One Big Thing – AFC – Week 7

Updated: October 30th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.



The Bills were able to get back in the win column but they did not inspire a lot of confidence that they have regained their September groove. The offense failed to score a single touchdown against the Jets and Josh Allen has slowly been slipping down the quarterback rankings each week. After being a top 5 scoring QB each of the first four weeks, his rankings over the last three have been QB15, QB16, and QB19. With a chance to put a dagger in the Patriots’ playoff hopes, hopefully, Allen and the offense return to the level that saw them averaging over 30 points in the first four (4) weeks.

 NY Jets

Another loss for the Jets on their quest to win the rights to Trevor Lawrence but at least they had a lead at halftime. Small victories? Denzel Mims was finally able to get on the field, playing 79 percent of the snaps and catching four (4) passes which is a hopeful sign towards his future. With Jameson Crowder and now Breshad Perriman to miss this week’s game, he could have a more productive week along with Braxton Berrios.

 New England

What a downward spiral the Patriots have been in since Cam Newton missed their week 4 game against Kansas City. After falling to a terrible Denver team two weeks ago, the Patriots offense threw four (4) interceptions against the 49ers last week and did not score a single touchdown marking the worst home defeat in the Belichick-era. Cam Newton finished with negative fantasy points and was benched in the third quarter for Jarred Stitham. Julian Edelman will also be sidelined until further notice after having minor knee surgery this week, so an already weak offense will be even weaker heading into week 8. A fourth straight loss might put the Patriots into a selling position two days before the trade deadline.



We have heard of a running back by committee but Pittsburgh might be trying out the first wide receiver by committee approach. A week after everyone declared Chase Claypool as the wide receiver to own in Pittsburgh he had only a single catch for negative yardage while the left for dead Juju Smith-Schuster had 14 targets and nine (9) receptions. The return of Diontae Johnson also made things murkier by also having nine (9) receptions and grabbing both of Ben Roethlisberger’s touchdowns. Luckily, this offense is high powered enough that it should be able to support multiple options each week but might not be able to feature everyone, like what happened last week. The plan should continue to be to play all three (3) when available but know that the roulette wheel may not land on everyone fairly each week.


Have a bad game, band together against the hater, win against a bad opponent, have the football community question whether they should be considered a good team. This is the cycle for the Cleveland Browns this season as they bounced back from their terrible game against the Steelers to come from behind in a shootout against the Bengals last week. Baker Mayfield started terribly, throwing a bad interception on the first drive that resulted in Odell Beckham Jr. tearing his ACL and ending his season. He finished by throwing a dime to Donovan Peoples-Jones to win the game on his fifth passing touchdown. The Browns have very winnable games in their four (4) November matchups (Raiders, Texans, Eagles, Jaguars) so who knows how the offense will perform over the next month.


The Bengals may only have one (1) win thus far but at nearly halfway through the season it is clear that Joe Burrow was not just a one-year college phenom. He leads the NFL in pass attempts after week 7, is third (3rd) in passing yards, and has shown his mobility with three (3) rushing touchdowns. With his starting running back, Joe Mixon, out he racked up over 400 passing yards and did his part with a go-ahead touchdown before his defense collapsed. Another year in the system and hopefully an improvement on the other side of the ball and we could see a fourth-consecutive year of a second-year quarterback leaping into the elite conversation.



I think back to week 1’s Monday Night Football and how people were concerned about A.J. Brown’s usage in that game and then his injury along with the team’s COVID situation caused him to be unavailable until week 5. In the three (3) games since his and the team’s return, Brown has been a consistent WR1 with weekly finishes as the WR11, WR4, WR5. He and D.K. Metcalf are the best receiving duo to come from the same college program since Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. being drafted out of LSU in 2014. Both Brown and Metcalf should be easy top 10 if not top 5 dynasty assets at their position by the start of next season.


Quietly, Randall Cobb is having a bounce-back season that the fantasy community is not paying attention to, likely because of all the other storylines surrounding Houston this season. Cobb has averaged 71 percent of the offensive snaps and 16 percent of the team’s target shares. This has led him to three (3) consecutive games, as well as five (5) of the Texans first seven (7), scoring over 10 PPR points and ranking as the WR32 thus far. There have been rumors of either Will Fuller, Kenny Stills or both potentially being available for trade. If either one was to be moved, especially Fuller and his 20 percent target share, this could put Cobb closer to a WR2 some weeks and drastically increase his value.


