NFL Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Lamar Jackson, John Brown, Calvin Ridley, and Falcons D/ST were all big hits from last week’s recommendations, and we’ll look to keep it going with the Week 12 daily fantasy recommended lineup.


QB: Matt Ryan vs. TB

DraftKings: $6,700 | FanDuel: $7,900


Deshaun Watson (last night), Lamar Jackson, and Aaron Rodgers all have primetime games this week, and Patrick Mahomes is on a bye, so we’re low on elite quarterback options. However, Matt Ryan might be the top play of Week 12 anyway, as he gets to face a Tampa Bay defense that’s struggled to stop the pass this season. The Falcons should throw the ball around instead of testing a stout run defense.


RB: Nick Chubb vs. MIA

DraftKings: $8,100 | FanDuel: $8,200


Nick Chubb received 27 carries in Week 11, and a heavy workload figures to continue after the mini bye gave him some extra time to rest and recover—but the second-year running back might not need that many carries to do serious damage against the Dolphins. Chubb doesn’t have a rushing score since October 13, so he’s due to find the end zone.


RB: Jordan Howard vs. SEA

DraftKings: $4,800 | FanDuel: $6,100


Jordan Howard has yet to get cleared for contact, but he’d be one of the clear top value plays of Week 12 if he’s able to go against the Seahawks. Howard, who is set to get another solid workload if active, is priced lower than players on the lesser side of worse backfield committees.


WR: Chris Godwin @ ATL

DraftKings: $7,200 | FanDuel: $7,800


Hopefully the Buccaneers-Falcons game breaks out into a shootout, in which case Chris Godwin could be set for a great afternoon. Last season against Atlanta, Godwin had lines of 6/56/1 and 6/114/2, and he should be a consistent target against Dan Quinn’s defense. One concern is that the Falcons have been playing very well the past two weeks, but Godwin still has an excellent floor/ceiling combination.


WR: Calvin Ridley vs. TB

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $6,700


If you can find a way to get Julio Jones under the salary cap and into your lineup, that’s also a really good idea against the Buccaneers. But this lineup goes with Calvin Ridley, who is coming off a season-high 143 yards and a touchdown last week against the Panthers. Ridley was said to have an outstanding week of practice leading up to the performance, so expect the Alabama product to remain focused again leading up to this Sunday.


WR: Tyrell Williams @ NYJ

DraftKings: $5,900 | FanDuel: $6,400


After a quiet couple of games, Tyrell Williams got back on track with an 82-yard game against the Bengals, making contested catches in Oakland’s Week 11 victory. Expect Derek Carr to give Williams more chances on the outside against a beatable Jets secondary, and the big receiver is due for his first score in nearly a month.


TE: Dallas Goedert vs. SEA

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,200


Dallas Goedert has at least three receptions in each of the past five games, with a touchdown in three of the last four. The Eagles continue to deal with a depleted receiver corps, and they are going to use a lot of two tight-end sets against a Seahawks team that’s struggled to defend the position. Goedert has multi-score upside at an awesome price.


FLEX: N’Keal Harry vs. DAL (DraftKings) | John Brown vs. DEN (FanDuel)

Harry (DraftKings): $3,300 | Brown (FanDuel): $6,500


Russell Gage is another low-cost option to explore at wide receiver, but N’Keal Harry could be thrust into an increased role against the Cowboys this week if Mohamed Sanu and/or Phillip Dorsett are out. As the Patriots look to get clicking offensively, Tom Brady might want to see what the rookie receiver can do in live jump-ball situations as a big target in the red zone. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary for a reliable option like John Brown in the FLEX.


D/ST: Bears vs. NYG

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,000


The Bears did not play particularly well defensively against the Giants last season, but this year’s matchup comes in Chicago. If the play of the offense is a drain on the entire team, there’s some risk with the Bears D/ST; but the upside is enormous against a rookie quarterback that’s struggled with turnovers.


Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $100

FanDuel: $200


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Other recommended Week 12 options


QB: Jeff Driskel @ WAS

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $7,300


RB: Derrick Henry vs. JAX

DraftKings: $6,900 | FanDuel: $8,400


RB: Tarik Cohen vs. NYG

DraftKings: $4,800 | FanDuel: $5,700


WR: Allen Robinson vs. NYG

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $7,500


WR: D.K. Metccalf @ PHI

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $6,700


TE: Mike Gesicki @ CLE

DraftKings: $3,400 | FanDuel: $5,000

Week 12 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 12 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

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Thumbs Up of the Week: Josh Allen (v DEN)

Allen is coming off one of the best games of his career, and I don’t think it’s a good idea to take him out of lineups because of what appears to be a difficult matchup. While Denver is allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, they’ve ceded more passing yards per game on the road (245.2) than at home (201.2), and the thing that makes Allen a difference-maker is his rushing production (four touchdowns over the past three weeks). Plus, the changes Buffalo made last week—going with more no huddle and having offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in the booth—should allow Allen to build on an outing at earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.


Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (@ NYJ)

There was certainly some passing production left on the field for Carr and the Raiders in Week 11, but he still completed 25-of-29 passes for 292 yards, one touchdown, and one interception to extend Oakland’s winning streak to three games. New York is under new leadership, but Carr has a 9:0 touchdown-interception ratio against them in three career meetings, and the coverage has only gotten worse for the Jets in recent weeks (3.0 touchdowns per game allowed to Gardner Minshew, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Daniel Jones, and Dwayne Haskins over the past four games). Carr remains a low-end QB1.


Thumbs Up: Carson Wentz (v SEA)

Wentz and the Philadelphia passing attack has been one of the most disappointing aspects of the 2019 season, as the former No. 2 overall pick has just one multi-score game since September, and his 227.4 passing yards per game would be the lowest mark through four seasons. That said, the Seahawks are not an overly imposing matchup, and the Eagles decided to air it out 40 times last week without Jordan Howard (stinger) in the lineup. He can’t be ranked as a QB1 right now, but Wentz’s upside is worth taking a shot on, especially if Alshon Jeffery (ankle) ends up playing.


Thumbs Up: Jacoby Brissett (@ HOU)

Including a 30-23 victory last month, Brissett is 4-0 in his career against Houston, and he’s averaging 18.1 fantasy points per game in this AFC South rivalry. T.Y. Hilton (calf) possibly missing another game would limit Brissett’s upside, but with Marlon Mack (hand) already ruled out, we could see Frank Reich go with a pass-heavy game plan. For what it’s worth, Brissett has averaged 317.0 yards per game and possesses a 6:0 touchdown-interception in two starts against the Texans in which he’s thrown more than 25 times. He’s a clear top-15 play.


Others: Baker Mayfield (v MIA), Sam Darnold (v OAK)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Dak Prescott (@ NE)

Prescott will be difficult to take out of lineups as the overall QB3 on the season following last week’s 31.6-point performance against Detroit, but if you really need a win or have been carrying multiple quarterbacks, it might be wise to think about rolling with someone else. The Patriots have allowed 7.9 fantasy points per game to opposing passers, and on the year, they’ve surrendered just four touchdowns through the air. Prescott’s play combined with his ability as a runner keeps him on the QB1 radar, but it’s the low-end variety.


Thumbs Down: Jared Goff (v BAL)

The Rams threw it just 18 times in their win over the Bears, and the run-first formula should continue on Monday night against a Baltimore defense that came alive for six sacks of Deshaun Watson last week. Even if he has his full arsenal of weapons on the field, Goff won’t be asked to throw much behind a remade offensive line, and the Ravens haven’t allowed a quarterback to throw for multiple scores in a game since Patrick Mahomes did it in Week 3. Goff is barely a top-20 option, and he may be moved down even more.


Thumbs Down: Daniel Jones (@ CHI)

Jones is a prime target for those looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs, but before the soft schedule kicks in, he gets one more difficult matchup against the desperate Bears in Chicago. Evan Engram (foot) isn’t expected to play, so Jones—with limited weapons—may be a low-volume passer similar to the aforementioned Goff to avoid mistakes and keep his confidence high. If forced to choose a quarterback in this game, I’d rather play whoever starts for the Bears out of Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel.


Thumbs Down: Ryan Tannehill (v JAX)

The pass protection has been much better for Tannehill than it was for Marcus Mariota, but Tennessee didn’t block a soul when these AFC South foes met earlier this season (the Jaguars recorded nine sacks), so I’m concerned about a repeat with Calais Campbell, Josh Allen, and company knowing they need to dominate on Sunday. It should be noted that Tannehill threw just 19 times in the win over Kansas City before the bye, but he was still sacked four times; look for the Titans to keep the ball on the ground with Derrick Henry.


Others: Kyle Allen (@ NO), Brandon Allen (@ BUF)


Running Back


Thumbs Up of the Week: Jordan Howard (v SEA)

This is obviously assuming Howard (stinger) is cleared to play this weekend, but if he is, the Eagles can’t waste any time getting back to a ground-and-pound attack that they’ve had success with in 2019. While the Seahawks have shown improved play on the defensive line, they’re allowing a healthy 4.5 yards per carry and 12 rushing touchdowns (third most in the league), and lesser backfield committees for Philadelphia have averaged 128.5 total yards per game in two matchups versus Seattle in the Doug Pederson era. If active, Howard should be in lineups as a solid RB2.


Thumbs Up: David Montgomery (v NYG)

Since seeing just two carries in a Week 7 loss, Montgomery has handled 20.0 touches per game over the past four weeks, and that volume alone is enough to warrant a spot in fantasy lineups. I expect the Giants to play better run defense down the stretch, but Montgomery will do serious damage if the changes on the offensive line can open holes for him to reach the linebackers. And no matter who is under center for Chicago, the running game should be leaned on.


Thumbs Up: Jaylen Samuels (@ CIN)

I would be surprised if James Conner (shoulder) suited up in Week 12, so Samuels is once again set up for a starting role in Pittsburgh’s backfield. The team’s main receiving back disappointed against the Rams two weeks ago, but including that performance, he’s averaged 13.7 fantasy points per game in seven career appearances with double-digit touches, and the Bengals are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing runners. An important piece on an offense lacking healthy weapons, Samuels is a high-floor RB2.


Thumbs Up: Latavius Murray (v CAR)

The hopes of New Orleans continuing to feature Murray out of the bye two weeks ago didn’t come to fruition as he was given just five carries in a shocking loss to Atlanta, but the workload last week (12 touches) should be encouraging despite limited production, and now the Saints will face a floundering Carolina team. Through ten games, the Panthers have allowed an NFL-high 18 rushing touchdowns, and no one else is close, so Latavius has a great shot to capitalize on the touches/matchup. Double-digit carries should make Murray a low-end RB2/FLEX.


Others: Kareem Hunt (v MIA), Miles Sanders (v SEA)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Devin Singletary (v DEN)

Singletary is coming off a career-high in playing time (74%) and led the backfield in snaps for the fourth week in a row, but Sunday could be a disappointment for fantasy owners hoping he will have a big performance. First of all, Denver just proved they remain stout against the run by containing Dalvin Cook in Week 11, so the rookie will be challenged if Vic Fangio’s defense sells out to stop Buffalo on the ground. Plus, Singletary just fumbled twice, and while that’s not expected to impact his playing time, it’s another reason Frank Gore will remain the team’s trusted runner for goal-line touches. He remains a top-24 play, but I’d temper expectations.


Thumbs Down: Bo Scarbrough (@ WAS)

An NFL debut that saw him rush 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown has Scarbrough firmly on the fantasy radar, but it might be optimistic to suddenly consider him a confident start for fantasy owners. While the Redskins are a great matchup, they just limited Le’Veon Bell to 59 rushing yards (3.3 YPC), and they should come out ready to play for perhaps their best chance at a victory the rest of the way with the sliding Lions coming to town. Also, someone else taking the backfield lead in Detroit (again) wouldn’t be a surprise.


Thumbs Down: Brian Hill (v TB)

Touches haven’t been an issue for Hill over the past two weeks, but efficiency certainly has been, as he’s rushed 35 times for just 91 yards (2.6 YPC) and zero touchdowns, including just 30 yards on 15 attempts last week against the (then) league-worst Carolina rush defense. For as bad as they’ve been in coverage, Tampa Bay continues to play stout run defense this season, and Hill may find himself back in more of a committee role if Qadree Ollison gets early-down work with Kenjon Barner mixing in on passing downs. I barely have Hill as a top-35 option for Week 12.


Thumbs Down: Colts RBs (@ HOU)

Marlon Mack was held to 7.1 fantasy points earlier this season against Houston, and I wouldn’t want to gamble on a backup having significant success in a rematch—as all three of Jonathan Williams, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins will be involved in a game that will likely be won through the air rather than on the ground. If for whatever reason you want to get an Indy back on Thursday night, I’d say Williams is the best bet, but it’s a situation to avoid.


Others: James White (v DAL), Adrian Peterson (v DET)


Wide Receiver


Thumbs Up of the Week: Allen Robinson (v NYG)

This feels like a week where multiple top receivers around the league will explode—Chris Godwin, Davante Adams, and Odell Beckham Jr. being the others I have in mind—and based on talent, Robinson is at least close to belonging in that group. The Penn State product has put up numbers with both Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel over the past two seasons, and the Giants have been destroyed by big-bodied perimeter targets Mike Evans (8/190/3) and Kenny Golladay (6/123/1) already this season. Despite recent struggles, Robinson is a clear WR1 for me this week.


Thumbs Up: Calvin Ridley (v TB)

Don’t be fooled by Ridley combining for “only” eight receptions, 79 yards, and one touchdown in two shootout wins over the Buccaneers last season, as he was a part-time player that caught all eight of his targets on just 53 offensive snaps. Now a featured weapon on an offense that’s finding its stride, Ridley should provide plenty of fireworks against a defense that’s allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, including multiple touchdowns in each of the past four weeks.


Thumbs Up: Tyrell Williams (@ NYJ)

As previously stated, the Jets have been shredded by less-than-elite quarterbacks over the past four weeks, and much of the damage has been done by attacking on the outside. Prior to last week’s win over the Redskins, New York allowed opposing wideouts to combine for lines of 13/202/3 (JAX), 15/181/3 (MIA), and 16/232/4 (NYG), so Williams is set up nicely for a big game and perhaps his first trip to the end zone in nearly a month after starting his Oakland career with a touchdown in five straight games. I have the veteran as a top-15 option.


Thumbs Up: James Washington (@ CIN)

Washington has begun to emerge this month by catching 13-of-16 targets for 208 yards and one touchdown over the past three games, and Sunday will present a good opportunity for him to have a career day with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) expected to be sidelined. The Bengals are allowing a whopping 9.1 yards per attempt through the air (worst in the league), and Washington is bound to connect with college teammate Mason Rudolph on a deep ball at some point.


Others: DeVante Parker (@ CLE), D.K. Metcalf (@ PHI)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Amari Cooper (@ NE)

Cooper was limited to three receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown (which came down 30-0 in the fourth quarter) in his lone career matchup against the Patriots two seasons ago, and things might not get much easier at less than 100% for a road trip to face an even stingier defense/secondary. I expect Cooper will either get shadowed by Stephon Gilmore or double covered—and neither option is a very encouraging for his weekly outlook. If there was a time to bench him, this is it.


Thumbs Down: Courtland Sutton (@ BUF)

Per usual, the cornerback facing Tre’Davious White makes the “Thumbs Down” section at receiver, and despite DeVante Parker having some success against him last week, I don’t feel as confident about Sutton with a quarterback that’s less likely to test elite defenders compared to the gunslinging Ryan Fitzpatrick. Sutton gets a cupcake schedule in the fantasy playoffs, but this is a week where he should be ranked as a FLEX rather than WR2.


Thumbs Down: Terry McLaurin (v DET)

McLaurin has unfortunately been unable to get going with Dwayne Haskins under center—which is a surprise after the two connected for 11 touchdowns and 20.0 yards per reception at Ohio State last year—and the pairing could struggle again with Darius Slay patrolling at cornerback for the Lions. Even if McLaurin doesn’t face pure shadow coverage from Slay, he might get the same treatment Amari Cooper did last week if Matt Patricia decides the defense won’t let the rookie beat them.


Thumbs Down: Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods (v BAL)

For the same reasons Goff is a “Thumbs Down” at quarterback, fantasy owners should avoid Cooks and Woods despite both being set to return to the lineup on Monday night. The Ravens are absolutely loaded in the secondary, and Sean McVay will probably dial up another low-volume passing attack in which you probably need a big play and/or touchdown to feel good about having started either guy. I have both Cooks and Woods outside the top 30.


Others: Michael Gallup (@ NE), Will Fuller (v IND)


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2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

Many fantasy football trade deadlines are either today or this Friday, and working against the clock could lead to deals getting done. The final fantasy redraft trade advice article of the year includes three buys and three sells.


Buy low


Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb was also on here last week, but the buy-low opportunity could be amplified after Kareem Hunt put up a strong fantasy output in Week 11. Chubb owners might be concerned, but the second-year back should continue getting a heavy workload into December for the fantasy playoffs. For those in fantasy championships that go to Week 17, Chubb gets to face the Bengals twice in the final four weeks of the season.


T.Y. Hilton

If your playoff position is locked up, there might not be a better target than T.Y. Hilton as a potential difference-maker. The dynamic receiver is an integral part of Indianapolis’ offense, and he should see a good number of targets from Jacoby Brissett whenever he returns to the lineup (which could be as early as tomorrow night against a Texans team he’s dominated throughout his career). If you’re able to acquire Hilton, you would get a high-ceiling player with a prime matchup against the 32nd-ranked Buccaneers in Week 14 and a potential shootout with the Saints in Week 15.


