RSO Staff Picks: Week 9

Updated: October 31st 2019

Week 6, 7 & 8 Results & Overall Standings

1.  English – Week 6  7-7 // Week 7 11-3 // Week 8 12-3 // 79-41-1

2. Papson – Week 6  6-8 // Week 7 10-4 // Week 8 13-2 //75-45-1

3. Wendell – Week 6  7-7 / Week 7 9-5 // Week 8 14-1 // 72-48-1

With work travel and our fearless leader’s wedding last week, I have not been able to post our picks each week. I apologize. After a very mediocre Week 6, we have been right on the money the last two weeks. Kyle leads the overall standings by four games over Pappy and seven games over Stephen as we head to the midpoint of the year. The 49ers and Jimmy G look to stay undefeated tonight on the road against an Arizona team that seems to be getting better each week as Kyler Murray gets more comfortable. Other great matchups this week include Vikings on the road against the Chiefs and the Pats on the road against the Ravens, which will likely be their toughest test of the season. Our picks for Week 9 are below. Unlike lots of the teams below, hopefully your fantasy teams are still in the race for the playoffs!

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More Analysis by Stephen Wendell

Week 9 Buys and Sells

Updated: October 30th 2019

The fantasy football world is full of buy/sell articles.  What are we actually looking at when those recommendations are made though?  First and foremost examine the fundamentals which dictate if fantasy stats are sustainable.  Is a quarterback’s efficiency corresponding to his touchdown rate?  Does a receiver collect enough targets to reliably post strong receiving totals?  Will a running back’s offense and usage consistently support fantasy output?  Another key consideration concerns changing situations.  When is a player expected back from injury or suspension?  Will another player possibly usurp usage from another?  While we can’t review every player, this and future articles during the season will give the reader a few potential buys and sells to get ready for future weeks.  Rankings are based off four touchdown passing PPR leagues.


Buy: Sam Darnold, QB34

We can classify Darnold’s recent play as disastrous.  Seven interceptions in the last two games and eight sacks last week has Darnold “seeing ghosts”.  He averages less than nine fantasy points per game so far this season which is less than a typical flex-type running back.  The surrounding situation also works against Darnold.  Many consider head coach Adam Gase one of the worst in the league and the Jets boast an awful offensive line to match.

So why take a chance on the Jets’ starting quarterback? We must remember Darnold is only 22 years old with only 17 games played so far due to injuries and sickness over his first two seasons.  This provides lots of room for growth as a quarterback going forward.  The youngster plays most of the bottom-level defenses in the NFL over the next six weeks including Miami twice, the Giants, Oakland, and Cincinnati.  This is buying Darnold at near basement-level with an upcoming schedule which could produce a big spike in his production.  Take the plunge on a player likely with a rookie RSO contract at a rock-bottom trade cost.

Sell: Phillip Rivers, QB16

2019 is a lot like River’s other seasons during his career.   He is among the the league leaders in passing yardage, stays healthy, and doesn’t add anything in the running game which makes for a solid QB2 or streaming option in fantasy leagues.  Rivers never really relied on arm strength but the lack of zip on his throws becomes more noticeable every year.  He is only signed through 2019 and at the age where retirement is a real possibility.  Rivers upcoming schedule also does him no favors.  Other than a couple of contests against the Raiders, he will not be a quarterback you will be excited about using in fantasy for the rest of the year.  Rivers has been one of the most consistently good quarterbacks in the NFL but it is time to sell him in fantasy leagues where he has value.

Running Back

Buy: Alvin Kamara, RB14

The Saints’ star running back has been excellent once again in 2019.  Kamara’s passing game usage is right in line with previous seasons and his rushing workload pace topped those first two years.  Touchdown regression hit him hard this season with only two scores to his name so far.  This accounts for Kamara’s somewhat down, but still excellent, RB8 per game scoring ranking.  Kamara is the de facto WR2 on a New Orleans team without much behind Michael Thomas making him virtually matchup proof and game script independent.

