NOTE: Players mentioned will be owned in 40% or less of ESPN leagues. MUST ADD will be a recommended add in all leagues. MAYBE ADD is for those in 12 team leagues or deeper. DEEP ADD is for those in 14+ team leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers) – 23.6% OWNED – MAYBE ADD
Now 2-0 on the year (4-0 in his career), Jimmy G is showing the 49ers that he can be the long-term answer at the QB position for the franchise. Working with limited weapons and a shoddy offensive line, he managed to put up 334 yards through the air and tossed his second TD of the season. He is definitely on the radar this week against the Titans, but should still probably be faded in week 16 against Jacksonville.
Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars) – 20.3% OWNED – MAYBE ADD
Coming off another QB1 finish, Bortles is definitely in the QB1 discussion for the rest of the fantasy playoffs with two cupcake match ups on the way (Houston followed by San Francisco). With Bortles playing well, the Jaguars have been going to a more pass friendly approach which has led to fantasy value for not just Bortles, but his two starting wide outs too.
Mike Davis (Seattle Seahawks) – 24.6% OWNED – MAYBE ADD
In two starts now Davis has put up two impressive lines against two of the leagues better rush defenses (16/64, 15/66). He would have been in for a bigger workload this Sunday had he not gone down with an injury, which is something to keep an eye on. As long as he is healthy, he should be in the RB2 mix for the rest of the season.
Kerwyn Williams (Arizona Cardinals) – 19.9% OWNED – MAYBE ADD
Williams drew another start on Sunday and put together a decent stat line with 88 yards on 21 touches. There’s still no timetable for Adrian Peterson to return and its very well possible he is held out the rest of the year. That gives Williams RB3 value for the rest of the fantasy playoffs with some solid match ups against Washington and the Giants.
Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – 19.6% OWNED – MAYBE ADD
While Doug Martin started, he was his typical ineffective self on Sunday, while also fumbling then proceeding to be benched. Barber played most of the second half and out rushed Martin 58-26 on just two more carries. With nothing to play for anymore, the Bucs could very well (and should) just let Barber be the bell cow back for the remaining 3 games. The match ups aren’t ideal, but he should still be considered an upside flex/RB3 play moving forward.
Wayne Gallman (New York Giants) – 19.6% OWNED – DEEP ADD
An Orleans Darkwa fumble opened the door to more playing time for Gallman on Sunday, and he did a good job capitalizing as he went for 99 yards on 19 touches. He should continue to see more work with the Giants not playing for anything, and could be a nice PPR flex option the rest of the way.
Dede Westbrook (Jacksonville Jaguars) – 15.8% OWNED – MUST ADD
Westbrook now has 200 yards over his past 3 games (more than a quarter of Blake Bortles passing yards), with at least 5 catches, with those numbers making him a solid WR3. Add in the fact that he gets two juicy matchups coming up, and he has legitimate WR2 upside for the fantasy playoffs.
Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns) – 22.5.% OWNED – MAYBE ADD
While Josh Gordon received all the hype heading into Sundays game, Coleman wound up having the better game in PPR leagues and should continue to be the 1B to Gordons 1A. He gets two good match ups as well, with a Ravens defense that just gave up 506 yards through the air Sunday night.
Paul Richardson (Seattle Seahawks) – 30.6% OWNED – DEEP ADD
He and Tyler Lockett have been more dart throw options throughout the season, but I think there’s a good chance he can put up some nice value in the next two weeks with two potential shootouts on tap. Lockett is another possible option, but if I had to choose between one of them, Richardson’s target share makes him more appealing.
O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – 9.5% – MAYBE ADD
Howard is playing more than Cameron Brate at this point, and is putting up some low-end TE1 value over the past few games. His role should continue to increase, making him an intriguing starting option for those desperate at the position still.