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. Keep in mind, rookies will not have a score as they need at least three games played. Visit The Fantasy Doctors Analytics HERE for our Top Week 3 Projections.
J.J. Nelson WR ARI (66.36 FDx Score/8.15 Projected Points)
18% ownership in ESPN leagues
47% Ownership in CBS leagues
Nelson came up huge against the Indianapolis secondary as he recorded five receptions for 120-yards, including a 45-yard touchdown. He is someone that ended last season on a high note as a rookie and has contributed for the last two games this season. Arians will always go deep, so his ceiling is always high. Grab him while you can, because any later and he will not be there.
Chris Carson RB SEA
8% ownership in ESPN leagues
66% ownership in CBS leagues
Carson is going to gain a lot of traction over the next couple of weeks, so this may be your only chance. With Eddie Lacy basically done in Seattle already and C.J. Prosise a third down back, this leaves Thomas Rawls and Carson. Rawls is always banged up and never know when he will break out, so this leaves the rookie Carson. Last week he ran 20 times for 93-yards and caught one pass for another seven.
Chris Thompson RB WAS (62.26 FDx Score/7.68 Projected Points)
68% ownership in ESPN leagues
44% ownership in CBS leagues
He is a PPR guy, so if you are in standard league, you can move on. However, he did score twice including a 61-yard burst. With Samaje Perine being a rookie and not performing well when Rob Kelley went down with an injury, Thompson could be used more as a bell cow back, but that will certainly be temperamental.
Samaje Perine RB WAS
2.1 percent ownership in ESPN leagues
49% ownership in CBS leagues
The rookie finally got his chance and was exceptionally bad. He was given 21 carries and could only turn out 67 yards. The reason I have him here is that he will be the bell cow, and all teams need someone to carry the rock 21 times a game. As Chris Thompson is a PPR guy, Perine is full on standard.
Chris Johnson RB ARI (46.46 FDx Score/4.37 Projected Points)
2.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
20% ownership in CBS leagues
The speedster showed that the NFL is not done with him yet. The Cardinals resigned the veteran after David Johnson went down and he showed the most of it. Carrying the rock 11 times for 44-yards against the Colts. He should be the main ball carrier over Kerwynn Williams, and he still has life in his legs.
Kendall Wright WR CHI (44.64 FDx Score/3.16 Projected Points)
7.6% ownership in ESPN leagues
50% ownership in CBS leagues
The Chicago Bears wide receivers have vanished due to injury. The only one left is Kendall Wright. Someone needs to catch balls in Chicago. It might as well be Wright, right? Last week he caught seven passes for 69-yards and should continue to get targets. A value in PPR leagues.
Jermaine Kearse WR NYJ (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
5.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
8% ownership in CBS leagues
Kearse is a lot like Kendall Wright, the only available receiver on the team. He caught four passes for 64-yards and two touchdowns. Expect the Jets to be behind in most of their games leaving Kearse to feast during garbage time.
D’Onta Foreman RB HOU
4.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
29% ownership in CBS leagues
Lamar Miller is falling out of favor in Houston and as more weeks climb on, Foreman is getting more reps. Against the Bengals, he rushed 12 times for 40-yards and is going to go to be in a 60/40 time split with Miller and watch that increase as time moves forward and he continues to do well.
Jared Goff QB LAC (41.88 FDx Score/12.08 Projected Points)
3.3% ownership in ESPN leagues
23% ownership in CBS Leagues
Jared Goff was exceptional against the Colts and even though he dropped down a bit last week he was still of value. Goff connected on 15 of 25 attempts for 224 yards with a touchdown and one pick. He makes a good streaming option as he showed against the Colts, so if you have the room he is a worthwhile grab.
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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).