Latavius Murray exploded the last two weeks in Kamara’s absence scoring 32 and 36 points.  Certain owners might be in a pinch with New Orleans’ bye coming up and Murray’s performance without Kamara may foster concerns about some decrease in Kamara’s usage going forward.  These concerns might open a slight buying window to try and acquire the superstar running back.

Sell: Sony Michel, RB22

Michel was a buy earlier this year largely thanks to the schedule.  He rewarded those fantasy owners with solid weekly production due in part to lots of scoring chances.  It is time to move on for a variety of reasons.  Michel remains one of the least dynamic backs in the NFL ranking among the lowest in forcing missed tackles.  The Patriots do not utilize him in the passing game with only six receptions the entire season.  The New England offensive line is not dominating the line of scrimmage as in previous years.  Rex Burkhead returned to the lineup from injury in a limited fashion this week.  He gathered over ten touches per game before his injury with more diverse usage in the passing game than Michel.  His reps will only increase as the season goes on taking snaps from Michel.  New England’s upcoming schedule features games with much more competitive teams which will also limit Michel’s touches.

Wide Receiver

Buy: Robby Anderson, WR64

As usual, I like buying wide receivers for many of the same reasons as quarterbacks. Anderson’s price in many leagues will be about the same as a rock you found by side of the road.  The heavy part of New York’s season is over.  The Jets have a fantastic finishing schedule for the passing game.  Anderson showed big-game potential with Darnold to finish last season.  Look for some more down the stretch from the speedster this year.  He could be an excellent WR4 down the stretch.

Sell: Courtland Sutton, WR13

We have witnessed the second year breakout from Sutton many were hoping for.  The former SMU star has been the model of consistency with at least 62 yards and 4 receptions in all but one game for each.  The situation appears very murky now.  Denver is now faced with the prospect of playing an undrafted free agent quarterback who has never thrown an NFL pass , or eventually a developmental rookie quarterback coming off injured reserve whose own coaching staff said was “not a quarterback yet”, all behind one of the worst pass-blocking offensive lines in the game.  Sutton is likely on a rookie deal in your RSO leagues with years left on his contract so don’t panic trade.  Understand, though, you can’t expect the same kind of game to game consistency you saw earlier this season going forward.

Tight End

Buy: Greg Olsen, TE11

Olsen predictably started slowly coming back from injury.  He looks better now but not up to the standards we are used to. Olsen ranks ninth in targets and tenth in receptions among tight ends.  Carolina’s bye is out of the way and the schedule does not have any team left which would cause you to bench Olsen.  You should understand this is not the same Olsen as in the past and the quarterback situation is not great no matter who starts for Carolina.  He does provide a relatively steady performer at the position and should come at a fairly cheap cost.

Sell: Austin Hooper, TE1

Practically no one predicted this.  Hooper emerged as the overall TE1 over the first half the season with an 84% catch rate and a 100 reception pace.  Atlanta performed far worse than expected with one of the bottom passing defenses in the league. This led to early negative game scripts throughout the mid-point of the season resulting in the most passing attempts in the NFL so far.  Negative game scripts likely remain for Atlanta but the competition changes drastically.  The Falcons faced a pass-friendly schedule so far in the season.  The remaining schedule ranks among the worst for passing offenses.  Look for both decreased volume and effectiveness from Hooper over the second half of the year.

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.

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Week 9 Street FA Report

Updated: October 30th 2019

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

Josh Reynolds, WR – LAR (Owned 27%)

Week 8: 1 Car/-1 yard, 3 Rec/73 yards, 1 TD

It is unknown the extent of Brandin Cooks’ injury but having his second head injury this season is not a good sign. He is going to see a specialist so in the meantime Josh Reynolds steps into the WR3 role in what is still an above-average passing offense. He had eight (8) targets last week but only made three (3) catches and was overshadowed by Cooper Kupp’s monster game. We know that Reynolds had a role when he was the WR3 last year with Kupp out the second half of the season so Reynolds is a savvy add while the Rams are on their bye week in case Cooks is out for a prolonged absence. He would likely hold WR4 value in each game Cooks misses.

