Week 11 Street FA Report

Updated: November 17th 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

Salvon Ahmed, RB – MIA (Owned 15%)

Week 10: 21 Car/85 yards, 1 TD, 1 Rec/5 yards

I will be honest, due to trade deadline moves and a few week 9 byes I had to start Salvon Ahmed in one league and when he scored in the first five minutes of the game, I thought that was enough production to expect from him. He far surpassed that as the PPR RB14 for the week on the back of the fifth (5th) most carries in week 10 with 21. The Dolphins must have been impressed with his performance also because on Monday they released Jordan Howard. As a team in playoff contention, the Dolphins will not mess around with guys they do not think will help them win so they must have seen something from Ahmed for him to warrant all those touches. Who knows what his role will be once guys like Myles Gaskins and Matt Breida return from injury but there is a chance he has earned the starting role.

Suggested Bid: $5,000,000

RB Add

Devontae Booker, RB – LV (Owned 26%)

Week 10: 16 Car/81 yards, 2 TD, 1 Rec/2 yards

It is starting to get into the “cuffing” season where the obvious backups to starting running backs should now be rostered in case the unforeseen happens. We have already seen what happens to the value of players behind guys like Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, and Nick Chubb when they go down with an injury and so Devontae Booker should be rostered if ever something was to happen to Josh Jacobs. Booker has clearly defined himself as the RB2 in Las Vegas and cleaned up well in garbage time last week. He also has the capability to vulture a touchdown once in a while in case you are truly desperate for deep running back help. His value is room temperature for now but better to get in at the minimum than have to try and outbid everyone if something does happen, especially if you are the Jacobs owner.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Greg Ward, WR – PHI (Owned 38.5%)

Week 10: 5 Rec/39 yards

Remember when every Eagles receiver was going down with injuries so people scrambled to pick up Greg Ward? Travis Fulgham has stolen all of his limelight since then and he has been relegated to free agency in two-thirds of leagues but he has not been that bad in terms of points per game (9.7). The problem has been consistency as Ward has scored 8+ PPR points in the even-numbered weeks and under 8 points in the odd weeks. Kind of a weird stat but at least the chances are there with five (5) or more targets in six (6) of the last seven (7) games. We are going into an odd week, and playing in windy Cleveland, so his performance this week should be down. It could go up in week 12 though as the Eagles play the awful Seahawks secondary. If you stream the bottom of your starting lineup, get Ward one week early and see what happens.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Gerald Everett, TE – LAR (Owned 48%)

Week 10: 2 Rec/27 yards

It has been another rough year for fantasy tight ends and as we get deeper into the season the options are dwindling. Still, Rams tight end Gerald Everett is available in over half of RSO leagues and presents the highest ceiling among available players. The Rams offense continues to be a high powered one and while their two tight ends, Everett and Tyler Higbee have not been as involved as last year, the two still play on a high number of offensive snaps and see their share of targets each. We saw last year how an injury to either tight end creates an uptick in usage for the other so this is another pre-emptive “what-if” add to potentially save a bidding war during the fantasy playoffs.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add

Jakeem Grant, WR – MIA (Owned 13%)

Week 10: 4 Rec/43 yards, 1 TD

The first week after Preston Williams was placed on the injured reserve, long time special teamer Jakeem Grant finally got his chance at playing full-time wide receiver. The 5’7” speedster, Grant played 76 percent of the Dolphins’ offensive snaps and scored his first offensive touchdown since week 3 of 2018. The Dolphins are quietly tenth in points for and their next three games are against the Broncos, Jets, and Bengals who have all been bottom-tier defenses. Grant presents a buy-low opportunity for zero-WR fantasy players while Preston Williams is sidelined.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Slicing ’17 Rookie Class into 12 Tiers

Updated: July 23rd 2017

According to a recent poll on our RSO Twitter feed, about 50% of RSO leagues have not yet conducted their rookie drafts.  As you’re continuing your preparation, I’m here to provide my tiered rankings of the top 50 rookies.  Navigating three to four rounds of a rookie draft isn’t easy.  My tiers are designed to help you know when to buy or sell so you can accumulate the best possible rookie class, at great value!

So let’s begin…

Tier 1

1. Corey Davis WR TEN

While Corey Davis may not be quite the same level of prospect as recent 1.01/1.02 picks Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and Todd Gurley, he’s undoubtedly the best prospect in this class and the only receiver I’m willing to bet will be a true NFL #1.  Putting my money where my mouth is, I already have 3 shares and am aiming for more.

Tier 2

2. Joe Mixon RB CIN
3. Christian McCaffrey RB CAR
4. Leonard Fournette RB JAX

To say you can’t go wrong with picks 2, 3, and 4 would be inaccurate. In a few years, all three will have differing values. But at this point, the margins between each are razor-thin.

Consistent with my general strategy, I’m going to often choose the most talented player regardless of their potential non-talent-related downfalls such as injury history, off-the-field issues, etc. I’ll take Joe Mixon at 2.  He’s the only RB in this class that I believe truly has an elite RB1 ceiling. My rankings 3rd and 4th ranked players differ depending on your scoring system. PPR -> Christian McCaffrey. Standard -> Leonard Fournette.

Tier 3

5. Dalvin Cook RB MIN

While a sub-10th percentile SPARQ score terrifies me, Dalvin Cook‘s college tape tells a different story. I firmly believe that he’s the most talented back on the Minnesota Vikings and it isn’t remotely close. How soon he will earn playing time may be another story. He will need to improve drastically in pass-protection and ball security to earn playing time.

After the 1.05 pick, this draft class falls off a cliff. If you’re slated to pick 6th or later in the first round of a rookie draft this year, I’d advise shopping that pick for help now or 2018/2019 picks.

