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!
Nick Foles, PHI QB (43.6% owned ESPN.com) (6.4% owned NFL.com)
Ok, tell me if you saw THIS coming at the beginning of the season: Nick Foles will be a solid option at quarterback for your fantasy team in the championship. Foles has an awesome matchup against the Raiders defensive unit and just slung four touchdowns last week in East Rutherford. He has plenty of weapons to work with on offense and has been in the system for years so he knows his personnel very well. The only knock on Foles’ week 16 prospects are that if the Vikings lose to Green Bay this week, the Eagles will clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, resulting in Foles possibly not playing, and if he does, likely not the whole game. The good news for owners hoping to play Foles though is that the Vikings play on Saturday and the Eagles play on Monday night, giving you plenty of time to replace him in your lineup even if the Aaron Rodgers-less Pack surprise Minnesota.
Mike Gillislee, NE RB (17.6% ESPN) (62.5% NFL)
L.O.L, remember when Gillislee scampered into the end-zone three times in week one? Feels like forever ago, right? Well, Gillislee has the chance to be a touchdown-dependent flex play against his former squad, the Bills. Previous goalline back Rex Burkhead is injured, opening the door for Gillislee to snag a vultured touchdown from likely lead back Dion Lewis. He’s certainly not a strong play by any stretch but has goalline upside.
Martavis Bryant, PIT WR (42.1% ESPN) (62.5% NFL)
I need to make something clear before I talk about the positives to Martavis Bryant: he’s not Antonio Brown. He won’t dominate secondaries like Brown does. But, the volume is there for Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster to emerge as good fantasy plays this week. Bryant is little-owned and has a heck of a lot of upside with Brown’s targets vacated due to his calf injury. I would have no problem with plugging him in as a flex play as a high-upside scorer.
Keelan Cole, JAX WR (1.1% ESPN) (0.4% NFL)
The Jaguars aren’t going to score 45 points every week, but at least we know that when they do, Keelan Cole will have a huge game. Jacksonville’s deep threat has been an absolute monster the past three weeks, tallying 13 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns (one each game). Quarterback Blake Bortles and really the Jaguars as a team have been red-hot, so Cole is definitely worth a shot for the same reasons as Bryant as he looks to exploit a weak 49ers secondary.
Eric Ebron, DET TE (30.9% ESPN) (67.8% NFL)
There are not really any strong tight end fliers this week, just like pretty much every other week this season, but Ebron is about as strong as they come purely because of the volume that he has been bringing in recently. Ebron has 15 catches and a touchdown in his past two games, and faces a depleted Cincinnati defense. I can’t tell you I’d be personally excited about starting Ebron in the championship, but when you need an urgent flier you gotta do what you gotta do.
Redskins D/ST (38.3% ESPN) (5.2% NFL)
Just like Foles, who would have thought that the Redskins defense would be a solid play as your defense in the fantasy championship. There’s really nothing else for me to tell you to persuade you that they are a solid option other than the fact that they are professional football players playing defense playing defense against a Broncos quarterback.
Once again, thank you to all of my readers for supporting these articles this year! Best of luck in the championship and see you in the spring for baseball!
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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.