Christian Kirk, must-add rookie receiver
Kirk has averaged 6.5 targets and 63.2 receiving yards per contest over Arizona’s last six games, which happens to be the entirety of the Josh Rosen era. The first-year wideout caught three balls for 42 yards in the Cards’ Week 8 win over the Niners, hauling in the game-winning score inside the final minute…
Kirk is now an unrivaled starter for Arizona, playing over 75 percent of the offensive snaps each week. He has matchups ahead with Kansas City and Oakland, two of the NFL’s most generous pass defenses. The Chiefs have allowed 302.7 passing yards per game, the fifth highest total in the league; the Raiders allow a ridiculous 9.1 yards per pass attempt. Kirk should rank as a solid top-25 fantasy receiver in the weeks ahead, yet he’s unattached in three-quarters of Yahoo leagues.
Go get him, people.
Schedule, next three weeks: at KC, Oak, at LAC
FAAB bid: $15
Tre’Quan Smith visited the end-zone in Week 9
Despite persistent hype, Smith remains widely available in fantasy. He caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in Sunday’s shootout win over the Rams, which gives him three spikes over his last four games. Next week, he’ll face a Cincinnati defense that’s allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers. He’ll obviously find himself in favorable coverage situations for the remainder of the season, because Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara are both nightmarish problems for opposing defenses. Smith hasn’t quite received all of Ted Ginn’s old targets, but, when Drew Brees is your quarterback, 3-5 chances per game will usually result in 3-5 receptions.
Schedule, next three weeks: at Cin, Phi, Atl
FAAB bid: $12
Elijah McGuire leads the Jets’ backfield committee
McGuire returned from IR this week and, as expected, he claimed Bilal Powell’s old workload. The second-year back gained 60 scrimmage yards on nine touches while playing 55 percent of the team’s snaps. He actually out-snapped Isaiah Crowell, 36 to 23. Trenton Cannon was barely a rumor in Week 9, catching just one pass for 15 yards. New York’s offense is mostly dreadful, so we won’t attempt to convince you that McGuire is a fix to all of your fantasy problems. But if you play in a league in which Powell was an every-week option, then McGuire needs to be added. He’s about to face a Bills defense that’s allowed the seventh most receptions to running backs (53) and the eleventh most fantasy points.
Schedule, next three weeks: Buf, bye, NE
FAAB bid ($100 budget): $14
Mike Davis is back in our fantasy plans
Chris Carson has been terrific for Seattle when healthy, but he entered Week 9 dealing with a hip issue and exited with an injured left quad. Veteran Mike Davis ran well in Carson’s absence, piling up 107 total yards on 22 touches, including seven receptions. Rookie first-rounder Rashaad Penny gained 24 yards on seven touches in a supporting role. If Carson can’t go next week against the Rams, Davis is clearly the priority fantasy add. Los Angeles has allowed 4.7 YPC thus far, so it’s not a matchup anyone should fear.
Schedule: at LAR, GB, at Car
FAAB bid: $11
Jack Doyle is healthy, ready for his familiar role
Doyle isn’t the flashiest after-the-catch receiver, but PPR managers appreciate his game. He returned from injury in Week 8, catching six passes for 70 yards and one score on seven chances. Andrew Luck averages 42.8 pass attempts per game and he looks for Doyle early and often. This week’s game against Jacksonville isn’t particularly appealing, but plenty of neutral-to-friendly matchups remain on Indy’s schedule. Doyle deserves to see an ownership spike this week.
Schedule, next three weeks: Jac, Ten, Mia
FAAB bid: $8
C.J. Uzomah is suddenly worth a flier
A.J. Green’s toe injury seems likely to cost him multiple games…
A source confirms that surgery isn’t out of the question for AJ Green.
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) November 4, 2018
…which is simply brutal news for the Bengals. His do-everything ability cannot be adequately replaced. Still, Green’s 9.5 targets per game are going to be distributed elsewhere, and those opportunities won’t all go to Tyler Boyd. John Ross (groin) returned to practice on Monday, which clearly helps, but Cincinnati hasn’t used him as a high-volume receiver. Uzomah played 64 of 66 snaps in Week 8 and he’s seen 13 targets over his last three games. He’s battling a shoulder issue, but should be good to go for Sunday’s home date with the Saints. Don’t be surprised if he draws 5-7 targets against a defense that’s allowed 8.8 Y/A and 311.4 passing YPG.
Schedule, next three weeks: NO, at Bal, Cle
FAAB bid: $6
Washington’s defense gets a date with FitzMagic
Washington was torched by Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Sunday, but this defense has been relatively solid all year. The team ranks fifth against the run (89.4 YPG), tied for tenth in takeaways (14) and eleventh in sacks (23). Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs are up next, and he’s coming off a three-sack, two-interception game. Fitz might very well pass for 300-plus yards and three scores, but he’ll give a few gifts to Washington’s defense, too.
We should also note that Washington’s fantasy playoff schedule is a gift (NYG, at Jac, at Ten), so keep this D in mind for the season’s most important weeks.
Schedule, next three weeks: at TB, Hou, at Dal
FAAB bid: $2
Also recommended: QB Baker Mayfield, QB Blake Bortles, QB Josh Rosen, QB Nick Mullens, RB Duke Johnson Jr. (an obvious pickup, but already gone in 50 percent of leagues),RB Wendell Smallwood, RB Josh Adams, RB Ito Smith, WR Tyrell Williams, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR Donte Moncrief, WR Anthony Miller, WR Adam Humphries, TE Jeff Heuerman, TE Chris Herndon, TE Nick Vannett