Free agent forecast: Week 12

Free agent forecast: Week 12

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Free agent forecast: Week 12

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

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
It wasn’t pretty but Andy Dalton put up a solid fantasy performance Sunday against the Broncos. Dalton completed only 15 passes for 154 yards but threw three touchdown passes. He’s been good in three of the last four games. Take out a clunker versus the Jaguars top rated pass defense and Dalton has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three games. Dalton had his best game of the season earlier this year against the Browns when he threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns. Fire up Dalton this week if you need a quarterback.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Dalton is a low-end QB1 for Week 12.

Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings
For all the talk about Teddy Bridgewater starting, Keenum has been playing well. In his last three games, Keenum has thrown for at least 280 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He gets the beatable Lions defense this week on Thanksgiving Day. With the waiver wire drying up, Keenum is one of the top quarterback options remaining in many leagues. Keep riding the hot hand.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Keenum is a streaming option this week.

On the Radar: Jacoby Brissett (20%)

Running Backs

Rock Star Free Agent

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens
Woodhead was activated off injured reserve and instantly resumed his role as the Ravens top pass-catching back. On Sunday, Woodhead led the Ravens with five receptions. The catches only went for 21 yards but good things are coming with Woodhead. He was targeted twice in the red zone, including once on a wheel route that fell incomplete. Also, the Ravens dominated the Packers on Sunday, so Alex Collins got 20 carries. Baltimore is one of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL. The Ravens have three shutouts this year and three losses by eight points or more. Woodhead will be a big part of the Ravens offense going forward, especially in games where Baltimore doesn’t get out to a big lead.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Woodhead is a weekly Flex play in PPR leagues.

Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
Perine got the start against the Saints with Rob Kelley out for the season. He had his most productive game of the year running for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (5.1 YPC). Chris Thompson broke his leg on Sunday and he’s also out for the rest of the season. That means Perine is now the only show in town for the Redskins running game. He’ll continue to dominate touches over the final six games. Perine is one of the top waiver wire targets this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast: Perine is an RB2 for the rest of the season.

Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
Williams is still floating around in some leagues. With both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery out on Sunday, Williams gained 95 yards on 22 touches. Montgomery could return this week but Williams will still have value because Jones is out for at least a couple more games. Montgomery has also been dealing with a rib injury for over a month, so he’s not likely to see a heavy workload on early downs. Williams has a tough matchup this week against the Steelers but then things ease up with games versus the Buccaneers and Browns.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Williams is an RB2/Flex play with Montgomery out.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles use all their running backs as well as any team in the NFL. Even in a crowded backfield, Clement is emerging as a weekly fantasy factor. Against the Cowboys, Clement rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown. He’s now reached 50 yards rushing in each of his last two games and scored four total touchdowns. Clement has seven touchdowns on the season. He plays mostly in passing situations, although Clement did see the second most snaps of the Eagles running backs behind LeGarrette Blount Sunday night. Clement is on the streaming radar this week versus the Bears.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Clement is a Flex option for Week 12 and beyond.

Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
Booker had his best game of the year on Sunday. He rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries and added 54 yards receiving on five receptions. Booker’s 19 touches are the most he’s gotten in a game since Week 13 of 2016. Booker also played 18 more snaps than starter C.J. Anderson. The Broncos backfield has been a fantasy mess this year but it now looks like a two-man committee with Booker and Anderson. Booker has more fantasy upside because he’s used in passing situations. He has a favorable matchup this week against a Raiders defense that bleeds fantasy points to running backs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Booker is a Flex option in deeper leagues.

On the Radar: Austin Ekeler (40%), Damien Williams (40%)

Wide Receivers

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
Jay Cutler left Sunday’s game with a concussion. Matt Moore replaced him. Stills caught 7 of 8 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown. In three games with Moore at quarterback this year, Stills has 18 receptions for 330 yards and three touchdowns on 27 targets. Some quarterbacks like throwing to certain receivers. Moore likes throwing to Stills. Cutler is questionable for Week 12. Stills’ fantasy value gets a bump if Moore starts against the Patriots.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Stills is a WR3/4 if Moore starts at QB.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
Doctson continues to progress. He caught 4 of 7 targets for a season-high 81 yards against the Saints. With Terrelle Pryor injured and a massive disappointment this year, Doctson has emerged as the starter opposite Jamison Crowder. Doctson hasn’t had a huge fantasy week yet but he’s showing signs with 11 receptions for 170 yards on 19 targets over the last three games. Doctson faces the disappointing Giants defense on Thanksgiving night. He’ll have an opportunity to build on last week’s encouraging performance.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Doctson is a WR4 for Week 12.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
Coleman returned from injured reserve on Sunday and saw his first action since Week 2. He led the Browns in targets (11), receptions (6) and yards (80). In three games this season, Coleman has been targeted 24 times. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points twice in PPR formats. The Browns passing game is still one of the NFL’s worst but Coleman is clearly the team’s No. 1 receiver when healthy. He has a tough matchup with the Bengals this week but expect Coleman to see plenty of targets.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Coleman is a WR4 this week and the rest of the year.

On the Radar: Bruce Ellington (10%), Dede Westbrook (30%)

Tight End

Rock Star Free Agent

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is available in just over 30 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 is eligible to come off injured reserve this week and he’s expected to play against the Jets. He’ll be a big help to owners fighting for a title with favorable matchups against the Buccaneers and Packers during fantasy playoffs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 65% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Olsen is a TE1 for the rest of the season.

1 Week Plug & Play

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals
Kroft only caught two passes against the Broncos but one went for a touchdown. He doesn’t have a high ceiling, although Kroft has scored at least nine points in PPR leagues in four of his last five games. Kroft’s best fantasy outing of the year came in Week 4 against the Browns when he caught six balls for 68 yards and two touchdowns. He faces a Browns defense again this week that’s allowing the third most fantasy points to tight ends. Kroft is worth a look for owners that need a quick fix at tight end.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Kroft is a streaming option against the Browns this week.

On the Radar: Charles Clay (30%), O.J. Howard (20%), Ricky Seals-Jones (1%), Adam Shaheen (1%)

Kickers

1 Week Plug & Play

Patrick Murray, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Murray has been one of the bright spots for the Buccaneers this season. The third Bucs kicker in 2017, Murray has connected on 10 of 12 field goal attempts. Last week, Murray hit three field goals and three extra points. It’s his second game in a row with three field goals. This week Murray faces a Falcons team that ranks in the Top 10 at allowing fantasy points to kickers. He’s a strong streaming option.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Murray is a Top 15 kicker this week.

On the Radar: Nick Rose (20%)

Defense/Specials Teams

Rock Star Free Agent

Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers defense turned out to be a fantasy dream in Week 11. Thank you, Nathan Peterman. Los Angeles’ defense recorded five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, a sack and two touchdowns on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Chargers don’t get to face the Bills every week but it may not matter. They have 12 sacks and eight interceptions over the last four games. Up next for the Chargers is the Cowboys struggling offense followed by the Browns. Grab them now.

Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: The Chargers are a Top 12 fantasy defense for the rest of the year.

1 Week Plug & Play

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals defense has been playing well lately. In its last four games, Cincinnati’s defense has racked up 11 sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. In three of those games, the Bengals defense has put up strong fantasy performances versus the Titans, Colts and Broncos. The Bengals tend to play well against bad offenses. This week they get the Browns. That qualifies as a bad offense.

Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: The Bengals are a Top 10 fantasy defense in Week 12.

On the Radar: Redskins (10%)

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