The question going into the Jaguars bye week is will Gardner Minshew be available to play after it was discovered that he has a fracture in his hand that he has played with for several weeks now? Mike Glennon has been the dressing backup and would likely be his replacement if the team thinks that Minshew will continue to be the quarterback but that is not a sure thing either. There are rumors that Minshew’s poor play in recent weeks could result in his benching. If that is the case then the team should look at rookie Jake Luton to evaluate him before moving focus to the 2021 draft. With only one win this season the Jaguars could be poised to draft near the top of the draft once again with a group of talented quarterbacks coming in.


 Las Vegas

It was talked about in the Street FA Report that Nelson Agholor seems to have taken over the WR1 role for the Raiders after being an afterthought signing with the team in the offseason. Both he and Darren Waller were the only productive players in the Raiders thrashing by the Buccaneers last week so his performance likely fell under most fantasy player’s radar. The offense had to abandon the run leaving Josh Jacobs with only ten (10) carries and season-low 6 PPR points. There should be plenty of opportunities for fantasy points in their next matchup against the Browns in week 8.

 LA Chargers

Of the three (3) rookie quarterbacks taken in the top 10 it was suggested that Justin Herbert was the most likely to bust and therefore considered a riskier pick. His QB1 finish last week and QB4 overall ranking in points per game has all but ended that discussion. His success has not translated to too many wins thus far but another year of top 10 picks might benefit him and the Chargers by injecting more talent on the other side of the ball to create a better balance. The future of the Chargers looks bright with Justin Herbert on the field.

 Kansas City

How much Le’Veon Bell was going to eat into Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s role was the talking point heading into week 7 however, because of how dominant the Chiefs’ defense and special teams played we did not get a full answer after their first game together. Bell only played a third of the snaps but did have six (6) carries to Edwards-Helaire’s eight (8). Proportionally, that feels about right for what the Chiefs want to do and as Bell becomes more comfortable with the passing game he will be more involved in those situations as well. This week’s game against the Jets could get out of hand fast, so there is a chance that this could be a game where Bell takes a lot of inconsequential snaps later in the game to get more game reps with this offense.


Everyone remembers the speed that Albert Okwuegbunam showed at the combine back in February, running a 4.49 40 time which was the fourth fastest since 2003 for a tight end. However, being drafted behind another ascending tight end Noah Fant put his value on the back burner for much of the offseason and to start this season. That is until Fant missed week 6 with an ankle injury so Albert O was called on against the Patriots and caught two (2) passes for 45 yards. Nothing special, but he continued to improve and hauled in seven (7) catches last week to lead the Broncos in receiving. With this season looking like a developing season while the team evaluates whether Drew Lock is the quarterback of the future Okwuegbunam could have similar games like he has had the last two weeks. He would also be an ideal resign candidate for those that use the feature more on developmental players rather than big splash contracts.

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One Big Thing – NFC – Week 7

Updated: October 29th 2020

Every week we learn a little bit more about how a team sees each player as a part of their offense allowing fantasy footballers to react (positively or negatively) to those actions. Each week I will look to capture the “One Big Thing” that should have an impact on each team going forward and how you, the savvy fantasy player, can use that to your advantage.


 NY Giants

I guess the Giants became tired of the Jets having all the negative attention and the iconic quarterback stumble play so Daniel Jones took one for the team by tripping on a walk-in touchdown Thursday night. It was a perfect snapshot of how this season has gone for the Giants and Daniel Jones; a lot of hope and optimism but ultimately coming up short of expectations. If there has been one player even more of a disappointment than Jones thus far it would be Evan Engram. He has shown big gaffs in his pass-catching ability the last couple of games and fantasy owners are becoming impatient with his weekly performances. With the rise of other tight ends around the league his value as a dynasty TE1 has all but faded out.


