By Pat Pitts
We're heading into the final quarter of the regular season for fantasy football. The next few weeks, when your league's trade deadline has come and gone, will be determined by which managers in your league scoop up the best available players on the Wire with the best rest of season outlook. Let's go to the board.
Teddy Bridgewater (Rostered in 29% of ESPN leagues and 41% of Yahoo leagues)
Bridgewater’s next four games are against the Bucs, Lions, Vikings, and Broncos. All four of those teams have beatable secondaries for Bridgewater to succeed and put up quality fantasy points moving forward for the final stretch of bye weeks.
Drew Lock (Rostered in 14% of ESPN leagues and 20% Yahoo leagues)
Since returning from his injury, he has increased his weekly point total game by game. I am not saying you must pick him up, but at this stage of the season it is not a bad idea to have two QBs. Ride the hot hand.
Baker Mayfield (Rostered in 18% of ESPN leagues and 33% of Yahoo leagues)
Monitor this situation all week because Mayfield is on the COVID-19 list as a close contact precaution, but if you have a bye week QB, you can do much worse than Baker Mayfield.
Kalen Ballage (Roster in < 1% of ESPN leagues and 1% of Yahoo leagues)
Kalen Ballage squeaked his way onto a team this season and found a new home on a new coast. Ballage saw a decent amount of time on Sunday after Justin Jackson went down on the first play. Finishing the game with 15 carries for 69 (nice) yards and a touchdown. He's a decent add in 14-team leagues for bye weeks.
DeeJay Dallas (Rostered in 61% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues)
DeeJay Dallas had himself another productive week filling in for the injured Chris Carson rushing for 31 yards on 7 attempts and found the end zone yet again. This is the only “Dallas” I would put on my team moving forward.
Gus Edwards (Rostered in 11% of ESPN leagues)
Edwards has more carries (75), yards (328), and touchdowns (3) than Dobbins, but Dobbins is rostered in more leagues.
I get Dobbins is the flashier name, but numbers don’t lie. Grab Edwards ASAP.
Zack Moss (Rostered in 53% of ESPN leagues)
In the past two weeks, Moss has rushed for 99 yards along with scoring three touchdowns. He has outperformed Singletary and that trend will continue moving forward.
Richie James (Rostered in <1% of ESPN leagues and 2% of Yahoo leagues)
James caught nine passes for 184 yards and a touchdown, leading all WRs in fantasy points for Week 9. He has a lot of upside with the WR room dealing with recurring injuries.
David Moore (Rostered in 2% of ESPN Leagues and 3% of Yahoo leagues)
David Moore had a great game on Sunday, catching four passes for 71 yards and scoring his second touchdown in two weeks. Moore is a solid add for 12-team leagues with bye weeks or injuries, 14-team leagues as a FLEX, and a quality dynasty league addition too.
Darnell Mooney (Rostered in 15% of ESPN leagues and 14% of Yahoo leagues)
Mooney has emerged into the WR2 in Chicago and Nick Foles loves slinging the rock to him. He hasn't seen under five targets since Week 2 and has had five receptions in each of his last two games. Shoot for the moon and scoop Darnell.
Irv Smith Jr. (Rostered in 4% of ESPN leagues and 7% Yahoo leagues)
This is primarily a dynasty league pick up for me. Irv Smith Jr. is a young, talented TE that has become a favorite target of Kirk Cousins.
He finished the week inside the Top-3 for TEs in Week 9. He’s a great addition for bye week issues.
Gerald Everett (Rostered in 2% of ESPN leagues and 4% of Yahoo leagues)
He's the TE to roster in Los Angeles. If you still have Tyler Higbee on your roster, wake up and fix it.
Tyler Eifert (Rostered in 3% of ESPN leagues and 5% of Yahoo leagues) A new 6th round rookie QB for the Jaguars means Eifert will be the dink and dunk safety blanket again in Jacksonville. four receptions on five targets in Week 9 was overall points better in full-point PPR leagues than Mark Andrews and Hunter Henry
May the Waiver Wire adds and FAAB Gods be ever in your favor as we head into the stretch run of the fantasy season!