One Big Thing – NFC – Week 6

Updated: October 22nd 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.

NFC EAST

  Philadelphia

It appears that the Eagles have taken the crown from the Chargers for the most injury-prone team. Another two starters (Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz) will be out until at least after their week 9 bye, leaving Carson Wentz without many reliable options till then. It was encouraging to see that Travis Fulgham was more than just a one week fling, recording six (6) catches for 75 yards and another touchdown. He will continue to be a big part of this offense for the remainder of the season hopefully.

 NY Giants

The Giants’ defense had another big performance with their second straight week with a touchdown and the team recorded their first win of the season. The offensive woes continue though as the team only had 112 yards passing yards. Darius Slayton scored his first touchdown since week 1 but only recorded two catches. In any other division, a 1-5 record would be a reason to pack it in but anything is possible in the NFC East so who knows whether the Giants have a shot or not.

 Washington

It was a better showing in his second start for Kyle Allen but it was not enough for Washington to keep their division rival from getting their first win. J.D. McKissic has been a breath of fresh air for those working the waivers each week scoring an average of 11.6 PPR points over the last three (3) games. His use in the passing game on a team that often has to be in passing situations has worked greatly in his favor. Washington does not play a strong defense until Pittsburgh in week 13 so he should continue to have RB3/Flex appeal for the rest of the fantasy regular season.

 Cowboys

The expectation was that there would be a slight drop-off in the fantasy production between Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton but I do not think that many thought it would be as bad as it was Monday night. It does not help when Ezekiel Elliot fumbles twice on consecutive drives to give the opposition two easy touchdowns but not many expected the Cowboys first touchdown to come with under three (3) minutes left in the game. The team should rebound with two (2) division matchups coming up before playing the Steelers in week 9 but that nice scoring floor seems to be much lower with Dalton under center now.

 NFC NORTH

 Chicago

Carolina had a slight comeback against the Bears but this win was Chicago’s first convincing victory during their impressive start to the season. Much of their success last week should be given to their defense that had three (3) turnovers and four (4) sacks to give Carolina fits. For fantasy though it is frustrating to see David Montgomery be on the field for 85 percent of the snaps and have 100 percent of the week 6 running back touches to only average 3.1 yards per carry. He missed his chances at scoring when he had a touchdown overturned on replay but he has not proven to be a bell-cow back thus far. He is the ideal sell candidate before the bottom falls out when the team drafts another rookie runner this offseason.

 Minnesota

I was happy, and probably the Minnesota Vikings were to, that the take away from their game in the week 6 beat down that Dalvin Cook is worth the money they paid him and Alexander Mattison is not just a plug and play replacement. Kirk Cousins looked dreadful throughout the game and only bailed out his fantasy owners by having over 300 yards passing and three (3) touchdowns after he dug his team into a huge hole. At least Justin Jefferson looks every bit as awesome as he did at LSU as he recorded his third 100-yard receiving game already and currently is the PPR WR7. Hopefully, everyone who drafted him got him before the end of the first round so they can start planning for that fifth-year option already.

 Detroit

D’Andre Swift finally had his breakout game! The rookie runner had his first 100-yard rushing performance and led the backfield in touches for the first time this season. Knowing the Lions they will now give Adrian Peterson 20 carries this week to drive everyone crazy. For now, though, it appears they are letting the rookie slowly take control of the backfield and could be a late-season bloomer for RB2 purposes.

 Green Bay

It was a tough way to end a game for Aaron Rodgers after racing out to a 10-0 lead last Sunday. His third career pick-six and his first multi-interception game since week 15 of 2017 looked to rattle the veteran quarterback and greatly reduced his trust to throw downfield like he usually does. He is a pro, and a future Hall of Famer so we should not expect this to be more than a blip on his otherwise strong start to the season. Their matchup against a struggling Texans team seems like a classic bounce-back game. Expect 300 yards passing and at least three (3) touchdowns from Rodgers to silence his critics.