Adam Thielen

The bye week should give Adam Thielen time to heal his hamstring for Minnesota’s stretch run, and he’ll be joining an offense with a red-hot quarterback that’s running a passing attack that’s really been clicking as of late. Kirk Cousins and Thielen have a strong on-field connection, and it won’t be surprising if the Pro Bowl receiver puts up some consistent 100-yard games moving forward like he did for the first half of last season.


Sell high


Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has been awesome this season, so you might be hesitant to trade him away. But if you need wins to get into the fantasy playoffs, Prescott’s schedule to end the fantasy regular season (@ New England and vs. Buffalo) is not doing him any favors from a statistical perspective. Then keep in mind Prescott will face the Bears and Rams in Weeks 14 and 15, so the schedule doesn’t lighten up too much after that. And while he’s had success against the Eagles in his career, playing at Philadelphia in December (Week 16) probably won’t be a walk in the park. Consider seeing what you can get in return for Dak.


Kareem Hunt

After another game of heavy involvement in the passing game, and with an appetizing matchup against the Dolphins this week, Kareem Hunt’s fantasy value might be getting a boost in the eyes of some fantasy owners right now. But Nick Chubb is the man in Cleveland’s backfield, so Hunt might be capped as an RB2/FLEX option for the rest of this season. However, you might be able to pull off a nice trade with someone that’s had Hunt on their team in the past and thinks he can be a top-ten option again this year—they’re wrong, but there are people out there that believe Hunt is a far superior player to Chubb and will take over the backfield.


Stefon Diggs

A big play led to an excellent performance by Stefon Diggs despite a tough matchup against the Broncos last week, but he had a couple of duds the previous two weeks, and now might be a good spot to sell high. The Vikings now have their bye week, so Diggs is obviously unusable in a critical Week 12; and Adam Thielen’s return could lead to some of the same inconsistency Diggs has had this season. Diggs is a dynamic player, but it’s probably worth pulling the trigger if you can deal him away for a clear No. 1 like T.Y. Hilton.

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can simply move players that catch more passes up a bit (in PPR leagues) and players that don’t catch many pass down a bit (in non-PPR leagues). Also, Fantasy Consigliere subscribers can always ask any direct start/sit question (or any other questions) for any format all throughout the week.



1. Matt Ryan (v TB)
2. Lamar Jackson (@ LAR)
3. Deshaun Watson (v IND)
4. Drew Brees (v CAR)
5. Russell Wilson (@ PHI)
6. Josh Allen (v DEN)
7. Aaron Rodgers (@ SF)
8. Jameis Winston (@ ATL)
9. Derek Carr (@ NYJ)
10. Jimmy Garoppolo (v GB)
11. Jacoby Brissett (@ HOU)
12. Tom Brady (v DAL)
13. Dak Prescott (@ NE)
14. Baker Mayfield (v MIA)
15. Carson Wentz (v SEA)
16. Nick Foles (@ TEN)
17. Sam Darnold (v OAK)
18. Mitchell Trubisky (v NYG)
19. Jeff Driskel (@ WAS)
20. Jared Goff (v BAL)
21. Kyle Allen (@ NO)
22. Mason Rudolph (@ CIN)
23. Ryan Tannehill (v JAX)
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ CLE)
25. Daniel Jones (@ CHI)
26. Dwayne Haskins (v DET)
27. Ryan Finley (v PIT)
28. Brandon Allen (@ BUF)


Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (@ NO)
2. Nick Chubb (v MIA)
3. Derrick Henry (v JAX)
4. Alvin Kamara (v CAR)
5. Saquon Barkley (@ CHI)
6. Josh Jacobs (@ NYJ)
7. Ezekiel Elliott (@ NE)
8. Aaron Jones (@ SF)
9. Leonard Fournette (@ TEN)
10. Chris Carson (@ PHI)
11. Tevin Coleman (v GB)
12. Todd Gurley (v BAL)
13. Le’Veon Bell (v OAK)
14. Mark Ingram (@ LAR)
15. Joe Mixon (v PIT)
16. Jordan Howard (v SEA)
17. Jaylen Samuels (@ CIN)
18. Phillip Lindsay (@ BUF)
19. Sony Michel (v DAL)
20. David Montgomery (v NYG)
21. Carlos Hyde (v IND)
22. Devin Singletary (v DEN)
23. Ronald Jones II (@ ATL)
24. Kareem Hunt (v MIA)
25. Miles Sanders (v SEA)
26. Latavius Murray (v CAR)
27. Tarik Cohen (v NYG)
28. James White (v DAL)
29. Jamaal Williams (@ SF)
30. Derrius Guice (v DET)
31. Royce Freeman (@ BUF)
32. Kalen Ballage (@ CLE)
33. Jonathan Williams (@ HOU)
34. Bo Scarbrough (@ WAS)
35. Brian Hill (v TB)
36. Adrian Peterson (v DET)
37. Raheem Mostert (v GB)
38. Benny Snell (@ CIN)
39. Duke Johnson (v IND)
40. Nyheim Hines (@ HOU)
41. Gus Edwards (@ LAR)
42. J.D. McKissic (@ WAS)
43. Jordan Wilkins (@ HOU)
44. Rex Burkhead (v DAL)
45. Jeff Wilson (v GB)
46. Frank Gore (v DEN)
47. Peyton Barber (@ ATL)
48. Giovani Bernard (v PIT)
49. Jalen Richard (@ NYJ)
50. Malcolm Brown (v BAL)
51. Tony Pollard (@ NE)
52. Ty Johnson (@ WAS)
53. Dare Ogunbowale (@ ATL)
54. Dion Lewis (v JAX)
55. Jay Ajayi (v SEA)
56. Trey Edmunds (@ CIN)
57. Patrick Laird (@ CLE)
58. DeAndre Washington (@ NYJ)
59. Boston Scott (v SEA)
60. Darrell Henderson (v BAL)
61. Kenjon Barner (v TB)
62. Ryquell Armstead (@ TEN
63. Rashaad Penny (@ PHI)
64. Bilal Powell (v OAK)
65. Justice Hill (@ LAR)


Wide receiver

1. Julio Jones (v TB)
2. Chris Godwin (@ ATL)
3. Davante Adams (@ SF)
4. DeAndre Hopkins (v IND)
5. Odell Beckham Jr. (v MIA)
6. Michael Thomas (v CAR)
7. Mike Evans (@ ATL)
8. Allen Robinson (v NYG)
9. Julian Edelman (v DAL)
10. Tyler Lockett (@ PHI)
11. Calvin Ridley (v TB)
12. T.Y. Hilton (@ HOU)
13. Cooper Kupp (v BAL)
14. D.J. Chark (@ TEN)
15. Tyrell Williams (@ NYJ)
16. John Brown (v DEN)
17. Amari Cooper (@ NE)
18. D.J. Moore (@ NO)
19. Kenny Golladay (@ WAS)
20. DeVante Parker (@ CLE)
21. Emmanuel Sanders (v GB)
22. Curtis Samuel (@ NO)
23. Jarvis Landry (v MIA)
24. D.K. Metcalf (@ PHI)
25. James Washington (@ CIN)
26. Jamison Crowder (v OAK)
27. Michael Gallup (@ NE)
28. Courtland Sutton (@ BUF)
29. Deebo Samuel (v GB)
30. Alshon Jeffery (v SEA)
31. Marquise Brown (@ LAR)
32. Robert Woods (v BAL)
33. Brandin Cooks (v BAL)
34. Terry McLaurin (v DET)
35. Sterling Shepard (@ CHI)
36. Marvin Jones (@ WAS)
37. Tyler Boyd (v PIT)
38. Zach Pascal (@ HOU)
39. Josh Gordon (@ PHI)
40. Golden Tate (@ CHI)
41. Will Fuller (v IND)
42. Dede Westbrook (@ TEN)
43. Robby Anderson (v OAK)
44. A.J. Brown (v JAX)
45. Taylor Gabriel (v NYG)
46. Hunter Renfrow (@ NYJ)
47. Cole Beasley (v DEN)
48. Demaryius Thomas (v OAK)
49. Russell Gage (v TB)
50. Chris Conley (@ TEN)
51. Phillip Dorsett (v DAL)
52. Kenny Stills (v IND)
53. Randall Cobb (@ NE)
54. N’Keal Harry (v DAL)
55. Ted Ginn (v CAR)
56. Corey Davis (v JAX)
57. Tim Patrick (@ BUF)
58. Anthony Miller (v NYG)
59. Danny Amendola (@ WAS)
60. Allen Lazard (@ SF)
61. Allen Hurns (@ CLE)
62. Kendrick Bourne (v GB)
63. Darius Slayton (@ CHI)
64. Adam Humphries (v JAX)
65. Tre’Quan Smith (v CAR)
66. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ SF)
67. Geronimo Allison (@ SF)
68. Alex Erickson (v PIT)
69. Zay Jones (@ NYJ)
70. Jakeem Grant (@ CLE)
71. Isaiah McKenzie (v DEN)
72. Willie Snead (@ LAR)
73. Scott Miller (@ ATL)
74. Albert Wilson (@ CLE)
75. Jordan Matthews (v SEA)
76. Kelvin Harmon (v DET)
77. Marquise Goodwin (v GB)
78. Jakobi Meyers (v DAL)
79. Rashard Higgins (v MIA)
80. Johnny Holton (@ CIN)


Tight end

1. George Kittle (v GB)
2. Zach Ertz (v SEA)
3. Darren Waller (@ NYJ)
4. Mark Andrews (@ LAR)
5. Jared Cook (v CAR)
6. Greg Olsen (@ NO)
7. Dallas Goedert (v SEA)
8. Vance McDonald (@ CIN)
9. Eric Ebron (@ HOU)
10. Jack Doyle (@ HOU)
11. Jacob Hollister (@ PHI)
12. T.J. Hockenson (@ WAS)
13. Ryan Griffin (v OAK)
14. Gerald Everett (v BAL)
15. Noah Fant (@ BUF)
16. Mike Gesicki (@ CLE)
17. Jonnu Smith (v JAX)
18. Tyler Eifert (v PIT)
19. Jimmy Graham (@ SF)
20. Dawson Knox (v DEN)
21. Darren Fells (v IND)
22. O.J. Howard (@ ATL)
23. Jason Witten (@ NE)
24. Benjamin Watson (v DAL)
25. Jeremy Sprinkle (v DET)
26. Ben Braunecker (v NYG)
27. Cameron Brate (@ ATL)
28. Hayden Hurst (@ LAR)
29. Jordan Akins (v IND)
30. Kaden Smith (@ CHI)
31. Demetrius Harris (v MIA)
32. Foster Moreau (@ NYJ)
33. Nick Boyle (@ LAR)
34. Luke Stocker (v TB)
35. Ross Dwelley (v GB)



1. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ CIN)
2. Buffalo Bills (v DEN)
3. Chicago Bears (v NYG)
4. New Orleans Saints (v CAR)
5. New England Patriots (v DAL)
6. Baltimore Ravens (@ LAR)
7. Atlanta Falcons (v TB)
8. Detroit Lions (@ WAS)
9. Cleveland Browns (v MIA)
10. Oakland Raiders (@ NYJ)
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (@ TEN)
12. San Francisco 49ers (v GB)
13. Denver Broncos (@ BUF)
14. Tennessee Titans (v JAX)
15. Green Bay Packers (@ SF)
16. Washington Redskins (v DET)
17. New York Jets (v OAK)
18. New York Giants (@ CHI)
19. Los Angeles Rams (v BAL)
20. Houston Texans (v IND)
21. Seattle Seahawks (@ PHI)
22. Philadelphia Eagles (v SEA)
23. Indianapolis Colts (@ HOU)
24. Miami Dolphins (@ CLE)
25. Cincinnati Bengals (v PIT)



1. Justin Tucker (@ LAR)
2. Wil Lutz (v CAR)
3. Younghoe Koo (v TB)
4. Greg Zuerlein (v BAL)
5. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v IND)
6. Matt Prater (@ WAS)
7. Robbie Gould (v GB)
8. Matt Gay (@ ATL)
9. Daniel Carlson (@ NYJ)
10. Josh Lambo (@ TEN)
11. Mason Crosby (@ SF)
12. Nick Folk (v DAL)
13. Jason Myers (@ PHI)
14. Austin Seibert (v MIA)
15. Stephen Hauschka (v DEN)
16. Joey Slye (@ NO)
17. Brett Maher (@ NE)
18. Chris Boswell (@ CIN)
19. Adam Vinatieri (@ HOU)
20. Ryan Succop (v JAX)
21. Jake Elliott (v SEA)
22. Aldrick Rosas (@ CHI)
23. Brandon McManus (@ BUF)
24. Dustin Hopkins (v DET)
25. Jason Sanders (@ CLE)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 12, 2019

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 12, 2019

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players listed are currently owned in less than 60% of leagues]


1. Derrius Guice, WAS RB

He only saw eight touches in his first action since the season opener, but Guice— who totaled 69 yards and a score on Sunday—is surely going to see his role increase over the next few weeks. It’s rare to have a running back of his caliber on the wire in a decent chunk of leagues, so take advantage if you can.


2. Baker Mayfield, CLE QB

Mayfield is coming off his first three-touchdown game of the season, and his confidence should continue to grow with the Browns back in the playoff picture heading into the final full week of November. He will take on the Steelers again (in Pittsburgh for a tougher matchup) and Ravens, but the other four games are against Miami, Cincinnati (twice), and Arizona.


3. Sterling Shepard, NYG WR

Shepard (concussion) could return as soon as this week, and he’s potential bargain WR2 against a very soft schedule the rest of the way. After a Week 12 matchup against the Bears, New York’s passing game has arguably the easiest remaining schedule in the league (v GB, @ PHI, v MIA, @ WAS, v PHI).


4. DeVante Parker, MIA WR

If you exclude a Week 2 throwaway game against the Patriots (because everyone struggles against them), Parker has averaged 11.6 fantasy points per game this season, including at least 7.1 fantasy points in every week. With double-digit targets in three of his past five appearances and a cupcake schedule coming up, Parker has a legitimate WR2 case.


5. Josh Gordon, SEA WR

Despite just two receptions for 27 yards, Gordon looked really good last Monday night, and he was relied upon by Russell Wilson in big spots. The chemistry between the two should only get better coming off the bye, and Gordon has a chance to become a significant factor in scoring territory by the fantasy playoffs.


6. Derek Carr, OAK QB

It was a rushing score that helped Carr end up with another strong fantasy showing for owners that used him against the Bengals in Week 11, and the Raiders starter is now averaging a solid 18.3 fantasy points per game over his past five games since the bye week. Oakland now goes on the road for two games after three straight home games, but Carr will remain one of the better streaming options when he faces the Jets and Chiefs.


7. Jonathan Williams, IND RB

Marlon Mack is out indefinitely with a fractured hand, and Williams looked excellent mixing in behind the starting running back a couple of days ago versus the Jaguars. Jordan Wilkins will be in the mix for carries, and Nyheim Hines will handle most of the passing-down work, but Williams is an intriguing pickup for a team that wants to run the ball.


8. Bo Scarbrough, DET RB

The Lions appear to have found their lead ball-carrier in the short-term, calling up Scarbrough from the practice squad and giving him 14 carries against the Cowboys last Sunday. The Alabama product is a powerful runner that might get good run over the final several weeks of the season, and he could be a high-floor FLEX option for fantasy owners.


9. Daniel Jones, NYG QB

This pickup is looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs, as Jones won’t be a highly recommended fantasy option for Week 12 against the Bears. However, the rookie quarterback faces the Eagles, Dolphins, Redskins, and Eagles again in the fantasy playoffs and through Week 17, so he might finish the year with four consecutive QB1 weeks.


10. Nick Foles, JAX QB

The Jaguars and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo are confident in Foles throwing the ball around, and they might ride the former Super Bowl MVP’s right arm as they look to get into the AFC playoffs. Foles threw 47 times as Jacksonville attempted to come back against the Colts, and he has promising playoff matchups including at Oakland (Week 15) and Atlanta (Week 16).

Week 11 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Week 11 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Team of the Week


QB: Josh Allen

Lamar Jackson (33.5 fantasy points) and Dak Prescott (31.6 fantasy points) also had huge performances in the early slate on Sunday, but Allen (33.9 fantasy points) finally had the ceiling game we’ve been waiting for with 256 yards and three touchdowns through the air and another 56 yards and a score on the ground. The dual-threat gunslinger now has four rushing touchdowns over the past three games.


RB: Mark Ingram

Baltimore completely dominated Houston in Week 11, and Ingram getting loose for two relatively easy receiving scores in the second half led to an overall RB2 finish at running back. Even in difficult matchups down the stretch, Ingram deserves a spot in lineups every week on the most dynamic rushing attack in football.


RB: Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey’s pure dominance as a fantasy football asset was on full display again yesterday, as despite the Panthers being limited to three points, he finished as the top fantasy running back of the week (pending MNF) thanks to 11 receptions for 121 yards through the air. Carolina’s offensive centerpiece should be ranked as the No. 1 player at the position every week.


WR: John Brown

Like his quarterback, Brown has shown an excellent floor all year, but he was primed for a monster game eventually—and it came in Miami. The 29-year-old was simply uncoverable all day, catching nine-of-14 targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-20 victory. Now on pace for a 90/1,307/6 line, Brown will be difficult to take out of lineups even as the schedule gets tougher.


WR: Calvin Ridley

He was somehow ranked as a FLEX option by the consensus, but Ridley seemed like an easy high-upside WR2 play against a defense he stung for lines of 4/64/1 and 3/90/1 as a rookie. This week, he hauled in all eight of his targets for 143 yards, including a six-yard score. Ridley’s stock is undoubtedly rising on a resurgent Atlanta squad.


TE: Ross Dwelley

It’s a shame we didn’t get to see George Kittle for a full, healthy game against the Cardinals this year, but Dwelley became the most recent tight end to capitalize on a matchup against them, scoring twice in the San Francisco win. Unfortunately for those hurting at the position, Arizona has a bye in Week 12.


