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NFL Week 7 FDx (Waiver) Wire




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The FDx Wire is written in the tradition of a 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, added is the projected points for the week. Visit The Fantasy Doctors Analytics HERE for our Top Week 7 Projections. The FDx score goes from 0-199 and has division points. O-19 is poor, 20-39 is fair, 40-59 is good, 60-79 is very good, and 80-100 is excellent. You will not see any adds to a player over 60% ownership in two leagues.

Jared Goff, QB LAC (68.2 FDx Score/17.98 Projected Points)
20% ownership in ESPN leagues
50% ownership in CBS leagues
38% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Its been two difficult weeks for the Rams quarterback. Can’t really fault him though. Those two opponents have been Seattle and Jacksonville. Plainly speaking Goff is a streaming quarterback who will be solid against softer defensive teams and a wreck against the tougher ones. He will be that way for the rest of the season as his schedule is up and down as well. In the next few weeks, he faces off against the softer pass defense of the Arizona Cardinals (27th), New York Giants (24th), and Houston Texans (21st).

Samajae Perine, RB WAS (67.67 FDx Score/8.04 Projected Points)
44.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
55% ownership in CBS leagues
36% ownership in Yahoo leagues
The rookie was handed the ball just nine times against the San Francisco 49ers, but he did score his first touchdown on the season on a reception from Kirk Cousins. Overall, Perine ended up with three balls and 23 yards rushing. Not exactly flattering. He should continue to get reps as a back-up to Chris Thompson. His yards per carry average need to get a lot better as well. Take some value as he could be a what the heck flex option down the road.

Chris Ivory, RB JAC (57.94 FDx Score/5.79 Projected Points)
5.3% ownership in ESPN leagues
6% ownership in CBS leagues
4% ownership in Yahoo leagues
The door swung open when lead tailback Leonard Fournette went down with an ankle injury. Ivory took that option and finished the game with only three rushing yards on two carries. He was a huge benefit in the passing game though. Catching nine balls for 74-yards and one touchdown. The injury is not serious for Fournette, but next week the Jaguars take on the Colts, and then a bye-week. I expect Fournette to be out of commission until at least week nine. Ivory should be able to run over the Colts and get more chances down the road. A definite add for Fournette owners.

Orleans Darkwa, RB NYG (38.08 FDx Score/2.27 Projected Points)
4.3% ownership in ESPN leagues
9% ownership in CBS leagues
10% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Orleans Darkwa had a full load to himself last night against the Denver Broncos and carried the ball 21 times for 117-yards with a touchdown. Previous opponents have not done very well against Denver. For instance, Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliot, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch all contributed to a 1.9 yards per carry average. Darkwa finished with a 5.6 ypc. It also helps that Paul Perkins was out with an injury and both Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen tallied just 31-yards on ten carries. Darkwa may have just took over the lead back role. He has Seattle before the bye week, but then New York faces the Rams, 49ers, Redskins, Raiders, and Cowboys in five of the next six weeks. In week 11, they battle Kansas City so that may be an off week for him.

Kendall Wright, WR CHI (68.81 FDx Score/6.73 Projected Points)
14.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
38% ownership in CBS leagues
14% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Kendall Wright only caught two passes on three targets, but Mitchell Trubisky only threw the ball 12 times as well. Expect a slow crawl for Kendall Wright in the next few weeks, but his production should pick up after the bye, or perhaps against New Orleans. Wright is still the number one receiver on the Bears and could be useful in spot starts or flex.

Jermaine Kearse, WR NYJ (72.25 FDx Score/8.06 Projected Points)
51.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
67% ownership in CBS leagues
46% ownership in Yahoo leagues. Jermaine Kearse was clean on all four of his targets going for 79-yards. Even though his targets were less than both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Robby Anderson hey outpaced both in yards caught. Kearse has been the Jets primary option and should continue to be so. On the season, he has 26 catches in six games and three touchdowns. He is outproducing Julio Jones right now.

Cole Beasley, WR DAL (52.04 FDx Score/3.67 Projected Points)
22% ownership in ESPN leagues
67% ownership in CBS leagues
21% ownership in Yahoo leagues
The Cowboys had their bye-week on Sunday, so now all Cowboys have the rest of the season to grind it out. Two weeks ago, Beasley caught four of his six targets for 23-yards and two scores. Don’t get too excited over his touchdown total. It equaled his last 13 games combined. Meaning he may never find the location of the end zone again (ha!). Dallas has a nice comfy schedule on its way, and if you are in a PPR league he makes a nice targeting acquisition.

