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Reporters give recommendation on Saquon Barkley, Tony Pollard, Titans RBs

There is nice pleasure and likewise utter distress in selecting streaming choices.

As fantasy managers, we have all been there. You get caught quick at a place due to accidents, COVID-19, bye weeks, and so on. Suddenly you are scanning the waiver wire taking a look at projected factors and matchups, attempting to decide on between gamers you already know little or no about. In some instances their coaches do not understand how they’re going to play both.

Of the operating backs who performed on Thanksgiving Day, a couple of have been main streaming choices this week. In New Orleans, Tony Jones Jr. figured to play an enormous position with each Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram unable to go. And whereas Jones did get 16 carries, a pleasant quantity for a streaming choice, which is half the battle, he wasn’t focused within the passing recreation and rushed for under 27 yards. And 2.7 fantasy factors doesn’t an amazing streaming choice make.

As it seems, the higher streaming choice from the Saints was Ty Montgomery. He received six carries and 7 targets within the passing recreation that resulted in 5 receptions. He mustered solely 45 yards, however put it with the receptions in a PPR league and Montgomery was a significantly better choice than Jones.

ESPN fantasy sports activities researcher Kyle Soppe, who’s answerable for our 32 questions, observed all the attention-grabbing happenings on Thursday, and has questions on Montgomery as effectively operating backs you presumably streamed resembling Matt Breida of Buffalo and Tony Pollard of Dallas.

Riding byes this week are Kansas City and Arizona. So questions in regards to the respective West Division leaders will resume subsequent week. Away we go.

AFC EAST

Is Matt Breida’s position on this offense one thing we must always anticipate to proceed to develop?

Yes, however extra manufacturing doesn’t suggest he can be seeing the sector as a lot as a high operating again. This model of the Bills’ offense won’t ever have a real No. 1 again, however Breida is definitely seeing an uptick in alternatives and has introduced much-needed pace. He has scored at the least one landing in two of the final three video games and is primed to proceed to have extra alternatives. — Alaina Getzenberg


It has been each different week for Myles Gaskin. After 23 carries on Sunday, can we lastly rely on him for consecutive good video games?

You can rely on him for a great workload — and you’ll work with that in fantasy soccer. Miami’s win in Week 11 marked Gaskin’s fifth straight recreation with at the least 12 carries and 15 complete touches. Even extra promising? He has 17 red-zone touches over the previous three weeks — 12 of which got here contained in the 10-yard line. With Malcolm Brown not anticipated to return this week, Gaskin must be the Dolphins’ unquestioned RB1 but once more. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


If it’s important to decide one operating again from this offense the remainder of the best way, who wouldn’t it be?

Damien Harris. While rookie Rhamondre Stevenson is approaching robust, and a case might be made for him to be the selection, Harris remains to be 1A, and expertise tilts the needle in his route ever so barely. Rushing touchdowns this season: Harris 7, Stevenson 3. — Mike Reiss


Elijah Moore appears to be coming into his personal. Do you anticipate his progress to proceed this season? How good can he be in 2022?

Moore might be the Jets’ WR1 in 2022, forward of Corey Davis. That’s how a lot the group thinks of him. He has 24 receptions, 336 yards and 4 TDs during the last 4 video games. Don’t be stunned, although, if his manufacturing dips briefly. QB Zach Wilson, who returns from a four-game knee damage, did not have a lot success with Moore early within the 12 months; Davis was his go-to receiver. It might take a while earlier than Wilson and Moore construct their chemistry. — Rich Cimini

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Matthew Berry and Field Yates break down Elijah Moore’s emergence as a top-scoring fantasy large receiver in current weeks.

AFC NORTH

Safe to label Devonta Freeman because the chief of this backfield for Week 12? For the remainder of the season?

Absolutely for Week 12, and probably for the remainder of the season. Freeman has proven essentially the most burst of all of the Ravens operating backs signed to assist fill the void of the injury-filled backfield. It was noticeable when Freeman nonetheless acquired 60% of the operating again carries, even after Latavius Murray returned from his ankle damage. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has all the time talked about going with the recent hand, and Freeman is the most popular of the backs. But, if he slows down, Baltimore may flip to Murray, who’s extra of an inside-the-tackles runner. — Jamison Hensley

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Field Yates and Matthew Berry break down Devonta Freeman’s current success in fantasy.


That’s three high-usage video games out of 4 for Tyler Boyd. Do you assume he can maintain constant, albeit low upside, worth shifting ahead?

