Free Agent Forecast: Week 2

Free Agent Forecast: Week 2

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Free Agent Forecast: Week 2


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.


Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
Rock StarWinston makes the Rock Star list for the second straight week and most likely the final time this season. After throwing for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the opener, Winston will certainly be owned in over 80 percent of leagues this week. He does have a tough schedule coming up with games against the Cardinals, Rams, Broncos and Panthers. Still, Winston has weekly QB1 potential playing in Dirk Koetter’s offense. Even if you grab Winston as your QB2 right now and you’re looking ahead, he gets the Saints Swiss cheese pass defense in Weeks 14 & 16.
Availability: Owned in ~ 62% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Winston is a QB1 this season.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashWho needs Tom Brady, right? All kidding aside, Garoppolo replaced a suspended Brady and completed 24-of-33 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown. Garoppolo will get three more games to showcase his skills. This week Garoppolo takes on a Miami defense that played well in the opener against Seattle. In that game Russell Wilson hurt his ankle and is questionable for Week 2. If you need a replacement, give Garoppolo a look. The Patriots are always going to throw it around 30 times a game no matter who is under center. Garoppolo will have the opportunity to have strong fantasy days as long as he’s the starter.
Availability: Owned in ~ 7% of leagues.
Forecast: Garoppolo is a steaming option this week.   

Matt Ryan, Falcons
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashRyan is still owned in fewer than 50 percent of leagues and while he may no longer be an every-week fantasy starter, he’s still a strong streaming option. On Sunday Ryan threw for 334 yards and two scores. He has a shot to put up big numbers again this week against a Raiders defense that just got lit up for over 400 yards by Drew Brees. Mohamed Sanu got banged up in the opener. Sanu’s status is something to monitor because his presence in the offense gives Ryan another option other than Julio Jones. If Sanu is healthy, Ryan is a viable starting option this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
Forecast: Ryan is a QB1 option this week against the Raiders.

Carson Wentz, Eagles
Grab & StashWentz was extremely impressive in his NFL debut, despite being injured and not playing much in the preseason. Wentz completed 22-of-37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns. It was against the Browns but still, Wentz looked comfortable and made some great throws. Wentz also leaned on his top two offensive weapons. Receiver Jordan Matthews and tight end Zach Ertz combined for 21 targets. Unfortunately for Wentz, Ertz suffered a rib injury and is out at least a week. Wentz is still worth a stash for owners light at the quarterback position.
Availability: Owned in ~ 12% of leagues.
Forecast: Wentz is a QB2 stash.

On the Radar: Joe Flacco (15%), Marcus Mariota (55%), Josh McCown (3%), Dak Prescott (55%)

Running Backs

Tevin Coleman, Falcons
Rock StarIt’s officially time for Devonta Freeman owners to panic. A committee is forming in Atlanta. Freeman and Coleman both struggled to run the ball against the Buccaneers. Coleman did add five catches for 95 yards. Freeman out-touched Coleman 15-13 in Week 1 but Coleman finished with 117 total yards to Freeman’s 40. It’s a small sample size. The bottom line is it’s time to pick up Coleman in your league if he’s still available.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Coleman should be owned in all leagues as the Falcons 1B back.

Theo Riddick, Lions
Rock StarRiddick continues to be a PPR dynamo. After catching 80 balls last year, Riddick picked up where he left off in Week 1. Riddick caught five balls, racked up 108 total yards and scored twice. Ameer Abdullah also had a big game. The Lions unfortunately don’t get to play the Colts defense every week. Riddick should still be owned in all PPR leagues. He’s a weekly RB2/Flex option in those scoring formats depending on the size of the league.
Availability: Owned in ~ 65% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Riddick is a weekly Flex/RB3 in PPR formats.

James White, Patriots
Rock StarIt’s still hard to believe White is owned in fewer than half of fantasy leagues. That’s going to end soon. White is the Patriots pass catching back with Dion Lewis out at least half the year. Lewis isn’t even guaranteed to come back this season. White didn’t have a huge game against the Cardinals (5 catches 40 yards) but he was targeted seven times. Arizona is also a tough defense for running backs to catch passes against because they often stay in to block. There will be much bigger PPR weeks for White on the horizon. The time to get him is now.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: White is a Flex option in PPR formats.

Christine Michael, Seahawks
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashThe Seahawks backfield was the fantasy mess fantasy owners thought it might be in Week 1.  Michael got 15 carries against the Dolphins and Rawls 12. Michael was clearly the more effective runner though. He gained 66 yards (4.4 YPC) compared to Rawls’ 32 yards (2.7 YPC). Pete Carroll said Rawls’ workload will increase. Both of these backs will continue to see touches in the coming weeks. This Sunday the Seahawks may be without Russell Wilson who is dealing with an ankle injury. If that’s the case, look for Michael to be a bigger factor. He’s a consideration if undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin is under center.
Availability: Owned in ~ 65% of leagues.
Forecast: Michael is on the Flex radar in deeper leagues.

