Injuries from Week 14 leave ghost owners still alive in fantasy playoffs looking for answers in Week 15, and NFL snap numbers can provide more solutions than usual just because of so many new situations so late in the season. Injuries to Mike Evans, Josh Jacobs, Mark Andrews and DeVante Parker have opened the door for children like Breshad Perriman, DeAndre Washington, Hayden Hurst and Allen Hurns. It is also more obvious that there is a new favorite back in San Francisco, as Raheem Mostert plays and produces.
It is never as easy as a replacement for an injured star. In Oakland, it’s a fight between Washington and Jalen Richard. The surprise was that Washington dropped more passes than Richard, but we’ll have to wait for the official Jacobs news this week before we can definitely get to know this contest.
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In the Tampa Bay, Justin Watson came out of nowhere to catch more passes by Perriman, but Perriman played a lot more, so we’re trying to determine how much to read. The same is true in Baltimore, where Nick Boyle played more than Hurst, but Hurst still feels like the best fantasy option. And in Miami, Allen Hurns and Isaiah Ford had almost identical days in different ways.
This is not Mostert, who, unlike the others, had another healthy player to face in the form of Matt Breida. That didn’t stop Mostert from backing up the reason he was in this article last week and standing out as the lead back for the Niners.
Some weeks, this article aims to help you avoid busts and find sleepers already in your router. But this week, almost all of these types are available on the resignation wire as you look for injury replacements. Hopefully, the following analysis can help you find the best option.
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Raiders Snap Counts: DeAndre Washington vs. Jalen Richard
Josh Jacobs has been reported to have suffered a broken shoulder since Week 7 and finished by Week 14. Jacobs is expected to get a MRI to see if he can play anymore this year. If not, it will be a Washington-Richard succession to carry the Auckland backfield.
Washington seems to be the preferred option as a ball carrier. He played 40 drills on Richard’s 24, though Oakland ran for most of Sunday. Washington remained in many passages that were supposed to be Richard’s strength.
The transfers were 14-7 in favor of Washington (including all goal lines), and Washington also fell to six of seven goals compared to Richard who scored two of three. Derek Carr has never been shy about flying under his back, so if Oakland leaves Washington to do so, it’s a boost to the value that transportation would already have.
Oakland has the Jaguars and Chargers on its schedule for the next two weeks, none of which are amazing or awesome matchups for a running back. Washington should be one of the top discharge claims for this week, especially if we see Jacobs really out for the year.
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49ers Negative Measures: Raheem Mostert vs. Matt Breida vs. Tevin Coleman
We said that maybe Bridget’s return would give Mostert Week 13’s absolute dominance a train. It proved nothing like that. Mostert was in the field for 40 offensive games, compared to 12 for Breida and 11 for Coleman.
In fact he hadn’t played as dramatic as he could have – Mostert finished with 12 touchdowns compared to seven for Breida and three for Coleman. Mostert found the end zone in the air and on the ground, which is also encouraging.
Mostert’s immediate dominance shows that he should have more touches. If he continues to play so hard, some positive retreat will come his way and he already had a productive day of imagination despite the proportionally limited touches.
If Mostert doesn’t belong in your league, get him. Holding Breida because of the big play ability may be nice, but if you need to make a move to help your team elsewhere during the playoffs, Breida and especially Coleman can fall to that point. .
Ravens Snap counts: Hayden Hurst vs. Nick Boyle vs. Mark Andrews
Hurst and Boyle will only matter for fantasy weeks in Week 15 if Andrews’ knee injury keeps him out, but because the Ravens play Thursday night football, there is a decent chance this will happen.
Hurst caught 61 wings on Sunday, which makes him look like the preferred option (though Boyle himself fell as well). Hurst is known for being the most athletic of the pair, with Boyle being a better exclusion. Then you go back to the numbers, see Boyle surpass Hurst 54-28, and wonder if you should guess yourself.
That’s why following these numbers all the time is important. Andrews almost always broke Boyle into snaps (and sometimes to Hurst) despite being overly productive with his supposed backups. Since Baltimore is running so long, its numbers can be oblique. When the Ravens were likely to fly to Andrews, they would be on the field. Hurst is more likely to fit in this role than Boyle, who actually didn’t see much increase in playing time above normal and was no more productive than usual.
It seems counterintuitive to say that Hurst sees fewer drills make us want him more, but in this weird case with the Ravens, he does. That the 61-yard TD told us all we need to know about Hurst’s ability and is the handcuff / replacement every Andrews owner (and Ryan Griffin owner) has to grab before Thursday night football.
Dolphin Stocks: Allen Hurns vs. Isaiah Ford if DeVante Parker is out
The body of the dolphin killers was in a hurry on Sunday when both Parker and Albert Wilson were shocked in the first half. This meant that both Hurns and Ford got in the way of playing the game and playing great roles.
Numbers-wise, it was actually Ford who overcame a little Hurns. Ford caught six of nine targets for 92 yards, while Hurns caught five-eight for 68 yards. Hersch had run in front of Ford in the depth of the league earlier in the season and boasted him, 57-55, on Sunday.
It’s really only the season-long depth chart fitting that has made us think that Hurns is the preferred option here for Ford (along with its veteran status). Ford was a student at Virginia Tech before the seventh round of 2017, so there may be some talent there.
Miami closes off the fantastic playoffs with the Giants in Week 15 and the Bengals in Week 16, so if Parker is out, it’s worth taking a dolphin to run if you need someone in place (especially if you had him Parker, Mike Evans or Calvin Ridley). Hurns holds a slight advantage for us, but if you watched a lot of this game and liked what you saw from Ford, there is a lot of Week 14 data to supplement.
Buccaneers Snap Counts: Breshad Perriman vs. Justin Watson
Bruce Arians told reporters that Mike Evans (“hamstring”) is “very doubtful” about Week 15, so in a passing offense like Tampa Bay, there must be some value. The two options are Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson, both of whom were caught in December 2012.
Perriman was the Bucs’ No. 3 WR for most of the year, and his win on Sunday shows he’s still ahead of Watson, playing 65 offensive snaps compared to Watson 43. But Watson really saw more goals, looking for 59 meters. Perriman showed great ability in big games, winning three of five goals for 70 yards.
In the long run, Perriman’s additional 22 premiums were enough to allow the big game to win out and make Watson a better addition. With Detroit’s leak defense, the next opponent for Tampa Bay, however, you can’t completely erase Watson. If I had the choice, I would definitely want Perriman to be my type in fantasy play-off tournaments (though maybe Watson has a PPR affair), while Watson could be a super cheap, low-ownership option during the week 15 DFS competitions.
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