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.
Andy Dalton-QB-DAL (ESPN-26.3%) (Yahoo-3%)
It was an ugly performance for Dalton, but the entire offense was terrible. Ezekiel Elliot fumbling, players dropping passes, and injuries to the offensive line. However, this offense is too powerful to have bad weeks, and Dalton is talented enough to start in a handful of teams. Dalton finished the game with 266-yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.
Others to Consider: Teddy Bridgewater (CAR), Derek Carr(LAS), Daniel Jones (NYG), Kyle Allen (WAS).
Boston Scott–RB-PHI (ESPN-10.6%) (Yahoo-14%)
The injury to Miles Sanders will force Scott to the forefront. Scott was the RB1 when Sanders was out in Week 1. Scott didn’t fare well, collecting just 54 total yards and two receptions. He hasn’t done much in the limited time since then by averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. The good news is that he should be the bell-cow until Sanders returns.
La‘Mical Perine-RB-NYJ (ESPN-11.9%) (Yahoo-17%)
When Le’ Veon Bell left New York for Kansas City, it left an opening for the rookie Perine to exploit. The door can close fast when Adam Gase is still the head coach. Instead of letting the rookie showcase his skills, Gase gave the volume to Frank Gore. The offense is horrid, but Perine could offer owners an option,especially if Gore goes down.
Jeremy McNichols-RB-TEN (ESPN-0.5%) (Yahoo-1%)
Rookie Darrynton Evans was Derrick Henry’s backup, but he has been placed on IR with a hamstring injury. McNichols will replace him but won’t get much action as long as Henry continues to run over people without being injured. McNichols rushed five times for 51 yards and looked good doing it. Henry owners should be flocking to him.
Others to Consider: Gus Edwards (BAL), JD McKissic(WAS), D‘Ernest Johnson (CLE), Justin Jackson (LAC), JaMycal Hasty (SF).
Keelan Cole (ESPN-14.3%) (Yahoo-29%)
The Jaguars are getting three-wide receivers into fantasy relevancy, and Cole is one amongst DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault. Cole had 143-yards on six catches in his biggest haul on the year. Chark and Shenault will continue to get the volume, but Cole looks to be the red zone guy and is targeted three-to-five times a game.
Travis Fulgham-WR-PHI (ESPN-47.2%) (Yahoo-31%)
Out of nowhere, Fulgham has earned the fantasy communityattention. In three-straight weeks, Fulgham has scored a touchdown and has at least 57+ yards. After his 10-152-1 against Pittsburgh, Fulgham caught six passes for 75-yards and a score versus Baltimore. He has now earned the spot regardless of when DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery return. When Jackson and Jeffery do return, there is good reason they won’t remain healthy for the season’s duration.
Preston Williams-WR-MIA (ESPN-40.9%) (Yahoo-25%)
DeVante Parker went down with a groin injury. Williams will step into the number one role if Parker misses any time. Even though Williams doesn’t pop on the statistical front thus far, he has the talent when given the opportunity. Keep in mind he is also just about a year away from healing from his ACL tear. Looking at touchdowns and Williams has three in the last four contests.
Others to Consider: Tee Higgins (CIN), Tim Patrick (DEN), Mike Williams (LAC), Laviska Shenault (JAC), Marcus Johnson (IND).
Trey Burton-TE-IND (ESPN-6.2%) (Yahoo-20%)
Mo Alie-Cox missed last week, and Jack Doyle has not done anything special. However, since returning from injury, Burton has at least five targets in his previous three contests and at least two or more catches. He scored twice against the Bengals and has a history of being in the Frank Reich’s offense.
Others to Consider: Darren Fells (HOU), Anthony Firkser(TEN), Irv Smith (MIN), Richard Rogers (PHI).
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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).