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Knowledge of the player base is not one of my specialties as a fantasy football analyst. I have to confess I didn’t know who Quincy Enunwa was coming into the season.  After his week one performance I sure did, but because my process this year has been suckie, I didn’t take notes so I forgot to mention him in last weeks FAAB post. So he’s finally making an appearance as one of this weeks top recommendations. Then I’ll discuss some running backs to pick up after a dreadful week of injuries to that position. Here’s your players to consider for Week 3 FAAB (Free Agent Auction Bidding) waiver claims…

All prices for $100 budgets so if your starting budget is not $100, view them as percentages.

Quincy Enunwa ($8) Looks pretty good so far. He has value now but he could feast if there were an injury to Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker. Do keep in mind that he’s caught 13 of 14 targets this year so unless he sees more targets he can’t keep up anything like what he’s done so far. Hopefully your league mates have forgotten about his Thursday performance already.

Fozzy Whittaker ($7) Cameron Artis-Payne was touted by some as the Jonathan Stewart handcuff but he’s been inactive for both games. That doesn’t mean he won’t be involved if Stewart is out for a prolonged length of time. It does mean that Fozzy Whitaker should be our first choice and he figures to have some value for 1-5 or so weeks while Stewart is out. If your waiver date is later than Tuesday there may be better intel later this week regarding Whittaker and Artis-Payne so act accordingly. What does the low bid recommendation say? That I don’t really trust him to get a big workload.

Dennis Pitta ($6) He used to be pretty good, so maybe he will be again. 14 targets in Week 2!

Dwayne Washington ($4) Theo Riddick is the guy you want to own with Ameer Abdullah probably missing time, but he’s probably unavailable. Washington is mostly an add and see what he does type of player but he figures to have some kind of role.

Jerrick McKinnon ($14) and Matt Asiata ($3) They should both be involved and Matt Asiata could very well have more value than McKinnon because it is Asiata that figures to get the goal line carries. McKinnon will probably get more total carries and receptions, however. Unfortunately McKinnon is probably owned in your 12-team league, although I suspect he’s available in quite a few 10-team (24% ownership in Yahoo!). Bid more if we have information that Adrian Peterson will miss several weeks.

Jesse James ($3) He was here last week too. He’s a tight end that has Ben Roethlisberger throwing him passes.

Carson Wentz ($2) Playing well and could have easily had another TD or two in week two against the Bears. His receivers don’t like catching the ball in the end zone. The Eagles get Pittsburgh this week.

Jamison Crowder ($1) Pretty good player but Washington has been pass happy through the first two games so I doubt the usage will keep up at its current rate.

Just keep in mind these players with really low price recommendations are obviously not mandatory adds, but more like players to consider. There are a number of players to consider for low bids that I haven’t mentioned here. Some names from last week that might still bear consideration include: Shaun Draughn and Cole Beasley. But you could also consider dropping a player of that caliber for one of the others. I wouldn’t be surprised if Draughn ends up starting a game or two at some point due to a Carlos Hyde injury.

FAAB recommendations for 10 team leagues…

Jay Ajayi ($4) Pick him up if you can, but don’t expect too much.

Jerick McKinnon, Fozzy Whittaker and Jesse James See above.

FAAB recommendations for 14+ team leagues…

Kenny Britt ($12) I have no idea if Kenny Britt is actually available in deep leagues, probably because I don’t play in any. At this point I’d say he’s even interesting in 12 team leagues.

 

 

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  1. omar says:
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    Thoughts on this trade proposal. 12 team 1pt PPR:

    Give
    Gronk
    Willie Snead
    Christine Michael

    Get
    Mike Evans
    Gio Bernard

    Trade partner owns Rawls, so CM may be of value to him. Eifert still on the waiver wire. I would play matchups at TE until he comes back (assuming I can pick him up).

    Thanks

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @omar: I’m not sure, really depends on how far away Gronk is from returning. Gronk and Mike Evans have similar value, but Snead is the 2nd best player in the deal, in my opinion.

      Only way you make this deal is if you are unsure if Gronk’s healthy, which is a legit concern. Don’t undervalue Snead, he could be a 4th round PPR pick if we were drafting now.

