Week 9 Street FA Report

Updated: November 1st 2022

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

Demarcus Robinson, WR, BAL (Owned 5%)

Week 8: 6 Rec/64 yards

Big injuries in Baltimore last week leave a lot of question marks about who Lamar Jackson will be relying on heading into at least week 9. Both Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman missed most of last week’s game with separate injuries with Bateman already ruled out for several weeks moving forward and Andrews’ status up in the air. Meanwhile Demarcus Robinson saw six (6) receptions on eight (8) targets which suggests he will be first in increased opportunities in Bateman’s absence. Week 9 is another big week for byes and Robinson is available in almost all leagues right now. He is a flex WR4 with scoring upside.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

RB Adds

Deon Jackson, RB, IND (Owned 47%)

Week 8: 1 Car/-4 yards

The last second trade of Nyheim Hines was partially due to the Colts spiraling out of contention this season but also in part because of the emergence of Deon Jackson in week 6 as a viable, pass catching replacement behind Jonathan Taylor. Once Taylor returned many leagues were likely dropping Jackson but he now has at minimum handcuff necessity for Taylor owners while also presenting the opportunity to have some stand alone value as the pass catching alternative to Taylor. Keep expectations in reality as the deal for Hines does have Zach Moss returning to Indianapolis, but Jackson’s ownership should rise with the latest news.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Dwayne Washington, RB, NOS (Owned 2%)

Week 8: 4 Car/13 yards

Alvin Kamara finally had the day that many fantasy managers expected him to have this season. It was likely because Mark Ingram left week 8 with an injury that is expected to sideline him for up to a month. While we hope the Saints continue to roll with the appropriate “bell-cow” role for Kamara, there is a chance that Dwayne Washington steals some carries, especially goal-line carries, along the way. Washington played 20 percent of the snaps last week and his usage should be monitored in week 9 for how his role to likely replace Ingram will be defined.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Darius Slayton, WR, NYG (Owned 40%)

Week 8: 5 Rec/66 yards

The Giants have a bye this week and so Darius Slayton will not be able to help your lineups immediately. However, after the coaching staff deemed Kadarius Toney as expendable and Kenny Golladay likely would have been moved/released if he wasn’t injured and expensive, they have moved forward with what they have remaining at their wide receiver position. Wan’dale Robinson was the already known commodity that most leagues would have drafted back in May. Slayton however has come back on the scene after a two (2) year hiatus of irrelevance to score double digit PPR fantasy points in three (3) of the last four (4) weeks making him an interesting addition for the second half of the season.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Isaiah Likely, TE, BAL (Owned 49%)

Week 8: 6 Rec/77 yards, 1 TD

As I said in the beginning, the Ravens are struggling right now with health on their offense and pre-season darling Isaiah Likely finally was able to have his first big game replacing Mark Andrews. We will have to monitor Andrews’ situation each week until he is healthy and any game that Andrews will be out Likely is a plug-and-play tight end in his absence. More receiver than tight end, Likely would be expected to receiver a strong amount of targets in Andrews’ absence.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

Sleeper Add (<25%)

DeSean Jackson, WR, BAL (Owned 8%)

Week 8: N/A

The Ravens have been missing the speed of Marquise Brown to stretch the safeties away from the line of scrimmage. They brought in DeSean Jackson two (2) weeks ago and if they were not playing on a short week last week there was likely a chance he would have been up to play at least a couple of key plays to stretch the field. Does Jackson have the upside that he had five (5) years ago, no, but for a free receiver with an opportunity share wide open over the next couple of weeks, he at least has the chance for some relevance during November.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 8 Street FA Report

Updated: October 23rd 2017

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

Byes: CARDINALS, PACKERS, JAGUARS, RAMS, GIANTS, TITANS

Add of the Week

Austin Ekeler, RB – LAC (Owned 19%)

Week 7: 7 Car/38 yards, 4 Rec/6 yards, 1 TD

If a player doesn’t solidify themselves as the pass-catching back in their offense it’s only a matter of time before they start to lose snaps to another RB who can. We may be seeing that in Los Angeles with Melvin Gordon slowly losing snaps to rookie Austin Ekeler. Ekeler, 5’9” and under 200lbs, looks like he could fit the Danny Woodhead satellite back role that completed Gordon in his rookie season. He had 4 receptions against the Broncos last week (13 on the season) and also managed 7 carries which shows that he’s gaining a role in this offense. With tough matchups over the next month (Patriots, Jaguars, Bills, Cowboys) there’s a real chance that the Chargers need Ekeler to be available for the check down option more so than Gordon running up the middle.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

RB Add

Backup RBs

Speaking of backups, as we have seen throughout the first 7 weeks backup RBs are just players waiting to be fantasy relevant. If you have a locked in RB and his backup is sitting on the street you should add him at this point in the season. You have “roster cloggers” that you won’t be starting the next 6-8 week. Drop them and protecting yourself. If you want to be sneaky you could also pick up the backups of those that are sleeping on their claims. Nothing feels worse than going into the playoffs and losing an RB and having to fight with your league mates for his replacement.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

D’eonte Thompson, WR – BUF (Owned 4%)

Week 7: 4 Rec/107 yards

I felt bad after recommending D’eonte Thompson as a sleeper in week 3 especially after he had a 0 catch game in week 5 and then was subsequently released by a Bears team that is starving for WR talent. But now that Thompson has been picked up by the Bills it didn’t take him long to be involved going over 100 yards in his first game. That stat is probably an anomaly but it shows me that what I thought he could be in Chicago wasn’t a farce. The Bills don’t have many pass catchers that are trustworthy which is likely the reason Thompson was added and clearly, they felt comfortable using him right away. Even when Jordan Matthews returns healthy it would be in the best interest of the Bills to use Matthews in the slot where he belongs and allow the big-bodied Thompson to work outside. I’m willing to double down and say that he should be a usable flex option if you need WR help.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

TE Add

Vance McDonald, TE – PIT (Owned 16%)

Week 7: 2 Rec/37 yards

It seems like forever ago that Vance McDonald was traded from San Francisco to Pittsburgh and everyone wanted a piece of him. Fast forward to before last week and he’d had 1 catch for 26 yards in 6 weeks of football, not even rosterable stats for the deepest of leagues. He only had 2 catches last week but this might be the sign that he is finally getting comfortable with the Todd Haley’s offense. Another couple of weeks under his belt and McDonald might become what fantasy enthusiasts wanted LaDarius Green to be. Unless you have Gronk, Ertz, or Kelce you’ve probably been streaming/substituting your TE position all season so why not take a shot.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Demarcus Robinson, WR – KC (Owned 6.5%)

Week 7: 5 Rec/69 yards

Not every Chiefs game is going to be a shootout like last Thursday but Demarcus Robinson’s usage is something that should be mentioned. He had 5 catches on 8 targets last week which was second to Tyreek Hill and well ahead of Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas (1 each). He’s still behind Kelce, Hunt, and Tyreek in terms of touches but he has firmly taken hold of the WR2 on this team now with Conley out. With the Chiefs being more involved in the passing game this season the prospect of a second Chiefs receiver might not be as fantasy irrelevant as it once was. Robinson could be valuable depth to have moving forward.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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