Week 14 Street FA Report

Updated: December 9th 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

Peyton Barber, RB – WAS (Owned 25%)

Week 13: 14 Car/26 yards, 1 TD

One big game to give people a shot at the playoffs and then likely a huge disappointment from Antonio Gibson’s owners when he left early in week 13 with what has now been designated as a turf toe injury. Immediately, Gibson is unlikely to play in week 14 but in my un-medically licensed opinion, this likely ends his [fantasy] season with only three (3) games of interest left. Everyone already has J.D. McKissic taken in their league (80 percent ownership) so the next option to go to is Washington’s more traditional running back, Peyton Barber. Barber had been losing much of his workload to Gibson in recent weeks but early in the season (and intermittently since), Barber had been the goal-line option. He even started the season with a two-touchdown performance so his opportunities could be there. The remaining schedule is not an immediate plug-and-play for Barber but for those struggling for weekly running back help, Barber likely will have the biggest upside of running backs still available in most leagues.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000

RB Add

Ty Johnson, RB – NYJ (Owned 11%)

Week 13: 22 Car/104 yards, 1 TD, 2 Rec/13 yards

Looks like I was right when I suggested in last week’s One Big Thing that Frank Gore may have flex appeal to close out the season. Okay, maybe it was not actually Frank Gore who scored the points but I was right that whoever was the starter was going to be a flex option. With Gore leaving early with a concussion, former Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson stepped in and had 24 touches for over 100 yards and a touchdown. It is unknown at this time if Gore would be able to clear concussion protocol before next week’s game and so Johnson could be in line for a second consecutive “primary back” role on Sunday. If you have made it this far you likely would not be starting Johnson but keeping options away from your opponents is a big part of fantasy playoffs.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

Rashard Higgins, WR – CLE (Owned 36%)

Week 13: 6 Rec/95 yards, 1 TD

The flashy stat being thrown around after Cleveland’s win was that when Baker Mayfield targets Rashard Higgins he ranks seventh (7th) with 133.4 in passer rating. While the stat makes it seem like Higgins is an awesome receiver to throw to, having a lower volume of targets and just being efficient with them is a good way to pad this stat. Then why am I recommending him? Because last week Higgins saw the most targets (9) that he had seen since week 1 of 2017 when he had 11 from DeShone Kizer. He has also been on the field just as much as Jarvis Landry since their week 9 bye, and twice as much (157:72) as Donavan Peoples-Jones who many thought was going to be the WR3 behind Landy and Odell Beckham Jr. This was Higgins’ first game putting it all together but maybe this could be him rounding into a strong end to the season. Breshad Perriman came off the streets and into championship lineups this time last year and Higgins could be that guy in 2020.

Suggested Bid: $2,500,000

TE Add

Logan Thomas, TE – WAS (Owned 69%)

Week 13: 9 Rec/98 yards, 1 TD

It had been a roller coaster starting Logan Thomas over the first five (5) games of the season as he had a stellar opening weekend and then slowly fizzled out over the next four, probably leading to him being dropped in several leagues. Since then, he has scored at least 10 PPR points in five (5) of the last seven (7) games which for tight ends means consistently being in the top 10 at the position. His ownership is quite high now so it is not as likely that he is still sitting in free agency as a lot of these other suggestions. If Thomas is still available, however, and you are heading to the playoffs, look to have him on your squad whether you need a tight end or not.

Suggested Bid: $5,000,000

Sleeper Add

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (RB?) – CHI (Owned 14%)

Week 13: 10 Car/59 yards, 1 TD, 1 Rec/4 yards

It finally happened! I mean, it is just one week after 12 other weeks of basically no production but Cordarrelle Patterson finally had a strong statistical game being used primarily as a runner for the Bears. Coming into the 2020 season I thought that taking advantage of Patterson’s designation as a receiver, but likely playing out of the backfield, was going to give a savvy edge to those who played with deep starting wide receivers. Especially once Tarik Cohen was lost for the season I expected Patterson to become a super weapon that could be both the pass-catching and thumper running back. Unfortunately, that has not paid off but maybe now in the final three (3) games, the Bears are willing to give him a more substantial workload. Patterson does have 10 or more carries in two (2) of the last (3) games so for those hanging on in the playoffs maybe keep Patterson at the end of the bench in case anything were to happen to David Montgomery.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 8 Street FA Report

Updated: October 27th 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

Antonio Brown, WR – TB (Owned 55%)

Week 7: N/A

The week has finally arrived for what is probably the biggest name to ever be featured on the Street FA Report in the four (4) years of this series. Never does a former 6-time 100-catch receiver become available mid-way through an NFL season but because of some well documented off the field issues that is where we find Antonio Brown. To add to the allure of Brown reuniting with Tom Brady is the fact that a lot of Tampa Bay’s receiving core is banged up with injuries, so his return on investment could be massive right out of the gate. Their fantasy playoffs schedule is also a juicy one with Minnesota, Atlanta, and Detroit. Whether you are contending or rebuilding, every manager will be putting in a claim for Brown. Congratulations to whoever has the highest cap space in the other half of leagues where he is available.