NFC SOUTH

 Atlanta

Julio is back, we think? After missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury and having only six (6) catches between weeks 2 and 5, Jones exploded for eight (8) catches and two touchdowns to finish as the PPR WR2. Whether it was inspiration after letting go of their head coach, a change in the offensive game plan, or just a bad Minnesota defense it appeared more evident that Julio was the primary option once again for Matt Ryan. The Falcons should continue to be in shootout games with their below-average defense so hopefully, Julio’s injury is behind him and he can continue to perform at the level that most expect out of him.

 Carolina

Mike Davis suffered his first sub 20 PPR point game last week and also lost his first fumble of the season. Davis has been the bell-cow since week 2, averaging 80 percent of the snaps and backfield touches while replacing Christian McCaffrey. There is talk that McCaffrey could make his return for the Panthers’ Thursday night game against the Falcons in week 8. If that is the case, it has been a great run for those who scooped Davis off the street in week 3. Hopefully, he can have one more solid performance this week before fading into the backdrop.

 Tampa Bay

Last week I criticized Tom Brady for being out of sync with his partner in crime, Rob Gronkowski, and they immediately turned back the clock to have a vintage performance, connecting on five (5) catches for 78 yards and a left-handed “Gronk spike” touchdown. Ronald Jones also showed that he probably is the primary ball carrier regardless of Leonard Fournette making his return to the lineup in week 7. His three (3) consecutive games with 100 yards rushing have likely cemented his role even further and with cupcake defenses on the horizon for the fantasy playoffs he is poised to be a fantasy playoff MVP candidate.

 NFC WEST

 LA Rams

Sean McVay, before last week’s game, had this to say regarding rookie running back Cam Akers, “He had some good tough runs and it’s a good way to get Cam going. So, with that, I think you can expect his workload to increase next week against the 49ers.” Someone should let McVay know that playing a single snap on offense is in no way an increased workload. Whether McVay’s post-game excuse about not being able to get him in the game due to the negative game script is true or Akers’ rib injury is more serious than the team is letting on he has been a huge disappointment through the first half of the season. It would likely take an injury to Darrell Henderson or Malcolm Brown before Akers sees any meaningful touches.

 San Francisco

The 49ers got back to what got them to the Super Bowl last year with running the ball and letting their pass catchers make plays in space with yards after the catch. Over 84 percent of Jimmy Garoppolo’s passing yards came after the catch which shows that his ankle may still not be fully healed to stretch the field just yet. It was also concerning that Raheem Mostert went down with yet another injury that appears will keep him out of the lineup for now. It will be interesting to see what Bill Belichick does to shut down this offense as he probably knows Garoppolo as well as an opposing coach can.

 Arizona

Looking directly at the stats for DeAndre Hopkins over the last two weeks would not give the full story of how his fantasy owners must have felt heading into the fourth quarter of both games. Coming into the fourth quarter Hopkins stat lines against terrible defenses has been 4-49-0 and 1-13-0, with 70 percent of his total production coming after the game has already been decided late. I do not expect it to be an issue as Hopkins continues to be the most targeted receiver on the team but it just stood out over the last two weeks as something to keep an eye on. His floor may not be as safe as his value would perceive.

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Week 7 Street FA Report

Updated: October 20th 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

Boston Scott, RB – PHI (Owned 62%)

Week 6: 2 Car/4 yards, 2 Rec/5 yards

There was a big scare in the Eagles-Ravens game for Miles Sanders when he went down with an injury to his knee. Luckily for him, it does not appear to be a serious injury but he will be out for at least a couple of weeks. In his place, the team will once again turn to Boston Scott who in his two games against the Giants last year scored 24.8 and 35.8 PPR points. With only Corey Clement behind him as a running back with at least ten (10) snaps played thus far it is safe to assume that Scott should see the majority of touches and snaps out of the backfield on Thursday night. Scott presents RB3/Flex appeal over the next two weeks before the Eagles’ bye. His value can be reassessed in week 10 once the extent of Sanders’ injury is more known.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

