The bye weeks are behind us, but the injuries continue to batter Fantasy teams. If your team has managed to stay relatively healthy this season, consider yourself extremely lucky. You need to stay aggressive on the waiver wire no matter what your starting lineup looks like. Having a strong bench could make all the difference once the Fantasy playoffs start. Just like having the right music can make all the difference at your upcoming holiday party. Let’s check out player value movement and a few tunes to go along with them.
Obsessed by Mariah Carey
Jameis Winston (QB, Bucs) – “Ah oh. Why you so obsessed with me?” Winston is coming off the most impressive game of his young career, with five TDs against the Eagles. He has just two picks in his last six games and appears to be developing nicely for a rookie QB learning on the job. It does not hurt that he has one of the best young WRs in the game at his disposal (Mike Evans) and a massive deep threat in Vincent Jackson. Expect continued improvement as the season goes on, and the healthy return of Austin Seferian-Jenkins should aid that even further. Still, it is important to not overvalue him based on one performance, no matter how eye opening it was. He is not yet a QB1 option, but he absolutely can be considered a matchup-based streamer and solid backup. Winston will be one of the most talked about breakout candidates next summer.
Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson
Andy Dalton (QB, Bengals) – “Don’t cross him, don’t boss him. He’s wild in his sorrow. He’s ridin’ an’ hidin’ his pain. Don’t fight him, don’t spite him. Just wait till tomorrow. Maybe he’ll ride on again.” One of the best QBs of the 2015 season, Dalton has already returned more value than you paid for at the draft. Still, it is hard not to be slightly concerned about his production moving forward. He plays the Rams this week and then the Broncos in Week 16, two of the toughest defenses on opposing QBs. It is not a bad idea to carry an extra QB during this time of year to give you an emergency option. If you own Dalton, it is highly recommended that you add a backup that could step in and start if you need him to. He should be fine aside from these two daunting matchups but we have seen Bad Andy before. Still, with the weapons around him and his strong play overall, Dalton remains a Top 10 QB for the remainder of the season.
Blow by Ke$ha
Thomas Rawls (RB, Seahawks) – “Cause we don’t mess around. This place’s about to blow-oh-oh-oh. Blow-oh-oh-oh.” With Marshawn Lynch out at least a month, Rawls steps in and assumes a heavy workload. Last week, Rawls rattled off over 200 yards rushing and two TDs against the Niners. Even in a tough matchup against the Steelers this week, Rawls should flirt with RB1 value. Do not expect the Seahawks to change their offense much at all with Rawls in place of Lynch. You can argue that he has actually been the better back this year anyway. If you were able to snag him off the waiver wire in the past few weeks, consider yourself lucky. You have a locked-in starter that could be an absolute game-changer towards the end of the Fantasy season.
Smooth Sailin’ by Leon Bridges
T.J. Yeldon (RB, Jaguars) – “Said I like the way (like the way). You sail your ship down. Let me be your cargo.” Overshadowed by the strong play of Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, Yeldon has held his own as the Jaguars’ lead back this season. He is involved in the passing game and has received double-digit carries in every game. He is a key component in the Jacksonville youth movement and should only get better with experience. Yeldon has a chance to break out this week against a Chargers team that has given up the most Fantasy points to RBs according to NFL.com. Consider him a weekly RB2 play.
Still D.R.E by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
Dez Bryant (WR, Cowboys) “Dr. Dre be the name still running the game. Still got it wrapped like a mummy.” Tony Romo is back under center, instantly upgrading every single member of the Cowboys’ offense. Terrance Williams goes to a potentially startable WR and Jason Witten is back on the TE1 radar. Most importantly, Bryant should be back among the elite WRs. He just returned a few weeks ago from injury himself and is working back into game shape. There is a chance you can get Bryant at a slight discount before your trade deadline because he has not had any monster performances yet this year. Expect those to be coming just in time for your Fantasy playoffs.
Nah! by Shaina Twain
James Jones (WR, Packers) – “That’s it! (That’s all!) We had fun! (We had a ball!) It was good while it lasted–but now I’m past it.” The toast of the Fantasy universe in September, Jones did exactly what he has in the past for the Packers…catch touchdowns. Of his 30 receptions on the season, seven went for a score. He is nothing more than a roll of the dice WR3 option with Davante Adams back in the mix. Of course, if the nagging ankle injuries prevent Adams from suiting up in the coming weeks, Jones value gets elevated once again. Because of that, you should definitely keep Jones rostered. Just know that his production will be very hit or miss for the rest of the season.
Gimme Some More by Busta Rhymes
Tyler Eifert (TE, Bengals) – “I represent while we gettin’ money and reign supreme
Hope you playas know we comin’ through full steam.” With 11 TDs on the year already (including four multiple score games), it is safe to say that Eifert has officially broken out. He is making the most of limited targets in a Bengals offense that spreads the ball around. Between Eifert, A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Giovani Bernard there is no shortage of receiving options for Dalton to choose from. Still, you can deal with a couple of dud performances from your TE, especially when the weekly upside is sky high. There is an argument for Eifert being the most valuable dynasty TE outside of Rob Gronkowski.
Hello Goodbye by The Beatles
Zach Miller (TE, Bears) – “You say yes, I say no
You say stop and I say go go go, oh no
You say goodbye and I say hello.” Zach Miller had some flashes with the Jaguars, but that was five years ago. While he has been out of the NFL since 2011, Miller is back on the Fantasy radar with the Bears. He has scored three TDs in the past three games to go along with 177 yards receiving. With all of the wide receiver injuries that the Bears have suffered, Miller stepped up and made the most of his opportunity. Still, do not get too excited here. Unless Martellus Bennett gets hurt, Miller will remain nothing more than a TE2 option in any given week. At 31 years old, there is little appeal in keeper and dynasty formats as well. Chalk it up to a nice little hot streak and say goodbye.