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players to buy
justin jefferson (wr – min) it’s true that jefferson laid an egg on sunday night against dallas, catching just two passes for 21 yards on four targets. the second-year receiver is simply too talented to hold down for too long. now is the time to invest if jefferson’s manager in your league is frustrated.
a.j. brown (wr – ten) We still don’t know what Tennessee’s offense will look like without Derrick Henry, but a rational training assumption would lead us to believe that the team places an even greater emphasis on featuring A.J. Brown. The third-year wide receiver has at least a 30% target share in each of his last three games, which is a rate that should hold steady without Henry.
d’andre swift (rb – det) when jamaal williams was announced inactive 90 minutes before kickoff, many in the fantasy industry thought swift was about to have his best day as a professional. instead, he ended up being the worst of the season. A bad day aside, Swift’s role remains elitist and his talent helps elevate the production of all the touches he receives. continue valuing it as a low-end rb1.
Elijah Mitchell (RB – SF) It was another great performance for the “other” San Francisco RB rookie in Week 8. Mitchell had 18 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, passing the century mark for the second straight game. he wasn’t a target in the passing game, which makes his floor go down going forward, but we also know the 49ers want to run the ball early and often. Mitchell had five carries of more than 10 yards on Sunday. he’s exactly who we thought trey sermon could be in august.
michael carter (rb – nyj) was another busy week for the rookie running back. Carter gave up a whopping 14 targets on Sunday against the Bengals, catching nine passes for 95 yards. Carter also rushed 15 times for 77 yards and a rushing touchdown. It was a monster performance that helped Mike White control the rookie early and often. we know that carter has talent. He entered the weekend ranked 10th in the elusive PFF rating. a larger role elevates him into the top-24 among rbs for the rest of the season.
Justin Fields (QB – Chi) The rookie QB finally had his coming out party from a fantasy perspective, and it’s fair to wonder if Matt Nagy’s absence played a part in it. . note that Fields completed 4 of 4 passes for 40 yards and a score on designed shots (per next-gen stats), which looks like solid game design! That narrative aside, the rushed performance of the courses is what gets us excited. the 22-year-old tied a season high in rushing carries (10) for 103 yards and a touchdown. Through the air, Fields completed 19 of 27 passes for 175 yards, a touchdown and an interception. It wasn’t a perfect game by any means, and the skill level of his supporting cast remains questionable at best, but at least it was a step in the right direction. Fields draws the Steelers next Sunday before the Bears have their bye week. once again, he’s worth the list based on the positive scoring he showed against the 49ers today.
players to sell
chase claypool (wr – pit) the 23-year-old is such an athletic player, but his skill set just doesn’t align with the style of quarterback he’s become. ben roethlisberger these days. Claypool still offers a theoretical advantage in the wake of Juju Smith-Schuster’s season-ending injury, but it’s hard to bet on this offense as a whole. Claypool has been limited to six catches for 62 receiving yards in his last two games.
antonio gibson (rb – was) gibson is a weekly “sale” candidate because there might still be a coach in his league who remembers his second-round adp from august. Unfortunately, we are a long way from those days. Gibson received fewer carries than rookie Jarrett Patterson in Week 8 against the Broncos. he is battling a shin injury. he’s not playing third down or two-minute offense. this is a situation to unload before things get worse.
laviska shenault jr. (wr – jac) The 23-year-old only saw four goals with the Jaguars coming off their bye in Week 8 against the Seahawks. since d.j. chark (ankle) dropped during the season, shenault ranks fourth on the team in target participation at 13.5%. the sophomore breakup doesn’t seem to be happening for him.
myles gaskin (rb – mia) we thought gaskin could see more use with malcolm brown without playing, but that was not the case. Instead, Miami’s coaching staff gave Patrick Laird 33% of the long and long plays, as well as 45% of the two-minute offense. Salvan Ahmed also remained involved. it’s impossible to trust gaskin to carry on.
player to hold
mike evans (wr – tb) unsurprisingly, saints corner marshon lattimore gave evans some fits in week 8. however, ‘big mike’ missed a long catch from touch downs The Bucs have a bye this week before drawing the Burnable Washington Secondary in Week 10. Keep Evans on the roster for that pristine matchup.
kyle pitts (te – atl) pitts had his “welcome to the nfl” moment in week 8. facing stephon gilmore of the panthers, the rookie tight end was limited to two receptions for 13 yards on six targets. It was a forgettable performance, but the utilization of him remained strong. there will be more big games ahead for the world no. 4 overall draft pick.
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jaylen waddle (wr – mia) waddle was pretty inefficient in week 8, with just 29 receiving yards on 12 targets. it was a tough matchup against buffalo and better days are ahead next sunday against the houston texans. again, the rookie saw a whopping 12 targets. keep it on the list and start at week 9.
emmanuel sanders (wr – buf) sanders didn’t record a single reception in week 8 against miami, but he remains an integral part of one of the happiest teams in the nfl. Sunday’s disappointment was that the Dolphins basically gave Josh Allen the underground routes he wanted, leading to a heavy dose of Cole Beasley and Zack Moss at check-ins. sanders will likely bounce back in week 9 against the lowly jaguars.
kenneth gainwell (rb – phi) the philadelphia running backs scored four touchdowns in week 8 against detroit, but somehow gainwell didn’t come up with any of them. The Rookie Rb received just one touch in the first three quarters of the game. he then led the backfield with 12 touches in an uncompetitive fourth quarter. this was extremely strange, but maybe winning well is only seen as the return of the pass and this game did not feature a negative play script. at least gainwell is worth holding on to for at least another week. the eagles are unlikely to lead too often the rest of the season.
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