Suggested Bid: $5,000,000

RB Add

Jeff Wilson Jr, RB – SF (Owned 33%)

Week 8: 2 Car/6 yards 

If you are in desperate need of an RB this week quickly grab Jeff Wilson before they play on Thursday night. Behind Tevin Coleman, the 49ers are banged up with only a couple days of practice to prove their health. Wilson may be the last man standing when all is said and done. Kyle Shanahan wants to rotate in multiple backs throughout the game and Wilson was used earlier in the season as the primary goal-line back when Coleman was out himself. We will see how the rotation goes on Thursday but as it goes for free agents backs available this week Jeff Wilson probably has the safest floor and highest touchdown upside in week 9.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

Alex Erickson, WR – CIN (Owned 17%)

Week 8: 6 Rec/97 yards

Another WR likely to remain a free agent because of his bye week, Alex Erickson has had three solid games averaging 9 targets, 6 receptions, and 94 yards. The Bengals will continue to pass the ball heavily for the rest of the season so the pass attempts will be there. We are also waiting to see when A.J. Green will return and how effective he will be when he does. On top of all this, it is being reported Andy Dalton will be benched allowing backup Ryan Finley to start for at least week 10. Often times backup receivers and backup quarterback have a rapport from reps in training camp and preseason as the second-team offense so there may be more familiarity between Erickson and Finley than with other receivers at this point in time. We will see what the new Bengals offense looks like when they return from their bye but Erickson is a strong second half candidate if the Bengals are trying to see what assets they have moving forward.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000

TE Add

Jonnu Smith, TE – TEN (Owned 33%)

Week 8: 6 Rec/78 yards, 1 TD

Jonnu Smith had been a hot tight end sleeper the last two seasons but he has been a dud for the most part. The three-year learning curve for tight ends might be a real thing however as Smith looked strong the last two weeks while Delaine Walker nurses his own injuries. Ryan Tannehill has also brought some rejuvenation to a very stagnant passing offense for Tennessee so that gives Titans’ pass catchers another boost moving forward. For as long as Delaine Walker is out Jonnu Smith is a borderline TE1 most weeks, especially with some big TEs on byes over the next two weeks.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Russell Gage, WR – ATL (Owned 3%)

Week 8: 7 Rec/58 yards

After Emmanuel Sanders was traded away everyone was trying to figure out which receiver would be the next man up for fantasy points in Denver. It was never discussed however who was going to step up once Mohammed Sanu was shipped out of Atlanta. We got our answer in week 8 with second-year receiver Russell Gage who was second on the team with nine (9) targets. It remains to be seen whether this was another product of a backup quarterback being more comfortable throwing to a player he had been working with during the offseason or if Gage will be a reliable option once Matt Ryan returns in week 10. Either way Gage is a player that you can stash on your practice squad and activate if he has another good game in week 10 against the Saints.

Suggested Bid: $350,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 8 Street FA Report

Updated: October 24th 2019

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

Ty Johnson, RB – DET (Owned 20%)

Week 7: 10 Car/29 yards, 4 Rec/28

The Lions have had two heartbreaking losses in a row and found out Tuesday that second-year running back Kerryon Johnson will be placed on IR for what is basically the rest of the season (week 16). In his absence another Johnson, Ty Johnson, will be taking the starting role for the immediate future. He didn’t look particularly special but they were playing Minnesota and their above-average defense on what was likely minimum starting reps in practice. His abilities to shoulder a lead-back role will be judged more during this week’s game against a Giants defense that just allowed another backup, Chase Edmonds, to have three rushing touchdowns.  It would not be surprising to see the Lions bring in veteran talent, either via free agency with C.J. Anderson or Jay Ajayi or through a trade for someone like Kenyon Drake to share carries with Johnson in the next week or two. At minimum, Johnson will lose work to pass-catching back J.D. McKissic which limits the number of targets he will draw. For now, Ty Johnson is a must-add to all leagues but he shouldn’t be trusted as anything more than an RB3. If you already own him I would be trying to shop him to a contender that needs another RB. Johnson’s value will never be higher than it is right now.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000