Suggested Bid: EVERYTHING

RB Add

Wayne Gallman, RB – NYG (Owned 21%)

Week 7: 10 Car/34 yards, 1 TD, 5 Rec/20 yards

Wayne Gallman’s value is completely at the mercy of whether or not Devonta Freeman is healthy enough to play this week as the Giants’ offense is not strong enough to support multiple running backs in fantasy. If Freeman is out, however, Gallman appears to be in line for much of the backfield touches as he heavily out-snapped and out-touched Dion Lewis once Freeman left in week 7. The Giants do not play till Monday night so it will be difficult to know for sure what Freeman’s availability will be before having to make a decision. In PPR leagues Gallman could be a long shot RB3 since this week’s game against the Buccaneers could lend to a lot of pressured screens and check down plays from Daniel Jones.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000


JaMycal Hasty, RB – SF (Owned 46%)

Week 7: 9 Car/57 yards, 1 Rec/16 yards

Without a preseason to evaluate undrafted rookies in-game it was always going to be difficult for a player like JaMycal Hasty to see significant playing time right away. His chance is right in front of him now though as the 49ers backfield has been decimated with injuries. We do not know how healthy Jerrick McKinnon is as he was sparingly used last week against the Patriots, by design apparently, and there is talk that Tevin Coleman could return from the IR after week 8. It is not a great matchup this week as the Seahawks have been more prone to the pass than the run but if Hasty has a strong performance this week it could open the door to opportunities for the rest of the season. He is a long shot add at this point.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

 WR Add

Nelson Agholor, WR – LV (Owned 37%)

Week 7: 5 Rec/107 yards, 1 TD

Some players just need to land with a new team that can better utilize their skillset before they can rebound in fantasy. In the last three (3) games Nelson Agholor has caught a touchdown and averaged 17 PPR points per game after being a cast-off in Philadelphia the last couple of years. On the broadcast, they talked about how the Raiders coaching staff saw him and his speed in practice and decided to move him outside after the Eagles used him primarily in the slot. It is paying off as he had long touchdowns in each of the last two games and would have had a third in the Saints game week 2 if not for a penalty calling it back. If his target share could rise to a steadier amount like this past week, Agholor could become a more consistent WR3 the way he has been these last three weeks.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

 TE Add

Harrison Bryant, TE – CLE (Owned 22%)

Week 7: 4 Rec/56 yards, 2 TD

Austin Hooper was scratched late last week after needing emergency appendectomy surgery. Odell Beckham Jr. then left after two offensive plays to what is now a season-ending ACL injury. In their absence the rookie tight end Harrison Bryant saw his most snaps thus far and also played ahead of David Njoku who many thought was going to be a plug-and-play option last week. Bryant had two touchdowns and finished as the TE1 in week 7 meaning that if Hooper was to miss another week he could be a strong streaming option this week. It is also well documented that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski plays two tight ends a lot, fifth-most 1-2 personnel and second-most 2-2 personnel in 2020. Even once Hooper returns with the rumors that Njoku may want a trade, Bryant could see a second-half emergence.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add

Rashard Higgins, WR – CLE (Owned 8%)

Week 7: 6 Rec/110 yards

For the reasons I listed Harrison Bryant as a player to add to the scouting list this week we should also be watching what the team does with their wide receivers with Odell Beckham Jr. now out of the lineup. Rashard Higgins has been operating as the WR3 much of the past three (3) weeks and Baker Mayfield seemed to finally be able to work the ball around to multiple receivers once Beckham went out. Both he and Donavan Peoples-Jones should operate as the WR2 behind Jarvis Landry. If you can make it to your semi-finals and finals as well, the Browns play both New York teams. Borat would say, “Very Nice” to that.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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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 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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Best Value Rookie Mock Draft

Updated: April 5th 2016

Last week in this space I presented some analysis on rookie value on the RSO platform.  As we learned after taking a deeper dive into the numbers, the rookie wage scale on RSO, as in the NFL, forces owners to draft for value more so than other formats.  In my round-by-round analysis, I identified three trends that we will use today to create an early mock draft.  Since rookie drafts can vary widely I decided to include picks both at the 3rd and 8th pick of each round so the insight could be useful for a wider range of readers.