RB Add

Gus Edwards, RB – BAL (Owned 37%)

Week 6: 14 Car/26 yards, 1 TD

We will have to wait a week to find out how serious Mark Ingram’s injury is that forced him to leave early from the Ravens’ Week 6 game before we go full with Gus Edwards. Until then Edwards looks like another running back that could be in line for an increase in snaps and rushing attempts and therefore should be rostered in more than a third of RSO leagues. Edwards has led the Ravens’ backfield in snaps the last three weeks and carries in two of the last three so even if Ingram does return after their bye he will continue to have a bigger role than most see in this offense. We all hope that J.K. Dobbins takes over this backfield with the current situation but sometimes we should not look a gift horse in the mouth and pick up the free option right now.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

 WR Add

Adam Humphries, WR – TEN (Owned 36%)

Week 6: 6 Rec/64 yards, 1 TD

Those who rostered Adam Humphries have had to wait a long time for him to be available after the team missed a week for COVID delays and then Humphries needed to miss an additional game until he could test negative. On Sunday he returned and had his best statistical performance of the season finishing as the WR12. Corey Davis missing the game was likely a contributing factor for his success but Humphries has only one (1) game thus far with under 10 PPR points and is WR36 for points per game averaging a respectable 13.2 PPR. For those either streaming wide receiver or who need to add depth he is a better bench player and potential weekly starter than many other options around his ownership levels. The Titans offense is legit and it should continue to fuel fantasy points for players other than Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000

TE Add

Anthony Firkser, TE – TEN (4%)

Week 6: 8 Rec/113 yards, 1 TD

It must have been disappointing to those who have Jonnu Smith to have him have a single catch in week 6 before going down with an ankle injury and to then watch Anthony Firkser come in as his replacement and put up over 25 points. Smith is expected to miss at least the Titans next game while dealing with his injury and it could take a couple of games until he is fully back to even strength as ankles are a fickle injury to heal for big tight ends. As I mentioned for Adam Humphries, the Titans’ offense is strong enough that it can hold up multiple pass-catchers in fantasy and the team will be frequenting the red zone for touchdown opportunities. He may not have more than a couple of weeks of value but if Firkser can help you steal a win between now and then it is worth it.

Suggested Bid: $1,500,000

 Sleeper Add

Marcus Johnson, WR – IND (Owned 2%)

Week 6: 5 Rec/108 yards

Slowly, Marcus Johnson has been gaining steam as a deep threat for the Indianapolis Colts. Two weeks ago he had a 36-yard catch while playing on over half the snaps. Then this week he had over 100 yards, half on a big 55-yard pass from Philip Rivers while playing on almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the snaps and being the most targeted receiver with eight (8). The Colts currently are tied for eighth (8th) in three (3) receiver sets at 71 percent so there should be plenty of opportunities for Johnson to continue being on the field.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

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Updated: October 18th 2020

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One Big Thing – NFC – Week 5

Updated: October 17th 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.

NFC EAST

Philadelphia

What has happened to Zach Ertz? He has averaged 92 percent of the Eagles’ snaps and earned at least five (5) targets in each game this season but is the current TE15 on the season. It hit a low point last week when he was targeted six (6) times but only caught one (1) pass for six (6) yards and finished as the TE41. This all comes while the receiving core of the Eagles is out with injuries to which makes even less sense. The only explanation is that the opposing defense is hyper-focusing on covering Ertz as the only real threat. Fantasy owners can only hope that with other players returning around him, Ertz can provide close to where his RSO contracts likely are valued.

