A really tricky week that presents us with a few deeper options. There are not any massive must-have’s in here this week. Instead, there are a few ideas that may get you over the line in the flex spots in the coming weeks. So, consider this a deep dive edition that doesn’t have many long-term stashes but more short-term fill-in options
Tre’Quan Smith – WR – New Orleans Saints – 35% rostered
Some people had hopes that Tre’Quan would become a factor in the New Orleans offense. However, the additions of Landry and Olave put that to bed this offseason. Now injuries have given this hope a new light and he is becoming a regular on the field for the Saints. It’s a tough sell considering that his stats don’t pop in any major way; but three double-digit PPR points in his last seven outings is where we want Smith to be if we have to dig deep. Load him up for a spot start against the Steelers in week 10 if bye weeks/injuries are killing you.
James Mitchell – TE – Detroit Lions – 34% rostered
“Where was this recommendation last week” I hear you cry. I wrote my week 9 write up before the TJ Hockenson news broke and thus did not have the chance to consider James Mitchell or Brock Wright. Mitchell was the one I scooped in a few places with a last second claim, but he is still out there in a decent amount of leagues. Brock Wright seemed to be the one most chose to lay out a decent amount of FAAB on. Mitchell did not get utilised as much as we would have hoped but he did get open in the endzone which have him his first NFL touchdown. We’d hope to see a better usage than week 9 at 22% snaps. But being a rookie tight end we know it often takes a while to bed in at this position and the optimist would suggest there is a possibility that Mitchell’s talent has a small part to play in the trading away of their former 1st round selection: TJ Hockenson. This is my angle and hope as a dynasty waiver pickup for now anyway.
Samori Toure – WR – Green Bay Packers – 23% rostered
Toure hasn’t dictated the usage we need to see as yet, however with Romeo Doubs slated to miss some time it could be that Toure sees more playing time in the coming weeks. He has had 4 targets in the last two weeks off limited snaps and if he would have converted on an Aaron Rodgers endzone target he would have been on for double digit weeks twice in succession. Rodgers is looking for a guy outside of Allen Lazard to trust. In each of the last two weeks, Toure has shown great signs of football IQ, so expect him to be on the field more and more. Being a rookie has the room to grow into a role with the Packers really needing a spark this is a punt that is worth consideration.
Phillip Dorsett – WR – Houston Texans – 15% rostered
The former Colts receiver is getting a good amount of work in the Texans passing game due to the lack of primary options with the Nico Collins’ injury and Brandin Cooks missing week 9 due to personal reasons. Dorsett and fellow receiver Chris Moore are both seeing the targets but my tendency here is to go back to Dorsett. I think the next couple of weeks he could be in play to put up WR3/4 type numbers, the two top 30 WR finishes in the last three matches point to this. Dorsett’s 80% usage in the last two weeks signpost that he could be a usable play in the coming weeks.
Scotty Miller – WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 11% rostered
This week Tom Brady finally utilised Miller in many situations with seven catches that accrued Miller 12.3 PPR points which was good for WR24 in week 9. He is still in the mix with the big 3 targets so maybe replicating week 9 where the quick plays worked well for the Bucs could be a different challenge for them against the revived Seattle Seahawks.
DeAndre Washington – RB – New Orleans Saints – 6% rostered
One for Alvin Kamara owners more than others perhaps. Washington is Kamara’s backup and if a suspension is on the horizon it could be worth stashing him if you have the roster space. Mark Ingram could end up being the backup in longer term so worth monitoring his situation with this consideration.
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