Week 7 Street FA Report

Updated: October 19th 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: LIONS, TEXANS

Add of the Week

Orleans Darkwa, RB – NYG (Owned 28%)

Week 6: 21 Car/117 yards, 1 Rec/13 yards

An RB target a couple of weeks ago I felt that Darkwa needed to be featured again due to his low increase in ownership. The Giants are hurting at WR, as evident by Eli Manning only attempting 19 passes on Sunday Night, which means they will be using the run game more throughout the season. There was a spike in interest for Wayne Gallman when he had a decent game in week 5 but Darkwa more than doubled his touches last week (21:9) suggesting that he will, in fact, be the primary option. Though there may not be another 100 yard game for Darkwa he should continue to see the bulk of run plays and offers a goal-line touchdown upside.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $3,000,000

QB Add

C.J. Beathard, QB – SF (Owned 9%)

Week 6: 19 for 36, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 Car/14 yards

If you lost Aaron Rodgers you definitely are experiencing the Monday blues.  But the season goes on and you may need to find a new QB to either start or have as your bye week filler. If you were uninspired by Brett Hundley and his three-interception game last week here is a fresh new face to acquire. C.J. Beathard, a 3rd round rookie from Iowa, took over for Brian Hoyer last week and had an okay game in relief with almost 250 yards passing along with a touchdown and an interception. Similar to Hoyer, Beathard doesn’t possess a cannon arm but rather uses short, quick timing routes for high completion percentages to move the ball. Having a player like Pierre Garcon who is a target monster along with Matt Breida out of the backfield should give Beathard a strong security blanket for these types of passes. With all young QBs there will likely be a capped upside but if he can be mobile enough to add a couple of runs each week (he had 14 yards rushing last week) he could be a comfortable QB2.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 ($1,500,000 in Superflex/2QB)

WR Add

Bennie Fowler, WR – DEN (Owned 20%)

Week 6: 3 Rec/21 yards

Like the Giants, the Broncos have recently been ravaged by injuries to their receiver’s group. While we don’t know the full extent of each players’ injury Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and rookie Isaiah McKenzie all left week 6’s game for at least a period of time. In the case of the latter two, they did not return and their injuries could be more serious. This means that Bennie Fowler could be in line to step into the WR2 role next week and beyond. He has had opportunities in the offense with 17 targets the last three weeks even with Thomas and Sanders playing ahead of him. He also scored two touchdowns in the season opener. At worst he should be added till we learn more about how severe the injuries those around him have. He could become a valuable flex option for desperate teams.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $2,000,000

TE Adds

Jonnu Smith, TE – TEN (Owned 31%)

Week 6: 1 Rec/10 yards

Jonnu Smith has quietly had a decent start to his career and is pushing forward this year’s class of superb rookie tight ends. Unfortunately for him and the Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota missed the last game and a half, limiting the offense’s production. Mariota will be back healthier for week 7 which should boost the appeal of Smith moving forward. Similar to some of my previous listings this could be an even better pickup if you don’t have a clear candidate for your resign as Smith is likely to overtake Delaine Walker as the featured TE sooner rather than later. For the remainder of 2017, he has a touchdown opportunity upside each week and could see his target numbers increase as he becomes more familiar with the offense.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Aldrick Robinson, WR – SF (Owned 3%)

Week 6: 2 Rec/66 yards, 1 TD

Sometimes it just feels better to bet on the 9:1 horse because when they hit it’s just oh so sweet. That would be the case with adding Aldrick Robinson who has only played 38% of snaps this season for the 49ers. Still, with the backup QB starting now sometimes it’s the second-team receivers that have the better rapport with them. While already discussed that C.J. Beathard is more of a short, quick route passer it doesn’t mean that he won’t have a few opportunities to look deep, especially if defenses are focusing more on stopping Carlos Hyde and the underneath routes. In no given week will Robinson be a safe play but if you liked to have DeSean Jackson back in the day when he was going for a 60-yard touchdown every other week this might be your type of boom/bust sleeper.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Week 4 Waiver Report

Updated: September 27th 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.

