Week 13 Street FA Report

Updated: November 30th 2021

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

Matt Breida, RB – BUF (Owned 35%)

Week 12: 9 Car/26 yards, 2 Rec/29 yards, 1 TD

The longest NFL regular season has taken its toll on the running back position and teams making the playoffs will be starting interesting options during the final weeks of the season. One of those options that may still be available is Matt Breida, who built upon his performance in week 11 to score 13.5 PPR points on Thanksgiving last week. His recent development as a weapon in the Bills’ offense also allowed for Zach Moss to be a healthy scratch in week 12, suggesting there might be more to come from Breida to end the regular season. The Bills play the Patriots next week who just gave up two big performances to Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman.

Suggested Bid: $8,000,000

WR Add

Josh Reynolds, WR – DET (Owned 25%)

Week 12: 3 Rec/70 yards, 1 TD

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If only the Titans had another veteran receiver to lean on with Julio Jones and A.J. Brown out last week. Tennessee released Josh Reynolds earlier this season after he was buried on their depth chart but he has reemerged in Detroit as arguably their best wide receiver. Claimed less than three (3) weeks ago, Reynolds is already playing on 90 percent of the Lions’ offensive snaps which bodes well for both his floor and his ceiling in fantasy the rest of the season. We will do well to remember that this is still the Lions who are averaging only 15.8 points per game. Still, an NFL team’s WR1 should at least be rostered in every league and a reasonable starter in many.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

Devin Duvernay, WR – BAL (Owned 34%)

Week 12: 1 Rec/2 yards, 1 Car/13 yards

It seemed like during Sammy Watkins’ injury absence that Devin Duvernay was carving out a role for himself as the gadget, WR3 in Baltimore. He took a step back last week with only two (2) touches but the game was sloppy all around limiting the number of touches for everyone. Lamar Jackson should bounce back and one way to help a QB under pressure is to use plenty of smoke plays to get the defense going side-to-side. Duvernay has the big play ability to run reverses, screens, and deep shot plays. While his week-to-week value is boom or bust he has the opportunity over the next month to have his moments.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

James O’Shaughnessy, TE – JAX (Owned 4%)

Week 12: 3 Rec/29 yards

James O’Shaughnessy played on 81 percent of the snaps and had five (5) targets in week 12 due to Dan Arnold exiting with an injury that likely ends his season. During the Jaguars’ previous three (3) games Arnold was seeing 7+ targets and scoring at least 10 PPR points in each game, which is a solid back-end TE1 option to Team Stream. O’Shaughnessy should slide right into the same role with the same level of incognito that Arnold had to the rest of the fantasy community. He can be added to most deep leagues now and is a viable streaming option the rest of the season.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<25%)

Jauan Jennings, WR – SF (Owned 2%)

Week 12: 2 Rec/14 yards, 1 TD

The extent of Deebo Samuel’s injury is up to interpretation but the clear #2 option behind Brandon Aiyuk is Jauan Jennings at this point if Samuel’s injury keeps him out for multiple games. Jennings does not have the versatility to be an all-around weapon like Samuel but there are always scoring opportunities, like he did last week, in a 49ers offense that has put up at least 30 points in four (4) of their last five (5) games. Watch the injury reports this week and if Samuel does not make any improvements, Jennings is a worthy while stash going into week 13.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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The Watch List: 2019 Week 3 Preview

Updated: September 12th 2019

Welcome to The Watch List, a resource to help RSO owners identify the players and games from college football that deserve your attention.  To view more of my observations, follow me on Twitter @robertfcowper.  Check back throughout the season as The Watch List will continue to let you know who is fantasy relevant and worth your valuable draft capital.

Storylines to Watch

California Cares: The biggest story in college football right now has no impact on this weekend’s games. The California state house and senate have passed versions of a bill that would allow amateur athletes to earn money from off-the-field sponsorship opportunities — essentially paving the way for college football and basketball players to be paid for their talents. Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the two state legislative bodies still need to agree on a composite version of their bills before it lands on the governor’s desk, where it could be vetoed. The NCAA has already threatened that California-based colleges may not be able to compete for NCAA championships if the bill is ratified. I expect the NCAA and the Power 5 conferences to immediately put on the full-court press to lobby against this and future bills (the current bill would go into effect in 2023). Expect this topic to come up during this weekend’s pregame shows and game broadcasts, and to be a continuing topic throughout the season.

Maryland Dominates: The Terps are off to a surprising 2-0 start that’s included an FBS leading 142 total points. Their first win, 79-0 over Howard, was nothing to get excited about, however their 63-20 dominance of #21 Syracuse was. The offense is led by former Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson and features a balanced rushing attack that’s totaled 11 rushing scores already. Maryland has two tricky games to close out the month: at Temple and then home against #13 Penn State. If they finish September with a 4-0 mark they’ll be a Top 15 team looking at a favorable midseason schedule against Rutgers, Purdue, Indiana and Minnesota.

Games to Watch

Arizona State at #18 Michigan State, Saturday 4:00pm, FOX: In my opinion, FOX has both of the best matchups this week with Arizona State at Michigan State and Iowa at Iowa State. Unfortunately, both games are on at the same time so you’re going to wear out the “back” button on your remote. This matchup features two interesting quarterbacks. Arizona State’s true freshman Jayden Daniels is 2-0 to start his career, throwing for 588 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs (albeit against weak competition). Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke has previously struggled with consistency but so far his efficiency stats have improved. I haven’t seen Lewerke play live yet this year so I’m looking forward to seeing him play against a Herm Edwards defense. Also worth your attention is Sun Devils’ running back Eno Benjamin. Benjamin has impressed again as a receiver (7-126-2) and I’d expect his rushing numbers to catch up. My prediction: Michigan State 29, Arizona State 20.