The Bengals have been very onerous to foretell. What we believed the offensive philosophy is likely to be this season has shifted and tailored all through the course of the season. There does appear to be some optimism about Boyd sustaining his present utilization charge. Bengals coach Zac Taylor took the blame for Boyd’s two-target outing in opposition to Cleveland in Week 9. Bengals QB Joe Burrow known as Boyd his consolation blanket, which can all the time make him a priceless useful resource. — Ben Baby


D’Ernest Johnson was an afterthought with Nick Chubb again; secure to chop ties with him if the roster spot is required?

Yes, secure to chop ties with Johnson. Especially with Chubb’s wingman, Kareem Hunt, on the best way again from the calf damage. — Jake Trotter


Sunday evening was Chase Claypool’s greatest recreation in over a month; secure to name him wholesome and poised for a robust end to the season?

He’s wholesome, but it surely’s onerous to belief any Steelers receiver’s fantasy output. Ben Roethlisberger likes to unfold the ball round, although Diontae Johnson and Claypool are the 2 he trusts essentially the most. Still, the Steelers make the most of Najee Harris within the run recreation, and Pat Freiermuth has been approaching robust in current weeks, too. Claypool is value maintaining round on a fantasy staff if there is a bench spot as a result of he may get scorching, but it surely’s too quickly to inform simply how robust he’ll end the season. — Brooke Pryor

AFC SOUTH

Brandin Cooks has discovered producing tough these days; does it proceed, or can he regain his early season kind?

Don’t anticipate Cooks to duplicate what he did within the first three weeks — coach David Culley stated “it wasn’t intentional” for Cooks to have such a excessive goal share early within the season — however his numbers must be someplace within the center. Culley stated groups are doubling Cooks far more because the season has gone on, however given the receiver’s chemistry with Tyrod Taylor, his manufacturing ought to improve. — Sarah Barshop


Make your case for Jonathan Taylor as the highest total decide subsequent season.

The numbers do not lie. Taylor not solely leads the NFL in speeding yards (1,122) by practically 200 yards over the injured Derrick Henry, he leads the whole league in yards from scrimmage (1,444) by greater than 300 yards over the next-closest participant — Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (1,136) to go along with 13 complete touchdowns. Enough stated. — Mike Wells

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Field Yates and Matthew Berry react to Jonathan Taylor’s five-touchdown efficiency for the Colts on Sunday.


Do you assume James Robinson can make the most of a good upcoming schedule?

That will depend on how banged up he’s. He’s coping with heel and knee accidents, and until the Jaguars shut him down for a pair weeks he’ll need to battle by means of them each week. You may see in final Sunday’s recreation in opposition to San Francisco that Robinson would not have the identical burst by means of the road of scrimmage that he did earlier than the damage. Another subject for Robinson is the Jaguars are having a tough time persistently shifting the ball and are falling behind by double digits, which successfully takes the run recreation out of play. — Michael DiRocco


Does any Titans operating again should be rostered?

No! Don’t be fooled by how the Titans collectively topped 100 yards speeding final week. That got here in opposition to a Texans’ protection that was permitting 136 speeding yards per recreation coming into final week. D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard have flashed, however they’re going to proceed to be a part of a committee. The stats merely aren’t related sufficient to warrant rostering any Titans again, particularly with nobody rising as a candidate to get 15+ carries. — Turron Davenport

AFC WEST

Is Courtland Sutton going to see extra seems, or will his low manufacturing/utilization in video games with Jerry Jeudy energetic proceed?

If the Broncos actually self-scouted throughout the bye and persist with what they do greatest on offense, Sutton’s productiveness ought to improve. But it is as much as the Broncos. If they put quarterback Teddy Bridgewater underneath heart extra, use play motion extra, they are going to have extra success pushing the ball down the sector within the passing recreation. In the win over the Cowboys that they had a season-best 190 yards speeding, in addition to their solely recreation of the season with a number of completions of greater than 40 yards. If they run the ball a little bit extra, the alternatives for Sutton to have influence out of the play motion will rise. — Jeff Legwold


Are you shopping for DeSean Jackson as a weekly upside risk (102 yards, however tied for fifth on the staff in targets on Thanksgiving)?

