Week 11 Street FA Report

Updated: November 16th 2017

Each week we will recommend a group of players that are owned in less than 50% of RSO league that should be rostered. Depending on roster and league sizes not all of these players may be available. For that, we will offer 1 player that is owned in <10% of leagues as our Sleeper add.

Byes: PATHERS, COLTS, JETS, 49ERS

Add of the Week

Brandon LaFell, WR – CIN (Owned 14%)

Week 10: 6 Rec/95 yards, 1 TD

Brandon LaFell has been a player I have wanted to list for a couple of weeks but the poor performances left me looking for more unknown players to target. After last week’s performance though this is why sometimes it’s better to go with “old reliable”. For most of the offseason and leading into the regular season, LaFell was an afterthought for being targets to younger receivers Tyler Boyd and John Ross in Cincinnati. As the season has gone on, however, it is clear that he is still the number two option behind A.J. Green. While Cincinnati’s offense is not as potent as it has been in recent years they still have playmakers that can be fantasy relevant. LaFell is a cheap option to have on your bench for the rest of the season and can be used in a pinch for good matchups.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

RB Adds

Austin Ekeler, RB – LAC (Owned 26%)

Week 10: 10 Car/42 yards, 5 Rec/77 yards, 2 TDs

If you want to understand where Austin Ekeler’s week 10 performance came from go back to my week 8 report to read what I thought he could bring to the Chargers offense. Melvin Gordon has never proven to be a complete three-down running back and any receiving satellite back that proved themselves to the coaches was going to eventually eat into his touches. There’s a reason Danny Woodhead finished as the PPR RB3 in 2015 in this offense. The team likes to use the screens and check down options from backs as an extension of their running game. I don’t expect Ekeler to be putting up much more 20 points weeks but his floor is rising with the number of targets he is getting weekly now.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,00

J.D. McKissic, RB – SEA (Owned 23%)

Week 10: 5 Car/26 yards, 4 Rec/20 yards

J.D. McKissic had a coming out game in week 4 against Indy with two late touchdowns leading everyone to add him to their rosters. He has since had lackluster performances which has led to him becoming a free agent again in most leagues. However, he should be added for similar reasons as Ekeler due to his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. C.J. Prosise can’t stay healthy and Thomas Rawls is a shell of what he was two years ago meaning that this backfield is WIDE open for any back to show that they should be trusted going into the playoffs. I’m not a big fan of McKissic’s running style frankly, he looks like he’s racing to try and see how fast he can get to the line of scrimmage rather than waiting for holes to open up, but he has amazing speed. If he earns more targets or breaks more runs he has big-play ability that will improve his weekly fantasy outlook.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Russell Shepard, WR – CAR (Owned 9%)

Week 10: 3 Rec/40 yards

After week 10 one of these statements has to be true. Either, the Dolphins defense is one of the worst in the league OR the Panthers offense is looking closer to their 2015 level of production than their 2016 level. If the latter is true and now both Kelvin Benjamin (traded) and Curtis Samuel (possible IR) are out of the lineup, Russell Shepard would become the WR2 behind Devin Funchess in an offense that could be turning the corner in terms of production. Shepard isn’t a great talent but we saw this same situation with Adam Humphries in Tampa Bay last year where a subpar level receiver can be thrust into a starting role and deliver replacement level fantasy production. Depth is always a needed commodity going into the playoffs and Shepard, similar to Brandon LaFell is nice depth to add this late in the season. For a free player, Shepard doesn’t have to be a superstar to be relevant. More targets will lead to more catches as well as more scoring opportunities. The Panthers have a late-season bye this week so the coaching staff will have two weeks to find ways to fit Shepard into their play calling.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Week 8 Street FA Report

Updated: October 23rd 2017

Each week we will recommend a group of players that are owned in less than 50% of RSO league that should be rostered. Depending on roster and league sizes not all of these players may be available. For that, we will offer 1 player that is owned in <10% of leagues as our Sleeper add.

Byes: CARDINALS, PACKERS, JAGUARS, RAMS, GIANTS, TITANS

Add of the Week

Austin Ekeler, RB – LAC (Owned 19%)

Week 7: 7 Car/38 yards, 4 Rec/6 yards, 1 TD

If a player doesn’t solidify themselves as the pass-catching back in their offense it’s only a matter of time before they start to lose snaps to another RB who can. We may be seeing that in Los Angeles with Melvin Gordon slowly losing snaps to rookie Austin Ekeler. Ekeler, 5’9” and under 200lbs, looks like he could fit the Danny Woodhead satellite back role that completed Gordon in his rookie season. He had 4 receptions against the Broncos last week (13 on the season) and also managed 7 carries which shows that he’s gaining a role in this offense. With tough matchups over the next month (Patriots, Jaguars, Bills, Cowboys) there’s a real chance that the Chargers need Ekeler to be available for the check down option more so than Gordon running up the middle.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

RB Add

Backup RBs

Speaking of backups, as we have seen throughout the first 7 weeks backup RBs are just players waiting to be fantasy relevant. If you have a locked in RB and his backup is sitting on the street you should add him at this point in the season. You have “roster cloggers” that you won’t be starting the next 6-8 week. Drop them and protecting yourself. If you want to be sneaky you could also pick up the backups of those that are sleeping on their claims. Nothing feels worse than going into the playoffs and losing an RB and having to fight with your league mates for his replacement.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

D’eonte Thompson, WR – BUF (Owned 4%)

Week 7: 4 Rec/107 yards

I felt bad after recommending D’eonte Thompson as a sleeper in week 3 especially after he had a 0 catch game in week 5 and then was subsequently released by a Bears team that is starving for WR talent. But now that Thompson has been picked up by the Bills it didn’t take him long to be involved going over 100 yards in his first game. That stat is probably an anomaly but it shows me that what I thought he could be in Chicago wasn’t a farce. The Bills don’t have many pass catchers that are trustworthy which is likely the reason Thompson was added and clearly, they felt comfortable using him right away. Even when Jordan Matthews returns healthy it would be in the best interest of the Bills to use Matthews in the slot where he belongs and allow the big-bodied Thompson to work outside. I’m willing to double down and say that he should be a usable flex option if you need WR help.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

TE Add

Vance McDonald, TE – PIT (Owned 16%)

Week 7: 2 Rec/37 yards

It seems like forever ago that Vance McDonald was traded from San Francisco to Pittsburgh and everyone wanted a piece of him. Fast forward to before last week and he’d had 1 catch for 26 yards in 6 weeks of football, not even rosterable stats for the deepest of leagues. He only had 2 catches last week but this might be the sign that he is finally getting comfortable with the Todd Haley’s offense. Another couple of weeks under his belt and McDonald might become what fantasy enthusiasts wanted LaDarius Green to be. Unless you have Gronk, Ertz, or Kelce you’ve probably been streaming/substituting your TE position all season so why not take a shot.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Demarcus Robinson, WR – KC (Owned 6.5%)

Week 7: 5 Rec/69 yards

Not every Chiefs game is going to be a shootout like last Thursday but Demarcus Robinson’s usage is something that should be mentioned. He had 5 catches on 8 targets last week which was second to Tyreek Hill and well ahead of Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas (1 each). He’s still behind Kelce, Hunt, and Tyreek in terms of touches but he has firmly taken hold of the WR2 on this team now with Conley out. With the Chiefs being more involved in the passing game this season the prospect of a second Chiefs receiver might not be as fantasy irrelevant as it once was. Robinson could be valuable depth to have moving forward.

Suggested Bid: $500,000