#19 Iowa at Iowa State, Saturday 4:00pm, FS1: I was surprised to see the Cy-Hawk game given second billing and the FS1 broadcast. Michigan State may be a bigger draw nationally but this intrastate battle is full of rivalry and history. These two squads have faced off 66 times in their history, with Iowa leading the series 44-22, including the last four. Those records belie how close the recent matchups have been. Seven of the last eight contests have been decided by two possessions or less, including four games decided by a field goal. Iowa has a number of bonafide NFL prospects, including DE AJ Epenesa and offensive linemen Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs. QB Nathan Stanley has looked great to start the season and is also a late-round consideration. When I was searching Iowa State’s stats, senior WR Deshaunte Jones caught my eye. In the Cyclones’ overtime opener against Northern Iowa he tallied 14 receptions for 126 yards. Iowa State is likely to take a step back this season and that will start this week. My prediction: Iowa 23, Iowa State 10.

Players to Watch

Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

The Seminoles have been predictably disappointing at the outset this season. The lone bright spot has been running back Cam Akers. When I previewed the ACC in August, I asked whether Akers was part of the problem — it would be hard to argue that right now after he put up two of his best-ever games. Against Boise State in the opener, Akers finished with 128 yards on 17 touches. In the extra time squeaker against ULM, Akers totaled 248 yards on a whopping 41 touches.

I watched a condensed version of the game against ULM so I could see most of Akers touches. It felt like he was playing with a joie de vivre that I did not feel during previous viewings. I have always been impressed with his ability to run between the tackles and he showed that in this game, but he showed off his elusiveness as well. Akers’ biggest play of the game was his late receiving touchdown (see below) but I thought his best play came earlier on a second-and-long run that nearly netted a first down. Akers takes the shotgun hand-off and heads towards a big off-tackle hole. He avoids two arm tackles and then plants his foot hard for an upfield jump cut while his body is facing the sideline. He immediately lowers his helmet to protect the ball and barrel into a defender. Akers shrugs him off before being corralled by two others at the line to gain. I believe the play was a good encapsulation of Akers’ patience, cutting ability and power.

On the aforementioned touchdown reception, Akers does all the work after the catch. He once again shows his patience and vision as he sees the field and sets up his blocks. He picks his way down the field before lowering his shoulder to ensure he gets into the end zone.

I have admittedly vacillated on Akers’ professional prospects. Today, I’m feeling more bullish than if you had asked me six months ago.  I’m not ready to make any predictions just yet but Akers will definitely factor into this all-star running back class if he declares early.

 

Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas

I’ve been writing about Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson for awhile now, but it is time to shine a spotlight on fellow senior receiver Devin Duvernay.  While I watched the LSU vs Texas game last weekend, Duvernay kept standing out to me as a key for the Longhorn offense.  His stat line for the game ended as a career-best: 12 receptions, 154 yards and 1 TD.  Duvernay’s season line now stands at 21-209-3, which is nearly half of last season’s output already.

Duvernay is listed at 5110/210 and plays with a strength and tenacity that complements the long-limbed Johnson.  There were two back-t0-back plays against LSU that really made me want to highlight Duvernay.  Both plays were high-effort and feature Duvernay lowering his shoulder to overpower safety Grant Delpit, a future Top 10 pick.  Neither play will look like much on the boxscore but if I were coaching a team, I would want somebody like Duvernay on my sideline.

I have not studied him aside from watching the LSU game so I admit my praise may be premature, however Duvernay does look like a sturdy and sure-handed possession receiver who may be worthy of a late-round pick.

 

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.  When studying a player I rely on game film “cuts” which are most frequently found on Youtube. If game film is not available I will search for highlight reels.  Keep in mind these highlight reels are the best plays of that player. When I have the option, I will choose to watch a game versus the better defense. 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:

  • Stats: espn.com, sports-reference.com, pro-football-reference.com, cfbstats.com, herosports.com, fcs.football, mcubed.net, expandtheboxscore.com, washingtonpost.com
  • Recruiting: 247Sports.com, espn.com, sbnation.com, rivals.com
  • Film: 2020 NFL Draft Database by Mark Jarvis, youtube.com
  • Draft info and mocks: draftcountdown.com, draftscout.com, mattwaldmanrsp.com, draftek.com, thedraftnetwork.com, nfl.com
  • NFL rosters, depth charts and contract info: ourlads.com, spotrac.com
  • Draft history: drafthistory.com
  • Combine info: pro-football-reference.com, espn.com, nflcombineresults.com, mockdraftable.com
  • Season preview magazines: Phil Steele, Lindy’s, Street and Smith’s, Athlon Sports
  • Podcasts: ESPN’s First Draft, The Audible by Football Guys (specifically episodes w/ Matt Waldman), UTH Dynasty, Draft Dudes, Saturday 2 Sunday, Locked on NFL Draft, Cover 3 College Football
  • Logos & Player Media Photos: collegepressbox.com
  • Odds & Gambling Stats: vegasinsider.com

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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