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Week 10 Offenders

Brian Hill

Atlanta Falcons

Brian Hill found himself under surveillance on week 4’s handcuff report and now finds himself atop the offender list for week 11. On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons placed backup RB Ito Smith on injured reserve. Hill found himself thrusted into the #2 spot on the depth chart heading into Sundays matchup against the Saints, but finished the game as the #1 lead dawg in ATL following Devonta Freemans 3rd quarter exit.  Hill finished the game with 40 offensive snaps, with Kenjon Barner recording the only other RB snaps (11) outside of Freeman. Freeman’s foot injury will need to be monitored throughout the week. The Falcons offense showed life returning from their bye and getting QB Matt Ryan back from injury, beating the NFC South leading New Orlean Saints 26 – 9. Fantasy owners, desperate for RB depth, need to place a waiver claim for Brian Hill this week. Qadree Ollison will assume #2 duties if Freeman were to miss an extended period of time. 

Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns

Hunt finished as the leading PPR scoring back in Cleveland this past Sunday, but it was only because of his usage in the passing game. Nick Chubb still held his role as the preferred early down back, receiving 20 carries to Hunts 4. Chubb continues to look great on the ground, rushing for a healthy 5.8 yards per carry and passed the century mark for the 4th time the season. Hunt found the field for 54% of the Browns offensive snaps, compared to Chubb’s 81.4%. Hunt will flirt with weekly flex value if his passing work continues. Hunt only trailed WRs Jarvis Landry (10) and Odell Beckham Jr (12) in team targets, recording 7 receptions on 9 targets for 44 yards. His 9 targets on Sunday was 2nd in the NFL in running back targets, and 3rd in receptions. If anyone failed to add Hunt in your league prior to his week 10 return, make sure to place a claim this Wednesday. 

Nyheim Hines

Indianapolis Colts

Hines’ role all season has been the passing down/change of pace back in Indianapolis. On Sunday against Miami, IND backup RB Jordan Wilkins left the game with an ankle injury in the 3rd quarter. Even though Wilkins’ role was the early down backup to Marlon Mack and did not cut into Hines’ role, Wilkins exit boost the overall value for Hines. Surprisingly, Nyheim only trailed Marlon Mack on Sunday by 2 snaps. Hines finished the game with 30 snaps (42.9% snap share) to Macks 32 (45.7 %). The overall fantasy outlook for Indianapolis skill players remains bleak as long as Brian Hoyer is under center, making Hines a low priority add this week. Hines finished tied for 2nd in team targets (7) on Sunday, he should only be considered an add in PPR formats. 

Under Surveillance

Wayne GallmanNYG – Barkley’s health needs to be monitored throughout the next two weeks. It’s unclear as to what the x-ray is on, but during the game I noticed that the medical staff kept check out Barkley’s shoulder. Barkley finished the game with 13 carries, backup Wayne Gallman recorded the only other RB carry (1). The rushing game as a whole for the Giants has been M.I.A since their poor showing against the Dallas Cowboys last week who were just shredded by MIN Dalvin Cook. If Barkley were to miss any time, Wayne Gallman would return as the lead back for the G-Men. Gallman flourished in this role back in week 4, posting 27.8 PPR fantasy points against the Washington Redskins. Luckily for Barkley owners, the Giants are on BYE this week which gives him ample time to heal up if he avoided anything serious. Unfortunately, we will not receive an definitive news on Barkley status until Wednesday of week 12. If you own Barkley and do not have adequate RB depth, make sure to grab your insurance this week.  

Bilal PowellNYJ – The Jets running game has left a lot to be desired for this season, but Le’Veon Bell has handled 84% of the Jets running back rushing attempts. Making him one of the few remaining “Bell cow” backs in the NFL. Averaging an uninspiring 3.4 yards per carry on the season, Bell still finds himself as the overall RB17 in PPR formats due to his NFLs 3rd most RB receptions. Bell caused a lot of fantasy owners anxiety throughout the week by missing practice early on and receiving an MRI on his knee. Truly questionable heading into the weekend, Bell provided solace by tweeting out on Saturday that he was suiting up. Bell finished the game with 16.8 PPR points and avoided any apparent set backs. If Bell were to miss anytime, Bilal Powell will assume lead duties. He is operating as the clear #2 in Gases offense. 

