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Week 11- Free Agent Pickups



  • Drew Stanton/Blaine Gabbert, Cardinals (repeat)

Drew Stanton sprained his knee in the game against the Seahawks, the extent of it is relatively unknown.  He practiced Tuesday but it is still unclear whether he will actually start this week.  Whoever starts will have a great matchup against the Texans who rank 3rd worst against opposing fantasy QBs.  This is a situation to monitor if you need a bye week fill-in for Cam Newton or Jacoby Brissett.



  • Terron Ward, Falcons

With Devonta Freeman set to miss week 11’s game against the Seahawks, Ward will see an increased workload behind Tevin Coleman.  Ward showed some explosiveness last season averaging 5 yards per carry on 31 totes.  It is a difficult matchup on the road against a Seahawks run defense that ranks 4th best against opposing fantasy backs.  This is more of a speculative add in the event that Freeman misses multiple weeks.  Ward could be a potential flex play in week 12 against Tampa Bay.


  • Brian Hill, Bengals

This is a deeper play, but Hill was signed from the Falcons practice squad to the Bengals 53-man roster on Tuesday to replace Jeremy Hill who was placed on IR.  Hill was a popular off-season rookie RB amongst many draftniks.  He underwhelmed in the preseason, but he will be someone worth keeping an eye on and even adding in deeper leagues.  He is a Joe Mixon injury away from being fantasy relevant and used as potential trade bait.



  • Bruce Ellington, Texans

Another player I talked about earlier in the year, Ellington has a great shot to put up some real fantasy points this week.  I would feel a lot better about it if Deshaun Watson was still at the helm, but with Patrick Peterson shadowing DeAndre Hopkins I would expect a lot of targets for Ellington.  It would not be surprising to see him with a 5 catch, 60-yard game.  He is coming off of a game where he saw 8 targets and hauled in 4 of them for 41 yards and a touchdown.

  • Russell Shepard, Panthers

He had an ugly game on Monday night against the Dolphins, only managing to catch 3 of 7 balls for 40 yards, including a couple of bad drops.  That said, Curtis Samuel is headed to IR which will leave Shepard as the 4th option behind Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffrey.  He is not a long-term option but could be helpful if injuries creep up in the playoffs.



  • Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals

Gresham has touchdowns in back to back games and Drew Stanton appears to have eyes for him.  He also gets to face off against the Giants last place tight end defense in the fantasy championship.

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  1. Hello,

    I am in a salary capped dynasty league, and I just acquired Ricky Seals Jones from Arizona. I acquired him for 3 years at $1.00 I was wondering if you had any thoughts on this acquisition if he could be a keep or just a dart throw moving forward. Thanks for your time. Dave