Within an hour of composing our weekly waiver piece, it seems that Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is back on. Zeke’s camp may still appeal the matter and find a way to play, but as of now, we must assume he will miss the next six games. Let’s take a look at this week’s priority adds, starting with the Dallas backfield conundrum.
Darren McFadden, RB, DAL
McFadden is three years removed from a 1,400-yard rushing season behind Dallas’s dominant Oline. On the other hand, he has been a healthy scratch for eight games while Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have been active. The DMC priority rationale is this: McFadden and Zeke’s skill sets are similar, and therefore redundant. Morris and Smith compliment Zeke, and can play special teams. With Zeke out, McFadden could slide into that bellcow role, leaving a few more touches for the depth RBs. If you’re not buying this, then you fall into the ...
Alfred Morris, RB, DAL
Camp. Morris looked good in the preseason, and it seemed he overtook McFadden on the depth chart in training camp. Morris has never been confused for a scat back, and himself had huge seasons as the Redskins bell cow RB in the early RG3 days. McFadden could easily be washed, leaving Morris in a juicy spot to deliver RB2 numbers during the next crucial stretch of fantasy matchups.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT
JuJu is somehow still less then 50 percentowned in Yahoo! fantasy, which needs to change ASAP. Martavis Bryant is on the outs in Pittsburgh, and JuJu has shown great chemistry with Big Ben. Defenses always have to focus on Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, leaving the third option a lucrative proposition in fantasy terms.
Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
Chalk this up to the “who the heck else is Eli going to throw to” column. Shepard was dropped in a lot of leagues. He will be a volume-based WR3 moving forward, with some potential blow up opportunities in garbage time. Not to mention a motive to watch the Giants fourth quarters.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
Olsen is set to come back in Week 11, and could be a critical value pick up come playoff time. The Panthers need his presence over the middle, and Olsen could immediately regain TE1 status after he knocks the rust off.
The Cardinals travel to San Francisco this week, who just acquired Jimmy Garropolo from the Patriots for a 2018 second round pick. Initial word is Jimmy G won’t be ready for Sunday, leaving the hapless Niners offense a prime streaming target for the Cardinals defense.