The FDx Wire grasps the traditional waiver-wire report. However, we have added our FDx Score to illustrate how our proprietary algorithms feel about the player. The higher the number, the better that player will perform. Also, includes a projected point total for the week. Keep in mind, FDx Scores are updated throughout the week as information is learned. Visit The Fantasy Doctors Analytics HERE for our Top Week 8 Projections. You will not see any adds to a player over 70% ownership in two leagues.
Jacoby Brissett, QB IND (37.43 FDx Score/10.79 Projected Points)
14.5% ownership in ESPN leagues
49% ownership in CBS leagues
13% ownership in Yahoo leagues
It’s almost a certainty that Andrew Luck will be out for the season. He has been rumored to be at least out until week 12 or 13, and if the Colts continue to lose, there is no reason to bring him into a losing situation. On that note, Brissett has done a stable job taking over the reigns. His offensive line was a sieve and let him down last week, but he has gotten at least one touchdown a game since week three. He can make plays happen with his legs as well, which is a bonus for those in PPR leagues.
Latavius Murray, RB MIN (59.72 FDx Score/6.23 Projected Points)
64.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
65% ownership in CBS leagues
41% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Everybody thought that Jerrick McKinnon was the man, then Murray showed otherwise. Against the Ravens last week, he rushed for 118-yards and a score on 18 carries. His score came on a 29-yard run up the middle. Murray also added another run of 35-yards. He has a free lane now that Dalvin Cook will be out for the season, and he is much more capable of carrying the load than McKinnon. Unfortunately, his receiving skills will most likely keep him from expanding his point totals.
Jalen Richard, RB OAK (42.63 FDx Score/3.16 Projected Points)
5.0% ownership in ESPN leagues
19% ownership in CBS leagues
46% ownership in Yahoo leagues
I went with Jalen Richard over DeAndre Washington due to the PPR factor, grab Washington in standard leagues. Richard had 31-yards on nine carries and turned four receptions into 45-yards in the victory over the Chiefs. Marshawn Lynch still lingers, but he is suspended for next week and hasn’t been used much over the last several weeks. He makes an exciting streaming option for flex positioning and could add value over the next couple of weeks. Keep in mind the Raiders have a week 10 bye-week.
Dion Lewis, RB NE (59.94 FDx Score/6.28 Projected Points)
20.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
52% ownership in CBS leagues
29% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Lewis on 13 carries went for 76-yards while catching one pass for six. He was in on 26 of the 74 snaps, which was the more significant share than James White, Mike Gillislee, and Rex Burkhead. Lewis now has won the share lead in two straight weeks. The bad news is that this is the Patriots. Who knows what is happening out there, other than Tom Brady is the quarterback, Rob Gronkowski is the tight end and the “Hoodie” is Bill Belichick.
Mohamed Sanu, WR ATL (51.93 FDx Score/3.5 Projected Points)
50.6% ownership in ESPN leagues
63% ownership in CBS leagues
38% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Mohamed Sanu isn’t the sexiest of names, but he is getting the targets in the Atlanta Falcons offense. They have struggled lately, but their talent will overcome their stagnant display over the last few weeks. He has brought in at least four receptions in four of his five games played. Sanu was targeted ten times against New England and clean on six for 65-yards.
Ted Ginn, WR NOS (84.48 FDx Score/11.23 Projected Points)
44.0% ownership in ESPN leagues
68% ownership in CBS leagues
52% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Ted Ginn had a season-high seven targets against the Green Bay Packers. He brought in all seven for 141-yards which is another season high. In the last two-games, Ginn has caught 11 passes for 207-yards and one touchdown. He may not reach the seven-catch total again, but he is a solid play in long-distance leagues and seems to have Drew Brees attention.
Kenny Stills, WR MIA (52.16 FDx Score/3.54 Projected Points)
15.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
28% ownership in CBS leagues
22% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Kenny Stills is quietly having a good season. You won’t see him catch many passes, but what he does with them is what matters. Last week, Stills was good for six catches on nine targets for 85-yards and two touchdowns. Stills showed his skills on Miami’s first drive as he brought in a 36-yard pass from Jay Cutler. It also seems that Matt Moore and Stills have a good thing going. With Cutler going down with an injury that could mean a boost in production for the speedster. In the three starts from Moore, Stills has caught a touchdown. It is unknown how long Cutler will be out, but more than likely will be out for Thursday’s game.