WR Add

Danny Amendola, WR – DET (Owned 34.5%)

Week 7: 8 Rec/105 yards


For all the reasons I don’t think Ty Johnson will be as hot a pick up as he will likely be this week, I do think Danny Amendola will be an under the radar addition to several teams. After having a stellar week 1, Amendola had only 8 PPR points over the next month due to a chest injury and an early-season bye. In week 7 he finally went over the 100-yard mark again and it is likely not a coincidence that it happened in a game that their starting running back left early. Amendola has always been the “move” receiver and acts as long-range pass-catching back working primarily with screen, slant, and crossing routes. While he is firmly behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones as the WR3 the Lions passed on 70% of their plays last week which means there will be opportunities for Amendola to receive targets. Admittedly, some of this was due to being down for much of the game but their inefficiency running the ball with Ty Johnson (2.9YPC) could mean that Lions need to find other ways to create plays on early and short-yardage downs. This is where Amendola could become a PPR riser similar to Cole Beasley in Buffalo. We will know within the next week or two what the Lions plan is to replace Kerryon Johnson. For the price to acquire and the likelihood of availability I would be targeting Amendola over these next two weeks for week 9 and 10 WR byes.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Chris Conley, WR – JAX (Owned 37%)

Week 7: 3 Rec/83 yards

Chris Conley was the must add after week 1 and he had a modest 11 PPR points in week 2 but has been quiet since. He took a backseat to D.J. Chark who has taken control of target share and Leonard Fournette who has been basically the entire offense through the first half of the season. Last week though, he had a bounce-back game with eight (8) targets and over 80 yards receiving. Conley has actually seen the most snaps of any receiver in five of the seven games thus far but it’s been Chark with the touchdowns and highlight catches pushing his production to the side. The second half of the season features some great matchups for the Jaguars passing game, especially in the fantasy playoffs against the Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons! Things are looking good for the Jaguars’ pass catchers so Conley is another great plug and play option during these next two killer bye weeks.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000

TE Add

Foster Moreau, TE – OAK (Owned 11%)

Week 7: 2 Rec/24 yards, 1 TD

Darren Waller has been everything and more that he was being hyped to be as a late-round flyer at the tight end position and is definitely the TE1 for the Raiders in 2019. But there has been another tight end that has also been having a surprisingly strong season thus far, rookie Foster Moreau. Moreau has benefited from touchdowns in two of the last three games propelling him to average 10 PPR points over those three games. The Raiders also have been using 22 personnel (2RB-2TE-1WR) second-most in the league (11%) due to the injuries and inexperience at wide receiver this season which gives plenty of opportunities for Moreau to be on the field during any given play. I’m not overly confident that you could start Moreau over any of the usual 10-12 guys at the position but he’s worthy of a practice squad stash for the remainder of the season to see how he develops.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Keelan Doss, WR – OAK (4%)

Week 7: 3 Rec/54 yards

From the ashes of the Antonio Brown saga has risen the great story of Keelan Doss, the Hard Knocks prodigal son who was brought back to the team once they needed another receiver on the roster. With the injury to Tyrell Williams the team has been trying to bring in other options to use outside of Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs as feature players. As previously mentioned Foster Moreau has been available for red-zone options and they have traded for both Trevor Davis and Zay Jones to help build out a platoon of serviceable receivers. But the team clearly liked Doss enough to sign him back and he finally had over 50 yards receiving last week in a shootout with Green Bay. It’s a long way before he is anything more than a practice squad stash but he’s trending the right way and maybe a late-season resign for owners that want to be cap savvy for the future.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 7 Buys and Sells