Keeping Detained

J.D. McKissicDET Starting back Ty Johnson exited early on Sunday with a concussion and did not return. McKissic assumed lead duties following Ty’s exit. JD was on the field for 69.9% of the Lions offensive snaps, and was utilized both on the ground and in the passing game. If Ty is unable to get out of the NFL’s concussion protocol, McKissic will be a low end flex play next week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Jaylen Samuels  – PIT – Neither Trey Edmunds or Tony Brooks-James recorded enough snaps to make them fantasy relevant with both James Conner and Benny Snell inactive for PIT in week 10. Jaylen Samuels led the way with 41 snaps, to Edmunds 21 and Brooks-James’ 10. Conner did return to practice leading up to their week 10 bout against the Rams, but was still inactive for the game. Depending on his practice status throughout the week, there is a good chance Conner returns to the lineup. Samuels should still be rostered in all formats when Conner returns. His usage in the passing game makes him valuable in PPR formats. Samuels has logged 20 targets in his two games since.  

As always, leave your lineup questions below or you can @ me on twitter. Good luck in week 11!

 

 

  1. James Bolger says:
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    Nic:
    Would you start Kareem Hunt in a Flex spot over guys like Gallup, Golden Tate, or Mike Williams in Week 11?

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      not until we see his usage increase and stay consistent. . all three of those guys logged more snaps last week. Tate is 1a-1b in NYG with Slayton as the #1 receiving option with Engram and Shepard out. Gallup was on the field for 87% of his teams offensive snaps and recorded 10 targets. Mike Williams recorded 94% snap share. Gallup 87%. Hunt was 54%.

      good luck and thanks for the comment!

  2. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Thanks for the content Nic. Who do you prioritize in a PPR league as a bench lottery ticket:

    Pollard
    Armstead
    Malcolm Brown

    Thanks!

    • Nic Romero

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      do you own any of the respective starters? Zeke, Fournette, Gurley?

      if you own any of the starters, i would tell you that respective backup first. if not, i would rank them honestly how you have them listed.

      M.Brown will still have Henderson in the mix. also, the LAR o-line and total offense have been very sub-par. Pollard is on the better team and better o-line out of the three so i give him the edge as far as bench lottery ticket. Pollard would have the most upside if the starter went down. followed by Armstead then brown.

      thanks for the comment and good luck!

  3. toolshed says:
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    Nic, thanks for the advice on daniel jones. I wouldn’t have won w/o him.

    I added Reggie Bonnafon a few weeks ago as a lottery ticket. I see CAR just signed mike davis. Is bonnafin still worth holding as that stash?

    Different league, but I’e owned henderson for a couple fo week when brown was out. I thought he did enough to be the next man up. Rams still used brown this week, are either of them worth holding? I thought there may be a chance that gurley would be splitting more work. Would you rather own armstead as a stash? I only have room for one stash until week 12 bye weeks are done. Thanks

    • The Harrow says:
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      armstead/bonnafon similar, clear handcuffs to good running games.

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      glad that worked out for the both of us, i ran Danny Dimes in a couple of spots too and he won me some DFS cash $$.

      do you own mccaffrey? if so, yes you need to keep bonnafon it’ll take a few weeks for Mike to even get acclimated to the CAR offense.but i do think it is possible that they start integrating Mike Davis as a goal line/bruiser type back. if you don’t own CMC then i rather add Brian Hill.

      same as above, do you own fournette? im not the biggest proponent of owning another teams handcuff but if you have the room then sure. LAR o-line and offense have been pretty inconsistent all season and now with brown back it definitely limits the value for henderson. i think i lean armstead over henderson. henderson was outsnapped by brown in his return last week.

      good luck and thanks for the comment

      • The Harrow says:
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        and was clearly behind brown before brown got a 2 weekish injury all season too before that too.

