Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo SF
With key injuries hitting the quarterback position this week, plenty of playoff fantasy owners will all of a sudden be without a quarterback. If you lost Carson Wentz, or even Josh McCown, Garoppolo is the likely the best option for you if he is indeed available on waivers. In his first two starts, Garoppolo has put up 627 yards. He only has one touchdown so far, but with how the Niners have been moving the ball with him under center, the TDs should see an uptick. While Tennessee isn’t a great matchup, they have been susceptible to giving up yards through the air. Garoppolo is a fringe Top-12 play this week.
Running Back: Kerwynn Williams ARI
Kerwynn Williams was the big get in Week 2 following David Johnson’s injury. He immediately underwhelmed and was ultimately replaced. Now, with Adrian Peterson banged up, Williams is actually seizing his opportunity. His workload was great this past week. He turned 20 carries into 89 yards. If Peterson remains out, Williams should be in line for solid RB2 output against a Redskins defense that has completely fallen apart the over the last several games. Peterson (neck) is a High Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries, so it seems likely that Williams will get that chance. He’s a must pickup in all leagues.
Running Back: Terron Ward ATL
The Falcons dynamic backfield tandem has been banged up the past few weeks. Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion in Week 10, and, most recently, Tevin Coleman suffered one last week against the Saints. Given Freeman’s history of concussions, they likely won’t want to lean on him too much if Coleman is out on Monday night against Tampa Bay. Coleman will get an extra four days to recover since the Falcons played on Thursday in Week 14 and play on Monday night in Week 15, but it’s still no given that he will make it through the protocol (Coleman is a currently a High Injury Risk).
If Coleman is indeed out, that should open up some touches for Terron Ward, who has gotten an average of eight touches the past two games with one of Freeman or Coleman out. Against a poor Tampa Bay defense, Ward may get the chance to put up some solid numbers with 8-10 touches (could be more if Atlanta gets up big). He’s mostly a deep league flier at this point, but Ward is at least worth keeping an eye on.
Wide Receiver: Dede Westbrook JAX
Westbrook caught a touchdown Sunday as part of his big breakout game with the Jaguars. He notched 5 catches for 81 yards (a career high) and led the team in targets with 8. Ever since he came off the IR in Week 11, Westbrook has improved, and now he looks like a legit week in, week out option. He is a Low Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, so any worry associated with the core injury that kept him out the first 10 weeks is gone. Westbrook gets a great matchup with the beleaguered Houston defense next week, putting him in the WR2/Flex conversation. He’s a must add if you can still get him.
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Wide Receiver: Seth Roberts OAK
Oakland lost Amari Cooper on Sunday after the third year wideout re-aggravated the injury to his ankle that had him questionable for Week 14. With Cooper out, the Raiders offense sputtered, and Derek Carr could only put up 211 yards passing on 41 attempts. Cooper is an Elevated Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, and at this point it seems likely that he won’t be able to suit up in Week 15, especially with the Raiders season in the tank after Sunday.
If Cooper is out, then Seth Roberts becomes an option. The upside isn’t super high, but Roberts should be a safe bet for five catches or more (he caught five passes for 46 yards in Week 13 with Cooper out). He isn’t much more than a flier option in deep PPR leagues, but the value could be there against a middling Dallas defense.
Tight End: Trey Burton PHI
Burton delivered for those that trusted him as a plug and play Sunday with Zach Ertz out, catching two touchdowns. Ertz (concussion) seems like a decent bet to return in Week 15, but Burton is worth having on your radar if he doesn’t (Ertz remains a High Injury Risk). The Philly passing game won’t have as much appeal with Carson Wentz hurt, but Nick Foles has thrown 25% of his career touchdowns to tight ends, a pretty solid number. Using a roster spot on Burton isn’t the worst thing just to see if Ertz trends towards playing, especially if you need help at tight end.
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