Week 7 Street FA Report

Updated: October 20th 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

Boston Scott, RB – PHI (Owned 62%)

Week 6: 2 Car/4 yards, 2 Rec/5 yards

There was a big scare in the Eagles-Ravens game for Miles Sanders when he went down with an injury to his knee. Luckily for him, it does not appear to be a serious injury but he will be out for at least a couple of weeks. In his place, the team will once again turn to Boston Scott who in his two games against the Giants last year scored 24.8 and 35.8 PPR points. With only Corey Clement behind him as a running back with at least ten (10) snaps played thus far it is safe to assume that Scott should see the majority of touches and snaps out of the backfield on Thursday night. Scott presents RB3/Flex appeal over the next two weeks before the Eagles’ bye. His value can be reassessed in week 10 once the extent of Sanders’ injury is more known.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

RB Add

Gus Edwards, RB – BAL (Owned 37%)

Week 6: 14 Car/26 yards, 1 TD

We will have to wait a week to find out how serious Mark Ingram’s injury is that forced him to leave early from the Ravens’ Week 6 game before we go full with Gus Edwards. Until then Edwards looks like another running back that could be in line for an increase in snaps and rushing attempts and therefore should be rostered in more than a third of RSO leagues. Edwards has led the Ravens’ backfield in snaps the last three weeks and carries in two of the last three so even if Ingram does return after their bye he will continue to have a bigger role than most see in this offense. We all hope that J.K. Dobbins takes over this backfield with the current situation but sometimes we should not look a gift horse in the mouth and pick up the free option right now.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

 WR Add

Adam Humphries, WR – TEN (Owned 36%)

Week 6: 6 Rec/64 yards, 1 TD

Those who rostered Adam Humphries have had to wait a long time for him to be available after the team missed a week for COVID delays and then Humphries needed to miss an additional game until he could test negative. On Sunday he returned and had his best statistical performance of the season finishing as the WR12. Corey Davis missing the game was likely a contributing factor for his success but Humphries has only one (1) game thus far with under 10 PPR points and is WR36 for points per game averaging a respectable 13.2 PPR. For those either streaming wide receiver or who need to add depth he is a better bench player and potential weekly starter than many other options around his ownership levels. The Titans offense is legit and it should continue to fuel fantasy points for players other than Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000

TE Add

Anthony Firkser, TE – TEN (4%)

Week 6: 8 Rec/113 yards, 1 TD

It must have been disappointing to those who have Jonnu Smith to have him have a single catch in week 6 before going down with an ankle injury and to then watch Anthony Firkser come in as his replacement and put up over 25 points. Smith is expected to miss at least the Titans next game while dealing with his injury and it could take a couple of games until he is fully back to even strength as ankles are a fickle injury to heal for big tight ends. As I mentioned for Adam Humphries, the Titans’ offense is strong enough that it can hold up multiple pass-catchers in fantasy and the team will be frequenting the red zone for touchdown opportunities. He may not have more than a couple of weeks of value but if Firkser can help you steal a win between now and then it is worth it.

Suggested Bid: $1,500,000

 Sleeper Add

Marcus Johnson, WR – IND (Owned 2%)

Week 6: 5 Rec/108 yards

Slowly, Marcus Johnson has been gaining steam as a deep threat for the Indianapolis Colts. Two weeks ago he had a 36-yard catch while playing on over half the snaps. Then this week he had over 100 yards, half on a big 55-yard pass from Philip Rivers while playing on almost two-thirds (63 percent) of the snaps and being the most targeted receiver with eight (8). The Colts currently are tied for eighth (8th) in three (3) receiver sets at 71 percent so there should be plenty of opportunities for Johnson to continue being on the field.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 6 Street FA Report

Updated: October 14th 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

Travis Fulgham, WR – PHI (Owned 3%)

Week 5: 10 Rec/152 yards, 1 TD

Everyone’s waiver wire priority pick, wide receiver Travis Fulgham, had a breakout game last Sunday with over 30PPR points. Many may have passed on him two weeks ago when he scored the go-ahead touchdown against the 49ers but it is unlikely that he will remain available moving forward. The Eagles have been looking for a receiver to break through and give Carson Wentz someone to rely on other than Zach Ertz. Hopefully, the coaching staff lets him continue his development even as DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey return to the lineup. As it stands Fulgham is looking like a player to dump the remainder of your cap space on.

