What’s up everyone! Tera Roberts here with your free agency deep cuts for week 17. As always be sure to like this video and subscribe to Fantasy Alarm.
At quarterback this week we have 2 options, both likely to play due to injuries at quarterback.
The Ravens have been struggling at quarterback with Lamar Jackson dealing with an ankle injury and Tyler Huntley landing on the COVID list, missing last week’s game. That left Josh Johnson starting in a game against Cincinnati where he completed 28 of 40 passes for over 300 yards and 1 touchdown. One thing became clear…Ravens quarterbacks are set up to THRIVE from a fantasy perspective. Lamar Jackson returned to practice…still looking like he’s struggling and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll play. But Tyler Huntley was activated and if Jackson can’t go, Huntley is in line for the start. The Rams are a tough opponent but with insane rushing upside, Huntley is a top 10 quarterback if he plays.
Trey Lance is another high upside option. Jimmy G is dealing with a thumb injury and seems doubtful to play. Meaning Trey Lance in line for the start. He’s another quarterback whose rushing ability makes him a viable option from a fantasy perspective. If he was facing a defense like, let’s say the Dallas Cowboys…I wouldn’t advise going with Lance. But this week he faces…Houston…a team that just so happens to be terrible against the run. There’s potential here for big production.
Moving on to running backs…
Clyde Edwards-Helaire seems unlikely to play. That would make Darrel Williams the lead back…as evidenced by his high roster percentage. But Derrick Gore should also be a factor this week. Gore is widely available on waivers and has shown he can be very productive when given the opportunity. On Sunday Gore had 12 carries for 43 yards and caught all 3 of his targets for 61 yards. I do expect Williams to lead the backfield in touches but Gore can be enough of a factor to justify a roster.
I’m a little surprised that Boston Scott is low rostered enough to include him on this list. Miles Sanders is out this week. Jordan Howard is dealing with an injury and questionable. I get that people might be fearful after that week 13 game where we thought he’d be involved and he saw not a SINGLE touch. But last week Scott had 12 carries for 41 yards and 1 touchdown. If Howard can’t go or is even a game time decision, I feel oddly comfortable with Boston Scott.
Moving on to wide receivers…
The Buffalo Bills have their entire arsenal of receiving weapons active on Sunday…typically that has meant Gabriel Davis won’t be a factor. BUT…I think the tides are changing. Emmanuel Sanders just hasn’t been productive. And Gabriel Davis has been on fire every single chance he’s given the opportunity and he’s been an incredibly reliable redzone target. Even with everyone healthy, I think Davis can be a factor in a very soft matchup against Atlanta.
An even deeper option is Nico Collins. Collins has become a regular piece of the Texans offense, with a snap count higher than 60% for the past 5 games and a total of 24 targets over that time period. Last week he caught his first touchdown of the season. The matchup this week against San Francisco is good and Davis Mills has been on fire. Collins can be a deep play this week.
Another very low rostered option is Breshad Perriman. The wide receiving core last week consisted of Antonio Brown and…Antonio Brown…who saw 15 targets. The only other receiver to catch a pass was Cyril Grayson. Perriman hasn’t been particular productive in the few games he’s been active this season. But considering the lack of usage from all the other receivers, Perriman can be a VERY deep play option.
And at tight end, Foster Moreau hasn’t exactly panned out the way we thought he would in the absence of Darren Waller. But he’s put together a couple of decent games with 11 receptions on 13 targets. This week he faces the Philadelphia Eagles who give up the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends. A double digit PPR performance is well within his range.
And that wraps things up for this week’s free agency deep cuts. Be sure to like this video and subscribe to Fantasy Alarm. I hope that these players can help carry you to victory! Good luck with your line ups!