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Every Tuesday of the regular season, I will be updating my rest of season rankings for PPR leagues, in hopes of helping you with roster construction and trade negotiations. These are not Week 10 matchup rankings, which I will release before the Thursday game. The List is created with the rest of the season in mind.
- I’ve been overly pessimistic when ranking Devin Singletary this year, and it has paid off up to this point. I figured that the Bills would be stubborn and stick with Frank Gore longer than they should, and an injury further delayed Singletary’s ascension. But after Week 9 I’m fully jumping on board, with Singletary rising 54 spots to rank as my 50th player overall rest of season. Singletary out-snapped Gore 66% to 34% last week and was clearly the superior option, both on the ground and through the air. This is now the second straight week Singletary has logged at least 65% of the snaps, and the Bills must know that they have something after the rookie turned 23 touches into 140 total yards and two touchdowns against Washington. There will still be moments of frustration for Singletary owners, and his upside is a bit capped in this offense. But it appears that Singletary is a feature back capable of holding up at the goal line as well as being an asset in the passing game, making him my RB21 going forward.
- We’ve reached the point of the season where injuries can cause a massive change in rankings. With only four to five weeks left in the fantasy regular season in many leagues, a two-week absence can be massive to a player’s value. If your fantasy team is sitting at 7-2 and in first place, you can stash an injured player no problem. If you sit at 3-6 and need to win out to grab the last playoff spot, holding on to an injured player for 3 weeks becomes a much tougher proposition. Adam Thielen, Brandin Cooks, T.Y. Hilton, and Sterling Shepard all face potential multi-game absences and see their value plummet as a result. They are obvious assets when healthy, so it comes down to whether or not your team can spare the roster spot.
- I was wrong on Emmanuel Sanders and Mohamed Sanu, as I thought they would be complementary pieces on their new teams that lacked fantasy explosiveness. Sanders has now scored a touchdown in both games with the 49ers and dominated at times during a seven-catch 112-yard performance against the Cardinals last week. Sanu gobbled up 14 targets and 10 receptions in Baltimore on Sunday night, and added a touchdown of his own. I still feel that both will be squeezed out by competing options in the offense from time to time, but each players’ ceiling is undeniable, and the early returns of both trades are promising.
- Don’t look now, but Devante Parker is becoming a consistent fantasy option with room for growth. Parker has caught a touchdown in four of his past five games, has averaged eight targets a game over the past three weeks, and now loses competition in the passing game after Preston Williams‘ season-ending injury. Parker likely won’t fully break out in this below-average Dolphins offense, but Parker looks like a pretty solid bye week fill-in with WR3 upside.
- With Hilton set to miss several weeks with an injury and rookie receiver Parris Campbell suffering an injury of his own, Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal looks set up for a nice role over the next several weeks. Pascal has excelled at times without Hilton, including last week with five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Pascal could slide into the number one receiver role in an offense that is well designed and knows how to get receivers open in the red zone. He moves up my board to 109 overall.
- Kalen Ballage is the last man standing in the Dolphins backfield after the Kenyan Drake trade and the suspension of Mark Walton. The running game has been a disappointment, however, and I suspect Ballage isn’t going to inherit a three-down role regardless of the lack of depth, even if it means bringing in a free agent. He moves up my board 31 spots just by default, but I don’t see much reason for excitement here.
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