 Washington

It was a nice story to have Alex Smith back in an NFL game for the first time in two years but it did not provide any kind of spark to the offense as the team only recorded 108 total yards against the Rams. This team is likely going to the well for a quarterback again in the 2021 draft as it appears that Dwayne Haskins is all but an afterthought to this coaching staff. We will see whether he is traded or released and can find a backup role to continue his development. For those who drafted him in the mid-first round of Superflex leagues with all the receiver talent that has started to blossom, this has to sting.

 NY Giants

The Giants offense was able to take advantage of a bad Dallas Cowboys defense to the delight of those who started Darius Slayton and Devonta Freeman. Specifically, with Freeman, he seems to slowly be taking over the backfield (not that surprising) as he becomes more familiar with the play calling and pass protections. He played on 54 percent of the team’s snaps and accounted for 17 of the 25 rushing attempts. Another below-average matchup against Washington in week 6 could provide a second opportunity for both Slayton and Freeman to provide adequate fantasy numbers.

 Dallas

Can Andy Dalton save the Cowboys’ season? That is the question that everyone has been talking about this past week. Dalton was unceremoniously ushered out of Cincinnati for first overall pick Joe Burrow as his production had significantly dropped off in recent years. To be fair to Dalton he did not have the strongest support around him in his final years as he does now in Dallas. The last time Cincinnati had three strong receivers and a steady backfield (2015) Dalton threw for 25 touchdowns to only seven (7) interceptions and a 106QBR. In the weak NFC East, even 80 percent of that production should be enough to win this division.

NFC NORTH

 Chicago

Regardless of whether it is Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles at quarterback, it is the one-man-band show in Chicago for Allen Robinson. The wide receiver was tied for the most targets in week 5 with 16 and leads all receivers this season with 57. The question is will anyone step up and be the second option consistently enough? After week 1 it looked like Anthony Miller might have his breakout season but he has been quiet over the last month since. Jimmy Graham has looked much better in Chicago than he did in Green Bay, with four (4) touchdowns in five (5) games so maybe he can be the second option. The team is surprisingly 4-1, so what they are doing already maybe will be enough to make the playoffs.

 Minnesota

Kirk Cousins looked pretty good in the first half against the Seahawks and then came out in the second half so flat that the Seahawks scored three (3) touchdowns in 2 minutes and 27 seconds. He rallied to give the team a late lead but Russell Wilson had a spectacular final drive to win it. Dalvin Cook has already been ruled out for week 6’s game against the Falcons so it may be on Kirk Cousins to win this game for the Vikings. This team is not as bad as their 1-4 record shows but the losses all count the same when looking ahead to draft positioning. It would be interesting to see this team with a top 5 pick and what decision they would make with Kirk Cousins with guys like Justin Fields and Trey Lance potential available to draft.

NFC SOUTH

 Tampa Bay

Tom Brady has yet to have his full arsenal of weapons through the first five (5) games of the season but he seems to be out of sync with everyone, including Rob Gronkowski. Whether it is conflicting ideologies on the play calling with Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich or timing with receivers, the team looks too inconsistent to be a serious Super Bowl contender at this point in the season. Ronald Jones has been great for fantasy owners the last two weeks with Leonard Fournette sidelined with an injury and Mike Evans has been a touchdown machine with at least one in each game this season. If the Bucs get inside the five-yard line, expect at least one end zone fade pass from Brady to Evans.

 Carolina

The Panthers have suggested that they may hold out Christian McCaffrey through week 8 and possibly till after their week 9 bye. You cannot blame them for wanting to get their All-Pro running back healthy with how well Mike Davis has played in his absence. The team has rattled off three straight wins and find themselves in a three-way tie for first in the division. Robbie Anderson has to be this year’s biggest surprise thus far as he has been a fantasy gold mine as the PPR WR7. He likely is on a single-year contract so he is an ideal buy candidate for any contender.

