Week 10 Street FA Report

Updated: November 11th 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

Jakobi Meyers, WR – NE (Owned 31%)

Week 9: 12 Rec/169 yards

Jakobi Meyers had slowly been building his role as the primary receiver in New England’s offense since returning to the lineup in week 7. His back-to-back double-digit performance was not enough to raise his ownership percentage however and now after his breakout week 10 performance he sits available in over two-thirds of RSO leagues. Cam Newton has not been able to share the end zone with his receivers much this season, just two (2) touchdowns thus far, but Meyers could become the next PPR monster. His 30 targets in the last three (3) games ranks him sixth (6th) overall. A late-season gem, Meyers looks poised for a second-half that could make him the ideal zero-WR target in auctions in 2021.

Suggested Bid: $10,000,000

QB Add

Jake Luton, QB – JAX (Owned 25%)

Week 9: 26/38, 304 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 Car/13 yards, 1 TD

The rare quarterback street free agent recommendation, Jake Luton’s strong performance was lost in the huge week for fantasy quarterbacks. A sixth-round pick this offseason, Luton stepped in for Gardner Minshew (sounds familiar) and played well in replace of the veteran throwing for over 300 passing yards and scored over 21 fantasy points. His performance in week 9 has led to him being named the starter in week 10 and potentially for the remainder of the season. Tough matchups against the Packers and Steelers will present a greater challenge than that of the Texans defense but there are always garbage time points. Obvious bump to your bid amounts in 2QB and Superflex leagues where he should have already been rostered and now likely will cost the premium to pick up.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 (standard) / $8,000,000 (Superflex)

 RB Add

Kalen Ballage, RB – LAC (Owned 17%)

Week 9: 15 Car/69 yards, 1 TD, 2 Rec/15 yards

It was another instance of a player getting away from Adam Gase and having fantasy success as Kalen Ballage went from the practice squad to lead back for Los Angeles in week 10. Ballage played on 40 percent of the snaps but out-carried rookie Joshua Kelley (15:9) after Justin Jackson was injured on the first drive. With Troymaine Pope already out with a concussion and now Jackson possibly missing time with a leg injury, Ballage could be in line for a couple more RB3-level performances.  Head Coach Anthony Lynn was also quoted back in October saying that starting running back Austin Ekeler’s timetable would be “later rather than sooner” so it does not appear his return is expected to be any time soon either.

Suggested Bid: $2,500,000

 

Duke Johnson, RB – HOU (Owned 65%)

Week 9: 16 Car/41 yards, 1 TD, 4 Rec/32 yards

I assumed that Duke Johnson was not going to be available for this column because while he has not been productive thus far, with only 23 total PPR points, name-brand running backs are not usually sitting on the wire in 35 percent of leagues at this point in the season. David Johnson exited week 9 with a concussion early in the game leaving Duke Johnson to carry much of the workload. It resulted in his first double-digit performance of the season and leaves the door open for another strong performance if the former DJ does not clear protocol before Sunday. Monitor the situation as the week progresses and if David Johnson begins trending in the wrong direction Duke Johnson could be a sneaky RB2 once again.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

David Moore, WR – SEA (Owned 28%)

Week 9: 4 Rec/71 yards, 1 TD

All eyes have been on D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett this season but third receiver David Moore has quietly been a flex receiver five (5) of the Seahawks first eight (8) games. With Russell Wilson airing it out more than he had been in the past there finally have been opportunities for more receiver production from the ancillary options in the offense. Moore’s target share will always be low because of the two alpha receivers ahead of him but he seems to have a knack for getting in the endzone with four (4) touchdowns already this year. If you play with deep starting rosters Moore could be a boom/bust WR4.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

 Sleeper Add

Cam Sims, WR – WAS (Owned 2%)

Week 9: 3 Rec/110 yards

Fantasy fans have been waiting for Steven Sims to break out for Washington but it appears that the other Sims, Cam Sims, may have passed him on the depth chart. Cam played 40 offensive snaps to Steven’s 16 and had four (4) targets to Steven’s one (1). He also appeared to have better chemistry with Alex Smith once he entered the game than he had with either Kyle Allen or Dwayne Haskins so that might be his way to more targets. It has only been one good performance so temper expectations but if you have deep rosters to stash him he could be a flex option in the final (8) eight games.

