Free agent forecast: Week 14

Free agent forecast: Week 14

Roster Management

Free agent forecast: Week 14

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

Quarterbacks

Rock Star Free Agent

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston returned on Sunday after a three-week absence. Winston threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He lost a fumble that was returned for a score but overall it was one of Winston’s better games of the year. Like we said last week, Winston is the top quarterback left on some waiver wires at this point in the season. He finishes with a favorable schedule that includes the Lions, Falcons and Panthers. Grab Winston if you need another quarterback for fantasy playoffs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Winston is a low-end QB1 for fantasy playoffs.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Garoppolo made his first start for the 49ers and led San Francisco to just its second win of the season. He put up a solid performance with 293 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Garoppolo’s next three games are against the Texans, Titans and Jaguars. He’ll be a viable fantasy option in two of those contests. The Texans and Titans each give up a lot of fantasy points to quarterbacks. If you play in a two-quarterback league or need a backup for fantasy playoffs, Garoppolo is worth a look.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Garoppolo is a streaming option for fantasy playoffs.

On the Radar: DeShone Kizer (5%)

Running Backs

Rock Star Free Agent

Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks
It’s hard to recommend a Seahawks running back this season but Davis is the one player outside of Chris Carson that’s shown upside in Seattle’s backfield. Against the Eagles on Sunday night, Davis rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries (4.0 YPC). He also made an impact as a receiver by catching four passes for 37 yards. Davis has played in two games this year and given the lackluster Seattle backfield a boost each time. He finishes with a dream schedule versus the Jaguars, Rams and Cowboys. Davis is certainly worth adding for a playoff run.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Davis is a Flex option during fantasy playoffs.

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacquizz Rodgers was a hot waiver wire addition last week with Doug Martin dealing with a concussion. However, he gave way to Peyton Barber on Sunday. Barber rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries (4.4 YPC). He also caught four passes for 41 yards. Martin could return this week but he hasn’t been productive all year. He’s only topped 70 yards in two of eight games. The Buccaneers are going nowhere this season and are likely to give Barber a longer look. Even if Martin returns this week against the Lions, expect Barber to still see his share of touches.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Barber is a Flex option in deeper leagues.

Injury Replacement

Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals
Williams replaced an injured Adrian Peterson and ran for 97 yards on 16 carries (6.1 YPC). Peterson is dealing with a neck injury and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. Williams would face a tough Titans rush defense should he get the start this week and his fantasy value is tied to Peterson’s health. It’s clear though that Williams has re-emerged as the Cardinals No. 2 back behind Peterson for the remainder of the season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 2% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Williams will be a deep Flex option if Peterson is out this week.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Matt Forte, New York Jets
Forte racked up 91 total yards, caught three passes and scored a touchdown Sunday versus the Chiefs. He’s still in a timeshare with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire but Forte has value in PPR leagues because of his contributions as a receiver. Forte has scored at least 10 points in PPR formats six times this season, including five of his last six games. He remains the best fantasy option in a crowded backfield because of the way the Jets use him in the passing game. Forte faces a reeling Broncos defense this week that allows five receptions per game to running backs. He’s a Flex consideration in PPR leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Forte is on the Flex radar in PPR leagues.

On the Radar: Corey Clement (15%), James Conner (5%), Tion Green (1%), Chris Ivory (15%), Aaron Jones (35%), Theo Riddick (40%)

Wide Receivers

Injury Replacement

Cordarrelle Patterson, Oakland Raiders
Patterson led the Raiders in receiving on Sunday with both Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (injury) out. He caught four passes for 97 yards against the Giants. Patterson now has four receptions in each of his last three games and he’s topped 70 yards twice. Crabtree will return in Week 14 but Copper may miss another game. If Cooper doesn’t play, Patterson is an intriguing option against the Chiefs awful pass defense.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Patterson is a WR4 if Cooper is out again.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars
Westbrook caught 6 of 9 targets for 78 yards Sunday against the Colts. In his last three games since coming off injured reserve, Westbrook has 15 receptions for 156 yards on 25 targets. His next three games are all favorable matchups versus the Seahawks, Texans and 49ers. Seattle’s defense has struggled covering slot receivers this season and just allowed seven receptions, 141 yards and a touchdown to Nelson Agholor. Even if Allen Hurns returns from an ankle injury, Westbrook will continue to have a big role in the Jaguars offense.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Westbrook is a WR4 this week and for the rest of the season.

