NFL Nation Fantasy Fallout: What to make of Zay Jones, Saquon Barkley and others

Our NFL Nation reporters reply fantasy soccer questions each Tuesday through the NFL season. Here is what they needed to say following Week 12.


How do you assume the goal distribution between DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore and Marquise Brown appears to be like when all three are lively?

If I needed to rank them off the bat, it’d go Hopkins, Brown and Moore. It won’t appear to be that in actual time due to how defenses are inclined to roll protection to Hopkins from the onset, leaving Brown and Moore open earlier. It is powerful to connect a share to the three of them, however Hopkins and Brown would have nearer percentages than Moore, who performs behind the road of scrimmage greater than the opposite two. Brown is extra able to making greater performs than the opposite two, so he won’t see as many balls as Hopkins or Moore, however his impression may be better. After which there’s Hopkins, who’s unquestionably the Cardinals’ go-to WR1. He can carry an offense by himself (which he has) and that may simply result in 10 or 12 targets (much more at occasions), particularly if the opposite two get going. — Josh Weinfuss

bufOne thing or nothing: Isaiah McKenzie sees twice as many targets as Gabe Davis and leads the crew in receiving (96 yards) on Thanksgiving in Detroit.

It is one thing, however extra for McKenzie than Davis. McKenzie went by a slower stretch, going six straight video games with out over 50 receiving yards, however his 96 receiving yards on 10 targets and 6 receptions, along with a landing, towards the Lions was a step in the proper route. Coach Sean McDermott stated McKenzie put in two good weeks of apply previous to the sport, and it would not be a shock if the Payments attempt to proceed to contain him towards a Patriots crew he had success towards final yr. Davis has seen constant targets and can proceed to, particularly with plenty of accidents on the place. — Alaina Getzenberg

cinTight finish is a troublesome spot to fill. Are you shopping for Hayden Hurst (9 targets, tied for the crew lead) as a viable possibility when Ja’Marr Chase returns?

I am promoting. Hurst’s goal share has been unstable all through the season. Over the previous six weeks, Hurst has surpassed 5 targets on simply two events. With QB Joe Burrow enjoying higher towards Cowl 2 appears to be like than he was earlier within the season, it is exhausting to start out Hurst with any manufacturing reliability. He’s a vertical menace and may make performs within the passing sport, although, so anybody in a pinch on the lookout for a TE can discover worse choices on the waiver wire. — Ben Child

dalMichael Gallup noticed a season-high eight targets on Thanksgiving. Can he regain one thing near his 2019 kind that noticed him go over 1,100 receiving yards?

After the Thanksgiving win vs. the New York Giants, Gallup stated he’s previous the psychological hurdle in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. His play the previous two video games definitely means that. He’s making troublesome catches when draped by defenders. And Dak Prescott trusts him. He’s the Cowboys’ greatest deep-ball menace together with his capacity to go up over a defender. It has taken him a while to get again in kind, however his timing cannot be higher. Whether or not the Cowboys add Odell Beckham Jr. or not, they want this play from Gallup, particularly as CeeDee Lamb, who has two 100-yard video games prior to now three outings, begins to warmth up. — Todd Archer

jacWith 19 catches over the previous two video games for Zay Jones, is it secure to name him a PPR issue the remainder of the best way?

Positive, so long as you are not anticipating 9 catches each week. Jones has a career-high 58 catches to this point this season, however 28 of these catches have are available in three video games. Nonetheless, he has had a minimum of 5 targets in 10 of the Jaguars’ 11 video games and has surpassed Marvin Jones Jr. because the Jaguars’ No. 2 receiver behind Christian Kirk (although Jones really has two extra catches than Kirk). — Michael DiRocco

neIf Rhamondre Stevenson has a full season because the lead again, what would you venture for carry and catch totals (six-plus catches in 4 of his previous 5 video games)?

Stevenson has performed 68.4% of the offensive snaps. Since Week 2, he has performed 40 or extra snaps in each sport however one. So this supplies a great basis to venture his numbers over a full season — give him within the vary of 240 carries, 1,200 dashing yards and 75-80 receptions. Invoice Belichick has gushed in regards to the dramatic price of progress since he arrived in April 2021. — Mike Reiss

nygWith underneath 55 dashing yards in three of 4 and underneath 15 receiving yards in 4 straight for Saquon Barkley, do you assume the heavy utilization early within the season is a priority for the fantasy playoffs?

Not likely. Barkley’s latest dip most likely has extra to do with shuffling on the offensive line than his heavy work price. If something, Barkley ought to have seen a bit spike post-bye. As a substitute, it has been a battle, however not as a result of he lacks explosion. It is as a result of he lacks room to run with groups promoting out to cease him. — Jordan Raanan

nyjLet’s assume it is Mike White for the remainder of the common season. Give us a Garrett Wilson projection (catches, yards, TDs) for the ultimate six video games.

The Jets’ six remaining opponents rank from nineteenth to thirty second in go protection, together with three groups within the bottom-8. With that in thoughts, Wilson ought to be capable of end with a flurry — for example 35 catches for 450 yards and 5 TDs. — Wealthy Cimini

tbMike Evans has three straight video games underneath 55 receiving yards, and 7 straight and not using a rating. Ought to fantasy managers hesitate earlier than locking Evans into lineups shifting ahead?

Bucs coach Todd Bowles stated Monday, “We have to get them again on the identical web page. That battle, it confirmed up yesterday. I am not saying it was anyone’s fault, however it did present up yesterday and it confirmed up a couple of video games earlier than that. We have to get that taken care of. That is essential for our success.” It boils all the way down to the opposite receivers needing to step up — which we’ve seen from Chris Godwin in latest video games, and Julio Jones if he can keep constantly wholesome — but additionally Tom Brady and Mike Evans wanted to fine-tune their connection as a result of one thing’s been off. Whether or not or not that will get corrected this week might be largely predicated on if Evans has to face Marshon Lattimore, who has missed the final seven video games with an stomach harm. — Jenna Laine

tenIt is now three straight video games with underwhelming effectivity for Derrick Henry (64 carries for 178 yards). Is that trigger for concern or only a bump within the highway?

Henry had a troublesome couple of video games whereas heart Ben Jones handled a concussion over the previous two weeks. With out Jones, Henry averaged 0.8 yards per rush earlier than first contact towards the Bengals on Sunday, his second-lowest common prior to now three seasons. Two weeks in the past Henry averaged 0.9 yards per rush earlier than contact final week towards the Packers. He completed with solely 38 yards on 17 carries towards the Bengals. That was the second-lowest complete for Henry when he had a minimum of 15 carries in a sport. Henry is now averaging a career-low 1.70 yards per rush earlier than contact this season, rating him forty ninth out of 53 certified rushers in common yards earlier than contact this season. — Turron Davenport