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 24th 2019

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

Ty Johnson, RB – DET (Owned 20%)

Week 7: 10 Car/29 yards, 4 Rec/28

The Lions have had two heartbreaking losses in a row and found out Tuesday that second-year running back Kerryon Johnson will be placed on IR for what is basically the rest of the season (week 16). In his absence another Johnson, Ty Johnson, will be taking the starting role for the immediate future. He didn’t look particularly special but they were playing Minnesota and their above-average defense on what was likely minimum starting reps in practice. His abilities to shoulder a lead-back role will be judged more during this week’s game against a Giants defense that just allowed another backup, Chase Edmonds, to have three rushing touchdowns.  It would not be surprising to see the Lions bring in veteran talent, either via free agency with C.J. Anderson or Jay Ajayi or through a trade for someone like Kenyon Drake to share carries with Johnson in the next week or two. At minimum, Johnson will lose work to pass-catching back J.D. McKissic which limits the number of targets he will draw. For now, Ty Johnson is a must-add to all leagues but he shouldn’t be trusted as anything more than an RB3. If you already own him I would be trying to shop him to a contender that needs another RB. Johnson’s value will never be higher than it is right now.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000

WR Add

Danny Amendola, WR – DET (Owned 34.5%)

Week 7: 8 Rec/105 yards

 

For all the reasons I don’t think Ty Johnson will be as hot a pick up as he will likely be this week, I do think Danny Amendola will be an under the radar addition to several teams. After having a stellar week 1, Amendola had only 8 PPR points over the next month due to a chest injury and an early-season bye. In week 7 he finally went over the 100-yard mark again and it is likely not a coincidence that it happened in a game that their starting running back left early. Amendola has always been the “move” receiver and acts as long-range pass-catching back working primarily with screen, slant, and crossing routes. While he is firmly behind Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones as the WR3 the Lions passed on 70% of their plays last week which means there will be opportunities for Amendola to receive targets. Admittedly, some of this was due to being down for much of the game but their inefficiency running the ball with Ty Johnson (2.9YPC) could mean that Lions need to find other ways to create plays on early and short-yardage downs. This is where Amendola could become a PPR riser similar to Cole Beasley in Buffalo. We will know within the next week or two what the Lions plan is to replace Kerryon Johnson. For the price to acquire and the likelihood of availability I would be targeting Amendola over these next two weeks for week 9 and 10 WR byes.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Chris Conley, WR – JAX (Owned 37%)

Week 7: 3 Rec/83 yards

Chris Conley was the must add after week 1 and he had a modest 11 PPR points in week 2 but has been quiet since. He took a backseat to D.J. Chark who has taken control of target share and Leonard Fournette who has been basically the entire offense through the first half of the season. Last week though, he had a bounce-back game with eight (8) targets and over 80 yards receiving. Conley has actually seen the most snaps of any receiver in five of the seven games thus far but it’s been Chark with the touchdowns and highlight catches pushing his production to the side. The second half of the season features some great matchups for the Jaguars passing game, especially in the fantasy playoffs against the Chargers, Raiders, and Falcons! Things are looking good for the Jaguars’ pass catchers so Conley is another great plug and play option during these next two killer bye weeks.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000

TE Add

Foster Moreau, TE – OAK (Owned 11%)

Week 7: 2 Rec/24 yards, 1 TD

Darren Waller has been everything and more that he was being hyped to be as a late-round flyer at the tight end position and is definitely the TE1 for the Raiders in 2019. But there has been another tight end that has also been having a surprisingly strong season thus far, rookie Foster Moreau. Moreau has benefited from touchdowns in two of the last three games propelling him to average 10 PPR points over those three games. The Raiders also have been using 22 personnel (2RB-2TE-1WR) second-most in the league (11%) due to the injuries and inexperience at wide receiver this season which gives plenty of opportunities for Moreau to be on the field during any given play. I’m not overly confident that you could start Moreau over any of the usual 10-12 guys at the position but he’s worthy of a practice squad stash for the remainder of the season to see how he develops.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Keelan Doss, WR – OAK (4%)

