Week 11 Street FA Report

Updated: November 16th 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

Brandon LaFell, WR – CIN (Owned 14%)

Week 10: 6 Rec/95 yards, 1 TD

Brandon LaFell has been a player I have wanted to list for a couple of weeks but the poor performances left me looking for more unknown players to target. After last week’s performance though this is why sometimes it’s better to go with “old reliable”. For most of the offseason and leading into the regular season, LaFell was an afterthought for being targets to younger receivers Tyler Boyd and John Ross in Cincinnati. As the season has gone on, however, it is clear that he is still the number two option behind A.J. Green. While Cincinnati’s offense is not as potent as it has been in recent years they still have playmakers that can be fantasy relevant. LaFell is a cheap option to have on your bench for the rest of the season and can be used in a pinch for good matchups.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

RB Adds

Austin Ekeler, RB – LAC (Owned 26%)

Week 10: 10 Car/42 yards, 5 Rec/77 yards, 2 TDs

If you want to understand where Austin Ekeler’s week 10 performance came from go back to my week 8 report to read what I thought he could bring to the Chargers offense. Melvin Gordon has never proven to be a complete three-down running back and any receiving satellite back that proved themselves to the coaches was going to eventually eat into his touches. There’s a reason Danny Woodhead finished as the PPR RB3 in 2015 in this offense. The team likes to use the screens and check down options from backs as an extension of their running game. I don’t expect Ekeler to be putting up much more 20 points weeks but his floor is rising with the number of targets he is getting weekly now.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,00

J.D. McKissic, RB – SEA (Owned 23%)

Week 10: 5 Car/26 yards, 4 Rec/20 yards

J.D. McKissic had a coming out game in week 4 against Indy with two late touchdowns leading everyone to add him to their rosters. He has since had lackluster performances which has led to him becoming a free agent again in most leagues. However, he should be added for similar reasons as Ekeler due to his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. C.J. Prosise can’t stay healthy and Thomas Rawls is a shell of what he was two years ago meaning that this backfield is WIDE open for any back to show that they should be trusted going into the playoffs. I’m not a big fan of McKissic’s running style frankly, he looks like he’s racing to try and see how fast he can get to the line of scrimmage rather than waiting for holes to open up, but he has amazing speed. If he earns more targets or breaks more runs he has big-play ability that will improve his weekly fantasy outlook.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

Sleeper Add (<10%)

Russell Shepard, WR – CAR (Owned 9%)

Week 10: 3 Rec/40 yards

After week 10 one of these statements has to be true. Either, the Dolphins defense is one of the worst in the league OR the Panthers offense is looking closer to their 2015 level of production than their 2016 level. If the latter is true and now both Kelvin Benjamin (traded) and Curtis Samuel (possible IR) are out of the lineup, Russell Shepard would become the WR2 behind Devin Funchess in an offense that could be turning the corner in terms of production. Shepard isn’t a great talent but we saw this same situation with Adam Humphries in Tampa Bay last year where a subpar level receiver can be thrust into a starting role and deliver replacement level fantasy production. Depth is always a needed commodity going into the playoffs and Shepard, similar to Brandon LaFell is nice depth to add this late in the season. For a free player, Shepard doesn’t have to be a superstar to be relevant. More targets will lead to more catches as well as more scoring opportunities. The Panthers have a late-season bye this week so the coaching staff will have two weeks to find ways to fit Shepard into their play calling.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

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