Welcome to Working the Wire for Week 13 of the 2018 season! Bye weeks are over! We now get into crunch time, where every single week is important for your playoff push! As always, a couple notes:
– Players will not be listed that have over 50% of ownership in ESPN leagues.
– Players are listed by highest priority to low, not by position.
QB Lamar Jackson, BAL (Owned in 49.1% of ESPN leagues)
What does Lamar Jackson need to do to be owned in every league? He passes every single eye test, has rushed for 190 yards in the past two games, and he’s only going to get better as a passer. Rest of season schedule has @ ATL, @ KC, vs. TB, @ LAC, vs. CLE. A very pass friendly remaining slate, adding in his rushing baseline, and he could be a league winner for you this season. This week, I love him in Atlanta as QB1.
RB Carlos Hyde, JAX (38.8%)
If you need a one week stopgap, and Leonard Fournette’s suspension is held up by the NFL, look to Carlos Hyde. He should be in line for a large amount of touches and if you don’t have Fournette or Melvin Gordon at your disposal, you can do much worse. He’s a mid-level RB2 at home vs. the Colts.
RB Nyheim Hines, IND (29.9%)
With Marlon Mack in concussion protocol, owners should be ready to roster Nyheim Hines just in case. Concussions being a non-linear injury, with variable timelines for recovery based on the player, Mack may not be cleared, and that would open the door for double-digit touches. He’d be a solid flex play in the event that Mack is out, given the matchup in Jacksonville.
WR Josh Doctson, WAS (15.6%)
Typically a wasteland so far in 2018, the wide receiver position in Washington hasn’t produced a lot of fruit. One may be ripe to pluck though in Josh Doctson, who has become sort of a favorite for Colt McCoy, grabbing a 30% target share (15 targets out of 50 passing attempts). If you have room on your roster for a receiver, one that was well-regarded out of TCU and drafted in the first round, you could do worse than Doctson. Speculative add.
QB Dak Prescott, DAL (43.5%)
With an extremely friendly fantasy remaining schedule (NO, PHI, @ IND, TB, @ NYG), his rapport with Amari Cooper only getting better, and the fact that Cooper balancing out a normally run-heavy offense is making life easier for him, Dak Prescott could be a solid add for anybody that roster any back-end QB1’s to be able to play matchups. With a rushing TD in three straight games, you could point to that being hard to sustain, but he makes plays with his feet and now that he has a #1 target at receiver, can make plays with his arm too.
WR David Moore, SEA (6.8%)
David Moore had his first 100 yard game last week and while his usage is trending upwards, it’s hard to tell if that will continue on a run-heavy team. The Seahawks love him though and he could get a bit more volume his way depending on the health of Doug Baldwin. A speculative add.
WR Adam Humphries, TB (28.2%)
Adam Humphries is a very high floor option that if you need scoring, he’s a sure bet for some. He’s scored 4 touchdowns in his last 3 contests, with 3 double-digit weeks in his last 4, In a super high volume offense, Humphries is a solid top 35 option at WR and could be an intriguing option in your flex. Low-end WR3 this week against Carolina.
TE Jonnu Smith, TEN (5.5%)
Jonnu Smith was one of my deeper league recommendations when Delanie Walker went down with his injuries, and he produced last night, looking dynamic on a 61 yard touchdown where he split the field on a catch and run. Smith’s athleticism has always been there, but the opportunity hasn’t knocked very much. The TE position is a wasteland, so he’s worth an add to see if the volume for him increases.