Week 9 Street FA Report

Updated: November 3rd 2021

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

Jeremy McNichols/Adrian Peterson, RB – TEN (Owned 36.5%/42%)

The surprising loss of Derrick Henry leaves many contenders scrambling for a replacement running back for the back half of the season. No player can truly replace Henry and the floor of fantasy production that he brings each week, however. The best managers can do is try to secure one of his two supposed replacements, Jeremy McNichols and recently signed veteran Adrian Peterson. Before last week I would say that it would unfathomable for a team to lean heavily on a running back who has not been in their system right out of the gate but the Eagles just gave two (2) touchdowns to Jordan Howard, more on him later, so anything goes. Peterson is fresh legs to a team that does like to feature the run so if he is still available he is worth a stash to find out what role he can play for the remainder of the season. Expect Jeremy McNichols to be the primary option in the immediate future and at worst he should be splitting carries with Peterson and receiving most of third/passing down work. He was already assuming that role with Henry in the lineup with 21 receptions through seven (7) weeks.

Suggested Bid: $6,000,000 or 70% of remaining cap space

RB Adds

Jordan Howard, RB – PHI (Owned 14%)

Week 8: 12 Car/57 yards, 2 TDs

I probably should have seen this coming last week but I figured there was no way that Howard was going to be featured as much as he was in week 8 after not being active for any previous games this season. Luckily the Eagles blew out the Lions enough that there was enough to go around with last week’s recommendation of Boston Scott, who also had two (2) touchdowns, but it was still concerning to see Howard involved as much as he was around the goal line. In games where the Eagles are not as dominant, it could be feast-or-famine for who gets the scoring opportunities. As he has in past seasons, Howard could be a weekly Hail Mary option for those who play in standard-scoring leagues where touchdowns are king.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Derrick Gore, RB – KC (Owned 1%)

Week 8: 11 Car/48 yards, 1 TD

Derrick Gore got his first chance to have a serious role in Kansas City’s backfield on Monday night and he took full advantage averaging 4.4 yards/carry and scoring a touchdown. Expectations should be tempered as he only played on 16 snaps in week 8 compared to Darrel Williams’ 52 but touching the ball on 68 percent of your snaps is a good sign that if the coaching staff puts him in the game he is going to be used. He would need at least another game or two of similar production before being considered a flex starter but depth is important at the position regardless of your team’s current state. Spend moderately to see if his role grows into something more over the next few weeks.

Suggested Bid: $1,000,000

TE Add

Albert Okwuegbunam, TE – DEN (Owned 21%)

Week 8: 3 Rec/34 yards

Noah Fant has been diagnosed with COVID-19 which puts his Week 9 availability in jeopardy. This opens the door for second-year tight end Albert Okwuegbunam to see an increased role in Denver’s offense. Albert O played 49 percent of the snaps in his first week back from the IR and with taking Fant’s role potentially for a week or two his snaps would get closer to Fant’s 80-90 percent range. Many managers work in a rotation of tight ends each week anyways so if you need a player who would have minimal competition at the position, Albert O is a sleeper to see back-end TE1 numbers for the next two (2) weeks.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

Sleeper Bid (<25%)

Zay Jones, WR – LV (Owned 3.5%)

Week 8: BYE

It is terrible news coming out of Las Vegas about Henry Ruggs, and aside from football right now there are more complicated things going on in his current situation to be available for the Raiders anytime soon. The team will have to move on though and the offense will miss the deep threat speed he had. Derek Carr looks for taking deep shots throughout the game with Nelson Agholor benefiting last year and Ruggs in the early part of this season. In Ruggs’ absence, Zay Jones may be an under-the-radar add this week based on his skill set and how his role might be seen in this offense. We also do not know the status of how Darren Waller’s injury has healed over the bye week so it could be Hunter Renfrew and the rest of the field to make up the difference. Stash Jones in case the coaching staff sees him as one of the benefactors of Ruggs being out of the lineup.

Suggested Bid: $500,000

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