Week 4 Street FA Report

Updated: September 26th 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: Washington, Carolina

Add of the Week

Danny Amendola, WR – MIA (Owned 25.5%)

Week 3: 3 Rec/42 yards

Many thought that Danny Amendola was going to be another player that would vanish once out of New England’s player friend system. While he hasn’t been featured as much in the highlights he has quietly averaged seven (7) PPR points in the first three weeks. Nothing spectacular but if you need a consistent receiver to stash for bye weeks coming up Amendola is a player that can get it done.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

RB Add

Ameer Abdullah, RB – DET (Owned 43.6%)

Week 3: N/A

If you need an RB to grab and actually use this season I would suggest Frank Gore (45% ownership) or Chris Ivory (47% ownership). However, if you are a forward thinker at the position and looking to try and acquire a player that may have a better long-term play then I suggest picking up Ameer Abdullah. Detroit became too crowded of a backfield and thus Abdullah has been inactive this season. because of this, he should be a free agent this offseason. We’ve seen RBs reboot their career once they move on to a new team and we have seen enough flashes from Abdullah in his previous three seasons to expect he could at least be a part of another team’s rotation in 2019. If you don’t have an early candidate for your resign this season then Abdullah should cost next to nothing as a “wait and see” project. Who knows what his value could become in March or April.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Adds

Rashard Higgins, WR – CLE (Owned 13.2%)

Week 3: 3 Rec/32 yards

Rashard Higgins is an interesting, outside the box receiver to have this season. He’s not going to have many if any 15+ point games but with Baker Mayfield at the controls, there may be more passing/scoring opportunities for the Browns moving forward. We’ve already seen that in the absence of Josh Gordon, Higgins has been involved more in the passing game with ten (10) targets in the last two games. Therefore, like Amendola, there should be a space on the bench in deeper leagues for a player like Higgins for upcoming bye weeks.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Laquon Treadwell, WR – MIN (Owned 33.3%)

Week 3: 4 Rec/33 yards

Last week it was Tyler Boyd as a third-year receiver that was a player that needed to be added. Likewise, Laquon Treadwell is a player that you should be stashing at the end of your bench. Treadwell has been a bust compared to his 1.03 draft pedigree from a few years ago but this season he has shown improvements. While twelve (12) targets over three games is not a startable amount at this point in the season it does suggest that he has finally become the WR3 in Minnesota and therefore will be seeing the field more than in the past. If there was ever to be an injury to Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen then Treadwell would see a significant uptick in targets and value. Either way, much like my thoughts on Ameer Abdullah there is an opportunity to stash or even acquire Treadwell via trade for minimal costs. He’s another player that may just need a new address to see his skills used more and have his value go up.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 or a 2019/2020 3rd round pick

TE Add

Vance McDonald, TE – PIT (Owned 32.8%)

Week 3: 4 Rec/112 yards, 1 TD

Man did I get burned last week from my Jesse James take. I started him in two leagues where I needed minimal points to get the win and his stinker one catch for seven yards put two “Ls” on last week’s stat sheet. Meanwhile, Vance McDonald had himself a game with over 100 yards and a stiff arm so nasty that it makes defenders wonder why there isn’t a roughing the defender penalty. McDonald was traded last season from the 49ers to give the Steelers a true receiving TE but he couldn’t stay healthy. He showed a flash of what could be in the Steelers lone playoff game though when he had ten (10) receptions. Maybe this is finally him getting back into form and he can be the leading TE going forward. Or maybe both he and Jesse James will continue to split the workload and diminish both of their fantasy value. Either way, if you have space or are desperate at TE you can roster both McDonald and James for a couple weeks until we figure out who’s the main target.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Deonte Thompson, WR – DAL (Owned 3.3%)

Week 3: 2 Rec/23 yards

The Cowboys stink and they really don’t have many fantasy-relevant players other than Zeke Elliot and Dak Prescott in 2QB/Superflex leagues. Still, someone has to catch passes in their games and Deonte Thompson has been the second most targeted receiver on the team. He’s not a big receiver at 6ft but when your main competition for targets in Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin who are 5’8” he should be targeted in the red zone when they can’t run with Zeke. If he can break a long play or grab a touchdown every once in a while then he may have value in specific matchups some weeks down the road.

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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Week 3 Waiver Report

Updated: September 19th 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.