 Atlanta

The game started so well for the Falcons, going down the field for a touchdown on a long Todd Gurley touchdown. Then, as it seems to every game this season, the flood gates on their defense opened up and they could not do enough to keep up with their opponents. Matt Ryan has not been his usual backend QB1 and has failed to score a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Julio Jones has once again been hampered with injuries and forced him to miss weeks 3, 5 and half of week 4’s game. Other than his week 1 performance with 157 receiving yards it has been difficult for fantasy owners to start him with any confidence. After five consecutive losses to start the season it has finally forced owner Arthur Blank to fire both his head coach and general manager. It also opens the door to questions about how much of a rebuild this team may be in for.

 New Orleans

There is a certain ratio of talent to diva that teams are willing to deal with before it just becomes not worth it. Antonio Brown’s talent slipped slightly and it became necessary for three (3) teams to tell him to go away in ten months. Hopefully, we are not seeing the same thing with Saints receiver Michael Thomas but he is making a pretty easy case to dislike him. The Saints suspended him this past week for throwing a punch at a teammate during practice and then mouthing off to Head Coach Sean Payton afterwards after he was set to return from the ankle injury that has kept him out since week 1. He will play this week and will continue to be an elite WR1 when on the field, but it will be interesting once Drew Brees retires to see whether Payton and Thomas can continue to co-exist if he continues to act out.

NFC WEST

 Arizona

It must have been nerve-racking for DeAndre Hopkins fans heading into the fourth quarter of last week’s matchup. The elite wide receiver, against one of the worst teams since the 0-16 Browns, had only four (4) catches for 49 yards. Then he and Kyler Murray connected on two deep passes for 82 yards total and scored a touchdown to turn what could have been a let-down game into the PPR WR8 of the week. Through their first five games, it appears that the Cardinals can bully the bad teams (San Francisco, Washington, NY Jets) but have struggled with teams that show even a little bit of resistance (Detroit and Carolina). Murray is having a stellar start to fantasy season and should continue to put up great numbers playing against two of the worst pass defenses over the next two weeks.

 LA Rams

The Rams have started the season off great, with a 4-1 record that could easily be 5-0 if not for a questionable pass interference call against the Bills. Looking deeper though, all four (4) of their wins have come against the NFC East, a division that currently has a 4-15-1 record. Not that we should devalue them since you can only play the teams that you are scheduled against but the second half of their season should be much closer games than their first half. Jared Goff has also had a nice bounce-back start to the season scoring three (3) total touchdowns in three (3) games thus far compared to only two (2) such games all of last season.

 San Francisco

Who knows whether it was the injured ankle or just an off day for Jimmy Garoppolo but he was bad, scoring negative fantasy points in week 5. The whole team was dominated by the Dolphins in a 43-17 beat down but Jimmy G’s performance was so bad that he was benched at halftime for it. The good news is that offense is getting healthier and so they should have a full complement of weapons available to them soon. The problem is that if they do not get better quarterback play it will be difficult for this team to make a comeback in a tough NFC West. This may be a make or break season for Garoppolo as his guaranteed money runs out in 2021. Much like Atlanta and Minnesota, if the 49ers find themselves in a spot to draft one of the two other great quarterbacks of this rookie class would they move off of Garoppolo a year removed from making the Super Bowl?

 Seattle

It does not matter who their opponent is the Seahawks are going to put on a show of theatrics with Russell Wilson. The offense looked flat for the first half of Sunday Night Football against the Vikings only to come back, lose the lead again, and then regain it on the final drive of the night. D.K. Metcalf is looking like the reincarnation of Calvin Johnson with his freaky size and speed dominating defenders. He has at least 90 yards receiving in each game this year and five (5) touchdowns. If he is not the dynasty WR1 by the start of the 2021 season it would be a shock.

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One Big Thing – AFC – Week 5

Updated: October 15th 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.