  4. Allan says:
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    Nic,
    I’m in a 10 team ppr dynasty league and I’m a David Johnson owner. Trade deadline is coming up and I don’t know what to do with him. Should I shop him around? And what should I look for in return? I’d preferably want to move him for another rb. What level of return could I hope for? Thanks

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      trade value for david johnson has to be at an all time low. i think its one of those situations where you ride it out with DJ OR see if you can get a young rookie in return in hopes of hitting on them in 1-2 years. its possible ARI could trade him or he goes to a better situation in free agency, so i think you hold on until you hit a situation where DJs perceived value is higher, then you strike while the iron is hot versus ice cold like it is right now. hopefully this helps, and thanks for the comment.

  5. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    12 teamer PPR redraft. traded henry for dak attack (lost ben to start year). record finally catching up with points and i’m near playoff lock as a top 2 scoring team now. but in case lockett is out longer than a week with a blood thing from a deep bruise i could trade m.ryan for sanders (hurt) or chark (that owner asked me this on sunday before game times). ryan was very stupidly dropped in this money league by a dumbshit when he was hurt for one total week. now that guy is streaming carr and the like. return yardage worth half of scrimmage so lockett didn’t even have that bad of a week 10.
    QB (1) dak, ryan
    RB (2) AAron, jacobs, RJ2, j-will, guice
    WR (2): lockett (might not be able to IR him this week as he’s on bye and won’t get the “out” tag), kupp, j.brown, sutton, adams
    TE (1): hollister (THIS was nice that he played the late game so i could IR kittle and get value and still win without having to drop anybody useful)
    1 flex
    IR kittle

    so trade ryan for chark here (or sanders). dak’s ROS is probably worse than ryan’s

    dak: @ DET, @ NE (not playoffs yet though), vs BUF, @ CHI, vs LAR, @ PHI
    ryan: @ CAR, vs TB, vs NO, vs CAR, @ SF, vs JAX

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      yes, ryan for chark! sucks sanders went out with a rib injury. i like daks rushing upside, good with keeping him over Ryan. good luck and thanks for the comment.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        opp will still do chark for ryan, but he’s got more RB depth than WR depth. what about d-will for ryan? (he might want a RB (guice here likely)) back on that. if we’re to believe SEA’s coach lockett isn’t that messed up (albeit SEA coach has a top 5ish history of injury lies in the past)

        • Nic Romero

          Nic Romero says:
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          eh, i think Ryan is worth more than Damien williams. feel like you’re helping out the competition and receiving someone that you are not going to start over Aaron and jacobs. i would rank damien right next/behind RJ2 on your roster. even though Locketts injury might not be AS bad. it was rumored to be a season ending injury which means even if its not that bad he’s most likely going to be out at minimum 1-2 weeks. i think its more valuable for you to receive a WR in return. especially after Kupp and the LAR offensive disappearance. stick with Ryan for Chark.

          • Nic Romero

            Nic Romero says:
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            i did read what you were referring to with pete carroll thinking that lockett won’t miss any games but like you said, we need to take that with a grain of salt. from what i read it said that locket is still in the hospital, bad news is we won’t really receive any update on the situation because the hawks are on bye this week. so it probably won’t be until next wednesday we get any indication on his status. i always say don’t force a move just because you can, if it doesn’t make sense to you then dont do it. is that devante adams you are referring to on your WR depth?

            • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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              yeppers, d.adams. if lockett is healthy by week 12 (which if SEA isn’t lying he would be) i doubt chark starts over any of lockett, adams, kupp (LAR at home this time), that’s why i asked about RB possible depth with d-will.

              • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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                sorry, kupp is at home this week, didn’t check week 12.

                • Nic Romero

                  Nic Romero says:
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                  yea, didn’t realize you had devante adams. missed it when i first glanced at it since you listed him last. if you want to build depth at RB , im not against adding damien williams but seems like Mccoy will be back involved int he offense and damien had a costly fumble last week so it’ll be interesting to see if he gets the same treatment Mccoy did after fumbling. good luck!

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