Boston Scott saved the Eagles from what would have been an embarrassing loss to a bad Giants team. Carson Wentz was able to turn it on right at the end of the game to get the victory but against a more competent opponent, the Eagles would have been out of this game long before then. The return and then the immediate exit of DeSean Jackson once again leaves this receiving core with Travis Fulgham and Richard Rodgers as the only two reliable options for Wentz. The good news is that Dallas Goedert should be back from IR and hopefully, Jalen Reagor will be joining him.


The Cowboys looked defeated against Washington and their offensive production was a reflection of that Sunday. The offense only managed 142 yards total and did even less once Andy Dalton was forced to leave with a concussion. This team went from one of the best choices to have a fantasy asset on with Dak Prescott to one of the worst in two weeks. It is really unfortunate. The team moved on from several defensive players this week making an already historically bad defense even worse. They could start to focus on the offense between now and next Tuesday’s trade deadline if someone was to offer them a good pick for one of their wide receivers.


Antonio Gibson had the performance that many were expecting to have against a bad Cowboys defense. Gibson has quietly been a consistent RB2 this season with 10 PPR points in five (5) of seven (7) games. For where he was likely taken in rookie drafts this offseason he has already returned a great value of fantasy production to his drafters. I was skeptical of what his role and production level were going to be with him moving from receiver to running back but it is hard to argue with what he has done.


 Green Bay

I was 17 yards short on my prediction last week that Aaron Rodgers was going to bounce back and have a 300 yard, 4 touchdown performance against a terrible Houston team. With Aaron Jones out, Rodgers fed Davante Adams who had a career game with 45 PPR points. He dominated that game so much that he had 16 targets and 13 receptions compared to all other Packers’ pass-catchers who combined for 18 targets and 10 receptions. It reminded everyone that the Packers are a real Super Bowl contender but should look to continue adding talent to keep up with teams like Tampa Bay and Kansas City, who added a pair of former All-Pros last week.


The run game was non-existent but luckily D’Andre Swift provided enough in the passing game to prevent a letdown fantasy performance after people started to believe that he was taking over this backfield. Swift is still splitting touches with Adrian Peterson (13:12) but he is dominating the passing game usage, with 25 targets compared to 13 targets for Peterson and Kerryon Johnson combined. He is also being more efficient with 5.3 yards per carry compared to sub 4.0 from the other two. His ceiling is capped with Peterson still in the backfield this season but if he can be bought for either another veteran RB or a first-round pick he is a 2021 breakout candidate right now.


Dennis Green’s infamous 2006 quote, “The Bears are who we thought they were” was the first thing that came to mind while ironically watching Monday Night Football and the Bears’ performance against the Rams. Their offense looked about as good as the Rex Grossman led 2006 Bears team that made the Super Bowl on a lot of defense and special team plays. It is great to see Darnell Mooney taking control of the WR2 position over Anthony Miller but this offense cannot support more than Allen Robinson with its efficiency right now.



Mike Davis missed scoring a touchdown for the first time in his five (5) games as a starter and averaged a paltry 1.7 yards per carry. Curtis Samuel also scored a goal-line rushing touchdown in a traditional running back style suggesting that Matt Rhule might be looking for different ways to get the ball in his hands. The Panthers’ upcoming game against the Falcons could be Davis’ swan song before Christian McCaffrey’s return but as discussed in the Lions’ section, the Falcons defense limited D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson so it could be a bit of a trap game for fantasy. The Falcons have been better against the run statistically because of how poor they are against the pass so Davis’ fantasy points may need to come through the passing game if he is to avoid back-to-back down performances.

New Orleans

At some point where there is smoke, there must be first with Michael Thomas’ current status with the New Orleans Saints. He cleared the ankle injury that kept him out of the lineup from week 2 to 5 only to be benched for a 1-game suspension in week 6 and now has an apparent hamstring injury that kept him out of week 7 and possibly week 8 also. The conspiracy theorist in me would say that this is all to keep him “healthy” for a potential trade but that may be more of an offseason conspiracy rather than during their quest for a Super Bowl appearance. He may turn it around for the second half of the season but his absence has likely sunk his fantasy teams to the point that they might not make it past week 13 right now.


As a long-time Todd Gurley fantasy owner who has had a few touchdowns taken away trying to “ice the game” I was a big fan of his Ahmad Bradshaw “give up” touchdown last week. For much of the offseason, Gurley was being dumped on as being washed up with serious knee concerns and fantasy owners should be trying to get out with him no longer in LA. He currently sits as the PPR RB7 and has been available for all seven (7) games this season. The hate will likely continue from those who do not roster him but the circle of us who see his production each week will be glad to have him over many other options either under performing or injured right now.

