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.
Josh McCown, New York Jets (34%) — McCown has a matchup with the Buccaneers this week, who give up the sixth-most FPPG to QB’s (19.63). He is quietly fantasy’s QB11 and has been pretty consistent, save for two bad games earlier this season. Considering I must stream QB’s in most leagues now due to injuries, I’m taking McCown’s 18.47 FPPG and running.
Kenyan Drake (54%) and Damien Williams (33%), Miami Dolphins — While it was a good idea to pick either up last week due to the Dolphins trading Jay Ajayi, we now know that both are decent flex options, depending on matchups. It’s going to be a complete timeshare between Drake and Williams, but both had over 10.0 fantasy points last week against Oakland.
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (49%) — I really wish that the Colts coaching staff knew how to use Mack. Last week in Houston could have been a big game for him, but they felt the need to pound it up the middle with Frank Gore. Alas, Mack still has fantasy value because of his big-play ability. On 62 touches this year, he has seven 20-yard plays and twelve 10-yard plays.
Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (45%) — Jerick McKinnon is more productive from a fantasy standpoint but Murray is still getting his share of touches. In the last four games (since Dalvin Cook was lost for the year), Murray averages 17.0 touches per game, and his total touches have gone up each week.
Matt Forte, New York Jets (42%) — Surprisingly, the 31-year-old Forte is having a second-half resurgence. Since his return from turf toe four weeks ago, he is averaging 14.3 touches for 77.8 yards per game and has scored twice.
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (27%) — Woodhead has been out since the first half of Week 1 with a hamstring injury. After being placed on Injured Reserve-Designated to Return, he is now practicing again. When he returns to the field, he’ll be an immediate flex must-start in PPR leagues.
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (1%) — Clement’s fantasy value is very tricky because of the Eagles acquiring Ajayi, but Clement has done well in the last few weeks. He has four TD’s in the last three weeks, including three last Sunday. He is a passing option, which is more than can be said for LeGarrette Blount. The backfield may begin to get shifted more toward Ajayi and Clement here in the near future.
Cooper Kupp (55%) and Robert Woods (34%), Los Angeles Rams — Kupp has been on here pretty much every week, and he’s nearing ineligibility for my list by hitting 60% ownership. Both he and Woods are good bench fillers who you may need to start here and there. They both receive a good amount of targets (Woods 6.1 per game, Kupp 6.0 per game) and have ten 50-yard games between them this year.
Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (51%) — His teammate, Robby Anderson, is the more explosive one but Kearse is a heavily targeted receiver for McCown, receiving 5.3 targets per game.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (45%) — The rookie fifth overall pick has finally begun playing again, appearing for just the third time this season last Sunday. He had just 2 catches for 28 yards, but he was targeted 5 times. His role is expected to grow as the season progresses. Davis played a starter’s role, appearing in 39-of-52 snaps (75%) against the Ravens.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (37%) — Lee has separated himself as the Jaguars WR to hang onto. On Sunday, he had 8 catches (12 targets) for 75 yards and 1 TD. He’s being targeted a team-high 7.3 times per game.
Josh Gordon (35%) and Corey Coleman (11%), Cleveland Browns — Both WR’s are back around, but for totally different reasons. The immensely-talented Gordon has missed the last two years while suspended but was recently reinstated. Coleman has been on IR since near the beginning of the season with a broken hand but is back at practice. Whenever either hits the field, they have immediate starting upside.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (29%) — It’s been a process but the Josh Doctson train keeps on moving. He has yet to have that big, breakout game, but he does have a definite role in Washington’s offense. So far, he is averaging 1.8 catches (3.7 targets) for 31.5 yards per game and has scored 3 TD’s. However, if the statistics don’t start to broaden, I’m going to have to drop him from his weekly spot on here.
Jordan Matthews (28%) and Zay Jones (9%), Buffalo Bills — QB Tyrod Taylor spreads the ball around and it’s benefiting these two (plus, Deonte Thompson). The Bills are also going to start getting Kelvin Benjamin worked in after acquiring him last week. There will obviously be an odd man out, which I believe will be Thompson. Benjamin can man an outside spot while Matthews and Jones switch from the slot to the outside. Jones had his first big game last week after catching 6-of-7 targets for 53 yards and 1 TD.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (5%) — Williams has had a very slow start to his rookie season after making his debut three games ago. However, the Chargers just came off of their bye week and it would’ve made sense for them to focus on getting him more involved. Neither Tyrell Williams or Travis Benjamin have stepped up this year to be a true, well-rounded WR2 next to Keenan Allen. Hopefully, the Chargers start to get Williams more targets.
Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (41%) — Kroft only had 2 catches on Sunday but they accounted for 79 yards. I’ll give him a pass for a terrible matchup against Jacksonville, in which no Bengals really did much. Kroft has been a consistent performer for fantasy owners, averaging 4.0 catches (4.7 targets) for 47 yards and scoring 3 TD’s since taking over as the starting TE six weeks ago.