Suggested Add: $500,000

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Week 3 Street FA Report

Updated: September 21st 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

Cole Beasley, WR – BUF (Owned 38.5%)

Week 2: 4 Rec/83 yards

Cole Beasley has been a fantasy sleeper the last two weeks with 9 and 12 points respectively. He won’t win you many weeks but he has a higher floor than most receivers with <50% ownership. Beasley is a player that you can add to your roster now and use in a pinch for bad matchups for your regular rotation of players and during bye weeks. For leagues that feature a high number of WR starting requirements, it is often more beneficial to avoid putting up a doughnut then trying to hit the sleeper home run when you need a player to step in for only a week or two, especially if the rest of your lineup is full of blue-chip players. Be proactive and grab Beasley now before the rest of your league starts putting together their midseason backup plans.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

RB Add

Ty Johnson, RB – DET (Owned 24%)

Week 2: 5 Car/30 yards, 2 Rec/6 yards

The surprising release of veteran C.J. Anderson means that 6th round rookie Ty Johnson moves up to #2 on the depth chart for the Detroit Lions. Johnson received a modest workload in week 2 but with the injury history of Kerryon Johnson, he is a speculative stash at this point for later in the season. If anything was to happen to Kerryon there wouldn’t be much in the way of backfield competition for Ty Johnson. If you have the bench space it would be better to pay the minimum now rather than have to try and outbid other owners later.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Adds

David Moore, WR – SEA (Owned 34.5%)

Week 2: N/A

David Moore is ready to make his 2019 season debut after missing the first two games with injuries and it will be interesting to see how he fits within Seattle’s offense. He should be the second outside receiver opposite D.K. Metcalf. His upside is limited to being the third option (behind Metcalf and Tyler Lockett) in a run-first offense but that also means there will be minimal coverage to his side of the field when Russell Wilson does look his way. He should have his games of big plays or forgotten coverages this season so he is an ideal stash in deeper leagues in case of injuries to either receiver above him.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Devin Smith, WR – DAL (Owned 24%)

Week 2: 3 Rec/74 yards, 1 TD

Devin Smith rose from the dead for 16 PPR points last week after not seeing game action since 2016 with the Jets. He took over for an injured Michael Gallup who is on track to miss 2-4 weeks which means that more opportunities are at his feet. Dallas’ offense is strong enough that even as a third or fourth option Smith is still likely to have fantasy relevance until Gallup is fully healthy. If you are in a pinch as a Gallup owner for a temporary starter you likely will find Smith free on the wire.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Will Dissly, TE – SEA (Owned 48%)

Week 2: 5 Rec/50 yards, 2 TDs

Even after the initial waiver period cleared Will Dissly is still unowned in over half of leagues. Maybe it is because people are worried his two-touchdown performance of last week is unlikely to be duplicated but having any touchdown upside is reason enough to be adding Dissly. The Seahawks are a running team which means that Dissly will get his opportunities to be on the field, thus available for play-action receptions. Similar to David Moore, Dissly is unlikely to garner a lot of coverage from opposing defenses so why not take a shot. At the tight end position you are basically hoping for a touchdown or bust scenario anyway. Add him to your bench and start him when the Seahawks are playing weaker defenses.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Damiere Byrd, WR – ARZ (8%)

Week 2: 6 Rec/45 yards

The Arizona Air Raid has been about as interesting as people expected it would be through the first two weeks of the season. The team is lapping the league in number of no-huddle plays and is featuring 4WR sets more than any other team. This is likely contributing to Damiere Byrd being a deep sleeper over the first two weeks with 10 receptions on 14 targets. He is still third on the team in targets behind Larry Fitzgerald (24) and Christian Kirk (20) but it is clear that Kliff Kingsbury is willing to air it out regardless of game script. We should expect similar numbers to continue for Byrd. If an injury to either Fitzgerald or Kirk were to happen Byrd would become an instant waiver wire must add so save your cap space now and pick him up.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 9 Street FA Report

Updated: October 31st 2018

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

Byes: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, NYG, Philadelphia

Add of the Week

David Moore, WR – SEA (Owned 21.6%)