 Tampa Bay

Will Antonio Brown put the Buccaneers over the top as Super Bowl favorites or will he sink their ship with his shenanigans? That is the question that everyone has as he rejoins Tom Brady after completing his eight-game suspension and signing with Tampa Bay. The pros of the situation are this: he has a rapport with Brady (however short a time it was) and a lot of their receivers are not healthy right now. The con is everything that we have seen off the field the last two years going from Pittsburgh to Oakland and finally New England.  His value is only based on how much someone believes him to be what he was two years ago at this point. How fast people either jump on or off the bandwagon will likely hinge on his first game with fantasy trade deadlines coming up in a couple of weeks.


 San Francisco

After the draft was over it was being discussed that Brandon Aiyuk might be the biggest faller of the early wide receivers taken because he and second-year receiver Deebo Samuel were likely to play the same role. That has not been the case at all so far and their usages can be explained by a single stat, air yards per target. Samuel is making plays at or behind the line of scrimmage on quick throws for 2.3 air yards while Aiyuk is stretching the field for Jimmy Garoppolo with over 11 air yards. The 49ers scored four (4) rushing touchdowns and showed that they feel comfortable using any of their running backs in a featured role if needed but their success against better opponents may come down to the efficiency of Samuel and Aiyuk on these different passing level concepts along with George Kittle in the middle.


Could I talk about anything else other than Tyler Lockett’s performance last week? The guy had his second three (3) touchdown game of the season already and saw the most targets of any player in a single week (20). Apologies to all the D.K. Metcalf owners who watched that Sunday night game go almost five (5) full quarters and Russell Wilson throwing 50 pass attempts but Metcalf only having two catches. Wilson’s three touchdowns were great but he also had three interceptions which ultimately gave the Cardinals the ball back in overtime and the win. Fantasy owners do not care though as this offense is lethal and they have shown us that they are going to let Russell Wilson decide games, win or lose.


This was the nationally televised game that Kyler Murray needed to show everyone that he can be talked about in the elite tier of quarterbacks with guys like Russell Wilson too. He currently is second only to Wilson in fantasy points per game, has thrown for 270 yards or more in four (4) of seven (7) games and has scored a rushing touchdown in all but one game. He may not beat out Russell Wilson for MVP this season but he will earn some votes, especially if his team can go to Seattle later in the year and earn another victory like the one they had last week over the Seahawks.

 LA Rams

I loved watching Josh Reynolds finally be more involved in Sean McVay’s game plan. He is not an alpha receiver but he complements an offense so well that it frustrates the owners of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. In the last two weeks, he has also scored a touchdown in each game which is a big thing for receivers who do not receive those 10+ targets a game. I do not know if he will be re-signed with the Rams because of their financial commitments now to Kupp and Woods long term but he feels like a player who, much like Woods coming from Buffalo to St. Louis (at the time), becomes a late-career breakout for his second team. A team like Green Bay to compliment Davante Adams would make me so happy.

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The Watch List 2021: Week 9 Preview

Updated: October 28th 2020

Welcome to The Watch List for the 2021 NFL Draft season, a resource to help RSO owners identify the players from the college game that deserve your attention.  To view my observations, follow me on Twitter @robertfcowper.  Check back throughout the season as The Watch List will preview the prospects you should be watching each week so you know who will be fantasy relevant and worth your valuable draft capital.

For this week’s preview, I am getting back to my favorite pastime: trying to unearth G5 gems. Much of my focus the last four weeks has been on the Power 5 darlings whose seasons were getting started. There was a week dedicated solely to Clemson, one highlighting the SEC and, most recently, a super-sized article for the Big Ten. Scant mention of the AAC, C-USA or [gasp] an independent. That changes today! The three players below are dominating at the Group of 5 level so far this season. Without further ado, let me introduce you to…

Sincere McCormick, RB, UTSA

Let’s start with the bad news: Sincere McCormick is just a sophomore and won’t be draft eligible until 2022. Okay now let’s move on because that’s probably the only negative thing I can say about McCormick this season. Through Week 8, McCormick is leading the NCAA in both rushing attempts (155) and rushing yards (867); he’s also top ten in rushing touchdowns (7). Even though counting stats can be a bit misleading in this unbalanced season, that is really impressive. McCormick is a workhorse: on a per game basis, he is averaging 22 totes for 124 yards and a score. Thus far in 2020, McCormick has 18 or more carries in all but one contest and has four games over 100 yards (133, 150, 165, 197). To gild the lily, McCormick is also a capable outlet receiver who averages 2-15 a game.

