D.J. Moore (15% Yahoo, 10% ESPN)
I mentioned Moore as a breakout candidate heading in to his week 7 tilt with the Eagles. In week 8 he earned the start against the Ravens catches 5 passes for 90 yards on 6 targets. Ron Rivera and Cam Newton are finally realizing this kid can play. They used him all over, in several sweep plays, crossing routes, and go routes. His usage and effectiveness should continue to increase as he’ll face the Buccaneers and Steelers the next two weeks and still see the Buccaneers again as well as the Seahawks, Browns, Saints, and Falcons. If you didn’t grab him yet you’ll likely need a high waiver claim to get him this week.
Devante Parker (13% Yahoo, 22% ESPN)
Maybe the problem is equal parts Parker and Ryan Tannehill? Because with Brock Osweiler, yes that Brock Osweiler, at the healm Parker saw 9 targets catching 6 for 134 yards. Parker has been inactive most of the year and there have been plenty of reports that the Dolphins have been shopping him after several disappointing years. The Dolphins will be without Kenny Stills for several weeks and Albert Wilson for the rest of the year meaning even if Parker isn’t traded he’ll almost certainly have to play meaningful snaps moving forward.
D’Onta Foreman (15% Yahoo, 7% ESPN)
Oddly Foremans ownership actually dropped from last week in Yahoo leagues from 18% to 15%. Miller has had back to back good games after 3 subpar games which could be suppressing Foreman’s value but he’s still worth a roster spot or your IR slot as we anticipate his return. Deshaun Watson is starting to look more like himself after suffering several injuries but lost Will Fuller to an ACL tear this week. With Keke Coutee also nursing an injury the Texans will be looking for playmakers and Foreman showed late last year that he could provide big play ability. Foreman could be activated in the next few weeks.
Devontae Booker (5% Yahoo, 12% ESPN)
I don’t think the Royce Freeman era is over by any means but with a high ankle sprain taking time to heal Booker could make a case to split the carries with Phillip Lyndsay ahead of Freeman. Against the Chiefs Booker was actually more efficient than Lyndsay, averaging 8.7 YPC and saw 4 targets to Lyndsay’s 3 where as Freeman wasn’t eating in to Lyndsay’s targets much. The Broncos also have a really good schedule against the run moving forward making him an excellent stash candidate.
Alex Smith (43% Yahoo, 49% ESPN)
Smith is still doing Smith things, an excellent game manager with just 2 interceptions, and in typical fashion averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game. But Smith faces a Falcons defense that has struggled all year defending the pass, having lost many key defenders. The Falcons are surrendering 27.3 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and that includes the week one dud put up by Nick Foles. Since week two they are giving up 31.3.
Jameis Winston (75% Yahoo, 75% ESPN)
I got bit by the Jameis bug after seeing what Ryan Fitzpatrick did over the first 3 games of the year for the Buccaneers but since week 5 Winston has thrown 10 interceptions and looked terrible this week throwing 4, 2 of which were peewee level embarrassing. In came Fitzpatrick who immediately revitalized the team, mounting a comeback and tying the game. Even if they go back to Winston next week there is no guarantee they stick with him if he struggles again. The Bucs also have two tough matchups coming up the next two weeks against the Panthers and Redskins which does not bode well for his bounce back capabilities.
Jamaal Williams (23% Yahoo, 27% ESPN)
Williams continues to split carries with Aaron Jones yet is still inefficient averaging under 4 yards a carry and just 40 YPG. It’s been a slow process but eventually Jones will take over. Williams is not worth rostering in 10 and 12 team leagues.