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 5 Projections. You will not see any adds to a player over 60% ownership in two leagues.
Jared Goff, QB LAC (47.4 FDx Score/13.24 Projected Points)
13% ownership in ESPN leagues
34% ownership in CBS leagues
12% ownership in Yahoo leagues
I’ve been saying to grab Jared Goff, hopefully you can skip this portion because you already did. He has risen six percent in ESPN leagues and 11 percent in CBS, and 12 percent at Yahoo. Expect that climb to continue. Last week against the Cowboys he moved the ball up and down the field. Throwing for 255-yards and two touchdowns. A fringe fantasy starter with ceiling. His schedule does hit a sticking point, but his streaming value is excellent.
Deshaun Watson, QB HOU (67.27 FDx Score/18.06 Projected Points)
26.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
50% ownership in CBS leagues
34% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Watson’s ownership keeps climbing and there is no reason why it shouldn’t. Yahoo he has moved up 20 percent, 15 percent in ESPN, and 22 percent in CBS. Since he took over the starting job in week two he has improved his fantasy points as well, 15-28-42. Hitting the 42 point wont be easy to do again, but there is no reason he shouldn’t be on your team.
Alvin Kamara, RB NOS (Bye Week)
20.9% ownership in ESPN leagues
62% ownership in CBS leagues
46% ownership in Yahoo leagues
His value went up in all leagues. Five percent in CBS, over nine percent in ESPN, and six points in Yahoo. Based off Sunday’s performance, he will continue to climb. He rushed five times for 25-yards and caught ten balls for 71-yards and a touchdown. His reception totals led the Saints offense. His total points have climbed since week two 5-11-20. With Adrian Peterson, clearly not the player he was, look for Kamara to be on the field more as the season progresses.
D’Onta Foreman, RB HOU (49.53 FDx Score/4.21 Projected Points)
7.6% ownership in ESPN leagues
59% ownership in CBS leagues
28% ownership in Yahoo leagues
D’Onta Foreman’s ownership percentage went up again. He is now going at a 59% ownership clip, which is up 30 percent, a huge leap. He carried the ball 13 times on Sunday gaining 45-yards. On Friday, head coach Bill O’Brien said that Foreman is an every down back. It seems the only thing holding Foreman from exactly that is Lamar Miller. Expect at least 10-12 touches per game unless Miller injured.
Eddie Lacy, RB GBY (63.4 FDx Score/7.38 Projected Points)
91.6% ownership in ESPN leagues
25% ownership in CBS leagues
20% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Here we are again my old friend. With all the injuries Seattle is shredding at running back, they will need to turn to Eddie Lacy once again. He had 11 carries for 52-yards against Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football. With Chris Carson out, C.J. Prosise not able to stay healthy, and Thomas Rawls never ready, the default is Lacy.
Devin Funchess, WR CAR (71.91 FDx Score/7.89 Projected Points)
13.2% ownership in ESPN leagues
56% ownership in CBS leagues
26% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Carolina Panthers are going to be using the short game as much as possible and the biggest benefactor at wide receiver is Devin Funchess. On Sunday, he caught seven of nine targets for 70-yards and two touchdowns. Its easy to have a great game against a Patriots defense that simply doesn’t exist. However, he is getting more targets this season. Last year, he had only 59 total targets, he has 19 this season. A true test for him will be this week against the ferocious Detroit Lions defense.
Evan Engram, TE NYG (78.41 FDx Score/5.02 Projected Points)
24.2% ownership in ESPN leagues
69% ownership in CBS leagues
47% ownership in Yahoo leagues
It’s no secret that the Giants like to use their tight end in their offense, its why they made Evan Engram their first round selection at 23 overall. He was targeted 11 times on Sunday and finished with six catches for 62-yards. He was used early and often against the Buccs as he had 53-yards by the end of the first half. He has been a steady workhorse for the Giants passing game. He has four or more receptions in each game this season and has one touchdown. He may be off the waiver wire target list come next week due to high ownership rates.
Cameron Brate, TE TBY (82.18 FDx Score/6.68 Projected Points)
9.8% ownership in ESPN leagues
52% ownership in CBS leagues
50% ownership in Yahoo leagues
Cameron Brate brought in four of six targets for 80-yards and a touchdown. This was his second score on the season and in back-to-back weeks. Two of his catches were of supreme importance. The first being the touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Tampa Bay in the lead. He then setup the Nick Folk winning field goal, when he made an over-the-shoulder grab on a 26-yard reception. On the season, he has 10 catches on 13 targets in three games. His limitations come with rookie tight end O.J. Howard being a threat on offense as well.
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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).