NFL Fantasy Fixer-Uppers November 3rd 2015
Seems like I could lead off this little blurb every week with an injury update. Being that a few big names went down this past weekend I think I'll stick with that theme. Le'Veon Bell, Steve Smith Sr. and Keenan Allen are some of those names who have played their last game until 2016. In Smith's case, maybe ever. Matt Forte and Calvin Johnson also left their games with injuries. So did Ryan Fitzpatrick and then his backup Geno Smith. Reggie Bush, who was filling in for the injured Carlos Hyde? Yep, he's done too. Just a brutal week for injuries which means it should be an active week on the waiver wire. Who is deserving of your top claim?
Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (53% owned standard ESPN leagues)
Known more as a blocker throughout his career Watson has blossomed of late in New Orleans. He has scored in three of his last four games and gone over 100 yards receiving in two of those as well. Jimmy Graham is no longer in town and Drew Brees seems to have developed a nice rapport with the veteran. Currently the sixth highest scoring tight end he is outpacing bigger names such as Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett and Graham himself. He needs to be owned in all leagues as he has been one of the best at a thin position. This might be the last chance you have at picking up Watson. Start him with confidence going forward.
Nate Washington, WR, Houston Texans (38% owned)
Let me start by saying the Texans have a bye this week so if you need immediate help Washington might not be for you. That said, he has flourished over the past two weeks. Cecil Shorts is hurt which has thrust him into the starting lineup and he has responded by catching 13 passes for 201 yards and three scores. Brian Hoyer is entrenched as the starting quarterback and he is consistent if not flashy. DeAndre Hopkins will certainly merit his touches but that means Washington will be lined up against the defense's second best corner most of the time. The Texans throw the ball a lot so he could be sneaky useful heading down the stretch.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (28% owned)
As I mentioned Le'Veon Bell is done for the year which means Williams is back in the fantasy spotlight. While filling in for Bell during the first two weeks Williams racked up 204 yards on the ground and found the end zone three times. Even after taking over once Bell was injured he racked up 71 yards rushing on just nine carries. To say he's been productive when given the chance is an understatement. Up next are two tasty home matches against the Oakland Raiders and the terrible run defense of the Cleveland Browns. The starting role is without question his for the rest of the year and hopefully if you are a Bell owner you had him handcuffed. If not, here's hoping you have a high waiver claim. He is certain to be owned almost universally once waivers go through tomorrow.
Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers (28% owned)
Keenan Allen's injury opens the door for Floyd to return to the starting lineup. The deep threat hauled in four passes for 92 yards and two scores this past weekend and figures to see more action in a pass-happy offense. Stevie Johnson takes over the top spot and he is widely available as well, however, I think Floyd has bigger potential. He is the player with bigger breakout potential whereas Johnson is more of a possession receiver. You can't go wrong with either and both should really be owned. Philip Rivers has to throw it to someone.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17% owned)
For the third straight game Winston has been interception-free. Odds are he will throw another pick this year but it might not happen this week. Sure, the New York Giants picked off Drew Brees last week but nobody in New York is talking about that. They are talking about the whopping seven touchdown passes they surrendered as they gave up 52 points to the Saints. By no means am I saying that Jameis Winston is Drew Brees but he is certainly capable of putting up a big game this weekend. With six potential starting fantasy quarterbacks on a bye this week some teams will be looking for a fill-in and I truly believe Winston will put up big numbers on the cheap. He's probably safe to drop after this week or if he does perform well see if you can flip him. He is definitely worth a flier in my mind.
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