Henry John, @HankTimeSports
Fantasy Football Contributor
By: Henry John @HankTimeSports
The journey to the deepest waters of the Fantasy Football free agent pool continues. This week’s dive has uncovered a former Eagles practice squad running back, a tight end who correlates with his team’s wins, and the defense that advanced analytics have ranked dead last in the NFL! Read on for these and other astounding finds!
Byron Marshall, RB, Washington Redskins
Week 12 Opponent: vs. Giants (THU)
Signed off the Eagles practice squad just last week, Byron Marshall now finds himself as the number 2 back in the Redskins backfield. Washington made the move to add depth after the injury to Rob Kelley in Week 10, and now Chris Thompson is also out for the year after breaking his fibula last week. Marshall will now be working behind Samaje Perine. While it is unlikely to be an even timeshare, and Perine will get the vast majority of carries, Marshall is an interesting stash in deep PPR leagues in particular. With the receiving corps underperforming seemingly every week and Perine better suited for running between the tackles, Marshall could serve an important role as the third down pass-catching back. Starting Thanksgiving night, four of the remaining six games for the Redskins will be played against teams ranked 22nd or worse against the run per Football Outsiders, meaning there is still some value to be found in what’s left of the depleted Washington backfield.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chicago Bears
Week 12 Opponent: at Eagles
After he played sparingly for the Chargers at the beginning of the season, the Bears acquired Dontrelle Inman back in Week 8 to bolster a decimated receiving corps. He led the Bears in receiving yards with 88 on 6 catches in his Week 10 debut and followed that up with 43 yards this past week. While he isn’t a star fantasy wide receiver (this is the Bears who have averaged only 188 yards receiving per game as a team), it is clear Inman will be a factor in the offense on a weekly basis going forward. Mitchell Trubisky simply needs targets he can count on down the stretch as he continues to grow in his rookie season. While a tough matchup against the Eagles dampens the fantasy prospects of all Bears this week, Inman is worth an add for teams in need of receiver depth as the playoff chase heats up.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 12 Opponent: at Cardinals
Perhaps the surprise team of the NFL this year, the Jaguars sit atop the AFC South at 7-3 and would be the third seed if the playoffs started today. Tight end Marcedes Lewis has been an active piece in all of the Jaguars’ success since Week 3. In fact, since Week 3 when he broke out with a 62-yard, 3-touchdown performance, the Jags have won every game in which Lewis has at least one reception. The two games where he has gone catchless in that stretch were both Jacksonville losses. While that probably isn’t the best trend to look at for future fantasy production, it is worth noting that the Jaguars only face 2 teams with winning records the rest of the way in Seattle and Tennessee. Both of those defenses are weak against the pass, with Tennessee being consistently poor all season and the Legion of Boom a shell of its former self in Seattle. Lewis has at least proven himself worthy of a backup role down the stretch.
Oakland Raiders Defense/Special Teams
Week 12 Opponent: vs. Broncos
For a deep dive defensive filler this week, the Raiders are perhaps the best option available in most, if not all leagues. Yes, the Brock Osweiler effect can make even Football Outsiders’ 32nd ranked defense a viable start. Oakland has given up over 20 points in seven out of ten games this year, but the Denver offense has been equally bad. Since Week 2, the Broncos have failed to top 20 points in all but one game. That game was Week 9’s 51-23 blowout loss to the Eagles in which the entire second half was garbage time. The goose egg in the interception column for the Raiders defense is a lock to change this week. A Bengals defense that had only forced 7 turnovers all year came away with 2 last week in Denver. The Raiders will have the added benefit of playing at home in this divisional matchup they have to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.