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 13 Street FA Report

Updated: December 3rd 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

Keke Coutee, WR – HOU (Owned 27%)

Week 12: 2 Rec/13 yards

Will Fuller gave us a great exit performance as he finishes his 2020 season on a 35 point PPR performance on Thanksgiving before now being suspended on Monday for PEDs. Last week I half-jokingly suggested adding Keke Coutee as the weekly sleeper if you were desperate but taking that advice may have saved you a huge cap difference a week later. With three of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart now gone (Fuller, Randall Cobb, and Kenny Stills), Coutee immediately steps into the WR2 role for Houston. A victim of injuries, if Coutee can stay healthy for the four (4) games left this fantasy season he could be a WR3/4 for playoff teams to stash.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000

RB Add

Ito Smith, RB – ATL (Owned 32%)

Week 12: 12 Car/65 yards, 1 TD, 4 Rec/10 yards

With Todd Gurley out and a good matchup for running backs against the Raiders’ defense, fantasy managers rolled the dice on starting Brian Hill. They were burned on that play as it was Ito Smith who had the better stat line due to scoring the late touchdown, as well as being the only Falcons’ running back to catch a pass. Gurley may or may not be back this week but it is already well documented the knee concerns he has. As we head deeper into a season if Gurley misses any more time Smith could be in line for another flex-start situation for the deeper leagues. If you are the Gurley owner going into the playoffs, handcuffing with Ito Smith may be better protection than holding deadweight on your bench.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

TE Add

Jacob Hollister, TE – SEA (Owned 11%)

Week 12: 2 Rec/11 yards

Greg Olsen went down in week 11 with what looked like a (regular) season-ending injury and in week 12 only Jacob Hollister had a target from the Seattle tight end group suggesting that he should be their pass-catching option moving forward. The tight end position has been brutal outside of the top few players in fantasy so any level of production or a fluke touchdown can go a long way to a top 5 scoring week. The Seahawks have been hyper-efficient at red zone scoring and while it looks like their running game is returning to its usual usage, goal-line scoring opportunities are always a bonus for tight ends in fantasy.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add

Collin Johnson, WR – JAX (Owned 8%)

Week 12: 4 Rec/96 yards, 1 TD

With D.J. Chark and Chris Conley out backup quarterback Mike Glennon leaned on rookie receiver Collin Johnson with the most targets (8) in week 12 for the Jaguars. Whether it was chemistry built by working on the second team or Johnson’s massive 6’6” frame, he and Glennon seemed to have a connection. The rookie also showed some burst on a long, 46-yard touchdown showing that he is not just a possession receiver. Glennon gets the start again in week 13 and Johnson could get more snaps depending on the health of Chark and Conley. Stash Collin Johnson in the case of last week’s performance being more than just a one-game flash.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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Week 12 Street FA Report

Updated: November 24th 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

Dez Bryant, WR – BAL (Owned 18%)

Week 11: 4 Rec/28 yards

Most jumped the gun with claiming Dez Bryant when he first signed with Ravens and spent a couple of weeks on their practice squad. The shine wore off and now is the time to get him onto your rosters heading into the playoffs. Bryant played on over half the snaps in week 11 (54%) and also had four (4) receptions to lead all Ravens receivers. Marquise Brown and Lamar Jackson have not been able to get on the same page this season and if the Ravens are going to make a run this season they are going to need more than Willie Snead in the passing game. Even if Dez can just be a possession receiver that can move the chains and take the pressure off of Mark Andrews in the red zone that could be enough to jump-start this stagnant offense. Think Antonio Brown in Tampa scaled down.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

RB Add

Justice Hill, RB – BAL (Owned 44%)

Week 11: N/A

Gus Edwards should see the bulk of the carries on Thursday but without Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, the Ravens will work in Justice Hill as their secondary runner. Hill has not done much during his first two seasons but due to positional scarcity and the amount the Ravens want to run the ball, Hill should see close to a dozen touches in week 12. If you need a one to two-week fix, Hill could be a high-risk flex.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Breshad Perriman, WR – NYJ (Owned 53%)

Week 11: 2 Rec/54 yards, 1 TD

Breshad Perriman has transformed into a boom-or-bust touchdown receiver each week with Joe Flacco as the two have connected on three touchdowns in the last two games and Perriman has scored at least 10 PPR points in three (3) of his six (6) games played. The Jets will continue to be playing from behind as well so there will be plenty of passing opportunities to go around. It remains to be seen if Perriman’s success would continue if Sam Darnold returned to the lineup but for now, he has the same value as DeSean Jackson had in his final year’s in Tampa Bay, a WR4 with WR2 boom value.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Jordan Akins, TE – HOU (Owned 26%)