1st Round Trend: Wasted Value

1.3 – WR Josh Doctson, TCU (2.90 ADP)

The heading of this section is “Wasted Value” and I fear I’ve already blown my mock draft by taking Doctson here.  Doctson has the height (6’4″), stats (79-1,327-14 despite missing nearly four full games to a wrist injury, including six consecutive multi-TD games) and story (former walk-on turned first team all-American) to be a great selection but the injury and TCU’s air raid offense give me pause.  1.2 through 1.4 will likely see three consecutive receivers this year (also in the mix are Laquan Treadwell from Ole Miss and Corey Coleman from Baylor) it’s just a matter of grabbing the right one.  Right now Treadwell has the highest ADP of the three so that left me with Doctson or Coleman with this pick and I decided to go with the bigger Doctson.

1.8 – WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers (8.4 ADP)

Call this a homer pick since I am a Rutgers season ticket holder but there’s just something about Carroo.  Despite seeing bracket coverage and occasional triple teams, Carroo remained uncoverable for large portions of the last two seasons.   Carroo had a bizarre 39-809-10 stat line in 2015 which saw him play just eight games due to injury and suspension.  In 2014 Carroo also scored 10 TDs (55-1,086) and in 2013 he scored 9 TDs (28-478).  So, over his three year career at Rutgers he played in 31 games and scored 29 TDs – that’s an incredible rate.  Carroo isn’t very big (6’1″) or fast (4.5 40-yard dash) and the missed games would scare me but he could prove to be a great rookie value if he lands with the right team.

2nd Round Trend: Long Term Value at QB

2.3 or 2.8 – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota St (30.10 ADP)

Yes, I’m crazy.  Yes, I’m breaking all the “rules” with this pick.  But I just can’t unsee how valuable both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were in 2015 for RSO owners as mid-2nd round picks.  Wentz’s March ADP put him at the 30th rookie off the board, so far in April he’s already moved up about five spaces.  We’ll see him continue to rise up the ranks but regardless it’s probably safe to say you can get him in the 2nd if you’re willing to deal with the inevitable “reach” shouts from your friends.  Take your pick of combine recaps, most agree that Wentz was the best QB on the field – he may not beat out Jared Goff as the first QB off the board but I prefer the unknown upside of Wentz.  Ask a Winston or Mariota owner if they’re happy in their investment – I’m sure they answer will be yes.  Hitting on this pick let’s you free up valuable cap space to put towards free agency the following season (see: real life Russell Wilson) so take the gamble.

3rd Round Trend: Take a Safe WR

3.3 – WR Rashard Higgins (23.20 ADP)

If you reached for Wentz in the 2nd, you need more of a sure thing here in the 3rd round.  Higgins was a target monster at CSU, securing 68, 96 and 75 receptions over his three seasons.  His stellar sophomore campaign in 2014 saw him earn 1,750 yards and a whopping 17 TDs on those 96 receptions.  Impressively, some of his biggest games over the last two seasons came against the hardest teams on their schedule: Utah State, Boise State and Colorado.  I was surprised when I saw Higgins eye-popping cumulative stats so I was sure they were all earned against the weakest of opponents but that wasn’t the case.  Higgins definitely isn’t a sexy pick but he could feature right away in the NFL.

3.8 – WR De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State (25.10 ADP)

It’s a shame that Wilson didn’t “runnya” faster at the combine otherwise he’d be higher on the draft board.  Wilson is a big target at 6’5″ and 215 lb, the biggest by my research out of the top 20 WRs, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that he only ran a 4.85, but I was still hoping for faster.  Wilson put together a solid junior season (60-918-10) but has never really imposed himself on opposing defenses (only nine 5+ reception games and only three 100+ yard games over three seasons).  Ultimately, I think Wilson can come in and contribute early as a rookie in the red zone which will guarantee him a fair share of snaps.

ADP data from DynastyLeagueFootball.com, combine data from sbnation.com and college stats from cfbstats.com

Robert F. Cowper is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey.  Robert works as a recreation professional, specializing in youth sports, when he isn’t acting as commissioner for his many fantasy sports leagues.

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