Free Agent Forecast: Week 8

Free Agent Forecast: Week 8

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Free Agent Forecast: Week 8

SYMBOL LEGEND
Rockstar Rock Star Free Agent
Injury Injury Replacement
Grab & Stash Grab & Stash
1 Week Plug & Play 1 Week Plug & Play
Dumpster Dive Dumpster Dive
Free Agent Auction
Bid (FAAB) Scale

$ $0 – $5
$$ $6 – $15
$$$ $16 – $25
$$$$ $26 – $40
$$$$$ $41+
Based on $100 cap,
12-team league.

Given the diverse scoring systems and sizes of fantasy leagues, producing a weekly list of free agents that satisfies the masses can be challenging. For the most part, the column will hone in on players who are available in at least 35% of all fantasy leagues. If you play in a small league (8 teams), chances are there may be better players to pick up than you see listed here. If you play in a large league (16 teams), the majority of the players highlighted may already be on a squad; however, expect to find hidden gems, as well.

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr, Raiders
Rock StarCarr had a tough matchup on paper Sunday but he lit up the Chargers’ defense for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Carr has now thrown 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions on the season. He has a stud receiver in Amari Cooper and a good No. 2 in Michael Crabtree, so surrounding talent isn’t an issue. Also, take away the opener when Carr was injured early and he’s attempted at least 30 passes in every game. Carr has a bad matchup against the Jets this week but he’s a great pickup for the rest of the year if you need help at quarterback.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast

: Carr is a QB1 most weeks for the rest of the year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets
1 Week Plug & PlayFitzpatrick has been the ultimate streamer this year and that will continue this week when he takes on the Raiders. Fitzpatrick has thrown multiple touchdown passes in 5-of-6 games this season. In his last two games, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 547 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception. He has a good matchup this week against a Raiders’ defense that gives up a lot of points to opposing quarterbacks if you need him.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast

: Fitzpatrick is a low-end QB1 streaming option this week.

On the Radar: Kirk Cousins (10%), Jameis Winston (35%)

Running Backs

Charcandrick West, Chiefs
Rock StarLast week we advised grabbing Knile Davis as a stash in case West faltered after his lackluster performance against Minnesota. However, on Sunday West rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while Davis was an afterthought. West is clearly the lead dog in Kansas City’s backfield and has the trust of Andy Reid. It’s his job going forward unless he either gets hurt or fumbles it away. If West is still available in your league, he should be a top waiver priority this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 68% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast

: West is a RB2 going forward.

Darren McFadden, Cowboys
Rock StarIt took almost half the season but we may finally have some clarity in the Cowboys’ backfield. Joseph Randle was forced from Sunday’s game against the Giants with an oblique strain. Randle is now expected to miss some time with the injury. McFadden came in and rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. McFadden had already taken over Lance Dunbar’s role but after his big game on Sunday he should replace Randle as Cowboys’ primary ball carrier as well. Either way, McFadden has fantasy value as a receiver, so he should be owned in most leagues at this point.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast

: McFadden is an RB2 with Randle out.

Chris Polk, Texans
Injury ReplacementArian Foster is out for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon. Polk and Alfred Blue will replace him but while Blue looks like the better pickup on paper, Polk has more upside. Blue is an average talent and the Texans couldn’t run the ball when Foster was in there. Foster was putting up fantasy numbers by catching passes while Houston is trailing in games. That’s when Polk is going to be on the field, not Blue. Blue averages 3.3 yards per carry in his career and he has three touchdowns in two seasons. He’ll be running behind a poor offensive line on a bad team. That doesn’t sound like a recipe for fantasy success. If you want to grab a Texans running back this week, roll the dice on Polk’s receiving numbers instead.
Availability: Owned in ~ 2% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast

: Polk will emerge as a Flex option in PPR formats.

Charles Sims, Buccaneers
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashDoug Martin is having a strong season but Sims is also seeing enough touches to make a fantasy impact. Sims has scored double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games. Even with Martin playing well, Sims has gotten 22 carries in Tampa Bay’s last two games. The Bucs play Atlanta this week, so Sims should be involved as both a runner and receiver once again.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast

: Sims is a Flex option in PPR leagues both this week and beyond.

David Cobb, Titans
Grab & StashCobb has started practicing and is eligible to be activated off injured reserve next week before Tennessee plays the Saints. The Titans have no running game to speak of right now. Antonio Andrews has provided a little spark but he’s a limited runner. Cobb should get plenty of carries as soon as he’s healthy. There’s no guarantee Cobb will make a big fantasy impact playing on a Titans team that struggles to run the ball but he’s worth a flier in deeper leagues if you have an open roster spot.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast

: Cobb will be the Titans top fantasy RB over the final month of the season.

Orleans Darkwa, Giants
Dumpster DiveDarkwa came out of nowhere to run the ball eight times for 48 yards and a touchdown Sunday. Darkwa was a productive player on some bad Tulane teams during his college career. He’s a versatile back who is both a strong inside runner and excellent receiver. While Darkwa does offer some upside, the Giants have a logjam at running back right now. Darkwa will likely be part of a three or four back rotation but he’s worth a lottery ticket in deeper leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 1% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast

: Darkwa is a versatile player stuck in a crowded backfield.

On the Radar: Branden Oliver (15%), Khiry Robinson (10%), James White (2%)

Wide Receivers

Rishard Matthews, Dolphins
Rock StarLast week we pointed out that Andre Johnson is owned in more leagues than Matthews. Johnson is still owned in more leagues. To be fair, Johnson caught four balls for 44 yards on Sunday. That’s actually a big game for him. On the other hand, Matthews caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. That’s a normal game for him. If you need a receiver and Matthews is on the waiver wire, it’s time to pick him up. The guy is averaging almost 17 fantasy points a game.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast

: Matthews is a weekly WR3.