FLEX: D.J. Chark

There was slight concern that a switch to Nick Foles at quarterback would hurt Chark a bit because of the chemistry shown with Gardner Minshew, but that thought was quickly erased with a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and the LSU product finished with a 8/104/2 line for the game. Jacksonville’s schedule the rest of the way (@ TEN, v TB, v LAC, @ OAK, @ ATL, v IND) makes Chark a potential league-winner.


D/ST: Falcons

The Falcons have been a different team since the bye, and they followed up a great defensive performance against the Saints with an even better in Carolina. Five sacks, four interceptions, one touchdown, and three points allowed led to 23 fantasy points for Dan Quinn’s unit.


K: Stephen Hauschka

Hauschka carried significant risk in Week 11 because of recent struggles, but he bounced back by nailing seven-of-seven kicks (including all three field goals) for a week-high 15 fantasy points. You can be more confident using him in the future.


Surprise of the Week: Robert Woods

Fantasy owners were caught off-guard by Woods being inactive for personal reasons on Sunday night, and those with IR spots blocked up may have been faced with either taking the zero or dropping a WR2 option (if they needed a win). Damien Williams owners can only hope they don’t endure a similar fate tonight, but you would think he is going to be active and a part of the game plan if he was dealing with a family issue and still traveled to Mexico City.


Disappointment of the Week: Deshaun Watson

Week 11 had plenty of duds, but Watson probably tops the list as he failed to hold up his end of a shootout against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. While pass protection breaking down didn’t help Watson at all, fantasy owners were still hoping for much more out of their superstar QB1.


Rookie of the Week: Kyler Murray

The Niners were able to hold Murray somewhat in check as a passer (4.6 yards per attempt), but he took over as a runner with eight carries, 67 yards, and a touchdown in yet another phenomenal showing. The No. 1 overall pick has a real shot at 4,500 total yards and 25 total touchdowns this season, so be sure to hold onto him through the bye.


Week 11 MVP: Josh Allen & John Brown

Whether it be a season-long league or a DFS lineup, those with a stack of Allen and Brown are probably feeling pretty good right now, as the pairing combined for a whopping 64.0 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR leagues. Our rankings had the quarterback and receiver as the QB3 and WR11, respectively, for Week 11.


NFL Week 11 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 11 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Christian Kirk, Aaron Jones, and O.J. Howard were among the recommended daily fantasy plays that hit last week, and we’ll look to keep things going with the top primary and secondary lineup options in DraftKings and FanDuel for Week 11.


QB: Lamar Jackson vs. HOU

DraftKings: $7,700 | FanDuel: $8,800


Lamar Jackson is on pace for the best fantasy season for a quarterback in history. Given his rushing upside in one of the biggest games of the week, Jackson is worth spending a high salary on to get him in your lineup.


RB: Sony Michel @ PHI

DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $6,300


Sony Michel has been a frequent recommended option (either primary or secondary) because of his touchdown potential, and this week against a stout Eagles run defense doesn’t seem like a great spot for him to have a multi-score game on the surface. But there’s been talk about the Patriots needing to find their identity on offense, and that could be running the ball well like they did down the stretch in 2018. Not getting much play in daily fantasy lineups, Michel isn’t a bad option to take a chance on as a potential difference-maker on leaderboards if the Patriots come out and surprise with their rushing attack.


RB: Brian Hill @ CAR

DraftKings: $4,800 | FanDuel: $5,900


The Panthers’ run defense has been dreadful this season, and Brian Hill ran for 115 yards on eight carries in the last matchup between the two teams last year. The Falcons have made it clear they are confident that Hill can carry the load, and he’s played well when he’s been given opportunities. Hill is a good value with 20-touch upside and potential in the passing game with Austin Hooper out.


WR: Chris Godwin vs. NO

DraftKings: $7,300 | FanDuel: $8,000


Chris Godwin has had a relatively quiet last three games, but he could be set to get back on track against a Saints team he’s had success against in the past and had a 7/125/2 line against earlier this season. Godwin is not priced with other elite WR1 options, so he’s one of the strongest daily fantasy plays for Week 11.


WR: Mohamed Sanu @ PHI (DraftKings) | Julian Edelman @ PHI (FanDuel)

Sanu (DraftKings): $5,100 | Edelman (FanDuel): $7,400


Phillip Dorsett is another player with sneaky upside this week against the Eagles, but Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu are the preferred fantasy options, as they’re set to get a good number of targets from Tom Brady. With this lineup, there’s enough salary to use Edelman in FanDuel, but Sanu is also an excellent choice in DraftKings.


WR: John Brown @ MIA

DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $5,900


John Brown has at least four receptions and 50 yards in every game this season, but he also has a high ceiling he hasn’t hit since he went for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in Week 1. Returning to his hometown Miami, Brown is one of the best values of the week. His quarterback Josh Allen is another top quarterback play in Week 11 lineups.


TE: Darren Waller vs. CIN

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $6,700


There’s the risk of the Raiders jumping ahead early and not utilizing the passing attack much against the Bengals this Sunday, but Darren Waller is due for a huge outing. It could come against a team that just gave up a touchdown down the seam to Mark Andrews last Sunday. Waller would have had a touchdown on a similar play last week if the pass wasn’t slightly underthrown.


FLEX: Marquise Brown vs. HOU

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $5,600


The Texans have traditionally struggled to contain deep threats, and Marquise Brown will be one of the fastest players they’ve gone up against. Coming off a strong showing, “Hollywood” has the trust of Lamar Jackson and could get a deep shot or two this weekend. Jackson and Brown is one of the best stacks of the week.


D/ST: Falcons @ CAR | Patriots @ PHI

Falcons (DraftKings): $2,600 | Patriots (FanDuel): $5,000


The high cost skill position players didn’t leave many defensive options on FanDuel, but a much-improved Falcons unit has some upside if the Panthers have a letdown after last week at Lambeau. In FanDuel, there’s enough salary to use the Patriots, who are up against an injury-riddled Eagles squad.


Remaining salaries:

DraftKings: $100

FanDuel: $400


. . .


Other recommended Week 11 options


QB: Tom Brady @ PHI

DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $7,800


RB: Josh Jacobs vs. CIN

DraftKings: $6,900 | FanDuel: $8,000


RB: Devin Singletary @ MIA

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $6,500


WR: Michael Thomas @ TB

DraftKings: $9,900 | FanDuel: $9,000


WR: Calvin Ridley @ CAR

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $5,500


TE: Noah Fant @ MIN

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,100

Week 11 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 11 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Be sure to check out our Week 11 rankings or get an expanded explanation for any start/sit decision with Fantasy Consigliere.




Thumbs Up of the Week: Tom Brady (@ PHI)

Brady slowed down a bit prior to the bye with 14.6 fantasy points per game over his past three appearances, but I expect the Patriots to come out firing this weekend as they look to build momentum into January, and Philadelphia is best attacked through the air. Although the games have obviously been spread out over the years, Brady has a 15:2 touchdown-interception ratio against the Eagles in six career matchups (including playoffs), and his 341.5 passing yards per game against them is the best mark versus any opponent. Get TB12 in lineups.


Thumbs Up: Josh Allen (@ MIA)

A rushing touchdown boosted Allen’s fantasy output last week (25.4 points), but we are still waiting for that breakout, overall QB1 performance, and it could come this week in Miami. When the Bills hosted the Dolphins in Week 7, Allen had 21.3 fantasy points despite Miami putting together a ten-minute drive in the second half to limit his opportunities, and last season, the dynamic gunslinger combined to rush for 230 yards and two touchdowns in two matchups. Plus, Buffalo sounds like they may open things up after last week’s loss, which would be great news for Allen’s upside.


Thumbs Up: Nick Foles (@ IND)

Foles only played 11 snaps in his Jacksonville debut back in Week 1, but he came out hot with 75 yards and a touchdown, so his talent combined with a familiar system should lead to immediate success now that he’s back under center. Last season, the Jaguars-Colts matchups had very different outcomes (the first was a shootout and the second was a 6-0 game), but I think Sunday should fall closer to the former, and Foles is a streaky passer that’s capable of a huge game. He’s a top-15 option for me.


Thumbs Up: Kyle Allen (v ATL)

If last year is any indication (the Panthers threw it 98 times in two games against Atlanta), we can expect Allen to be airing it out early and often on Sunday, and he should be playing with tons of confidence after taking the Packers to the limit at a snowy Lambeau Field in Week 10. The Falcons just held Drew Brees and the Saints in check coming off the bye, but they’ve shown enough vulnerability on the backend to believe Allen and his weapons can take advantage of the matchup, especially with Christian McCaffrey—who saw a whopping 28 targets against the Falcons in 2019—working as a key cog in the passing game. Allen is an excellent streaming option.


Others: Derek Carr (v CIN), Jimmy Garoppolo (v ARI) 


Thumbs Down of the Week: Jared Goff (v CHI)

Goff is getting far too much blame for recent struggles in Los Angeles, but including last season’s four-interception performance against Chicago, the former No. 1 overall pick has a 17:16 touchdown-interception ratio over his past 16 games (13 regular season; three playoffs), and there isn’t much optimism that Sean McVay’s passing attack will turn things around due to the state of the offensive line. Being at home will help and makes Goff worth a start in two-quarterback leagues, but he needs to be avoided in normal 10- or 12-team leagues as teams fight for a spot in the fantasy playoffs.


Thumbs Down: Carson Wentz (v NE)

Even taking Lamar Jackson’s 28.6 fantasy points into consideration, New England has allowed a miniscule 7.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, and their suffocating secondary will likely present problems for Philadelphia this weekend. Wentz has been hesitant to make plays as a runner through nine games, so unless that changes (or the team finally features Nelson Agholor), it’s difficult to imagine fantasy owners being rewarded with big-time numbers in Week 11.


Thumbs Down: Kirk Cousins (v DEN)

Cousins has seen his stock increase with multiple scores in five of the past six games, but the underrated Denver defense will be his toughest challenge since September, and I am assuming that Adam Thielen (hamstring) will be held out through Minnesota’s Week 12 bye. That leaves Stefon Diggs to do battle with Chris Harris Jr., and Vic Fangio will surely do his best to make sure Dalvin Cook is unable to beat the Broncos as a receiver after what he did last week in Dallas. Cousins should be a avoided for a potential slugfest.


Thumbs Down: Kyler Murray (@ SF)

Murray was a “Thumbs Up” against the 49ers on Halloween and scored 23.0 fantasy points in an impressive comeback attempt, but that came in Arizona, and the outlook for a rematch at Levi’s Stadium isn’t quite as promising. In four home games this season, the Niners have allowed fantasy point totals of 14.5, -2.0, 0.3, and 16.6 to opposing quarterbacks, and they will want to come out determined after their first loss of the year. It might be wise to look elsewhere for a quarterback to get you into the fantasy playoffs.


Others: Mitchell Trubisky (@ LAR), Baker Mayfield (v PIT)


Running Back


Thumbs Up of the Week: Damien Williams (@ LAC)

I actually expect LeSean McCoy to be active on Monday night, but Williams is the clear leader of the Kansas City backfield coming off a 24-touch game, and fantasy owners should be encouraged by him not even missing a snap after losing a fumble in Week 10. At 6-4, the Chiefs don’t have any time to mess around with the Raiders (and Chargers) right on their tail, and Williams is clearly their best all-around running back. The 27-year-old should return RB1 value against a Los Angeles defense that struggles to defend backs both on the ground and through the air.


Thumbs Up: Brian Hill (@ CAR)

Devonta Freeman (foot) is out for the next two weeks, so Hill is set to be Atlanta’s featured back until Thanksgiving, and he couldn’t ask for a better matchup in his first start. Besides being a talented player in his own right, Hill will face a Panthers defense that has allowed the most yards per carry (5.2) and rushing touchdowns (17) in the league; and just last December, Hill rushed eight times for 115 yards against them. Start him confidently as a high-end RB2.


Thumbs Up: Joe Mixon (@ OAK)

Oakland isn’t an easy matchup based on what they’ve shown for most of the season, but the Bengals clearly want to commit to the running game after giving Mixon 32 touches in a 36-point loss last week, and he should see another heavy workload this weekend. Also, it’s worth noting that Mixon rushed 27 times for 129 yards and two scores against the Raiders in 2018, and Melvin Gordon (19.8 fantasy points) had success running the ball on Jon Gruden’s squad last Thursday night. Cincinnati’s top offensive player is back in RB2 range.


Thumbs Up: Devin Singletary (@ MIA)

Buffalo faced some criticism for coaching and play-calling after last week’s loss to the Browns, and one of the main grievances was a lack of carries for Singletary, who rushed just eight times for 42 yards (5.3 YPC). However, the rookie runner saw a career-high seven targets, and his playing time (67%) was right in line with previous games (including when he had 20 carries in Week 9 at a 66% snap rate). Singletary should be a top-15 play against a Miami defense surrendering 146.1 rushing yards per game.


Others: James White (@ PHI), Kareem Hunt (v PIT)


Thumbs Down of the Week: David Johnson (@ SF)

The Cardinals have said otherwise, but Johnson is clearly less than 100%, and it will be difficult to trust him as anything more than a very risky FLEX play until he has a big game—which puts fantasy owners fighting for a playoff spot in a tough position. Even if DJ comes out looking like himself on Sunday and handles 15+ touches, I expect the 49ers to be a lot better against the run than they were a couple of weeks ago when Kenyan Drake went off. There is still hope Johnson gets more involved as a receiver down the stretch, but his time might not come until after the Week 12 bye.


Thumbs Down: Phillip Lindsay (@ MIN)

A 30-yard touchdown run busted Lindsay’s miniature slump the last time we saw him, but he’s now played fewer than 50% of the team’s offensive snaps in every game since Week 3, and you probably need another long run and/or score for him to return strong RB2 value in a challenging road matchup. Minnesota showed last week against the Cowboys that they can stop the run with or without defensive tackle Linval Joseph, so Lindsay is a FLEX option that should be avoided if possible.


Thumbs Down: Carlos Hyde (@ BAL)

Hyde has been really good for Houston this season with 80+rushing yards in five of nine games, but I think he’s best viewed as a touchdown-dependent FLEX play for Week 11. While the Ravens were just run on by Cincinnati, the defensive front will be bolstered after they signed Justin Ellis (350 pounds) and Domata Peko (325 pounds) this week, and stopping the run should be a priority as the stacked secondary contains DeAndre Hopkins and company. Keep Hyde on the bench despite a career day before the bye.


Thumbs Down: Sony Michel (@ PHI)

Michel seeing just five touches in Week 9 isn’t a sign of things to come for him long term, but the Patriots aren’t going to run the ball if they feel it won’t be effective against Philly’s stout front, especially when you consider Tom Brady’s success against their secondary in the past. I still have Michel ranked as a low-end RB2 because of the touchdown upside, but he isn’t a must-start if you have solid alternatives this week.


Others: Kenyan Drake (@ SF), Latavius Murray (@ TB)


Wide Receiver


Thumbs Up of the Week: JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ CLE)

Excluding his NFL debut when he wasn’t even targeted, Smith-Schuster has averaged 14.8 fantasy points per game in three matchups against Cleveland, and it’s worth noting that he’s had a 100-yard game both with and without Antonio Brown in the lineup for those still somehow hung up on him not being a true No. 1 receiver (which is ridiculous). JuJu went for a 5/103/1 the last time he was a “Thumbs Up,” and I’m anticipating another big game under the lights for him on Thursday night; the Browns have already been shredded by Cooper Kupp (11/101/2) and Julian Edelman (8/78/2) out of the slot this year.


Thumbs Up: Mohamed Sanu (@ PHI)

Sanu didn’t take long to acclimate himself to New England’s offense prior to the bye, as he saw a career-high 14 looks in his second game with the team, resulting in a 10/81/1 line. The Rutgers product should remain a key intermediate target for Tom Brady this week in Philadelphia, and I wouldn’t be worried about Sanu’s past struggles against the Eagles (98 scoreless yards in four games) having any impact on his chances of a productive game with the Pats. Consider him a solid low-end WR2/FLEX option.


Thumbs Up: Calvin Ridley (@ CAR)

As a rookie, Ridley scored in both games against the Panthers, going for lines of 4/64/1 and 3/90/1 on just ten total targets. Now, he will get to face them for the first time in 2019—but without Austin Hooper (knee), Devonta Freeman (foot), and the aforementioned Mohamed Sanu in the lineup to take targets away. The explosive playmaker has no business being ranked outside the top 20 at the position for Week 11, and my current WR19 ranking might be too low.


Thumbs Up: Marquise Brown (v HOU)

The dominance of T.Y. Hilton against the Texans is well documented, and Brown should is a similarly dynamic deep threat that could do serious damage on Sunday. Through seven games, Baltimore’s first-round pick has scored four touchdowns on 28 receptions and is averaging 9.7 yards per target. I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Hollywood” catch a couple of deep touchdowns to save (or destroy) a fantasy season in Week 11.


Others: D.J. Moore (v ATL), Terry McLaurin (v NYJ)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Allen Robinson (@ LAR)

I fully expect Jalen Ramsey to shadow Robinson all over the field on Sunday night, and if he doesn’t find the end zone (which he’s only done in two games so far this season), it could be a long night for him and fantasy owners. In last year’s matchup against Wade Phillips’ defense, Robinson was held to five grabs for 42 scoreless yards, and I doubt Mitchell Trubisky is going to test Ramsey much in what could be a defensive battle. Chicago’s No. 1 wideout is more of a FLEX for this week.