Add of the Week

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE – NYJ (Owned 39%)

Week 3: 5 Rec/31 yards

Seferian-Jenkins (ASJ) joined his new team after serving his two-game suspension and looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. While 30 yards isn’t a lot this offers the perfect opportunity to still get him off the waivers without breaking the bank. The game was well in hand for most of the afternoon so the Jets ran the ball 30 times, limiting the passing game. But ASJ did tie Robby Anderson for the most targets (6) and brought in 5 catches. The Jets figure to be playing from behind more than they were this week which means that there is a definite upside to ASJ’s target volume. Along with this, Matt Forte injured his toe and left early in the game. If he misses any amount of time this only means more dump-off targets will be available. The Jets haven’t had a fantasy relevant TE since the days of Dustin Keller but if ASJ is truly over his personal demons this could be a great turnaround season for him.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,500,000

RB Add

Orleans Darkwa, RB – NYG (Owned 18%)

Week 3: 7 Car/22 yards, 1 Rec/11 yards

The Giants looked absolutely terrible on offense for the first two games and two-quarters of the season but then they scored three 4th quarter touchdowns and quieted at least some of their detractors. The overall state of the Giants run game is brutal, 48.7 yards/game and isn’t one to get excited about. I still prefer Shane Vereen (who I listed as a waiver add two weeks ago) since he has the greatest upside as the primary receiving back but it appears that Ben McAdoo is still trying to find a traditional way to use the running game in his offense. McAdoo does appear, however, to be losing faith in Paul Perkins since he only had 2 more carries than Darkwa. It’s not an unrealistic expectation for him to try and create a spark in the offense by switching up his lead back. Darkwa isn’t someone that you would add to start but with bye weeks coming soon and injuries to RBs piling up he might be a usable option in weeks to come.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Ryan Grant, WR – WAS (Owned 4%)

Week 3: 3 Rec/75 yards

I wanted to add Grant to this column last week but needed to see more from him and his 1 catch performance in week 2. Finally getting a chance to watch a full game on Sunday Night showed me that he is definitely involved in Kirk Cousin’s target list and is an add in every league right now. The best part of the week 3 game was that Josh Doctson had a highlight reel catch that will make everyone think that he is ready to be a big part of the offense. In reality, Doctson had only that one catch on two targets in the game. Cousins might be looking to Chris Thompson in the dump pass more often but I also expect opposing teams to scheme for this moving forward. Hopefully, this opens up more play action screens giving Grant and other receivers separation downfield.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Bruce Ellington, WR – HOU (Owned 4%)

Week 3: 4 Rec/59 yards, 1 TD

Bruce Ellington was a player that I rostered throughout the preseason due to a number of receiver injuries that the Texans had. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the final cut for most of my fantasy teams and wasn’t used by the Texans for the first two weeks of the season. He showed up in week 3 however and looked like the second option behind DeAndre Hopkins playing on 70 of 71 offensive snap. He also caught his first touchdown of the season. There was plenty of optimism surrounding Ellington’s potential while in San Francisco so maybe it will be with this change of scenery that he will start to see fantasy value again. There has been recent news that Will Fuller could play in week 4 but between his one-dimensional usage as a speed receiver and frequent drops, the staff may want to see what Ellington can do first.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

TE Adds

Vernon Davis, TE – WAS (Owned 15%)

Week 3: 5 Rec/58 yards, 1 TD

Surprise, surprise Jordan Reed is injured and missed another game. If it walks like an injured duck and squawks like an injured duck then it’s probably an injury-prone duck. As I mentioned in the Grant piece above, Kirk Cousin’s is likely going to be throwing a high number of passes this season and likes to use his TE in the passing game each week. Vernon Davis may not be the player he was San Francisco years ago but there’s a reason Washington values him enough to have behind Jordan Reed. He’s a player who knows how to play fundamental football and gets open with his route running and quickness. Reed will likely be out for other games throughout the season so Davis will have his days. Tight End production can be hard to predict outside of a handful of players but if Reed is out Davis should be started in all leagues.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Corey Clement, RB – PHI (Owned 5%)

