Optimal flexible games: Wilson or Mostert?

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The fantastic trade deadlines are approaching and weeks off are hitting us, we are officially in “down the stretch” mode. With most fantastic regular seasons ending in Week 14, getting your teams best efforts (which means starting the right players) is key. It will be difficult to replace Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins, Rhamondre Stevenson and especially Joe Mixon. You’re probably starting someone at this point that you don’t want, but that’s the same for most fantasy managers. What you decide will make or break you at this point and I am here in the humblest way to help you succeed. Let’s go people.

Raheem Mostert/Jeff Wilson – RB, Dolphins vs. Browns
The Dolphins offense looks like the most unstoppable force in the NFL right now and both of these guards are taking advantage of it while contributing to it. Wilson and Mostert are both blessed with a Browns defense that is fifth-worst against running backs in fantasy this season. The Browns have allowed running backs to score a touchdown in five of their last six games. Wilson and Mostert are coming off a game where they combined for 21 touches, 98 yards and two touchdowns (one each). There will be enough chances for both backs in the running and receiving game. Also, by the time you read this, I hope you were able to get Wilson back on the waiver wire.

Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR, Browns @ Dolphins
Before the Browns’ bye week, Peoples-Jones had a nice little run. In four of his last five games, he’s reached for at least 70 receiving yards, and in the one game he didn’t, he caught 4 of 7 targets for 50 yards. Peoples-Jones became the Browns’ no-fault WR2 this season and he took advantage of it. He now faces a Dolphins defense that has given up a touchdown to a receiver in its last four games. In two of those games, the touchdown was scored by the teams WR2 (George Pickens and Adam Thielen). In a game with 48.5 total points and the Browns as 3.5-point underdogs, look for points to score. DPJ will be involved.

Gabe Davis – WR, Bills vs. Vikings
That could change for Devin Singletary depending on how things unfold later in the week. The two main factors being whether or not Josh Allen is playing and the weather. Based on the pattern, Davis isn’t supposed to have an explosive game that makes you think he’s a top-15 receiver until Week 11, but the game might be too much to pass up. The Vikings defense has allowed over 300 passing yards in two of their last three games, and the previous game they gave up 208 passing yards to Justin Fields, which is his season high. Additionally, the Vikings are the seventh-worst defense against fantasy receivers this season. Davis is still capable of a wild stat line, but that might be enough to boost your team in Week 10.

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Mecole Hardman – WR, Chiefs v Jaguars
Hardman has made the most of his opportunities in recent weeks. He’s scored a receiving touchdown in each of the Chiefs’ last three games (two rushing touchdowns in Week 7). Despite acquiring Kadarius Toney, Hardman was still the clear WR2 for the Chiefs in Week 9, catching 6 of 9 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown. Hardman recently received touches near the goal line and the Chiefs will line him up anywhere to give him the ball. In Week 9, he saw three snaps out of the backfield, 33 in the slot and 18 out. The Jaguars have the ninth-worst defense against fantasy receivers this season and are coming off a game where they gave up a 10/146/2 stat line to Davante Adams. Hardman also played a season-high 61 snaps in Week 9. Marquez-Valdes Scantling could also be a good deep play.

Darrell Henderson – RB, Rams vs. Cardinals
I’ll be honest, you might have to take this one with a grain of salt. But if what coach Sean McVay is saying is ultimately true, Henderson could actually get his chance to lead the Rams backfield in Week 10. When I say lead, I mean get the number of touches that a team’s RB1 should get. secret that the Rams’ running game has been bad this season (second-worst rushing offense), but for some Henderson has lit it up. Cam Akers is one of the biggest fails (and definitely my ugliest call) in fantasy this season, but the problem is, Henderson never put the clamps on the position. McVay said there is a ‘possibility’ that Henderson will get more touches in the future, so we have to live with it. The Cardinals are ninth-worst against fantasy running backs this season. That might be a good place for Henderson to be who people think he is.

Josh Palmer – WR, Chargers @ 49ers
No matter what the 49ers can present on defense for the Chargers, Justin Herbert will need someone to throw the ball to. Palmer has been heavily targeted in the last two games with the absences of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams (22 targets). There’s a shot Allen can play, but even if he did, Palmer would still perform like the WR2 in a high-passing offense. Also, it’s unclear how healthy Allen will be (or not) upon his return. With 17 receptions for 163 over the last two games, Palmer should be ready for a decent game regardless. His teammate DeAndre Carter should also see a bump if Allen stays on the sidelines. The 49ers are the 10th worst team against receivers in fantasy, so there will be wiggle room for all of the Chargers pass catchers to work. Ride Palmer’s momentum.

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