Suggested Bid: $10,000,000 (or 70% of remaining cap space)

QB Add

Andy Dalton, QB – DAL (Owned 17%)

Week 5: 9/11, 111 yards, 1 Car/0 yards

Those who roam the streets for quarterbacks week-to-week or Superflex owners who struggle to have available second quarterbacks may have caught a break if Andy Dalton was somehow still available coming into week 5. The gruesome and unfortunate injury to Dak Prescott has opened the door for Andy Dalton to be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the remainder of the season. The offense should take a step back, if for nothing else than because it was on a record pace for passing numbers but do not slouch on Dalton’s skills. He is a good enough quarterback that he should keep all his receivers’ fantasy value afloat. In his 13 games with the Bengals last year, and with only a healthy Tyler Boyd to throw to, Dalton still averaged almost 16 points per game (15.7). Dalton should be at least a mid-QB2 each week with a higher upside because of the situation and players surrounding him. He needs to be rostered as of this week in all but the shallowest of leagues.

Suggested Bid: $3,000,000 Standard / $12,000,000 – $20,000,000 Superflex

RB Add

J.D. McKissic, RB – WAS (Owned 34%)

Week 5: 1 Car/3 yards, 6 Rec/46 yards

J.D. McKissic continues to be the torn in Antonio Gibson’s side as he is playing an equal number of snaps and is the primary pass-catching back when Washington is trailing, which no shocker is quite often. McKissic has had 16 targets and 13 catches over the last two games along with playing 55 percent and 50 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. He is a poor man’s James White so if you are scrambling for running backs or know that you have a tough bye week this week with some prominent names at the position unavailable, McKissic could be a filler against the Giants.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

WR Add

Josh Reynolds, WR – LAR (Owned 40%)

Week 5: 2 Rec/46 yards

Remember when Van Jefferson was going to be taking over the WR3 slot on the Rams? Veteran Josh Reynolds has continued to hold him off by out snapping (by a large margin) every game this season. Reynolds has not popped on the stat sheet just yet but only his week 1 performance you would say was not worth the value that he has right now. As a player who is available in 60 percent of leagues right now, he is averaging 6.4PPR points over his last four (4) games. Not great, but more consistent than some of the other bottom feeders on your bench. If anything was to happen to Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp, Reynolds would step into a significant value bump also.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

TE Add

Cameron Brate, TE – TB (Owned 16%)

Week 5: 5 Rec/44 yards

I went back and forth last week on recommending either Richard Rodgers or Cameron Brate as the tight end add and chose wrong. Brate did not play a ton of snaps last Thursday, only 46 percent, but he was efficient with five (5) catches on six (6) targets. Tom Brady has a familiarity with Rob Gronkowski but he has also been known to get the ball to guys who show they can get open. Brate is probably more of the pass-catching tight end at this point and as long as the Buccaneers continue to put up big offensive numbers there will always be a chance for scoring opportunities. Add Brate to your list of available streaming tight ends and play the matchup each week if that is your usual strategy.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add

Jeff Smith, WR – NYJ (Owned 10%)

Week 5: 3 Rec/23 yards

The Jets are terrible but you know what terrible teams do? They pass the ball a lot while losing. Jeff Smith is a player that stood out two Thursday’s ago against the Broncos and then checking his stats last week he was tied for eighth (8th) in targets against the Cardinals with eleven (11). He also played 95 percent and 99 percent of the snaps those two weeks showing that he has both the usage and opportunity to have under the radar fantasy production. If whoever is playing quarterback can make those targets more efficient, Jeff Smith might have WR4 appeal in 2020.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 5 Street FA Report

Updated: October 6th 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

Tim Patrick, WR – DEN (Owned 7%)

Week 4: 6 Rec/113 yards, 1 TD

I felt bad not recommending Tim Patrick as a featured WR in last week’s article and then he had a career game on Thursday night. I will make it up to my loyal readers by doubling down and saying he is this week’s must add Reality Sports Online player. The Broncos lost another receiver (Noah Fant) to make an already thin receiving core even thinner. Jerry Jeudy stole the spotlight with his touchdown catch but Patrick out-snapped, out-targeted and out-caught Jeudy. Their next matchup against the Patriots should give us an indication of how the league views Patrick’s skills. Bill Belichick usually locks down Stephon Gilmore to whoever he thinks the opposing team’s number one option is. If it is Jeudy then Patrick will likely see more targets. For the rest of the season, Patrick will have a WR4 based on volume, with the upside he showed on Thursday to be WR2 (or even WR1) in good matchups.

