Free agent forecast: Week 11

Free agent forecast: Week 11

Roster Management

Free agent forecast: Week 11

Free Agent Auction
Bid (FAAB) Scale
$ $0 – $5
$$ $6 – $15
$$$ $16 – $25
$$$$ $26 – $40
$$$$$ $41+
Based on $100 cap,
12-team league.

Quarterbacks

1 Week Plug & Play

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
It’s Week 11 and we’ve filled our Josh McCown quota, so the pickings are getting slim for waiver wire quarterbacks. If you’re in a bind this week, Flacco is worth a look based on his matchup. The Packers defense allows the 15th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Flacco hasn’t been a great fantasy option this year but there was talk of opening up the offense before the Ravens bye week and he had his best fantasy output of the season (261/2/2). It’s down to guys like Flacco and Jay Cutler in many leagues. Take a shot with Flacco this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Flacco is a high-end QB2 for Week 11.

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bortles has quietly thrown for at least 241 yards and a touchdown in four straight games. Those aren’t huge fantasy numbers but it’s respectable for a guy who was fighting off Chad Henne three months ago. This week Bortles gets a Browns defense that allows the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Bortles doesn’t have a high ceiling but he has a matchup to exploit for owners in need of a starting quarterback this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Bortles is a streaming option vs. the Browns.

On the Radar: Jacoby Brissett (20%), Case Keenum (15%)

Running Backs

Rock Star Free Agent

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
It appears that Melvin Gordon is now in a timeshare. Gordon rushed for 27 yards on 16 carries (1.7 YPC) against the Jaguars. He added five receptions for 15 yards. Meanwhile, Ekeler ran 10 times for 42 yards (4.2 YPC). He also caught five balls for 77 yards and a touchdown. Gordon out-touched Ekeler 21 to 15 but it was Ekeler who got the late-game carries until he committed a costly fumble. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers use their two running backs going forward but Ekeler should be added in most leagues at this point.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Ekeler is a Flex play in PPR formats.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
We’ve been recommending Burkhead as a stash for a couple of weeks. He’s no longer a stash. Burkhead is now worth starting consideration in PPR leagues. On Sunday night, Burkhead ran the ball 10 times for 36 yards. He also caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. Burkhead’s 36 snaps led all Patriots running backs. Mike Gillislee was inactive versus the Broncos but Burkhead still must split touches with Dion Lewis and James White. However, he’s now scored in back-to-back games and his versatility will allow him to remain a big part of the Patriots gameplan most weeks. If you didn’t stash Burkhead, now you’ll have to fight for him. He’ll be one of the most popular waiver wire pickups this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Burkhead is a weekly Flex option in PPR leagues.

Injury Replacement

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery came into Sunday’s game splitting backfield touches for the Packers. However, both backs left the game with injuries. Jones suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss at least three weeks. Montgomery re-aggravated a rib injury. Williams took over as Green Bay’s lead back and ran for an uninspiring 67 yards on 20 carries (3.3 YPC). Williams is a power runner who doesn’t offer much big-play ability but he’ll be in line for 15-20 touches against the Ravens Sunday and moving forward even if Montgomery doesn’t miss time.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Williams will be a low-end RB2/Flex play depending on Montgomery’s status.

Grab & Stash

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
Clement is coming off a big game two weeks ago where he gained 66 total yards on 13 touches and scored three touchdowns. He’s gotten 22 carries in the Eagles last two games. Granted, Philadelphia was way ahead in both of those games and the Eagles have a crowded backfield with the addition of Jay Ajayi, but Clement is starting to carve out a role in the offense. Neither Ajayi nor LeGarrette Blount are great receivers. Clement is taking over the Darren Sproles-role in the Eagles offense. It’s hard to know when Clement’s touches will come because the Eagles offense is so diverse but if you play in a deeper league and are looking to take a flier on a running back, Clement isn’t a bad lottery ticket.

Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Clement is an RB3/stash in PPR leagues.

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens
We’re putting Woodhead on here for the third straight week. Woodhead has begun practicing and is eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 11. The Ravens are coming off a bye, so the hope is Woodhead will be ready to return soon. It’s probably wishful thinking to expect Woodhead to play this week. However, even if Woodhead takes a little longer to return, he’s worth adding right now for owners in good shape to make the fantasy playoffs. Woodhead caught three passes for 33 yards in just under one quarter of play this season. He’ll be a major part of the Ravens offense once he’s healthy.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Woodhead is a valuable stash for fantasy playoffs.