Updated: October 16th 2019

The fantasy football world is full of buy/sell articles.  What are we actually looking at when those recommendations are made though?  First and foremost examine the fundamentals which dictate if fantasy stats are sustainable.  Is a quarterback’s efficiency corresponding to his touchdown rate?  Does a receiver collect enough targets to reliably post strong receiving totals?  Will a running back’s offense and usage consistently support fantasy output?  Another key consideration concerns changing situations.  When is a player expected back from injury or suspension?  Will another player possibly usurp usage from another?  While we can’t review every player, this and future articles during the season will give the reader a few potential buys and sells to get ready for future weeks.  Rankings are based off four touchdown passing PPR leagues.


Buy: Josh Allen, QB18

Allen might be the poster-child when looking for boom-bust streaming quarterback options.  His highs have won fantasy weeks while showing a near zero point floor in his young career.  Things have changed slightly in 2019.  Allen is not running at the same prolific rate we saw to finish 2018, where he blew up with four games over 90 rushing yards, which made him a fantasy superstar to end last season.  He remains a substantial threat on the ground, though, averaging over 30 rushing yards per game to go along with three rushing touchdowns this year.  Allen remains a work-in-progress as a passer but has improved.  His completion percentage jumped almost ten points this season by reducing the average depth-of-target on his throws while also seeing his passing attempts and yardage increase.

Allen has shown a high fantasy floor this year in all but the worst matchup against New England.  Fortunately for the Bills and Allen, they do not face the Patriots until week 16.  Buffalo gets one of the softest schedules of passing defenses in the league closing the year highlighted by matchups with Philadelphia, Washington, and Miami twice over the next five weeks.   Allen will be an excellent streaming quarterback for much of 2019 going forward.

Sell: Lamar Jackson, QB2

The start for Jackson could not have gone any better for fantasy owners in 2019.  He displayed upside as a passer in his first two juicy matchups against Miami and Arizona, throwing for seven touchdowns and almost 600 passing yards.  Jackson also showcased his video-game like rushing talents with two games of at least 120 rushing yards while averaging a robust 77 yards on the ground.   His rushing numbers alone would rank him as the RB23 in standard scoring leagues.

The second half of year presents some tougher opposition.  Baltimore faces a brutal rest-of-season schedule including matchups against three of the top passing defenses: New England, San Francisco, and Buffalo.  Jackson should provide a reasonable fantasy floor going forward even in difficult defensive matchups.  There are not many defensive schemes or players capable of completely shutting down his rushing ability.  We just might not see the incredible league-winning ceiling many times the rest of season.  With his bye-week coming up, this might be the point to cash out on Jackson for an absolutely incredible haul if you have other quality quarterback options available.

Running Back

Buy: Le’Veon Bell, RB16

Circumstances could not have begun more poorly for Bell in New York with his big new contract.  The Jets running game endured one of the worst opening schedules playing against top defenses with backup quarterbacks leading the offense.  The offensive line has been a mess coming in as Football Outsider’s bottom –ranked unit in both run blocking and pass protection.  Combined and you get Bell averaging less than four yards per carry in every single game this season with only two scores.

With all of the negatives, Bell remains a focal point of the Jets offense ranking eighth in carries per game and third in receptions per game among running backs in the NFL.   New York now plays against, arguably, the easiest remaining rest-of-year schedule with their starting quarterback back on the field.  The Jets’ offensive line woes are unlikely to see some magical fix but this should be a far more competitive team going forward with many more scoring chances for Bell.

Sell: Mark Ingram, RB11

The opposite, for much of what was said about Bell, can be attributed to Ingram.  Baltimore went up against perhaps the easiest slate of run defenses so far of any team.  The Ravens possess a good offensive line that is only accentuated by Lamar Jackson’s running ability at quarterback.  The great start by Baltimore’s offense transferred to Ingram in the form of seven rushing touchdowns, tied for second in the NFL.