Thumbs Down: Christian Kirk (@ SF)

It’s understandable if you don’t want to bench a guy that just scored three touchdowns and is seeing a healthy 9.0 targets per game, but San Francisco held Kirk to eight yards on two receptions just a couple of weeks ago, and before his Week 10 explosion, the 22-year-old hadn’t scored since last November. He should have a productive outing compared to the first matchup against the Niners, but with the bye coming up, Kirk is probably best left on the bench until December.


Thumbs Down: Alshon Jeffery (v NE)

Jeffery came into the week as a probable “Thumbs Down” because of a matchup against shutdown cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and now that he has an ankle injury on top of it, the floor is too low to have any confidence about the six-foot-three receiver in fantasy lineups. Perhaps the Patriots will routinely double cover Ertz and leave Gilmore on an island with Alshon, but even that wouldn’t be an encouraging draw. I have Jeffery outside the top 40 at the position.


Thumbs Down: Stefon Diggs (v DEN)

He was able to get some production later in the game, but I think it’s safe to add Odell Beckham Jr. (5/87) to the list of receivers that have been contained by Chris Harris Jr.—which had already included Davante Adams (4/56), Keenan Allen (4/18), T.Y. Hilton (2/56), and Allen Robinson (4/41). Diggs has the talent to beat anyone, but a franchise-record stretch to close out October has been followed by four receptions for a combined 53 scoreless yards over the past two weeks, and most of the attention will be on him again with Adam Thielen (hamstring) facing another absence.


Others: Kenny Golladay (v DAL), Courtland Sutton (@ MIN)


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2019 Fantasy Football Week 11 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

2019 Fantasy Football Week 11 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

James Conner still stands as a buy-low candidate from last week, but there are four other big-name running backs that headline the top options to buy heading into Week 11. Also, there’s one team fantasy football owners should think of selling despite recent production.


Buy low


Nick Chubb

Kareem Hunt had been associated with Nick Chubb’s draft status and late-season value all year, and the former league-leading rusher was immediately involved in his first game of 2019. However, Chubb is still the lead back in Cleveland, and he should still be getting 20 carries per week in an offense that’s at its best when the ball is in the second-year running back’s hands. So, if a Chubb owner is concerned about the presence of Hunt, you should go after a stud RB1 to have to end the fantasy regular season and to take you through the fantasy playoffs.


Tevin Coleman

This is repeat appearance from last week, but Tevin Coleman should be even easier to get now. Over the past two weeks, Coleman has fantasy point totals of 4.6 and 9.2 (half PPR scoring), so fantasy owners might be concerned with him being in a committee backfield. But expect Kyle Shanahan to get the rushing attack clicking again moving forward, especially with George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders dealing with injuries along with the struggles of some of the other young receivers on the outside. Prior to this two-game stretch, Coleman previously had touch totals of 16, 20, and 22 before he broke out for 36.8 fantasy points on just 13 touches in Week 8. He’s still an excellent RB2 with high-end RB1 potential, and keep in mind that Matt Breida is banged up with an ankle injury.


Sony Michel

The running game helped spark New England’s run to the Super Bowl last season, and they might have taken the bye week to prepare for another late-season run by getting things right up front for November, December, and January. This is a similar situation to Damien Williams for the Chiefs (though his issue was getting on the field) in that you could acquire a real impact running back down the stretch if the Patriots are able to again get strong production from their 2018 first-round runner as the weather gets cold. Also, left tackle Isaiah Wynn is set to return for the Patriots in Week 12, which could give a boost to Michel and the entire offense.


Latavius Murray

This is one of those easy ones that most fantasy owners should be inquiring about. Latavius Murray was a stud while Alvin Kamara missed a couple of games, but some people might already be off the bandwagon after limited production in a game that nearly the entire Saints team struggled in. If you could swing another player in a split backfield—such as Royce Freeman—straight up for Murray, who still has at least RB2/FLEX upside throughout the rest of the season and gets to play in the Saints offense, do it. Kamara owners in particular should see what it takes to acquire Murray.


Sell high


Cardinals players

The three best sell-high candidates for Week 11 are arguably all on the Cardinals—Kyler Murray, Kenyan Drake, and Christian Kirk. All three players have performed well for Arizona, but they have a tough matchup with San Francisco this Sunday before their bye week, so that could be two consecutive contests where you’ll likely have other players in your lineup. Murray and Drake did have excellent outings versus the 49ers on Halloween, but that defense should be as determined as ever to not let that happen again, especially as they come off their first loss of the season. Then after the bye, the Cardinals face the Rams and Steelers, so this isn’t an easy upcoming stretch that sandwiches the bye week.

Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can simply move players that catch more passes up a bit (in PPR leagues) and players that don’t catch many pass down a bit (in non-PPR leagues). Also, Fantasy Consigliere subscribers can always ask any direct start/sit question (or any other questions) for any format all throughout the week.



1. Lamar Jackson (v HOU)
2. Patrick Mahomes (@ LAC)
3. Josh Allen (@ MIA)
4. Tom Brady (@ PHI)
5. Dak Prescott (@ DET)
6. Drew Brees (@ TB)
7. Deshaun Watson (@ BAL)
8. Jameis Winston (v NO)
9. Matt Ryan (@ CAR)
10. Philip Rivers (v KC)
11. Derek Carr (v CIN)
12. Kyle Allen (v ATL)
13. Jimmy Garoppolo (v ARI)
14. Nick Foles (@ IND)
15. Kyler Murray (@ SF)
16. Jacoby Brissett (v JAX)
17. Kirk Cousins (v DEN)
18. Jared Goff (v CHI)
19. Sam Darnold (@ WAS)
20. Carson Wentz (v NE)
21. Baker Mayfield (v PIT)
22. Mason Rudolph (@ CLE)
23. Dwayne Haskins (v NYJ)
24. Ryan Finley (@ OAK)
25. Jeff Driskel (v DAL)
26. Mitchell Trubisky (@ LAR)
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick (v BUF)
28. Brandon Allen (@ MIN)


Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (v ATL)
2. Ezekiel Elliott (@ DET)
3. Dalvin Cook (v DEN)
4. Melvin Gordon (v KC)
5. Josh Jacobs (v CIN)
6. James Conner (@ CLE)
7. Nick Chubb (v PIT)
8. Alvin Kamara (@ TB)
9. Leonard Fournette (@ IND)
10. Damien Williams (@ LAC)
11. Tevin Coleman (v ARI)
12. Marlon Mack (v JAX)
13. Brian Hill (@ CAR)
14. Le’Veon Bell (@ WAS)
15. Devin Singletary (@ MIA)
16. Todd Gurley (v CHI)
17. Mark Ingram (v HOU)
18. Austin Ekeler (v KC)
19. Joe Mixon (@ OAK)
20. Miles Sanders (v NE)
21. Sony Michel (@ PHI)
22. James White (@ PHI)
23. Phillip Lindsay (@ MIN)
24. Ronald Jones II (v NO)
25. Kalen Ballage (v BUF)
26. Tarik Cohen (@ LAR)
27. Kareem Hunt (v PIT)
28. David Montgomery (@ LAR)
29. Kenyan Drake (@ SF)
30. David Johnson (@ SF)
31. Carlos Hyde (@ BAL)
32. Adrian Peterson (v NYJ)
33. Raheem Mostert (v ARI)
34. Latavius Murray (@ TB)
35. Royce Freeman (@ MIN)
36. Derrius Guice (v NYJ)
37. Jaylen Samuels (@ CLE)
38. J.D. McKissic (v DAL)
39. Ty Johnson (v DAL)
40. Frank Gore (@ MIA)
41. Duke Johnson (@ BAL)
42. Nyheim Hines (v JAX)
43. Gus Edwards (v HOU)
44. Darrel Williams (@ LAC)
45. LeSean McCoy (@ LAC)
46. Alexander Mattison (v DEN)
47. Peyton Barber (v NO)
48. Jalen Richard (v CIN)
49. Rex Burkhead (@ PHI)
50. DeAndre Washington (v CIN)
51. Jeff Wilson (v ARI)
52. Darrell Henderson (v CHI)
53. Tony Pollard (@ DET)
54. Giovani Bernard (@ OAK)
55. Jay Ajayi (v NE)
56. Justice Hill (v HOU)
57. Malcolm Brown (v CHI)
58. Dare Ogunbowale (v NO)
59. Patrick Laird (v BUF)
60. Kenjon Barner (@ CAR)
61. Ryquell Armstead (@ IND)
62. Qadree Ollison (@ CAR)
63. Ryan Nall (@ LAR)
64. Boston Scott (v NE)
65. Darwin Thompson (@ LAC)


Wide receiver

1. Michael Thomas (@ TB)
2. Chris Godwin (v NO)
3. Julio Jones (@ CAR)
4. Tyreek Hill (@ LAC)
5. DeAndre Hopkins (@ BAL)
6. Amari Cooper (@ DET)
7. Julian Edelman (@ PHI)
8. Cooper Kupp (v CHI)
9. Mike Evans (v NO)
10. Keenan Allen (v KC)
11. John Brown (@ MIA)
12. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ CLE)
13. Odell Beckham Jr. (v PIT)
14. D.J. Moore (v ATL)
15. Calvin Ridley (@ CAR)
16. D.J. Chark (@ IND)
17. Marquise Brown (v HOU)
18. Michael Gallup (@ DET)
19. Mike Williams (v KC)
20. Curtis Samuel (v ATL)
21. Terry McLaurin (v NYJ)
22. Mohamed Sanu (@ PHI)
23. Emmanuel Sanders (v ARI)
24. Courtland Sutton (@ MIN)
25. Stefon Diggs (v DEN)
26. Tyrell Williams (v CIN)
27. Robert Woods (v CHI)
28. Tyler Boyd (@ OAK)
29. Kenny Golladay (v DAL)
30. Sammy Watkins (@ LAC)
31. Allen Robinson (@ LAR)
32. Jamison Crowder (@ WAS)
33. Christian Kirk (@ SF)
34. Dede Westbrook (@ IND)
35. Jarvis Landry (v PIT)
36. Deebo Samuel (v ARI)
37. Zach Pascal (v JAX)
38. Phillip Dorsett (@ PHI)
39. Marvin Jones (v DAL)
40. DeVante Parker (v BUF)
41. Auden Tate (@ OAK)
42. Robby Anderson (@ WAS)
43. Larry Fitzgerald (@ SF)
44. Nelson Agholor (v NE)
45. Kenny Stills (@ BAL)
46. Josh Reynolds (v CHI)
47. James Washington (@ CLE)
48. Diontae Johnson (@ CLE)
49. Ted Ginn (@ TB)
50. Hunter Renfrow (v CIN)
51. Russell Gage (@ CAR)
52. Chris Conley (@ IND)
53. Cole Beasley (@ MIA)
54. Randall Cobb (@ IND)
55. Taylor Gabriel (@ LAR)
56. Demaryius Thomas (@ WAS)
57. Mecole Hardman (@ LAC)
58. Robert Foster (@ MIA)
59. Olabisi Johnson (v DEN)
60. Danny Amendola (v DAL)
61. Anthony Miller (@ LAR)
62. Chester Rogers (v JAX)
63. Tre’Quan Smith (@ TB)
64. Alex Erickson (@ OAK)
65. Zay Jones (v CIN)
66. Marquise Goodwin (v ARI)
67. Andy Isabella (@ SF)
68. Willie Snead (v HOU)
69. Albert Wilson (v BUF)
70. Isaiah McKenzie (@ MIA)
71. Rashard Higgins (v PIT)
72. Kendrick Bourne (v ARI)
73. Kelvin Harmon (v NYJ)
74. Keke Coutee (@ BAL)
75. Demarcus Robinson (@ LAC)
76. KeeSean Johnson (@ SF)
77. Trey Quinn (v NYJ)
78. Jakeem Grant (v BUF)
79. DaeSean Hamilton (@ MIN)
80. Miles Boykin (v HOU)


Tight end

1. Hunter Henry (v KC)
2. Darren Waller (v CIN)
3. Zach Ertz (v NE)
4. Travis Kelce (@ LAC)
5. Mark Andrews (v HOU)
6. Greg Olsen (v ATL)
7. Jared Cook (@ TB)
8. Gerald Everett (v CHI)
9. Eric Ebron (v JAX)
10. Jack Doyle (v JAX)
11. O.J. Howard (v NO)
12. Vance McDonald (@ CLE)
13. Dallas Goedert (v NE)
14. Tyler Eifert (@ OAK)
15. Mike Gesicki (v BUF)
16. Ross Dwelley (v ARI)
17. T.J. Hockenson (v DAL)
18. Noah Fant (@ MIN)
19. Jason Witten (@ DET)
20. Kyle Rudolph (v DEN)
21. Darren Fells (@ BAL)
22. Irv Smith Jr. (v DEN)
23. Ryan Griffin (@ WAS)
24. Dawson Knox (@ MIA)
25. Demetrius Harris (v PIT)
26. Benjamin Watson (@ PHI)
27. Luke Stocker (@ CAR)
28. Jeremy Sprinkle (v NYJ)
29. Ben Braunecker (@ LAR)
30. Blake Jarwin (@ DET)
31. Hayden Hurst (v HOU)
32. Nick Boyle (v HOU)
33. Cameron Brate (v NO)
34. Jordan Akins (@ BAL)
35. Tyler Higbee (v CHI)



1. Los Angeles Rams (v CHI)
2. Minnesota Vikings (v DEN)
3. Buffalo Bills (@ MIA)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ CLE)
5. New England Patriots (@ PHI)
6. San Francisco 49ers (v ARI)
7. Oakland Raiders (v CIN)
8. Dallas Cowboys (@ DET)
9. New York Jets (@ WAS)
10. New Orleans Saints (@ TB)
11. Chicago Bears (@ LAR)
12. Cleveland Browns (v PIT)
13. Carolina Panthers (v ATL)
14. Baltimore Ravens (v HOU)
15. Kansas City Chiefs (@ LAC)
16. Washington Redskins (v NYJ)
17. Indianapolis Colts (v JAX)
18. Miami Dolphins (v BUF)
19. Denver Broncos (@ MIN)
20. Atlanta Falcons (@ CAR)
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (@ IND)
22. Arizona Cardinals (@ SF)
23. Philadelphia Eagles (v NE)
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v NO)
25. Los Angeles Chargers (v KC)



1. Wil Lutz (@ TB)
2. Justin Tucker (v HOU)
3. Harrison Butker (@ LAC)
4. Greg Zuerlein (v CHI)
5. Josh Lambo (@ IND)
6. Joey Slye (v ATL)
7. Brett Maher (@ DET)
8. Michael Badgley (v KC)
9. Matt Gay (v NO)
10. Daniel Carlson (v CIN)
11. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ BAL)
12. Younghoe Koo (@ CAR)
13. Dan Bailey (v DEN)
14. Chase McLaughlin (v ARI)
15. Nick Folk (@ PHI)
16. Zane Gonzalez (@ SF)
17. Matt Prater (v DAL)
18. Chris Boswell (@ CLE)
19. Jake Elliott (v NE)
20. Adam Vinatieri (v JAX)
21. Austin Seibert (v PIT)
22. Stephen Hauschka (@ MIA)
23. Brandon McManus (@ MIN)
24. Sam Ficken (@ WAS)
25. Randy Bullock (@ OAK)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 11, 2019

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 11, 2019

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players listed are currently owned in less than 60% of leagues]


1. Brian Hill, CAR RB

Devonta Freeman (foot) went down in Week 10, and Hill stepped up with 21 touches for 71 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s surprising win over the Saints. We might see more of a committee down the stretch, but if you’re fighting for a playoff spot and need a win in Week 11, Hill—a dynamic runner that’s flashed when given an opportunity—is undoubtedly your guy.


2. Dede Westbrook, JAX WR

We haven’t really gotten a chance to see Westbrook (neck) play with Nick Foles yet, but assuming the second-year receiver is healthy coming out of the bye, he is worth adding everywhere. In Philadelphia, Foles wasn’t afraid to push the ball downfield, but he also got some big games from Nelson Agholor out of the slot, so fantasy owners can hope Westbrook follows suit.


3. Derrius Guice, WAS RB

Guice was on here last week for those looking ahead, and now is the last chance to invest in him before returning to the field this weekend. Based on how Adrian Peterson has played, the Redskins might not make a change in the starting lineup, but Guice has the talent to make an impact on 12 or so touches on a team that wants to run the ball.


4. O.J. Howard, TB TE

The bye week did Howard good when it comes to his role in Bruce Arians’ offense, as he saw a season-high seven targets, which he turned into four receptions, 57 yards, and his first score of the year. There is a chance it had more to do with the matchup (against Arizona) than anything else, but Howard has the talent to keep it going at a shallow position.


5. Daniel Jones, NYG QB

As we stated when he became the starter, Jones is basically an unpredictable QB1, but he has taken advantage of good matchups for the most part, including last week with a four-touchdown game against the Jets. You won’t want to use Jones as a streamer for a trip to Soldier Field in Week 11, but looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs, New York has a cupcake schedule (@ PHI, v MIA, @ WAS, v PHI).


6. Derek Carr, OAK QB

These rankings depend on your particular situation, but anyone that needs a boost at quarterback over the next two weeks should look to Carr, who is playing with tons of confidence and will take on the Bengals and Jets to close out November. A huge performance could be coming soon.


7. Will Fuller, HOU WR

He isn’t a lock to play in Week 11, but Fuller (hamstring) will carry plenty of upside whenever he returns, and Houston is expected to get into multiple shootouts down the stretch. If he’s available, you’d have a difficult time finding higher league-winning potential on the waiver wire.


8. Nick Foles, JAX QB

Despite playing with a rookie quarterback for eight-plus games, the Jaguars are in the top half of the league in pass attempts, passing yards per game, and yards per attempt so far this season, and Foles should come out throwing in an offense that he should be very comfortable with. The former Super Bowl MVP should be a potential QB1 the rest of the way thanks to a soft December schedule (v TB, v LAC, @ OAK, @ ATL, v IND).


