We’re getting a reprieve from dating during Thanksgiving, so maybe your fantasy cast issues aren’t so bad. But some of us are getting ready to hit the jackpot for Latavius Murray, which feels like the last breath of a nearly retired roster. If your squad needs a boost, read on. All potential pickups mentioned here are not tied to most Sportzshala leagues.
Running spins on a wire
Samage Perine, Cincinnati Bengals (9% of participants)
Long before Joe Mixon was ruled out due to concussion on Sunday, Perine cooked for the Bengals. He threw a couple of first touchdowns, completely crushing the other man with his second score:
Perin added a game-breaker in the fourth quarter with a TD, finishing with 82 yards of scrimmage on 15 touches against the Steelers. If Mixon fails to pass the concussion protocol for this week’s matchup in Tennessee, Perine will be considered a playable RB2. The Titans D are some of the best in the league against runs, but this group also allowed 69 catches and 400 receiving yards for opposing defensemen. Perin is clearly an option for getting a circle of trust for Joe Burrowso he can help even if he is not feasting on the ground.
Recommended opt-out offer for a $100 budget: $15.
Latavius Murray, Denver Broncos (25%)
Look, no one should go out of their way to buy Denver shares these days, but it seems worth noting that Melvin Gordon III was released by the team on Monday after another touch. He was also conceded by Murray (21–13) in a loss to the Raiders. As well as Chase Edmonds he has a high ankle sprain so he won’t be able to help in this situation anytime soon. Murray was not the Broncos’ top performer (3.3 YPC), but he made three home visits in five games and played 50 percent of snaps for the first time this season. If you have desperate needs on the home front, Murray can certainly help. He will have no shortage of opportunities to move forward. Marlon Mak presumably will have a rotational role and Mike Boone may be close to returning from IR.
Other RB add: Jeric McKinnon (he remains a reliable receiving option behind the Chiefs) Cam Akers as well as Kyren Williams (Ackers led that backfield in yards, Williams in snaps, both of which could be considered sketchy losses against the Chiefs in Week 12.) James Cook (The rookie only played 16 snaps against the Browns, but he made the most of them, throwing 11 times for 86 yards; the Lions are next, so it might not take him many touches to make a fantasy splash.) Justice Hill (he rushed seven times for 30 yards against the Panthers and would no doubt be an important figure on the Baltimore backfield committee if Gus Edwards left out) Alexander Mattison (As we discussed earlier, Mattison is the main understudy of RB, who needs to be hidden almost everywhere).
Wide receivers and narrow ends to the target
Trailon Burks, Tennessee Titans (21%)
Burks had a signature game Thursday night at Lambo, catching seven of eight targets for 111 yards, sealing the win with a late tackle at 51 yards:
Hit Jare Alexander too small a gesture was a bold move, but the newcomer deserved the right to celebrate. Not only did Burks show he’s in full health after a four-match absence (peat), he actually looked like a first round player. We probably shouldn’t expect many more 300 yard plays from Ryan Tannehill, but at least now we know he has a big receiver at his disposal. Burks has seen 14 targets in two games since returning from injury, and that usage should keep him on the WR3 conversation.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns (45%)
If you like a good controversial catch, take a look at Peoples-Jones’ touchdown moves against Bill:
And that’s not even close to the best DPJ capture on Sunday. He’s been superb this season and extraordinarily consistent, putting together seven consecutive weeks of at least 50 receiving yards. Peoples-Jones finished with five tackles for 61 yards on six targets against Buffalo, the third straight game in which he scored fantastic double-digit scoring. His catch in the last five weeks is 80 percent, which is way above what you would expect from a high roller. Consider DPJ a good starting option for the future; he will have Deshawn Watson as his protector, starting from the 13th week.
Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints (31%)
Another week, another surge for Johnson. He found the end zone five times in his last five games, becoming the Saints’ top red zone receiving option.
Johnson finished the game against the Rams with three receptions for 47 yards on four targets on Sunday for another top-8 spot. Most of us were baffled by this spot in the 2022 roster, so we need to act when we see Johnson-level production.
Additional Stash Receivers: DeMarcus Robinson (the veteran put in his best game of the season when the Ravens were desperate for it, catching all nine of his goals against the Carolinas and finishing for 128 yards) Parris Campbell (He has hit 15 in the past two weeks and Matt Ryan trailed center with 12 for 143 yards and one goal) Zai Jones (he’s seen 10 targets against the Chiefs ahead of his team’s week 11 and he’s about to face a series of vulnerable pass defenses: Ball, Det, Ten) Greg Dortch (it will clearly benefit in terms of usage if Rondale Moorea groin injury will take him out of the game next week), Odell Beckham Jr. (it looks like the whole league is flirting with OBJ on twitter while waiting for him to choose a team) Sky Moore (KC is running out of healthy receivers, leading Moore to set six goals of the season on Sunday night.)
Various tight ends available: Tysome Hill (he has played at least 40 percent of snaps in each of Saints’ last two games, leading to another explosion in recent weeks) Trey McBride (the rookie caught all four of his targets on Monday night and has a great opportunity ahead with Zach Ertz out of action due to injury) Austin Hooper (he won’t have a better game this season than he did on Thursday with two TDs, but hey, it’s a weak position and his targets are rising) Logan Thomas (Thomas had a quiet post-injury season, but he hit six in Sunday’s win, catching five in 65 yards.)
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Commanders (14%)
In fact, Heinicke hasn’t thrown a touchdown since Week 9, but he led Washington’s offense during the team’s most successful stretch of the season, scoring four wins in five games. commanders not going to return the keys to Carson Wentz soon – not when things are going so unexpectedly well – which means Heinicke will face Atlanta in week 12. Justin Fields Sunday so feel free to rock The Best of Old Dominion if you have a need for QB.
Other approved QBs: Deshawn Watson (his return against Houston is only a week away and he is still widely available) Ryan Tannehill (he had back-to-back games with multiple touchdowns and a rookie Trailon Burks looks like a potential star).
For your defensive needs
Miami Dolphins (26%)
Miami returns after a farewell to host the Houston, the least productive offense in the NFL. The Texans currently rank last in total yards (285.9 YPG) and 30th in scoring (15.9). Davis Mills made a league-high 11 interceptions, including five in his last three games. Expect Bradley Chubb & Co. to have a productive Sunday afternoon.
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