Week 11: 5 Rec/83 yards

In a similar way to suggesting Justice Hill because of the missing pieces around him, the Houston Texans saw both Randy Cobb and Kenny Stills go down in week 11 due to injury and in their absence Jordan Akins caught five (5) passes and a career-high 83 yards on Sunday. Cobb is likely heading to the injured reserve list and with the Texans playing on Thanksgiving that does not give a lot of time for Stills to recover from his hamstring injury. What’s more, is that they have a plus matchup against a poor Lions defense so points and red zone opportunities could be plentiful. Akins is streamer’s dream for week 12.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add

Keke Coutee, WR – HOU (Owned 24%)

Week 11: 2 Rec/10 yards, 1 TD

I will double down on Randall Cobb and Kenny Still being unavailable for Thursday’s game by saying that Keke Coutee could play a significant number of snaps in the slot this week. A player many thought could be a PPR slot machine like Randall Cobb was in Green Bay, Coutee never accomplished much after his debut game in week 4 of 2018 where he had 11 catches for 109 yards. A healthy scratch for much of this season, it happens every Thanksgiving where a player comes out of nowhere to have one memorable performance. If you want to spice up your holiday meal, reach for Coutee in deeper leagues and see what happens.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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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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Week 10 Street FA Report

Updated: November 11th 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

Jakobi Meyers, WR – NE (Owned 31%)

Week 9: 12 Rec/169 yards

Jakobi Meyers had slowly been building his role as the primary receiver in New England’s offense since returning to the lineup in week 7. His back-to-back double-digit performance was not enough to raise his ownership percentage however and now after his breakout week 10 performance he sits available in over two-thirds of RSO leagues. Cam Newton has not been able to share the end zone with his receivers much this season, just two (2) touchdowns thus far, but Meyers could become the next PPR monster. His 30 targets in the last three (3) games ranks him sixth (6th) overall. A late-season gem, Meyers looks poised for a second-half that could make him the ideal zero-WR target in auctions in 2021.

Suggested Bid: $10,000,000

QB Add

Jake Luton, QB – JAX (Owned 25%)

Week 9: 26/38, 304 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 Car/13 yards, 1 TD

The rare quarterback street free agent recommendation, Jake Luton’s strong performance was lost in the huge week for fantasy quarterbacks. A sixth-round pick this offseason, Luton stepped in for Gardner Minshew (sounds familiar) and played well in replace of the veteran throwing for over 300 passing yards and scored over 21 fantasy points. His performance in week 9 has led to him being named the starter in week 10 and potentially for the remainder of the season. Tough matchups against the Packers and Steelers will present a greater challenge than that of the Texans defense but there are always garbage time points. Obvious bump to your bid amounts in 2QB and Superflex leagues where he should have already been rostered and now likely will cost the premium to pick up.

Suggested Bid: $500,000 (standard) / $8,000,000 (Superflex)

 RB Add

Kalen Ballage, RB – LAC (Owned 17%)

Week 9: 15 Car/69 yards, 1 TD, 2 Rec/15 yards

It was another instance of a player getting away from Adam Gase and having fantasy success as Kalen Ballage went from the practice squad to lead back for Los Angeles in week 10. Ballage played on 40 percent of the snaps but out-carried rookie Joshua Kelley (15:9) after Justin Jackson was injured on the first drive. With Troymaine Pope already out with a concussion and now Jackson possibly missing time with a leg injury, Ballage could be in line for a couple more RB3-level performances.  Head Coach Anthony Lynn was also quoted back in October saying that starting running back Austin Ekeler’s timetable would be “later rather than sooner” so it does not appear his return is expected to be any time soon either.

