Short week this week, short list of players. We have a six pack worth taking a look at this week, but beyond those six now is the time to think about shoring things up for the fantasy playoff run. Some leagues close up free agency around this time, some go another week or two; check your rules and know where things stand. Consider backing up your stud runner with the next man up on their NFL team. If you have Todd Gurley then grab Malcolm Brown; if you have James Conner, then Jaylen Samuels is your man. Teams that run the ball are likely to run the ball regardless who is carrying the ball.
This was a tough week for quarterbacks, reminding us that you can never have enough quarterbacks as you head into the stretch drive. Either bulk up with a third or even fourth starting quarterback, even if that is someone like Eli Manning, Josh Rosen, or Derek Carr. Grabbing the backup at quarterback is a little more risky, is Sean Mannion going to jump in and produce like Jared Goff, DeShone Kizer if he steps in for Aaron Rodgers? Not likely – though we are about to find out with Colt McCoy taking over in Washington and Lamar Jackson providing a spark in Baltimore. For me, the better option at quarterback is to grab multiple options from multiple teams.
Of course, along with the short week comes the trifecta of games on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. So get your lineups in early so you can enjoy the turkey. On to the wonders!
RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore
Speaking of Baltimore, Gus Edwards came out of nowhere and was the feature back for the Ravens against the Bengals. He carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards, with one of those good for a touchdown. With only Alex Collins standing in the way, Edwards has shown enough to warrant another start this upcoming week against a soft Raiders defense. He’s worth a grab in all formats and can step in as a RB2 in a starting fantasy lineup.
WR Keke Coutee, Houston
My namesake has been in the weekly story a few times, as he is one of those players always on the cusp of being picked up and then being dropped. He get another mention this week by way of a five catch effort against the Redskins that was good for 77 yards. Most importantly, he looks healthy and over previous leg injuries that have slowed him down. A healthy Coutee will be an above average fantasy option down the stretch.
RB Josh Adams, Philadelphia
The Super Bowl hangover for the Eagles continues, as they took it on the behind in New Orleans this past week. Between all the dark clouds and offensive struggles, there as a bright spot in one Josh Adams. He carried the ball seven times which was good for 53 yards on the ground and included a touchdown. He also was active in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 19 yards. This is the third week in a row that Philadelphia has given him several touches, look for him to continue to be a part of the offense going forward.
TE Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay
This is a speculative add based on the potential injury to O.J. Howard. Early reports are inconclusive, should Howard miss time then Brate will step in and be worth 3-5 catches per week.
WR D.J. Moore, Carolina
Much of Moore’s yards came on a huge 82 yard play that did not end up resulting in a score, but when a guy puts up 157 yards on seven catches, that is more than enough to get a mention in the weekly story. Though the big gainer did not end up hitting paydirt, he did find the endzone late in the game. Cam Newton is trusting him more and more each week, so should the fantasy owner, making Moore worth grabbing in all formats.
TE Jonnu Smith, Tennessee
Smith has been getting involved more and more each week for the Titans, culminating in a six catch and 44 yard effort against the Colts this past week. With 13 pass catches in the last four games, Smith is worth a look as a backup TE and/or a player worth grabbing for some depth in a playoff push.