Free Agent Forecast: Week 7

Free Agent Forecast: Week 7

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Free Agent Forecast: Week 7

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

Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Rock StarIt’s over. Dak is the Cowboys starting quarterback. Prescott is putting up around 20 fantasy points a week without Dez Bryant in the lineup. For all the ridiculous talk that the Dallas offense is better without Dez, Bryant is a premier No. 1 NFL receiver. His presence will only produce more big plays in the passing game. Prescott is now a weekly QB1 that’s still available in 40 percent of leagues. Tony Romo isn’t walking through that door any time soon. Go get Dak.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Prescott is a weekly QB1.

Marcus Mariota, Titans
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashMariota is on fire. On Sunday he threw for 284 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 64 yards. In his last two games, Mariota has thrown for 447 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Mariota has a good chance to stay hot when he faces the beatable Colts pass defense this week. He’s a strong streaming option and pick up if you need to upgrade your QB2.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Mariota is a streaming option this week vs. the Colts.

On the Radar: Cody Kessler (1%), Tyrod Taylor (55%)

Running Backs

Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
Rock StarMany owners held onto Arian Foster while he was recovering from his hamstring injury. Some even started him last week in his first game back. Fantasy football can be cruel sometimes. While Foster was finally active on Sunday, the day belonged to Ajayi. He rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (8.2 YPC) to help lead Miami to an upset over the Steelers. Adam Gase said he wanted to ditch the committee and go with one running back. That back appears to be Ajayi. He’ll be the top waiver wire target this week in many leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast: Ajayi is an emerging RB2.

James White, Patriots
Rock StarIt’s hard to believe that with Tom Brady back White is still owned in fewer than half of fantasy leagues. One week after posting his highest yardage total of the season, White caught eight passes, scored twice and gained 66 total yards against the Bengals. White’s fantasy value has gotten a big bump with Brady back under center. He’s a weekly starting option in PPR formats with Dion Lewis’ return date still up in the air.
Availability: Owned in ~ 45% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: White is an RB2/Flex play in PPR leagues.  

Devontae Booker, Broncos
Grab & StashC.J. Anderson is still seeing a majority of the snaps in the Broncos backfield but Booker is making an impact with his limited opportunities. Against the Chargers, Booker only played 15 offensive snaps but gained 46 yards on five carries (9.2 YPC). Anderson gained 37 yards on xx carries. Booker is now averaging 4.7 yards per carry on the season. Anderson is still the clear lead back in Denver but Booker has looked good and is earning more touches in the future. He could start eating into Anderson’s carries over the second half of the season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Prescott is a QB1 this week vs. the Packers.

On the Radar: Zach Zenner (1%)

Wide Receivers

Cameron Meredith, Bears
Rock StarMeredith had his second big game in a row on Sunday. He caught 11 passes for 113 yards on a team-leading 15 targets. Meredith has been targeted 27 times in the last two games. He’s had two favorable matchups against the Colts and Jaguars but it’s clear Meredith is going to be a weekly fantasy factor in Chicago’s offense. He should be owned in all leagues at this point.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast: Meredith is a weekly WR2/3.

Michael Thomas, Saints
Rock StarThomas continues to out-produce Willie Snead. Snead (4/47) saw seven targets to Thomas’ (5/78/1) five but Thomas had the more productive fantasy day. Thomas has scored in each of his last three games and seen 25 targets over that span. He has over 50 yards receiving in four of five games this season. Thomas has emerged as a consistent weapon in the Saints offense. This will be the last week he’ll be available on the waiver wire in a majority of leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Thomas is a weekly WR3/4.

Kenny Britt, Rams
Rock StarBritt has established himself as a weekly fantasy weapon. He caught seven passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets against the Lions. Britt has at least 67 yards receiving in five of six games this year. Britt is on pace for 1,300 yards receiving. He plays on an inconsistent offense but Britt is now in the WR3/4 conversation.
Availability: Owned in ~ 12% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Britt is a WR3/4 most weeks.  

Rishard Matthews, Titans
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashMatthews may not be on his way to fantasy superstardom but he’s shown signs of life over the last three games. He still isn’t catching a lot of passes but Matthews is making the most of his opportunities. He’s gone over 70 yards receiving twice in the last three games and scored in back-to-back weeks. Matthews has a favorable matchup this Sunday against the Colts defense. The waiver wire is starting to thin out so if you’re searching for a receiver in deeper leagues this week, Matthews is worth a look.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Matthews is a WR4/Flex option in deeper leagues this week vs. the Colts.

