Free Agent Forecast: Week 6

Free Agent Forecast: Week 6

Fantasy football roster management tips, strategy and advice

Free Agent Forecast: Week 6


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.


Dak Prescott, Cowboys
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashPrescott was at it again on Sunday, carving up the Bengals defense. He finished with 227 yards passing and accounted for two touchdowns. Prescott would have had an even bigger fantasy day if Dallas hadn’t jumped out to a 28-0 lead and leaned on the running game. He’s averaging close to 18 fantasy points a game. Keep in mind that Dak is doing this without Dez Bryant. He gets a depleted Packers secondary this week. Grab Prescott now if you need help at quarterback.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Prescott is a QB1 this week vs. the Packers.

Brian Hoyer, Bears
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashHoyer was a popular streaming option last week against the Colts. He rewarded owners with a career best 397 yards passing and two touchdowns in a losing effort. Hoyer doesn’t have quite as good a matchup this week but he’s once again on the streaming radar. Since taking over for Jay Cutler, Hoyer has topped 20 fantasy points in three straight games. He has a good chance to make it four in a row when he takes on a Jaguars defense that ranks in the bottom 10 at allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
Forecast: Hoyer is a streaming option this week and in the future vs. favorable matchups.

On the Radar: Marcus Mariota (25%)

Running Backs

Jacquizz Rodgers, Buccaneers
Rock StarThe Buccaneers placed Charles Sims on injured reserve and with Doug Martin still out with a hamstring injury, Rodgers got the start Monday night. Rodgers ran for 101 yards on 30 carries. He added five catches for 28 yards. Martin is expected back after the Buccaneers bye but Rodgers will take over Sims’ role as Tampa Bay’s third-down back. If Martin re-aggravates his hamstring injury, Rodgers will once again see a majority of the touches.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Rodgers is a PPR Flex option in deeper leagues and stash behind Martin.

James Starks, Packers
Injury ReplacementEddie Lacy left Sunday night’s game against the Giants early in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Lacy said on Monday that his ankle is alright and he’ll see how it is going into this week’s game against the Cowboys. If Lacy is unable to play, James Starks will get the start. He’s averaging a lowly 1.8 yards per carry on the season. Starks isn’t a great options but he’ll see most of the touches if he’s in the starting lineup.
Availability: Owned in ~20% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Starks is in the Flex discussion if Lacy is out.

Jalen Richard/DeAndre Washington, Raiders
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashLatavius Murray missed Sunday’s game with a toe injury. Rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington were used evenly in his absence. Richard gained 97 yards on 14 touches, while Washington recorded 52 yards on 14 touches. If that wasn’t enough, fullback Jamize Olawale worked as the short-yardage back; seeing seven touches and vulturing a touchdown. This is the epitome of a committee. The Raiders were splitting carries even when Murray was healthy. The best bet is to stay away but if you want to take a shot one of them, Richard is still available in most leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~15/ 55% of leagues.
Forecast: This is a true committee right now that’s only going to produce fantasy headaches.

James White, Patriots
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashEveryone’s fantasy value in New England went up the second Tom Brady took his first snap and White is no exception. White caught four passes and gained 89 total yards on Sunday. It was his highest yardage total of the season. Dion Lewis could be back shortly but until then White will be a factor in PPR formats. He should be added in a majority of PPR leagues this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: White is a Flex option in PPR formats.

Bobby Rainey, Giants
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashRainey has now put up two solid games in a row since Shane Vereen was lost for the season. He’s caught 13 passes for 95 yards over the last two games. Rainey has also added 44 yards rushing. Rashad Jennings should be back this week but that’s not going to change Rainey’s role in the offense. He’s going to play on passing downs and when the Giants are behind in games. Vereen was owned in just over half of fantasy leagues before getting hurt. Rainey deserves to be owned in that neighborhood as well now that he’s taken over Vereen’s role in the Giants offense.
Availability: Owned in ~ 5% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Rainey is a weekly Flex consideration in PPR leagues.

Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
Grab & StashAdam Gase promised to ditch the running back by committee last week and he was true to his word. Ajayi took over as the main ball carrier Sunday against the Titans with Arian Foster out. He ran for 42 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The Dolphins didn’t do much on offense and Tennessee controlled time of possession, so Ajayi’s opportunities were limited, but he was the clear lead back. Foster has a good chance to return this week versus the Steelers but how long is he going to last? Ajayi is the handcuff to own. He could end up being a big fantasy asset late in the year.
Availability: Owned in ~ 45% of leagues.
Forecast: Ajayi is a RB2/3 if Foster is out.

Dion Lewis, Patriots
Grab & StashLewis is eligible to return from the reserve/PUP list in Week 7. It’s uncertain if he’ll be ready by then but Lewis was seen recently walking in the Patriots locker room without a limp. Lewis could offer fantasy owners a big boost over the final two months of the season if he’s health. He’s worth picking up right now, especially if you’re league has an IR spot where he can be stashed.
Availability: Owned in ~ 15% of leagues.
Forecast: Lewis is a stash for the second half of the season.