Week 3: 6 Car/22 yards, 1 TD

Another preseason player that both fellow RSO writer Bob Cowper (@RobertFCowper) and I liked this preseason was undrafted rookie running back, Corey Clement. I spoke about his potential in this offense in my preseason watch list article here. After Darren Sproles was injured last week he finally got see some action and he showed flashes of his ability with limited reps, scoring a late touchdown. Remember, during the preseason there were rumors about LeGarrette Blount not fitting well with the Eagles run scheme and Wendell Smallwood looked sluggish. Both were considered plausible cut candidates. Now that Sproles is done for the season (ACL tear and broken arm) Clement may have his shot to prove that he can be a part of this offense. It may not be immediate but I would expect Doug Pederson to play the guy that gives him the best chance to win the game; which I think could be Corey Clement.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000

Week 3 Waiver Report

Updated: September 19th 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.

Add of the Week

Rashard Higgins, WR – CLE (owned 10%)

Week 2: 7 Rec/95 yards, 1 Car/4 yards

The Browns had a rough go on Sunday against the Ravens. However, Rashard Higgins had a surprisingly good game (7-95-0) in a game in which two different QBs (Keizer and Hogan) were in the game. While it may have been just a young player taking advantage of some playing time in a one-sided game there are serious reasons for this to be the beginning of an under the radar season. Corey Coleman, Cleveland’s first-round pick from 2016, has broken his hand again and could be out 6-8 weeks while Kenny Britt has fallen on bad terms with head coach Hugh Jackson. This opens the door for Higgins to be the primary target on and an offense that projects to be down in more games than up this season. Depending on how deep your rookie drafts are this player may still be lingering at the bottom of some team’s rosters. He’s worth kicking the tires on for a trade if he can be at least a WR4 the rest of the season.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $5,000,000

QB Replacement

Trevor Siemian, QB – DEN (owned 41%)

Week 2: 22 for 32 Comp, 231 Passing, 4TD, 1 INT, 5 Car/14 yards

Through two weeks Trevor Siemian is the QB2 in fantasy (written before Monday night’s game results) yet is one of the least owned QBs that has a starting role. While he might not hold the consistency of a Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers you definitely can do worse over the next 14 weeks. Denver seems more comfortable letting Siemian open up the offense this year compared to 2016 and with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as options outside he has plenty of talent to work with. There should be a consistent floor of 200 yards and a touchdown (12 points) each week. Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins’ owners should be looking to add Siemian as a comfortable substitute.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $3,000,000 ($7,000,000 in Superflex)

RB Stash

Tyler Ervin, RB – HOU (owned 13%)

Week 2: 3 Car/8 yards, 4 Rec/18 yards

RotoViz loved the metrics of Tyler Ervin coming out of college last season. His pass-catching ability, as well as his size, made him comparable to Danny Woodhead on Player Profiler. Unfortunately, he was also behind Lamar Miller who is himself a decent pass catching back and being paid too much to be put on the bench. Recently, however, Ervin has been playing more out of the slot as a receiver and with all the injuries to the receiving and tight end groups, he’s likely to see more playing time due to necessity. At this point, he would only be a stash candidate in deeper leagues but if you are already feeling the pressure from your RBs production and were unable to secure Cohen or Allen last week Ervin could be a poor man’s Ty Montgomery from a year ago.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

WR Replacements

Paul Richardson, WR – SEA (owned 38%) 2 Rec/19 yards, 1 TD

While Cincinnati’s offense has been the joke of NFL fans the first two weeks for not scoring a touchdown, Seattle’s offense hasn’t looked much better scoring their first touchdown late in the 4th quarter of week two’s game against San Francisco. That touchdown came from former 2nd round pick Paul Richardson who was labeled a sleeper WR to add during the offseason. Despite this, his ownership still hovers around 38%. He’s averaged 10PPR points/game and 12 targets over the first two weeks showing that he can be a downfield threat and red zone option for Russell Wilson. If the offense can turn things around and start scoring more than 10 points a game there is a chance that Richardson becomes a flexible WR.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,500,000

