Week 12: Christian McCaffrey/Mike Davis
Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Vikings. There is actually a grip of pessimism surrounding this situation across news wires, son't Mike Davis is very likely to get another start in Week 12. Davis has top 6-10RB appeal any time he starts for the Panthers. Yes, Davis has dropped off a lot since being an electric replacement for the earlier part of the 2020 season, but he wasn't use to the heavy CMC-fed workload that he was forced to take on. Even though Davis is not a rookie, he is 27 and has played since 2015, he hit a wall of sorts. Most rookies hit it, and even a veteran like Davis can hit a similar usage wall - he could bounce-back like so many do. Start Davis as a medium-range RB2 with upside for more, and absolutely find a way to play him as a flex if you're stacked at RB. As for CMC, he remains our 1.01 heading into 2021 fantasy football drafts (all formats), and you can expect a lot of content on why in the coming month.
Week 12/Dynasty: Calvin Ridley
Calvin Ridley (foot) will play in Week 12 against the Raiders. Ridley is a WR1 moving forward now that he is back, so don't hesitate to run him out there in Week 12. It feels almost insane to write that line, as I can't personally imagine why anyone would bench Ridley or contemplate benching him just because he is coming back from injury. He surely warrants at least your WR2 spot let alone your flex spot. As for his future... he is the future of that Falcons receiving room. In dynasty, I think he easily holds the value that he had earlier in the year... top 3-6WR value out of all wide receivers. If you can buy him lower than top 5WR value heading into 2021 and beyond, I recommend trading for him in your existing dynasty leagues. You will once again find Ridley on the Bold Predictions heading into 2021 if I had to guess.
Dynasty: Antonio Gibson
What a beast. First off, Washington needs to keep giving him the football for him to produce. Keep that in mind. I don't want to suggest that this guy won't be a RB2 go-forward, he should... he needs to be. If fed, he will explode. But, teams can certainly screw these kinds of things up. His 115-yard outing with 3TDs on Thanksgiving almost single-handedly won fantasy owners their Week 12 match-up. He has 8TDs over his last 4 games.. And, given the success Washignton had on the ground in this one, it's far more likely that they continue to feed Gibson than not. He has seen an increase in carries over the last three weeks as well (13-16 and then 20). He has a tough PIT match-up in Week 13, but on the year, and heading into 2021, this is top 20 overall player.
Week 12: Taysom cheat code again?
Last week may not be the only week you can use Taysom Hill at TE... You can use him in Week 12 at TE.. watch this video:
Week 12: Aaron Jones
AJones hasn't been going nuts over the last couple of weeks. Here is his game log this year:
It's important to note that he is TD dependent, clearly by that game log above; however, he has so much upside in redraft. He can have 4-5TDs in a 3-4 game span. So, in redraft, I love him as a top 5-10RB go-forward. In dynasty, though, I think it's time to sell. Sell high before the the lack of TDs becomes as consistent as his lack of rushing yards. TD dependency can only last so long. So, sell high.
Week 12: Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott could be back on track. Don't get overly excited, but it's time to start getting a bit optimistic. He had 100 yards rushing and a TD in Week 11, and there is a strong shot that he gets back to having 100 yard games (at least total) with a strong shot at a score... every week. Tony Pollard is still a must-cuff, and his big run in Week 11 will have someone else scooping him up if you don't (if he is even available on waivers).
I know, I know, he hasn't been what we signed up for, but it's not because he was ever benched or he failed us. The dude, entering Week 11, ranks 9th in the NFL in rushing yards. For a 'bust', that's understated. I think CEH could have a big game in Week 11. If he doesn't, of course my worry will grow, not dude to lack of talent, but merely usage. But, if he has a huge Week 11 and strong Week 12, you may find him shockingly higher-ranked than you'd think. So, if you can trade through Week 11 kickoff, buy him low, redraft or dynasty.. in dynasty, specifically, he is one of my favorite buy-lows right now, as he has top 5RB upside for 2021 and beyond.
Buy-Low: Calvin Ridley
If you are in dynasty, and you can still trade, go get Calvin Ridley before he returns to form. The window is open until he drops a big game again, which could be this week. I see Ridley as a top 5WR all year next year, and people are maybe feeling like he was a mirage earlier this year. He is legit, he has top 5 upside at WR for 2021 and beyond.
Week 11: Taysom Hill (update)
I wrote on Hill about 48 hours ago, but the dude is now starting Week 11. Brees hit IR for a few weeks and Winston is not getting the start, and in ESPN leagues this is huge because Hill is designated as both QB and TE, which means this week you can start a Saints QB at your TE spot. Make sure he isn't available in your league.
Week 11: Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake is tough to trust right now, I get it. And, if you have safer options, by all means, let Drake prove himself before you sit a capable RB2. However, if you are flirting with scrub rushers in place of Drake, Drake had 100 yards rushing last week and really should have had at least one TD in that Week 10 outing. I think Drake holds a ton of risk this week, so know that.. but in Drake fashion, he holds about as much monster upside as he does monster risk, that's the nature of his talent/risk balance.