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 near bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries.
Justin Herbert-QB-LAC (ESPN-11.8%) (Yahoo-16%)
Herbert now has five touchdowns in his three games played with 931 yards and three interceptions. He also has added 47 rushing yards. Herbert continues to play well after being thrust into action in Week 2 and it would be surprising to see him let go of the reigns now.
Others to Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Teddy Bridgewater (CAR), Gardner Minshew (JAC).
Damien Harris-RB-NE (ESPN-15.4%) (Yahoo-31%)
Sony Michel is headed to IR while Harris had his return last Sunday. Harris feasted on the poor Kansas City run defense for 100 yards on just 17 attempts. He will continue to share the load with Rex Burkhead and James White but look for him to get a hefty amount of carries.
D’Ernest Johnson-RB-CLE (ESPN-0.0%) (Yahoo-3%)
Johnson went undrafted in 2018 and was invited to the New Orleans Saints rookie camp but was not signed. He then took his services to the Orlando Apollos of the now defunct Alliance of American Football and played well. Johnson rushed for 372 yards and added 22 receptions. When the league folded, he signed with the Browns in 2019. Johnson only rushed four times last season, but now he may have a huge chance. Nick Chubb is on IR and Johnson will fill the void on a team that runs constantly. Kareem Hunt will have the lion share, but Johnson should chip in nicely.
Justin Jackson-RB-LAC (ESPN-8.8%) (Yahoo-6%)
First check to see if Joshua Kelley is available, then Justin Jackson. Kelley is the most heavily owned and he should be. However, with Austin Ekeler out for what could be the entire season. However, if he can get the volume, he may be a worthwhile addition.
Others to Consider: Anthony McFarland (PIT), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Alexander Mattison (MIN).
Tim Patrick-WR-DEN (ESPN-0.6%) (Yahoo-2%)
There needs to be a deep receiver to replace Courtland Suttonand Patrick could be the one. He caught six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Jets on Thursday night. He isn’t rostered in many places and if the Broncos are consistently behind, he could make a nice weapon opposite Jerry Jeudy.
Hunter Renfrow-WR-OAK (ESPN-36.1%) (Yahoo-41%)
When Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards are out this enables Renfrow to get some volume. Last week he caught five passes for 57 yards against Buffalo. In Week 3 he caught six passes for 84 yards and a score. With the Raiders facing the Chiefs next week, there could be plenty of passes going around to make Renfrow a flex candidate.
Scotty Miller-WR-TB (ESPN-11.3%) (Yahoo-16%)
Miller is someone Tom Brady can rely on and with Chris Godwin and now Mike Evans dealing with injuries he may be the only receiver getting some love from him. Not to mention OJ Howard left with a possible Achilles injury. Miller has 83 yards in consecutive games and scored his first touchdown last week.
Others to Consider: Christian Kirk (ARI), Jeff Smith (NYJ), David Moore (SEA), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Darnell Mooney(CHI).
Drew Sample-TE-CIN (ESPN-3.0%) (Yahoo-3%)
Joe Burrow uses his tight end and the RPO system allows that to happen. Sample nearly had a touchdown until somehow Myles Jack robbed him. He has solid fantasy value and has 15 targets over three games. With CJ Uzomah out for the season, Sample could be a every week starter for owners in a bad tight end roster crunch. He is more of a blocker than a receiver, but he will get the volume.
Others to Consider: Mo Alie-Cox (IND), Dalton Schultz(DAL), Cameron Brate (TB), Robert Tonyan (GB).
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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).