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. Keep in mind, FDx is constantly updated and can change throughout the week. Also, added is the projected points for the week.
Jared Goff QB LAC (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
7.3% ownership in ESPN leagues
23% ownership in CBS leagues
12% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Last week I mentioned that you should pick up Goff for streaming purposes. Now in two games against weaker defenses he has thrown for a total of 598 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. His other game against Washington he passed for 224 yards and a score with just one pick. Don’t waste any more time, grab heeem!
Deshaun Watson (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
11.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
28% ownership in CBS leagues
14% ownership in Yahoo leagues
It was obvious Tom Brady respect the effort Deshaun Watson put on in New England on Sunday as they came together and talked after the game. Watson completed 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding eight rushes for 41 yards in Sunday’s 36-33 loss. The rookie has been fantastic and there is no reason why he can’t still be.
Jamaal Charles (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
22.2% ownership in ESPN leagues
63% ownership in CBS leagues
33% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Charles put up 56 yards and a score on nine carries and added a one-yard catch. He has looked awesome this season and on Sunday, he showed that he still has that quick one-cut to the end zone. His balance, feet, and toughness has always been there. The Broncos love his game, and why shouldn’t they. However, I don’t see Charles more than a red zone guy. Which basically kills both his and C.J. Anderson’s value this season. However, he can be an excellent addition to your team or handcuff to Anderson.
Alvin Kamara (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
11.3% ownership in ESPN leagues
57% ownership in CBS leagues
40% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Kamara rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on two carries during Sunday’s 34-13 win over the Panthers. He also caught three of five targets for an additional five yards. He continues to shine in the over-crowded backfield of the Saints. His touchdown came on a 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter. His talents in the passing game go unnoticed as he was targeted more than any of the Saints backfield combined. He isn’t going to be an automatic play in your lineup this season, but in a pinch in PPR leagues, he could give you that extra boost as a flex option.
Duke Johnson RB CLE (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
99.0% ownership in ESPN leagues
69% ownership in CBS leagues
52% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Had 23 yards and a score on two carries while catching six passes for 81-yards in the loss against the Colts. Johnson is the PPR back in Cleveland and would be a solid add for flex positioning. His touchdown came from 19-yards, but that was only his fourth total touchdown in 35 games, so he is not one to be active in crossing the goal line. His role in the passing game is quite the opposite. On 18 targets he has 11 receptions and 160-yards in three weeks. Also, Crowell is not panning out, Johnson could be stealing carries soon, if “Crow” can’t turn it around.
D’Onta Foreman RB HOU (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
5.1% ownership in ESPN leagues
29% ownership in CBS leagues
17% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Foreman jumped up to a 40% ownership in CBS leagues from last week. I expect his climb to continue as Lamar Miller has not been able to shake off his slow start. The more trust coaches have in Foreman the more they are going to give him the ball. He is also showing he can be more of a pass catcher than originally believed prior to the draft. He did have four less carries than he did against Cincinnati but Houston was in constant catch-up with New England. Foreman finished the day with eight carries for 25 yards and caught two of three targets for 65 yards
Jermaine Kearse WR NYJ (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
34.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
49% ownership in CBS leagues
47% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Kearse ownership has nearly jumped 40 percent since his week three performance. On Sunday, he caught three balls on his three targets for 42-yards. He may not set the world on fire, but he is steady and developing a rapport with Josh McCown. On the season, he has 17 targets into 14 receptions for 165 yards. The sixth-year pro has encouragingly averaged 16.0 and 14.0 yards per catch. Expect the Jets to be behind in most of their games leaving Kearse to feast during garbage time.
Robby Anderson WR NYJ (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
1.7% ownership in ESPN leagues
17% ownership in CBS leagues
20% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Anderson was clean on three of six targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. He is their deep player option, as his 31.7 yards per catch average dictates. Anderson used his speed in a career-long 69-yard touchdown just before halftime, a catch that made up a large chunk of his production. Expect up and down performances from the second-year receiver, but he should consistently be seen on the stat sheet.
Geronimo Allison WR GBY (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
0.4% ownership in ESPN leagues
13% ownership in CBS leagues
9% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Allison made a big splash with his six receptions on eight targets for 122-yards. He demonstrated he could be relied on and should keep him in the mind of Aaron Rodgers. Packers offense can carry three receivers and with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb having injury histories, he could move up the depth chart quickly. At the time being he is the number four receiver with huge upside.
Charles Clay TE BUF (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
8.2% ownership in ESPN leagues
41% ownership in CBS leagues
22% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Surprising Charles Clay is still relatively available. Last week he was good on all six targets for 39 yards and a touchdown against Denver. Clay is averaging six targets per game and is bringing in 72% of those passes. He isn’t a chain mover, but is solid in the Rick Dennison’s west-coast scheme. Dennison relies on his tight end, even when there isn’t a depth at the receiver position. Something the Bills don’t have. Look for Clay to continue to bring in passes and score some touchdowns along the way.
Seth DeValve TE CLE (66.4 FDx Score/8.16 Projected Points)
4.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
0.4% ownership in CBS leagues
1% ownership in Yahoo leagues
For PPR leagues the Cleveland tight end is someone to target. DeValve secured two of five targets for 29 yards during Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Colts. The rookie David Njoku has been primarily used in the red zone but he is still getting the targets over the rook. DeValve is fourth on the team with 14 targets and is second in receiving yards (132). He will need to score some to get the hard looks, but if you are in need of a tight end, he could play a role on your bench as a spot starter.
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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).