The first Sunday afternoon of November was packed with plenty of fantasy football action with 10 games on DraftKings main slate. The Saints and Rams clashed in a possible playoff preview in the late game after the Steelers, Dolphins and Vikings got big divisional wins in the early afternoon window. It was a running back-heavy leaderboard this week, but there were some surprise contributors as well. Should you consider some of these new stars as you look ahead to the rest of the season? Check out my opinion on whether you should ride or fade these Week 9 standouts.
RB Tevin Coleman, ATL at WAS, $4,800 — 32.6 DKFPColeman has been the Falcons’ primary RB since Devonta Freeman (groin) has been sidelined dating back to Week 5 when he made his brief return following an early-season foot injury. Coleman has been decent in his expanded role, but he hadn’t broken 20 DKFP until Sunday when he destroyed the Redskins in Washington. He finished with 88 yards on 13 carries but did most of his damage as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 5-of-7 targets for 68 more yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Freeman isn’t eligible to return until Week 15, so Coleman should remain the featured option in Atlanta although he does share time with Ito Smith ($3,700). Coleman and Smith will both be solid plays next week as they take on the Browns followed by decent matchups with the Cowboys and Saints. Coleman and the Falcons have won each of their past three games and will need to keep pushing to challenge for playoff spot. Because of his involvement as a receiver, Coleman is a relatively low-risk play and brings the high ceiling he showed off this week.
WR Adam Humphries, TB at CAR, $3,600 — 28.9 DKFPThe Buccaneers didn’t have quite enough Fitzmagic to rally back against the Panthers this week, but their defense forced them to play from behind again, as has been the pattern most of the season. Humphries had a pair of touchdowns as the team tried to rally and finished with eight catches on eight targets for 82 yards.
Most of the season, Humphries has been playing a high number of snaps and rotating with Chris Godwin ($4,400), and DeSean Jackson ($5,000) across the field from Mike Evans ($8,100). Evans, Godwin and Jackson were all quiet on Sunday while Humphries went off, but moving forward the production is likely to go back to those three receivers while Humphries returns to the back seat.
RB Duke Johnson Jr., CLE vs. KC, $3,800 — 29.6 DKFPThe Browns finally got Johnson involved this week against the Chiefs. Even after they traded Carlos Hyde, Johnson was surprisingly uninvolved. However, he had by far his best game of the year against Kansas City, catching all nine of his targets for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He led the team in targets by a wide margin and showed he still has the ability to make plays.
Johnson’s involvement this week is due to former RB coach Freddie Kitchens being promoted to offensive coordinator after Todd Haley’s firing. Kitchens found ways to get Johnson the ball, and he will have upside if that continues. The Browns host Atlanta before heading on their bye week. I’m hopeful the Browns continue this pattern and keep Johnson involved, but they’ve been inconsistent all year. I’d like to see it one more time before riding Johnson.
QB Jared Goff, LAR at NO, $6,000 — 33.34 DKFPGoff and the Rams went into New Orleans and played a wildly entertaining game against the Saints. New Orleans had a 21-point lead early, but Goff rallied the Rams, throwing for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Ultimately, the Saints got the win, but Goff still put up a huge stat line finishing second only to Drew Brees ($6,100) in QB scoring.
The Rams have gotten steady production from Goff throughout the season, but he has especially stepped up when challenged by the best teams in the NFC. He had 42.3 DKFP against the Vikings, 26.5 DKFP against the Packers last week and 33.34 DKFP this week against the Saints. Goff and the Rams continue a tough stretch in their schedule with matchups against the Seahawks and Chiefs the next two weeks. However, Goff has shown he can rise to the occasion when games are competitive, so look for him to continue to put up good numbers in the next few weeks.
WR Maurice Harris, WAS vs. ATL, $3,300 — 25.4 DKFPThe Redskins were without Jamison Crowder (ankle) for the fourth straight week, and they were forced to throw a lot since they were playing from behind against Ryan’s Falcons. Harris has been starting as the Redskins’ slot receiver while Crowder has been out but had failed to find the end zone or total 50 yards in any game until today. He led Washington in ever receiving category, hauling in 10-of-12 targets for 124 yards, which allowed him to put up over 25 DKFP even without a touchdown.
Harris’s huge day was partially the result of Alex Smith ($5,000) having to attempt 46 passes, but he definitely seems to have earned the trust of Smith, who is well-known for checking down and throwing short underneath routes. Harris thrived in those routes this week, and he could continue to find space in a great matchup next week against the Bucs’ porous secondary. He’ll be an intriguing boom-or-bust play due to matchup, but he isn’t a proven enough option to ride just yet. Washington doesn’t want to throw the ball as much as they were forced to in this matchup, so Harris could be lacking volume next week.
TE O.J. Howard, TB at CAR, $4,300 — 21.3 DKFPHoward trailed only Travis Kelce ($6,600) in TE production on the main slate and continued his growth into a top-tier TE with two more trips to the end zone. He finished with 53 yards on four catches to go with his two scores, which brought him to four touchdowns in his past four games.
During those four games, he has finished with over 16 DKFP three times. He has shown a strong connection with Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,500), who will continue starting for the Bucs. Next week, Howard will be a solid TE option to consider even though the Bucs are in a tough TE matchup against the Redskins before two nice matchups against the Giants and 49ers.
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