Week 10 Offenders
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.
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.
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.
Saquon Barkley is getting X-rays.
— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) November 10, 2019
Wayne Gallman – NYG – 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 Powell – NYJ – 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.
J.D. McKissic – DET – 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.
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