Mitchell Trubisky - QB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is on pace to break Chicago's single-season franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Both records are held by former QB Erik Kramer, who threw for 3,838 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in 1995.
Huddle Up: Trubisky is too often inaccurate, but the sophomore signal-caller can make plays and keep the Bears in games at the least. He showed that in Week 10 as he led the Bears to a shellacking of the Detroit Lions. While he's not an every-week fantasy starter just yet, Troob can be started when the matchup is good.
Aaron Jones - RB - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones was given a vote of confidence by QB Aaron Rodgers, who said the Packers need to keep giving the second-year running back more opportunities. Rodgers added that Jones helped the offense secure first downs and was an asset in the red zone.
Huddle Up: It's unfortunate that it took Mike McCarthy and the coaching staff so long to feature Jones, who has clearly proven to be the best running back in Green Bay. As long as his recent usage continues, he's a solid RB2 candidate going forward.
Antonio Brown - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has scored a touchdown in seven straight games, which is the second-longest streak in franchise history behind an 11-game run from former WR Buddy Dial.
Huddle Up: The streak, which includes nine TDs in all, has erased any early-season doubts about Brown and vaulted him back to his customary standing among the top five fantasy wideouts. His 10 TDs on the season are the most among wide receivers.
Torrey Smith - WR - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Nov. 13, but said his injured knee is feeling a lot stronger and has resumed running.
Huddle Up: Smith hasn't played since Week 7, and even when he does return, he'll be fighting for targets with the rest of Carolina's deep pass-catching corps and isn't usable in fantasy outside the deepest of leagues.
Matthew Stafford - QB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's performance this season is a matter of 'Detroit Lions information,' offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Things are getting testy in Motown with the Lions having dropped three straight double-digit decisions and much of the blame centers on the offense. Stafford has thrown for at least 275 yards and multiple TDs in only one game since Week 4 and ranks 21st at the position with 21.01 fantasy points per game. Stay away aside from two-quarterback leagues.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Demaryius Thomas spent the team's Week 10 bye catching up on the team's offense and playbook, and head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday, Nov. 13, that he's expecting bigger and better things from Thomas in the coming weeks after his three-catch, 61-yard debut in Week 9. 'We've got to be able to use him more, even more than we did,' O'Brien said via the Houston Chronicle. 'He had three catches. I think they were all basically almost on the first or second drive of the game. He's a very smart guy, excellent pro. He was in here last week, meeting extra on Thursday, Friday, trying to get some more of the offense down. Go out there (Monday), have a lot of plays we ran in practice, knew where to line up, change his position, change his identity by personnel, knew what to do. I think we're going to make a lot of strides with him from week to week.'
Huddle Up: Thomas certainly won't be the focal point of opposing defenses as he lines up opposite DeAndre Hopkins, but with D.T. lacking the deep speed of Will Fuller, the wideout he replaced, it's hard to project anything more than fantasy flex usage going forward for Thomas.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Nov. 13, at his weekly news conference that he hasn't spoken to holdout RB Le'Veon Bell and that he has 'no expectation' about the situation. When asked about potentially never coaching Bell again, Tomlin replied, 'so be it.'
Huddle Up: Bell has until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to report or forego the rest of 2018 season, but he's still not expected to show, meaning a lost season for Bell's fantasy owners who weren't fortunate enough to pick up stud backup James Conner. Those rostering Conner and Bell, though, are better off if the latter stays away.
James Conner - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Nov. 13. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner will be given the opportunity to practice Wednesday, Nov. 14, and that should 'lay those (concussion) discussions to bed.'
Huddle Up: With Conner getting injured last Thursday, he has a little extra time to clear the protocol, and it sounds like his head coach has little doubt he will. Keep an eye out for official confirmation of course, but plan on having Conner is his usual RB1 role for the Week 11 game against the Jaguars.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) threw without pain Sunday, Nov. 11. Tannehill took a week off from throwing before letting it rip Sunday.
Huddle Up: Tannehill doesn't deserve a roster spot in single-year leagues, and he's still multiple weeks away after starting his throwing program from scratch. Brock Osweiler isn't worth the look in his place.
Marquise Goodwin - WR - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (head) briefly exited on two occasions in the team's Week 10 game Monday, Nov. 12, opposite the New York Giants. Goodwin initially departed following a catch late in the third quarter due to a hit to the helmet from LB Alec Ogletree. He returned in the beginning of the fourth quarter, and after a pass that deflected off his hands that led to an interception, Goodwin was slow to get up and went back into the medical tent for observation before returning late in the quarter.
Huddle Up: Goodwin actually fared pretty well Monday, amassing his second-highest yardage total (69 yards) of the campaign while tying a season high with five targets. The fact he was able to return to the game in both instances in which he had to exit probably means he won't have to miss any time, especially with the 49ers having their bye week coming up.