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-0.2%) (Yahoo-3%)
Unfortunately, Dak Prescott’s season is over. It is always uncomfortable to see a top-five quarterback leave due to an injury, and now our fantasy teams are worse for it. However, Andy Dalton is available in most leagues. He is a veteran quarterback in charge of an offense that is superbly combined with a horrid defense. Even Dalton should get your team many points. Against the Giants, Dalton finished the game 9/11-111 yards.
Others to Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Teddy Bridgewater (CAR), Jared Goff (LAR), Justin Herbert (LAC).
Alexander Mattison-RB-MIN (ESPN-41.5%) (Yahoo-40%)
Dalvin Cook left the contest against the Seahawks with a groin injury. We know as fantasy owners Cook’s health is continuously at risk due to him playing just 34 games of possible 53 (64%) since his rookie season. Getting Mattison should have been a priority for all Cook owners during the draft, as Mattison is a top handcuff for all running backs. Mattison rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries after Cook left. If Mattison is still on the wire, he is worthy of a giant portion of your FAAB.
Damien Harris-RB-NE (ESPN-42.4%) (Yahoo-54%)
There are several running backs on the New England Patriots roster that do several things. Meaning the volume for Harris may not be there as many would hope. However, as long as Sony Michel is out with injury, Harris can be fantasy relevant. He had over 100 yards in Week 4 but did not receive a target. Another concern is Cam Newton quarterback sneaks at the goal line. Harris is a reliable option to have as players go down with an injury and bye weeks strip away options.
JD McKissic-RB-WAS (ESPN-44.5%) (Yahoo-6%)
Antonio Gibson has done a stable job as a rookie. Still, McKissic will add value through catching the ball out of the backfield. Even though Gibson is a good receiver out of the backfield, McKissic caught six passes to Gibson’s five. They two backs also had identical scrimmage yards McKissic (49) Gibson (51). Gibson will be the primary ball carrier, but if you like what Gibson is doing, McKissic isn’t too far behind.
Others to Consider: Duke Johnson (HOU), Jamaal Williams(GB), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Mike Boone (MIN), Justin Jackson (LAC), D’Ernest Johnson (CLE).
Chase Claypool-WR-PIT (ESPN-8.9%) (Yahoo–16%)
The number one add of the week. When Diontae Johnson went out against the Philadelphia Eagles, it awoke Claypool, who did a variety of continuous damage to the Eagles defense. Claypool became the first Steelers rookie receiver to score three or more touchdowns in a game in the past 30 seasons, by scoring four times. This output may have vaulted him as the second receiver,or it may have carved out a larger role. Either case, more volume is headed toward Claypool.
Travis Fulgham-WR-PHI (ESPN-0.2%) (Yahoo-3%)
Fulgham was a beast against the Steelers, catching 10 of 12 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. It indeed could be a breakout game for the 2019 sixth-round selection out of Old Dominion. However, it also could be just one game. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are returning soon. Don’t forget about Greg Ward and Dallas Goedert break out games earlier this season. Monitor and decide, but he should be a lower option.
Tee Higgins-WR-CIN (ESPN-40.5%) (Yahoo-53%)
It is becoming more apparent that the two receivers for Cincinnati are Tyler Boyd and Higgins even before AJ Green(hamstring) left the game on Sunday. The workload will now increase for the rookie, who has at least six targets in four straight contests and three straight with ten plus fantasy points. With the Bengals behind in most of their games, Joe Burrow will repeatedly connect with Higgins as they grow together.
Others to Consider: Henry Ruggs (LAS), Laviska Shenault(JAX), Preston Williams (MIA), Jeff Smith (NYJ), Alshon Jeffery (PHI), Cedrick Wilson (DAL), Mecole Hardman(KC), Golden Tate (NYG).
Cameron Brate-TE-TB (ESPN-1.8%) (Yahoo-2%)
Brate has always made money down near the goal line. With OJ Howard (Achilles) out for the season and Rob Gronkowski being more of a blocking tight end, the volume could open up for him. Chris Godwin is soon to return, and Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are higher options. Still, Brate will be getting the targets, especially getting closer to the end zone.
Others to Consider: Austin Hooper (CLE), Drew Sample(CIN), Robert Tonyan (GB).
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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).