Terrance Williams, WR – DAL (owned 24%) 4 Rec/17 yards

Yikes, nobody expected the Cowboys to be dominated on both sides of the ball like they were against the Broncos last week. At least one silver lining is that the NFL lost their appeal for an Ezekiel Elliot stay so the team should be able to refocus their offensive game plan knowing they will have him for the remainder of the season. This means that defenses will have to keep contain on Zeke and Dak Prescott while double teaming Dez Bryant, opening up one-on-one matchups for Terrance Williams. While his touchdown upside is limited with Dez, Zeke, and Jason Witten in the lineup he still receives his share of the targets each week. He’s an ideal option to have on your bench during the midseason when bye weeks become a lineup killer.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Stash

Benjamin Watson, TE – BAL (owned 5%)

Week 2: 8 Rec/91 yards

The Ravens haven’t been in very competitive games these first two weeks which has reduced their number of pass attempts (51) to the bottom of the league. Still, Watson had 8 receptions vs. the Browns and almost 20 PPR points last week. Dennis Pita received over 120 targets last season and while Jeremy Maclin has been a nice addition Flacco has a history of feeding his TEs, when healthy. Watson has also shown that he can handle a large number of targets from his time in New Orleans. For those who lost Greg Olsen this week, Watson could be a worthwhile replacement.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Deonte Thompson (owned 2%)

Week 2: 4 Rec/57 yards, 1 TD

The Bears looked more like the team that experts thought they would be in week 2 being shutout till the final moments of the 4th quarter. With injuries piling up at the WR position and likely a QB switch at some point it could be a long season for Da Bears. It is hard to tell how much of Deonte Thompson’s week 2 production came due to a blowout but some needs to catch the ball and he could be the next man up. Thompson has a strong speed adjusted score (92nd percentile) and showed some potential in the Bears’ preseason game against the Broncos earlier this year. With Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy dropping several passes last week Thompson could be a volume add, similar to Jermaine Kearse last week.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Q&A Session

Updated: November 17th 2016

In just a short time, roster decisions will become very difficult for RSO owners. Most leagues are just weeks away from the fantasy playoffs and teams must solidify rosters with trade deadlines looming.  I teamed with fellow RSO writer Nick Andrews this week answering a variety of questions involving end of season moves that teams might consider.

How much salary cap room, if any, do you want to keep for end of season waiver adds and trades?

Nick:  I believe that if you’re buying at the end of the season then you should have any cap space left over. What extra room you have you should be using to buy players that can help you win this season. I did this in one of my leagues where I went from $40M in space down to less than $1M and bought Gronk, Alshon Jeffery, Jonathan Stewart, and Golden Tate to bolster my playoff chances. If you are selling, you should just be making additions that don’t negatively affect your cap room in future years. It’s tough to rebuild if you don’t have any money to work with.

Bernard:  I like to keep around 5-10% of my total cap available for moves.  This gives me a lot of flexibility to make trades whether I am a buyer or seller and allows me to get those must-add players on waivers.  The amount basically comes down to league size.  More relevant free agents are generally available in shallower leagues which results in me typically wanting more cap space in those leagues.  The waiver wire tends to be very shallow in deeper leagues with very few, if any, players who contribute to a championship caliber team which means I am fine having near nothing in cap space available after the trade deadline.

Which players are end of season buys for a contender?

Nick:  More reasonable names to acquire I would be looking at Golden Tate, Chris Hogan, and Larry Fitzgerald for receiver, Jonathan Stewart and Doug Martin for running backs. Of course take into consideration the costs associated with these players and hopefully they don’t have long term commitments (save for maybe Tate and Hogan).

Bernard:  Look no further than Indianapolis Colt Frank Gore if you need a solid RB2 on a high scoring offense.  New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and San Diego are three teams with players I am loading up on.  The Saints and Bucs play each other twice in the fantasy playoffs in what should be high scoring games with two teams who are terrible against the pass.  The Chargers also have a terrific schedule to close the year on an efficient, high-volume passing attack.  I also like upgrading the quarterback and tight end positions where I am weak.  They are usually cheap upgrades due to the large supply available relative to starting requirements.

What player were you right/wrong about going in to the season?

Nick:  I already said this in my previous article but I was not drinking the David Johnson Kool-Aid. I had seen too many running backs fizzle out after one season and wasn’t willing to pay in the range of $13-$20M for his services. I will stand behind my Bold Prediction candidate though and say that while not spectacular Giovanni Bernard has been one of the more solid/healthy options at running back this season.