9. Chase Edmonds, ARI RB

David Johnson apparently getting benched in Week 10 opens the door for Edmonds (hamstring) to earn a significant role when he’s healthy enough to play, so he’s an outstanding stash in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. The big downside is the Cardinals still haven’t had their bye, so Edmonds is an investment best made by teams locked into a playoff spot.


10. Darius Slayton, NYG WR

Slayton exploded for a 10/121/2 line on Sunday, and the schedule previously discussed for Daniel Jones is the reason to invest in his rookie receiver. Sterling Shepard (concussion) returning would put a dent in Slayton’s value, but it’d be wise to scoop him up now in case he remains a starter next month.

Week 10 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Week 10 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Team of the Week


QB: Lamar Jackson

Surely you have seen the highlights by now, but Jackson again had a phenomenal performance in Week 10, going 15-of-17 for 223 yards and three touchdowns with an additional seven carries for 65 yards and the twirling, 47-yard score that John Harbaugh believes will be watched for “decades and decades.” Jackson has now scored 30+ fantasy points four times already this season, and he likely won’t slow down for a potential shootout against Houston next week.


RB: Derrick Henry

Sunday was somehow just the second game with 25+ touches for Henry this season, but Tennessee made up for his lack of early involvement in Week 9 by feeding him in their win over Kansas City. As a runner, the monster back rushed 23 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yard bulldozing sprint that opened things up in the third quarter. Every game Henry isn’t featured is a mistake.


RB: Dalvin Cook

Cook held up his end of a Sunday Night Football matchup against Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, as he turned a career-high 33 touches into 183 yards and a touchdown. Basically, Minnesota put on a clinic when it comes to crafting an offense around one of the best running backs in football, and Cook rewarded them and fantasy owners with a huge night.


WR: Christian Kirk

Kirk was too good not to bounce back from eight scoreless yards in Week 9, and he exploded by catching six-of-ten targets for 138 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Hopefully you are a Fantasy Consigliere member that saw the second-year receiver was ranked as a low-end WR1 and a recommended DFS play for us this week.


WR: Amari Cooper

It didn’t lead to a win for the Cowboys, but Cooper was excellent last night, putting up an 11/147/1 line while making multiple highlight grabs on the boundary. The chemistry between the former first-round pick and quarterback Dak Prescott is as good as ever, and they will have a great shot to keep it going next week against a Detroit defense that’s been shredded in recent games.


TE: Mark Andrews

Andrews had seen his role decrease in back-to-back weeks, but he re-emerged on Sunday by catching six passes for 53 yards and two scores against Cincinnati—which were his first trips to the end zone since September. The Oklahoma product has now gone for lines of 6/99 and 6/53/2 in matchups versus the Bengals in 2019.


FLEX: Tyreek Hill

Hill saw a league-high (for the season) 19 targets in Patrick Mahomes’ return to the lineup, and their connection didn’t miss a beat (11 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown). It felt like the Chiefs could have targeted Hill on every play if they wanted to, so while the volume will certainly decrease next week and beyond, the All-Pro receiver is a high-end, high-upside WR1.


D/ST: Ravens

The rival Steelers deserve consideration here for the second week in a row, but Baltimore scored twice in their 49-13 victory, and despite just two sacks, their 24.0 fantasy points tops all D/ST options heading into Monday night. The loaded secondary should continue to allow Baltimore to pay dividends in the right matchups.


K: Younghoe Koo

Harrison Butker would have made the Team of the Week again if he didn’t have the would-be game-tying field goal blocked by Tennessee, so instead, Koo gets the nod after a Falcons debut that saw him hit four-of-four field goals and both PAT attempts.


Surprise of the Week: Cooper Kupp

Kupp was an obvious candidate for “Disappointment of the Week,” but the selection there was a bigger letdown for fantasy owners, and LA’s slot receiver has been productive enough this season that those with him rostered hopefully didn’t need a productive day to keep their season alive. Still, having zero receptions for the second time in his career (with the first being due to injury) was a definite shock, and sub-par performances in the future won’t be as surprising because of a) the state of the offensive line for the Rams, and b) the team’s upcoming schedule.


Disappointment of the Week: David Johnson 

Even if the expectations were lowered for Johnson (because of a tough matchup, concerns about workload, and potentially not being himself coming off an ankle injury), it was demoralizing to see him score negative fantasy points in Week 10. Arizona didn’t have a problem putting up points, but DJ had just one target, and over his past two games, he’s combined to rush six times for four yards.


Rookie of the Week: Darius Slayton

Teammate Daniel Jones (four touchdowns) could have been the choice here, but Slayton went off against the Jets, turning a whopping 14 targets into ten receptions for 121 yards and two scores. The matchup will get a lot tougher next week against the Bears, but if Sterling Shepard (concussion) remains out for an extended period of time, Slayton will be worth rostering for the fantasy playoffs when he takes on the Eagles (twice if you play in Week 17), Dolphins, and Redskins.


Week 10 MVP: Christian Kirk

Kirk’s 34.8 fantasy points currently puts him atop the Week 10 leaderboard, and those who rolled with him despite recent struggles are likely thrilled with the results. Before scoring touchdowns from 33 and 69 yards away (not to mention a 15-yarder to close things out), Kirk hadn’t caught a pass of 20+ yards since Week 2.


NFL Week 10 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 10 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Derek Carr, Derrick Henry, and Melvin Gordon headlined the hits from last week’s recommended lineup, but Aaron Jones and Allen Robinson had disappointing outings from the group. The Week 10 daily fantasy lineup includes a few players from a couple of potential shootouts.


QB: Matt Ryan @ NO

DraftKings: $6,100 | FanDuel: $7,500


Facing one of the league’s top run defenses, expect the Falcons to air it out this Sunday against a Saints team they’ll likely have to score a bunch of points against to win. In two games versus the NFC South foe last season, Matt Ryan threw for 751 yards and seven touchdowns (one interception). Matty Ice should continue to have statistical success despite the disappointing year for this team.


RB: Aaron Jones vs. CAR

DraftKings: $7,400 | FanDuel: $7,600


After the Packers struggled offensively last week, Matt LaFleur is going to want to get the running game going to spark the unit. The Panthers have allowed a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry this season (tied with the Bengals), so this could be the game for Aaron Jones to put it together as a runner to record his first 100-yard-rushing performance in over a month. With 11 total touchdowns this season, the scoring upside is also obvious.


RB: Nick Chubb vs. BUF

DraftKings: $7,000 | FanDuel: $7,900


It sounds like the Browns are going to try to get Odell Beckham Jr. the ball early and often this Sunday against the Bills, but if they were smart, they would instead hand the ball to Nick Chubb against a defense that is one of the top groups in the league at defending the pass while struggling against the run. People could be off on Chubb with Kareem Hunt making his Browns debut, but he has elite RB1 upside at a value.


WR: Chris Godwin vs. ARI

DraftKings: $7,400 | FanDuel: $8,200


With Patrick Peterson—despite his struggles against Emmanuel Sanders in Week 9—set to shadow Mike Evans this weekend, Chris Godwin could be set for a big afternoon after a relatively quiet last couple of games. The Bucs should be able to get Godwin going down the field in an excellent matchup.


WR: Calvin Ridley @ NO

DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $5,300


A lot of Matt Ryan’s success against the Saints last season came through Calvin Ridley, who had lines of 7/146/3 and 8/93/1 in the two matchups. The Saints no longer need to worry about Mohamed Sanu in the middle of the field, and Ridley might get extra attention; but his upside makes him a strong play at this price.


WR: Sammy Watkins @ TEN

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $6,400


Tyreek Hill is set to get a lot of the attention from the Titans defense, and Sammy Watkins has an opportunity to potentially feast on single coverage with Patrick Mahomes set to return to the lineup. Watkins has had a solid floor when he’s been on the field, but it might be time for the dynamic receiver to have another breakout performance.


TE: O.J. Howard vs. ARI

DraftKings: $3,300 | FanDuel: $5,000


If there’s a time for O.J. Howard to have a huge performance this season, it’s Week 10 against a Cardinals team that has been unable to stop opposing tight ends this season. He’s worth a shot given his talent and upside in a potential shootout. You could also go with lower-priced players at running back or FLEX to go after one of the top tight ends like Travis Kelce or Austin Hooper.


FLEX: Christian Kirk @ TB (DraftKings) | Marlon Mack vs. MIA (FanDuel)

Kirk (DraftKings): $5,200 | Mack (FanDuel): $7,400


For DraftKings, Christian Kirk is an excellent play that should bounce back after not making much noise last Thursday night. The Bucs have been even worse than the Cardinals at containing wide receivers, and the shootout could lead to major points for Kirk. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary to get Marlon Mack in the lineup as the FLEX; he should also be in strong consideration for a running back spot.


D/ST: Bills @ CLE

DraftKings: $2,900 | FanDuel: $4,500


The Ravens are the top play of the week, but the Bills provide a great value with turnover upside. If Cleveland does indeed force the ball to OBJ, a couple of early interceptions would not be a surprise.


Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $200

FanDuel: $200


. . .


Other recommended Week 10 options


QB: Josh Allen @ CLE

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $7,500


RB: Jamaal Williams vs. CAR

DraftKings: $5,200 | FanDuel: $5,600


RB: Damien Williams @ TEN

DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $6,000


WR: Zach Pascal vs. MIA

DraftKings: $5,300 | FanDuel: $6,400


WR: Marquise Brown @ CIN

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,300


TE: Gerald Everett @ PIT

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,700

Week 10 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 10 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Be sure to check out our Week 10 rankings or get an expanded explanation for any start/sit decision with Fantasy Consigliere.




Thumbs Up of the Week: Kyler Murray (@ TB)

I had Murray here last week, and he rewarded fantasy owners with 23.0 fantasy points against the stingy San Francisco defense on Halloween. Now, the dynamic rookie will face a Tampa Bay secondary that was just shredded by Russell Wilson, and overall, the Bucs have allowed 26.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks since Week 3. Plus, as we saw earlier this year with Daniel Jones, this is a spot where Murray can do serious damage on the ground because of heavy man-to-man coverage for Todd Bowles defense.


Thumbs Up: Josh Allen (@ CLE)

Allen has been a high-floor QB1 rather than a high-upside QB1 so far this season, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the second-year quarterback has been between 16.0 fantasy points and 22.2 fantasy points in seven-of-eight games (with the lone exception coming against New England). Still, a monster performance will happen at some point, and it could be this weekend as three-point underdogs in Cleveland—which will give Allen and the Bills some extra motivation to improve to 7-2.


Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (@ PIT)

There is some concern about Pittsburgh’s aggressive defense getting to Goff early and often, but Sean McVay is great with extra time to prepare, and I expect the passing attack to come out firing off the bye. If given time, Goff—who hasn’t thrown an interception in over a month—should be able to dissect a secondary that just allowed Brian Hoyer to throw for three touchdowns off the bench. Consider the 25-year-old a top-ten option for Week 10.


Thumbs Up: Mitchell Trubisky (v DET)

The 2019 season hasn’t played out like expected for Trubisky and the Bears, but there is still time to turn things around. Last year, Matt Nagy knew how to attack the Matt Patricia’s defense, and Trubisky had 34.0 fantasy points in his lone start against them (Chase Daniel started on Thanksgiving due to injury and also played well). Hopefully we see more running from Chicago’s quarterback this week in a huge game, but perhaps he will get going through the air against a defense that has allowed 23.8 fantasy points per game to the position over the past four weeks.


Others: Jimmy Garoppolo (v SEA), Brian Hoyer (v MIA)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Russell Wilson (@ SF)

It is certainly understandable if you don’t want to bench Wilson—and he remains a QB1—but if there was a time to look elsewhere, this is it. Prior to last Thursday night’s win over the Cardinals, San Francisco’s defense had allowed fantasy point totals of -2.0, 1.1, 3.1, and 0.3 to opposing quarterbacks in October, and historically, they’ve held Wilson in check (he’s never thrown for more than 260 yards in 15 matchups). Again, it might be difficult to pull an MVP frontrunner from your lineup, but I’d rather play Kyler Murray or Josh Allen this week.


Thumbs Down: Kirk Cousins (@ DAL)

Cousins’ Week 9 performance (three touchdowns despite a sub-par showing) was basically the opposite of his Week 8 performance (zero touchdowns despite going 23-of-26 for 285 yards), but either way, he’s cooled off after a scorching stretch. This week, Minnesota will be back in primetime, and Cousins will likely be without Adam Thielen (hamstring) against a Cowboys defense allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. I have him outside the top-15 at quarterback.


Thumbs Down: Matthew Stafford (@ CHI)

Stafford is ranked as a QB1 this week by the consensus, but that may be overly optimistic due to recent performances. While the Bears have softened up against the run since losing Akiem Hicks (elbow), they are still stout in the secondary, and Stafford averaged just 10.7 fantasy points per game in the divisional matchup last season. This year, only one signal-caller (Teddy Bridgewater) has surpassed 15.7 fantasy points against Chicago. Even with six teams on a bye, you can look elsewhere.


Thumbs Down: Baker Mayfield (v BUF)

As stated, the 2-6 Browns are somehow favored with the 6-2 Bills coming to town, and that will only have Sean McDermott’s defense even more fired up this weekend. According to Next Gen Stats, Mayfield is the only quarterback in the league with more interceptions (ten) than touchdowns (six) when not facing pressure, so Buffalo’s league-average pass rush not getting home might not even matter—especially considering the players they have on the backend. Cleveland has the offensive firepower to breakout soon, but I only have Ryan Finley as a lesser fantasy play.


Others: Dak Prescott (v MIN), Mason Rudolph (v LAR)


Running Back


Thumbs Up of the Week: Melvin Gordon (@ OAK)

After averaging 13.8 touches in four games to start his 2019 campaign, Gordon was given a season-high 23 touches last week—resulting in 109 yards, two touchdowns, and an RB1 finish (23.4 fantasy points). Oakland is quietly allowing the fifth-fewest yards per carry in the league (3.7), but Gordon is trending back towards clear top-ten status because of his all-around game, and he’s killed the Raiders as a receiver throughout his career, including lines of 4/62 and 5/72/1 in 2018. The Wisconsin product is my No. 8 running back for Week 10.


Thumbs Up: Damien Williams (@ TEN)

It’s amazing that Kansas City has kept Williams stuck behind LeSean McCoy since returning from an early-season knee injury, but he’s likely earned his way back into a significant role after breaking out for 128 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches last week in a difficult matchup versus the Vikings. The Chiefs are expected to get Patrick Mahomes (knee) back on Sunday, so Williams’ receiving output (eight receptions over the past five games) should only increase. The Titans aren’t an easy opponent, but Williams is once again a high-upside RB2.


Thumbs Up: Tevin Coleman (v SEA)

A disappointing game against the Cardinals (12 carries for 23 yards) has fantasy owners souring on Coleman, but it’s important to not be too reactionary. Prior to last Thursday night, San Francisco’s starter had averaged 18.2 fantasy points per game over the previous four weeks, and he’s yet to really get going as a receiver, which should happen soon. Also, the Niners are getting healthier on the offensive line with Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley (leg) set to return. Coleman remains a top-15 option.


Thumbs Up: Kalen Ballage (@ IND)

I know it’s “cool” to say professional athletes are “trash” or something else that people wouldn’t say to them in person, but those who think like that are never right (and probably can’t even throw a football 20 yards themselves); just do a search of Ballage to see what I’m talking about. The reality is that Miami sounds confident in their new starter getting an opportunity with Mark Walton suspended, and Ballage has the size/speed combination to thrive in a featured role. If the Dolphins can keep it close against a banged-up Colts team, the second-year back should return solid FLEX value.


Others: Jaylen Samuels (v LAR), Gus Edwards (@ CIN)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (v NYG)

The Jets promoting Josh Adams from the practice squad reportedly has nothing to do with Bell’s health after injuring his knee in Week 9, but I would still expect the move means we could see more of a committee in the second half of the season, as New York is now carrying four backs on the roster. Bell was boosted by eight receptions last week, but he’s now averaging 3.3 yards per carry and 6.1 yards per reception with just two touchdowns on the year. I currently have Bell ranked as the No. 17 running back for Week 10, and he may even be moved down before Sunday.


Thumbs Down: David Johnson (@ TB)

Johnson is in the same boat as Bell in that he may share touches down the stretch, but the difference is the upside has been there for Arizona’s top offensive threat. That said, I’m worried about the matchup this week more than anything (the Buccaneers have allowed the third-fewest points per game to the position), and those loaded at running back may want to avoid the risk if possible. DJ is a top-20 play with the hopes that he provides substantial value through the air (lines of 8/99, 3/65, 6/68/1 over the past three healthy appearances), but he’d be lower if it wasn’t the biggest bye week of the season.


Thumbs Down: Joe Mixon (v BAL)

Maybe A.J. Green will open things up for the entire offense (if he plays) or the Ravens will come into Cincinnati overconfident, but Mixon isn’t a highly-recommended option this week. In the first matchup this season (which the Bengals kept close), Mixon rushed eight times for just ten yards, and for his career, Baltimore has held him to less than 15 rushing yards in three-of-five meetings. Also, rookie Ryan Finley making his first career start will likely lead to plenty of stacked boxes.


Thumbs Down: LeSean McCoy (@ TEN)

After seeming to separate himself from Damien Williams and Darrel Williams in the Kansas City backfield with double-digit touches in three straight games, McCoy played just six snaps in Week 9, and other than Andy Reid’s loyalty, there is no reason to believe he will suddenly be the No. 1 guy again for Sunday’s trip to Tennessee. McCoy might get another nominal start, but a lost fumble two weeks ago may have doomed his fantasy value barring injury. You can probably do better.