  2. EA says:
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    With J. Charles coming back… ok to drop West? thinking about picking up Enunwa or Crowder. Thoughts?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @EA: OMG I just wrote this whole thing (now deleted) thinking you were asking about dropping Spencer Ware, which is much harder to do than dropping Charcandrick West. Of course West can be dropped. Definitely Enunwa over Crowder.

      • EA says:
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        @RotoLance: haha that’s awesome. One more.. Would you go for McKinnon instead of Enunwa? My thing is, I’m 2-0 so I’m 12th on the waiver wire.. Id assume that at least ONE of the other 11 guys is going to put in a claim for McKinnon… Make sense?

        • EA says:
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          @EA: scratch that. Wasn’t thinking I could do a priority list.

  3. Benny says:
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    I have a glut of WR’s and pretty much zero RB’s in my league. I’m looking to make a play for Le’Veon Bell. Out of what I’ve got listed below, what do you think a fair starting offer would be?

    Julio Jones
    Alshon Jeffrey
    Sammy Watkins
    Travis Benjamin
    Will Fuller
    Chris Hogan
    Josh Gordon

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Benny: Good question. Jones straight up for Bell is fair, in my opinion. The depth of your league changes the value of the bench players. For instance, Will Fuller and Travis Benjamin are highly valuable in a 14 team league and only somewhat valuable in 10-team. They’re good players sure, but in deep leagues they are every week starts, I’d think.

      Man this is a real bummer because Jeffrey probably just lost quite a bit of value and he could have been a stud. He’s a stud when healthy, borderline top-5 WR. As is, I don’t know man. It’s hard for me to imagine him taking anything that doesn’t involve Julio.

      Maybe what would help you is ranking these fellows for you.
      1. Julio
      2. Jeffrey
      3, 4, 5: Travis Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Will Fuller (not necessarily in that order)
      6. Josh Godon: Corey Coleman could cut into his value big time + QB questions
      7. Chris Hogan

      I’m more high on Will Fuller and Benjamin than I am down on Watkins. I think they could all be inconsistent but generally good in a DeSean Jackson sort of way. Great job getting Fuller. I consider all three of them to be starters although with Watkins we’d like to see something first.

      I highly doubt the guy would take Jeffrey + Gordon but that really would be a great one for you. Really, Jeffrey plus anyone would be good for you but I think someone might value Gordon more still than the Watkins, etc. tier.

  4. Nate says:
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    I’ve got #2 waiver priority in a PPR keeper league, and all of Victor Cruz, Quincy Enunwa and Fozzy Whitaker are currently on waivers. Currently, that’s the order I’ve got the claims in. I expect at least one of these guys to get claimed by someone else – how would you set up the priority chain?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Nate: Thanks for reading. Well I think you know what you are doing here. To me its definitely between Cruz and Enunwa. I favor Enunwa because I think he could absolutely blow up with an injury to Decker or Marshall. I know Cruz would have more value with an injury to a teammate too but I don’t think his upside is as high in that best case for both scenario. Very close.

      Enunwa, Cruz, Whittaker for me.

  5. RotoLance

    RotoLance says:
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    Whittaker v Artis-Payne update. People thinking it will be CAP over Whittaker for the majority of the work which is totally unsurprising. I think my $7 bid might actually be too aggressive for either one of them although Whittaker with 50% of the carries would be more valuable than CAP with 60% of them because Whittaker’s receiving work.

    The thing is Tolbert will be in the mix and that along with Cam Newton stealing some goal line work from the RBs really makes them iffy plays.

    • I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @RotoLance: yeah, those people probably read some version of parts of that stuff far below. neat thing was i knew it was very likely that most would spend more on fozzy.

  6. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    What are your thoughts on Martellus Bennett? I was really high on him going into this year. Last week was great, but do you think NE recaptures that dual tight end threat from both Gronk and Bennett? Is he worthy of being the only TE on my roster?

    • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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      @Bryce Krispie Treats:

      12 Team, QB, 2xRB, 3xWR, TE, FLX, D for the roster spots. Plus 7 bench spots. PPR.

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:
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        @Bryce Krispie Treats: I think I might rather own Pitta than Marty B in PPR particularly. What are you going to do this week with Jimmy G. out? Can’t start Bennett in that case if Gronk is back. Right? Honestly I can’t even speculate how much they’ll use two tight ends at a time and even if they do Bennett is useful as a blocker too. He could be on the field a lot but only get 5 targets per game. I just don’t know.