Week 8: 4 Rec/97 yards, 1 TD

A sleeper recommendation three weeks ago, David Moore has graduated to Add of the Week after scoring four (4) touchdowns and averaging 17 points since then. What’s more is that the Seahawks are showing that they are going to trust Mooremore moving forward so much so that they released Brandon Marshall on Tuesday. He may not be as stable a fantasy option as he has been the last three weeks but for deep WR leagues, Moore is a bonafide WR4 right now. In another big bye week, he may be a player that you can use in your lineups this week.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000 – $6,000,000

RB Add

Josh Adams, RB – PHI (Owned 11%)

Week 8: 9 Car/61 yards, 1 Rec/6 yards

The stat line will show Wendell Smallwood had 14.6 PPR points last week and therefore would be the likely next man up after Ajayi went down for the season. Looking deeper, however, rookie Josh Adams was more efficient with his carries, 6.8 yards vs. 3 yards per carry, on similar touches. He is also another player recommended going into a bye so he should be cheaper to acquire. We will see how the touches are shared going forward but with Smallwood likely already owned in your league why not grab Adams for free.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Adds

T.J. Jones, WR – DET (Owned 0.8%)

Week 8: N/A

Interestingly, T.J. Jones was a WR add suggestion exactly one year ago in the FA Report. Jones hasn’t done anything this season but with Golden Tate leaving the Motor City, and the Lions being one of the heaviest 3WR set teams it’s worth adding Jones. He tallied 30 receptions last year splitting time with Kenny Golladay as the WR3 last season and only has Theo Riddick to contend with as the primary slot option moving forward. Especially if Riddick isn’t healthy over the next couple week, Jones may see even more opportunities.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

 

Adam Humphries, WR – TB (Owned 14.2%)

Week 8: 7 Rec/76 yards

I expected DeSean Jackson to be another veteran receiver on the move but he is staying in Tampa for the rest of the season. Regardless, Adam Humphries is a receiver that should be available in most leagues that has been putting up quietly good numbers over the last month, averaging 10.8 PPR points in their last four games. The Bucs will be switching back to Ryan Fitzpatrick which may mean that Humphries number dip but for now he’s a WR5 with upside.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

TE Add

Jeff Heuerman, TE – DEN (Owned 9.8%)

Week 8: 1 Rec/4 yards, 1 TD

Even before the news of Demaryius Thomas being shipped to Houston, Jeff Heuerman was a name to watch based on his target volume thus far. He has averaged at least four (4) targets in 4 of his last 5 games but hasn’t been able to turn them into much fantasy production. With Thomas gone there becomes a need for another option in the red zone for targets. Courtland Sutton will see a large increase in his target shares but don’t be surprised if Heuerman also sees an extra target or two per game. If he can accumulate more catches between the 20’s as well as receive goal-line targets he might become something in the second half of the season.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Tyler Ervin, RB – HOU (Owned 7.3%)

Week 8: 1 Rec/4 yards

As previously mentioned Demaryius Thomas was traded to Houston to try and supplement the loss of Will Fuller for the season. The slot position, however, was not filled and with Keke Coutee missing last week and potentially more games coming, Tyler Ervin may be in line to see more opportunities as a receiver. Ervin was always going to be a question mark as a runner being only 190lbs but his strong receiving skills are what have kept him on the roster these last three seasons. If he can start to see more time in the slot it should be easy for him to work underneath defenses trying to cover Thomas and Hopkins downfield.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 6 Street FA Report

Updated: October 10th 2018

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

Byes: Detroit, New Orleans

Add of the Week

Niles Paul, TE – JAX (Owned 2.1%)

Week 5: 7 Rec/65 yards

It’s a good sign when Niles Paul is the must add for a week. RSO owners are doing their due diligence to add the relevant free agents making it more difficult for me to find qualified players. Give yourself a pat on the back. Anyways, the Jags were embarrassed pretty badly on Sunday against the Chiefs but for TEs it was supposed to be an ideal matchup. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins was started across several of my leagues but he failed to record a single catch. We now know why as his injury kept him out for most of Sunday and now he will be placed on IR. Meanwhile, former Washington tight end Niles Paul played on 42% of snaps (Most for Jacksonville TEs) and had nine (9) targets. The Jags likely won’t be blown out from the start of many games which makes Paul’s nine targets unlikely to duplicate but with ASJ out that leaves only Paul as the only pass catching TE on the roster. As with every season, the TE position is a wasteland for starting quality players so why not add Paul and use him on a matchup/bye fill basis.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