Isaiah Crowell, Browns
Grab & StashDuke Johnson was all the rage this summer but Crowell led the Browns in rushing Sunday. Crowell gained 62 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown. He’s not overly talented but Crowell is in line to handle a majority of the early-down and goal line work right now in Cleveland’s backfield. Crowell is a solid depth add early in the year. He can be used as a spot-starter or bye-week filler when the matchup is favorable.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
Forecast: Crowell is a RB3/matchup play.

On the Radar: Justin Forsett (60%), Alfred Morris (35%), Terrance West (35%)

Wide Receivers

Tajae Sharpe, Titans
Rock StarSharpe carried his preseason momentum over to Week 1. In a game where the Titans offense struggled, Sharpe caught seven passes for 76 yards on 11 targets. He’s clearly emerged as Marcus Mariota’s favorite option along with tight end Delanie Walker. Another note on Sharpe is the Vikings are one of the best defenses Tennessee will see all season. Mariota is going to have better days. Sharpe is one of the top waiver wire adds if he’s still available in your league.
Availability: Owned in ~ 45% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Sharpe is an emerging WR3.

Will Fuller, Texans
Rock StarThe other top waiver wire addition this week is Fuller. After a strong preseason, Fuller exploded on the scene Week 1, catching five balls for 107 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Fuller won’t always see 11 targets playing opposite DeAndre Hopkins but his talent and big-play potential are a boost to the Texans passing game. Fuller should be owned in a majority of leagues at this point.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Fuller is a high-upside WR3.

Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
Rock StarSanu made a big impact in his first game with the Falcons. He caught five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. Sanu was targeted as many times as Julio Jones on Sunday. That won’t be the norm but Sanu showed he can be a nice complement to Jones in the Falcons offense. Jones is also already dealing with an ankle injury. Should he miss time in the future, Sanu becomes Ryan’s go-to receiver. Sanu was seen limping after the game, so his health is something to monitor. If he’s fine, Sanu will continue to be a factor in Week 2 against Oakland and beyond.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Sanu is a WR3/Flex option as long as he’s healthy.

Chris Hogan, Patriots
Rock StarWe mentioned Hogan last week as a Plug & Play/Grab & Stash. He delivered with three receptions for 60 yards and a score on four targets. The Patriots have a lot of mouths to feed but Hogan is a perfect fit in their offense. Hogan showed in the preseason that he has chemistry with both Garoppolo and Tom Brady. Some will say his Week 1 performance is a fluke. We’ll say grab Hogan now before it’s too late.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Hogan is a WR3/4 with a chance to move up once Brady returns.

Phillip Dorsett, Colts
Rock StarDorsett’s rookie season never got off the ground last year. He was injured in training camp and once he came back, Dorsett didn’t have a big role in the Colts offense. Enter new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Chud said this summer he was going to run more three-wide receiver sets to get Dorsett on the field. In Week 1 it paid off. Dorsett caught four balls for 94 yards on six targets. Dorsett is still third on the pecking order behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. The Colts defense is so bad though that Andrew Luck is going to have to sling it around a lot this year. Dorsett is a high-upside receiver to take a shot on early in the season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Dorsett is matchup play in deeper leagues but he has a chance to emerge as a weekly starter in the Colts offense.

Mike Wallace, Ravens
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashWallace was a terrible fit in Minnesota. He’s a much better fit in Baltimore where a strong-armed quarterback like Joe Flacco can take advantage of his speed. In a game that didn’t feature much offense on Sunday, Wallace scored on a 66-yard touchdown that proved to be the deciding factor. Wallace finished with three receptions for 91 yards and the score. His fantasy value will usually be tied to big plays. Wallace gets another shot to get in the end zone on Sunday against a Browns defense that just got eaten up by rookie Carson Wentz. He’s worth a look this week in deeper leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
Forecast: Wallace is a WR3/4 this week and beyond.

Victor Cruz, Giants
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashCruz finally returned to the field Sunday and made an instant impact. He caught all four of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown. Cruz isn’t close to the explosive receiver he was a few years ago and he never will be again. The veteran still knows how to beat defenses and get open though like he showed on the game-winning touchdown. Cruz gets the Saints defense this week. Some things never change. If a player goes up against the Saints defense, he’s in the starting conversation.
Availability: Owned in ~ 20% of leagues.
Forecast: Cruz is a WR3/Flex option this week vs. the Saints.

Terrelle Pryor, Browns
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashRG3 was RG3 on Sunday. He still can’t read defenses, his passes are all over the place and the Browns passing game struggled. In typical RG3 fashion, he completed one of those lollipop passes down the field to Pryor for 44 yards. Pryor finished the game with three catches for 68 yards on seven targets. Pryor is a great athlete with a ton of upside. He just needs a quarterback that can get him the ball consistently. Griffin was placed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his shoulder. Josh McCown may not be Bernie Kosar but he can get the ball out to the Browns playmakers. Pryor’s value goes up with McCown under center.
Availability: Owned in ~ 22% of leagues.
Forecast: Pryor is a WR4/Flex play whose value goes up with McCown.