Others: Devonta Freeman (@ NO), Ito Smith (@ NO)


Wide Receiver


Thumbs Up of the Week: Sammy Watkins (@ TEN)

Injuries are always the concern for Watkins, but when on the field, he’s a huge factor in Andy Reid’s offense with an average of 9.3 targets per game in six healthy appearances this season. And while he hasn’t scored since the opener, Watkins has been a steady contributor that possesses too much talent to be held out of the end zone for much longer. It feels like a big game could come this weekend against a Titans secondary that has fallen apart in recent weeks.


Thumbs Up: Christian Kirk (@ TB)

Kirk was surprisingly limited to two receptions for eight yards in last Thursday’s loss to the 49ers, but I’m anticipating a bounce back this weekend against the Buccaneers. No one has allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing receivers than Tampa Bay, and that includes big performances out of the slot from Cooper Kupp (9/121/1) and Tyler Lockett (12/152/2). Get Kirk in lineups as a WR2 option for a probable shootout.


Thumbs Up: Zach Pascal (v MIA)

There are a couple of zero- and one-catch performances thrown in because he’s been more of a role player, but Pascal has scattered lines of 2/53/1, 4/72, 6/106/2, and last week’s 5/76/1 across eight games, and he should remain an underrated option with T.Y. Hilton (calf) expected to miss another week. The Dolphins have played hard, but they still have a tough time in coverage, so Pascal is firmly on the FLEX radar.


Thumbs Up: A.J. Brown (v KC)

Anyone that needs a flier with the bye week hitting their roster hard should look to see if Brown—coming off a career-high 69% of the snaps played last week—is available. The rookie has at least 8.1 fantasy points in each of the past three games, and when you’re desperate, it makes sense to bet on talent, which Brown has plenty of. I could see him having another quality outing in a game that Tennessee will likely need to score points in.


Others: Robert Woods (@ PIT), Calvin Ridley (@ NO)


Thumbs Down of the Week: Odell Beckham Jr. (v BUF)

All it takes is one play for Beckham to make an end zone sprint and be worth a start, but a matchup against Tre’Davious White and the Bills doesn’t seem like a wise spot for the Browns to pepper him with targets. And while you might think Odell is “due” for a score with just one touchdown through eight games, the Bills have only allowed two wideouts to score all season. He’s a low-end WR2/FLEX for me.


Thumbs Down: Emmanuel Sanders (v SEA)

I had Sanders as a “Thumbs Down” last week against Patrick Peterson, but the superstar cornerback had perhaps the worst game of his career, and fantasy owners that played the veteran receiver were rewarded for it. Unlike the Cardinals, Seattle is unlikely to allow Sanders to do whatever he wants on Monday night, though, so I have him as more of a FLEX than WR2 for what could turn into a defensive battle in the NFC West.


Thumbs Down: Tyler Boyd (v BAL)

News of A.J. Green (ankle) not feeling great after a Wednesday walkthrough obviously leaves his status in doubt, and his potential absence might be a bad thing for Boyd because of the attention he’d warrant. Whether or not Green suits up, Boyd will draw the toughest matchup against Marlon Humphrey in the slot (based on what Baltimore’s done over the past two games), which could mean a similar outing to Week 6 when he caught three-of-seven targets for just ten scoreless yards in Baltimore.


Thumbs Down: JuJu Smith-Schuster (v LAR)

Smith-Schuster has the skillset to beat anyone, but based on what we saw in Jalen Ramsey’s debut with the Rams, he will likely shadow him this weekend (including in the slot). I don’t expect Mason Rudolph to challenge Ramsey if he can help it, especially because both James Washington and Diontae Johnson have shown they can step up as secondary options. JuJu has an encouraging rest-of-season schedule, but this is the matchup to avoid.


Others: Josh Gordon (@ SF), Danny Amendola (@ CHI)


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2019 Fantasy Football Week 10 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

2019 Fantasy Football Week 10 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

The buy-low window on Damien Williams has slammed shut after being recommended as a “simple” target all fantasy owners should have strongly considered going after last week, but there are more players to acquire or deal away ahead of Week 10.


Buy low


Tevin Coleman

After one subpar outing, some people are proclaiming that Tevin Coleman is some average player whose previous performances were flukes. Don’t make the mistake of considering Coleman anything less than an explosive talent getting a consistent number of touches in a Kyle Shanahan offense. Coleman remains an RB1/RB2 option that can probably be had on the cheap after last week.


James Conner

It sounds like James Conner has a pretty good shot at returning this weekend from his shoulder injury after missing just one game, but the uncertainty makes now the time to strike with a trade offer. Talk up any potential concern the Conner owner might have about Jaylen Samuels’ role in the passing game, and you might get a stud RB1 at a discount ahead of the stretch run and fantasy playoffs.


Robert Woods

Robert Woods has surprisingly had some struggles from a fantasy perspective this season, so those that drafted him with one of their early picks might be frustrated. Woods is coming off the bye (so he could only sit on the bench), and that might lead to fantasy owners having a negative feeling (in other words, he did nothing last week, so they might think, “whatever, I’ll trade him”). With Brandin Cooks potentially missing an extended period with another concussion, Woods could see more consistent targets from Jared Goff. Just keep in mind the upcoming schedule is not easy.


Sell high


Josh Gordon

When he’s been available to play since his All-Pro season in 2014, you can always count on the hype of Josh Gordon’s elite upside making him a nice potential fantasy trade chip. Gordon’s move to Seattle could spark some interest from your leaguemates, so perhaps you can get a more consistent FLEX option in return for him. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are squarely above Gordon for targets, and the Seahawks still obviously want to run the ball with Chris Carson. It might be difficult to ever trust Gordon in lineups this year.


Ronald Jones

With Bruce Arians proclaiming that Ronald Jones has earned the right to start at running back for the Buccaneers, the 2018 second-round pick is probably a player some fantasy owners were hoping they acquired earlier given that he’s looked good this season. But Arians’ offense is running through the passing attack, and Peyton Barber is still going to remain involved. Jones is a talented player, but it might be a stretch to expect consistent RB2 value moving forward.


Kenyan Drake

The spectacular performance of Kenyan Drake in last Thursday’s game against the Niners boosted the former Dolphins’ outlook moving forward, but he’s still in a crowded backfield that’s set to get David Johnson (ankle) back this week. Remember, it was Chase Edmonds that starred in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense a few weeks ago, and looking back, he became an ideal sell-high candidate at that time. There are enough plays run in Arizona’s offense that Drake can still provide FLEX value with DJ back, but you should see what you can get in return for the versatile running back.

Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can simply move players that catch more passes up a bit (in PPR leagues) and players that don’t catch many pass down a bit (in non-PPR leagues). Also, Fantasy Consigliere subscribers can always ask any direct start/sit question (or any other questions) for any format all throughout the week.



1. Lamar Jackson (@ CIN)
2. Aaron Rodgers (v CAR)
3. Patrick Mahomes (@ TEN)
4. Kyler Murray (@ TB)
5. Drew Brees (v ATL)
6. Josh Allen (@ CLE)
7. Matt Ryan (@ NO)
8. Jameis Winston (v ARI)
9. Philip Rivers (@ OAK)
10. Russell Wilson (@ SF)
11. Dak Prescott (v MIN)
12. Jared Goff (@ PIT)
13. Daniel Jones (@ NYJ)
14. Jimmy Garoppolo (v SEA)
15. Sam Darnold (v NYG)
16. Derek Carr (v LAC)
17. Brian Hoyer (v MIA)
18. Mitchell Trubisky (v DET)
19. Kirk Cousins (@ DAL)
20. Ryan Tannehill (v KC)
21. Kyle Allen (@ GB)
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ IND)
23. Jeff Driskel (@ CHI)
24. Mason Rudolph (v LAR)
25. Baker Mayfield (v BUF)
26. Ryan Finley (v BAL)


Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (@ GB)
2. Saquon Barkley (@ NYJ)
3. Dalvin Cook (@ DAL)
4. Nick Chubb (v BUF)
5. Ezekiel Elliott (v MIN)
6. Marlon Mack (v MIA)
7. Josh Jacobs (v LAC)
8. Melvin Gordon (@ OAK)
9. Aaron Jones (v CAR)
10. Alvin Kamara (v ATL)
11. Chris Carson (@ SF)
12. Derrick Henry (v KC)
13. Jaylen Samuels (v LAR)
14. Todd Gurley (@ PIT)
15. Tevin Coleman (v SEA)
16. Mark Ingram (@ CIN)
17. Damien Williams (@ TEN)
18. Le’Veon Bell (v NYG)
19. David Montgomery (v DET)
20. David Johnson (@ TB)
21. Devin Singletary (@ CLE)
22. Ronald Jones II (v ARI)
23. Latavius Murray (v ATL)
24. Austin Ekeler (@ OAK)
25. Devonta Freeman (@ NO)
26. Matt Breida (v SEA)
27. Jamaal Williams (v CAR)
28. Kenyan Drake (@ TB)
29. Kalen Ballage (@ IND)
30. Joe Mixon (v BAL)
31. Tarik Cohen (v DET)
32. Frank Gore (@ CLE)
33. Gus Edwards (@ CIN)
34. Kareem Hunt (v BUF)
35. Ty Johnson (@ CHI)
36. Darrell Henderson (@ PIT)
37. Trey Edmunds (v LAR)
38. Nyheim Hines (v MIA)
39. Jordan Wilkins (v MIA)
40. Alexander Mattison (@ DAL)
41. J.D. McKissic (@ CHI)
42. Peyton Barber (v ARI)
43. Rashaad Penny (@ SF)
44. Dare Ogunbowale (v ARI)
45. Myles Gaskin (@ IND)
46. Dion Lewis (v KC)
47. DeAndre Washington (v LAC)
48. Raheem Mostert (v SEA)
49. Justice Hill (@ CIN)
50. Brian Hill (@ NO)
51. Jalen Richard (v LAC)
52. Darrel Williams (@ TEN)
53. Darwin Thompson (@ TEN)
54. Ty Montgomery (v NYG)
55. Malcolm Brown (@ PIT)
56. Giovani Bernard (v BAL)
57. Tony Pollard (v MIN)
58. Bilal Powell (v NYG)
59. Wayne Gallman (@ NYJ)
60. Jeff Wilson (v SEA)
61. Ameer Abdullah (@ DAL)
62. Patrick Laird (@ IND)
63. Tony Brooks-James (v LAR)
64. Dontrell Hillard (v BUF)
65. C.J. Prosise (@ SF)


Wide receiver

1. Chris Godwin (v ARI)
2. Davante Adams (v CAR)
3. Michael Thomas (v ATL)
4. Tyreek Hill (@ TEN)
5. Cooper Kupp (@ PIT)
6. Amari Cooper (v MIN)
7. Julio Jones (@ NO)
8. Mike Evans (v ARI)
9. Keenan Allen (@ OAK)
10. Sammy Watkins (@ TEN)
11. Tyler Lockett (@ SF)
12. Christian Kirk (@ TB)
13. Stefon Diggs (@ DAL)
14. Allen Robinson (v DET)
15. Robert Woods (@ PIT)
16. Calvin Ridley (@ NO)
17. Mike Williams (@ OAK)
18. Odell Beckham Jr. (v BUF)
19. John Brown (@ CLE)
20. Michael Gallup (v MIN)
21. Golden Tate (@ NYJ)
22. Tyrell Williams (v LAC)
23. Emmanuel Sanders (v SEA)
24. Curtis Samuel (@ GB)
25. D.J. Moore (@ GB)
26. Kenny Golladay (@ CHI)
27. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v LAR)
28. Zach Pascal (v MIA)
29. Marquise Brown (@ CIN)
30. DeVante Parker (@ IND)
31. Larry Fitzgerald (@ TB)
32. Robby Anderson (v NYG)
33. A.J. Brown (v KC)
34. Jamison Crowder (v NYG)
35. Marvin Jones (@ CHI)
36. D.K. Metcalf (@ SF)
37. Jarvis Landry (v BUF)
38. Josh Reynolds (@ PIT)
39. Diontae Johnson (v LAR)
40. Tyler Boyd (v BAL)
41. Darius Slayton (@ NYJ)
42. Cole Beasley (@ CLE)
43. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v CAR)
44. Deebo Samuel (v SEA)
45. Anthony Miller (v DET)
46. Taylor Gabriel (v DET)
47. Adam Humphries (v KC)
48. James Washington (v LAR)
49. Mecole Hardman (@ TEN)
50. Demaryius Thomas (v NYG)
51. Geronimo Allison (v CAR)
52. Josh Gordon (@ SF)
53. Olabisi Johnson (@ DAL)
54. Hunter Renfrow (v LAC)
55. Auden Tate (v BAL)
56. Danny Amendola (@ CHI)
57. Randall Cobb (v MIN)
58. Chester Rogers (v MIA)
59. Zay Jones (v LAC)
60. Dante Pettis (v SEA)
61. Isaiah McKenzie (@ CLE)
62. Ted Ginn (v ATL)
63. Albert Wilson (@ IND)
64. Tre’Quan Smith (v ATL)
65. Laquon Treadwell (@ DAL)
66. Russell Gage (@ NO)
67. Tajae Sharpe (v KC)
68. Alex Erickson (v BAL)
69. Willie Snead (@ CIN)
70. Demarcus Robinson (@ TEN)
71. Allen Lazard (v CAR)
72. Jakeem Grant (@ IND)
73. Robert Foster (@ CLE)
74. Miles Boykin (@ CIN)
75. Breshad Perriman (v ARI)
76. Allen Hurns (@ IND)
77. KeeSean Johnson (@ TB)
78. Rashard Higgins (v BUF)
79. Jaron Brown (@ SF)
80. David Moore (@ SF)


Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ TEN)
2. Mark Andrews (@ CIN)
3. Hunter Henry (@ OAK)
4. Darren Waller (v LAC)
5. Austin Hooper (@ NO)
6. Greg Olsen (@ GB)
7. O.J. Howard (v ARI)
8. Gerald Everett (@ PIT)
9. Eric Ebron (v MIA)
10. Mike Gesicki (@ IND)
11. Jonnu Smith (v KC)
12. Ross Dwelley (v SEA)
13. Jack Doyle (v MIA)
14. Chris Herndon (v NYG)
15. T.J. Hockenson (@ CHI)
16. Jared Cook (v ATL)
17. Vance McDonald (v LAR)
18. Jimmy Graham (v CAR)
19. Dawson Knox (@ CLE)
20. Jason Witten (v MIN)
21. Kyle Rudolph (@ DAL)
22. Tyler Eifert (v BAL)
23. Jacob Hollister (@ SF)
24. Kaden Smith (@ NYJ)
25. Trey Burton (v DET)
26. Cameron Brate (v ARI)
27. Demetrius Harris (v BUF)
28. Irv Smith Jr. (@ DAL)
29. Foster Moreau (v LAC)
30. Hayden Hurst (@ CIN)
31. Tyler Higbee (@ PIT)
32. Luke Willson (@ SF)
33. Ian Thomas (@ GB)
34. Nick Boyle (@ CIN)
35. Tyler Kroft (@ CLE)



1. Baltimore Ravens (@ CIN)
2. Chicago Bears (v DET)
3. Buffalo Bills (@ CLE)
4. Indianapolis Colts (v MIA)
5. Los Angeles Rams (@ PIT)
6. San Francisco 49ers (v SEA)
7. New York Giants (@ NYJ)
8. Kansas City Chiefs (@ TEN)
9. New Orleans Saints (v ATL)
10. Detroit Lions (@ CHI)
11. Cleveland Browns (v BUF)
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (v LAR)
13. Dallas Cowboys (v MIN)
14. Green Bay Packers (v CAR)
15. Los Angeles Chargers (@ OAK)
16. Minnesota Vikings (@ DAL)
17. New York Jets (v NYG)
18. Arizona Cardinals (@ TB)
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v ARI)
20. Seattle Seahawks (@ SF)
21. Miami Dolphins (@ IND)
22. Carolina Panthers (@ GB)
23. Oakland Raiders (v LAC)
24. Tennessee Titans (v KC)
25. Cincinnati Bengals (v BAL)



1. Justin Tucker (@ CIN)
2. Wil Lutz (v ATL)
3. Harrison Butker (@ TEN)
4. Greg Zuerlein (@ PIT)
5. Zane Gonzalez (@ TB)
6. Brett Maher (v MIN)
7. Mason Crosby (v CAR)
8. Matt Prater (@ CHI)
9. Matt Gay (v ARI)
10. Michael Badgley (@ OAK)
11. Joey Slye (@ GB)
12. Dan Bailey (@ DAL)
13. Jason Myers (@ SF)
14. Chase McLaughlin (v SEA)
15. Daniel Carlson (v LAC)
16. Aldrick Rosas (@ NYJ)
17. Chris Boswell (v LAR)
18. Steven Hauschka (@ CLE)
19. Adam Vinatieri (v MIA)
20. Younghoe Koo (@ NO)
21. Eddy Pineiro (v DET)
22. Ryan Succop (v KC)
23. Austin Seibert (v BUF)
24. Jason Sanders (@ IND)
25. Randy Bullock (v BAL)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 10, 2019

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 10, 2019

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players listed are currently owned in less than 60% of leagues]


1. Ronald Jones II, TB RB

Yesterday, Bruce Arians said that Jones “earned the right to start” following his Week 9 performance (20 touches for 82 yards and a touchdown), so he should be the top waiver priority of the week. The USC product has run with decisiveness and burst all season, and he has the potential to return RB2 value down the stretch in a high-scoring offense.


2. Marquise Brown, BAL WR

Brown was contained on Sunday night after a quick start, but it’s the rest-of-season outlook that should make him an excellent investment in leagues where he’s available. The Ravens have already had their bye, and Brown will have a couple of great matchups (@ CIN, v HOU) before Thanksgiving to boost his value as a potential trade chip or stash.


