The following players are owned in less than 60% of fantasy football leagues and could present a value to your rosters.
*Availability (% owned) and statistics based on Yahoo! PPR leagues.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (46%) — The Red Rifle now has his bye week out of the way, and has matchups looming with familiar AFC North foe Steelers followed by the Colts. For those streaming QB’s, Dalton is a decent pickup, especially against Indy in Week 8.
Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (42%) — He is banged up but I expect Siemian to get fantasy owners at least a little something most weeks. He’s got upcoming bottom-18 matchups with the Chargers, Chiefs, Eagles and Patriots in the next four weeks.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (38%) — Goff now has a rough back-to-back in his rear-view mirror and has better matchups ahead. Fantasy’s current QB15 has matchups with the 26th-ranked Cardinals, 22nd-ranked Giants and 27th-ranked Texans in the next four weeks.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (37%) — Now out of his bye week, Taylor has an awesome slate of games ahead of him. His remaining opponents for the year give up an average of 19.20 fantasy points per game. It seems like almost all of Taylor’s weapons are injured, so don’t expect any blowup games. However, Taylor is a historically steady option who can fill in when your QB is hurt or on a bye. It’s good timing for Aaron Rodgers owners.
Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers (1%) — Speaking of Rodgers, here is his backup. In coming in for Rodgers on Sunday, Hundley overall had a rough outing. But it was okay given the opponent and that no one expected him to be playing in the first place. Moving forward, expect him to play better-prepared football and rely on his heavy cast of characters, including Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery in the run and short passing game.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (51%) — The reason I don’t have Alfred Morris here is because I feel that McFadden should — and will — be the replacement for Ezekiel Elliott whenever he inevitably starts his suspension. McFadden is faster and catches the ball better, making him a better big-play threat and less of an adjustment for Dallas’ offense.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (47%) — Mack started the year with a 10-point game, followed it up with a total stinker, missed two games with a shoulder injury but then bounced back in a big way in Week 5 against the 49ers (93 yards, 1 touchdown). Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has publicly acknowledged the need to get Mack more involved, so the arrow’s only going up from here (even if they missed the mark at getting him involved enough in Week 6).
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (42%) — Riddick is non-existent as a runner, but as a pass-catching RB, he needs to be owned in the majority of PPR leagues. He has caught 23-of-33 targets so far this year.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (35%) — Orleans Darkwa had the huge game on Sunday, but Gallman is still going to be a big part of the Giants’ run game. After seeing no playing time in the first three weeks, Gallman has averaged 13.3 touches per game for 54.7 yards in the last three.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (23%) — Bernard is a regular in this series. Eight and 10-team leagues can do without him, but PPR leagues with 12 or more teams should have this guy rostered for the most part. Bernard is the only other Bengals RB with value outside of Joe Mixon, as Jeremy Hill has just been absolutely left in the dust. Bernard doesn’t run much — just 4.0 carries per game — but he has also caught 10-of-14 targets this year. He’s making the most of his limited touches, having four 20-yard plays so far this year.
D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans (15%) — The fact that Foreman doesn’t have any TD’s yet this year is incredibly frustrating. He’s getting a decent share of touches as Houston’s RB2 (8.8 touches per game for 45.8 yards), and he’s had a 20-yard play in three out of the last four games. If this guy starts hitting pay dirt on the goal line, his value will get much better.
Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (10%) — The Patriots are really weird, and kind of the worst for fantasy owners. You know why Mike Gillislee didn’t salvage his game after a lost fumble on Sunday? Because 5-8, 195-pound Dion Lewis needed to get a goal line TD. For Gillislee’s first fumble of the year, he sure did hit the dog house hard. I digress. Lewis has been way more involved lately, totaling 20 touches for 115 yards and 1 TD in the last two weeks. He and James White look like the go-to guys in the Pats’ backfield moving forward, until the coaches change their minds again.
Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (9%) — We alluded to Darkwa’s big game on Sunday, getting 22 touches against Denver for 130 yards. He’s been in the mix in New York for a few years now but it looks like this may finally be the time where we see him get a serious split of the carries. Both Darkwa and Gallman are decent low-end options moving forward.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (55%) — Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Detroit’s WR1 Golden Tate is likely to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Jones has already been doing well lately, totaling 12 catches (22 targets) for 150 yards and 1 TD in the last two weeks. He now becomes the Lions’ top WR in Tate’s absence.
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (54%) — 2017 has easily been Agholor’s most productive season. He’s had at least 50 yards in four games and has 4 TD’s.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (52%) — Shepard is currently out nursing an ankle sprain, but when he returns to the lineup, he’ll be New York’s WR1. With Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall both out for the year, Eli Manning will rely heavily on Shepard and TE Evan Engram in the passing game.
Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (46%) — Kearse is a playable flex option in certain matchups. He has 4 catches each in four of the last five weeks for a total of 26 on the season. He’s also scored three times.
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (43%) — Brown has been healthy enough to play for the majority of the season, and it looks like the Cardinals are trying to get him involved. He’s been targeted 7 times per game and has scored in each of the last two weeks.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (33%) — 40 targets = good. Catching only 50% of those = bad. Chalk part of it up to being Blake Bortles’ erratic play, but some of it is also that Lee is forced into a greater role than he should be playing because of Allen Robinson’s injury. Regardless, Lee is Jacksonville’s leader in targets and receiving yards (291).
Roger Lewis, New York Giants (21%) — Lewis hasn’t done much of anything in the last two weeks with Beckham and Marshall out (2 catches, 44 yards, 1 TD total) but you’d have to imagine that will change once Shepard returns and the Giants can pass a little more. Lewis will probably still be a starter when Shepard returns, likely serving as the WR2.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (21%) — Williams finally made his NFL debut on Sunday, catching his only target for 15 yards. This will take some time but Williams has some boom potential as the second half of the season approaches and progresses.
Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (18%) — Richardson is being targeted 5.4 times per game, but after their bye week over the weekend, it would be wise for Seattle to get him even more involved in the passing game. I don’t like him as a stat sheet stuffer, but he does give you something pretty much every week.
Robby Anderson, New York Jets (17%) — Josh McCown has been a low-key solid addition to the Jets’ offense, so it means an uptick in their passing game. Most people know of Kearse and Austin Seferian-Jenkins by now, but Anderson doesn’t get enough love. He came onto the scene last year as Bryce Petty’s go-to, but McCown has been looking Anderson’s way also. He’s being targeted 6.8 times per game and is a downfield threat, averaging 16.4 yards per catch.
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7%) — For those of you that remember, Humphries is reminding me of the impact that Cole Beasley had for the Cowboys last year. Consistently targeted and therefore productive from a PPR standpoint, Humphries is averaging about 7.5 FPPG.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (6%) — Basically the WR version of Mack, Doctson has been productive in short spurts, and his head coach is talking about getting him more involved. Doctson finally began to see action in the last three weeks, and although he’s only been targeted 9 times, he has 4 catches for 90 yards (22.5 avg) and 2 TD’s.
Ricardo Louis, Cleveland Browns (4%) — As the most-targeted WR of an offense (5.8 avg), Louis deserves to be rostered. He has yet to score any TD’s but has averaged 53.3 YPG in the last three weeks.
Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (3%) — Wherever he goes, Kerley is inevitably productive, but he doesn’t get much love. He is strictly a PPR option, as he only averages 32.5 YPG and has a total of 13 TD for his seven-year career. This year, he has caught 19-of-20 targets for 193 yards (10.2 avg) and scored his first TD of the season last week against the Patriots.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (50%) — Although he had a huge game in Week 1 (128 yards, 1 TD), I was weary of Hooper because the targets weren’t there. Through the first three weeks, he had just 6 targets, and his Week 2 and 3 stats reflected that (3 catches for 16 yards combined). In the last two weeks, things have finally started to look more promising for Hooper. He has been heavily involved both weeks, totaling 12 catches (16 targets) for 98 yards.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (40%) — Whatever is going on with Doyle in the last four weeks is making Colts fans scratch their heads. The normally dependable, sure-handed TE has been dropping passes, and fumbling them when he does catch them. Regardless, he put up a productive stat line against the Titans on Monday, catching 7-of-11 targets for 50 yards and 1 TD.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (23%) — Miller has scored a TD each of the last two weeks since rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky has taken over. Granted, Miller’s TD on Sunday came on a gadget play from RB Tarik Cohen, but Trubisky is still looking Miller’s way 4.5 times per game. I like Miller as a security blanket for Trubisky going forward.
Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens (16%) — I want almost nothing to do with the Ravens offense. But when you have a consistent option in fantasy, you kind of have to take advantage of it. Watson is only averaging 35.2 YPG, but he’s catching 4.8-of-6 targets per game.
Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (10%) — Tyler Eifert is out for the year, so Tyler Kroft becomes the guy at TE in Cincinnati. He’s done a decent job so far, and with the bye week now behind them, it makes sense for the Bengals to have a plan for Kroft. In the last three weeks, he has caught 13-of-16 targets for 134 yards (10.3 avg) and 2 TD.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (8%) — If the last three weeks are any indicator, the time is now for Kittle to be a large part of the 49ers’ offense. He has caught 13-of-20 targets in that span for 164 yards (12.6 avg) and 1 TD.
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