Jermain Kearse, New York Jets
Kearse has been on fire over his last two games. He’s caught 16 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown on 21 targets. He’s been targeted 29 times in his last three games. Kearse faces a Broncos defense that’s still tough on receivers but Denver has surprisingly allowed the most touchdown passes in the NFL this year. It’s hard to ignore Kearse’s recent production. He’s on the streaming radar this week in deeper leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Kearse is a Flex play in deep leagues.

Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers
Goodwin is an interesting player heading into fantasy playoffs. On Sunday, Goodwin caught 8 of 8 targets for 99 yards. The 49ers passing game is improved with Garoppolo at quarterback. Goodwin led the 49ers in targets, receptions and yards in Garoppolo’s first start. He has at least 68 yards receiving in five of his last six games. Goodwin has a great matchup this week against a Texans defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers. He’s a strong addition for fantasy playoffs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Goodwin is a WR3/4 for Week 14.

On the Radar: Josh Doctson (50%), Kenny Stills (60%), Trent Taylor (1%), Mike Wallace (40%)

Tight End

1 Week Plug & Play

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
Seferian-Jenkins has only topped 30 yards receiving once in his last six games. So why would anyone want to start him? The answer is the Broncos defense. Denver has allowed the most passing touchdowns this season. Eight of them have gone to tight ends. Seferian-Jenkins usually needs to score to have fantasy value. There’s a strong possibility he finds the end zone this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Seferian-Jenkins is a Top 12 TE play this week.

1 Week Plug & Play/Grab & Stash

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
Njoku caught 4 of 6 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. He has eight receptions for 121 yards over his last two games. Njoku has shown flashes this season and now he should get even more opportunities with defenses forced to deal with Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman on the outside. He gets a Packers defense that just allowed two touchdown passes to Cameron Brate followed by a Ravens defense that has been exploited by tight ends this season. With tight ends thin on most waiver wires, Njoku offers upside for the playoffs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Njoku is a streaming option the next two weeks.

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
Seals-Jones didn’t have a big game on Sunday (2/44) but he was facing a Rams defense that’s stingy versus tight ends. He’s been a factor in the Cardinals offense though over the last three games with an encouraging 16 targets. Seals-Jones has three favorable matchups for fantasy playoffs in games against the Titans, Redskins and Giants. Pick up Seals-Jones for the stretch run if you’re hurting at tight end.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Seals-Jones is low-end TE1 for fantasy playoffs.

On the Radar: Cameron Brate (60%), Trey Burton (1%), Julius Thomas (35%)

Kickers

1 Week Plug & Play

Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Gould connected on 2 of 3 field goal Sunday against the Bears. He’s made multiple field goals in his last two games. The 49ers didn’t score a lot of points on Sunday (15) but the offense should continue to improve with Garoppolo at quarterback. Gould will have scoring opportunities this week against a disappointing Texans defense that’s allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing kickers.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Gould is a Top 10 kicker for Week 14.

On the Radar: Patrick Murray (10%)

Defense/Specials Teams

1 Week Plug & Play

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals defense has been a good fantasy option when facing poor offenses. The Bears qualify as a poor offense. Chicago allows the fifth most fantasy points to team defenses. Heading into Monday night’s matchup with the Steelers, the Bengals had recorded 11 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries over their last three games. They’re one of the top fantasy defenses this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: The Bengals are a Top 10 fantasy defense this week.

New York Jets
The Jets defense hasn’t been great to fantasy owners but it’s hard not to be excited about any team facing the laughable Broncos offense right now. Trevor Siemian was re-inserted as the Broncos starting quarterback on Sunday. It did not go well. Siemian completed just 19 of 41 passes for 200 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He was sacked three times. The Jets defense is on the streaming radar this week facing the offense allowing the third most fantasy points to team defenses.

Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: The Jets defense is a streaming option for Week 14.

On the Radar: Cowboys (10%), Packers (40%)

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