Suggested Bid: $4,000,000

RB Adds

D’Ernest Johnson, RB – CLE (Owned 1%)

Week 4: 13 Car/95 yards

It was another tough week for running backs as Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury that is likely to sideline him for most of the remaining fantasy regular season. Fortunately for the Browns, they already have their insurance policy in the form of Kareem Hunt who stepped in and assumed the primary duties. Because the Browns like to run the ball though, D’Ernest Johnson also received a heavy workload once Chubb exited with 13 carries and almost 100 yards in the second half. He will likely be a fantasy add in every league from his week 4 performance but we should all temper expectations. The Browns play the Colts who are first against the run and have only allowed one (1) top 24RB finish thus far. Their next matchup after that is Pittsburgh who has only allowed a single rusher over 50 yards through their first three games. Needless to say, it will be difficult for Hunt to have a strong fantasy showing let alone those playing behind him. Ideally, you would want Johnson in two weeks when the matchups become much more favorable (Cincinnati, Oakland, and Houston). If you have space, both cap and roster, to acquire Johnson now he may be useful down the road. Otherwise, you can wait to see if someone drops him after two dud performances for much cheaper.

Suggested Bid: $2,500,000

Justin Jackson, RB – LAC (Owned 54%)

Week 4: 6 Car/9 yards, 2 Rec/12 yards

Along with Nick Chubb, Austin Ekeler also went down with what is being described as a serious injury that will keep him out for multiple weeks. Like in Cleveland, the Chargers already have a good backup in rookie Joshua Kelley but his backup, Justin Jackson, is now in play for those desperate at the running back position. Jackson has shown in past seasons when he and Austin Ekeler split time in replace of Melvin Gordon that he can carry a good portion of the workload and not have it be a significant downgrade. He also averaged almost seven (7) yards per carry with what action he saw last season so he can make the most of the opportunity given to him. After Monday night against the Saints, the Chargers play the Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars and Raiders who all have struggled on defense this season. Jackson could be a sleeper flex in any of those matchups until we learn more about Ekeler’s injury.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

Dontrelle Inman, WR – WAS (Owned 7%)

Week 4: 4 Rec/29 yards

For the first quarter of the season, Dontrelle Inman has been the consistent WR2 for Washington seeing the second-most targets (21) and is tied for second in reception (11). He also had a two-touchdown performance in week 3 which one would think would raise his ownership across the platform. That was not the case as he remains under 10 percent. The offense has not looked great thus far and second-year receiver Terry McLaurin remains the alpha with double the targets that Inman has. However, in the next month and a half Washington plays a group of pass defenses that are, shall we say, not good. McLaurin will likely be locked up with Jalen Ramsey this coming week against the Rams and then it is the Giants, Cowboys, Giants again, Lions, Bengals, and the Cowboys a second time. There will be plenty of opportunities for Inman to be a WR3/4.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

TE Add

Richard Rodgers, TE – PHI (Owned 1%)

Week 4: 3 Rec/35 yards

The Eagles lost tight end Dallas Goedert last week but that did not stop them from running “12” personnel the fifth most last week. For the season they lineup the most 2+ tight end formations of any team in the league (54 percent) which should present opportunities for Richard Rodgers to at least have some TE2 appeal. Though Zach Ertz was on the field the whole game, he and Rodgers had similar production as well. Until some of the receivers come back healthy Rodgers should be on the field and available for Carson Wentz to get the ball out to.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add (<25%)

Olamide Zaccheaus, WR – ATL (Owned 5%)

