Early 2019 Free Agency Look: WRs

Updated: February 18th 2019

We see an interesting wide receiver class this offseason.  The free agent group holds lots of variety with everything from smaller slot receivers to big deep threats and much in between.  There is not a player in free agency which most teams would consider as their top receiver, however.  Every available free agent possesses some shortcoming which likely limits the role each will play with a new team.  This fact should not confuse anyone into thinking they will not be paid.  Players including Sammy Watkins and Donte Moncrief received big paydays last year in free agency.  With more teams predominantly playing three or more wide receiver sets, receiver depth becomes more important.  The group is potentially hurt by a deep class of wide receivers entering the NFL draft.

Golden Tate

This is the top receiver available, if based on resume, accumulating four 90 reception seasons to go with three 1,000 yard seasons.  Tate plays with uncommon strength, drive, and short-area movement which combine into one of the most evasive receivers in the game accumulating big yards after the catch.  The main questions entering free agency are his age (31) and the fact that much of his production in Detroit relied on short, gimmicky, manufactured touches.  Will a new team have a plan in place catering to Tate’s strengths or will he be forced into a more traditional receiver role into which he might not have as much success?

John Brown

Brown profiles similarly to T.Y. Hilton athletically as a small receiver with great speed who also displays some good route running with quality cuts into breaks.  Brown has a 1,000 yard season with Arizona and was on pace for a 1,000 yard season this year for Baltimore prior to Joe Flacco’s injury and subsequent benching.  The insertion of Lamar Jackson at quarterback decimated the passing attack for the Ravens and, with it, any meaningful production from receivers.  Brown struggles with health sometimes in part due to his sickle-cell trait.  The diminutive speedster offers a lot of potential for his new team.

Tyrell Williams

Williams boasts a lot of qualities teams covet from wide receivers.  He stands 6’-3” with upper level athleticism, including enviable speed, and a large wingspan to boot.  The former undrafted free agent is at his best stretching defenses as a deep threat and running underneath drag routes to utilize his long strides.  Williams produced a quality 2016 season with Keenan Allen injured.  Unfortunately, the numerous negatives match his positives.  Williams struggles with drops, is a limited route runner, and his thin frame gets taken advantage of by physical corners.  Despite his limitations, Williams’ other strengths make him a good bet for highest paid wide receiver free agent.

Jamison Crowder

Injuries and the Washington quarterback situation diminished what was expected to be a big year for Crowder in 2018.  On the surface, Crowder is a smaller receiver who tested poorly at the NFL combine.  There is more than appears, though.  He plays with a game speed and quickness that makes defensive backs appear silly at times.  Crowder offers a diverse route tree with experience working all levels of the field and lining up inside or out.  A solid market should emerge for Crowder but his size may limit teams’ envisioned role to primarily a slot receiver.

Adam Humphries

The timing just works out sometimes.  Humphries put up his best season as a pro in 2018 racking up 76 receptions on the verge of free agency.  This is the very definition a primary slot receiver in the NFL.  He provides a smart option with very reliable hands for teams in need of underneath help. Humphries knows how to find holes in zone coverage and fights hard for extra yards with the ball.  Humphries does not possess the traits needed to consistently win on the outside.  He can be a productive receiver in the right system.

Donte Moncrief

If one could build an X- receiver in a lab, that player would probably look much like Moncrief.  He possesses a big, thick frame while running extremely well with incredible hops.  Unfortunately Moncrief did not develop as a receiver in Indianapolis where his route running never really progressed.  He is a one-speed player who does not play up to his athleticism.  Moncrief swindled the Jaguars out of $10 million last season.  It is highly unlikely that scenario happens this year but you can bet some team will take a cheaper gamble on his athletic traits again.

