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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