Dominate Your League
A Footballguys Premium Subscription will give you the edge with lineup and waiver wire advice tailored to your league.
Save Time, Win More with Footballguys.Join Now
Before I get rolling here, I need to let everyone know there will not be an EOTG column in week 13. I’ll be back for week 14.
A lot of us are wondering what to do with Budda Baker at this point. The former star is simply not getting it done recently. One issue is a defense that has improved considerably but I believe the main problem is his health. Baker has been battling a rash of injuries over the last several weeks. He has shown up on the injury report with a concussion, a sore knee, groin, and most recently, a heel that had him questionable right up to game time on Sunday. The bye comes at a good time and should allow for some healing. Hopefully, he will be close to 100% for the three excellent matchups during the fantasy playoffs. Arizona has the Rams in week 14, Colts in week 16, and Cowboys in week 17 for those leagues that extended their season a game with the new NFL schedule.
While most positions are getting rather dried up on the waiver wire, there are some good options out there for those in need of a corner. A.J. Terrell has 34 combined tackles, five passes defended, and a pick over the last six games, with at least five combined tackles in five of those contests. He’s reached double-digit points in two of the last three, including a season-best of 20.75 in week eleven.
With a rash of injuries to edge defenders league-wide, many managers are looking to gey by with matchup-based streamers until we get guys back. Dante Fowler Jr Jr. is available in a lot of leagues and might be an answer for this week. He too was injured and missed a few games, but returned in week ten against Dallas. In the six full games he’s played to date, Fowler is 9-10-2.5 with a pair of forced fumbles and a batted pass. He was 2-3-.5 against the Patriots last week and has a juicy matchup with the struggling Jaguars this week. Jacksonville has allowed eight sacks in their last three games, including six to defensive ends.
There is a bit of good news for those of us sitting on Patrick Queen. His 75% snap share in Week 11 was the largest percentage of playing time he has seen since week four. Some managers might think the absence of Josh Bynes from the stat sheet against Chicago was another plus for Queen, but that is not so much the case. Bynes played his normal 70+ percent of the snaps.
Callias Campbell was forced out of the week eleven game with a foot injury. If you are counting on him, keep an eye on the practice reports and work on a plan B.
Not all the injury news is negative this week. Buffalo should have Tremaine Edmunds back when they face the Saints. He returned to practice on Monday.
Morgan Fox has been playing good football all season but has fallen short in the box scores. His play finally showed up on the stat sheet in week eleven with four tackles and a forced fumble. One game does not make a trend, but Fox could be worthy of consideration in deep-rostered leagues.
With Khalil Mack shut down for the year, the Bears needed someone to step up on the edge opposite Robert Quinn, who had a career day against Baltimore, going 4-1-3.5 with a forced fumble. Trevis Gipson might be the other guy. He chipped in 4-1-1 versus the Ravens. Just as importantly for many of us, Gipson is listed as a defensive end in many leagues.
Deandre Houston-Carson has been on a roll, averaging better than 15 points over the last four games. That chariot may turn back into a pumpkin this week though. Houston-Carson started his streak as a stand-in for Teshaun Gipson in week seven, then moved over to cover for Eddie Jackson in Chicago’s last three games. Jackson returned to practice last week and was a last-minute scratch for Sunday. He should be available to face the Lions on Sunday.
Continue reading this article with a Season Long Pro subscription.
"Footballguys is the best premium
fantasy football only site on the planet."
Matthew Berry, ESPN