Well, it was good while it lasted for those lucky enough to have Taysom Hill in their lineup last week as a TE. After Hill put up big numbers as the Saints starting QB, ESPN — the biggest platform that had Hill listed as a TE — reversed course this week and took away his game-breaking TE eligibility.
Hill will now only be listed as a QB in ESPN leagues and rightfully so — the Saints have classified him as a QB since he joined the team.
The only loophole right now to keep Hill in your lineup as a TE is to not make any adjustments at all. So, if you’re committed to keeping this advantage, you’re going to have to keep your roster as-is or it will become invalid on the site.
Of course, every fantasy league and commissioner will have an opinion on this but here’s out ruling: Hill never was a TE and he should be moved out that lineup spot — even if the commissioner has to use their powers to do so.
As a QB, Hill does still offer fantasy value as shown by his 24.2 points against the Falcons, good enough to be QB4 on the week. His value comes with his rushing ability providing a high floor for production, but counting on two TDs every week would be foolish. We also wouldn’t expect Alvin Kamara to take a backseat like he did in Week 11, when he was coming off a foot injury.
In case you missed it, No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow suffered a grisly knee injury last week, tearing his ACL and MCL while also suffering structural damage. This, of course, ruled out the Bengals franchise QB for the rest of the season, but there could be deeper keeper implications.
According to reports, recovery from this type of injury typically ranges from 9-12 months, meaning Burrow is no sure thing to be ready for the start of next season – or even well into it. And even when he returns in 2021, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the same calibre of player. Depending on your league’s keeper rules, the once-sure-thing Burrow is now a risky pick.
For 2020, the Bengals are going with third-stringer Brandon Allen over Ryan Finley, who came on in relief last week. Either way, it’s a definite downgrade for the Bengals’ pass catching options like Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.
It should also be noted that Giovanni Bernard, who has been filling in for injured Joe Mixon, missed some practice this week with a concussion before returning on Friday. Next in line for the start would be Samaje Perine if Bernard isn’t cleared to play, but we’d only consider playing him the deepest leagues, considering the Bengals situation.
With the fantasy playoffs rapidly approaching, now is the time to start scooping up the league’s most valuable backups if they’re on the waiver wire.
There’s nothing worse than losing your star RB when the games matter most. That being said, you’re for guys that will step into high-volume roles, not rotation situations.
Players like Kareem Hunt and Mike Davis are surely already rostered, but Latavius Murray, Alexander Mattison and Le’Veon Bell should be picked up. After that, players to consider as end-of-bench insurance should be Jamaal Williams, Devontae Booker, Benny Snell, Jeremy McNichols and Tony Pollard, though Dallas’ O-line looks beyond repair.
DELAY OF GAME
With the NFL already having delayed the Thursday nighter between the Baltimore Ravens and Steelers to Sunday and now again to Tuesday night, all that fantasy managers can do at this point is make sure that they have replacements ready to go on their benches.
As we’ve said before, the easiest thing to do is to notify your league’s commissioner about replacements for any players potentially affected by a cancellation while leaving the player in your lineup. These should be named before the potential replacement’s kickoff on Sunday.
Also, considering Baltimore was also originally scheduled to play Dallas this coming Thursday, we’d expect that game to be rescheduled, too. And who even knows if Ravens on the COVID/reserve list like Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram will be available when that game is played the following Monday.
Sit Matt Ryan, QB, ATL vs. LV
In weeks in which Julio Jones has been out or hobbled, Ryan has ranked as a bottom-three QB.
Start Salvon Ahmed, RB, MIA at NYJ
Limited in practice this week, but would be a solid fantasy start against the lowly Jets if he plays.
Sit Phillip Lindsay, RB, DEN vs. NO
Is in a time share with Melvin Gordon, but doesn’t get the benefit of valuable red-zone work.
Start Mike Davis, RB, CAR at MIN
Gets another start with Christian McCaffrey out again and faces a Vikings team that was gashed on the ground last week.
Sit Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, LAR vs. SF
Has seen his touches drop to fewer 10 per game over his past three outings and faces a tough matchup.
Start Antonio Brown, WR, TB vs. KC
The production hasn’t come yet, but he has racked up 26 targets in his three games with the Bucs.
Sit Jerry Jeudy, WR, DEN vs. NO
Draws a tough matchup against Marshon Lattimore and a Saints defence that has been on the rise.
Since calling out his lack of touches three weeks ago, Ravens WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has just five catches and 52 yards with no TDs.
ADD OF THE WEEK
Nelson Agholor, WR, LV
He hasn’t been the most consistent performer, but the Raiders top WR has double-digit hauls in five of his past seven games.
DROP OF THE WEEK
La’Mical Perine, RB, NYJ
His season is essentially over after being put on IR with a high ankle sprain. Probably not even worth a stash at this point.
WAIVER WIRE DEFENCE
New York Giants DEF
The Giants are coming off their bye week and get pleasure of facing a Bengals team missing its two best offensive players.