Hill should be considered a decent starting QB option while Drew Brees is out
As the fantasy season enters Thanksgiving week, owners need to make sure they know what they are doing with their lineups. Plenty of injuries are keeping key players out, and COVID-19 is playing a role as well, but at least there are no teams on bye this week. Fantasy owners need to stay on top of what is going on in the league to make sure the players on their team are going to be active each week. Make sure your bench has enough talent to fill in, if needed as well.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (43 percent owned)
Many fantasy owners were reluctant to start Hill in Week 11. However, he looked good filling in for Drew Brees. He had 233 passing yards, 51 rushing and two rushing touchdowns. Hill looked to Michael Thomas, boosting his value (the same cannot be said for Jared Cook or Alvin Kamara). Hill was seen as a running quarterback, and while he did run the ball, he was also competent as a passer. He's going to flirt with being a QB1 in Week 12.
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (27 percent owned)
Rivers faces the Titans in Week 12, even though they just played in Week 10. In that game, he had 308 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy owners should expect similar numbers in Week 12. Rivers has had some great fantasy games this year, but he's not consistent enough to be a must-own. However, those that need a quarterback can rely on Rivers to be a high QB2 on most weeks.
James White, New England Patriots (40 percent owned)
Rex Burkhead left Week 11's game with what seemed to be serious injury. While Damien Harris and Sony Michel will battle it out for the between-the-tackles work, White is the passing-down back and will take over some of Burkhead's work. In PPR leagues, White should be owned. He had nine targets in Week 11, and he caught six of them for 64 yards. He'll be ranked as an RB3 for PPR leagues for Week 12.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (29 percent owned)
On Sunday night, both Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins tested positive for COVID-19, which means they will not be able to play on Thursday night. Assuming the game is still on as scheduled, the Ravens are going to need a running back. Edwards has been involved, especially while Ingram has been out (he did only have six yards in Week 11, but Ingram was active). Justice Hill (0 percent owned) also will factor in, but Edwards should be the No. 1 waiver claim for fantasy owners.
Frank Gore, New York Jets (10 percent owned)
In Week 11, La'Mical Perine injured his ankle, and the team thinks it may be a high-ankle sprain. That kind of injury may keep Perine out for the rest of the regular season, certainly the rest of the fantasy season. Gore will step in as the lead running back for the Jets. While this offense has its share of issues, Gore will get plenty of touches. Gore had 61 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 11. He's not going to put up 100-yard games, but he'll be a low RB2 each week.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (44 percent owned)
Following his 100-yard game in Week 10, Pittman only had three receptions in Week 11. However, he had 66 yards and a touchdown with those receptions and is a key part of the Colts offense moving forward. It was his first touchdown this season, but in the past three weeks, he has stepped up with at least 50 yards each week. Pittman is going to be a low WR3 against the beatable Titans secondary in Week 12.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (7 percent owned)
Julio Jones' status is uncertain for Week 12, and after Jones left the game in Week 11, it was Gage that stepped up. He had 12 targets and caught seven of them for 58 yards. In the past, when Jones has missed time, Gage hasn't been great. However, fantasy owners in deep leagues or desperate for a wide receiver can try Gage again in Week 12. The Falcons play the Raiders, and Gage will be a WR4/5 if Jones sits.
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (0 percent owned)
The wide receivers on the Texans are banged up, otherwise Coutee wouldn't make this list. Randall Cobb suffered a toe injury in Week 11. Kenny Stills is dealing with a quad injury that may cause him to miss time, especially because the Texans are playing on Thursday in Week 12. After Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks, the Texans will look to Coutee. In deep leagues, he's worth picking up. In Week 11, only the second game he's played this year, he had two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (21 percent owned)
Schultz has seen plenty of targets in recent weeks (8, 7, and 6 over the past three weeks). He had around 50 yards in Weeks 8 and 9 and a touchdown in Week 11 following the bye. Schultz isn't a must-start or a must-add tight end, but for fantasy owners needing a tight end, he is available and will be a TE2.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (16 percent owned)
Reed was in the waiver wire column last week, but the 49ers had a bye in Week 11, so most fantasy owners didn't pick him up. Prior to the bye, Reed had five receptions for 62 yards. In a year where tight ends are the weakest position for fantasy owners, Reed will likely be a TE1 for some weeks with George Kittle out.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
New York Giants (17 percent owned)
The Giants aren't a good DST. However, they get to play a Cincinnati Bengals team that just lost Joe Burrow. Joe Mixon went on injured reserve prior to Sunday's game, so the team is relying on Ryan Finley at quarterback and Giovani Bernard in the backfield. It's a tough break for the Bengals, but it's a great opportunity for all opposing DSTs, starting with the Giants in Week 12.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.