Devin Funchess

There were questions about what position Funchess would play in the NFL.  The former college tight end remains somewhat of a “tweener” at the pro level.  He profiles as a big possession receiver but does not have the tools necessary to optimize that role.  His hands have stayed inconsistent and he does not win as many contested catches as someone with his size should.  Funchess displays some great playmaking skills at times but not with the regularity needed to stand out.  Teams will have interest in the very young (24) talented player who might still improve going forward.

Josh Gordon, Martavis Bryant, Robby Anderson

The odds are against each of these players hitting free agency for different reasons.  They showed dynamic deep-threat ability in the past, though, which makes them worth keeping track of.  The league indefinitely suspended Gordon and Bryant for yet another substance abuse infraction and we have no idea when or if they play again.  Gordon and Anderson are also restricted free agents limiting their chances of switching teams this year.  Watch the situations for updates.

Others to Monitor

Cole Beasley fits teams with a pure slot receiver need.  He is a professional receiver who just knows how to get open.  Injuries have taken their toll on Randall Cobb.  He has not looked like the same dynamic player from his early years in a long time.  If healthy, he provides a versatile player capable of filling slot and receiving roles in the slot and out of the backfield.  Buffalo players nicknamed Chris Hogan “7-Eleven” when he played for the Bills because he was always open.  We might need a new nickname after Hogan struggled to find any separation in 2019.  Is Dez Bryant done after an Achilles injury ended his 2018 season before it began?  Injuries and the retirement of Tony Romo sent Bryant’s career into one of the sharpest tailspins in recent memory from a top receiver.  Kelvin Benjamin produced a couple of quality seasons in Carolina to start his career.  He’s probably looking at a part-time role now as a short-yardage or redzone specialist now.  Jordan Matthews started his career with three consecutive 60+ reception seasons for Philadelphia playing considerably as a big slot receiver.  He can be a useful player for teams utilizing a similar role.  Former first-round picks Kevin White, Phillip Dorsett, and Breshad Perriman will look to free agency after disappointing initial contract years.  On the older side, Dontrelle Inman and Rishard Matthews both proved very solid professionals throughout their careers when given ample opportunity.  The Texans recently released Demaryius Thomas after an Achilles tear ended his season.  It will be a tough comeback for 2019 given the late date of his injury.

Bio:  Bernard Faller has degrees in engineering and economics.  He currently lives in Las Vegas and enjoys athletics, poker, and fantasy football in his free time.  Send your questions and comments (both good and bad) on Twitter @BernardFaller1.

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Week 8 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: Atlanta, Dallas, LA Chargers, Tennessee

Add of the Week

Raheem Mostert, RB – SF (Owned 33%)

Week 7: 7 Car/59 yards, 4 Rec/19 yards

I was thinking of put Raheem Mostert as a sleeper addition last week but wanted to see one more game to ensure that it wasn’t a fluke that he had leapfrogged Alfred Morris. While Morris still out-touched him in the backfield (9 to 7) Mostert had four receptions to Morris’ zero which leaves no question who the 49ers pass catching back is. Furthermore, Matt Breida is not healthy enough right now for the 49ers to rely on him so he may be shut down for a week or two to try and fully heal himself. That means that Mostert will see an increased role alongside Alfred Morris and could be the primary option depending on the game script. Your FA pool is likely low of flex RBs at this point so best to bring the big bucks if you want to win your bid this week.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000 – $6,000,000

RB Add

Chris Ivory, RB – BUF (Owned 49%)

Week 7: 16 Car/81 yards, 3 Rec/25 yards

The Bills were blown out early in this game and they lost LeSean McCoy almost immediately which allowed for Chris Ivory to accumulate almost a full games worth of garbage points. Derek Anderson has already been named the starter for Monday night against the Patriots and it doesn’t look as if McCoy will clear concussion protocol in time. If you are in need of a running back and are willing to risk waiting till Monday, Ivory may be leaned on again in the Bills’ offensive game plan.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Adds

Tajae Sharpe, WR – TEN (Owned 13%)

