Giving a Bills running back is an act of high aerobatics. The running game has been so powerless that ‘Cole Beasley’ is called Buffalo’s “de facto running back”. But it is with a little courage that I propose Devin Singletary this week. This suggestion depends on the health of Zack Moss. If Moss passes the concussion protocol, neither look particularly usable this week. If Moss can’t go, that should broaden the opportunities for Singletary against a Jets run defense that ranks 24th in the league. There will always be other mitigating factors (Josh Allen running close to the goal line, a shaky offensive line) but the hope of more touches combined with a more game makes Singletary an intriguing option.
Remember when I said the Raiders need to find more pass catchers? That was just a few paragraphs ago. Scroll up. Yes, they signed DeSean Jackson. However, it has always been as volatile as the wide receivers come. This brings us back to Kenya drake. His eight Week 9 targets were third on the team. He was second with 70 receiving yards. It wouldn’t be surprising if this turned out to be Las Vegas’ offensive MO for the remainder of the year. A clash against the Chiefs’ much-maligned defense seems like the right time to put this theory into practice.
It only took two months, but Brandon Aïyuk is one thing. In the past two weeks, he’s been targeted 15 times – almost half of his total for the entire season. It could be that Aiyuk finally managed to break out of Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse. Perhaps it is the Niners who are getting more and more desperate offensively. Either way, we like this version of Aiyuk much better and hope he sticks around. This week could be a real test of the 49ers’ commitment to Aiyuk against a good Rams defense that will be a bit salty after being pushed around by the Titans in Week 9.
I come to terms with Jamal Agnew becoming the player I wanted Laviska Shenault Jr. to be. After I blow out the candles on my birthday cake, I’ll tell you to start the new Jags slot receiver. In Jacksonville’s last four games, Agnew is tied for the team lead with a target share of 19.7%. (He’s tied with Dan Arnold, which is a puzzle in itself.) There’s volume to be had here with an offense that’s often in catch-up mode. It’s even better against a Colts defense that gives wide receivers the sixth most fantastic points per game.
Noah Fan was absent last week after not being activated off the reserve / COVID-19 list on time. Having another full week could eventually get him back into action. Just in time for a clash with the Eagles, who have been torn apart by tight ends this year. Last week I had Jared Cook in this space as a sleeper. Although he didn’t perform as expected, the Chargers got touchdowns from Stephen Anderson and “Donald Parham”. The process was solid, although the results were not what we wanted. So basically… start Noah Fant.
Last week I wrote about Tyler conklin have a great opportunity against the Ravens. He finished in the top 15, which isn’t great if you’re playing tight ends. His seven targets were even more encouraging. He won a solid role in the Minnesota passing game. Now he can shoot a Chargers defense that has always been among the worst at defending tight ends. If you are already taking the Conklin train, there is no reason to bail out now.
It shouldn’t take too many words to argue for the Colts DST. They are among the top five fantastic defensemen this season. They recorded multiple sacks in seven of their nine games while forcing multiple turnovers in seven games. In other words, they are good. This week they are playing against the Jaguars. They have the 29th offense in the NFL and allow defenses the third most fantastic points per game. In other words, they are bad.