Coming out of high school, McCormick was a 3-star recruit per 247Sports and had offers from bigger name schools including Colorado and Memphis. Ultimately, he decided to stay closer to home and McCormick grabbed the UTSA starting spot last year as a true freshman. His 1,177 scrimmage yards set school records on his way to FWAA Freshman All-American and C-USA Freshman of the Year honors. McCormick’s emergence was not enough to avoid a losing season in 2019 and UTSA finished 4-8. This year the Road Runners have already matched last year’s win total (4-3), which was a surprise to me, and probably to you too. Three of those wins came against FBS opponents and were by a combined six points. McCormick had 489 scrimmage yards in those victories, so it seems like UTSA is holding onto winning-season hopes by a Sincere McCormick-sized thread. UTSA visits Florida Atlantic this weekend, and a win over the Owls likely means UTSA can finish the season above .500. FAU has only played two games so far but in those two they have allowed just 108.0 rushing yards per game (20th best in the FBS) and just 3.0 yards per carry (17th). Strength against strength.

McCormick is listed at 5090/200 and is the rare running back who actually looks like his media guide measurables. He runs with a low center of gravity and strong lower body which makes it tough to take him down at first contact. That squat body type likely helps in pass protection too. I saw him with blocking responsibilities thrice in the tape I watched (Texas State 2020; 2020 highlights) and none of those plays ended with a QB hit. When it comes to his speed and acceleration, I would say that McCormick has the burst to break off a long run but he lacks the endurance to outrun defenders all the way to the end zone. McCormick is patient at the line of scrimmage and runs with great vision based on what I saw. The below play, against Stephen F. Austin, shows how well McCormick can pick his way through a play to find daylight. He changes his heading at least four times — and one of those was in the backfield which would have negated what was ultimately a forty yard gain.

I typically reserve this space for draft eligible players but McCormick’s success caught me by surprise and I wanted to share him with my readers. I doubt he’ll be able to keep up an NCAA-leading pace for the rest of this season, let alone into 2021, but that won’t be necessary. It’s rare to find a back with back-to-back 1,000+ yard potential who can pass catch and pass protect. If McCormick can stay healthy and keep up his workhorse workload he’ll earn a draftable grade whenever he finishes at UTSA.

Marlon Williams, WR, UCF

The Golden Knights have been a pass catcher factory the last five years and Marlon Williams will be the next off the assembly line. Williams will be hoping to join Gabriel Davis, Tre’quan Smith and Jordan Akins as fantasy-relevant players in the NFL next season, before he gets there though, he’s going to continue carving up AAC defenses. The next defense on the schedule is Houston’s which is allowing 249.0 passing yards per game (65th in the FBS). When you dig deeper into the stats you’ll see that the Houston passing defense is even worse than that. Of the 74 teams who have played three or more games, Houston is allowing the second-most yards per completion: 16.3. The only team that is worse? The 0-6 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. What I’m saying is that Marlon Williams is going to have a big game this week.

Like McCormick above, after eight weeks (and just five games) Marlon Williams is leading the FBS in two categories: receptions (54) and receiving yards (753). Williams was second chair to Davis last year until Davis decided to forego the team’s bowl game and start preparing for the draft. In that bowl win against Marshall, Williams showed UCF fans that he can be the top target, going for 7-132-1. Would you believe that Williams is averaging even better than that this campaign? In those five games he’s averaging 11 grabs for 150 yards and a touchdown. Impressive.