Week 7: 7 Rec/101 yards

Tennesse’s offense has been terrible this season. If the Cardinals weren’t setting historic lows for offensive numbers the Titans would be dead last in most categories. If there is an upside though it is that the remainder of their schedule gets slightly easier in terms of defensive matchups. Games against Washington, both New York teams, and Indianapolis twice means that there is at least a hope for the Titans to have bigger games ahead. Tajae Sharpe was the only player to produce in London this past week and seems solidified as the #2 across from Corey Davis. They are on a bye this week so hopefully, Sharpe is cheaper to acquire than other options on the waivers for teams needing immediate replacements.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000


Danny Amendola, WR – MIA (Owned 25.6%)

Week 7: 6 Rec/84 yards, 1 TD

In week 4 I said Danny Amendola was the player to add and he followed that up with a relatively low 6 PPR points. However, his last two games he has been targeted 18 times and has scored an average of 17 PPR points with the Brock Lobster at QB. All his fellow receivers (Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson) are banged up which should keep his targets in the same range for at least a couple more games. If Tannehill also misses more games give a checkmark to Amendola and his fantasy value.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000 – $3,000,000

TE Adds

Chris Herndon IV, TE – NYJ (Owned 16.5%)

Week 7: 4 Rec/42 yards, 1 TD

Stat chasers may race to acquire Lions’ tight end Michael Roberts who scored twice on Sunday and had 20 fantasy points. The savvy owners will look deeper and see that Chris Herndon is actually the better add. He scored for the second straight week and was targeted the second most (7) out of all Jet players. Quincy Enunwa is injured again, Terrell Pryor was a surprise cut last week, and Jermaine Kearse saw only two targets and caught neither. Both starting running backs are also banged up so the options are limited for rookie QB Sam Darnold. Any time the Jets get into the red zone he’s likely to be looking Herndon’s way.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Adds (<10%)

Kenjon Barner, RB – NE (Owned 4%)

Week 7: 10 Car/36 yards

We don’t know the extent of Sony Michel’s injury but in his absence, Kenjon Barber saw 10 carries to James White’s 11. The Patriots offense works best when it has fresh legs in the backfield to rotate in and out throughout long drives. White will always be the pass-catching back but they still need someone to spell him for traditional running plays. Any time that Michel misses means that there will be an opportunity for Barner to be a sneaky flex play.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 2 Street FA Report

Updated: September 12th 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.

Add of the Week

Phillip Lindsay, RB – DEN (Owned 10.5%)

Week 1: 15 Car/71 yards, 2 Rec/31 yards, 1 TD

All offseason it was thought that Devontae Booker was the only obstacle standing between Royce Freeman and a bell-cow workload. After week 1 however, it was fellow rookie running back Phillip Lindsay who seems to have pushed his way into the backfield rotation. Both he and Freeman had 15 attempts but Lindsay was also targeted 3 times in the passing game, catch two passes and scoring once. Booker also received two targets so it will be interesting to see if all three will be involved in both the rushing and receiving game moving forward. Regardless, it is clear that Lindsay is more than just a dynasty stash moving forward and will continue to have a role within the Broncos’ offense. If an injury was to occur to either Freeman or Booker it may lead to Lindsay being a consistent option.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000 – $5,000,000

RB Add

Darren Sproles, RB – PHI (Owned 15.4%)

Week 1: 5 Car/10 yards, 4 Rec/22 yards

Darren Sproles was an afterthought with fantasy fans expecting Corey Clement to take over the receiving back role after a strong finish to 2017. It appears, however, that Sproles isn’t done just yet as he received 7 targets in the opener last Thursday. Neither Clement nor Jay Ajayi received a single target. With many of Philly’s games likely to be competitive this season, it is fair to assume that Sproles will continue to have value in PPR leagues as an emergency option at RB.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,500,000

WR Add

Phillip Dorsett, WR – NE (Owned 27%)