QB Add

C.J. Beathard, QB – SF (Owned 28.6%)

Week 5: 34 for 54, 349 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 2 Car/7 yards, 1 TD

Almost one year to the week I am once again suggesting C.J. Beathard as a break-glass emergency QB add for struggling QB situated owners. The 49ers are not the team that people thought they would be this season, even when they had Jimmy G at the helm. But in their losses comes a lot of garbage time points to be had which should be good for Beathard’s stat line. He finished as QB9 (before Monday’s results) and with the 49ers having severe injuries at the running back position it may be more on C.J.’s shoulders to move the offense down the field each week. With very little expected wins for the remainder of the season, Beathard should be throwing the ball enough to warrant being added.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 ($2,000,000 – $4,000,000 SF/2QB)

RB Add

Kyle Juszczyk, FB – SF (Owned 9.3%)

Week 5: 1 Car/12 yards, 6 Rec/75 yards

As I said in the previous blurb the 49ers are hurting at the RB position so bad so that I am recommending probably for the first time ever in RSO’s short history to add a fullback to your roster. Kyle Juszczyk has been featured more in the passing game than the running game evident by his one carry versus fourteen receptions which is good for his PPR value. With Breida missing a significant part of week 5’s contest Juszczyk was targeted seven (7) times and will likely continue to see much of the passing down snaps while Breida is out. He will be more of a Hail Mary play most weeks but as I previously stated the 49ers will be in catch-up mode for most remaining games. If you are desperate for production at the RB spot Juszczyk might be useful to some of you.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Adds

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR – GB (Owned 27.4%)

Week 5: 7 Rec/68 yards, 1 TD

The Packers receiving core is in a similar state as the 49ers backfield where backup/bit role players are being thrust into starting roles. Marquez Valdes-Scantling was one of those players in week 5 and had a strong showing in a game the Packers needed to throw the ball a lot. We don’t know the extent of Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison’s injury but since both are dealing with hamstring injuries, Allison is also dealing with a concussion, it could be a couple of weeks before one or both are back at full health. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers needs to throw to someone as a third option so Valdes-Scantling may have another game or two of fantasy relevancy. With a handful of starting WRs being on a bye this week (Michael Thomas, Tedd Ginn, Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate, Marvin Jones) you may just need an extra WR4/5 for an emergency start week 6 when the Packers take on the 49ers.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Ryan Griffin, TE – HOU (Owned 14.5%)

Week 5: 6 Rec/65 yards

It is tough to say whether Ryan Griffin’s use against the Cowboys on Sunday night was a specific game plan or if Deshaun Watson was just forced to use Griffin due to the Cowboy’s coverage. Either way, he saw nine (9) targets, second most all receivers, which almost matched his season total. Watson also seemed to be favoring his ribs during the game which may limit his mobility for a couple of games. Having games against four aggressive defenses (Buffalo, Jacksonville, Miami, and Denver) might force Watson to be looking to get the ball out faster which usually is a good thing for a tight end’s stat lines. He’s a risk to play but much like adding Niles Paul it’s all about calculated dart throws when it comes to starting TEs.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

David Moore, WR – SEA (Owned 4.4%)

Week 5: 3 Rec/38 yards, 2 TDs

There were hints earlier this week from Pete Carroll that David Moore could be more involved this past week. While three receptions aren’t eye-catching his two touchdowns are. Doug Baldwin hasn’t come back to full form yet and Brandon Marshall is likely being pushed out of the offense for younger talent, like Moore. The Seahawks have become a more run-oriented team once again but without having Jimmy Graham they need a bigger receiver to help with red zone scoring. Moore might be able to carve out a role as a red zone threat with touchdown upside. For now, he’s a player to stash and see if Russell Wilson can develop a rapport with him as the season progresses.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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