games, a sign that he may be settling into a consistent role for Buffalo. Those in need at the position that are dealing with injuries can look in the direction of Jones to help in the coming weeks.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona
Reaching into the depths for those in deep and/or dynasty leagues, the rookie surprised many this week. He not only caught his first career pass, but he followed that up with his first and second career scores on his way to hauling in three passes for 54 yards. We doubt that he will replicate those numbers, but for those looking to the future, the youngster is on his way into being a tight end in the NFL.