On the Radar: Matt Breida (8%), Samaje Perine (10%), Damien Williams (40%)

Wide Receivers

Rock Star Free Agent

Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lee is still floating around in a few leagues. This will be the last week to grab him after Lee caught six passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. He was targeted a team-high 11 times. Lee has been targeted 39 times in his last four games. Over that span, Lee has topped 70 yards receiving three times and he’s scored twice. Lee has been better than Dez Bryant lately, so grab him if he’s still available.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Lee is a WR3/4 depending on scoring system.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
Davis was targeted a team-high 10 times on Sunday. He caught four passes for 48 yards. Davis could have had a touchdown too, but he fumbled the ball out of the end zone. He has 15 targets in his last two games and while neither has been a huge fantasy performance, the rookie now appears to be fully recovered from a hamstring injury that hindered him for most of the year. Davis ends the year with games against the Steelers, Colts, Texans, Cardinals, 49ers and Rams. There are some beatable matchups in there that Davis should be able to exploit.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Davis is a WR4 for Week 11.

Grab & Stash

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
Doctson caught a season-high four receptions for 30 yards on seven targets Sunday against the Vikings. He had to deal with Xavier Rhodes for much of the day, so it was a tough matchup for Doctson. He’s been targeted 12 times in the last two games. Doctson still hasn’t reached 60 yards receiving in a game yet but with all the problems the Redskins are having at receiver, he’s starting to get more looks from Kurt Cousins. With games coming up against the Giants and Cowboys, Doctson could be a factor down the stretch.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Doctson is a WR4/5 for the final month of the season.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
Coleman was cleared to practice last week. He said he’s fully healthy from a hand injury that’s sidelined him since Week 3. Coleman is eligible to return from injured reserve this week and Hue Jackson said he’ll be all systems go. Browns receivers aren’t fantasy gold but Coleman saw 13 targets and scored a touchdown in his first two games before getting injured. He’ll quickly re-emerge as the top target on a team currently throwing to Ricardo Louis and Kenny Britt. Coleman isn’t worth starting this week versus the Jaguars secondary but he’ll have fantasy value over the final five weeks of the fantasy season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Coleman is a WR3/4 after Week 11.  

On the Radar: Chris Godwin (2%), Dontrelle Inman (2%), Chester Rogers (1%)

Tight End

Rock Star Free Agent

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is available in roughly 40 percent of leagues right now. Many owners without an injured reserve spot were forced to drop Olsen after he injured his foot in Week 3. Olsen will be returning soon and he could really help owners during fantasy playoffs. He’s eligible to come off injured reserve in Week 12. Even if Olsen doesn’t come back until fantasy playoffs, he’ll be a big help to owners fighting for a title with favorable matchups against the Buccaneers and Packers.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Olsen is a TE1 if he returns for fantasy playoffs.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
Clay returned from a knee injury on Sunday and caught two passes for 13 yards. Don’t read too much into the stat line. The Saints hammered Buffalo. No Bills offensive player did much. Clay had caught at least four passes in three of his first six games before getting hurt. He also scored twice. Clay is a big factor in the red zone as well. With games coming up against the Chiefs, Patriots, Colts and Dolphins, Clay will be a viable streaming option over the final month of the season for owners weak at tight end.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Clay is a Low end TE1/TE2 depending on matchup for the rest of the year.

On the Radar: Garrett Celek (2%), Jermaine Gresham (2%)

Kickers

1 Week Plug & Play

Kai Forbath, Minnesota Vikings
Forbath only made one field goal on Sunday but added five extra points. In his three prior games, Forbath had hit three, six and four field goals. Four of those field goals came from 50 yards or beyond. The Vikings have been moving the ball on offense under Case Keenum and this week they face the Rams in what could be a high-scoring game. Forbath is 16-for-16 on field goal attempts in his last five games. Start him with confidence.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Forbath is a Top 10 kicker this week.

On the Radar: Nick Rose (10%)

Defense/Specials Teams

1 Week Plug & Play

Arizona Cardinals
Tom Savage is killing the Texans offense but one silver lining is owners can stream defenses against him. In two games since taking over for Deshaun Watson, Savage has thrown two interceptions, lost three fumbles and been sacked five times. The Cardinals have 10 sacks in their last two games. Arizona’s defense is a top play this week versus the struggling Texans offense.

Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: The Cardinals are a Top 5 defense for Week 11.

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals defense has recorded four sacks in two of its last three games. This week they get Brock Osweiler and the declining Broncos offense. Osweiler played better in his second start against the Patriots but in two games, he’s been sacked three times and thrown three interceptions. Denver’s special teams are also an abomination. The Broncos special teams allowed a kick return for a touchdown, lost a fumble and got a punt blocked versus New England. The Bengals defense is a strong streaming option this week.

Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: The Bengals are a streaming option in Week 11.

On the Radar: Chargers (10%)

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