Week 4: 8 Rec/86 yards

Raise your hand if you were only told after halftime of Monday night that Julio Jones was going to be used in special yardage situations? Me too. With Julio out, Calvin Ridley retiring just before the game (allegedly) and Russell Gage working through his own injury, Olamide Zaccheaus had his best career game with eight (8) catches and 86 yards. Who knows if this was a product of the situation or if he will continue to be used in such a way with the others sidelined. Either way, we know the Falcons defense likely will not give this team too many chances to salt away games so it will be on Matt Ryan and the passing game to continue to score. Zaccheaus is worth a flier at this point to see how long Julio’s injury keeps him out.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 4 Street FA Report

Updated: October 1st 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

Brian Hill, RB – ATL (Owned 31%)

Week 3: 9 Car/58 yards, 1 TD, 1 Rec/22 yards

Pro-active fantasy handcuffing philosophy suggests to only roster running backs who are the immediate backups to a team’s primary ball carrier. By this definition, Brian Hill has to be owned in more than 1/3rd of leagues with how this season has been in terms of injuries. Todd Gurley has seen an average of 54 percent of the Falcons offensive snaps through the first three (3) weeks but only had five (5) more touches than Hill in week 3. Gurley is also ranked 4th on Rotounderworld’s Injury Probability Index which means there is always a strong possibility that Gurley misses time either for rest or injury. Hill would immediately step into a role similar to Mike Davis of Carolina last week where everyone would be looking to add a potential starter from free agency. You can get ahead of the curve now and add him for much cheaper than what he could cost down the road.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

 RB Add

Rex Burkhead, RB – NE (Owned 28%)

Week 3: 6 Car/49 yards, 2 TDs, 7 Rec/49 yards, 1 TD

I did not want to include Rex Burkhead this week as it would not be a shock if he never saw more than five (5) points in a game from this point on. In the two-week absence of James White however, he has been the “primary” running back for New England and also put up a monster stat line against the Raiders last week. The Patriots have always used Sony Michel as their traditional runner and White as the pass-catcher but it often leads to obvious play calling for the defense to react to. With Burkhead, the ability to run or pass gives a quarterback like Cam Newton who thrives off play-action passes more opportunities to make plays. Burkhead will not have another 30+ point game but his value may be more than most think with this new Patriots offense. Of the three running backs, he might be the most valuable at this point.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

 WR Adds

Cole Beasley, WR – BUF (Owned 45%)

Week 3: 6 Rec/100 yards

Surprisingly, Cole Beasley is not owned in half the leagues as of week 4. He has averaged 12.5 PPR points and is currently the WR29 overall. He also ranks T-25th in targets, T-16th in receptions, and T-18th in yards. This just begs the question if he is not being started in leagues why has he not been rostered at least? One thought is because he has yet to find the endzone and therefore is out of sight for those who are only scoreboard watching. The other is that most people have not come around to Buffalo being considered a multi-receiver fantasy team yet. If people are starting to be all-in on Josh Allen and his development as a viable passing quarterback then it should stand to reason that Beasley (and other options outside of Stefon Diggs) should be fantasy viable too. Add him this week and be happy if you ever need him in a spot start.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

 

Randall Cobb, WR – HOU (Owned 43%)

Week 3: 4 Rec/95 yards, 1 TD

Randall Cobb was invisible on opening night against the Chiefs but in the last two games he has put up similar production to the previously mentioned Cole Beasley. He is still clearly the 2B receiver along with Brandin Cooks behind Will Fuller but the Texans have played the sixth most 3WR sets this season (72%) and the targets have been spread around fairly evenly. Will Fuller is the only Texans receiver with a double-digit target game thus far back in week 1. The schedule has also been brutal to the Texans to start the season which may have something to do with their offense looking below-average thus far. As the schedule eases up there may be more opportunities for Cobb to be used as a fantasy option in deeper leagues.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

 TE Add

Jimmy Graham, TE – CHI (Owned 38%)

Week 3: 6 Rec/60 yards, 2 TDs

The switch has finally happened at quarterback for Chicago with Nick Foles taking over in the fourth quarter and stealing another game for the Bears. Having to come back from a large deficit was likely a big reason the offense was so pass-heavy with Foles in the game but it looked more efficient than when Mitch Trubisky was under center. Two benefactors of this efficiency were Allen Robinson and Jimmy Graham. Graham specifically was able to take advantage by having his first two (2) touchdown game since week 10 of 2017. His usage was always there as he was on the field more than any receiver other than Allen Robinson and has been the second most targeted receiver in two of the Bears’ first three games. He currently sits as the TE7 in PPR and would be a solid addition for teams that are working through Dallas Goedert or George Kittle injuries.

