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!
Darren McFadden, DAL RB (49.7% owned ESPN) (15% owned NFL)
With the sudden news that star running back Ezekiel Elliott will in fact be suspended for six games, someone has to take over all of those vacated carries that Elliott previously held a firm grip on. The two main candidates are the one that you are currently reading about and the guy beneath him. McFadden is probably the safer bet to take over the Cowboys’ backfield, as he has previously succeeded as the lead back in Dallas in games past and has dynamic playmaking ability. Despite not even garnering a carry in the 2017 season to this point, McFadden is still probably the safer add of the two because of his history in a Cowboys uniform.
Alfred Morris, DAL RB (43.9% ESPN) (13.5% NFL)
The other potential benefactor of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, Morris should be in line for an increased workload as well. The former Washington Redskin starter has seen a larger volume than McFadden this season (eight carries, 87 yards), and was officially listed as Elliott’s backup entering the season too. Though McFadden is the likely favorite to lead the Dallas backfield, the reason Morris made this list is because he shares a similar bruising running style to Elliott and was listed ahead of McFadden on the running back depth chart. If you are lower on your league’s waiver order and probably won’t be able to get McFadden, you may want to shoot for Morris because there is still a possibility he vultures goal line touchdowns or takes over the starting role.
Alex Collins, BAL RB (29% ESPN) (7.1% NFL)
This week is a great week for running backs on the waiver wire, as there are two more low-owned running backs out there other than those fighting for the Cowboys’ starting spot who both have a large role in their respective offenses. The first one that I will discuss, Collins, has had a gradually growing contribution to the Ravens’ offense each week and has been sensational each week. Since joining Baltimore in week three, Collins’ worst game still saw him averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 12 attempts. After picking up 15 carries in week six, Collins should be getting the attention of fantasy owners looking for running back help. Collins’ only downside is the general struggles of the Ravens’ offense as a whole, as Joe Flacco has had trouble moving the offense and the offensive line has been struggling since the loss of all-pro guard Marshal Yanda.
Orleans Darkwa, NYG RB (4.3% ESPN) (0.7% NFL)
Darkwa could end up being the best running back on this list for the remainder of the season for fantasy purposes, after it appeared no Giants back would have any fantasy appeal. After Paul Perkins’ role as lead back ended up as a mighty failure, the role opened up Darkwa, Shane Vereen, and Wayne Gallman potential to gain the lead back role. Over the past two weeks, Darkwa has proven his worth to the Giants by rushing for 196 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. The Tulane alumni is available in over 95% of ESPN leagues and is reaching must-own status.
Nelson Agholor, PHI WR (36.1% ESPN) (23.5% NFL)
The Eagles are 5-1 and firing on all cylinders, and Nelson Agholor’s breakout has been a major part of the Eagles’ success. Agholor has hit a prime level of fantasy relevance because quarterback Carson Wentz has provided him with a touchdown in four of the Eagles’ first six games. Agholor also has four or more receptions in half of his games and 50 or more yards in four out of six contests as well. I’ll admit that I have been treading lightly when it comes to Agholor’s fantasy status, but now he has reached the point where he deserves a spot on every roster.
Marvin Jones Jr., DET WR (63.4% ESPN) (66.1% NFL)
I know, I know, Jones is owned in over half of leagues on these sites, but so what? He’s the only proven threat that quarterback Matthew Stafford has in his receiving corps due to a shoulder injury to Golden Tate and the Lions certainly do enjoy moving the ball via the air. Jones now possesses an incredibly high fantasy ceiling as long as Tate is out, and should be owned in 100% of leagues over that span.
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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.