3. Josh Gordon, SEA WR

Seattle probably wasn’t the best possible landing spot for Gordon from a fantasy perspective, but his individual talent could lead to some big games on an offense led by Russell Wilson. Plus, rookie D.K. Metcalf has battled injuries dating back to college, and him going down would open the door to WR2 value for Gordon.


4. Gerald Everett, LAR TE

A dud against Cincinnati could have fantasy owners feeling shaky about Everett coming out of the bye, but Cooper Kupp did most of the offensive damage with over 200 receiving yards, and the former second-rounder will have a bigger role if Brandin Cooks (concussion) misses time. Grab Everett if you’re struggling at tight end.


5. Kalen Ballage, MIA RB

With Mark Walton (suspension) out the next four weeks, Ballage will get a chance to start through the end of the fantasy regular season (Week 13), and he has the talent/big-play potential to be a solid FLEX option. The Dolphins falling behind against tougher opponents in upcoming weeks could be a concern, but they’ve been much more competitive in recent games.


6. Derek Carr, OAK QB

While he didn’t have a monster statistical performance on Sunday, Carr was tremendous in Oakland’s win over Detroit—which was thanks in large part to some absolute dimes by their quarterback. Those in need of a streaming option to get into the fantasy playoffs should look at Carr, who will take on the Chargers, Bengals, Jets, and Chiefs over the next four weeks.


7. Kareem Hunt, CLE RB

We had Hunt on here last week because the Browns seem dumb enough to take Nick Chubb off the field, and that belief is even stronger now after they let their best player watch from the sideline on two huge short-yardage plays in the second half of an upset loss to Denver. Chubb has been around 65% of the snaps played in each of the past two weeks, so you’d think Hunt’s floor is a 35% snap rate.


8. Will Fuller, HOU WR

Fuller remains week-to-week with a hamstring injury and doesn’t seem particularly close to returning, but when he does, it should be right back into a full-time role on an explosive offense. That’s especially true with Kenny Stills being contained and Keke Coutee completely falling out of the receiver rotation.


9. Derrius Guice, WAS RB

After claiming the final spot here last week, Guice moves up a bit as he nears a return. The expectation is that Adrian Peterson will remain the team’s lead back, but Guice is going to get touches, too, and a run-first offense may allow him to provide FLEX value (and room for more).


10. Darius Slayton, NYG WR

Sterling Shepard (concussion) having a setback before Monday night’s game opened the door for Slayton, and even though he caught just one-of-four targets for six yards, the rookie still gets a big boost for as long as he operates as the team’s No. 2 wideout. Hopefully Shepard will be 100% soon, but a multi-week absence would put Slayton in volatile FLEX territory.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Week 9 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Team of the Week


QB: Russell Wilson

Following two sub-par performances in a row, Wilson exploded on Sunday, throwing for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-34 overtime victory over the Buccaneers. Tyler Lockett (13/152/2) and D.K. Metcalf (6/123/1) were simply uncoverable for an overmatched secondary, and Wilson took advantage to recorded his fourth game with 28.9+ fantasy points in nine games.


RB: Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey remains the top fantasy player in the league, and yesterday’s 166-yard, three-touchdown performance puts him on pace for 2,488 total yards, 26 total touchdowns, and the best fantasy season of all-time through eight games. He’s obviously a unique receiving options, but generally speaking, the Panthers have a blueprint to utilize their best player that other teams (like the Browns) should take note of.


RB: Melvin Gordon

A change at offensive coordinator led to a featured role for Gordon in Week 9, and he capitalized with 109 total yards and two scores on 23 touches. The Wisconsin product consistently found the hole and broke arm tackles against Green Bay, and he’s moving back towards RB1 status for fantasy owners that have stuck with him.


WR: Tyler Lockett

The aforementioned 13-catch, 152-yard, two-touchdown game for Lockett was his best of the season, and the connection with Russell Wilson looks simply unstoppable. Sunday’s 18 targets gave him 72 on the season, which is a new career-high already. Lockett is an every-week WR1.


WR: Mike Evans

It hasn’t led to wins, but the Buccaneers have absolutely peppered Evans with targets since his zero-catch performance in Week 5, and he’s turned in lines of 9/96, 11/198/2, and yesterday’s 12/180/1. The floor still might be low across from Chris Godwin in an offense led by the inconsistent Jameis Winston, but Evans is impossible to take out of lineups at this point.


TE: Zach Ertz

Ertz had been quiet in three consecutive road games, but getting back to Lincoln Financial Field immediately changed things, as he caught nine passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. The former second-round pick even broke a tackle for a big gain against Chicago, and hopefully Carson Wentz decides to continue looking his way after the Week 10 bye.


FLEX: Kenyan Drake

Derrick Henry—who was laughably given two carries in the first half—exploding for 23.4 fantasy points anyway was an option for the FLEX spot, but Drake’s performance against San Francisco last Thursday Night deserves a spot on the Team of the Week. Despite the difficult matchup, Drake totaled 162 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches in his Cardinals debut, causing everyone to wonder why he wasn’t fed in Miami.


D/ST: Steelers

Pittsburgh’s outlook got a boost when T.Y. Hilton (calf) was ruled out ahead of the weekend, and Jacoby Brissett (knee) going down in the first half led to big plays created against Brian Hoyer. Indy’s backup played well off the bench, but a pick-six and four sacks (plus another of Brissett) allowed the Steelers defense to compile 19.0 fantasy points.


K: Harrison Butker

Butker made all four of his kicks on Sunday, including the game-winner from 44 yards away—which came just a couple of minutes after hitting a 54-yard field goal to tie it. Patrick Mahomes (knee) sounds ready to return in Week 10, but either way, Butker is an elite kicking option for fantasy owners.


Surprise of the Week: Kenyan Drake

Those who have Fantasy Consigliere know we had Drake ranked as a low-end RB2, but public perception was that he wouldn’t see extended playing time just a few days after being acquired, and the Alabama product ended up being the offensive engine for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. It will be interesting to see how the backfield plays out when David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are both healthy.


Disappointment of the Week: Allen Robinson

As always, disappointment was everywhere, but the decision is easy for Week 9. Robinson (one reception, six yards) had a couple of big-play opportunities against the soft Philadelphia secondary, but he came down with his heel out of bounds on the first, and the second was a would-be touchdown that was underthrown by Mitchell Trubisky to allow it to be broken up. And just as frustrating was that Chicago didn’t play through him like they should have with a season-low five targets.


Rookie of the Week: Noah Fant

Kyler Murray deserves mentioning for a great primetime debut in a near comeback victory, but Fant—who had left some production on the field but seemed close to a breakout—got loose for a 75-yard touchdown on his way to the first 100-yard game of his young career. Denver’s first-round pick showed the strength and speed in the open field that made him such an exciting prospect coming out of Iowa.


Week 9 MVP: Russell Wilson

Heading into the Monday Night Football game, Wilson is the highest scorer of Week 9 with 39.2 fantasy points, and even if you didn’t include overtime, he was excellent for fantasy owners in a cupcake matchup. Seattle’s superstar quarterback is on pace for a 39:2 touchdown-interception ratio this season and will now get Josh Gordon added to the offense next week.


NFL Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 9 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Panthers D/ST wasn’t great, but last week’s daily fantasy recommendations were among the best of the season to this point. Let’s try to keep it going with Week 9 recommended lineup options for DraftKings and FanDuel.


QB: Derek Carr vs. DET

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $7,300


The Lions are giving up the most passing yards per game in the league, and Derek Carr has been playing well lately, with 289 passing yards per game and five touchdowns compared to one interception in the two games since the bye. Carr has shown the ability to put up massive numbers in the past, and this could be a week that it happens for him this season. He’s due for a 300-yard day.


RB: Aaron Jones @ LAC

DraftKings: $7,000 | FanDuel: $7,700


Aaron Jones is likely to be a popular play this week because he’s been performing at a very high level yet does not command an astronomical price in Week 9 daily fantasy lineups. The Chargers defense was healthier, but they still allowed a previously dormant Chicago rushing attack to do some damage last week. Green Bay shouldn’t have much issue running the ball with Jones and Jamaal Williams.


RB: Derrick Henry @ CAR

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $6,800


The Panthers just gave up five rushing touchdowns to the 49ers, so while there’s a chance Luke Kuechly and company get things sorted out quickly, they might not be able to in time for a date with Derrick Henry on Sunday. The Heisman Trophy winner says he wants to take things to the next level in the second half of the season, and that could start this weekend. Henry is one of the best drive finishers in football, so a multi-score day could be coming soon.


WR: Allen Robinson @ PHI

DraftKings: $6,800 | FanDuel: $7,200


They were better (and healthier) in a windy Buffalo last week, but the cornerbacks of the Eagles have struggled over the last couple of seasons. Allen Robinson had a dominant game against Philadelphia in the playoffs last season, and he’s on pace for over 100 receptions this season. Expect another strong performance from A-Rob.


WR: Sammy Watkins vs. MIN

DraftKings: $4,900 | FanDuel: $6,000


If Mike Zimmer’s defense is more concerned about stopping Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, that could open things up for Sammy Watkins to do damage in the intermediate and deep parts of the field. Minnesota is not afraid to challenge receivers, but Watkins is clearly talented enough to leave man coverage—even a cornerback group as good as the Vikings—in the dust.


WR: Diontae Johnson vs. IND (DraftKings) | Tyrell Williams vs. DET (FanDuel)

Johnson (DraftKings): $4,500 | Williams (FanDuel): $6,300


Rookie receiver Diontae Johnson is coming on as of late, and he could have a nice game against a Colts defense that might focus more on JuJu Smith-Schuster. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary to go with Tyrell Williams, who has scored in all five games he’s been active this season.


TE: Darren Waller vs. DET

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $6,800


A touchdown salvaged Darren Waller’s fantasy day last week, but he might be set for a bigger game yardage wise this week against the Lions. If the Raiders are able to keep Derek Carr upright against a pass rush that’s struggled, it could be a great day for Oakland through the air.


FLEX: Melvin Gordon vs. GB

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $6,300


Melvin Gordon is one of the best DFS plays of Week 9, as he’s a major value on DraftKings and FanDuel facing a Packers defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry this season. After firing offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn wants to run the ball more to build a rhythm on offense, and that could help Gordon get back into the RB1 range he was at for the past couple of years.


D/ST: Bills vs. WAS

DraftKings: $3,800 | FanDuel: $5,000


Dwayne Haskins looks set to start for the Redskins this week, so Buffalo should be worth the salary as a D/ST unit. Also, the Bills play at home, and they should be mad after last week’s performance.


Remaining salary

DraftKings: $500

FanDuel: $600


. . .


Other recommended Week 9 options


QB: Philip Rivers vs. GB

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $7,200


RB: Le’Veon Bell @ MIA

DraftKings: $7,700 | FanDuel: $7,000


RB: Jordan Howard vs. CHI

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $6,300


WR: Marvin Jones Jr. @ OAK

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $5,700


WR: Anthony Miller @ PHI

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,100


TE: T.J. Hockenson @ OAK

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,000

Week 9 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 9 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

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Treat of the Week: Dak Prescott (@ NYG)

Including the season opener this year, Prescott has destroyed the Giants over the past two meetings—throwing for 396 yards per game with an 8:0 touchdown-interception ratio (32.4 fantasy points per game). New York should be more stout up front after adding former No. 6 overall pick Leonard Williams to the defensive line, but that should only make the Cowboys more likely to air it out again, and Dallas will have all their weapons at full strength for Monday night. Dak is a no-doubt top-five option at quarterback.


Treat: Derek Carr (v DET)

Carr has thrown for two or more scores in four of the past five games, and he will now face a Detroit defense that has allowed big performances to Kirk Cousins (338 yards, four touchdowns) and Daniel Jones (322 yards, four touchdowns) in back-to-back weeks. Even if top corner Darius Slay (hamstring) suits up for the Lions, Oakland has the size at receiver to present problems for him. Carr should be viewed as a low-end, high-floor QB1 for the team’s first home game since Week 2.


Treat: Gardner Minshew (v HOU)

As if the passing numbers for Minshew weren’t impressive enough (11:1 touchdown-interception ratio in seven starts), he’s also brought added production as a runner, including 17 carries for 76 yards over the past two weeks. When the AFC South foes met in September, Minshew rushed for 56 yards, and I expect the rematch will be more high-scoring (Houston previously won 13-12). Since the start of October, the Texans have allowed at least three passing touchdowns in every game.


Treat: Kyler Murray (v SF)

To see exactly where I have Murray ranked, you can check out our Week 9 rankings, but the matchup actually doesn’t worry me too much for a couple of reasons. First of all, the game will be played at home—where Murray is averaging 21.1 fantasy points per game (compared to 14.7 fantasy points per game on the road)—and San Francisco has had less time to prepare for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense on a short week. Also, we could see more designed runs for Murray to keep the defensive line honest, and the passing attack will run through Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald out of the slot, where the Niners have shown some vulnerability.


Others: Josh Allen (v WAS), Matthew Stafford (@ OAK)


Trick of the Week: Lamar Jackson (v NE)

They are winning games and Jackson has played great, but in general, Baltimore hasn’t been as creative/versatile as I thought they would be on offense, so there is definitely some concern that New England will simply shut them down on Sunday night. While likely too good to bench in redraft leagues, Jackson’s floor and ceiling both need to be lowered for Week 9.


Trick: Kirk Cousins (@ KC)

Minnesota settling for field goals really hurt those who rolled with Cousins last Thursday night, as he was 23-of-26 for 285 yards but scored just 11.6 fantasy points. On the surface, Kansas City would seem to provide a prime bounce back opportunity for a quarterback, but they’ve played better pass defense than the numbers might indicate, and it’s no secret that Cousins has historically struggled against teams with a winning record. I have him as more of a QB2 than QB1.


Trick: Carson Wentz (v CHI)

The Eagles got back on track in Week 8 with a 31-13 victory over the Bills, but it was the running game that led the way, and Wentz was held to fewer than 20 completions for the fifth time in six games. It sounds like DeSean Jackson (abdomen) may finally make his return this week, but I’m still avoiding Wentz against the Bears, who have remained stout in the secondary with 13.5 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks this season.


Trick: Baker Mayfield (@ DEN)

Through two months of his sophomore campaign, Mayfield is on pace for a 14:27 touchdown-interception ratio, and he has yet to throw for multiple scores in a single game. Fantasy owners might be holding out hope that the talent for Cleveland can get things turned around, but I wouldn’t count on it happening against a Denver defense that has allowed as many single-digit performances to signal-callers as they have double-digit performances.


Others: Mitchell Trubisky (@ PHI), Matt Moore (v MIN)


Running Back


Treat of the Week: Tevin Coleman (@ ARI)

Despite missing basically all of September with an ankle injury, Coleman already ranks as an RB2 on the season, and the ascension may not stop based on what we’ve seen out of him and the San Francisco offense. In four healthy games, Coleman has handled touch totals of 16, 20, 22, and last week’s 13 (with four of them going for scores in a blowout win), and he should again see a significant workload with Matt Breida (ankle) banged up on limited rest. Plus, it’s worth noting that Coleman shredded Arizona for 145 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries last season; he’s a top-ten play.


Treat: Le’Veon Bell (@ MIA)

I know fantasy owners have been disappointed by Bell, but head coach Adam Gase has already taken accountability for him handling just 12 touches in last week’s loss to the Jaguars, and I would be surprised if New York’s best offensive player didn’t at least come close to doubling his carries (nine) and receptions (three) in Miami. Bell’s former teammate James Conner just rushed 23 times for 145 yards (6.3 YPC) and one touchdown against the Dolphins, and Le’Veon will look to have a similar performance this weekend. Keep him in lineups as an RB1.


Treat: Austin Ekeler (v GB)

Melvin Gordon remains the top play in the backfield for Los Angeles, but I think there will be enough work this week for both he and Ekeler to return solid RB2 value. While the Packers have improved over the past month, they’re still allowing 4.8 yards per carry, and Ekeler is on pace for over 100 receptions at the season’s midway point. Especially if Green Bay gets Davante Adams (toe) back, this matchup has shootout written all over it.


Treat: Jamaal Williams (@ LAC)

I have seen some people worried about Davante Adams’ potential return draining some value from Williams, but I don’t see why that’d be the case. With Green Bay’s No. 1 receiver in the lineup, Williams averaged a healthy 11.0 touches per game last month (excluding the TNF game where he was concussed), and Matt LaFleur prefers a two-back system. The BYU product should be a solid FLEX against the soft Los Angeles run defense.


Others: Devin Singletary (v WAS), Alexander Mattison (@ KC)


Trick of the Week: Chris Carson (v TB)

Even including Derrick Henry’s 16 carries for 75 yards (4.7 YPC) last week, the Buccaneers have allowed a league-best 3.0 yards per carry on the ground, and stopping the run seems to be the top priority for Todd Bowles’ defense. Carson is an excellent player that can overcome a difficult matchup, but he needs to be downgraded to RB2 range with starting center Justin Britt (knee) done for the year.


Trick: David Montgomery (@ PHI)

The Bears finally featured Montgomery with a whopping 31 touches in Week 9, and he rewarded them by churning out 147 total yards and a touchdown. However, it didn’t lead to a win, and running on Sunday won’t be quite as easy against a Philly defensive line that showed flashes of dominance last week that really hadn’t been seen in 2019. We had Montgomery as a top-20 play in Week 8, but he’s back to risky FLEX territory.


Trick: Frank Gore (v WAS)

Gore led the Bills in carries last week, but he played just 29% of the offensive snaps and was outperformed by Devin Singletary (seven touches, 49 total yards, and one touchdown on 68% of the snaps played). Buffalo will hope to play from ahead—potentially tilting things back in Gore’s favor—but they aren’t built to blow teams out, and Singletary brings a little more juice at this point. The veteran likely needs a score to be worth a start.