 Sleeper Add (<25%)

Travis Homer, RB – SEA (Owned 10%)

Week 3: 2 Car/19 yards

The absence of Chris Carson should only be for a week or two so the suggestion of Travis Homer is a rather short-term one. However, Homer split his usage with Carlos Hyde behind and in replace of Carson in week 3 so Hyde may not be as much of a bell-cow as others are suggesting. Their roles in this offense are also more defined in that Hyde acts primarily as an early-down carrier while Homer is the third down and passing situation option. With Carlos Hyde’s ownership being over 2/3rd in RSO leagues and how much the Seahawks are letting Russell Wilson pass the ball making for more opportunities to catch the ball out of the backfield, Homer would be the ideal sleeper add for owners rotating their starting running backs or flex position.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 3 Street FA Report

Updated: September 22nd 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

Mike Davis, RB – CAR (Owned 16%)

Week 2: 1 Car/1 yard, 8 Rec/74 yards

Destruction to your fantasy lineups was the big story for week 2. Christian McCaffrey didn’t look all that injured when he went out and up until late Monday morning was expected to survive the injury wave. Then the news comes out that he will be out for at least a month and it now leaves a huge hole in everyone’s roster. Mike Davis came in for the fourth quarter and caught eight passes in a blowout. It remains to be seen what his usage will be once he becomes the starter but he is everyone’s must add if you lost McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, or Raheem Mostert this week. He should see the bulk of the Panthers’ carries as there is no depth behind him without McCaffrey. We have already seen his usage in the passing game which should give him the edge over another prospective running back that they may add in terms of snap count.

Suggested Bid: $10,000,000 – $14,000,000 or 60-75% of your remaining cap

RB Adds

Jerick McKinnon, RB – SF (Owned 73%)

Week 2: 3 Car/77 yards

While you are putting in a claim for Davis make sure to check and see if Jerick McKinnon is still available on waivers. He is available in about a quarter of RSO leagues and his path to touches has also greatly expanded after week 2. Both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman suffered knee injuries last week, likely resulting in them both missing multiple games. McKinnon and fullback Kyle Juszczyk are the only experienced running backs available to the 49ers at this point so his workload should be substantial compared to the three (3) carries he had last week. Especially with Nick Mullens being a potential multi-game starter in replace of Jimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shannahan may lean more on the run against the Giants, Eagles, and Dolphins in coming weeks.

Suggested Bid: $5,000,000 – $8,000,000

Giovani Bernard, RB – CIN (Owned 39%)

Week 2: 1 Car/3 yards, 5 Rec/22 yards

Sometimes you just can’t quit on a person. The Bengals seem to be doing that with Giovanni Bernard who despite being the starting running back in only eight (8) games over the last three (3) seasons still want to get him involved in their offense. His seven (7) targets were third among all Bengals players in week 2 and he nearly split snaps (42:46) with Joe Mixon. Second-year head coach Zac Taylor wants to get Giovanni Bernard involved in the passing game and even mix in (bad pun) a couple carries. With the rash of injuries, Gio may be a really deep flex option at this point and if anything was to happen to Mixon his value would skyrocket to 2016 levels. If you miss out on Davis, Gio is a nice consolation.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

WR Add

Russell Gage, WR – ATL (Owned 61%)

Week 2: 6 Rec/46 yards, 1 TD

Repeat after me, 90 percent ownership of Russell Gage to start week 3. I recommended him last week and while he didn’t have another 100-yard game, Gage still had nine (9) targets. With how the Falcons are looking after two games Matt Ryan should continue to pass the ball 40 times a game mean plenty of targets to go around each week. On top of that, Julio Jones was dealing with a hamstring injury coming into week 2 and did not look healthy as he tried to gut it out. He may sit out a game to try and get things healthy or even if he tries to go who knows how effective he may be. All this tells us that Gage should continue to be used in this offense and likely will continue to be a WR3/Flex each week. Seriously, 90 percent ownership, let’s make it happen.