Once on Thanksgiving and twice on Sundays. Jackson was signed to carry that big-play risk and manufacturing, and produce he did at Dallas. The belief is there with QB Derek Carr, who stated it was “fun” to throw the soon-to-be 35-year-old large out the ball. And with one other previous NFC East rival in Washington up subsequent, that chip on Jackson’s shoulder will solely loom bigger. — Paul Gutierrez


Are you shopping for the chunk run performs we noticed Sunday evening from Justin Herbert as an actual a part of his recreation shifting ahead?

Not essentially, but it surely labored effectively on this occasion and his sliding recreation was on level. If the gaps are there and the protection is giving it to him, he proved what an asset his wheels are. But little of that was by design. — Shelley Smith

NFC EAST

Give us your greatest guess for common touches per recreation shifting ahead for Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

If the Cowboys have been in a 60-40 break up between Elliott and Pollard for a great spell earlier within the season, it’s going to now be nearer to 50-50. But do not confuse this with any ineffectiveness from Elliott. He is coping with a bone bruise in his knee that’s limiting him. He is attempting to play by means of it, and the Cowboys are managing his workload if not a lot his snap rely. With an extended break after subsequent Thursday’s recreation vs. the Saints, the Cowboys hope that may function a mini-bye for Elliott. The operating recreation as a complete, nevertheless, wants to enhance. Aside from a 31-yard run vs. the Chiefs, Pollard’s yard per carry common shouldn’t be a lot completely different than Elliott’s. — Todd Archer


What are your weekly contact expectations shifting ahead for Saquon Barkley on a 3-7 staff?

Barkley performed 32 snaps (59.3%) and had 12 touches in Tampa Bay following a six-week absence. It would have been extra if it wasn’t a blowout within the fourth quarter. Barkley ought to creep nearer to twenty touches and 75% of the snaps on Sunday in Philadelphia. Expect his position to extend solely as he will get more healthy. It ought to imply for some large video games. — Jordan Raanan

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Field Yates, Stephania Bell and Matthew Berry react to Saquon Barkley’s efficiency within the Giants’ loss to the Buccaneers.


The backfield rotation appeared to fluctuate by quarter. Do you anticipate any RB to earn the characteristic position, or is that this a committee that can be extra of a headache than something?

Miles Sanders is the starter when wholesome and can get the majority of the snaps, however Jordan Howard has earned a job and will siphon numerous the touchdowns given his effectiveness as a short-yardage again. Howard is predicted to be out at the least this week due to damage. However, Boston Scott might be featured given his success in opposition to the Giants up to now (222 rush yards, 5 TDs in 4 video games). — Tim McManus


Antonio Gibson appeared like “the guy” in Week 10, not a lot in Week 11. Moving ahead, can we rely on him for 15 touches a recreation, or is it going to fluctuate weekly?

Actually, he appeared quite a bit like “The Guy” in Week 11 — within the second half, that’s. That’s when he gained 76 of his 95 yards, following a three-series benching on the finish of the primary half after he had fumbled. The fumbling points can be value watching down the stretch; he has fumbled 5 instances this season, shedding three. If it continues to occur, beware. Short of that, sure you possibly can anticipate 15 touches a recreation — offered his shin holds up. They like how Gibson is operating – extra bodily, urgent the opening higher. They’ve discovered an offensive identification and it facilities round their run recreation. The different backs — J.D. McKissic and Jaret Patterson — have proven they are often efficient. But Gibson stays the first focus. — John Keim

NFC NORTH

Cole Kmet’s position is on the rise: Can we rely on him weekly to provide viable numbers?

I believe so. Kmet is a viable member of the offense who’s a confirmed pass-catcher. Unfortunately, he usually received misplaced within the shuffle earlier within the season as a result of the Bears have been such a large number on offense. Kmet, nevertheless, has emerged over the previous couple of weeks and I see no motive for that to vary. To make clear, he is not going to place up eye-popping statistics. But viable numbers? Absolutely. — Jeff Dickerson


How many touches ought to we anticipate from Jamaal Williams if D’Andre Swift have been to overlook time?

On common, even with Swift, Williams is already seeing a little bit over 12 touches per recreation. On Thanksgiving, he received 15 carries for 65 yards with one other 5 receptions for 18 yards, so that might be across the quantity I might anticipate him to see if Swift have been to stay out. Although he is not as gifted as Swift, he has confirmed that he is greater than able to carrying that load as a twin risk, if crucial. — Eric Woodyard


Anything to the heavy Marquez Valdes-Scantling utilization in opposition to the Vikings, or was it merely a one-week matchup factor?