        In general I’m fine with Marty B. It’s hard to drop him the week before Brady comes back. I like him but it’s a typical year for tight ends where it’s very muddled between like TE6 and TE15. To that point, Kyle Rudolph and Jacob Tamme are both looking interesting right now.

  7. ryanoger says:
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    10 team .5 ppr keeper league

    Great write up man, really enjoying these! I lost Woodhead this week…should I look to add Enunwa or possibly Dexter now with the news of the Chargers picking him up? My team is below:

    QB-Rodgers
    WR-Jordy
    WR-Evans
    RB-DeMarco
    RB-Latavius
    TE-Olsen
    FLEX-Fitz
    Bench-Landry, Tevin Coleman, Riddick, Alfred Morris, Eli Rogers and IR- Dion Lewis

    thanks man!

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      forgot to add…I saw the $8 on Enunwa but how much you thinking for Dexter?

      thanks again!

      • RotoLance

        RotoLance says:
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        @ryanoger: Dexter won’t replace Woodhead for his contribution to the Chargers or fantasy teams. I’m not even really sure how much work he’ll get. So maybe a 5% FAAB if you like him. Again your team is deep so, I don’t know. I guess I’d rather have Enunwa than Rogers what with Eli only getting 3 targets last week. I’d probably rather own Enunwa than McCluster also.

        Kenneth Dixon is somebody to keep in mind for a stash, he could be playing in a few weeks.

  8. Dave says:
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    Really enjoying these weekly FAAB write-ups! First year using FAAB instead of waivers so this is really helpful.

    I’m hoping you can talk me off the ledge here as i am panicking after an 0-2 start in my most important 12 team .5 ppr league. We start a QB, 2 WR, 2RB, TE, and a Flex. My team is below.

    QB: Tyrod Taylor
    RB: Latavius Murray
    RB: Ryan Matthews
    WR: AJ Green
    WR: Dez Bryant
    TE: Julius Thomas
    Flex: Jordan Matthews
    Bench: Randall Cobb, Christine Michael, Duke Johnson, Marcus Mariotta, Kevin White, Phillip Dorsett, James Starks

    Any advice on what I should do going forward? Definitely going to look to upgrade my QB and would love to use my receiver depth to buy low on a stud RB but doesn’t look like the Gurley owner in my league wants to deal.

    Thanks!

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Dave: Hmm… I need to think about what sort of waiver wire stashes might be out there and then get back to you. Kenneth Dixon maybe. Shaun Draughn possibly.

      I am, likewise, really concerned for your RBs. Both of them have major workload concerns after last week. Still I thought Ryan Mathews looked really good on at least a couple of carries. I hope he gets more work.

      I’m not sure who you can buy low on because I’m not sure giving up one of your star receivers for a star RB helps. I think LeSean McCoy could be worthy of buying. I’m not sure how depressed you are about Cobb. Cobb for McCoy won’t be enough to get it done, I’d definitely trade Cobb + C Mike for McCoy. Just a thought. If you wanted to get crazy you could try to trade for Jonathan Stewart. I have no idea what it would take to get him. I liked J Stew going into the season bcause I felt the injury risk was built into his cost.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Dave: I’d think your week 1 scoring would have been pretty good, really good if you played J Matt over Cobb.Bryant tanked but Green was huge. In case you haven’t, make sure you evaluate your team based on total points scored rather than record. Record can be fluky. I guess the point is your team can be fine as is. I’m guessing you’ve been unlucky so far in head to head matchups.

  9. BornTooLate says:
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    What is your FAAB price for Victor Cruz this week in a 12 team PPR?

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      RotoLance says:
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      @BornTooLate: Last week I wasn’t on the Cruz bandwagon yet.But I would have included him now but I figured he would be snatched up in 12 team already.. Yahoo and ESPN ownership levels are for 10-team, maybe there is somewhere else where I can see 12 team ownership but I’ve just been using RCLs as a reference.

      Anyway… I think he’s comparable to Enunwa. If Enunwa is still available that’s great you can place a secondary bid for him in case you miss out on Cruz. Because it’s PPR maybe 10%.

      • BornTooLate says:
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        @RotoLance: Thank you, sir! Enunwa is gone, but Crowder is still there so I’ll probably put a secondary bid on him. Dropping Kamar Aiken.