AFC EAST

NY Jets

I guess we have to talk about the elephant in the room, or should we say not in the room, as the Jets shopped and then quickly released former All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell this week. The Jets have been bad with or without Bell in the lineup and with his contract, it was unlikely that any team would offer much in the way of trade value. Still, releasing him a third of the way through a season suggests that he and the coaching staff were not getting along and decided that removing him from the team was best for what they are trying to do. A timeshare between Frank Gore and rookie Lamical Perine is most likely the go-to for Adam Gase this week. Former Detroit Lion Ty Johnson also will be mixed in after being claimed off waivers early this month. None are fantasy relevant at this point.

 Miami

All I had to do was bash on Preston Williams to ignite a fire in him. After suggesting that many were disappointed with how he has started this season he earned his first 100 yards receiving game of the season and put up over 20PPR points. Ryan Fitzpatrick also had another FitzMagic-type performance with 350 yards passing and three (3) touchdowns. The 49ers are not the team they were last year but any time a team puts up 43 points credit should be given to the offense. The Dolphins schedule plays out favorably through to December with two matchups against the lowly Jets and Broncos, as well as the Rams, Cardinals and Chargers three weeks in between. If the team can keep its mojo going and they are in the playoff hunt, there may not be a need to turn to Tua this season.

 Buffalo

That was quite the wake-up call for the Bills in a game that they probably thought they would be able to take advantage of a team that had barely practised over the last two weeks and was missing several contributing players. From a fantasy standpoint, Stefon Diggs had his usual strong performance with 10 catches and over 100 yards but the rest of the team struggled to keep up with the Titans offense. Josh Allen also had a down night (by his standards) with his first game under 300 yards passing and throwing two (2) interceptions. Other than the Chiefs and Patriots, the schedule is rather favorable in terms of opponent’s pass defenses so just forget last week’s game and hopefully, Allen and Co. continue their strong offensive performances.

AFC NORTH

 Cleveland

So the Browns are for real? Last week I wanted to see them win a game with more than just running the ball 35 times a game and to see if Baker Mayfield can make some plays. They still ran the ball 30 times but Mayfield made enough plays to convince me that this should be at least a wildcard team in 2020. Against an opponent that many thought might be one of the best defenses in the league, Mayfield passed for almost 250 yards and two (2) touchdowns. This week’s matchup against the Steelers will be more focused on the line’s play but it may come down to Baker having to duel with Ben Roethlisberger for AFC North supremacy.

Baltimore

Another easy victory for the Ravens who had no struggle beating the Bengals. It was disappointing that Lamar Jackson once again failed to throw for over 200 yards and only had three (3) rushing yards. The upcoming schedule features some of the best teams in the AFC (Pittsburgh twice, New England, Tennessee, Indianapolis) which likely forces the Ravens to have to play their best football. Hopefully, this can shake the offense out of the fantasy funk they have had since week 3.

 Cincinnati

This was Joe Burrow’s first “Welcome to the NFL, rookie” game as neither he nor the entire Bengals offense could get anything done against the Ravens’ defense. A.J. Green once again re-injured his hamstring and it remains to be seen how long his role will continue on this team. With Tyler Boyd becoming the focal point of the targets and rookie Tee Higgins showing improvements each week, Green may be a trade deadline acquisition for a team in need of receiver help. This of course assumes that he can be healthy and show some production to boost his value to another team. It seems unlikely he will be with the Bengals in 2021.

 Pittsburgh

Hey MapleTron, we see you! After having only nine (9) targets and 151 yards through the first three (3) games Chase Claypool exploded against the Eagles for seven (7) catches on eleven (11) targets for over 110 yards and three (3) touchdowns. He also started the day with a jet sweep, rushing for a fourth touchdown, the first Steeler to do so in half a century. Dionte Johnson leaving early in this game likely had something to do with the amount of targets Claypool earned but a week after Juju Smith-Schuster was one of the most resigned players across RSO, some owners may already be having buyers remorse.