Bernard:  I was far lower on Matt Forte than the consensus expecting more of a committee situation.  All preseason indicators pointed to more of a timeshare with Bilal Powell than what actually formed.   Forte is on pace for 300 carries which would be his highest total since his rookie season.  The most striking statistic is his splits when the Jets are competitive vs. non-competitive.  Forte averages 24 carries, 94 yards, and 1.6 TDs in the 5 games New York either won or lost by less than five points through week nine.  In the four games New York lost by at least ten points, Forte manages only a 13 carry, 41 yard average with zero scores.  Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett is another player I was lower on when compared to the fantasy community where I saw a lot of uncertainty in his role this season.  The surprising return of Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson’s ongoing injuries has hurt Lockett’s development along with his own nagging injuries plus limited his opportunity.  He is not a major part of the Seahawks passing attack at this stage exceeding five targets and 32 yards in only one game.

Who are potential league winning waiver adds for the end of season?

Nick: Not sure being this deep into the season there are much more diamonds left on the waiver wire. My blanket advice would just be, if you haven’t already, drop your roster-cloggers and pick up as many of your running backs’ handcuffs as possible. We saw many Mark Ingram owners left holding the bag last year when he was injured in the playoffs and it was a mad scramble to add Tim Hightower. Don’t get caught this year.

Bernard:  Nick makes a great point on running back handcuffs.  While most of the top-tier backups are likely on rosters at this stage, there is still a number of backs who could provide quality production if given the opportunity.  San Diego wide receiver Dontrelle Inman is a player I am targeting on waivers for the reasons detailed for the Chargers in the buy section above.  He should produce solid numbers down the stretch and could be in for a bigger role if fellow WR Travis Benjamin misses more time than expected.

Which rookie are you trying to get on your roster now?

Nick: I’m always trying to buy at a player’s funeral so give me any rookies that haven’t returned their values nearing the end of year one. We saw plenty of people sour on Melvin Gordon last year and now he’s likely untouchable in your league. Fish out the owners of Josh Doctson and Laquan Treadwell and see what it would cost for either of them. I’m sure if you offered a 2nd in a very deep 2017 class they would have to take a very hard look at what they expect from those two players.

Bernard:  Consider me a value opportunist also always looking to take advantage of impatience and injuries.  Rookie tight ends rarely make much of an impact which usually translates to strong buys near the end of the season.  I have seen enough from Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper to confidently put offers out for both with the incumbent starters likely retiring soon.  Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch will take the starting jobs sooner rather than later.  Both are worth a look, particularly in 2QB formats.


Bio: Bernard Faller has degrees in engineering and economics.  He currently lives in Las Vegas and enjoys athletics, poker, and fantasy football in his free time.  Send your questions and comments (both good and bad) on Twitter @BernardFaller1.

Q&A Session

Updated: November 17th 2016

In just a short time, roster decisions will become very difficult for RSO owners. Most leagues are just weeks away from the fantasy playoffs and teams must solidify rosters with trade deadlines looming.  I teamed with fellow RSO writer Nick Andrews this week answering a variety of questions involving end of season moves that teams might consider.

How much salary cap room, if any, do you want to keep for end of season waiver adds and trades?

Nick:  I believe that if you’re buying at the end of the season then you should have any cap space left over. What extra room you have you should be using to buy players that can help you win this season. I did this in one of my leagues where I went from $40M in space down to less than $1M and bought Gronk, Alshon Jeffery, Jonathan Stewart, and Golden Tate to bolster my playoff chances. If you are selling, you should just be making additions that don’t negatively affect your cap room in future years. It’s tough to rebuild if you don’t have any money to work with.

Bernard:  I like to keep around 5-10% of my total cap available for moves.  This gives me a lot of flexibility to make trades whether I am a buyer or seller and allows me to get those must-add players on waivers.  The amount basically comes down to league size.  More relevant free agents are generally available in shallower leagues which results in me typically wanting more cap space in those leagues.  The waiver wire tends to be very shallow in deeper leagues with very few, if any, players who contribute to a championship caliber team which means I am fine having near nothing in cap space available after the trade deadline.