As detailed with Jackson, the upcoming schedule looks like one of the most difficult in the league.   Ingram gets substantial rushing volume, ranking 13th in carries.  He does not, however, receive much work in the passing game. Ingram has only 11 receptions and caught no more than two receptions in all but one contest.  No other running back in the top-12 garnered less than 18 receptions and Ingram has been doubled in targets by all but one of those backs.  He does not have the receiving usage to fall back on as the touchdowns inevitably slow down.  Ingram is closer in usage to a player like Carlos Hyde than he is to the top fantasy backs.

Wide Receiver

Buy: John Brown, WR26

Copy and paste most of the schedule information from Allen here.  Brown goes against poor opposition moving forward with enough reliable volume and deep usage to produce some really good fantasy output the rest of season.  He is currently on pace for a top-10 finish in receiving yards.  It would not be a surprise if Brown finishes in the high-end WR2 range going forward.

Sell: Terry McLaurin, WR14

One really cannot say enough about how well McLaurin has played this season as a rookie.  Currently the Pro Football Focus #5 wide receiver, McLaurin produced consistently with five touchdowns in his first five games and has at least 50 yards in every contest despite playing with three quarterbacks. His play has simply gone beyond any reasonable expectation in year one.

Now we move to the bad.  The schedule going forward for the Washington offense is hideous.  There exists no good matchup until the fantasy playoffs with San Francisco, Minnesota and Buffalo up next.  Another danger with McLaurin is we don’t know what quarterback will be playing in any given week and whether that particular starting quarterback will get yanked mid-game.  It is extremely difficult maintaining consistent receiving results with inconsistent quarterback play.  One cannot count on the same kind of touchdown production from McLaurin on an offense among the league’s worst.  Now seems a great time to cash out on what was a third round rookie pick in most fantasy leagues.

Tight End

Buy: T.J. Hockenson, TE14

The tight end position seems very clear in fantasy football right now.  Hooper, Engram, Andrews, Waller, Kelce, Kittle, Ertz, and probably Hunter Henry look like big, consistent pieces of their respective passing offenses and considered locked-in weekly starters.  You feel OK with an older starter like Greg Olsen or Delanie Walker most weeks in your lineup.  Everyone else is essentially a crap-shoot weekly filled with run blockers and committee/role players with limited passing game usage.  In this case, I am buying low on a highly-drafted player brought in to eventually be a central piece of the offense.

Like most rookie tight ends, Hockenson has not exactly lit the world on fire with his play.  After a monster week one, he caught just nine balls the next four weeks.  His snap rates have decreased from the mid-seventies the first two weeks to the mid-fifties the past two weeks with Logan Thomas picking up the extra plays.  The eighth-overall pick will eventually earn a bigger piece of the receiving share in this offense though it could be a while before he is someone worth starting in fantasy.

Sell: Zach Ertz, TE5

Let’s be real.  You are not selling any of the top tight ends if you are a contender.  There are just too few reliable options.  This is more of a notice that Ertz might not be the fantasy advantage at tight end he once was going forward. Ertz has been Mr. Consistency this season with at least four receptions and seven targets in every game while producing 54 to 72 in each contest but has not produced a huge game so far.  He might be an interesting acquisition for upper-end teams with one of the top playoff schedules this season.

There are some warning signs concerning Ertz’s production going forward in both the short and longer term.  The “piece of the pie” for Ertz is likely shrinking.  DeSean Jackson returns from injury shortly adding another target in Philadelphia’s offense.  Second-year tight end, Goedert, is seeing the field more as the season moves along while grading out very well.  The schedule over the next month also presents issues with horrendous matchups against the Buffalo, Chicago, and New England to go with the Eagles’ bye week.

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.