AFC SOUTH

 Houston

The Texans played inspired football for their new head coach and earned their first victory of the season. The passing offense also seemed more open with three (3) receivers having six (6) or more targets and DeShaun Watson throwing for over 350 yards and three (3) touchdowns. His two (2) interceptions are still a sore spot that one would hope an elite quarterback would avoid but if risking a few passes to get his receivers more opportunities to make plays is needed, I think both fantasy and Texans fans would take it. The schedule does not get much easier with games against Tennessee and Green Bay next but hopefully, the success they had after changing coaches can build as the season goes along.

 Jacksonville

This offense needs D.J. Chark in the lineup if they are going to have any success. Much like two weeks ago, the Jaguars were unable to consistently move the ball downfield and relied on secondary options like Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole to try and claw their way back against the Texans. James Robinson has also been trending the wrong way since his big primetime performance in week 3. With Devine Ozigbo set to return soon from the injured reserve, this may become more of a timeshare backfield than some would have thought three weeks ago. It may not matter if the offense cannot muster more success though.

 Indianapolis

Is it midnight already for Philip Rivers? He seemed to turn back into a pumpkin against the Browns last week throwing two (2) interceptions, one that was so telegraphed the cornerback easily took it back for six,  and no touchdowns. The defense is playing at a high level and will help win them games against inept offenses like the Bears and Jets but the offense (especially Philip Rivers) need to figure it out if they are going to have any chance at making the playoffs. Only Jonathan Taylor is worth starting in fantasy right now.

 Tennessee

At one point I was watching this game and the stat came across the screen that Derrick Henry had something like 12 carries for 15 yards total and I thought, “Man, the Bills defense is shutting down Henry tonight”. Then he stiff-armed Josh Norman so hard it made everyone forget Earl Thomas and before you knew it he had 19PPR points and the Titans had scored 42 points. This offense is one of the most underrated in real life and fantasy. It has been great to see Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith finally put it together and with a healthy A.J. Brown now back, this team should be one of the final four contenders for the AFC Championship.

AFC WEST

 Kansas City

The so-so play of the Chiefs finally cost them a win last week as the defense kept letting the Raiders go up and down the field on them, both with quick scores and long sustaining drives. After a big week 1 that made everyone gush taking him at 1.01 in rookie drafts, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been very pedestrian in the last two performances. With rumors of Le’Veon Bell potentially signing with the Chiefs his arrival would make Chiefs fans rejoice, but the CEH drafters miserable. We will have to see what happens. Maybe this is a buy-low window.

 Las Vegas

Derek Carr finally got his first-round receiver, Henry Ruggs, back and he immediately made a splash play with his speed on a 72-yard touchdown. Nelson Agholor also scored his third touchdown of the season on his own deep throw touchdown. Jon Gruden clearly wants to do three things: run the ball with Josh Jacobs (20+ carries in 3 of their first 5 games), work the sticks with Darren Waller (leads all tight ends with 47 targets and 34 receptions), and take deep shots (at least one completion of 34 or more yards in 4 of 5 games). If the Raiders can do all three successfully, they will keep the AFC West race competitive down the stretch.

LA Chargers

The Chargers lost in yet another heartbreaking way that only can be described as “That’s so Chargers”. You cannot, however, pin it on rookie quarterback Justin Herbert who if not for Chase Claypool’s performance would have been the AFC rookie of the week. The rookie has gone toe-to-toe with two of the best quarterbacks in the past two weeks and has thrown seven (7) touchdowns to only one (1) interception and over 260 passing yards in both. Fantasy owners that drafted Herbert in the late first or early second round of Superflex drafts are thrilled at the prospect of having a potential top 10 quarterback coming up. If the talent around Herbert can stay healthy there could be some great duels between him and Mahomes for the AFC West crown heading into the next decade.