Stefon Diggs, Vikings
Rock StarLast week when discussing Diggs we noted he was arguably the top high school recruit to ever go to the University of Maryland. Diggs is now showing why he was highly sought after by so many schools. In his last three games Diggs has caught 19 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown on 28 targets. Diggs is now clearly the No. 1 receiver in Minnesota. He should be owned in all formats.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$$
Forecast

: Diggs is a weekly WR2/3.

Stevie Johnson, Chargers
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashJohnson had a good start to the season but then got hurt and he was dumped in a lot of leagues. In his first two games, Johnson caught 11 passes and two touchdowns. Now that he’s healthy again, Johnson is worth picking up. Ladarius Green has carved out a role as a second tight end but the Chargers throw so much, there’s room for another receiver to produce outside of Keenan Allen. Johnson gets the awful Ravens’ pass defense this week, so he makes for a sneaky start if you need a receiver.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast

: Johnson is on the Flex radar this week and is worth a bench spot if you need WR depth.

Brandon LaFell, Patriots
Grab & StashLaFell returned from a foot injury against the Jets but had an awful game. He showed his rust by dropping six balls. The good news is LaFell was targeted eight times. He’s not going to drop six balls every week. LaFell adds a deep threat to an already dangerous Patriots’ offense. He’s still a strong add right now even after his poor game Sunday.
Availability: Owned in ~ 58% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast

: LaFell will be a WR3/Flex play by the end of the year.

Danny Amendola, Patriots
Grab & StashAmendola has teased fantasy owners before and disappeared but it’s hard to ignore what he’s done over the last two games. Over that span, Amendola has caught 15 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets. Amendola has taken over for Julian Edelman as Tom Brady’s top target the last two weeks. There’s a chance with LaFell being back in the mix Amendola will disappear again but based on his recent production, he’s worth adding this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast

: Amendola is a WR4 in PPR formats.

On the Radar: Chris Conley (2%), Nate Washington (5%), Robert Woods (20%)

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed, Redskins
Rock StarReed has been one of the best fantasy tight ends this year when healthy. He missed two games with a concussion but Reed still has 35 receptions on 47 targets this season. On Sunday Reed caught 11 balls for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets. Reed is Kirk Cousins favorite option in the passing game and a weekly TE1.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$
Forecast

: Reed is a TE1 for the rest of the year.

Eric Ebron, Lions
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashLike Reed, Ebron has produced when healthy this year. Ebron caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. He now has three touchdowns on the year and has scored at least 15 fantasy points in three of his five games if you play in a PPR format. Ebron gets the Chiefs on Sunday. He’s worth adding if you need a tight end this week or an upgrade for the rest of the year.
Availability: Owned in ~ 20% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast

: Ebron is a low-end TE1 this week.

Ladarius Green, Chargers
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashGreen got the start for an injured Antonio Gates Sunday and delivered with four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Green has now scored double-digit fantasy points in four straight games and 5-of-7 overall this year. Green has carved out a role in the Chargers’ offense even when Gates is healthy, so he’s worth using against Baltimore if you need a tight end. If Gates misses another game, Green moves up to a mid-range TE1.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast

: Green is a TE1 this week if Gates is out and a high-end TE2 if he plays.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers
Grab & StashSeferian-Jenkins has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury. He could miss another week but Seferian-Jenkins is close to returning. Seferian-Jenkins had a huge game in Week 1 and he provides Jameis Winston with a big red zone target. If you’re hurting at tight end, Seferian-Jenkins is an intriguing stash for the second half of the season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast

: Seferian-Jenkins is a high-end TE2 for the second half of the season.

On the Radar: Zach Ertz (35%), Ben Watson (40%)

Kickers

Blair Walsh, Vikings
1 Week Plug & PlayAfter a slow start to the season Walsh has come on over his last two games making 8-of-8 field goal attempts. He’s also 4-of-4 from 40+ yards over that span. The Bears rank in the bottom five of the NFL when it comes to giving up points to opposing field goal kickers. As long as Walsh’s early season accuracy issues are behind him he should continue to put up points against the Bears this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 20% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast

: Walsh will record his third straight double-digit scoring week.

On the Radar: Connor Barth (10%)

Defense/Specials Teams

Miami Dolphins
Rock StarThe Dolphins’ defense has looked completely different under new head coach Dan Campbell. For instance, DE Cameron Wake had zero sacks in the first four games. He has six sacks in his last two games. Overall, Miami’s defense has recorded 10 sacks, three interceptions and scored two touchdowns since Campbell took over. Will the Dolphins’ defense continue to be this dominant over the long-term? It’s hard to say because they’ve played Tennessee and Houston the last two weeks. However, the team always had talent. Miami gets New England this Thursday, so the Dolphins’ defense will be put to the test. Any defense that has 10 sacks in two games is worth picking up though.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast

: The Dolphins will be a Top 12 fantasy defense for the rest of the season.

Tennessee Titans
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashThe Titans have actually been a solid matchup fantasy defense this year. Tennessee posted strong fantasy weeks when it faced Tampa Bay and Atlanta. The Titans’ defense also put up a surprisingly good showing last week against Atlanta. Tennessee has another favorable matchup this week when the Titans travel to Houston and take on the dumpster fire known as the Texans. Owners might want to hold onto the Titans defense if possible because Tennessee hosts Houston in Week 16 when fantasy title games will be taking place.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast

: The Titans are a Top 12 defense for Week 8.

On the Radar: Vikings (45%)

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