Roger Lewis, WR NYG (55.26 FDx Score/4.35 Projected Points)
23.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
44% ownership in CBS leagues
21% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Roger Lewis is now the number one receiver on the Giants by default. Evan Engram may be more active, but Lewis is the man for Eli Manning on the wings. Ignore all his totals, they are going to change dramatically. Even last nights game, that Lewis started will be discredited for now. The Broncos locked down everyone except Engram, and the Giants were in run-mode most of the night. Can I predict that he will blow out the stadium? No, but there isn’t a whole lot left that is a starting wide receiver on the waiver wire. Take a chance if you have the room, his ceiling is massive.

Ed Dickson, TE NYG (95.0 FDx Score/14.41 Projected Points)
47.3% ownership in ESPN leagues
57% ownership in CBS leagues
50% ownership in Yahoo leagues
With a depletion of Carolina Panthers tight ends, Ed Dickson makes a nice grab if you are in desperate need of one. Even if you have some room on the bench he can be an important stowaway. Baltimore likes to involve the position in their offense, and Dickson has some good skills catching the ball. Over the last three weeks he has 12 receptions on 17 targets for 261 yards. His 22 yards per catch is inflated do to his monster five catch 175-yard game against the Lions. However, the week prior he had a 3-62 game, so its in him for big yardage.

George Kittle, TE SFO (86.3 FDx Score/6.68 Projected Points)
9.2% ownership in ESPN leagues
13% ownership in CBS leagues
8% ownership in Yahoo leagues
The rookie fell back to earth a bit after his opening game against the Panthers. Games against the Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals will do that to almost anyone. However, when San Francisco flew to Indianapolis to take on the Colts, Kittle, was right back on it. Securing seven passes for 83-yards and a touchdown. Last week was another good game for the tight end. Against the ‘Skins he was clean on four of eight targets for 46-yards. I expect an uptick in both receptions and yards as his college quarterback C.J. Beathard is now the starter for the season.

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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 13




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.


Ryan Fitzpatrick-MIA (ESPN-13.4%) (Yahoo-20%)

It’s not clear how long Fitzpatrick will be the starting quarterback, as Tua Tagovailoa will return. Still, when Fitz is on the field, he is magical. On Sunday, Fitzy passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and going over 19 Fantasy Points in five of the past six contests. He and the Dolphins will face the Bengals and should be an automatic start.

Others to Consider: Kirk Cousins (MIN), Taysom Hill (NO), Derek Carr (LAS), Philip Rivers (IND), Baker Mayfield(CLE).


Running Backs:

Devontae Booker-LAS (ESPN-5.3%) (Yahoo-9%)

Over the last four weeks, Booker has 34 attempts for 171 yards and three touchdowns. That equates to 5.02 yards per carry. Now with Jacobs in limbo with an ankle injury, he could have the entire backfield to himself. Booker is a good receiver and has 14 receptions this season in limited action. He should be snared by all Jacobs’ owners, especially with the injury history that comes with him. The Raiders play the Jets next week.

Brian Hill-ATL (ESPN-31.4%) (Yahoo-46%)

Hill has been a better running back than Todd Gurley; he just doesn’t have the name, dollar signs, or recognition to go with it. Against, the Raiders Hill rushed for 55 yards on 13 carries in the absence of Gurley, who could be out next week. The flip-side is Hill split carries with Ito Smith, and it was Smith with the better fantasy production and the touchdown. The Falcons face the Saints next week.

Cam Akers (ESPN-28.0%) (Yahoo-29%)

It is good to see Akers back in to fold of fantasy relevancy. He has looked solid, and in Week 12, he rushed for 83 yards on nine carries and plunged into the end zone. Looking over all the Rams running backs, it’s hard to trust any as all three could be dominant on any given Sunday. Akers has an impressive look, and coaches will want to know what they have moving forward with the rookie. The Rams face the Cardinals next week.

Others to Consider:  Latavius Murray (NO), DeAndre Washington (MIA), Matt Breida (MIA), Frank Gore (NYJ), Gus Edwards (BAL), Ito Smith (ATL), Benny Snell (PIT), Tony Pollard (DAL), Royce Freeman (DEN).


Wide Receivers:

Allen Lazard-GB (ESPN-27.8%) (Yahoo-39%)

Lazard is healthy now, and so are his stats. On Sunday, he caught four-of-six targets for 23 yards and a touchdown. He is the clear number two receiver behind Davante Adams, which should deliver plenty of fantasy points in all contests. On the schedule, the Packers face Philadelphia, Detroit, Carolina, and Tennessee. Treat Lazard as a number three wide receiver as long as he is healthy.

Breshad Perriman-NYJ (ESPN-14.4%) (Yahoo-12%)

Perriman is finally healthy and now has recorded three straight weeks of double-digit fantasy points while getting into the end zone three times during that time. Perriman is a vertical receiver, and it narrows his volume scope for PPR leagues. He is averaging 20 yards per catch, and when he hits the big one, he will make up plenty of points—a nice flex option. The Jets face the Raiders and Seahawks next.

