Free Agent Forecast: Week 16

Free Agent Forecast: Week 16

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Free Agent Forecast: Week 16



1 Week Plug & Play

Matt Barkley, Bears
If you made it to the Fantasy Super Bowl, you’re probably picking between quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Marcus Mariota this week. However, if you play in a deeper league and are scrambling for a starter, Barkley is worth a look. Last week against the Packers, Barkley threw for 362 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s topped 300 yards in two of his four starts. Barkley has a favorable matchup this week against the Redskins in a game where he’ll likely have to throw a lot. There are obviously much better plays but Barkley has a better matchup than other streaming options that might be available on the waiver wire like Matt Moore and Joe Flacco.
Availability: Owned in ~ 2% of leagues.
Forecast: Barkley is a desperation streaming option in deeper leagues.

On the Radar: Colin Kaepernick (30%), Mat Moore (2%)

Running Backs

1 Week Plug & Play

Ty Montgomery, Packers
The Packers scored 30 points on Sunday and Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw a touchdown pass. It was Montgomery who did most of the heavy lifting Sunday. He ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (10.1 YPC). Montgomery has a tougher matchup against the Vikings this week but he’s carried the ball 25 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. Minnesota also looks like they packed up for the season already based on last week’s blowout loss at home to the Colts. Montgomery is still available in just over half of fantasy leagues right now. He’s locked in as an RB2 for Fantasy Super Bowls. Spend any money you have left to get him.
Availability: Owned in ~ 55% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$$
Forecast: Montgomery is an RB2 for Fantasy Super Bowls.

Derrick Henry, Titans
If you were smart enough to start Henry in your fantasy semifinals, he rewarded you. Henry only got nine carries on Sunday but he made them count. He ran for 58 yards and two touchdowns. That was Henry’s best fantasy performance since Week 8 when he faced the Jaguars. That’s the same opponent Henry gets this week for Fantasy Super Bowls. The Titans ran all over Jacksonville in their first meeting, as both Henry and DeMarco Murray put up big fantasy numbers. It could be a repeat performance this week, especially with Henry starting to get some goal line carries.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Henry is a RB3/Flex option this week.

On the Radar: Kenneth Dixon (50%), Dion Lewis (40%)

Wide Receivers

1 Week Plug & Play

Dontrelle Inman, Chargers
Inman caught five passes for 68 yards on Sunday. He’s gone over 50 yards receiving in six of his last eight games. Inman has scored in three of his last four games. Tyrell Williams is battling a shoulder injury and it’s obviously impacting him. Williams committed several drops against the Raiders. Inman is entrenched as Philip Rivers No. 1 receiver for this week’s elite matchup against the Browns. Still available in over half of fantasy leagues, Inman is a strong Plug & Play for Fantasy Super Bowls.
Availability: Owned in ~ 40% of leagues.
FAAB: $$$
Forecast: Inman is a WR3 for Fantasy Super Bowls.

Cameron Meredith, Bears
The receiver seeing the biggest fantasy bump since Barkley took over as the Bears quarterback is Meredith. Even with Alshon Jeffery back from suspension, Meredith caught 9-of-13 targets for 104 yards. Meredith has gone over 67 yards receiving in his last three games and been targeted 25 times over that span. He has a nice matchup with the Redskins this week in a game where Jeffery is likely to draw Josh Norman. Meredith is a better option for Fantasy Super Bowls than receivers on the downslide like Terrelle Pryor and Stefon Diggs.
Availability: Owned in ~ 20% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Meredith is a WR3/Flex play this week.

Taylor Gabriel, Falcons
Gabriel stepped up again on Sunday with Julio Jones out. He caught 3-of-6 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. Few receivers in the NFL maximize their targets better than Gabriel. He’s scored five touchdowns in his last five games. Gabriel gets another good matchup this week against the Panthers. His fantasy value goes down if Jones returns to the lineup but should Julio sits out another week, Gabriel remains on the WR3 radar for Fantasy Super Bowls.
Availability: Owned in ~ 60% of leagues.
FAAB: $$-$$$
Forecast: Gabriel is a WR3 if Jones sits and a WR4 if he’s active.

On the Radar: Robby Anderson (5%), Kenny Stills (10%)

Tight Ends

1 Week Plug & Play

Hunter Henry, Chargers
The Browns are horrible when it comes to covering tight ends. Cleveland’s defense is so bad at covering tight ends that Charles Clay caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown against them last week. Henry doesn’t see a ton of targets but he’s scored in four of his last five games. There’s a good chance Henry finds the end zone again this week against the Browns porous pass defense.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
FAAB: $$
Forecast: Henry is a high-end TE2 versus the Browns.

On the Radar: Charles Clay (8%), Jared Cook (10%), Ryan Griffin (2%)


1 Week Plug & Play

Caleb Sturgis, Eagles
Sturgis has kicked seven field goals in his last two games. The Eagles struggle in the red zone, while the Giants have the best red zone defense in the NFL. The first time these two teams met, Sturgis hit three field goals. The Giants defense has been lights out in their last two games but Sturgis has scored double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games. He’s worth a look if you need a kicker this week.
Availability: Owned in ~ 25% of leagues.
Forecast: Sturgis is a Top 15 play this week.

On the Radar: No one

Defense/Specials Teams

1 Week Plug & Play

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers defense has forced at least one turnover in all 14 games this season. You can go ahead and make it 15 games now. The Chargers play the Browns this week and the turnover machine that is RG3. The Chargers haven’t been a great fantasy defense this season but the Browns allow the third most points to team defense. San Diego is a strong streaming option this week if you need a fantasy defense.
Availability: Owned in ~ 30% of leagues.
FAAB: $-$$
Forecast: The Chargers are one of the top streaming defenses this week.

On the Radar: Titans (15%)


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