Trick: LeSean McCoy (v MIN)

A crucial fumble earlier this season didn’t lead to any changes the following week in terms of McCoy’s role in the Kansas City backfield, but Sunday night’s costly turnover against the Packers might—especially based on how Damien Williams looked when given a shot in the fourth quarter (when McCoy didn’t even play a snap). In addition to workload concerns, McCoy will be looking for holes against a Vikings defense that has only allowed one rushing touchdown all season.


Others: Lions RBs (@ OAK)


Wide Receiver


Treat of the Week: Allen Robinson (@ PHI)

Robinson was basically uncoverable in January’s playoff loss to the Eagles—he had ten receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets—so if the Bears are going to snap their three-game losing streak, their top offensive weapon needs to be featured against an attackable secondary. Some run-after-catch production has been left on the field this season because of poor ball placement by Mitchell Trubisky, but Robinson’s catch percentage (69.7%) is actually a career-high, and he’s gone for 60+ yards in six-of-seven games. Consider him a WR1.


Treat: D.J. Chark (v HOU)

He didn’t get behind the defense, but Chark went for a 7/55/1 line against the Texans in Week 2, and it feels like the 2018 second-rounder could be in for a monster game across the pond on Sunday. Houston—who has long struggled against deep threats—just allowed Tyrell Williams to go for 91 yards and a score, so Chark is set up nicely on the perimeter. Keep him in lineups as a high-upside WR1/WR2 for Week 9.


Treat: Christian Kirk (v SF)

As alluded to when discussing Kyler Murray, the 49ers are best attacked in the middle of the field, and Kirk has become the rookie’s favorite receiver with double-digit targets in three-of-five appearances this season, including 11 last week (resulting in eight receptions for 79 yards). San Francisco has obviously taken things to another level, but last year, Kirk went for lines of 3/85/1 and 3/42/1 in two matchups. I feel good about him on Halloween.


Treat: D.K. Metcalf (v TB)

Metcalf has been held to 4.7 yards per targets over the past two weeks, but the big plays could start coming again when the Buccaneers visit on Sunday. Even though Tampa Bay hasn’t even faced a strong schedule, they are still allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, and Metcalf’s size/speed will make him a mismatch for their young secondary. D.K. is a top-24 play.


Others: A.J. Brown (@ CAR), Sammy Watkins (v MIN)


Trick of the Week: Odell Beckham Jr. (@ DEN)

Chris Harris Jr. getting traded would have really boosted Beckham’s outlook for Week 9, but now he’ll likely be faced with a shadow situation against a guy that has limited Davante Adams (4/56), Keenan Allen (4/18), T.Y. Hilton (2/56), and Allen Robinson (4/41) so far this season. OBJ just needs one big play to potentially win a week, but I wouldn’t count on him as anything more than a low-end WR2, and it’s not crazy to bench him if you’re loaded at receiver.


Trick: Emmanuel Sanders (@ ARI)

Sanders was able to beat Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals for a 64-yard touchdown last season (though it wasn’t really on Peterson because it was zone coverage and the safety creeped up), but I think that makes it all the less likely he’s able to get loose against them on Thursday night. The veteran receiver is already a full-time player (82% snaps played in 49ers debut), but he still offers a low floor in just his second game with a new team, and I think the Cardinals will play better than people expect.


Trick: Marquise Brown (v NE)

The Ravens have plenty of weapons on offense, but Brown is the gamebreaker that they really need to worry about, so it would be shocking if Bill Belichick’s defense allows him to get deep. I would expect a similar game plan to what the Patriots did in the playoffs against Tyreek Hill (when he was limited to one reception for 42 yards), making “Hollywood” a desperate FLEX.


Trick: Terry McLaurin (@ BUF)

McLaurin looked on his way to a big game with four receptions for 39 yards at halftime last week, but college teammate Dwayne Haskins couldn’t connect with him in the second half in place of Case Keenum (concussion), and this Sunday will be a bigger challenge as Tre’Davious White matches up against the rookie. All the “Trick” receivers just need one play to become a “Treat,” but it’s probably not worth the risk if you have other options.


Others: Dede Westbrook (v HOU), Mohamed Sanu (@ BAL)


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2019 Fantasy Football Week 9 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

2019 Fantasy Football Week 9 Trade Advice: Buy/Sell

Tyrell Williams looked healthy and scored his fifth touchdown of the season last week, and it looks like he’ll work out as a buy-low candidate from last week. And Ty Johnson was a definite sell-high that appears stuck in a committee. These are the most reasonable buy low and sell high options ahead of Week 9.


Buy low


Damien Williams

This one is simple. Damien Williams was a league-winner for many fantasy owners last season, as he became a touchdown machine as a workhorse running back for the Chiefs. In the last three games, he’s suddenly barely been touching the ball, with the Chiefs opting to use veteran running back LeSean McCoy as the backfield leader while Darrel Williams mixes in more than Damien Williams on third downs. That could change after another costly McCoy fumble finally allowed Williams to get back on the field, and he gave the Chiefs offense a jolt. With Williams’ lack of usage paired with the Patrick Mahomes injury making the KC offense seem slightly less appealing at the moment, you might be able to get the 2018 star for next to nothing in a trade. It might not pay off, but the immense upside is well worth the small risk.


Keenan Allen

Fantasy owners with Keenan Allen might be concerned that the hamstring issue is something that lingers. That, paired with Allen’s relatively down last few weeks, could make him a bargain in a trade. If you can trade a surging receiver such as D.J. Chark, it might be worth it to acquire a year-after-year stud like Allen, who has weekly double-digit-reception, 100-yard upside and has shown the ability to be a week winner for long stretches when he’s on fire.


Larry Fitzgerald

With a combined three receptions for 20 yards in the past two games, Larry Fitzgerald could probably be had for a bench player if you’re dealing with a frustrated or impatient owner. Fitz had at least five receptions in each of the first six games of the season, and he’s simply too good not to record better numbers moving forward. Maybe you can talk up difficult upcoming matchups with the 49ers in two of the next three weeks in an effort to get Fitzgerald at a major value.



Sell high


Chris Carson

Chris Carson is a stud, and it might be tough to part ways with him. But he’s a player worth putting out on the trade market to evaluate what you might be able to get in return. The Seahawks are going to run the ball regardless, but losing center Justin Britt for the season is a huge loss that could impact Carson’s numbers. Also, while good players on good offenses can easily overcome difficult matchups, just keep in mind that Carson has a brutal stretch—vs. Tampa Bay, @ San Francisco, BYE, @ Philadelphia, and vs. Minnesota—coming up.


Stefon Diggs

Averaging 24.5 fantasy points per game (half PPR) over his last three contests, the fantasy value of Stefon Diggs is about as high as it will get right now. If you’re someone that makes a bunch of trades and acquired Diggs at a discount a few weeks ago, it might be time to sell high and move on to another receiver. For example, trading Diggs straight up for the previously-mentioned Keenan Allen could turn out to be a shrewd move.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can simply move players that catch more passes up a bit (in PPR leagues) and players that don’t catch many pass down a bit (in non-PPR leagues). Also, Fantasy Consigliere subscribers can always ask any direct start/sit question (or any other questions) for any format all throughout the week.



1. Russell Wilson (v TB)
2. Deshaun Watson (@ JAX)
3. Aaron Rodgers (@ LAC)
4. Dak Prescott (@ NYG)
5. Josh Allen (v WAS)
6. Matthew Stafford (@ OAK)
7. Lamar Jackson (v NE)
8. Derek Carr (v DET)
9. Gardner Minshew (v HOU)
10. Jameis Winston (@ SEA)
11. Tom Brady (@ BAL)
12. Kyler Murray (v SF)
13. Daniel Jones (v DAL)
14. Sam Darnold (@ MIA)
15. Philip Rivers (v GB)
16. Kirk Cousins (@ KC)
17. Carson Wentz (v CHI)
18. Mason Rudolph (v IND)
19. Jimmy Garoppolo (@ ARI)
20. Jacoby Brissett (@ PIT)
21. Kyle Allen (v TEN)
22. Ryan Tannehill (@ CAR)
23. Mitchell Trubisky (@ PHI)
24. Matt Moore (v MIN)
25. Baker Mayfield (@ DEN)
26. Ryan Fitzpatrick (v NYJ)
27. Brandon Allen (v CLE)
28. Dwayne Haskins (@ BUF)


Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (v TEN)
2. Dalvin Cook (@ KC)
3. Saquon Barkley (v DAL)
4. Nick Chubb (@ DEN)
5. Aaron Jones (@ LAC)
6. Ezekiel Elliott (@ NYG)
7. Derrick Henry (@ CAR)
8. Le’Veon Bell (@ MIA)
9. Tevin Coleman (@ ARI)
10. Leonard Fournette (v HOU)
11. Jaylen Samuels (v IND)
12. Josh Jacobs (v DET)
13. Melvin Gordon (v GB)
14. Marlon Mack (@ PIT)
15. Mark Ingram (v NE)
16. Austin Ekeler (v GB)
17. Sony Michel (@ BAL)
18. Chris Carson (v TB)
19. Jordan Howard (v CHI)
20. Phillip Lindsay (v CLE)
21. Kenyan Drake (v SF)
22. Matt Breida (@ ARI)
23. Royce Freeman (v CLE)
24. Carlos Hyde (@ JAX)
25. Adrian Peterson (@ BUF)
26. James White (@ BAL)
27. Jamaal Williams (@ LAC)
28. Devin Singletary (v WAS)
29. Mark Walton (v NYJ)
30. Frank Gore (v WAS)
31. Damien Williams (v MIN)
32. David Montgomery (@ PHI)
33. Miles Sanders (v CHI)
34. Ronald Jones II (@ SEA)
35. LeSean McCoy (v MIN)
36. Tarik Cohen (@ PHI)
37. Ty Johnson (@ OAK)
38. Duke Johnson (@ JAX)
39. Alexander Mattison (@ KC)
40. J.D. McKissic (@ OAK)
41. Peyton Barber (@ SEA)
42. Nyheim Hines (@ PIT)
43. Rex Burkhead (@ BAL)
44. Gus Edwards (v NE)
45. Raheem Mostert (@ ARI)
46. Darren Sproles (v CHI)
47. Kalen Ballage (v NYJ)
48. DeAndre Washington (v DET)
49. Wendell Smallwood (@ BUF)
50. Rashaad Penny (v TB)
51. Dion Lewis (@ CAR)
52. Zach Zenner (v SF)
53. Justice Hill (v NE)
54. Dare Ogunbowale (@ SEA)
55. Darrel Williams (v MIN)
56. Jalen Richard (v DET)
57. Tony Pollard (@ NYG)
58. Jordan Wilkins (@ PIT)
59. Brandon Bolden (@ BAL)
60. Ty Montgomery (@ MIA)
61. Wayne Gallman (v DAL)
62. Jeff Wilson (@ ARI)
63. Dontrell Hillard (@ DEN)
64. Trey Edmunds (v IND)
65. Ryquell Armstead (v HOU)


Wide receiver

1. Chris Godwin (@ SEA)
2. DeAndre Hopkins (@ JAX)
3. Amari Cooper (@ NYG)
4. Davante Adams (@ LAC)
5. Tyler Lockett (v TB)
6. Keenan Allen (v GB)
7. Allen Robinson (@ PHI)
8. Julian Edelman (@ BAL)
9. Mike Evans (@ SEA)
10. Kenny Golladay (@ OAK)
11. D.J. Chark (v HOU)
12. Tyreek Hill (v MIN)
13. Adam Thielen (@ KC)
14. John Brown (v WAS)
15. Stefon Diggs (@ KC)
16. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v IND)
17. Michael Gallup (@ NYG)
18. Tyrell Williams (v DET)
19. Odell Beckham Jr. (@ DEN)
20. Mike Williams (v GB)
21. D.K. Metcalf (v TB)
22. Christian Kirk (v SF)
23. Courtland Sutton (v CLE)
24. Golden Tate (v DAL)
25. Alshon Jeffery (v CHI)
26. Marvin Jones (@ OAK)
27. Larry Fitzgerald (v SF)
28. Sammy Watkins (v MIN)
29. Curtis Samuel (v TEN)
30. D.J. Moore (v TEN)
31. Robby Anderson (@ MIA)
32. Jarvis Landry (@ DEN)
33. Kenny Stills (@ JAX)
34. A.J. Brown (@ CAR)
35. Chris Conley (v HOU)
36. Corey Davis (@ CAR)
37. Darius Slayton (v DAL)
38. Jamison Crowder (@ MIA)
39. Zach Pascal (@ PIT)
40. Emmanuel Sanders (@ ARI)
41. Phillip Dorsett (@ BAL)
42. DeVante Parker (v NYJ)
43. Terry McLaurin (@ BUF)
44. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ LAC)
45. Preston Williams (v NYJ)
46. Diontae Johnson (v IND)
47. Marquise Brown (v NE)
48. Cole Beasley (v WAS)
49. Mohamed Sanu (@ BAL)
50. Demaryius Thomas (@ MIA)
51. Anthony Miller (@ PHI)
52. Randall Cobb (@ NYG)
53. DeSean Jackson (v CHI)
54. Danny Amendola (@ OAK)
55. Adam Humphries (@ CAR)
56. Mecole Hardman (v MIN)
57. Taylor Gabriel (@ PHI)
58. James Washington (v IND)
59. Deebo Samuel (@ ARI)
60. Jaron Brown (v TB)
61. Geronimo Allison (@ LAC)
62. Parris Campbell (@ PIT)
63. Hunter Renfrow (v DET)
64. Dante Pettis (@ ARI)
65. Nelson Agholor (v CHI)
66. Robert Foster (v WAS)
67. Willie Snead (v NE)
68. Allen Lazard (@ LAC)
69. David Moore (v TB)
70. Trey Quinn (@ BUF)
71. Paul Richardson (@ BUF)
72. DaeSean Hamilton (v CLE)
73. Chester Rogers (@ PIT)
74. Keke Coutee (@ JAX)
75. Demarcus Robinson (v MIN)
76. Antonio Callaway (@ DEN)
77. Tajae Sharpe (@ CAR)
78. Jakobi Meyers (@ BAL)
79. Keelan Cole (v HOU)
80. Miles Boykin (v NE)


Tight end

1. George Kittle (@ ARI)
2. Darren Waller (v DET)
3. Travis Kelce (v MIN)
4. Hunter Henry (v GB)
5. Evan Engram (v DAL)
6. Mark Andrews (v NE)
7. Zach Ertz (v CHI)
8. Greg Olsen (v TEN)
9. T.J. Hockenson (@ OAK)
10. Jonnu Smith (@ CAR)
11. Eric Ebron (@ PIT)
12. Noah Fant (v CLE)
13. Cameron Brate (@ SEA)
14. Jimmy Graham (@ LAC)
15. Dallas Goedert (v CHI)
16. Jack Doyle (@ PIT)
17. Vance McDonald (v IND)
18. Darren Fells (@ JAX)
19. Chris Herndon (@ MIA)
20. Jason Witten (@ NYG)
21. Kyle Rudolph (@ KC)
22. Benjamin Watson (@ BAL)
23. Dawson Knox (v WAS)
24. Trey Burton (@ PHI)
25. Jordan Akins (@ JAX)
26. Josh Oliver (v HOU)
27. Mike Gesicki (v NYJ)
28. Irv Smith Jr. (@ KC)
29. Demetrius Harris (@ DEN)
30. Jeremy Sprinkle (@ BUF)
31. Jacob Hollister (v TB)
32. Ian Thomas (v TEN)
33. Hayden Hurst (v NE)
34. Ricky Seals-Jones (@ DEN)
35. Luke Willson (v TB)



1. Buffalo Bills (v WAS)
2. San Francisco 49ers (@ ARI)
3. New England Patriots (@ BAL)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (v CHI)
5. Cleveland Browns (@ DEN)
6. Carolina Panthers (v TEN)
7. Seattle Seahawks (v TB)
8. Denver Broncos (v CLE)
9. Dallas Cowboys (@ NYG)
10. New York Jets (@ MIA)
11. Tennessee Titans (@ CAR)
12. Minnesota Vikings (@ KC)
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (v IND)
14. Green Bay Packers (@ LAC)
15. Chicago Bears (@ PHI)
16. Indianapolis Colts (@ PIT)
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (v HOU)
18. Houston Texans (@ JAX)
19. Detroit Lions (@ OAK)
20. Kansas City Chiefs (v MIN)
21. Washington Redskins (@ BUF)
22. Oakland Raiders (v DET)
23. Miami Dolphins (v NYJ)
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ SEA)
25. Arizona Cardinals (v SF)



1. Matt Prater (@ OAK)
2. Robbie Gould (@ ARI)
3. Jason Myers (v TB)
4. Justin Tucker (v NE)
5. Mason Crosby (@ LAC)
6. Brett Maher (@ NYG)
7. Dan Bailey (@ KC)
8. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ JAX)
9. Joey Slye (v TEN)
10. Josh Lambo (v HOU)
11. Harrison Butker (v MIN)
12. Chris Boswell (v IND)
13. Zane Gonzalez (v SF)
14. Nick Folk (@ BAL)
15. Matt Gay (@ SEA)
16. Stephen Hauschka (v WAS)
17. Jake Elliott (v CHI)
18. Adam Vinatieri (@ PIT)
19. Daniel Carlson (v DET)
20. Michael Badgley (v GB)
21. Aldrick Rosas (v DAL)
22. Austin Seibert (@ DEN)
23. Brandon McManus (v CLE)
24. Ryan Succop (@ CAR)
25. Sam Ficken (@ MIA)