A look at the players to keep an eye on in deeper leagues, though you don’t have to pick them all up just yet
Welcome back for week nine of The Watch List! From last week’s piece, the only real difference-maker moving forward looks to be Jacquizz Rodgers. The pair of Lions’ receivers were not a factor as Theo Riddick overshadowed them both. Kendrick Bourne did find the end zone, but he only totaled six yards on two receptions. Lastly, Tim Patrick was targeted four times, but only was able to reel in one reception. This week, there were not too many injuries to highlight, but some new faces who have shown up in their respective offenses.
Samaje Perine, Washington RB
Following the gruesome injury that knocked Kapri Bibbs out for the remainder of the season, Samaje Perine was forced into action. Yes, Adrian Peterson is the lead back and Washington is still without Chris Thompson. But Perine is the next man up and should be involved even if all three backs are active. He caught two of three targets and piled up 20 yards on just two carries. We saw a lot of Perine last year, don’t be surprised if we see a little more in the next few weeks.
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR
Doesn’t it seem like Adam Humphries is always picking up steam at this point in the season? In his last three games, Humphries has a least eight targets, with his biggest game of the season coming this past weekend. He caught all eight targets in Week Nine for a total of 82 yards and a touchdown. Humphries was the second-most targeted Buccaneer behind Mike Evans (10). Though last week is probably his ceiling, Humphries provides a very safe floor in PPR leagues. With bye weeks finishing out here in the next few weeks, look for Humphries as a temporary add for some consistency at the position.
Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills WR
With the Jets being favored by a touchdown this week, it is safe to say the Bills will be underdogs for the remainder of the season. That being said, we can expect the Bills to be throwing the ball very frequently. Zay Jones has quietly been involved in the offense with at least four targets and three receptions in each of his last six games. Jones has shown consistency in this offense and it should continue. Keep an eye on his usage in the Bills’ offense.
Chad Beebe, Minnesota Vikings WR
It looks as if the Vikings may have found another Adam Thielen-like receiver in rookie, Chad Beebe. With Stefon Diggs sidelined on Sunday, it was Beebe making a difference in the passing game. He hauled in all three targets for a total of 21 yards while running some crisp routes. The Vikings should have Diggs back after the bye this week, but Chad Beebe may be a name to remember if he remains on the roster down the stretch.
Logan Thomas, Buffalo Bills TE
We’ve seen quarterbacks transition into wide receivers, but now tight ends? In his second year as a receiving option for the Bills, Logan Thomas looks like he could be for real. Thomas’ eight targets were the third most amongst tight ends in Week Nine behind just Jeff Heuerman and Travis Kelce. His seven receptions on Sunday are as many as he had all of last season. However, these numbers from Week Nine may be a bit inflated considering Nathan Peterman had 49 pass attempts. Either way, Thomas was on the field as the Bills’ primary tight end and may be worth a look if he keeps this up.