Prepare for next week’s Fantasy Football matchup with these free agents who are owned in less than 50 percent of leagues.
It seems like it wouldn’t be a normal week in the NFL if a big-named player didn’t get hurt. My condolences to Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers fans everywhere.
Not only do Fantasy Football owners have to deal with injuries now, but for the players who own Ezekiel Elliott, you might have to find a potential replacement if his suspension is upheld.
Have no fear, I am here for you guys again. I have found players that are under 50 percent owned and can be used right away to help your teams during this uncertain time.
Follow my advice and you’ll skyrocket to the top of your league. Or don’t. But that’s your loss.
Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, RBs, Dallas Cowboys
I wish I could predict what is going to happen with the Ezekiel Elliott suspension but, honestly, I have no idea. If you own Zeke, you need to own both McFadden and Morris.
Personally, I believe that McFadden will get the first shot at the starting running back job. Both will be involved but I think McFadden has the better chance to dominate the carries and be a top-25 option for the rest of the year. Both need to be added if they are available in your league until the world officially figures out what the heck is going on in this roller-coaster ride with Zeke.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (Owned in 4.3 percent of ESPN leagues)
Darkwa looked pretty impressive Sunday night against the league’s No. 1 run defense. He had 21 carries for 117 yards and snagged one reception for 13 yards.
The Giants will have a hard time throwing the ball next week against the Seattle Seahawks and so if they expect to have any success, it will be on the ground. He has delivered back-to-back, double-digit scoring games and with all the injuries, he fills in as a solid number two or flex option with bye weeks being included.
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (Owned in 13.9 percent of ESPN leagues)
Williams made his season debut last week and caught his only target for 15 yards. The team said that they are bringing him back slowly but what stuck out to me are the snap counts.
Travis Benjamin (21) and Tyrell Williams (44) both recorded season lows in snaps and that is telling me that the team is preparing him to be moved into the number two receiver role. He was electric in college and has the potential to be a top 10 fantasy wide receiver. He will cost you nothing to put on your bench and he is a solid choice to be a keeper in deeper leagues.
Add him now and he will produce during the fantasy playoffs. If not, you should be able to trade him away for draft picks for next year.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (Owned in 20 percent of ESPN leagues)
If you own Aaron Rodgers, I am hoping that you had a solid backup. If not, Goff is your guy. Yes, he’s a matchup-dependent QB, but he has some of the best matchups coming up.
He’ll face bottom 10 pass defenses in Week 7 (Arizona Cardinals), Week 9 (New York Giants), Week 12 (New Orleans Saints), Week 13 (Cardinals), Week 16 (Tennessee Titans) and Week 17 (San Francisco 49ers). If you can find another QB to fill in the weeks Goff doesn’t have a good matchup, you’ll have top 12 production at the position for the rest of the season.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Owned in 36.1 percent of ESPN leagues)
I’m not sure why he’s not highly owned but Agholor needs to be owned in every league. He is top 20 in the league in receptions 20 yards or longer with five and has four touchdowns. He is a big play waiting to happen and he has two good matchups in Washington and San Francisco to look forward to. If you need a bye week fill-in for the next two weeks, Agholor should be the player you are looking to add.
It’s time to make some changes to those lineups if you really want to be serious about coming up on top of your Fantasy Football league.
But if you’re not that serious, that’s okay too. These pickups will at least get you some street cred when it comes to your leagues. And sometimes, that’s better than winning.