More Analysis by Bernard Faller

Week 7 Street FA Report

Updated: October 16th 2019

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

Darren Fells, TE – HOU (Owned 22.5%)

Week 6: 6 Rec/69 yards

The tight end position has been a wasteland more so in 2019 than in any other year I can recently remember. It has basically come down to a handful of players that you start no matter what in tier 1 and then everybody else and you are just praying to get a red zone touchdown. This is why Darren Fells is a player that teams need to roster. He received a season-high seven (7) targets last week and is second on the team for the season with twenty (20). The Texans also run the third most 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR) of any team in 2019 leading to Fells seeing a season-high 87% of the snaps last week. If you don’t have one of the elite options at tight end then you should be adding Fells to your platoon of bench options based on his increased opportunities over other options at his position.

Suggested Bid: $1,500,000

RB Add

Mark Walton, RB – MIA (Owned 36%)

Week 6: 6 Car/32 yards, 5 Rec/43 yards

Mark Walton has been a sneaky riser over the last couple of weeks. He marginally out-snapped (25%-15%) offseason darling Kalen Ballage before the Dolphins’ bye in their week 4 game and then last week had a full committee usage (61%-42%) against Kenyan Drake in week 6.  Drake is still the starter but there have been rumors of his availability via trade since week 1 so there is a chance that he might not be on the team by the end of the month’s trade deadline. If that were to become true then Walton would likely become the starter over Ballage. For now, he’s just a stash player that has some receiving upside due to the Dolphins perpetually being down in games. If Drake was to be removed from the equation, however, Walton could become a late-season waiver wire commodity for teams struggling at the running back position.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Demaryius Thomas, WR – NYJ (Owned 44%)

Week 6: 4 Rec/62 yards

What a difference Sam Darnold makes to the Jets’ offense. With Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk at quarterback the last month it had been painful to roster any Jets players in fantasy but after week 6’s win over Dallas big names like Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and forgotten receiver Demaryius Thomas all came back to life. The first two are likely still owned in most fantasy leagues but Demaryius Thomas is sitting out there in more than half of all leagues. The Jets operate from 3WR sets 67% of the time and Thomas has averaged 80% of the snaps since being healthy after their week 4 bye. After their matchup against New England on Monday night, the Jets start having cupcake matchups against Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati, and Miami again. The team should be able to put up 20 points against each one of these teams which will give plenty of chances for Thomas and the offense to see scoring opportunities. Thomas may not be the elite receiver he was in Denver but he showed that he can still make contested catches and be the big receiver opposite to the speedy Anderson and shifty Crowder.



Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Jakobi Meyers, WR – NE (Owned 23%)

Week 6: 4 Rec/54 yards

We will have to see how serious the injury to Josh Gordon really is and whether N’Keal Harry is a week or two away before going ahead with making Jakobi Meyers a must-add player. But as it is right now he is an interesting street free agent to hold onto. While Gordon was rehabbing on the sideline in the second half of last week’s game Meyers made the most of his opportunities and looked like he still had some rapport with Tom Brady leftover from the preseason. The Patriots have a much stronger competition list over the next two months which means that games will be more on Tom Brady and his receiving options to win than they have been over the first six weeks. If Meyers is called upon more during this time and other options like Gordon and Harry are still nursing injuries he may become the third option behind Julian Edelman and James White.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Allen Lazard, WR – GB (Owned 0.6%)

Week 6: 4 Rec/65 yards, 1 TD

Allen Lazard is the newest in a long line of Green Bay wide receivers that come out of nowhere and have fantasy relevance. It might be hard to have a player be a sleeper when he goes off for 16.5 PPR points on Monday Night Football but his ownership is under 1% so he is a) guaranteed to be on your waivers and b) may continue to have similar outputs until the rest of Green Bay’s receiver group gets healthy. Aaron Rodgers, much like Tom Brady, can talent around him and elevate it to look spectacular. If Aaron Rodgers is on the field and Lazard is the primary or secondary option until Davante Adams or Geronimo Allison return similar games are on the horizon.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

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