Suggested Bid: $5,000,000

Keelan Cole, WR – JAX (Owned 29%)

Week 2: 6 Rec/58 yards, 1 TD

Keelan Cole has quietly had two solid games to start the season and is seriously undervalued when it comes to his fantasy value. Everyone loves the rookie Laviska Shenault Jr. but Cole has out-snapped him the first two games of the season and has more targets than both he and D.J. Chark. The Jaguars can be a hot and cold offense so it is a risk to consider starting him but for bye weeks and through injuries Cole is probably out there on the wire and is better than basically everyone else available. Add him for depth now and be happy mid-season when you can start him comfortably without worrying about putting up a donut.

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

TE Add

Mo Alie-Cox, TE – IND (Owned 10%)

Week 2: 5 Rec/111 yards

For a couple of years, Mo Alie-Cox has been the thorn in fantasy owners’ sides as he stole touchdowns from past Colts’ tight ends. With Jack Doyle out for week 2, Alie-Cox took advantage by posting career highs in targets (6) and receptions (5). Those are not huge breakout numbers but rather a sign that maybe he can become a bigger part of this offense as the season progresses. Parris Campbell is likely out for the season with a knee injury and it is being suggested that Doyle could remain out for multiple weeks. It would be purely a speculative add at this point but maybe this could be his third-year breakout.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Add <25%

Darnell Mooney, WR – CHI (Owned 11%)

Week 2: 3 Rec/36 yards, 1 TD

Pop quiz, which wide receiver has the most PPR fantasy points for the Bears? Guessing Darnell Mooney probably wasn’t at the top of your list but it is true. Mooney has been incredibly efficient catching all of his targets (6) thus far and had a touchdown in week 2. He was actually on the field for 10 more snaps than Anthony Miller to be the WR2 for the Bears last week which may suggest that he is earning more playing time as this young season goes along. The Bears offense may not be potent enough to have more than one receiver be fantasy relevant but maybe Mooney will have his days if there was ever an injury to either Robinson or Miller to open up more targets.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

More Analysis by Nick Andrews

Week 2 Street FA Report

Updated: September 17th 2020

The Free Agent (FA) Report is back for another season. Due to the addition of the Practice Squad last year increasing the percentages of player ownership we will be making slight changes to the criteria for 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 1 player that is owned in <25% of leagues as our Sleeper add.

Add of the Week

Malcolm Brown, RB – LAR (Owned 56%)

Week 1: 18 Car/79 yards, 2 TDs, 3 Rec/31 yards

I went back and forth on who should be the most added player this week between Benny Snell, Nyhiem Hines, and Malcolm Brown. In the end, Brown is available in more leagues and therefore felt more relevant to what this series is here for. Despite it being suggested that the Rams backfield was going to be fairly evenly split between the three running backs it was only Brown with 21 touches and rookie Cam Akers (15) who saw any significant playing time in week 1. Akers may earn more of a role as he becomes more comfortable in the offense but Brown will likely keep the goal line work as he had with Todd Gurley in years past. This, along with continuing to see the majority of carries bodes well for his fantasy production floor as an RB2/Flex. He is the big fish that will require spending a good amount of your available cap space on to acquire but he will be worth it if you are finding yourself thin at the RB spot.

Suggested Bid: $8,000,000 – $10,000,000

 

RB Add

Benny Snell, RB – PIT (Owned 73%)

Week 1: 19 Car/113 yards

As it turns out all Pittsburgh needed to return to fantasy relevance really was Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers looked back to their 2018 selves on MNF. Unfortunately for James Connor owners they may be left holding the bag as he once again will be sidelined with an injury. In his spot, Benny “The Snail” Snell stepped up in a big way as he currently sits third in rushing yards after week 1 (113). Much like Le’Veon Bell after his rookie season, Snell seems to have trimmed down and added some burst that was missing last season which may result in him losing his “snail” nickname. If the owner who drafted him either bailed after year one or is willing to move on, Snell is a plug and play flex player right now with Connor out. Even when Connor returns to the lineup there is no guarantee that he will be walking back into his old job now. We will have to re-evaluate the situation once it becomes more clear who Mike Tomlin will use as his primary back once Connor is healthy but if last night showed us who fits better with this offense the safer bet might be Snell.