Week 1: 7 Rec/66 yards, 1 TD

So Chris Hogan isn’t the only receiver worth owning in New England? Phillip Dorsett led all wideouts with 7 targets (excluding Gronkowski) converting all of them and adding a touchdown. We will see what the Patriots’ game plan is week-to-week but we know when Tom Brady trusts a receiver he is going to get the ball, a lot. Julian Edelman is still suspended for three more games which will give Dorsett three more opportunities to build a rapport with Brady before he returns. Even when Edelman is back it is likely that Dorsett fills the Brandin Cooks role from a year ago as an intermediate option that can take the lid off with his speed when asked. He’s a fringe WR4/5 that can be someone to hold in deeper leagues.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $2,000,000

Ryan Grant, WR – IND (Owned 23.2%)

Week 1: 8 Rec/59 yards

I didn’t realize that I liked Grant as much as I did but after featuring him twice last year and in week 1 leading the Colts with eight receptions he needs to be owned in leagues with 3+ starting receivers. The Colts are still passing more than anyone else (53 attempts) and their running game is still incompetent which means that they are only going to win games by moving the ball through the air. T.Y. Hilton will always garner the number one coverage from the other team which should leave lots of 1-on-1 matchups for Grant. If he can add a touchdown once or twice a month on top of last week’s stat line he’s going to be a starter for most deep leagues on a weekly basis. As of now he a great matchup flex option.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $3,000,000

Geronimo Allison, WR – GB (Owned 39%)

Week 1: 5 Rec/69 yards, 1 TD

Green Bay was in pass mode for most of the second half which may have contributed to Allison receiving eight targets in Sunday night’s game. Still, the biggest question was who was going to be the third receiver in this offense after they kept seven at roster cut downs. The Packers are frequently in the top percentile for running 3WR sets which means that Allison will have more opportunities to see open coverage with defenses primarily focused on Davante Adams, Jimmy Graham, and even Randall Cobb. He’s more of a stash at this point but could be an injury away from a big workload.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

TE Add

Jonnu Smith – TE, TEN (Owned 38%)

Week 1: 1 Rec/12 yards

It was a tough week for tight ends as both Greg Olsen and Delaine Walker went down with significant injuries. While Olsen may have a chance to come back at some point this season Walker has already been ruled out for the year which leaves sophomore Jonnu Smith to fill his role in Tennessee. Smith was already a player many fantasy players targeted as the next breakout tight end and with Walker cleared from the depth chart this will likely be the season we see if he can handle the responsibility. The Titans week 1 game was a mess with multiple rain delays and an injury to Marcus Mariota disrupting all momentum so it is difficult to gauge new coordinator Matt LaFleur’s offense. In week 2 hopefully, it will feature Smith as much as it did Walker.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $2,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Austin Carr, WR – NO (5.4%)

Week 1: 2 Rec/20 yards

An interesting week 1 active roster player, Austin Carr was able to get in on the high scoring game by catching both of his targets. While Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will always be the primary options for Drew Brees, 29 targets between the two, the Saints only have journeyman Ted Ginn Jr. and rookie Trey’Quan Smith as real threats to Carr as the number two receiver. It may not be an immediate thing but by midseason Carr could become the third option that we thought Willie Snead was going to be last year. If their defense is as bad as it was in week one it means that there should be plenty of opportunities at least due to the positive game script.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 – $1,000,000

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FA Expectancy – Jerick McKinnon

Updated: April 4th 2018

Our Free Agent (FA) Expectancy series is back! Throughout the offseason, I will be preparing a collection of articles that will focus on free agents and trade candidates. The articles will discuss the player in question, and what the move does to their value, as well as what their landing spot means for their new and old teams.