Add of the Week

Rashard Higgins, WR – CLE (owned 10%)

Week 2: 7 Rec/95 yards, 1 Car/4 yards

The Browns had a rough go on Sunday against the Ravens. However, Rashard Higgins had a surprisingly good game (7-95-0) in a game in which two different QBs (Keizer and Hogan) were in the game. While it may have been just a young player taking advantage of some playing time in a one-sided game there are serious reasons for this to be the beginning of an under the radar season. Corey Coleman, Cleveland’s first-round pick from 2016, has broken his hand again and could be out 6-8 weeks while Kenny Britt has fallen on bad terms with head coach Hugh Jackson. This opens the door for Higgins to be the primary target on and an offense that projects to be down in more games than up this season. Depending on how deep your rookie drafts are this player may still be lingering at the bottom of some team’s rosters. He’s worth kicking the tires on for a trade if he can be at least a WR4 the rest of the season.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $5,000,000

QB Replacement

Trevor Siemian, QB – DEN (owned 41%)

Week 2: 22 for 32 Comp, 231 Passing, 4TD, 1 INT, 5 Car/14 yards

Through two weeks Trevor Siemian is the QB2 in fantasy (written before Monday night’s game results) yet is one of the least owned QBs that has a starting role. While he might not hold the consistency of a Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers you definitely can do worse over the next 14 weeks. Denver seems more comfortable letting Siemian open up the offense this year compared to 2016 and with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as options outside he has plenty of talent to work with. There should be a consistent floor of 200 yards and a touchdown (12 points) each week. Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins’ owners should be looking to add Siemian as a comfortable substitute.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $3,000,000 ($7,000,000 in Superflex)

RB Stash

Tyler Ervin, RB – HOU (owned 13%)

Week 2: 3 Car/8 yards, 4 Rec/18 yards

RotoViz loved the metrics of Tyler Ervin coming out of college last season. His pass-catching ability, as well as his size, made him comparable to Danny Woodhead on Player Profiler. Unfortunately, he was also behind Lamar Miller who is himself a decent pass catching back and being paid too much to be put on the bench. Recently, however, Ervin has been playing more out of the slot as a receiver and with all the injuries to the receiving and tight end groups, he’s likely to see more playing time due to necessity. At this point, he would only be a stash candidate in deeper leagues but if you are already feeling the pressure from your RBs production and were unable to secure Cohen or Allen last week Ervin could be a poor man’s Ty Montgomery from a year ago.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

WR Replacements

Paul Richardson, WR – SEA (owned 38%) 2 Rec/19 yards, 1 TD

While Cincinnati’s offense has been the joke of NFL fans the first two weeks for not scoring a touchdown, Seattle’s offense hasn’t looked much better scoring their first touchdown late in the 4th quarter of week two’s game against San Francisco. That touchdown came from former 2nd round pick Paul Richardson who was labeled a sleeper WR to add during the offseason. Despite this, his ownership still hovers around 38%. He’s averaged 10PPR points/game and 12 targets over the first two weeks showing that he can be a downfield threat and red zone option for Russell Wilson. If the offense can turn things around and start scoring more than 10 points a game there is a chance that Richardson becomes a flexible WR.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,500,000

Terrance Williams, WR – DAL (owned 24%) 4 Rec/17 yards

Yikes, nobody expected the Cowboys to be dominated on both sides of the ball like they were against the Broncos last week. At least one silver lining is that the NFL lost their appeal for an Ezekiel Elliot stay so the team should be able to refocus their offensive game plan knowing they will have him for the remainder of the season. This means that defenses will have to keep contain on Zeke and Dak Prescott while double teaming Dez Bryant, opening up one-on-one matchups for Terrance Williams. While his touchdown upside is limited with Dez, Zeke, and Jason Witten in the lineup he still receives his share of the targets each week. He’s an ideal option to have on your bench during the midseason when bye weeks become a lineup killer.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Stash

Benjamin Watson, TE – BAL (owned 5%)

Week 2: 8 Rec/91 yards

The Ravens haven’t been in very competitive games these first two weeks which has reduced their number of pass attempts (51) to the bottom of the league. Still, Watson had 8 receptions vs. the Browns and almost 20 PPR points last week. Dennis Pita received over 120 targets last season and while Jeremy Maclin has been a nice addition Flacco has a history of feeding his TEs, when healthy. Watson has also shown that he can handle a large number of targets from his time in New Orleans. For those who lost Greg Olsen this week, Watson could be a worthwhile replacement.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Deonte Thompson (owned 2%)

Week 2: 4 Rec/57 yards, 1 TD

The Bears looked more like the team that experts thought they would be in week 2 being shutout till the final moments of the 4th quarter. With injuries piling up at the WR position and likely a QB switch at some point it could be a long season for Da Bears. It is hard to tell how much of Deonte Thompson’s week 2 production came due to a blowout but some needs to catch the ball and he could be the next man up. Thompson has a strong speed adjusted score (92nd percentile) and showed some potential in the Bears’ preseason game against the Broncos earlier this year. With Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy dropping several passes last week Thompson could be a volume add, similar to Jermaine Kearse last week.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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