The following players are owned in less than 60% of fantasy football leagues and could present a value to your rosters.
With the second half of the season upon us, and thus the games being more important, I am trying to be a little pickier about which options I give on here.
*Availability (% owned) and statistics based on Yahoo! PPR leagues.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (49%) — Assuming Buffalo doesn’t make the asinine move of benching Taylor again, he’s a good option for the remaining slate of games. He’s pretty consistent, averaging approximately 17.4 FPPG. His remaining opponents allow an average of 19.21 FPPG.
Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings (46%) — Keenum doesn’t have the best slate of matchups remaining (four-of-five opponents rank in the top half of the league against QB’s), but he’s been on a nice, matchup-proof hot streak since coming off of the Week 9 bye. In the three games since, Keenum is averaging 28.18 FPPG.
Josh McCown, New York Jets (31%) — Sunday was a true test for McCown’s fantasy prowess, as he hung up 300 yards and 3 TD’s in a tough matchup against the Panthers, who rank fourth against QB’s (13.77 FPPG). He’s got a good-looking remainder of his schedule, as the four-of-five opponents rank 16th or worse against QB’s.
Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins (56%) — People have been bailing on Drake since his Week 11 flop, but now that fellow RB Damien Williams is set to miss some time with a shoulder injury, you’re going to want to jump back on-board with Drake. He has some appealing upcoming matchups, including the Patriots and Bills.
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (53%) — If you think you’ll be needing some PPR Flex help, then Woodhead is a good option. He caught 5 balls in his first game back from Injured Reserve in Week 12 and followed it up with 4 last night on Monday Night Football.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (51%) — Burkhead has been a great, unexpected fantasy option in his last four games, averaging 12.0 touches for 59.0 yards per game and scoring 3 TD’s.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (38%) — Stewart killed fantasy owners back in Week 9 while losing 2 fumbles and giving most people -2.0 fantasy points. However, he’s rebounded in the two games since, totaling 136 yards and 1 TD. He’s not been the most consistent guy, but Carolina’s offensive improvement means that he’s a threat to score a TD any week as the Panthers’ goal-line back.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (59%) — Kupp’s big game on Sunday (8 catches for 116 yards) was easy to see coming, but he’s been a consistent weapon for Jared Goff all year. Robert Woods is expected to miss more time with his shoulder injury, so Kupp’s targets should continue being at an increased volume.
Josh Gordon (51%) and Corey Coleman (40%), Cleveland Browns — We’ve all got the Josh Gordon fanboy in our league. If it’s you, get ready to welcome him back to the field this week against the Chargers. In the past, he’s shown to be QB and matchup-proof, so maybe he’ll keep it going. What an awesome way to ride to a fantasy championship, right? For those looking at Coleman, he’s been a good PPR option in his two games back from IR. He has caught 9-of-19 targets for 144 yards.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (43%) — It looks like we’ve reached the point where Doctson isn’t such a risky play, as he’s now well-establish in the Redskins offense. His fantasy points don’t always come in the same way (one week it’s a handful of catches and yards, the next it’s because of a TD), but he’s becoming a pretty decent Flex play.
Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (39%) — Kearse doesn’t get near the pub that Robby Anderson does, but it’s because Kearse is more of a possession receiver and doesn’t get the job done in as sexy of a fashion. Kearse’s production this year has been frustrating because he’s had seven games under 50 yards. However, he’s averaging 6.1 targets per game and does have a rapport with McCown. Kearse makes a decent PPR Flex play from here on out.
Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills (14%) — Jones was a beneficiary of Kelvin Benjamin’s meniscus injury, hauling in 3-of-10 targets for 33 yards and 1 TD on Sunday. The yardage and catch percentage (30%) is gross, but the 10 targets is what to keep an eye on. Meniscus injuries come in varying severity, so there’s a good chance that Jones’ value is boosted indefinitely. His overall improvement in his last three games is enough to be optimistic about, as he’s averaging 4.3 catches (8.0 targets) for 51.3 yards and has scored twice in that time.
Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (47%) — Kroft has been very dependable from a fantasy perspective, scoring an average of 7.38 FPPG since the Bengals’ bye week. He’s also scored in each of the last two weeks.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (32%) — With Clay back, and Taylor’s benching saga behind him, the Bills passing game can move forward. Clay hasn’t had any fewer than 3 targets in a game this season and is averaging 4.9 per game overall. He caught 4-of-4 targets for 60 yards on Sunday against the Chiefs, a good indicator that he and Taylor are clicking again.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (2%) — Seals-Jones’ sudden burst onto the scene worries me also (7 catches, 126 yards, 3 TD’s in the last two weeks). However, I would pick him up and give him one week on the bench to see how he does. If he continues his success with Blaine Gabbert at QB, it could be a sign that he’s a legit weapon and matchup nightmare for defenses for the rest of the season. The fact that he’s been targeted 5.5 times per game and has shown to be a downfield threat is very encouraging to me.