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Fantasy Football WR/TE FAAB Report Week 15: How Much To Spend On Quentin Johnston, Darnell Mooney, Davis Allen

Wondering how much FAAB to spend on this week's top wide receiving and tight end pickups? Lou has you covered.

Lou Landers Dec 11th 11:04 AM EST.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 03: Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) lines up during a game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers on December 3, 2023, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 03: Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) lines up during a game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers on December 3, 2023, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Welcome to the playoffs!! In my weekly FAAB report article for fantasy football, I discuss my favorite additions at the WR and TE positions in shallower and deeper leagues while telling you how much FAAB you should be spending and why.

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Best Fantasy Football FAAB Pickups for Shallow Leagues (10 and 12 Teams)

WR Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars

With Christian Kirk injured, Zay Jones is going to see a lot more work in the passing game. He has the trust of QB Trevor Lawrence, who has had some big days with Jones in the past. If Lawrence is healthy enough to continue playing through his ankle injury, Jones has the opportunity to be a league-winner for those in shallow leagues who haven’t had a use for him on their roster until now. He saw a team-high 14 targets in Week 14, if that’s any indication as to how good he can be. I am willing to drop 30-40% of my FAAB on him in leagues where you start three WRs plus at least one flex. 

WR Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens

The best fantasy game of the season for OBJ came this week in the Ravens' thrilling OT win over the Rams. He only caught four passes, which isn’t a season-high; however, he did score a TD and put up his second-highest yardage total, tallying 97 yards. His 10 targets are extremely encouraging for those looking to find some late-season magic, so scoop him up for 24-27% of your FAAB in those 10-team leagues because he’s widely available in leagues of that size.

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seattle Seahawks 

Although he was quiet in Week 14, JSN has come on strong in recent weeks and has begun to see more snaps and targets. He has a good matchup coming up against an Eagles defense that has struggled against the pass this season, especially as of late. So much attention goes to D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett is always a threat as well, yet there is still enough action to go around for JSN. In fact, many times he gets to work against the third-best corner on a team, and typically that gives him an advantage in both size and skill. 18-22% of your FAAB is a solid bid that should get him but won’t leave you with no FAAB left. 

WR Quentin Johnston, Los Angeles Chargers 

With Justin Herbert injuring his finger, Johnston might become less interesting of an option. Still, he is the number two WR for the Chargers and although it has taken him some time to find his way in the NFL, something to be expected from all rookies, he ended up being the Chargers' top receiver in Week 14. That is a trend that could continue with Keenan Allen garnering so much attention from opposing DBs. He is more risky than the other guys above him on the list, so spending in the 9-12% range is what I recommend. 

Best Fantasy Football FAAB Pickups for Deep Leagues (14 and 16 Teams)

TE Davis Allen, Los Angeles Rams

While filling in for Tyler Higbee in Week 14 as the Rams' starting TE, Allen had a much larger impact than expected. It also came against one of the top defenses in the NFL and on the road in Baltimore. His two TDs were the first two of his career, and, with the Rams in the playoff race and a healthy QB in Matthew Stafford, Allen needs to be considered. Higbee hasn’t been that good this season, and he’s dealt with some injuries over the past couple of years, too. Allen should be added whether you roster Higbee or not, especially after his Week 14 performance. Don't go crazy, though, 5-10% of your FAAB is fine. 

WR Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

Mooney is interesting now that Justin Fields has been back for a couple of weeks and is leading the offense well. Of course, D.J. Moore is still Fields' top target and Cole Kmet is always involved; however, Mooney is also a serious threat who can pick up big chunks of yards at a time. At this time of the season, I am not looking for a player who could have a huge game but more so a guy who can provide depth on my bench. Injuries are the biggest killers of championship dreams, so depth is never to be ignored. For Mooney, 4-8% of your FAAB is a good number. 

Xavier Hutchinson, Houston Texans 

Tank Dell is out, Nico Collins left the Week 14 loss to the Jets, and suddenly the Texans are in need of WRs. They have been without TE Dalton Schultz for a couple of weeks and C.J. Stroud also left the game with a concussion. Things are suddenly looking bleak for the Texans. Stroud could be back this weekend and his top WR might be Hutchinson due to all the injuries. That is enough to give Hutch some value in deeper leagues, even if it’s a speculative add in the 3-5% range. 

TE Tyler Conklin, New York Jets 

He continues to see the second or third-most targets of all the Jets' pass catchers, and it doesn’t matter who is at QB. This past week it was Zach Wilson, who actually played exceptionally well and is likely to be the starter for the remainder of the season. The Jets play the Dolphins in Week 15, a game they are likely to lose but also a game that should be very high-scoring. Expect the Jets to be chasing points and airing the ball out, leading to a big game from Conklin. 15% or more of your FAAB on Conklin is great and I would be willing to go up to 25%.

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