I’ll present players by positional tiers, from most desirable to acquire (1) to least (3). Availability in ESPN leagues is shown in parentheses.
Quarterbacks – Tier 1
Check out Giana Pacinelli’s weekly Streaming QB column for more advice.
Baker Mayfield (51%) and Dak Prescott (46%) made the list last week. This week they’re joined by Lamar Jackson (50%).
All three are top-10 fantasy QBs over the past three weeks. Prescott and Mayfield are getting it done with effective passing, while Jackson is averaging an astonishing 72 yards rushing per game.
Prescott is my preferred option. He’s got a top eight schedule (Indianapolis, Tampa Bay) and has gone over 20 points in six of his past eight games. Three of those were 30-plus point outings.
Mayfield is my second choice; prior to Week 14, he’d posted four straight games over 20 points.
Jackson’s rushing gives him a bankable floor (he’s gone over 19 points in four straight starts), but he has the second-worst fantasy schedule remaining.
If you need a starter, you should be able to land one of these three for a modest bid.
Tight Ends – Tier 2
Check out Neil Dutton’s weekly tight end column for more advice.
None of the options are particularly exciting, so I wouldn’t make a very big bid for any of them.
Vernon Davis (95%) – There’s a chance Jordan Reed misses the rest of the season. Reed averages 6.5 targets per game and sadly for Washington, Davis is probably their next-best receiver. I’d expect Davis to be heavily used if Reed misses time.
The next three options have all been written up more extensively in recent weeks:
C.J. Uzomah (69%) – Sixth in TE receiving expected points, and also has the third-best remaining fantasy schedule (Oakland, Cleveland).
Cameron Brate (36%) – He’s eighth in TE receiving expected points over the past three weeks.
Vance McDonald (42%) – 10th in TE receiving expected points over the same time frame.
Justin Jackson (57%) – Probably a very limited window of opportunity, since neither Melvin Gordon nor Austin Ekeler seem likely to miss much more time. But for as long as that window is open, Jackson is in line for a huge workload in a good offense. If we’re talking about one-week only, he’s the top add.
Damien Williams (86%) – Averaging 10 opportunities over the past two games. He should have a useful regular role in Kansas City’s high-powered offense with huge upside if Spencer Ware (not practicing Tuesday) misses time.
Doug Martin (41%) – Has a TD in three straight games, and has over 10 rushing attempts in seven straight. Not a great ceiling but a useful workload.
Elijah McGuire (89%) – Stands to inherit Isaiah Crowell’s workload (11 attempts per game). A poor fantasy schedule (Houston, Green Bay) doesn’t help his ceiling, but the workload potential gets him on the map as a potential RB3-type player for the rest of the season.
Jeff Wilson (25%) – Must-add if Matt Breida misses time. Worth adding even if Breida plays, just for the potential workload.
No slam-dunk week winners, but some nice depth. Moderate bids.
Robby Anderson (85%) – Anderson has missed time and isn’t having a great season. But as far as Jets wide receivers go, he’s as good as it gets.
He’s got a top-five fantasy WR schedule (Houston, Green Bay) and is averaging seven targets per game over his past five games.
Curtis Samuel (67%) – Has 11 and eight targets and over 80 yards receiving in his past two games, and had TDs in back-to-back games prior to that. He’s gone over 12 PPR points in five of six games.
Adam Humphries (35%) – Humphries remains a solid addition. He averages six targets a game and has hit double digits in five of his past seven games.
Small bids are warranted.
DeDe Westbrook (72%) – Westbrook has been far and away the Jaguars best WR over the past three weeks.
QB and playcalling remain concerns in Jacksonville but Westbrook has been banking double-digit expected points despite that. Jacksonville has the second-worst remaining fantasy WR schedule however.
Kenny Stills (74%) – He’s Miami’s best option in the passing game, and it’s not really close.
Unfortunately, Miami has a bottom-10 fantasy WR schedule remaining and plays at a very slow pace.