Tier 4

6. Mike Williams WR LAC

Back injuries are scary. Back injuries are especially scary when learning a NFL playbook for this first time, getting acclimated to a NFL playbook, and completing for playing time among a crowded group of talented receivers. Even if he fully recovers from this injury in time for the season, he’s unlikely to contribute in a meaningful way this season. Still my 1.06, I’d only make that pick if I’ve exhausted every trade possible without coming to an agreement. If Mike Williams struggles for playing time, but appears healthy when on the field, he might be a buy-low target at the trade deadline or during the 2018 off-season

For more info on his injury and the potential need for surgery if the non-surgical route doesn’t work, I’d recommend listening to the AUDIBLE LIVE! Podcast from June 8th as Jene Bramel (@JeneBramel on Twitter) provides great insight.

Tier 5

7. Alvin Kamara RB NO
8. John Ross WR CIN
9. David Njoku TE CLE
10. Evan Engram TE NYG
11. Samaje Perine RB WAS
12. O.J. Howard TE TB
13. Kareem Hunt RB KC

Even if he doesn’t develop as an inside runner, Alvin Kamara will still be a very productive pass-catching back in the NFL. The Saints offense is very RB friendly and neither Adrian Peterson or Mark Ingram are locks for the Saints’ 2018 roster.

Love John Ross‘ talent, but hate the landing spot. Andy Dalton isn’t the ideal QB for him, especially behind a poor offensive line that may force them to focus on getting the ball out of his hands quickly.

My tight end rankings are based on my belief in their long-term upside. Love David Njoku‘s talent and his situation isn’t as bad as many believe, especially with the release of Gary Barnidge. Evan Engram should settle in as a big slot receiver, though classified as a TE, for the Giants once they release he can’t handle the typical blocking duties of an in-line TE.

O.J. Howard likely will end up as the best NFL TE, but I’m worried that his talent as a blocker may limit his fantasy potential.

Samaje Perine doesn’t feel like a 1st rounder to me.  I would do everything possible to trade the 1.11 pick for a random 2018 1st. He was graded by many as a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick dynasty rookie pick, but has catapulted into the 1st round due to his promising landing spot in Washington. Betting on him to the next Jordan Howard is dangerous. Barring that type of breakout, I expect Washington to be in play for signing a free agent or drafting a top RB prospect in 2018.

Rounding out this tier is Kareem Hunt – a running back who dazzled on tape, but disappointed at the NFL combine. Joining a Spencer Ware in the Kansas City backfield, many believe Hunt will overtake Ware for the majority of carries by mid-season. I believe this is far from a lock and would expect Ware to lead KC in carries this year, by a 2:1 ratio.

Tier 6

14. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR PIT
15. Chris Godwin WR TB
16. Carlos Henderson WR DEN
17. James Conner RB PIT
18. Zay Jones WR BUF
19. Curtis Samuel WR CAR

Higher on Carlos Henderson than most, I love his ability after the catch. It’s also worth mentioning that aging receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders aren’t long-term barriers to playing time in Denver.

Tier 7

20. Taywan Taylor WR TEN
21. D’Onte Foreman RB HOU
22. Jeremy McNichols RB TB

Loved Taywan Taylor pre-draft and couldn’t have hoped for a much better landing spot.  Great target in the late 2nd or early 3rd round of your draft.

Tier 8

23. Melvin Mack RB IND
24. Kenny Galladay WR DET
25. ArDarius Stewart WR NYJ
26. Gerald Everett TE LAR
27. Joe Williams RB SF
28. Josh Reynolds WR LAR
29. Chad Williams WR ARI

This group includes several recent ADP risers: Kenny Galladay, ArDarius Stewart, Joe Williams, and Chad Williams. In each of my drafts, I want to land several players from this tier.

Tier 10

30. Jamaal Williams RB GB
31. Aaron Jones RB GB
32. Patrick Mahomes QB KC

In both redraft and dynasty, Ty Montgomery is the back I want in Green Bay though it’s hard to ignore the fact that the Packers drafted 3 running backs. If everything breaks right for either rookie back, Williams and Jones could be featured in one of the NFL’s best offenses. That alone makes them solid values in the 3rd round.

If early rookie drafts are any indication, I’m going to be heavily invested in Patrick Mahomes. While he’ll need to be more consistent to succeed at the next level, I can’t help but drool at his raw ability. His landing spot, under Andy Reid’s tutelage, could not be better. Let’s not forget that Andy Reid used to be criticized during his Eagles days for passing too much.  Mahomes will be put into position to not only succeed, but also develop into a QB1 in fantasy.

Tier 11

33. Cooper Kupp WR LAR
34. Wayne Gallman RB NYG
35. Amara Dorboh WR SEA
36. Deshaun Watson QB HOU
37. Adam Shaheen TE CHI
38. DeShone Kizer QB CLE
39. Mitchell Trubisky QB CHI

Tier 12

40. Ishmael Zamora WR OAK
41. Jonnu Smith TE TEN
42. Josh Malone WR CIN
43. Jehu Chessen WR KC
44. Chad Kelly QB DEN
45. Dede Westbrook WR JAX

Tier 13

46. Shelton Gibson WR PHI
47. Jake Butt TE DEN

48. Elijah McGuire RB NYJ
49. Brian Hill RB ATL
50. Donnel Pumphrey RB PHI

Bio: An avid fan of all things NFL, Dave has been playing fantasy football since 1999.  Though Dave participates in all types of fantasy football including redraft and daily, he prefers dynasty and keeper leagues as talent evaluation and scouting are integral components of each.  Follow him on Twitter @DaveSanders_RSO

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