Back in 2017, Williams chose the high-flying offense of UCF over blue blood offers from LSU, Tennessee and USC. He played a small role on the historic 13-0 team in 2017 and stuck around after Scott Frost left for Nebraska. He’s listed at 6000/215 and they use his girth well. UCF runs a screen-heavy offense that means the receivers are called on to block, and run through contact. Williams doesn’t shy away from either. When he’s not deployed in their signature stack formation, he lines up all over the field. His route running was great at times, but half-hearted at others. Here’s a clip from Twitter showing just how effective he can be when he wants to put the corner on skates:

Honestly, I did not see any elite traits in the two films I watched (Memphis 2020 and Georgia Tech 2020), however Williams is a well-rounded receiver who could probably find a role in any NFL offense. The AAC race looks to be competitive this year so I hope we get to see plenty of Williams down the stretch in meaningful games.


Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Malik and his million dollar smile were a shoo-in for The Watch List this week even though Liberty doesn’t play again until Nov 7 (a huge game against VaTech). Why? Because Willis had a seven touchdown explosion against Southern Miss on Saturday. I haven’t watched any of Liberty yet this season (I miss you Antonio Gandy-Golden) so I knew I had to take a look to see if the Flames’ quarterback was just smoke or a growing fire.

Willis is a well-traveled young man. He played at two different high schools in Georgia before two seasons at Auburn. He landed at Auburn as a 3-star athlete, spurning an offer from next week’s foe Virginia Tech. Willis backed up future fourth rounder Jarrett Stidham those two years at Auburn; he threw just fourteen passes but was used as a situational rusher, totaling 309 yards and 2 TDs. Willis couldn’t hold off freshman Bo Nix for the starting job in 2019 so announced his decision to transfer. He was not granted immediate eligibility so he sat out last year and came into 2020 as Liberty’s starter. Willis has led the Flames to five of their six wins (he sat out against North Alabama with an elbow injury). Liberty and BYU are the only teams in FBS with an unblemished 6-0 record (Clemson, Alabama and Coastal Carolina are close behind at 5-0).

I watched two extended highlight packages from the Southern Miss rout and I was impressed with what I saw from Willis. He’s a dual-threat but he keeps his eyes down field and does not escape the pocket too early. Willis showed that he can cycle through his progressions and was not afraid to check it down when needed. He also showed some of the more refined traits I look for such as convincing play fakes and deceiving pump fakes. Willis appears to have a cannon for an arm and threw a few moonshot deep balls that were really beautiful. As a runner, he’s quick and elusive. My epiphany was that he looked like what I always wanted Arizona’s Khalil Tate to be. Here’s a clip from last week’s game showing how Willis can use his athleticism to keep a play alive long enough to find an open receiver.

It’s too soon for me to make any proclamations about Malik Willis and his pro potential. However, it’s clear even from my limited study that he’s a high-ceiling player with natural talent. Let’s file his name for now and see how he does down the stretch with tough games against Virginia Tech (November 7) and NC State (November 21).


Notes: Heights listed are using a notation common among scouts where the first digit corresponds to the feet, the next two digits correspond to the inches and the fourth digit corresponds to the fraction, in eighths.  So, somebody measuring 5’11” and 3/8 would be 5113.  This is helpful when trying to sort players by height. Full disclosure, I am not watching film of every single game any player plays, instead I am looking for a representative sample.  There are a lot of analysts out there who have a deeper depth of knowledge about certain players but I pride myself in a wide breadth of knowledge about many players.  When researching my articles I use a number of valuable resources. I would recommend bookmarking the below sites:

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Robert F. Cowper is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey.  He is a proud member of the Football Writers Association of America and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.  Robert works as a certified park and recreation professional, specializing in youth sports, when he isn’t acting as commissioner for his many fantasy sports leagues.

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Week 8 Street FA Report

Updated: October 27th 2020

Each week we will recommend a group of players that are owned in less than 75% of RSO leagues that should be rostered. Depending on roster and league sizes not all of these players may be available. For that, we will offer one (1) player that is owned in <25% of leagues as our Sleeper add.