Suggested Bid: $2,500,000

 

Duke Johnson, RB – HOU (Owned 65%)

Week 9: 16 Car/41 yards, 1 TD, 4 Rec/32 yards

I assumed that Duke Johnson was not going to be available for this column because while he has not been productive thus far, with only 23 total PPR points, name-brand running backs are not usually sitting on the wire in 35 percent of leagues at this point in the season. David Johnson exited week 9 with a concussion early in the game leaving Duke Johnson to carry much of the workload. It resulted in his first double-digit performance of the season and leaves the door open for another strong performance if the former DJ does not clear protocol before Sunday. Monitor the situation as the week progresses and if David Johnson begins trending in the wrong direction Duke Johnson could be a sneaky RB2 once again.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

David Moore, WR – SEA (Owned 28%)

Week 9: 4 Rec/71 yards, 1 TD

All eyes have been on D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett this season but third receiver David Moore has quietly been a flex receiver five (5) of the Seahawks first eight (8) games. With Russell Wilson airing it out more than he had been in the past there finally have been opportunities for more receiver production from the ancillary options in the offense. Moore’s target share will always be low because of the two alpha receivers ahead of him but he seems to have a knack for getting in the endzone with four (4) touchdowns already this year. If you play with deep starting rosters Moore could be a boom/bust WR4.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

 Sleeper Add

Cam Sims, WR – WAS (Owned 2%)

Week 9: 3 Rec/110 yards

Fantasy fans have been waiting for Steven Sims to break out for Washington but it appears that the other Sims, Cam Sims, may have passed him on the depth chart. Cam played 40 offensive snaps to Steven’s 16 and had four (4) targets to Steven’s one (1). He also appeared to have better chemistry with Alex Smith once he entered the game than he had with either Kyle Allen or Dwayne Haskins so that might be his way to more targets. It has only been one good performance so temper expectations but if you have deep rosters to stash him he could be a flex option in the final (8) eight games.

Suggested Add: $500,000

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Week 9 Street FA Report

Updated: November 4th 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

Darnell Mooney, WR – CHI (Owned 36.5%)

Week 8: 5 Rec/69 yards, 1 TD

Darnell Mooney was the “Sleeper Add” in Week 3 and while his ownership has gone up since then it should be much higher than at one-third of RSO leagues. The community has a Mandela Effect towards Anthony Miller, believing that he is the WR2 in Chicago, but it simply is not true. In fact, Mooney has out-snapped Miller in every game but week 1 thus far. He is has been a consistent WR4 this season and while the limited Bears offense likely prevents him from having any WR1 performances he is capable of WR2 games like he did last week. Stash depth for the playoffs. We never know who the next player to go down will be.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

RB Add

Dexter Williams, RB – GB (Owned 8%)

Week 8: N/A

This suggestion is pure speculation based on if or if not Aaron Jones is healthy enough to play on Thursday night. If Jones does not play or only receives limited reps in the short week of practice, Dexter Williams could have a one-time use in 2020. Williams has not played a snap thus far and while Tyler Ervin seems to be ahead of him on the depth chart, Ervin has primarily been used as a gadget option to compliment the other running backs when on the field. It would be the ultimate Hail Mary to start Williams but if your back is up against the wall with the Bengals, Rams, Eagles, and Browns on their byes he is likely the only free option that could potentially get RB2-type production.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Quintez Cephus, WR – DET (Owned 32%)

Week 8: N/A

Kenny Golladay is going to be missing games once again this season which means that Quintez Cephus could be reactivated. The rookie receiver surprised many when he was targeted ten (10) times on opening weekend with Golladay sidelined leading to yours truly suggesting to add him. Unfortunately, he had been inactive since Week 2 dampening his value. Based on bringing in veterans like Mohamed Sanu for a workout it would suggest that Golladay’s hip injury could sideline him longer than his two-game injury to start the season. Hopefully, a month of development will do good for Cephus in his second stint and he can carve out a role for the second half of the season.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Jordan Reed, TE – SF (Owned 16%)

Week 8: N/A

The short team play at tight end for the 49ers would be to add Ross Dwelley for Thursday Night Football but Jordan Reed, in George Kittle’s two-game absence, looked like he would be the primary receiving tight end that fantasy players would want to target long term. He of course is coming off his own injury and is not guaranteed to play in week 9 but he could have strong returning value once he does come back. With Jimmy Garoppolo also sidelined with an ankle injury, the offense should at least livelier with a healthy Nick Mullens under center. In their one full game together Mullens targeted Reed on six (6) passes.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add

Jakobi Meyers, WR – NE (Owned 17%)

Week 8: 6 Rec/58 yards

It appears that the Patriots are turning their eyes towards 2021 and evaluating what they have currently on the roster and who they will carry over. Jakobi Meyers appears to be one of those players as he received ten (10) targets in week 8 with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry sidelined. Meyers has played on 89 percent of the snaps the last two weeks and after a strong preseason in 2019 might be growing into a more permanent role in the offense this season. The Patriots also have a matchup against the New York Jets in week 9 that could offer another great opportunity for Meyers to put up double-digit fantasy points.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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