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

Marcus Mariota, Titans
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashMariota has thrown eight touchdown passes to just one interception over his last three games. Take away two poor performances against the Lions and Texans and Mariota has been a solid starting option this year. Mariota should help fantasy owners once again this week when he faces Jacksonville. The Jaguars allow the 12th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Mariota doesn’t have a huge ceiling playing in the Titans offense but he should be good for around 20 fantasy points this week if you need him.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Mariota is a streaming option against the Jaguars this week and in the future when the matchup is favorable.

Sam Bradford, Vikings
1 Week Plug & PlayBradford is coming off his worst game as a Viking when he returned to Philadelphia to face his old team. He got eaten alive by the Eagles defense. The good news for Bradford is things will get much easier this week when he faces the Bears. Chicago’s pass defense hasn’t been horrible this year but it’s certainly beatable. The Bears have given up at least 17 fantasy points in four games. Look for Bradford to bounce back with one of his better games of the year on Monday night. He has a much more favorable matchup than the one had this week versus the Eagles.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Bradford is a streaming option in deeper leagues.

On the Radar: Alex Smith (40%)

Running Backs

Jacquizz Rodgers, Buccaneers
Rock StarDoug Martin continues to be out with a hamstring injury and he may not be back any time soon. Rodgers rushed for 154 yards on 26 carries (5.9 YPC) against the 49ers. He’s rushed for 255 yards in his last two games. To put that in perspective, Rodgers had rushed for 252 yards in his previous 19 games. Jameis Winston has only thrown one interception since the Buccaneers decided to lean on the running game. Expect to see a whole lot more of Rodgers until Martin is healthy. He’s the top waiver wire target this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast: Rodgers is a weekly RB1/2 while Martin is out.

Matt Asiata, Vikings
Injury ReplacementThe Vikings can’t run the ball at all right now and while it pains owners to start Asiata, he’s in the mix this week. Jerick McKinnon injured his ankle against the Eagles on Sunday. If he can’t play versus the Bears, Asiata will handle a majority of the touches in Minnesota’s backfield. The Vikings play on Monday night and there are much better options on the board at running back but if you’re in a deeper league and desperate, Asiata is worth a look should McKinnon miss time.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Asiata is on the Flex radar if McKinnon is out.

Chris Thompson, Redskins
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashThompson had his best game of the year against the Lions. He racked up 113 total yards on 19 touches Sunday. Matt Jones is having fumbling issues and while he’s still the lead back for now, Thompson’s role should continue to grow in the coming weeks. The running back position has thinned out on a majority of waiver wires at this point. Thompson is a player worth adding right now. He’s on the RB2 radar in PPR leagues this week versus the Bengals.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Thompson is an RB2/Flex play in PPR leagues.

Mike Gillislee, Bills
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashLeSean McCoy tried to play with an injured hamstring but he only carried the ball eight times for 11 yards before leaving the game. It was obvious from the start that McCoy wasn’t healthy. Without McCoy, the Bills abandoned the run. Buffalo only ran the ball 22 times. McCoy and Tyrod Taylor combined for 15 of those carries. It doesn’t look good for McCoy playing this week against the Patriots. Expect Gillislee to get the start and see a much heavier workload. The first time the two teams met Buffalo rushed for 134 yards on 32 carries. Gillislee should be added given McCoy’s uncertain status.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Gillislee is an RB2/Flex option if McCoy is out this week.

Knile Davis, Packers
Grab & StashDavis is a below-average running back. He’s still living off the couple of good games he had years ago as a Chief. The bottom line is Davis is a runner with a career 3.3 YPC average that fumbles too much. Still, the Packers simply don’t have any healthy running backs right now. Montgomery isn’t built to handle 20 carries a game. Until Starks returns, Davis could get an opportunity to carve out a role in the Packers offense. If you have the roster room, Davis is worth grabbing to see what happens.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Davis is a bench stash.

On the Radar: Peyton Barber (1%), Kenneth Dixon (20%)

Wide Receivers

Ty Montgomery, Packers
Rock StarMontgomery has become one of the Packers most dangerous offensive weapons over the last two weeks. With Eddie Lacy and James Starks injured, Montgomery is seeing time at both running back and receiver. Against the Bears Thursday night Montgomery rushed nine times for 60 yards and caught 10-of-13 targets for 66 yards. It’s the second week in a row Montgomery has caught 10 passes and he’s been targeted 25 times in the last two games. Lacy is on injured reserve and Starks is expected to miss about a month with a knee injury. Montgomery’s role as a hybrid running back/receiver now makes his an every-week fantasy starter. He’ll see plenty of touches even with the recent signing of Knile Davis.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$
Forecast: Montgomery is a WR3 thanks to his RB touches.