Which players are end of season buys for a contender?

Nick:  More reasonable names to acquire I would be looking at Golden Tate, Chris Hogan, and Larry Fitzgerald for receiver, Jonathan Stewart and Doug Martin for running backs. Of course take into consideration the costs associated with these players and hopefully they don’t have long term commitments (save for maybe Tate and Hogan).

Bernard:  Look no further than Indianapolis Colt Frank Gore if you need a solid RB2 on a high scoring offense.  New Orleans, Tampa Bay, and San Diego are three teams with players I am loading up on.  The Saints and Bucs play each other twice in the fantasy playoffs in what should be high scoring games with two teams who are terrible against the pass.  The Chargers also have a terrific schedule to close the year on an efficient, high-volume passing attack.  I also like upgrading the quarterback and tight end positions where I am weak.  They are usually cheap upgrades due to the large supply available relative to starting requirements.

What player were you right/wrong about going in to the season?

Nick:  I already said this in my previous article but I was not drinking the David Johnson Kool-Aid. I had seen too many running backs fizzle out after one season and wasn’t willing to pay in the range of $13-$20M for his services. I will stand behind my Bold Prediction candidate though and say that while not spectacular Giovanni Bernard has been one of the more solid/healthy options at running back this season.

Bernard:  I was far lower on Matt Forte than the consensus expecting more of a committee situation.  All preseason indicators pointed to more of a timeshare with Bilal Powell than what actually formed.   Forte is on pace for 300 carries which would be his highest total since his rookie season.  The most striking statistic is his splits when the Jets are competitive vs. non-competitive.  Forte averages 24 carries, 94 yards, and 1.6 TDs in the 5 games New York either won or lost by less than five points through week nine.  In the four games New York lost by at least ten points, Forte manages only a 13 carry, 41 yard average with zero scores.  Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett is another player I was lower on when compared to the fantasy community where I saw a lot of uncertainty in his role this season.  The surprising return of Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson’s ongoing injuries has hurt Lockett’s development along with his own nagging injuries plus limited his opportunity.  He is not a major part of the Seahawks passing attack at this stage exceeding five targets and 32 yards in only one game.

Who are potential league winning waiver adds for the end of season?

Nick: Not sure being this deep into the season there are much more diamonds left on the waiver wire. My blanket advice would just be, if you haven’t already, drop your roster-cloggers and pick up as many of your running backs’ handcuffs as possible. We saw many Mark Ingram owners left holding the bag last year when he was injured in the playoffs and it was a mad scramble to add Tim Hightower. Don’t get caught this year.

Bernard:  Nick makes a great point on running back handcuffs.  While most of the top-tier backups are likely on rosters at this stage, there is still a number of backs who could provide quality production if given the opportunity.  San Diego wide receiver Dontrelle Inman is a player I am targeting on waivers for the reasons detailed for the Chargers in the buy section above.  He should produce solid numbers down the stretch and could be in for a bigger role if fellow WR Travis Benjamin misses more time than expected.

Which rookie are you trying to get on your roster now?

Nick: I’m always trying to buy at a player’s funeral so give me any rookies that haven’t returned their values nearing the end of year one. We saw plenty of people sour on Melvin Gordon last year and now he’s likely untouchable in your league. Fish out the owners of Josh Doctson and Laquan Treadwell and see what it would cost for either of them. I’m sure if you offered a 2nd in a very deep 2017 class they would have to take a very hard look at what they expect from those two players.

Bernard:  Consider me a value opportunist also always looking to take advantage of impatience and injuries.  Rookie tight ends rarely make much of an impact which usually translates to strong buys near the end of the season.  I have seen enough from Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper to confidently put offers out for both with the incumbent starters likely retiring soon.  Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch will take the starting jobs sooner rather than later.  Both are worth a look, particularly in 2QB formats.


Bio: Bernard Faller has degrees in engineering and economics.  He currently lives in Las Vegas and enjoys athletics, poker, and fantasy football in his free time.  Send your questions and comments (both good and bad) on Twitter @BernardFaller1.

