My name is Daniel Rotter, and I will be forecasting free agents for you to add in fantasy football weekly in season-long leagues this year. Ownership percentages are from ESPN.com and NFL.com. Let’s take a look at who is a hot commodity in fantasy football this week!
Case Keenum, MIN QB (13.3% owned ESPN.com) (3.2% owned NFL.com)
After the Vikings offense as a whole completely steamrolled the Redskins defense for 38 points, I’m sure it was quite a surprise to see that Case Keenum (yes, Case Keenum!) had thrown for four touchdowns through the air, certainly fending off newly healthy competition Teddy Bridgewater for the time being. I’m not going to tell you that he is a top 10 option going forward because he certainly isn’t matchup proof, but he’s got plenty of weapons to throw to and a stellar defense which can give him the ball in good field position often. Keenum has also thrown more than double the amount of touchdowns to interceptions (11:5), and has yet to fumble. All in all, Keenum is an intriguing flier if your quarterback is injured or on bye for a week.
Jamaal Williams, GB RB (2.3% ESPN) (25.7% NFL)
With the other Green Bay backs dropping like flies, it looks promising that Williams should be able to get his first start after a very productive outing last game. Ty Montgomery injured his ribs and is likely to be out on Sunday and lead back Aaron Jones injured his MCL and figures to miss about a month. Williams saw 20 carries (21 touches) last week, which gives him the workload to be a flex option. His yards per carry or role in the offense previously doesn’t really jump off the page, but if your team is in need of help at running back, he figures to have RB2 upside.
Austin Ekeler, LAC RB (1.9% ESPN) (0.1% NFL)
Emerging as one of the most important handcuffs out there (probably just trailing James Conner and Chris Ivory/TJ Yeldon after nobody could run for the Cowboys, but that’s beside the point), Ekeler actually picked up 15 touches against the Jaguars and hit paydirt twice with Melvin Gordon healthy. I’m not saying that the Western State product is suddenly going to garner attention for starting in your lineup this week, but he is an important handcuff add as a Gordon owner and a good flier/trade bait piece for a non-Gordon owner. I probably wouldn’t lose my waiver priority on claiming a backup running back when Melvin Gordon still has a firm hold on the job, but if he passes through waivers he could be worth a stash to see if this performance continues.
Kenny Golladay, DET WR (10.8% ESPN) (4.1% NFL)
If you head back into the “Daniel Rotter 2017 Fantasy Football Article Archives,” you’ll find that Kenny Golladay is my first player to be repeated on my series of articles, he popped up in week two of the season. You’ll also find that it’s really for the same reason as well, because he possesses great upside as a vertical threat in the Lions offense and finally returned from injury after missing five games. Golladay scored twice in week one and his ownership soared, but after putting together two clunkers and then injuring his hamstring, he has been left largely forgotten in free agency. However, last week he had 64 yards on two receptions, and should at least be added to your bench to see if he can break out in the playoff stretch.
Benjamin Watson, BAL TE (11.5% ESPN) (5.8% NFL)
Watson’s fantasy stock has largely flown under the radar this season due to his lack of big games, but he has a pretty consistent role in the Ravens offense and is a safe play if you are missing a tight end. Watson is averaging just under five catches per game, more than Cameron Brate, Austin Hooper, and Julius Thomas (and many more, obviously), who are owned at a higher percentage than Watson. Though Watson’s big play ability is what is holding him back from being a regularly started tight end (only passed 43 receiving yards in a game once), he is available in a large portion of leagues and should be a decent filler for a vacant tight end spot.
Bengals D/ST (37.5% ESPN) (11.2% NFL)
The Bengals figure to be a popular streaming option in week 11, as they take on a Broncos offense that is an absolute mess at the moment. The Broncos can’t do anything right in the passing game with Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler, and their running backs cannot be effective because of it. The Bengals defensive unit is really nothing special in fantasy, but they are good enough that they are a likely candidate for a good performance against a scuffling Broncos offense. They typically have trouble sacking the quarterback, but as long as they collect a pick six I’m sure you’ll forgive them for that.
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Daniel Rotter is just your typical high school student in many ways: he is a member of the varsity football team, does his homework, works as an umpire for little league baseball, and is the sports editor for his school newspaper. Daniel is different from most high school students in that he loves all things sports, and is obsessed with statistical, player, and rules knowledge of many sports, but particularly baseball. Still too young to legally participate in DFS, Daniel still spends most of his time on season-long fantasy sports for the time being. Daniel is an avid Baltimore sports fan, and roots hard for his Orioles, Ravens, and Maryland Terrapins.