You’re about to feel a bit of déjà vu. Several waiver wire options this week are names you already know… and quite possibly dropped earlier this year. Like that 2 a.m. bean burrito, seeing some of these names will make you sick, but regret is part of Fantasy Football. Let’s get you feeling better with some players that can help you survive the bye weeks.
As a reminder, these waiver wire players aim for the 50 percent or less ownership on average across the major sites and have Yahoo! ownership listed. They’re also good for DFS too, as they will often have a lower cost and present values.
Marcus Mariota, TEN (60%) – I’m cheating a bit here with the 50 percent threshold, but quarterback streamers are thin this week. I also want to make sure that those who reaped the rewards of streaming Mariota last week hang onto the man. The Titans go from facing the Browns to hosting the Colts and Jaguars the next two weeks, and then they head to San Diego. Sign me up! Only the Raiders have allowed more passing yards than the Colts, putting Mariota in a nice spot to repeat QB1 value this week.
Alex Smith, KC (28%) – You didn’t see a recommendation for Smith last week vs. Oakland because he’s normally a mediocre Fantasy option despite great matchups. This week, this matchup is actually worse from a Fantasy points allowed perspective, but the Saints are easily beatable. Unless the Chiefs defense steps up in a big way, Smith will need to play keep up, and as mentioned, we’re thin on streaming options this week.
You Should Have Picked Them Up (players atop the list that shouldn’t we on the waiver wire):
Terrance West, BAL; Bilal Powell, NYJ; James White, NE
Jay Ajayi, MIA (31%) – Ajayi was a recommendation last week, but no one expected that performance, and we’re right back to Ajayi being a must-own. However, I would be hesitant to use the No. 1 waiver spot or 25 percent of my FAAB because we’ve seen the Dolphins’ inconsistency with their running back usage. On top of that, it’s conceivable that Foster just wasn’t 100 percent. Ajayi must be owned in all leagues, but understand this is as risky as DeAndre Washington was two weeks ago.
Chris Ivory, JAX (43%) – After two weeks of T.J. Yeldon leading the backfield, the Jaguars went back to Ivory more, and he even scored a touchdown. The Jaguars signed Ivory to be the early down and goal-line option, and Yeldon has done little with his opportunity. Ivory could find RB2 value down the stretch if he can stay on the field.
Jacquizz Rodgers, TB (22%) – Reports suggest that Doug Martin should return, but he wouldn’t be the first injured player to miss extra time after sounding ready to play. Even if Martin plays in Week 7, Rodgers showed that he can near Charles Sims’ value in PPR leagues, and could be flex worthy over the bye weeks, especially in matchups such as this week’s against the 49ers.
Matt Asiata, MIN (17%) – This is what we expected with the Vikings. Jerick McKinnon is the more explosive option, but Asiata is the goal-line back and better bet for touchdowns. It’s tough to predict touchdowns with regularity, but the Eagles defense struggled to stop Washington’s rushing game last week.
Devontae Booker, DEN (27%) – Don’t mistake this for an endorsement of Booker over C.J. Anderson. After all, Anderson had a huge day lost to three penalties and significantly out-snapped Booker. However, a few more rough games (or injury, as CJA has a history of them) and Booker could take over the Broncos backfield.
Mike Gillislee, BUF (4%) – LeSean McCoy’s owners got quite the scare last week, as McCoy exited the game with what looked to be a potential injury. Gillislee performed well in Shady’s absence and needs to be stashed by McCoy owners. Even teams that are thin at running back should grab Gillislee, as he has the potential for high upside if McCoy were to miss time.
Mike Davis, SF (0%) – Turns out that the 49ers are using Davis as the backup to Carlos Hyde, not Shaun Draughn. I would expect Draughn to remain in the mix for pass-catching downs if Hyde misses time. However, Davis looks to be the first man up, and as with McCoy and Gillislee, let this be a warning to grab the backup now.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Dion Lewis (time to stash), Dwayne Washington, Thomas Rawls
Handcuffs to Consider: Derrick Henry (should be owned in all leagues), Alfred Morris, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, Kenneth Dixon, Andre Ellington
You Should Have Picked Them Up:
Michael Thomas, NO; Quincy Enunwa, NYJ; Sammie Coates, PIT
Cameron Meredith, CHI (52%) – As with Mariota, I’m cheating a bit here, but Meredith deserves one more mention in case your league is part of the 48 percent that didn’t pick him up last week. As previously mentioned, Meredith is filling the Kevin White role, which just happens to be the most targeted and consistent option for the Bears. Grab this man now! Or, was a second straight game of double-digit targets and at least 113 yards not enough to convince you?