Preseason Watch List

Updated: September 1st 2016

Preseason games have started and many player hype trains have already left the station. Some names are familiar while others are getting their first exposure as exciting rookies. I have put together a collection of players that are generating buzz in the fantasy community and some suggestions on what you should be doing with them. Because this is RSO and there is a dollar sign attached to every player I will also offer an opinion on whether you should just bid the minimum or offer above.

Christine Michael

Christine MichaelI might as well start with everyone’s favorite preseason darling. The story is the same; a freak athlete who has the potential to be an RB1 on a team that has historically run the ball with authority. The big difference this year is that we have now seen what Michael can do in a meaningful game as he was usable in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs. He is also in a more open backfield that doesn’t feature Marshawn Lynch. It is, however, a very large backfield that features four capable runners (Rawls, Prosise, Collins, Michael). While I don’t like owning any one of these backs at a large cost, I would take the most cost-effective one  in the hopes that they may become the lead back by mid-season.

Verdict: Add Michael from the waiver wire for the minimum. If already owned don’t offer more than low, conditional picks.

Dak Prescott

Dak PrescottFor all you Cowboys fans and Dez Bryant owners, you must be feeling a whole lot better about the future of the team post Tony Romo. Prescott has done nothing but look like a draft steal the first two games of the preseason with five touchdowns in the air and two on the ground. For those of you that took Prescott as a late 3rd or 4th round selection, you have one serious bargaining chip in your back pocket for trades right now. Unfortunately, for most others, he went undrafted in both your rookie and auction draft and with how RSO is setup you cannot add a waiver player for multiple years. Therefore, there is little value in adding Prescott this season unless Tony Romo goes down with an injury.

Verdict: Hold off on adding Prescott till next year’s auction. If Romo should go down then feel free to offer more than the minimum to him as his mobility at the position could make him a viable QB2 option.

**Editor’s Note** With the recent injury to Tony Romo which will likely sideline him for 8-10 weeks Prescott is now a must add if you are shaky at the QB position or are in a 2QB league. If you have the room to roster him he also may be a short term solution to offer to those with Teddy Bridgewater or Tony Romo going down.

Tajae Sharpe

Tajae SharpeWow, has Sharpe looked, well, sharp! The rookie WR out of UMASS flew under the radar of many drafters in May and June and was likely a flyer pick in the 3rd round. Anybody who wants to cash out right now could probably fetch a 1st before he has even played his first game. The Titans sent away the troubled Green-Beckham making Sharpe and Rishard Matthews the outside receivers with Kendall Wright in the slot. Coaches have said they want to run, run and run the ball, but for a team that only won two games last year the game script may force the Titans to pass more often than not late in games. The problem with Sharpe right now though is just the cost to acquire. If he wasn’t already drafted then he has definitely been added from the waiver wire by now and is therefore rostered by someone in your league.

Verdict: If you drafted Sharpe or won the race to wire pat yourself on the back and just hold him to see what he can actually do. If you are looking to acquire him don’t get carried away with what your offering as he still has yet to play a meaningful NFL game. Moving a 2nd and a WR3 would be at my peak trade value IF he’s locked into a low rookie contract for multiple years.

New England’s Backfield

Patriots BackfieldMany expected the Patriots to add one of the RBs from this year’s class but they passed, maybe deferring to the stronger 2017 class. So where does that leave the backfield for 2016? Dion Lewis was a nice surprise that fit well with Tom Brady’s quick release passing offense last season. James White will look to take the same role in the early parts of this season while Lewis is sidelined after another knee surgery. LeGarrette Blount was brought back (after much delay) for another year as the bulldozing, between the tackles, redzone back. Bolden is still there and Tyler Gaffney has looked okay in preseason work against 2nd and 3rd string players. So is there any value in the Pats backfield, and who’s the guy to own?

Verdict: For now White and Blount are the players to own but don’t expect any consistency in terms of an RB2 floor. The best bet would be to actually hold any RBs that are on the fringe of their own rosters that may be a late preseason trade candidate for the Patriots.

Make sure to keep your eyes on the final two weeks as players are cut (or traded) and depth charts are solidified. If you have any questions or want to ask the RSO team about trades make sure to use #RSOtrades.