Ty Montgomery, Packers
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashMontgomery had his best game of the year against the Cowboys. He led the team in targets (12), receptions (10) and yards (98). Montgomery saw extended playing time after Davante Adams left the game with a concussion. He also lined up in the backfield with Eddie lacy battling an ankle injury. The Packers play the Bears on Thursday night. If Adams is out, Montgomery should once again see an increased role in the Packers offense. Just keep in mind that the Cowboys struggle to cover slot receivers. Montgomery is worth picking up this week; just don’t go overboard based on one performance.
Availability: Owned in ~ 1% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Montgomery is a WR3/4 if Adams is out this week.

Donte Moncrief, Colts
Grab & StashMoncrief was owned in close to 100 percent of leagues before suffering a fractured scapula. He was dropped in a bunch of leagues by owners who couldn’t wait for him to return. Moncrief is still listed as week-to-week but he’s expected back in early November. Phillip Dorsett has been dreadful since taking over as the starter. Moncrief will be one of Andrew Luck’s top targets when healthy. If you have the roster room, grab Moncrief now for the stretch run.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Moncrief is a WR2/3 when healthy.

On the Radar: Chester Rogers (1%), Torrey Smith (40%), Robert Woods (20%), Kendall Wright (1%)

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry, Chargers
Rock StarThe return of Antonio Gates hasn’t derailed Henry. He caught 6-of-8 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos. Henry led the Chargers in targets, receptions and yardage Thursday night versus one of the NFL’s top defenses, so he’s the real deal. Rookie tight ends historically don’t have much fantasy value but Henry looks like the exception to the rule. He’s gone over 61 receiving yards in each of the last four games and scored in three straight. Henry is now a weekly TE1. He should be owned in all formats.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Henry is a TE1 for the rest of the year.  

Vernon Davis, Redskins
Injury ReplacementJordan Reed missed Sunday’s game with a concussion. Davis started against the Eagles and caught two passes for 50 yards. However, one of those receptions went for a 37-yard touchdown. If Reed misses another game, Davis will be a strong streaming option. He’ll face a Lions defense that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Detroit’s defense has given up seven touchdowns to tight ends through six games; including one to the Rams Lance Kendricks last week. Expect better numbers from Davis if he gets another start on Sunday.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Davis is a streaming option if Reed misses another game.

Jack Doyle, Colts
Injury ReplacementDwayne Allen suffered an ankle injury Sunday night. Doyle stepped in and caught 4-of-4 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Luck has targeted the tight end position over 20 percent of the time this season. If Allen can’t play against the Titans, Doyle will see a majority of the targets. Doyle is a risky play with Allen in the lineup but he becomes a low-end TE1 with him out.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Doyle is a low-end TE1 if Allen is out against the Titans.

Ladarius Green, Steelers
Grab & StashThe tight end position is getting thin on the waiver wire. One player still out there is Green. Green is eligible to come off PUP in Week 7. He recently said rehab is going well and that there’s a good possibility he could return when he’s first eligible. Some owners are struggling at tight end. Green is a good stash right now if you need help at the position. If your league has IR, you can stash Green there until he’s eligible to play so he doesn’t burn a roster spot.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Green is a good stash if you’re weak at TE.

On the Radar: Lance Kendricks (1%)

Kickers

Greg Zuerlein, Rams
1 Week Plug & PlayThe Giants defense has been a disappointment early in the year but the one area where its been strong is in red zone defense. Because of forcing so many field goals in the red zone, the Giants have allowed the most fantasy points to kickers this season. Zuerlein hasn’t been a consistent fantasy option but he does have two games with at least three made field goals. He’s a strong streaming option this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Zuerlein is a Top 12 kicker this week.

On the Radar: Dustin Hopkins (25%)

Defense/Specials Teams

Washington Redskins
1 Week Plug & PlayThis isn’t a great week for waiver wire defenses. If you’re searching for one that’s still isn’t owned in many leagues, the Redskins are worth a look. Over the last two games, Washington is allowing 12 points and has registered eight sacks. The Lions can score points but they can also give up sacks and Matthew Stafford can turn the ball over. The Redskins have three games this year with at least three sacks and they’ve recovered five fumbles. It’s not the best matchup on the board but out of the lower owned defense, the Redskins are playing the best right now.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: The Redskins are a streaming option this week in deeper leagues.

On the Radar: Chiefs (55%)

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