Jerick McKinnon – RB – San Francisco 49ers

Holy catfish Batman! We all knew that Jerick McKinnon was likely going to earn a bigger payday than his entire rookie deal ($2.73MM) but to become the 4th highest earning RB, $7.5MM annually and 2nd highest in 2018 ($10.5MM) is as big a shocker. It is as much an eye-opener as Kirk Cousins’ fully guaranteed contract. Clearly, Kyle Shanahan has a plan for him to be used frequently in his offense which has McKinnon truthers screaming in triumphant victory. Just two years ago, however, we had a similar situation with Giovani Bernard in which he was given a larger than average contract only to continue the same role he previously had as a pass catching/change of pace RB. Are we potentially being hoodwinked by the 49ers into giving a huge long-term deal to McKinnon? Let’s delve deeper into what McKinnon’s role will likely be based on Shanahan’s recent backfield usage.

McKinnon the Legend

McKinnon has been trying to hone his skills as a full time running back the last 4 seasons in Minnesota after splitting time as a quarterback and tailback at Georgia Southern. His metrics are off the charts which is why those who believe in him think he would exceed expectations given a backfield to call his own. On PlayerProfiler his best comparable is the best RB of the 21st Century, LaDainian Tomlinson which only elevates those expectations. So far, however, he has been fairly average playing behind another Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson and then last year getting his chance to split time with Latavius Murray only after Dalvin Cook was lost for the season. Now, this may be more of a coach’s lack of usage rather than a lack of talent however, it is something to note. It seems that Kyle Shanahan believes that he can be a starting back, even being quoted as saying that he has “3-down potential”. He better be for that price tag.

Dual-Threat Backfields

So what can we expect from McKinnon or any other RB in Kyle Shanahan’s offense in year 2? Shanahan-led offenses recently have evolved from the traditional, downhill running style of Steve Slaton and Alfred Morris to a full utilization of RBs that possess dual-threat ability in both the running and passing game. The most notable is Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman who received 108 and 105 targets between the two for his two seasons in Atlanta. In his first year with the 49ers, Carlos Hyde received 88 targets himself which suggests that Shanahan will feature his backfield as the big part of his offense if the talent is available. As I showed last year in my article on Kyle Shanahan he will also feature his running game regardless of game script. If the 49ers don’t make a huge leap forward this season their rushing stats from last season will act a pretty safe floor for the team again in 2018. As a team, the 49ers should have their backfield statistics in the area of 310 carries, 100 targets, 1,300 – 1,500 yards on the ground, and 500 – 600 yards through the air. This will likely bode well for McKinnon if he can truly be the primary back in San Francisco.

For a solid RB2 with potential RB1 upside McKinnon should be a player that most will target in their auctions during the summer. A two year, $35-40MM is probably where his value will be in most leagues. I would hesitate to offer more than two years because, like all other RBs, a lot can change in a backfield in 3+ years and until we see some production his going rate will be a major risk to a team’s cap situation. Remember that you can always resign him for more seasons if he becomes a top RB if your league has implemented the resign feature. As for trade value, if you are picking at the end of the 1st round McKinnon’s value should be comparable to the 1.08-1.12 selection. That is where I would start the conversation at but likely his owner will be more demanding.

Home Cook-in’

The Vikings were in a position that McKinnon was worth more as a compensatory pick rather than paying him with Dalvin Cook hopefully returning healthy next season. It will be important to watch the remaining days of free agency and the end of the draft to gauge how Cook’s rehab is going. Currently, only Cook and Latavius Murray are relevant runners on the depth chart with Mack Brown and Bishop Sankey left to compete for a roster spot in training camp. If the Vikings don’t invest more than a day 3 pick into an RB it should show confidence in Cook being back to full health for the season and likely being their bell-cow back.

The Vikings offense as a whole should be stronger with Kirk Cousins replacing Case Keenum. I don’t want to go into too much detail about the Vikings passing game as I will save that for a future article but I will speak to what his presence means for the running game. The Vikings had 100 targets available to RBs last season, 68 of which have been vacated by McKinnon. Having a great QB always helps the running game and with Cousins being a stronger armed passer when compared to Keenum this would suggest that defenses will be more spread out and playing further away from the line of scrimmage. This leaves fewer men in the box and more space underneath for check down and release routes. Being tied to Cousins for the remainder of his rookie contract and having one of the best offensive lines to operate behind suggests that Dalvin Cook should be a floor RB2 most weeks for the next 3 years. If he is healthy upon return Cook may be the RB that becomes the most consistent producer from the 2017 class when we reflect back at the end of their rookie contracts.