Tyrell Williams, Chargers
Grab & StashThe Chargers not only blew a big lead on Sunday, they also lost star receiver Keenan Allen for the season with an ACL injury. Williams will now see his snaps increase with Allen out. He displayed his big-play ability against the Chiefs with his two receptions that went for 33 and 38 yards. Williams had a strong training camp. Now he’ll get a chance to emerge as one of Philip Rivers’ top receiving options. He’s an intriguing bench grab.
Availability: Owned in ~ 2% of leagues.
Forecast: Williams is a WR4 bench stash.

Mike Thomas, Saints
Grab & StashThomas looked good in his first NFL game. He caught six passes for 58 yards on six targets. The problem is Thomas’ stat line is overshadowed by Willie Snead (9/172/1) and Brandin Cooks (6/143/2). Thomas obviously has to fight for targets in the Saints offense but like the Colts, New Orleans’ defense is so bad that Drew Brees is going to attempt a lot of passes this season. Thomas is worth a bench stash if you have the room. He would become a major fantasy asset should something happen to Snead or Cooks.
Availability: Owned in ~ 62% of leagues.
Forecast: Thomas is a WR4 matchup play in deeper leagues.

Cole Beasley, Cowboys
Grab & StashIt’s hard to recommend Beasley because he’s such an average talent. Beasley was the beneficiary of Dak Prescott checking down a lot in his first game. He caught eight balls for 65 yards on 12 targets. Beasley also dropped a sure touchdown. Dez Bryant was only targeted five times on Sunday. We can’t expect that to stay the same moving forward. Beasley will have some PPR appeal while Prescott is the starter. Just remember he has a low ceiling.
Availability: Owned in ~ 3% of leagues.
Forecast: Beasley is on the PPR Flex radar as long as Prescott is the starter.

Eli Rogers, Steelers
Grab & StashRogers caught six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown on seven targets Monday night. The touchdown was a bit of a fluke as Rogers hauled in a pass that got batted up in the air but still, he was clearly the second receiver behind Antonio Brown against the Redskins. With Markus Wheaton nursing a shoulder injury, Rogers’ role could continue to grow in the coming weeks.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
Forecast: Rogers is a WR4/5 stash. 

On the Radar: Davante Adams (8%), Nelson Agholor (5%), Quincy Enunwa (1%), Brandon LaFell (22%)

Tight Ends

Eric Ebron, Lions
Rock StarEbron returned from an injured ankle suffered in training camp to catch five balls for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Lions opener. Ebron has struggled with inconsistency in his first two NFL seasons but he still managed to put up 47/537/5 in 14 games last season. Ebron isn’t Gronk but he has the physical skills to become a weekly TE1. He’s the top tight end option with the biggest ceiling still on the waiver wire in many leagues right now.
Availability: Owned in ~ 45% of leagues.
Forecast: Ebron is a low-end TE1/matchup play.

Virgil Green, Broncos
1 Week Plug & PlayGreen only caught four balls for 28 yards in the Broncos first game. Those aren’t great numbers by any means but keep in mind Green missed an easy touchdown when he was wide open in the end zone and Trevor Siemen’s pass got batted down.  Green faces a Colts defense this week that’s decimated with injuries in the secondary and allowed a score to Ebron on Sunday. Green won’t be a high-volume reception player but he should continue to see targets in the red zone. It’s a good matchup play if you have the injured Zach Ertz and need a replacement.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
Forecast: Green is a streaming option this week.

On the Radar: Brent Celek (5%), Jack Doyle (1%), Kyle Rudolph (22%), Jacob Tamme (2%)


Matt Bryant, Falcons
1 Week Plug & PlayBryant connected on three field goals in the opener. Now he goes up against a Raiders team that continues to give up points to kickers. Last year the Raiders allowed the second most fantasy points to kickers. In Week 1, the Saints Wil Lutz scored in double-digits. Kickers can be a crapshoot but playing one against the Raiders is never a bad option.
Availability: Owned in ~ 18% of leagues.
Forecast: Bryant is a Top 12 kicking option in Week 2.  

On the Radar: Caleb Sturgis (5%)

Defense/Specials Teams

Minnesota Vikings
Rock StarThe Vikings defense dominated the Titans on Sunday. Minnesota finished with two touchdowns, two sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. The Vikings offense may be a question mark but they’re loaded on the defensive side of the ball. Minnesota does have challenging games coming up against Green Bay, Carolina and the Giants but this is a defensive unit that should reward fantasy owners most weeks this season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
Forecast: The Vikings are a top fantasy defense this season.

Green Bay Packers
1 Week Plug & PlayThe Titans defense wasn’t able to exploit the Vikings shaky quarterback situation. The Packers aggressive defense will make it much tougher on either Shaun Hill or newly signed Sam Bradford on Sunday. Green Bay recorded three sacks and an interception against the Jaguars. The Packers are the best streaming option available in many leagues this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
Forecast: The Packers are a Top 12 defense this week.

On the Radar: Eagles (30%)


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