On the Radar: Devontae Booker (15%), Alfred Morris (20%), Darren Sproles (60%)

Wide Receivers

Sammie Coates, Steelers
Rock StarThere was an opening for the Steelers No. 2 receiver job entering the season. That job is now taken. Coates has emerged as Martavis Bryant’s replacement opposite Antonio Brown. Coates caught six passes for 139 yards on 11 targets and two touchdowns against the Jets. Those numbers could have been even better if not for a couple of drops. In his last two games, Coates has 12 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. He should be the top waiver wire target in most leagues this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$-$$$$
Forecast: Coates is a WR3 in one of the NFL’s best offenses.

Tyrell Williams, Chargers
Rock StarIt’s hard to believe Williams is still available in 40 percent of leagues right now. That will change after he caught five balls for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. Williams has at least five receptions in his last three games and averages 17 yards per catch. He’s going to be a big part of the Chargers offense for the rest of the season. Williams one of the top receivers left on the waiver wire in many leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Williams is a weekly WR3/4.

Chris Hogan, Patriots
Rock StarLast week we said with Tom Brady returning business was about to pick up for Hogan. It picked up. Hogan caught four passes for 114 yards and just missed a touchdown in Brady’s first game back. Hogan won’t go over 100 yards every week but he’ll continue to make plays in the Patriots offense. He’s a strong add right now if you need help at receiver. Expect more good games than bad ones from Hogan throughout the season.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Hogan is a WR3/4 most weeks in the Pats offense.

Cameron Meredith, Bears
Rock StarWith Kevin White on IR, Cameron Meredith exploded on the scene. He caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 12 targets against the Colts. Meredith will continue to see an increased role with White out and Alshon Jeffery less than 100 percent. It’s only one game but Meredith is now a starting on a team that’s likely to throw a lot this season. He should be targeted if you need receiver help.
Availability: Owned in ~ 2% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Meredith is a WR4 who could emerge as a dependable weekly starter.

Terrance Williams, Cowboys
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashWilliams has put up three solid fantasy performances with Dez Bryant sidelined. They aren’t huge games but enough to get owners by if you need a fill-in receiver. Williams is scoring 12-14 points in PPR formats. That’s what he is. He’s a 12-point receiver with Bryant out. Williams gets a Packers defense this week that’s struggled to defend receivers. Prescott spreads the ball around but if Bryant misses another game, Williams should put up his usual No-Dez stat line.
Availability: Owned in ~ 10% of leagues.
Forecast: Williams is a WR3/Flex option this week vs. the Packers.

Adam Thielen, Vikings
Grab & StashStefon Diggs (groin), didn’t play against the Texans. Thielen stepped up in his absence catching seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown on a team-high eight targets. The Vikings are going on a bye, so Diggs should be back in Week 7. Thielen has earned more looks in the coming weeks though. The Vikings still haven’t found a competent second receiver to go along with Diggs. Thielen could be that guy going forward.
Availability: Owned in ~ 1% of leagues.
Forecast: Thielen is a stash if you need WR help.

On the Radar: Anquan Boldin (15%), Andre Johnson (1%), Brandon LaFell (3%)

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta, Ravens
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashPitta caught 7-of-8 targets for 59 yards against the Redskins Sunday. Pitta has seen at least eight targets in three of the last four games. He’s not getting looks in the red zone and he’s only topped 60 yards once this year. On the bright side Pitta has at least six receptions in three games this season. Pitta faces a Giants defense this week that can be exploited by tight ends. He’s a low-end TE1 option if you need him.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Pitta is a low-end TE1 this week and most weeks in the future.

Hunter Henry, Chargers
1 Week Plug & PlayGrab & StashAntonio Gates returned on Sunday but Henry was still a factor. He played 23 more snaps, catching 3-of-4 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. Even with Gates back in the mix, Henry will still have fantasy value moving forward in two-tight end sets. He gets the Broncos this week. Denver’s defense is tough on receivers but can have trouble with athletic tight ends. Henry is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Availability: Owned in ~ 50% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: Henry is a streaming option in deeper leagues this week.  

Ladarius Green, Steelers
Grab & StashThe tight end position is getting thin on the waiver wire. One player still out there is Green. Green is eligible to come off PUP in Week 7. He recently said rehab is going well and that there’s a good possibility he could return when he’s first eligible. Some owners are struggling at tight end. Green is a good stash right now if you need help at the position. Like Lewis, if your league has IR, you can stash Green there until he’s eligible to play so he doesn’t burn a roster spot.
Availability: Owned in ~ 3% of leagues.
Forecast: Green is a good stash if you’re weak at TE.

On the Radar: Charles Clay (10%)


Nick Novak, Texans
1 Week Plug & PlayNovak had a tough matchup last week. Just like everyone else, kickers struggle against the Vikings. He has a much better matchup this week against a Colts team allowing the most fantasy points to kickers. Novak has made at least two field goals in every game this year. He’s made 11-of-14 kicks on the season. Novak should get plenty of scoring chances this week versus the Colts.
Availability: Owned in ~ 3% of leagues.
Forecast: Novak is a Top 12 kicker this week.

On the Radar: Mike Nugent (35%)

Defense/Specials Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers
1 Week Plug & PlayThe Steelers haven’t been a top fantasy defense this year but they get the train wreck that is the Dolphins on Sunday. Ryan Tannehill has turned the ball over four times in the last two games. He was sacked six times by the Titans. The Steelers defense has recorded seven sacks in its last two games. Expect more of the same on Sunday against the floundering Miami offense.
Availability: Owned in ~ 35% of leagues.
Forecast: The Steelers are a top streaming defense this week.

On the Radar: Rams (55%)


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