Make sure to continue to read more Free Agency Expectancy articles throughout the offseason to be prepared for your summer Auctions. Have a player that you want me to evaluate? Leave me a message on Twitter @RSO_NickAndrews.

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Week 12 Street FA Report

Updated: November 22nd 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

Ryan Grant, WR – WAS (Owned 10%)

Week 11: 3 Rec/59 yards, 1 TD

Terrell Pryor was just placed on IR Monday with an ankle surgery on the way. Chris Thompson also left the game with a broken fibula. Josh Doctson is already owned in every league, same with Jamison Crowder so who is the next man available? It’s Ryan Grant, who has had success this season and should benefit greatly from these injuries. He already has 30 receptions and 3 touchdowns this season being the number 3 or 4 option most of this season in Washington. With serious injuries at the running back position, I expect Washington to pass more to receivers over the final six games and Grant’s targets will increase because of it.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $2,000,000

RB Adds

Corey Clement, RB – PHI (Owned 35%)

Week 11: 6 Car/50 yards, 1 TD

Despite Jay Ajayi coming over and stealing the show the last two games, Corey Clement has had a sneaky good couple of games (101 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards, 3 TDs). The game plan for what the Eagles want to do this season with their running back usage hasn’t changed just the personnel. Corey Clement is playing as an excellent complement to Ajayi and Blount’s between the tackles running style and is filling in for Darren Sproles perfectly. Actually, he may be even better than what Sproles could bring to this offense as he has seen several carries inside the red zone. By having Clement in the backfield it keeps defenses honest to the pass more so than with Ajayi or Blount. This also allows for him to have a better chance of scoring when he does get draws and delays around the goal line. While he might not have the same cred as Ajayi in the community right now Clement is a player you would be comfortable having on your bench and starting in a flex spot if needed. The Eagles are an offense that can support two fantasy RBs.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $2,000,000

J.D. McKissic, RB – SEA (Owned 31%)

Week 11: 7 Car/30 yards, 5 Rec/23 yards

I said it last week but since his ownership hasn’t reached 50-50 yet I’m going back for Thanksgiving seconds to say if you need RB help and free agency is looking dry go get J.D. McKissic. There was a lot of Twitter chatter about Mike Davis on Monday Night but he only averaged 3 yards on 6 carries and may be lost to an injury already. McKissic and Fat Eddie [Lacy] are the only two healthy RBs left so McKissic should see a majority of the snaps for the remainder of the season. He’s not a safe play each week but for PPR leagues he does have the potential to break a long play with his speed.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

T.J. Jones, WR – DET (Owned 8%)

Week 11: 4 Rec/55 yards

I watched the games this week with a couple of friends and one of them kept asking where Golden Tate was every time the Lions came on RedZone. Looking at the stats afterward Tate finished third in targets behind both Marvin and T.J. Jones. This isn’t much of a surprise to me as I predicted in week 9 that T.J. could see more targets and play time based on his recent successes and with Tate and Kenny Golladay nursing injuries. The Lions are a passing offense that relies on their 3WR sets. T.J. Jones will continue to see a steady amount of targets and is necessary depth to have this late in the season.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Tavarres King, WR – NYG (Owned 4%)

Week 11: 3 Rec/48 yards

The Giants are a mess this year but they did beat the Chiefs in a shocking upset so let’s talk about them. After both Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall were lost for the season all eyes were on Roger Lewis to be the beneficiary of their absence. Surprisingly though, it has been Tavarres King who has received the most targets since their week 8 bye. The offense would need to produce more scoring opportunities before any receiver becomes fantasy relevant but it looks like King may be the primary receiver until Shepard returns from his migraines.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 10 Street FA Report