Allen Lazard’s absence attributable to a shoulder damage helped get him extra within the plan. Also, MVS’ hamstring damage lastly seems to be utterly healed. He may have hassle this week, although, as a result of all of the accidents on the offensive line may power Aaron Rodgers to get the ball out a lot sooner, which suggests fewer deep-ball possibilities for MVS. — Rob Demovsky


Minnesota’s closing 4 video games of the season: Bears (twice), Packers and Rams. Can Kirk Cousins be a top-10 QB over that priceless stretch?

Yes. Cousins ranks high 10 in all the most important passing classes (passer ranking, QBR, completion proportion, yards, touchdowns) and his 21-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio is insanely good. Mike Zimmer needs his quarterback to maintain “going for the jugular” regardless of throwing two near-interceptions versus Green Bay, and if Cousins can maintain the Vikings’ offense buzzing with this new-found aggressive perspective (PFF has him ranked fourth in anticipated factors added), Minnesota ought to fare effectively in opposition to two bottom-half defenses in Chicago and Detroit. — Courtney Cronin

NFC SOUTH

Would the return of Calvin Ridley assist Kyle Pitts, or wouldn’t it additional damage his upside by taking targets off his plate?

A return of Calvin Ridley — which is something however sure as Arthur Smith had no replace Monday regardless that Ridley is now eligible to return off the NFI checklist — can be helpful to Kyle Pitts. While it would shrink his goal share, it could give Atlanta three gamers defenses should account for each play — Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Ridley. That alone may depart Pitts in some single-coverage conditions, which could result in extra breakout performs. Right now, Pitts is the primary goal for defenses within the intermediate and deep passing recreation, and it has proven in his — and Atlanta’s — manufacturing. — Michael Rothstein


Is Cam Newton again to being a viable choice?

Well, he had two touchdowns on solely eight performs in his first outing, and he adopted that with two landing passes and one speeding landing in his first full recreation. So YES. He’s a viable choice. The extra he learns this offense the extra harmful he must be. — David Newton

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Matthew Berry explains why he thinks Cam Newton is a borderline QB1 so long as he has the beginning job in Carolina.


Can Ty Montgomery work right into a weekly position if at the least one among Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram is injured?

No, I believe he would wish each to be sidelined to make a major fantasy influence, and I anticipate one or each to be again subsequent week. But in the event that they do each stay out, Thursday evening was a reminder that Montgomery is likely to be simply as priceless as Tony Jones Jr. in PPR leagues. And the seven-year vet does deserve credit score for being a dependable emergency choice at each RB and WR. Remember, he ran for 105 yards in Week 17 final 12 months when the remainder of the RB room was worn out by COVID. — Mike Triplett


Leonard Fournette has impressed as a pass-catcher all season, however his utilization is peaking. Can he maintain 6-8 targets per recreation shifting ahead?

As lengthy as opposing defenses are hell-bent on stopping the massive play downfield — which they’ve been all 12 months — we’ll proceed to see extra of Fournette within the quick passing recreation as he is who Brady trusts essentially the most within the Bucs’ operating again room. — Jenna Laine

NFC WEST

The second most efficient move catcher on this offense shifting ahead can be …

Van Jefferson. Prior to Odell Beckham Jr.’s signing and the season-ending knee damage to Robert Woods, quarterback Matthew Stafford had been wanting extra usually to focus on the second-year professional and the 2 have related on quick, intermediate and deep throws. Watch for Stafford to proceed to attach with Jefferson, who might be trusted to run crisp routes and cling onto the soccer. — Lindsey Thiry


An awesome season for Deebo Samuel is getting higher together with his utilization within the backfield. Can we rely on that persevering with?

Yes. Here’s the factor, Elijah Mitchell has earned the precise to be the staff’s main ball service when wholesome, however he has struggled to do this. And the Niners love racking up the speeding makes an attempt, so it solely stands to motive they’re going to maintain handing it to Samuel as a part of that plan. If nothing else, it is a assured option to get the ball within the fingers of their greatest participant, and that is all the time a great factor. — Nick Wagoner


Is there a single participant on this offense we will belief proper now?

Nope. They’ve scored a mixed 13 factors within the final two video games as a result of Russell Wilson and their passing recreation have been so off. Wilson continues to say his surgically repaired finger is ok, and his resume during the last decade suggests he’ll snap out of his funk ultimately. But who is aware of when? The closest factor the Seahawks need to a dependable fantasy play proper now could be Alex Collins, who figures to stay their main again. But barely getting double-digit touches every week means his ceiling is restricted. — Brady Henderson

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