Jakobi Meyers-NE (ESPN-46.4%) (Yahoo-52%)

Cam Newton completed only nine passes on Sunday, but five of them went to Meyers. His five receptions went for 52 yards. Meyers now has at least 10 fantasy points in five of six contests and is Newton’s primary target. He won’t get many chances to score as the Patriots offense is dismal, and Newton robs players at the goal line.

Others to Consider: TY Hilton (IND), Hunter Renfrow (LAS), Olabisi Johnson (MIN), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Demarcus Robinson (KC), Keelan Cole (JAX), Denzel Mims (NYJ), Corey Davis (TEN), Sterling Shepard (NYG).


Tight Ends:

Trey Burton-IND (ESPN-6.0%) (Yahoo-19%)

Burton has been the clear number one tight end for the Colts since returning from injury. The stronghold on Burton is volume. Not only do the Colts spread the ball around like soft butter, but they also have two other tight ends that are solid in Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. On Sunday, Burton caught three balls for 42 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Indianapolis has the Texans, Raiders, and Texans again.

Others to Consider: Logan Thomas (WAS), Jordan Reed (SF), Jimmy Graham (CHI), Dalton Schultz (DAL).


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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 12




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.


Tua Tagovailoa-MIA (ESPN-36.8%) (Yahoo-45%)

We are looking at streaming options for quarterbacks at this point in the season, so ignore Tagovailoa being benched. This week he has the New York Jets, and high school athletes could perform well against this defense. Tagovailoa hasn’t had the most impressive start. It isn’t easy when comparing him to rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert as they have been top-notch. However, Tagovailoa has thrown six touchdowns and zero interceptions since taking over the starting role.

Others to Consider: Taysom Hill (NO), Jameis Winston (NO), Alex Smith (WAS), Derek Carr (LAS), Baker Mayfield(CLE).


Running Backs:

Salvon Ahmed-MIA  (ESPN-42.0%) (Yahoo-45%)

Myles Gaskin isn’t too far off from returning. However, Ahmed was still reliable on Sunday with his 12 carries for 43-yards while adding five receptions against a quality defense in the Denver Broncos. He is an athlete that has a strong floor due to his catching ability and makes an excellent flex option in all leagues.

Gus Edwards-BAL (ESPN-7.3%) (Yahoo-45%)

Both JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram tested positive for Covid-19 and will be out against the Steelers this Thursday. Looks for Edwards to lead the team in carries and be an active participant in the passing game. Justice Hill will have a share, but not enough to keep the volume away from Edwards. Grab him in all leagues.

James White-NE (ESPN-36.8%) (Yahoo-45%)

White caught six passes for 64 yards and added 19 yards on the ground, making him an RB15 in PPR leagues. White is only valuable in those formats, but he hasn’t been as consistent as he was in the last few seasons. With Rex Burkhead being injured, the volume should open up for him as the Patriots passing down back. New England will play the Cardinals, Chargers, and Rams next.

Others to Consider: Justice Hill (BAL), Frank Gore (NYJ), Benny Snell (PIT), Samaje Perine (CIN), JK Dobbins (BAL), Carlos Hyde (SEA). Wayne Gallman (NYG).

Wide Receivers:

Michael Pittman-IND (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

Since coming off his injury, Pittman is getting more attention each week. In Week 9, he saw seven targets, which resulted in a 4-56 stat line. In Week 10, he also added seven receptions for 101 yards. On Sunday against the Packers, Pittman caught three balls for 66 yards and scored a touchdown. Now, he will face soft defenses in Houston (twice), Las Vegas, and Tennessee.

Tim Patrick-Den (ESPN-14.0%) (Yahoo-45%)

Patrick continues to be useful as the downfield threat for Drew Lock. Patrick caught five of his eight targets for 119 yards against the Dolphins. The biggest play came when he caught a 61-yard pass at the end of the game. He has surpassed 100-yards three times this season and continues to be involved in the offense. The Broncos will face the Saints next week.

Nelson Agholor-LAS (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

Agholor had a big game against the Chiefs. He caught six of nine targets for 88-yards and a touchdown. This was a nice bounce-back week as he only brought in one ball against Denver in Week 10. Agholor led the team in targets and has more snaps than any receiver on the team this season. He hasn’t been the most consistent but has six touchdowns to go along with 24 receptions and 443 yards this year. The Raiders face Atlanta next week.

Others to Consider: Cole Beasley (BUF), Allen Lazard (GB), Damiere Byrd (NE), Willie Snead (NO), Curtis Samuel(CAR), Sterling Shepard (NYG).