Updated: November 8th 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

Damien Williams, RB – MIA (Owned 50%)

Week 9: 7 Car/14 yards, 6 Rec/47 yards, 1 TD

If you didn’t pick up Kenyan Drake last week you’re likely too late to get him now after his double-digit performance on Sunday Night against the Raiders. Lucky for some, the Dolphins did show that they were willing to use both of their backs so Damien Williams needs to be added this week, especially in PPR leagues. While his production on the ground wasn’t much (14 yards, 2 YPC) he caught all six of his targets and had a nice touchdown to boost his numbers. This was easily the best offensive game for the Dolphins all season and it’s unlikely that they will be able to support two steady fantasy RBs like they did in week 9. Still, unless Drake becomes a workhorse three-down back in this offense it’s likely Williams will see his share of carries and targets.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000 – $2,500,000

RB Adds

Peyton Barber, RB – TB (Owned 2%)

Week 9: 11 Car/34 yards, 2 Rec/20 yards

A lot of blowouts in week 9 allowed for a clearer picture of who the immediate backups are for certain teams. One of those teams, the Buccaneers, surprisingly used Peyton Barber over other options Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims to spell Doug Martin as the second back. Most of Barber’s production came after the game was decided but it is an interesting development to watch because of how low his ownership is. Martin only had 8 carries for 7 yards and hasn’t been the pillar of health during his tenure. If anything should happen to Martin or the Buc’s coaches lose some faith in his ability to produce in this offense Barber could slowly start eating away at his shares. With news that Jameis Winston could be sidelined for a couple of weeks it also conceivable that the running game is used more frequently to aid with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. A team in a downward spiral the Bucs could be another team looking to see what they have to build with moving into 2018.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Charcandrick West, RB – KC (Owned 34%)

Week 9: 1 Car/3 yards, 5 Rec/30 yards

I wanted to put Charcandrick West on this list after his week 5, two touchdown performance but considered it a fluke game script that allowed him to be on the field near the goal line for two successful passing plays. After the Chiefs game against Dallas however, there may be some holes in the Kareem Hunt armor that makes West an interesting option. Hunt only played 54% of the snaps last week and has scored fewer points in every week since his 40 burger in week 1. We’ve seen this before with Andy Reid when he had Jamaal Charles who was a beast but would at times disappear to due personnel choice. West is used primarily as a satellite back as evident by having only 6 carries through 9 games but with the Chiefs being in more and more competitive games and opponents focusing on stopping Hunt, West may have more opportunities as a pass catcher. We will see how the Chiefs adjust after their bye week but West may see more targets going forward.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Terrance Williams, WR – DAL (Owned 49%)

Week 9: 9 Rec/141 yards

Way back in week 2 I recommended Terrance Williams and he has pretty much stunk it up since then, failing to eclipse more than 4 catches or 50 yards in any game until last week. In the never-ending saga of Ezekiel Elliot’s will he/won’t he play we have seen that Dak Prescott can and will need to pass the ball more if the Cowboys are going to be a playoff team this season. Williams had a tremendous game last week and although Dez Bryant says his ankle injury is nothing to be worried about he has a history of nagging low body injuries. If Dez is hobbled even a little Williams will be the primary beneficiary as he was in the past when Bryant missed games.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Keelan Cole, WR – JAX (Owned 1%)

Week 9: 3 Rec/47 yards

Since Allen Robinson’s week 1 injury the Jaguars have focused more on running the ball with Leonard Fournette and tried to avoid having the game on Blake Bortles’ shoulders. With all that focus on the running game, the development of Keelan Cole has become something of a lost story at receiver. An undrafted rookie out of Kentucky Wesleyan, Cole made the team mostly for his special team’s skills but is now pushing Allen Hurns to be the WR2 behind Marqise Lee. If he continues to make one-handed catches like he did last week he may be able to earn more targets in the second half of the season.

Suggested Bid: $500,000


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