Tyler Kroft, TE CIN (92.61 FDx Score/11.33 Projected Points)
10.7% ownership in ESPN leagues
31% ownership in CBS leagues
16% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Tyler Kroft seems very adept at keeping the tight end position alive for the Cincinnati Bengals. Since Tyler Eifert went down with a season back injury, Kroft has been very active in the passing game. In the last three contests, he has caught 14 balls on 16 targets for 129-yards and three touchdowns. His low yards per catch average tells me that he doesn’t get the ball downfield like Eifert can, but he is a good possession guy who gets into the end zone. If you are looking for a tight end, I will grab with no qualms.
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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 14
Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries. My goal is to find you the best player available for the lowest owned percentage. Therefore, you will see some of the more prominent names under others to consider.
Philip Rivers–IND (ESPN-16.5%) (Yahoo-40%)
Rivers has averaged at least 292 passing yards and two touchdowns in his last six games, and he just feels short of theaverage against Houston with 285 yards and two scores. In the next two weeks, the Colts will face Las Vegas, who allows over 20 Fantasy Points Per Game to quarterbacks, and Houston. Getting Rivers will bring you a top streaming signal-caller for two-straight weeks.
Others to Consider: Jalen Hurts (PHI), Mitchell Trubisky(CHI), Sam Darnold (NYJ), Tua Tagovailoa (MIA), Baker Mayfield (CLE).
Cam Akers-LAR (ESPN-35.8%) (Yahoo-53%)
Akers has seen an increase in snaps over the last few weeks, and he may have full ownership after his 21 carries for 72 yards while catching a pass for another 22 yards and a score. Both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson will have a role, but Akers should be the bell-cow. The Rams tried him at the goal line on several attempts, but he couldn’t punch it in. Rams face the Patriots and Jets in the next few weeks, and both teams he should exploit for good fantasy performances.
Cordarrelle Patterson-CHI (ESPN-4.8%) (Yahoo-7%)
Patterson has become a running back, and he fits the role well. David Montgomery will be the bell-cow when healthy, but Patterson has gotten extensive looks. Against the Lions, Patterson carried the rock 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Patterson has spent his career as a receiver; therefore, catching the ball is no issue. The Bears have Houston this week, and they are horrible against the run.
Ty Johnson-NYJ (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-2%)
The ancient one Frank Gore was the Jets bell-cow until he suffered a concussion. Enter Johnson, who rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a score. Johnson showed promise and someone who deserves more of a look. He will face the Seahawks and Rams next, but he is of good value this late in the season.
Others to Consider: Peyton Barber (WAS), Phillip Lindsay(DEN), Gus Edwards (BAL), Carlos Hyde (SEA), Jeff Wilson(SF), Ito Smith (ATL), Benny Snell (PIT), Adrian Peterson(DET).
T.Y. Hilton-IND (ESPN-47.0%) (Yahoo-45%)
Through 11-weeks, Hilton was sitting on the garbage pile. Then against the Titans, he caught his first touchdown on the season to go along with four receptions for 81 yards. It got even better against the Texans as Hilton brought in 8 balls on 11 targets for 110 yards and a score. He is looking more and more like the stud we drafted him to be. Now the Colts face the Raiders and Texans in back-to-back weeks.
Jalen Guyton-LAC (ESPN-0.3%) (Yahoo-0%)
Guyton was on speed-dial for Justin Herbert. He targeted his receiver seven times, and Guyton brought in two for 38 yards. Fantasy owners may wonder how Guyton can be valuable with Mike Williams, but looking at the numbers and there isn’t much difference. On the season, Guyton has 20-369-3 while Williams stat line 36-572-4 in 11 games. That is just one reception and 18-yards more on average. The Chargers have Atlanta and Las Vegas next, which are prime spots for exploitation.
Rashard Higgins-CLE (ESPN-3.4%) (Yahoo-8%)
Higgins is the one that looks to be the number two receiver, and he lit up the Titans last week for six receptions, 95 yards, and a touchdown. Higgins has deep speed and will make plays downfield. The schedule will be tough next week against Baltimore, but the Giants and Jets could be an easy route for teams in the playoffs and championship.
Others to Consider: Tim Patrick (DEN), Keke Coutee (HOU), Sterling Shepard (NYG), Nelson Agholor (LAS), DenzilMims (NYJ), Breshad Perriman (NYJ), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Allen Lazard (GB).
Logan Thomas-WFT (ESPN-24.9%) (Yahoo-40%)
The Washington Football Team likes to target Thomas, which was prevalent against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Afternoon Football. Thomas brought in nine balls for 98 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Even outside this performance, he is getting at least four targets each game. Thomas has another tough performance next week against San Francisco, but the Seahawks and Panthers are scheduled for Weeks 15 and 16.
Others to Consider: Jordan Reed (SF), Cole Kmet (CHI), Anthony Firsker (TEN), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Kyle Rudolph (MIN), Jacob Hollister (SEA), Jordan Akins(HOU).