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QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
There's a difference between reality and Fantasy Football sometimes, and no one epitomizes this more than Kaepernick. Forget about how he looks in reality and the 53.1 percent completion rate. Kaepernick provides a high floor every week due to his running. He is averaging 52 yards rushing per game. He has 36 carries for 260 yards and one rushing touchdown. With that average, with one passing touchdown, he provides a solid Fantasy day, and it's even better if he can throw two touchdown passes. The 49ers will play from behind consistently, and they run a lot of plays in a high-paced offense. Many were scared of the matchup against the Patriots, and he had one of his better games with 206 passing yards and two touchdowns and 32 rushing yards. He has multiple touchdowns in three straight games.
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Mathews left Sunday's game with an MCL sprain, and Darren Sproles has a fractured rib. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that Mathews is day-to-day and Sproles will play on Monday night against the Packers in Week 12. Hopefully, we get clarification on the extent of the injury to Mathews the waiver wire runs. Smallwood played 48 percent of the snaps, and Kenjon Barner played 22 percent on Sunday. Smallwood had 13 carries for 48 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards on five targets against the Seahawks in Week 11. When Smallwood has seen touches this season, he has looked good. In Week 10 against the Falcons, he had 13 carries for 70 yards, and in Week 3 against the Steelers, he rushed for 79 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Smallwood has 57 carries on the season and is averaging 4.4 yards per carry.
RB Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
Volume has been the biggest problem for Ivory this season. It has been difficult to count on him since the Jaguars abandon the run since they fall behind often and he splits with T.J. Yeldon, who is used on passing downs limiting the value for Ivory in PPR leagues. Yeldon suffered an ankle injury in Week 11 and didn't return. If Yeldon is out, Ivory gets a boost. While it's difficult to get enamored with the Jaguars' running game, volume is important in fantasy. Ivory can catch the football as we saw on Sunday. While he didn't do much on the ground with 17 carries for 39 yards, he caught six passes for 75 yards. If he's going to get 17-22 touches a game, he's worth a flex play.
WR Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Someone has to step up for the Bengals now that Gio Bernard is out for the season with a torn ACL and A.J. Green has a hamstring injury that could end his season. Green and Bernard account for 45 percent of the Bengals targets. Boyd is going to see more targets, and we saw it on Sunday. Boyd was targeted eight times and caught six passes for 54 yards with a touchdown. Boyd was beginning to see more targets the last three games with 19 targets. He dropped a touchdown in Week 10 against the Giants and had five receptions for 38 yards on seven targets in Week 8.
WR Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals
As mentioned with Boyd, the Bengals have a lot of targets available, and LaFell will also benefit. LaFell has been inconsistent this season, but he's a veteran that will see more looks. From Weeks 5-7, LaFell scored four touchdowns. Tyler Eifert returned in Week 8 and LaFell was hurt by his return with two targets, catching one for six yards. In Week 10, he had two targets and caught one for nine yards. LaFell led the Bengals in targets on Sunday with nine, catching four for 32 yards. If he's going to see 6-9 targets per game, there is value here.
WR Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Robinson hasn't lived up to lofty expectations, and Allen Hurns has three catches for 22 yards over the last three games. That has opened the door for Lee to get targets. Injuries held him back in his first two seasons, but Lee made some tough catches in Week 11 against the Lions, and he's been consistent. Lee has at least nine points in PPR formats in five of his last six games. Lee had four catches for 52 yards with a touchdown on eight targets on Sunday. He has at least four catches in eight of 10 games, and he's doing it without touchdowns. The touchdown against the Lions was his first of the season.
TE Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers
Anyone who has owned Cook is groaning right now. Cook has disappointed fantasy owners many times. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback Cook has played with and the preseason reports were positive. The Packers need a tight end that could stretch the field. Cook didn't do much the first three games of the season with six catches for 51 yards and then missed six games with an ankle injury. Cook returned Sunday night against the Redskins and was targeted 11 times, catching six passes for 105 yards, although he lost a fumble. The Packers defense is getting shredded, and the Packers will pass frequently. There are a lot of weapons to feed in the offense, but tight end is a tough position to fill so Cook is worth a look.