NOTE: I previously listed Amari Cooper as a trade/drop in this column. With a trade to the Cowboys on Monday I still stand by this assessment as I don’t view Dak Prescott or a Jason Garrett led offense as an upgrade to whatever you want to call that mess in Oakland. If anything owners in your league may be excited at the fresh start for Cooper and eager to trade for him and if that’s the case DO IT!
Marlon Mack (55% Yahoo, 54% ESPN)
I try to stay away from players owned in more than 50% of leagues but Mack will be a hot commodity this week and is worth mentioning. Since his return in week 6 Mack had relegated Nyheim Hines to second fiddle, reducing his snap rate from 67% in week 5 to just 26% in week 7. Meanwhile Mack saw 56% in week 7 including some passing work and a receiving touchdown. Mack saw 19 carries, with 8 going for more than 5 yards and was efficient to all sides of the field. He’s a must add if he’s on your waiver wire with a great matchup against the Raiders this week and two upcoming matchups against the Jaguars.
Courtland Sutton (5% Yahoo, 9% ESPN)
I’m proactively adding Sutton in leagues ahead of the trade deadline. There’s been rumors of Demaryius Thomas being shopped since the preseason and they’re starting to surface again ahead of the October 30th deadline. If Thomas does get moved Sutton will immediately move into the #2 slot opposite Emmanuel Sanders. Coming in to the season the Broncos had one of the best adjusted schedules against pass defenses and continue to have an extremely soft slate from here on out.
Chris Ivory (8% Yahoo, 9% ESPN)
Ivory filled in admirably for the injured LeSean McCoy this week averaging 5.1 YPC and seeing 6 targets out of the backfield converting 3 of them. If McCoy misses this week against the Patriots Ivory will make a nice flex play against a team that just got chewed up by Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard at the goal line. If McCoy does indeed get traded Ivory would get an immediate boost as the heir apparent starter and would face the Patriots twice, Jets twice, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Lions down the stretch, all of who are in the bottom of the league in rush defense.
Danny Amendola (10% Yahoo, 24% ESPN)
This falls in the category of “next man up” for the Dolphins. Albert Wilson is likely to miss the remainder of the season and Kenny Stills left with a groin injury in week 7 and most likely will miss some time. That leaves Amendola and Jakeem Grant. Amendola was already seeing the second highest snap rate behind Stills at 83% and was already seeing the highest average in targets and receptions. He’ll need to slide in to their WR1 roll with all the injuries.
D’Onta Foreman (18% Yahoo, 7% ESPN)
Foreman is now available to be activated off of PUP and heads into a situation where both Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue have been largely ineffective. Miller had a good game against the reeling jaguars rush defense but that should not stop Foreman from carving out a role for himself, especially where he showed flashes at the end of 2017 prior to his achilles injury. He’s worth a stash if you’re in need of a running back going in to the second half of the season.
Tre’Quan Smith (17% Yahoo, 9% ESPN)
Smith filled in for the IR’d Ted Ginn Jr. getting 6 targets for 3 catches and 44 yards just missing a touchdown catch. He already seemed to be trending in the right direction after his breakout game against the Redskins and with Ginn gone for the rest of the season should slide in to the WR2 roll where Cameron Meredith has failed to deliver. He’s another one with a good schedule moving forward getting the Vikings, Rams, Bengals, Falcons, Buccaneers (week 14), and Steelers (week 16).
Chris Hogan (50% Yahoo, 47% ESPN)
I listed Hogan as a hold/drop 2 weeks ago going in to the game against the Chiefs, lamenting that if he couldn’t get it going against their weak defense he wasn’t going to anywhere. Hogan managed to do so and then saw 7 targets catching 6 for 63 yards against the Bears this week. This Patriots offense will always have high volume and the hero is going to vary from week to week and be difficult to nail down but Hogan can make a serviceable bye week replacement over the next 4-5 weeks or help replace an injury on your roster.
Tyrell Williams (15% Yahoo, 8% ESPN)
Williams is a speculative add for me ahead of his bye week if you have a spot to roster him. He’s very boom bust in an offense that typically relies heavily on Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon and is seeing only about 3.5 targets a game but he is making the most of them. The big reason to add him however is to get a piece of this offense during their second half schedule where they’ll see the Raiders, Broncos, Steelers, Bengals, and Chiefs.