Add of the Week

Antonio Brown, WR – TB (Owned 55%)

Week 7: N/A

The week has finally arrived for what is probably the biggest name to ever be featured on the Street FA Report in the four (4) years of this series. Never does a former 6-time 100-catch receiver become available mid-way through an NFL season but because of some well documented off the field issues that is where we find Antonio Brown. To add to the allure of Brown reuniting with Tom Brady is the fact that a lot of Tampa Bay’s receiving core is banged up with injuries, so his return on investment could be massive right out of the gate. Their fantasy playoffs schedule is also a juicy one with Minnesota, Atlanta, and Detroit. Whether you are contending or rebuilding, every manager will be putting in a claim for Brown. Congratulations to whoever has the highest cap space in the other half of leagues where he is available.

Suggested Bid: EVERYTHING

RB Add

Wayne Gallman, RB – NYG (Owned 21%)

Week 7: 10 Car/34 yards, 1 TD, 5 Rec/20 yards

Wayne Gallman’s value is completely at the mercy of whether or not Devonta Freeman is healthy enough to play this week as the Giants’ offense is not strong enough to support multiple running backs in fantasy. If Freeman is out, however, Gallman appears to be in line for much of the backfield touches as he heavily out-snapped and out-touched Dion Lewis once Freeman left in week 7. The Giants do not play till Monday night so it will be difficult to know for sure what Freeman’s availability will be before having to make a decision. In PPR leagues Gallman could be a long shot RB3 since this week’s game against the Buccaneers could lend to a lot of pressured screens and check down plays from Daniel Jones.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000


JaMycal Hasty, RB – SF (Owned 46%)

Week 7: 9 Car/57 yards, 1 Rec/16 yards

Without a preseason to evaluate undrafted rookies in-game it was always going to be difficult for a player like JaMycal Hasty to see significant playing time right away. His chance is right in front of him now though as the 49ers backfield has been decimated with injuries. We do not know how healthy Jerrick McKinnon is as he was sparingly used last week against the Patriots, by design apparently, and there is talk that Tevin Coleman could return from the IR after week 8. It is not a great matchup this week as the Seahawks have been more prone to the pass than the run but if Hasty has a strong performance this week it could open the door to opportunities for the rest of the season. He is a long shot add at this point.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

 WR Add

Nelson Agholor, WR – LV (Owned 37%)

Week 7: 5 Rec/107 yards, 1 TD

Some players just need to land with a new team that can better utilize their skillset before they can rebound in fantasy. In the last three (3) games Nelson Agholor has caught a touchdown and averaged 17 PPR points per game after being a cast-off in Philadelphia the last couple of years. On the broadcast, they talked about how the Raiders coaching staff saw him and his speed in practice and decided to move him outside after the Eagles used him primarily in the slot. It is paying off as he had long touchdowns in each of the last two games and would have had a third in the Saints game week 2 if not for a penalty calling it back. If his target share could rise to a steadier amount like this past week, Agholor could become a more consistent WR3 the way he has been these last three weeks.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

 TE Add

Harrison Bryant, TE – CLE (Owned 22%)

Week 7: 4 Rec/56 yards, 2 TD

Austin Hooper was scratched late last week after needing emergency appendectomy surgery. Odell Beckham Jr. then left after two offensive plays to what is now a season-ending ACL injury. In their absence the rookie tight end Harrison Bryant saw his most snaps thus far and also played ahead of David Njoku who many thought was going to be a plug-and-play option last week. Bryant had two touchdowns and finished as the TE1 in week 7 meaning that if Hooper was to miss another week he could be a strong streaming option this week. It is also well documented that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski plays two tight ends a lot, fifth-most 1-2 personnel and second-most 2-2 personnel in 2020. Even once Hooper returns with the rumors that Njoku may want a trade, Bryant could see a second-half emergence.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add

Rashard Higgins, WR – CLE (Owned 8%)

Week 7: 6 Rec/110 yards

For the reasons I listed Harrison Bryant as a player to add to the scouting list this week we should also be watching what the team does with their wide receivers with Odell Beckham Jr. now out of the lineup. Rashard Higgins has been operating as the WR3 much of the past three (3) weeks and Baker Mayfield seemed to finally be able to work the ball around to multiple receivers once Beckham went out. Both he and Donavan Peoples-Jones should operate as the WR2 behind Jarvis Landry. If you can make it to your semi-finals and finals as well, the Browns play both New York teams. Borat would say, “Very Nice” to that.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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RSO Contract Bargain Hunting Week 7

Updated: October 25th 2020

Everyone wants a deal.  The easiest way in fantasy leagues to actually get one is capitalizing on injuries and early performances which did not meet expectations.  The article discusses a few players who have the opportunity to exceed their play this year or in the future.  They may not be cheap but could come at a bargain in comparison to what you might have to pay later on.