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:
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          @BornTooLate: Yeah I’m not sure how legit Crowder, which I think I mentioned in the post. Lots of competition for targets there in Washington.

  10. Amolnar says:
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    How much would you bid on Ryan Mathews if he was available on waivers? Someone dropped him on Sunday morning. 12 team league no PPR. Only one running back, 2 WR’s, 2 flex league.

    Thanks.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Amolnar: That’s bonkers. Ok, let’s break this down. I’m concerned for his workload because he wasn’t utilized until late in the game. That said, he looked good. I don’t think they’ll do that again. Maybe it was some form of discipline we don’t know about. Either way his workload is a bit of a concern.

      Will a better player even come along this year? Possibly. If CJ Anderson were to get hurt for instance and Devontae Booker is available that would warrant a very large bid. Aside from something like that it’s a bit tough for me to envision a scenario where a better player than Mathews is available on FAAB waivers. So spend a lot particularly if needy at RB. You know your league better than I do but I’m thinking at least 40%.

      I did tell someone last week to bid like 20% on John Brown of Arizona when someone dropped him and then Brown was barely used and in a way Mathews could be similar. Similar warning signs. So he’s not without risk, I just happen to think it will be worth it.

      Thanks.

  11. Nick says:
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    Hey bud, in a 10 team standard league and I have Barnidge at TE. With T Taylor or S Smith on my bench and ready to be dropped, do you grab a TE to fill in for Barnidge this week until I see more and can potentially drop him? Options include J James, Pitta, Tamme, Rudolph…

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      RotoLance says:
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      @Nick: Yeah those are good options. You can drop Barnidge now if you want. It really doesn’t matter, he’s expendable, as are most of the players on that list. The question is which one will prove to not be expendable? Which one(s) will be worth owning all year?

      I’d probably prefer to own them as Pitta, James, Tamme, Rudolph, Barnidge

      • Nick says:
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        @RotoLance: thanks! I made the swap dropping Smith for Pitta. I’ll hold Barnidge another week, than drop him for next weeks waiver gem if he proves useless again sunday…

        Next, I have B Marshall/Maclin/Snead starting in my 10 team with T Benjamin on bench. Do you plug in Benjamin anywhere? If B Marsh doesn’t play, that’s the easy answer, but let’s say Marshall plays…

        • RotoLance

          RotoLance says:
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          @Nick: Good problem to have, yet it can be frustrating also, I don’t actually know how to rank them this early in the season but here goes

          Marshall, Benjamin, Maclin, Snead. My thinking, Snead can’t really be this much better than he was last year, although he was pretty good last year.

  12. RotoLance

    RotoLance says:
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    With news that Peterson is basically missing the entire season, I’d up the McKinnon FAAB to about 35% and Asiata to about 20%. I think they are closer than a lot of people are making it out to be but McKinnon has been declared the starter already. As a Vikings fan I’m hoping to see a lot of McKinnon but Asiata always works his way in so I’m not optimistic. Keep in mind that it’s a time share and that the run blocking has been terrible. Who knows how much change in game plan from the opponents will help.

    For deeper (14+) leagues where McKinnon is undoubtedly gone 30% on Asiata might be appropriate.

    For that matter Dexter McCluster is a deep league add. I’m not sure if I care about him in 12 team yet, it’s a close call.

  13. Mike says:
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    So no money on Kenyan Drake? I think he could steal the main job by week 5 as soon as Foster is put on IR. $5 in a 100 budget league?

    Is it me is is Dwayne Washington going WAY under the radar?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Mike: Thanks for reading, Mike. Foster put on IR? I think that’s your negative speculation, right? Or call it more like realistic thinking. Kenyan Drake seems like a smart acquisition. I haven’t seen much Miami Dolphins football unfortunately but Ajayi looked like garbage in the preseason. $5, sure. probably enough to get Drake. I’m not sure his value will be all that great but I agree wouldn’t surprise me if he turns out to be the Miami back to own. The passing down work will be a very important role to have for a team that doesn’t figure to be very good.

      When I wrote the post of course I didn’t know about Ameer Abdullah being IR’d. At that point it was a worrisome injury, nothing more. Still, I think Theo Riddick is by far the player to own. Dwayne Washington is a nice guy to pick up in 12 team leagues. I’m not sure he’s worth rostering in 10 team.

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