Week 7: 3 Rec/54 yards

From the ashes of the Antonio Brown saga has risen the great story of Keelan Doss, the Hard Knocks prodigal son who was brought back to the team once they needed another receiver on the roster. With the injury to Tyrell Williams the team has been trying to bring in other options to use outside of Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs as feature players. As previously mentioned Foster Moreau has been available for red-zone options and they have traded for both Trevor Davis and Zay Jones to help build out a platoon of serviceable receivers. But the team clearly liked Doss enough to sign him back and he finally had over 50 yards receiving last week in a shootout with Green Bay. It’s a long way before he is anything more than a practice squad stash but he’s trending the right way and maybe a late-season resign for owners that want to be cap savvy for the future.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 3 Street FA Report

Updated: September 21st 2019

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

Cole Beasley, WR – BUF (Owned 38.5%)

Week 2: 4 Rec/83 yards

Cole Beasley has been a fantasy sleeper the last two weeks with 9 and 12 points respectively. He won’t win you many weeks but he has a higher floor than most receivers with <50% ownership. Beasley is a player that you can add to your roster now and use in a pinch for bad matchups for your regular rotation of players and during bye weeks. For leagues that feature a high number of WR starting requirements, it is often more beneficial to avoid putting up a doughnut then trying to hit the sleeper home run when you need a player to step in for only a week or two, especially if the rest of your lineup is full of blue-chip players. Be proactive and grab Beasley now before the rest of your league starts putting together their midseason backup plans.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

RB Add

Ty Johnson, RB – DET (Owned 24%)

Week 2: 5 Car/30 yards, 2 Rec/6 yards

The surprising release of veteran C.J. Anderson means that 6th round rookie Ty Johnson moves up to #2 on the depth chart for the Detroit Lions. Johnson received a modest workload in week 2 but with the injury history of Kerryon Johnson, he is a speculative stash at this point for later in the season. If anything was to happen to Kerryon there wouldn’t be much in the way of backfield competition for Ty Johnson. If you have the bench space it would be better to pay the minimum now rather than have to try and outbid other owners later.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Adds

David Moore, WR – SEA (Owned 34.5%)

Week 2: N/A

David Moore is ready to make his 2019 season debut after missing the first two games with injuries and it will be interesting to see how he fits within Seattle’s offense. He should be the second outside receiver opposite D.K. Metcalf. His upside is limited to being the third option (behind Metcalf and Tyler Lockett) in a run-first offense but that also means there will be minimal coverage to his side of the field when Russell Wilson does look his way. He should have his games of big plays or forgotten coverages this season so he is an ideal stash in deeper leagues in case of injuries to either receiver above him.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Devin Smith, WR – DAL (Owned 24%)

Week 2: 3 Rec/74 yards, 1 TD

Devin Smith rose from the dead for 16 PPR points last week after not seeing game action since 2016 with the Jets. He took over for an injured Michael Gallup who is on track to miss 2-4 weeks which means that more opportunities are at his feet. Dallas’ offense is strong enough that even as a third or fourth option Smith is still likely to have fantasy relevance until Gallup is fully healthy. If you are in a pinch as a Gallup owner for a temporary starter you likely will find Smith free on the wire.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Will Dissly, TE – SEA (Owned 48%)

Week 2: 5 Rec/50 yards, 2 TDs

Even after the initial waiver period cleared Will Dissly is still unowned in over half of leagues. Maybe it is because people are worried his two-touchdown performance of last week is unlikely to be duplicated but having any touchdown upside is reason enough to be adding Dissly. The Seahawks are a running team which means that Dissly will get his opportunities to be on the field, thus available for play-action receptions. Similar to David Moore, Dissly is unlikely to garner a lot of coverage from opposing defenses so why not take a shot. At the tight end position you are basically hoping for a touchdown or bust scenario anyway. Add him to your bench and start him when the Seahawks are playing weaker defenses.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Damiere Byrd, WR – ARZ (8%)

Week 2: 6 Rec/45 yards

The Arizona Air Raid has been about as interesting as people expected it would be through the first two weeks of the season. The team is lapping the league in number of no-huddle plays and is featuring 4WR sets more than any other team. This is likely contributing to Damiere Byrd being a deep sleeper over the first two weeks with 10 receptions on 14 targets. He is still third on the team in targets behind Larry Fitzgerald (24) and Christian Kirk (20) but it is clear that Kliff Kingsbury is willing to air it out regardless of game script. We should expect similar numbers to continue for Byrd. If an injury to either Fitzgerald or Kirk were to happen Byrd would become an instant waiver wire must add so save your cap space now and pick him up.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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