J.K. Dobbins

The Baltimore backfield has been one of the most frustrating from a fantasy perspective.  No running back produced much fantasy value despite favorable game scripts for most of the year.  The Ravens utilized a near-even three-way snap division between Dobbins, Ingram, and Edwards.  This Baltimore running back split won’t always be a nightmare but the running-heavy formula likely remains with Lamar Jackson at quarterback.  Dobbins showed off excellent burst in limited action and his upside remains extremely high for the future.

Denzel Mims

Injuries took Mims out of the first portion of the season but he is set to return shortly.  He possesses one of the top athletic profiles coming out of the NFL combine with solid production at the collegiate levels.  Mims is a relatively older prospect and a troubling portion of his production came while covered which might suggest separation issues.   We should also remember the Jets are the front runner for Trevor Lawrence in next year’s draft and head coach Adam Gase likely is gone.  The top receiver attached to one of the highest rated rookie quarterbacks in recent memory is in his range of outcomes further down the road.

Jalen Raegor

Another receiver with early injury issues set to return soon, Raegor is one of the most explosive athletes among the 2020 rookies.  He dominated targets in college and produced at a very young age.  Philadelphia really has no other locked-in long-term receivers on the roster.  Combine Raegor with a quarterback, in Carson Wentz, who likes to take shots down the field and one has the making of huge potential fantasy weeks.


Carson Wentz

Maybe only the Jets can rival the Eagles in terms of injury decimation to the receiving core over the last couple of years.  Inserting random guys like Greg Ward and newly-minted Travis Fulgham into the starting lineup would be comical in most cases but the Eagles and Wentz have done what they can.  The vaunted Philadelphia offensive line suffered through its own woes on the injury front losing basically every starter except Jason Kelce.  Despite all the chaos and a league leading 10 interceptions, Wentz still ranks as the fantasy QB13.  The Philadelphia receiving core should see improvements as Raegor, Jeffrey, and Goedert return.  There will likely always be an unpredictable nature to Wentz’s play thanks to his propensity for gambling on the deep shot.  That propensity has the upside of huge fantasy games though.

Running Back

Chris Carson

While the running back market generally dictates no bellcow running back will really come at a bargain, there is a decent chance Carson might be available in your league at a reasonable cost.  Most of his RSO contracts are relatively short-term, mid-range deals so rebuilders could move him and contenders should find a way to afford him. He constantly deals with injuries which could also suppress his value somewhat.  Carson does not play against many weak run defenses going forward however Seattle should be favored in many games particularly as we get near the fantasy playoffs.  The Seahawks also use him more in the passing game this year with at least three receptions in each game.

Wide Receiver

Odell Beckham Jr.

The warning lights flash for Beckham like an evil red blinking Christmas tree.  Cleveland fully implemented Kevin Stefanski’s run-first offense.  Baker Mayfield looks lost at quarterback.  OBJ continues with his bizarre antics on and off the field.  There likely won’t be a salary discount either as he probably comes in at a WR1 contract.  Beckham ranks as just the PPR WR27 on a per game basis with no more than five receptions or 81 yards in any game so far. There are reasons to consider a move though.  The early struggles could very well bring a discount to Beckham and he still shows game-breaking ability.  Jarvis Landry is playing hurt leaving OBJ as the clear WR1 for the Browns.  Cleveland struggled through one of the more difficult passing schedules early and will have maybe the single best schedule moving forward.  This move ranks as a hail-mary play for contenders however it carries extreme upside with the downside of having a high-priced moderate fantasy producer burning through your cap.

Tight End

Dallas Goedert

Goedert returns later in the year around week 10 or later according to multiple reports.  Zach Ertz has been driven away from the offense, is injured, and was part of trade discussions this year.  He clearly isn’t the future at tight end for the Eagles.  Goedert graded highly his first two seasons in the NFL as a part-time player, uncommon for tight ends.  There is a real chance he becomes one of those rare every-week starting fantasy tight ends.

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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