Welcome to our weekly set of rankings of our top-250 overall players for the rest of the season. I should note that I’m not personally a big fan of massive, position-combining lists and I think positional lists are more useful, however, take this and use it in whatever way you wish. Thanks to this widget from FantasyPros, you can break it down by position as well.
- It’s looking like Jameis Winston will miss some time, and if I’m the Bucs, I’m in no rush to get him back as they’re not really playing for the postseason at this point. As such, he’s fallen fairly significantly in the rankings, as I have no idea how many more games he’ll play this season and just how healthy/effective he’ll be.
- It looks like Jay Ajayi is going to have a nice role in Philadelphia, and he’s playing behind a much better offensive line than he did in Miami. The Eagles’ offense is much higher-scoring than Miami’s, and even with LeGarrette Blount threatening for carries, I think Ajayi will be just fine.
- Even getting a solid amount of carries, Joe Mixon has been fairly ineffective. I still believe in his talent, but he’s got a tough schedule coming up, with matchups against the Broncos, the Browns (who have a solid run defense), and the Vikings. He’s still an RB2, but he’s dropped a bit.
- C.J. Anderson has been hurt and even when he’s been healthy, he’s been bad. And lately, Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker have been taking some of his carries, which is all bad news for him. He’s down to an RB3 now.
- Speaking of huge falls from grace, Mike Gillislee has been getting double-digit carries and has been doing nothing with them. No touchdowns and no meaningful gains in yardage, while Dion Lewis has been much more efficient, which is why Gillislee has fallen and Lewis has risen.
- It looks like Danny Woodhead is coming back soon, and if he stays healthy, he’ll be very valuable, especially in PPR leagues. He’ll go right back to the passing down back role in the Ravens’ offense and will get plenty of work.
- It seems that Orleans Darkwa has secured the lead back role with the Giants, and he’s been pretty efficient with it. The Giants aren’t exactly a high-octane offense, but Darkwa should still return some decent RB3 value and potentially more depending on the matchup.
- Jonathan Stewart has just looked bad. Old and bad. And especially after two fumbles last week, it seems like the Panthers will rely more on talented rookie Christian McCaffery than on Stewart, which makes him barely ownable as a running back.
- Keenan Allen has been fine lately, but he hasn’t been the top-10 wide receiver he should be. Mostly it’s been a lack of touchdowns (he has just one), but that should correct itself soon enough. The Chargers have a great fantasy playoff schedule, so Allen should be pretty valuable at the end of the year.
- Without Aaron Rodgers, the whole Packers offense has suffered, but Jordy Nelson has fallen to a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 without him. Davante Adams stays as a WR3 and Randall Cobb is hardly worth owning.
- Chris Hogan’s injury has caused him to fall in the rankings. He’s out for Week 10, we’ll see how long he’ll be out after that, but it might be for a few weeks. Expect Danny Amendola to fill in his role.
- Without DeShaun Watson, we all expected the Texans offense to suffer, especially Will Fuller, and unfortunately that’s panned out to be true. Tom Savage just isn’t the quarterback Watson is, and as such, Fuller’s touchdown-dependency makes him difficult to trust.
- So it’s possible that Willie Snead might get more involved in the Saints’ offense, but for now, it seems like the Saints trust Ted Ginn more than Snead, and Ginn’s been reasonably successful with that opportunity. Ginn makes for a decent WR4 with upside given his big-play ability.
- Looks like Greg Olsen will be coming back soon, and as long as he’s fully healthy, he should go right back to being fully involved in the Panthers’ offense. Once he comes back, he should assume his role as a TE1 the rest of the way, again, assuming health.
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