Kenny Britt, LA (11%) – Give Britt some respect! What else does he need to do for you to pick him up? Britt had at least 67 yards in four of five games before Week 6 and finally had a breakout performance. Britt is simply on pace for 1,312 yards. While he likely won’t reach that upper-echelon level with Case Keenum at quarterback, he can easily post the first 1,000-yard season of his career.
Chris Hogan, NE (37%) – Hogan had just one catch for 39 yards against the Bengals, but we all know that the Patriots offense can lead to inconsistency for the receivers. At the same time, the upside of his 114-yard Week 5 game is always there with Tom Brady at quarterback, and that alone makes Hogan a decent bye week streaming option.
Kendall Wright, TEN (3%) – Wright’s performance could be attributed to their need of a consistent receiver or that it was a matchup with the Browns. Likely, it was a bit of both in addition to the Browns blanketing Delanie Walker. Nevertheless, you have to take a shot on Wright, who is just two years removed from his 94-catch, 1,079-yard season. Just don’t expect much consistency or significant value outside of PPR leagues, especially when other teams don’t sell out to stop Walker as much as the Browns did.
Ty Montgomery, GB (1%) – Eddie Lacy still doesn’t look 100 percent, it’s a short week for the Packers and Montgomery provided high value working out of the backfield. Montgomery is mainly a PPR option, but think about his ceiling if Lacy were to aggravate his injury and Montgomery turned into a hybrid running back/receiver with another double-digit reception game.
Cole Beasley, DAL (45%) – Beasley has been a solid PPR option for most of the year, and with his finding the end zone the past two weeks, Beasley is turning into a standard league value as well. He’s still more of a WR4/flex option, but PPR owners can feel safer with Beasley in their lineups.
Robert Woods, BUF (22%) – The Bills passing game is tough to trust, and the last three games show the volatility of owning Woods with 89 yards, 26, then 44 and a score. Nevertheless, Woods is the top receiver in the offense, and the Dolphins are an enticing matchup in Week 7.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Corey Coleman, Donte Moncrief (need to stash both as returning soon), Rishard Matthews, Torrey Smith, Tyler Lockett
You Should Have Picked Them Up:
Zach Miller, CHI; Zach Ertz, PHI
Hunter Henry, SD (35%) – Henry is not only bucking the “rookie tight ends struggle to provide Fantasy Football value” trend, but also quelling the worry about two tight ends in the same offense. Even with Antonio Gates back, Henry has found the end zone in two straight games (three overall), and is showing great chemistry with Philip Rivers.
Cameron Brate, TB (19%) – Brate’s ownership dropped a good amount with the team on bye and a quiet Week 5. However, Brate is still second on the Buccaneers in red zone targets (six) behind only Mike Evans. In fact, the next closest is Vincent Jackson with four, and Brate didn’t truly see significant work until Week 3 of the season after the team jettisoned Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Jack Doyle, IND (11%) – With Dwayne Allen likely out for a few weeks, we have the Colts tight end situation cleared up a bit again. We have to assume Doyle will see the majority of tight end targets, and in this offense, that puts Doyle in the Top 15 for tight ends. Hopefully, Andrew Luck looking Erik Swoope’s way late in the game doesn’t become a consistent occurrence, and we can finally have a bit of certainty with the Colts’ tight end value.
Vernon Davis, WSH (4%) – This is contingent on Jordan Reed missing Week 7 due to his concussion. If Reed plays don’t worry about Davis, but if he’s out, well, I don’t need to remind you that the Lions hand out tight end touchdowns like freaks hand out flyers in Time Square.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Eric Ebron, C.J. Fiedorowicz
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