Free agent forecast: Week 16

Free agent forecast: Week 16

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Free agent forecast: Week 16

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

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Who is the highest-rated quarterback over the last three weeks? It’s not Tom Brady or Drew Brees. It’s Bortles. We recommended Bortles last week and he delivered with 326 yards and three touchdowns. Over his last three games, Bortles has thrown for at least 268 yards (two 300-yard games) with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Bortles has another great matchup this week against the 49ers. Ride the hot Bortles again this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Bortles is a QB1 play for fantasy Super Bowls.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
At least for one week, the Eagles were fine without Carson Wentz. Foles stepped in and threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns. Wentz is a huge loss but the Eagles are loaded with talent on offense. Foles may get exposed in the postseason. Right now though he’s talented enough to put up strong numbers against bad defenses like the Giants. Or the Raiders, the team Foles faces this week. Wentz helped a lot of owners reach the fantasy playoffs. Foles could help them win it all.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Foles is a Top 12 QB play this week.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco rewarded owners who streamed him in Week 15. He threw for 288 yards and accounted for two touchdowns. Flacco has thrown for at least 269 yards and put up two touchdowns in each of his last three games. Expect that trend to continue this week when he faces a Colts defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Flacco is a strong streaming option vs. the Colts.

On the Radar: Jimmy Garoppolo (30%)

Running Backs

1 Week Plug & Play

Elijhaa Penny, Arizona Cardinals
Penny could be an option in deeper leagues this week. Kerwynn Williams suffered a quad injury on Sunday. Penny came in and ran for 45 yards on 10 carries. His 10 carries were more than he’s seen in the previous 12 games combined. Even so, Penny is a 235-pound bruiser who will take over as the lead back and handle all the goal line work if Williams is out. Williams will be the preferred play if he starts. If he doesn’t play, Penny becomes an intriguing option against a Giants defense that allows the fourth most fantasy points to running backs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 1% of leagues.
FAAB: $
Forecast: Penny ill be an RB3/Flex option if Williams is out.

On the Radar: Mike Davis (50%), Wayne Gallman (5%)

Wide Receivers

1 Week Plug & Play

Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown tore his calf muscle on Sunday and won’t play this week against the Texans. That’s bad news for Brown owners because the hapless Houston pass defense is allowing the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers. It’s good news for Bryant owners though. Bryant caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown versus the Patriots. If he’s still available in your league, Bryant is the top waiver wire target this week. He’s a strong start against the Texans.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$$
Forecast: Bryant is a WR3 versus the Texans.

Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cole has come out of nowhere to become the Jaguars top receiver during the last three weeks. Over that span, Cole has scored in each game and has at least 99 yards receiving in his last two. Cole had the best game of his career against the Texans, catching seven passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. Marqise Lee injured his ankle on Sunday and is likely to miss Week 16. Cole is in line to start along with Dede Westbrook in a good matchup versus the 49ers. He’s this week’s top waiver wire pickup along with Bryant in many leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$
Forecast: Cole is a WR3/4 for fantasy Super Bowls.

Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
Wallace is always hit or miss but last week against the Browns he hit. He caught six balls for 89 yards. Wallace now has 14 receptions for 277 yards on 23 targets in his last three games. This week Wallace faces an awful Colts secondary with Jeremy Maclin questionable to play. With Flacco playing well and a favorable matchup, Wallace is a starting option in some leagues for fantasy championships.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Wallace is a WR4 this week.

Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen suffered a back injury late in Saturday night’s loss to the Chiefs. If Allen is limited or out this week, Williams will have an opportunity to take advantage of a great matchups versus the Jets. New York’s defense has allowed 1,019 passing yards and seven touchdowns over its last four games. Williams has been inconsistent this year but he’ll see an increase in targets against a struggling pass defense this week if Allen sits.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Williams is a WR3 if Allen sits.

On the Radar: Damiere Byrd (1%), Tavarres King (1%)

Tight End

1 Week Plug & Play

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
It’s difficult to trust Ebron because he’s let down fantasy owners so many times in the past. However, he’s caught 15 of 18 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. If you’re streaming tight ends, Ebron is worth a look this week when he faces a Bengals defense that’s allowed touchdowns to a tight end in two straight games.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Ebron is a low-end TE1 in Week 16.

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
There aren’t a lot of quality tight ends left on the waiver wire in Week 16. Clay is one of the top options still remaining in many leagues. He caught 5 of 9 targets for 68 yards against the Dolphins last week. Clay has been targeted 14 times in the last two games. It’s hard to trust the Bills passing game and Clay doesn’t have a high ceiling. However, if you’re looking for a tight end play in deeper leagues, Clay is worth considering. There’s a good chance the Bills will be playing from behind in a game where they’re 12-point underdogs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Clay is a TE2/streaming option for Week 16.

On the Radar: Trey Burton (10%), Garrett Celek (2%)

Kickers

1 Week Plug & Play

Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers
Gould connected on 6 of 6 field goal attempts Sunday versus the Titans. He’s now made 15 field goals in his last three games. Gould is the hottest kicker in the NFL since Jimmy Garoppolo became the 49ers starting quarterback. Ride him again this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Gould is a Top 10 kicker in Week 16.

On the Radar: No one

Defense/Specials Teams

1 Week Plug & Play

Washington Redskins
The Redskins defense has performed well in three of its last four games for fantasy owners. In those three games, Washington has recorded 11 sacks, three interceptions a fumble recovery and scored a touchdown. The Redskins defense should continue to deliver this week when it faces a Broncos offense allowing the most fantasy points to team defenses. If you’re playing the matchups with defenses, the Redskins have one of the best for Week 16.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: The Redskins defense is a Top 10 play this week.

On the Radar: Bears (30%)

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