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Week 6 Street FA Report

Updated: October 14th 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

Travis Fulgham, WR – PHI (Owned 3%)

Week 5: 10 Rec/152 yards, 1 TD

Everyone’s waiver wire priority pick, wide receiver Travis Fulgham, had a breakout game last Sunday with over 30PPR points. Many may have passed on him two weeks ago when he scored the go-ahead touchdown against the 49ers but it is unlikely that he will remain available moving forward. The Eagles have been looking for a receiver to break through and give Carson Wentz someone to rely on other than Zach Ertz. Hopefully, the coaching staff lets him continue his development even as DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey return to the lineup. As it stands Fulgham is looking like a player to dump the remainder of your cap space on.

Suggested Bid: $10,000,000 (or 70% of remaining cap space)

QB Add

Andy Dalton, QB – DAL (Owned 17%)

Week 5: 9/11, 111 yards, 1 Car/0 yards

Those who roam the streets for quarterbacks week-to-week or Superflex owners who struggle to have available second quarterbacks may have caught a break if Andy Dalton was somehow still available coming into week 5. The gruesome and unfortunate injury to Dak Prescott has opened the door for Andy Dalton to be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the remainder of the season. The offense should take a step back, if for nothing else than because it was on a record pace for passing numbers but do not slouch on Dalton’s skills. He is a good enough quarterback that he should keep all his receivers’ fantasy value afloat. In his 13 games with the Bengals last year, and with only a healthy Tyler Boyd to throw to, Dalton still averaged almost 16 points per game (15.7). Dalton should be at least a mid-QB2 each week with a higher upside because of the situation and players surrounding him. He needs to be rostered as of this week in all but the shallowest of leagues.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000 Standard / $12,000,000 – $20,000,000 Superflex

RB Add

J.D. McKissic, RB – WAS (Owned 34%)

Week 5: 1 Car/3 yards, 6 Rec/46 yards

J.D. McKissic continues to be the torn in Antonio Gibson’s side as he is playing an equal number of snaps and is the primary pass-catching back when Washington is trailing, which no shocker is quite often. McKissic has had 16 targets and 13 catches over the last two games along with playing 55 percent and 50 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. He is a poor man’s James White so if you are scrambling for running backs or know that you have a tough bye week this week with some prominent names at the position unavailable, McKissic could be a filler against the Giants.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Josh Reynolds, WR – LAR (Owned 40%)

Week 5: 2 Rec/46 yards

Remember when Van Jefferson was going to be taking over the WR3 slot on the Rams? Veteran Josh Reynolds has continued to hold him off by out snapping (by a large margin) every game this season. Reynolds has not popped on the stat sheet just yet but only his week 1 performance you would say was not worth the value that he has right now. As a player who is available in 60 percent of leagues right now, he is averaging 6.4PPR points over his last four (4) games. Not great, but more consistent than some of the other bottom feeders on your bench. If anything was to happen to Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp, Reynolds would step into a significant value bump also.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Cameron Brate, TE – TB (Owned 16%)

Week 5: 5 Rec/44 yards

I went back and forth last week on recommending either Richard Rodgers or Cameron Brate as the tight end add and chose wrong. Brate did not play a ton of snaps last Thursday, only 46 percent, but he was efficient with five (5) catches on six (6) targets. Tom Brady has a familiarity with Rob Gronkowski but he has also been known to get the ball to guys who show they can get open. Brate is probably more of the pass-catching tight end at this point and as long as the Buccaneers continue to put up big offensive numbers there will always be a chance for scoring opportunities. Add Brate to your list of available streaming tight ends and play the matchup each week if that is your usual strategy.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add

Jeff Smith, WR – NYJ (Owned 10%)

Week 5: 3 Rec/23 yards

The Jets are terrible but you know what terrible teams do? They pass the ball a lot while losing. Jeff Smith is a player that stood out two Thursday’s ago against the Broncos and then checking his stats last week he was tied for eighth (8th) in targets against the Cardinals with eleven (11). He also played 95 percent and 99 percent of the snaps those two weeks showing that he has both the usage and opportunity to have under the radar fantasy production. If whoever is playing quarterback can make those targets more efficient, Jeff Smith might have WR4 appeal in 2020.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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