Davante Adams, Packers
Rock StarAnother Packers receiver that will be a hot waiver wire target this week is Adams. Against the Bears, Adams led the Packers in targets (16), receptions (13), receiving yards (132) and touchdowns (2). That’s not going to happen every week but Adams has improved from the disaster he was last year and it’s obvious Aaron Rodgers trusts him again. Adams has scored four touchdowns this year. He has the Colts and Falcons coming up. Now is a good time to grab him.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Adams is a WR4.

Quincy Enunwa, Jets
Rock StarEnunwa only caught two passes but one went for a 69-yard touchdown. Brandon Marshall is dominating targets with Eric Decker out but Enunwa is the second best Jets receiver to own right now. He’s still available in half of fantasy leagues. Enunwa is a valuable bench receiver/Plug & Play starter for the second half of the fantasy season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Enunwa is a WR4/streaming option.

Brandon LaFell, Bengals
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashLaFell caught 4-of-5 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. Granted, it’s the Browns but LaFell has now caught four touchdowns in his last three games. This week LaFell gets a Redskins pass defense that could be without Josh Norman. LaFell isn’t the sexiest name on the waiver wire but he’s starting to produce consistent fantasy numbers.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: LaFell is a streaming option vs. the Redskins this week.

Jamison Crowder, Redskins
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashCrowder made a fantasy splash earlier in the season but hadn’t seen more than five targets since Week 3. However, Crowder benefited with Jordan Reed still out because of a concussion He was targeted nine times against the Lions; catching seven balls for 108 yards. Reed may not play again in Week 8, which means Crowder will continue to get more looks in the slot. He’s a solid start versus the Bengals this week in PPR formats.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Crowder is a WR3/4 in PPR formats this week with Reed out.

On the Radar: Marquise Goodwin (1%), Marqise Lee (1%), J.J. Nelson (1%), Russell Shepard (1%), Kenny Stills (10%)

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle, Colts
Rock StarIt’s easy to get on Andrew Luck. On the other hand any quarterback that makes Jack Doyle fantasy relevant has to be pretty darn talented. With Dwayne Allen injured, Doyle took advantage of being the primary tight end against the Titans. Doyle caught 9-of-10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. Allen is expected to be out a month, which puts Doyle on the weekly TE1 map. Raise your hand if you called that one back in August.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Doyle is a TE1 with Allen out of the lineup.

Vernon Davis, Redskins
Injury ReplacementJordan Reed could miss his third straight game when the Redskins travel to London Sunday to face the Bengals. Davis scored two weeks ago in his first start. Last Sunday against a Lions defense that has no clue how to cover tight ends, Davis caught all six of his targets for 79 yards. Davis’ matchup isn’t as favorable this week but he’s still a solid streaming option assuming Reed is inactive once again.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Davis is a streaming option as long as Reed is out.

On the Radar: Cameron Brate (30%), Lance Kendricks (2%)

Kickers

Josh Lambo, Chargers
1 Week Plug & PlayThe Chargers offense is red-hot and Lambo has benefited. He’s connected on four field goals in each of his last two games. Lambo gets a Broncos team on Sunday he just faced two weeks ago. He scored 13 fantasy points. Lambo has scored double-digit fantasy points in four of seven games this year. He has a good chance to do it for the fifth time this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Lambo is a Top 10 kicker this week.

On the Radar: Matt Bryant (50%)

Defense/Specials Teams

New York Jets
1 Week Plug & PlayThe Jets haven’t been a good fantasy defense this year. Then again, they haven’t played the Browns yet. Cleveland has used seven quarterbacks in seven games and we have no idea which one will start on Sunday. The Jets defense is coming off its best performance of the season against Baltimore where they registered a sack, two interceptions and recovered a fumble. Expect even better numbers on Sunday when Gang Green faces the struggling Browns.
Availability: Owned in ~ 20% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: The Jets are a top fantasy defense for Week 8.

On the Radar: Chiefs (55%)

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