Tight Ends:

Jordan Reed-SF (ESPN-24.4%) (Yahoo-45%)

The 49ers were off last week, but Reed caught five of his six targets for 62 yards against the Saints in Week 10 and the top target for Nick Mullens. George Kittle may be out for the rest of the season, and San Francisco enjoys throwing to their tight end. Upcoming for Reed and the 49ers are Rams, Bills, and Washington.

Others to Consider: Logan Thomas (WAS), Jordan Aikens(HOU), Dalton Schultz (DAL).


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Waiver Wire: NFL Week 11




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.


Tua TagovailoaMIA (ESPN-32.6%) (Yahoo-45%)

Three games in, and Tagovailoa is performing well. He has five touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Tagovailoa has not thrown for over 300-yards and hasn’t done much with his legs (34 yards), as many had suspected. He is developing but not as quickly as Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow. With that said, he makes a reliable streaming option each week. He has Broncos, Jets, Bengals on deck.

Others to Consider: Alex Smith (WAS), Jameis Winston (NO), Daniel Jones (NYG), Derek Carr (OAK).

Running Backs:

Nyheim Hines-IND (ESPN-41.8%) (Yahoo-41%)

Hines looked spectacular against Tennessee and better all-around than rookie Jonathan Taylor. Hines has shown to be more explosive and can add to the passing game much more than Taylor. In fact, Hines leads the entire team in receptions and touchdowns through the air. He also has gotten red zone looks. The down arrow is on Taylor while the up arrow belongs to Hines. Next up, Packers, Titans, Texans.

Salvon Ahmed-MIA (ESPN-0.4%) (Yahoo-7%)

The Dolphins can’t seem to land on a running back. Jordan Howard was the starter to enter the season, but he was recently released. Then Myles Gaskin was successful but got hurt. Matt Breida has been there, but he isn’t much more than a passing-down back and scenario situation runner, and he is also could be out next week. Ahmed rushed for 85-yards on 21 carries and hit pay dirt. Not too shabby for someone who has spent their rookie season on two different teams and the practice squad. He has Broncos, Jets, Bengals on deck.

Devontae Booker-LAS (ESPN-1.4%) (Yahoo-3%)

Booker took apart the Broncos on Sunday as he rushed for 81-yards and two touchdowns while Jacobs chipped in for his 112 and two scores. Booker’s touchdowns came late in the game, but he has been impressive over the last few weeks. In Week 5, he put up 62 yards, then rushed for 68-yards and a score in Week 9. Jacobs is still the “man,” but Booker makes a case to be a top tier hand-cuff. Next up, the Raiders face the Chiefs, Falcons, and Jets.

Others to Consider: Kalen Ballage (LAC), Wayne Gallman(NYG), Damien Harris (NE).

Wide Receivers:

Jakobi Meyers-NE (ESPN-22.3%) (Yahoo-48%)

Meyers has been the receiver that N’Keal Harry has not. On Sunday, Meyers threw a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead and went strong for the last three contests. He put up five receptions for 59 yards in horrid weather and seems to be the go-to receiver for Cam Newton. Julian Edelman will return shortly, but he looks like he needs to retire. Meyers should be added in all leagues. The Patriots have Texans, Cardinals, and Chargers next up.

Keelan Cole-JAC (ESPN-13.8%) (Yahoo-23%)

A typical boom or bust candidate, Cole caught a touchdown and was second in targets behind Chris Conley against the Packers on Sunday. Before that, he combined for 18 yards in two games. However, three weeks ago, against the Lions, Cole went HAM and caught six balls for 143 yards. He isn’t a superstar but should get a continuous volume of targets as the Jaguars are always behind in games.

Cole Beasley-BUF (ESPN-46.7%) (Yahoo-50%)

Beasley makes the list of those that should not be on this list. Beasley has been solid all-season for the Bills outside of Josh Allen’s down games. On Sunday, he caught 11 of 13 targets for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. It’s shocking to see him available in 50% of leagues and is a must-own in PPR. The Bills face the Chargers, 49ers, Steelers next.

Others to Consider: Jalen Reagor (PHI), Allen Lazard (GB), Josh Reynolds (LAR), Michael Pittman (IND), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB), Breshad Perriman (NYJ), Michael Gallup (DAL), Jakeem Grant (MIA), Cam Sims (WAS).

Tight Ends:

Logan Thomas-WAS (ESPN-19.6%) (Yahoo-35%)

Outside of Travis Kelce, the tight end position has been a mess for fantasy owners. The only other player that could be trusted is George Kittle, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. Also interesting is someone like Thomas is still highly available. Maybe, it’s because he plays for the WFT (WTF). Thomas now has double-digit scoring in five games with four receptions.

Others to Consider: Tyler Higbee (LAR), Jordan Reed (SF), Trey Burton (IND), Jordan Akins (HOU), Adam Trautman(NO).



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