Again, it seemed like another underwhelming performance in fantasy football. Aside from Doug Martin going off on the Eagles, and Jameis Winston carving them up through the air; along with another Cam Newton performance, there wasn’t much to note, production wise. Entering Monday Night, the highest point total in my 12-man league was 90 points, so that says something right there.
The injury bug continued to bite as it dished out season-ending injuries to the Ravens backfield. Joe Flacco tore his ACL while Justin Forsett broke his arm – the injury woes continue for Baltimore. Fantasy stud Devonta Freeman was forced out in the first quarter due to a concussion.
Who will replace these players? Who should you look out for on the waiver wire? Who should you look to trade and/or cut from your team? Look no further than the top Risers and Fallers heading into week 12:
QB, Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It looks like the rookie has finally hit his stride. Aside from leading Tampa Bay to their 4-6 record – already a big improvement from last season; he has put up great numbers in the process while living up to his #1 pick stature. Winston came out this week and absolutely torched the Philadelphia Eagles. He went for 5 TD passes, tying a rookie record – 4 of which came in the first half. He has been doing a great job at holding onto the football and not turning it over. After throwing 7 interceptions in the first four weeks, he has only 2 in the past six games.
Perhaps Jameis is ready to be a starting fantasy QB, he’s at least borderline after this past week’s performance. It really all depends on the matchup with him. He’s a QB that will win games, but one who will not always go off on the stat line. He typically plays better on the road. Nonetheless, he’ll be a hot waiver wire pickup and is certainly worth a look if you have a poor QB situation.
RB, Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
Earlier in the season Javorius “Buck” Allen appeared on the list after a minor injury to Justin Forsett. Again, that’s the case this time. However, Justin Forsett will be out the remainder of the season which makes Allen the #1 RB in Baltimore for the final stretch of the season. Not only is Forsett out the rest of the season, but Joe Flacco is as well. With Flacco out, the Ravens will look to run the ball a lot as Matt Schuab can’t be trusted at this stage in his career.
After Forsett left the game in the first quarter, Allen came on to carry the ball 22 times for 67 yards. He has more than triple the amount of carries than any other running back on the roster. I’m convinced the Ravens will feed the rookie a hefty workload for the remainder of the season. He will be a hot waiver wire pickup and deservedly so. A great FLEX option from here on out.
RB, Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
You might remember Tevin Coleman as he entered the season as the Falcons starter at running back. However, after dealing with a rib injury, that allowed Devonta Freeman to breakout and retain the starting role. Freeman was taken out of Atlanta’s loss against Indy early in the first quarter after suffering a concussion. Coleman would go on to get 17 carries for an underwhelming 48 yards.
While Coleman didn’t have the best performance in relief of Freeman, he has had a solid all around season. There’s a reason why Coleman came into the season as the starter – clearly the Falcons organization is high on him. The rookie out of Indiana brings a great skillset to the table along with good upside from a fantasy perspective. Depending on Freeman’s status for this week, Coleman will be a solid FLEX play. Regardless, he’s worth a look on the waiver wire.
RB, Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Clearly it’s been an extremely disappointing season for the Packers running back. After back-to-back 1,100+ rushing yard seasons to start his career, Eddie Lacy has settled down in his third season. He has missed some time due to injury and while he’s been on the field, he hasn’t done much. Entering this week, he failed to eclipse 100 yard in a game this season, and it even looked like his starting job had been stolen by James Starks.
Finally, Eddie Lacy looked like the running back of old. He was reborn. Lacy rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries as the Packers snapped a three game losing streak. It looks like he’s emerged and has retained his starting job in the backfield. Hopefully you’ve been patient with him, he’s a must start from here on out as the Packers look to secure the NFC North.
RB, Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
What a surprise the rookie Thomas Rawls has been so far this season for the Seahawks. Rawls broke out against San Francisco with 255 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Let’s put this in perspective for you. Marshawn Lynch has never rushed for 160 yards in a game, or combined for 200 yards from scrimmage in a game. Rawls has now done that twice this season alone. He has also eclipsed 100 yards three time while Lynch has topped 75 yards just once.
While he has been somewhat inconsistent so far this season, the undrafted free agent has emerged as the leader in the backfield – especially with Lynch’s injury concerns. Chances are, Rawls is a free agent in your fantasy league. He rounds out a solid group of RBs to snag on the waiver wire this week.
QB, Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
The highly anticipated return of Tony Romo didn’t quite go as planned. Some, like myself, expected him to come out of the gate and re-establish himself as a top-10 fantasy QB. While the Cowboys snapped their 7 game losing streak and Romo brought a lot to the offense that they’ve been missing, he didn’t turn in that typical Romo-esque performance. Romo threw for just over 200 yards with 2 interceptions against an inept Miami secondary. He did, however, toss two touchdowns as well.
While I still feel Romo will get back to where he was prior to the injury, it may take another game or two before we see prime Romo. There’s no need to worry, but for now, he’s on the ‘Fallers’ list.
RB, Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
Again? Yes, I know. Jeremy Langford was on this side of the list last week, this despite a stellar performance against the Rams. However, last week, it was for a different reason. With an anticipated Matt Forte return, Langford landed here last week. This week though, it’s based on his performance. Langford came back down to earth against a stout Denver defense and was held to less than 30 rushing yards. Now with Forte more than likely to play this upcoming week, his stock drops even lower.
Nonetheless, I still really like Langford as the RB of the future in Chicago. However, even with Forte’s injury history, the Bears will milk him for all he’s worth as he is set to become a free agent, and I doubt they plan to re-sign him. This means Langford will have a limited role moving forward, though he will still get quality snaps.
RB, Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
I had really high hopes for Latavius Murray entering the season. While he has been productive, I don’t like what his role is diminishing to in Oakland’s offense. As the Raiders have shifted to more of a pass happy, Derek Carr led offense, Murray’s production has been effected. In each of the past two weeks he has 13 carries or less, which includes a poor performance against Detroit this past week. Murray has only two TDs in the past 7 games with only one game of 100+ rushing yards during that span.
There’s no doubt that Murray remains a start from here on out, but I felt it necessary to bring it to the surface how his play has dipped as of late along with his role change.
WR, Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens
Over the past few weeks, a guy by the name of Kamar Aiken has emerged as the #1 WR on the Ravens, along with a solid fantasy play. However, that all comes to an end after the season-ending injury to Joe Flacco. Aiken’s production will be significantly hindered with Matt Schaub under center. You can’t start him unless he proves he and Schaub can establish a quick rapport, which I doubt. Plus, I expect Baltimore to run the ball a lot more now.
WR, Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
He’s been on my shit list for a few weeks now, not because of him, but because of who he has around him. When the Rams decided to bench Nick Foles, that all but put the nail in the coffin on Tavon Austin’s season. While he is still a dynamic player, he’s not the one under center throwing the football. Austin has only 25 receiving yards in the past three weeks for less than 4 yards per catch.
Austin had a decent run there for a couple weeks, but it’s all over now. Case Keenum showed why he isn’t a starting QB in the NFL as he threw for only 136 yards while completing less than 50% of his passes. With ineffective QB play, Austin can’t be trusted on a week-to-week basis.