Suggested Bid: $5,000,000

Nyheim Hines, RB – IND (Owned 71%)

Week 1: 7 Car/28 yards, 1 TD, 8 Rec/45 yards, 1 TD

Marlon Mack is out for the season with an Achilles injury but even before he was ruled out surprisingly Nyheim Hines was working better in tandem with the rookie running back Jonathan Taylor during the Colts’ opener. Hines scored twice, once on the ground and once through the air and also had eight (8) receptions to lead all running backs in week 1. We know that Philip Rivers likes to get his running backs involved in the passing game. Guys like Darren Sproles and Austin Ekeler were fantasy relevant even when not being the primary ball carrier. Hines isn’t likely to be a free agent in your league but if he is he is worth dropping a large percentage of your remaining cap space on. He could see upwards of 70-80 targets by the time the season is over and be a weekly flex option through the bye weeks.

Suggested Bid: $8,000,000 – $10,000,000

 

WR Add

Russell Gage, WR – ATL (Owned 26%)

Week 1: 9 Rec/114 yards

The Falcons were boat raced in their first game of the season, resulting in Matt Ryan throwing 54 pass attempts and having three (3) different receivers going over 100 yards. If this trend continues, and in a division that features both the Saints and Bucs it very well could, that will make Atlanta’s WR3 Russell Gage a savvy depth receiver to have. With Calvin Ridley out to end last year, Gage quietly had a good closeout to the 2019 season with an average of eight (8) catches and 50 yards over his final six (6) games. He may not put up the numbers he did in week 1 consistently but he should be a player to monitor each week based on the matchup. If anything was to happen to either Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley, Gage would immediately step into a WR2/3 amount of targets and be a flex option each week.

Suggested Bid: $2,000,000

Quintez Cephus, WR – DET (Owned 36%)

Week 1: 3 Rec/30 yards

Kenny Golladay was a late addition to the injury report last week and missed the season opener for Detroit. In his absence the rookie 5th round pick, Quintez Cephus, had a shocking 10 (!) targets to lead all Lions’ receivers. He was also on the field for 80 percent of the team’s offensive snaps as well showing the confidence that the team already has in him. Unfortunately, he was only able to have three (3) catches but we know volume is the stat to be chasing when it comes to upside. Golladay’s return will surely limit the opportunities that Cephus will have moving forward but we know the Lions have leaned on Matt Stafford in the past and with their up-and-down running game, Cephus may earn the WR2 role sooner than expected over Marvin Jones. Compared by some to Anquan Boldin, Matt Waldman listed Cephus as one of his under the radar rookies which is a good enough excuse to start stashing him everywhere.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

 

TE Add

Logan Thomas, TE – WAS (Owned 14%)

Week 1: 4 Rec/37 yards, 1 TD

There were plenty of options to choose from at the tight end position as free agent targets for week 2 with honorable mentions to Jimmy Graham and C.J. Uzomah. However, I am going with Logan Thomas as he was the second most targeted tight end (8) in week 1 and there just isn’t the same receiver talent around him as there is in Chicago or Cincinnati. Other than Terry McLaurin there isn’t much that would suggest Thomas will see any less volume than what he saw in week 1 which should give him a safer floor than most third-tier tight ends. Thomas was a sleeper pick leading into the season so hopefully he can build off this performance to earn even more scoring opportunities.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

 

Sleeper Add (<25%)

Scotty Miller, WR – TB (Owned 21%)

Week 1: 5 Rec/73 yards, 1 Car/6 yards

There are a lot of question marks surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into week 2. One question that was answered however was who would be the third receiver in the slot for Tom Brady to feed targets too? In week 1 that was Scotty Miller who finished second on the team with five (5) receptions and looked the part of every slot receiver that Brady had leaned on in New England. It remains to be seen how much of his usage was simply because of Mike Evans’ injury and how much was on Brady falling back onto old habits. The Bucs have a much easier matchup this week against Carolina which could provide a spark for the offense. They looked unstoppable after the opening drive and then rather pedestrian throughout the rest of the game. Either way, he should be rostered for now while we see how this offense grows during the season and into the bye weeks.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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